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GIRLS HOCKEY WRAP State run raises bar for DL girls' hockey program

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The spark which ignited the historic Detroit Lakes girls' hockey state run ironically came in the season finale's 1-0 loss to Sartell.


It was a game in which the Lakers started gaining confidence and their freshman goalie Veronica Badurek started laying the foundation of becoming a playoff performer.

What resulted was DL's first-ever berth in the Class 1A state playoffs, a season which can be looked upon as a launching pad for establishing a consistent winning program.

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.