Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14.
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The Detroit Lakes Athletic Foundation was recently the benefactor of the largest single donation to date made in honor James (Jim) Wood by his family. Wood’s son Justin, daughter Amanda, wife Lois and Jim’s long-time business partner Bob Jamison sat down over a cup of soup at a local restaurant in Detroit Lakes with Athletic Foundation chairman Jeff Perkins and committee member Jon Olson in early October to discuss a donation of $25,000 in Jim’s honor after he passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2018.
Both Detroit Lakes soccer teams announced end of the season awards and next year’s captains recently. The DL girls finished the year 12-4-3 with a trip to the Section 8A semifinals. Seniors Payton Carlblom, Matteya Borah, junior Anna Jones and freshman Sasha Sekundiak were named to the Lakes to Prairie All-Conference team. Seniors Greta Peterick and Ava Steinmetz received honorable mention.
2018 Players of the Year – District 9 West – North Lineman of the Year - Lucian Tinnes - GGG Offensive Player of the Year - Jaden Kiesow - GGG Special Teams Player of the Year - Hunter Yutrzenka - SAC
Minnesota Flyers gymnasts have been road warriors for years, but that will change Wednesday, Nov. 17 when they host their first-ever home compulsory meet, the Lakes n’ Leaves Invitational. “It takes a lot of planning and organization, a lot of gyms don’t host meets because of the resources that it takes, volunteers, preparation and space but I think we have it pretty good,” Flyers director Kayla Bozovsky said.
The Detroit Lakes swimming and diving team has looked up the podium often at the seven-time defending champion Bemidji Lumberjacks, including a runner-up finish by only nine points in 2017, but the Lakers broke through and changed that fortune in record-breaking fashion Saturday, Nov. 10 claiming the Section 8A team championship in Warroad by a margin of 37 points.
Senior forward Lily Burnside got her season off to a strong start with a multi-goal performance in a 5-2 Detroit Lakes loss at Fergus Falls in the season-opener for both teams Saturday, Nov. 10 in Fergus Falls. “Not bad for our first effort,” first-year Laker head coach Scott Piepkorn said. “Just a few breakdowns that resulted in Fergus Falls goals.”
In film sessions after the section final, the Mahnomen-Waubun coaching staff made it known the offensive line needed to play better and the Thunderbird blockers opened up huge holes in the Deer River defense in a 42-0 blowout victory in the Class A quarterfinals at Brainerd high school Saturday, Nov. 10. “A lot to be proud of all the way through, but I’m most proud of our linemen,” Thunderbirds head coach John Clark, Jr. said. “We challenged those guys up front and boy, did they deliver today.”
The Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans scored on their opening drive, but were shut down the remainder of the game and held off the scoreboard for three quarters in a 14-7 state 9-man quarterfinal loss to Cromwell-Wright at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji. Noah Klemetson’s 70-yard run was the highlight of a 90-yard drive to start the game. Klemetson’s sprint to the red zone setup Tate Hoseth one-yard touchdown run ot complete the drive and a 7-0 lead.
Detroit Lakes will be represented in the finals of each event at the Section 8A swimming and diving championships after the completion of the preliminary rounds Friday, Nov. 9 in Warroad. The Lakers grabbed the top seed in four events: Kaitlyn Peterson in the 200-freestyle; Jennifer Tracy in the 200-individual medley and 100-butterfly and Syd Gulon in the 500-freestyle.
The Barnesville Trojans dominated the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels posting a 40-0 shutout in the Minnesota Class AA state quarterfinal game at Brainerd high school Friday, Nov. 9. “It was each kid doing their own job,” said head coach Bryan Strand. “They really trust each other; we’re not real big, but we swarmed the ball. There was no daylight for them today.” The game got off to a rocky start for both teams.