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Eighth-grade DL Pacesetter team advances to state

Eighth-grade team, front row L-R: Nate Cihak, Chris Breeden, Carson Rogstad, Markus Lyman, Jordan Tucker, Carson Froke. Back row: Caeden Yliniemi, Evan Mace, Landen Mousseau, Ty Jones, Cole Smith, Coach Brent Smith. Not pictured: Jonah Hauser. Submitted photo1 / 2
Sixth-grade team, front row L-R: Mason Carrier, Trey Molacek, Isaac Sweep, Connor Jensen, Reece Borgmann, Anthony Bender. Back Row: Coach Matt Carrier, Brandton Marsh, Lohgen Olson, Erick Ziegler, Brayden Sjoblom, Ryan Peterson, Devon Berg, Noah Larson, Isaac Cariveau, Coach Mike Berg. Not pictured: Nick Tobkin, Mason Sherva. Submitted photo2 / 2

The eighth-grade Detroit Lakes Pacesetter youth basketball team is headed to the state tournament after placing at the Pacesetter Region 6 basketball tournament held at Moorhead High School April 14-15.

The Detroit Lakes eighth grade traveling team captured the Region 6 championship at Moorhead High School on April 14 to advance to the Pacesetter Minnesota State Championship Tournament June 17 in Maple Grove. The top two teams from this tournament move onto the Great Five State tournament at Target Center.

The team is coached by Brent Smith in his fourth year at the helm. This is the first year the eighth grade team has advanced to state.

The DL sixth grade team, coached by Matt Carrier and Mike Berg, qualified for the Pacesetter MIT State (Minnesota Invitational Tournament) June 16 in Maple Grove with only one loss at Regions.

The team played with “SHERVA #55” on their uniforms to honor teammate Mason Sherva, who was unable to participate in the tournament. Sherva has been hospitalized the past month.

Over 1,000 teams will play in the Pacesetter Sports five-state youth basketball playoff system, which promotes school and community teams, and is sponsored by the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.

The top two teams from the MIT state tournament advance to the Target Center to play in the Great Five-State Championship against the top teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

DL’s seventh grade team placed fourth at Regions.

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