The fall sports season kicks off for the Pequot Lakes Patriots when the girls’ tennis team faces Pierz and Little Falls at the Pierz triangular meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16. The Patriots will then host Lakeville South and Hutchinson at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.
The Patriots tennis team returns nine letterwinners from a squad that finished 14-4 overall last season. One of those veteran players is sophomore Haley Wiebolt, who was last year’s team most valuable player after finishing 24-6 overall at No. 1 singles. The three-year player has a 75-12 career record.
Last year, the Patriots lost to Crookston in the Section 8A semifinals and also finished second in the Mid-State Conference. Pequot Lakes is scheduled to host defending Mid-State champion Staples-Motley on Thursday, Sept. 12.
“Staples-Motley is one of the tougher teams in our section and conference with six strong returning players, but we have other competitive teams on our schedule, too,” said head coach Monica Sergent. “We have a total of 30 girls out for varsity and junior varsity, which is a strong number for a school that is our size.”
Letterwinners for the Patriots include senior captains Ellie Erholtz, Jaden Lindner and Erika Monson.
Others are Wiebolt and Lauren Bengtson, three-year letterwinners; Carly Fyle, two-year letterwinner; and Madison Galligan, Sydney Holt and Alex Nelson, one-year letterwinners.
Pequot Lakes tennis
16 – at Pierz Triangular (Little Falls)
17 – HUTCHINSON, LAKEVILLE SOUTH
20 – at Foley meet, 10 a.m.
27 – at Park Rapids Quadrangular
29 – LITTLE FALLS, 10 a.m.
3 – at Crosby-Ironton meet
5 – at Perham, 5 p.m.
7 – at Brainerd Invitational
12 – STAPLES-MOTLEY, TBD
14 – at Park Rapids (Mid-State meet), 9 a.m.
16 - at LP/GE Triangular, TBD
19 – at Park Rapids meet
24 – WADENA-DC, 4:30 p.m.
28 – at Wadena-DC meet, 9 a.m.
3 - at Aitkin 4:30 p.m.
7-8 – Section play-in round
11-12 – Section tournament
22 – State tournament