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So what more can the Detroit Lakes girls’ golf team possibly accomplish after winning the Class 2A state championship two years in a row, while leaving a trail of dominating victories along the way over the course of the last three years? Plenty. Yes, the Lakers return their full slate off the 2013 state championship team, including the Class 2A state co-medalists, sophomore Kate Smith and senior Natalie Roth. Yes, the Lakers haven’t really been challenged the last two years in any meet. And yes, the Lakers will be overwhelming favorites to extend their state championship streak to
The hunger is thick on the Detroit Lakes boys’ golf team, as they prepare for the 2014 season with four returning off the 2013 Class 2A state runner-up team. First, the Lakers will have to feast on another competitive regular season schedule, before hopefully making another trip back to Jordan, where the Class 2A state meet will be held. “We return four hungry kids, they were disappointed in the outcome of last year’s state meet,” said DL head coach Bob Gorden.
There will be plenty of opportunities for the inexperienced players coming up to the Detroit Lakes baseball team after the Lakers had a big class of seniors graduate off of last year’s team. The Lakers will have just five seniors this year, but only four to five total players with varsity experience. “It’s an issue we’ll have to deal with this season,” said DL head coach Steve Fuhs on the team’s experience shortcomings. Th
A trio of Minnesota Flyer gymnasts qualified for the Regional Finals after making the cut through the Minnesota State Meet last weekend in Minneapolis. Those who will be competing in the Regionals in Fargo April 10-13, include Justine Lawrence and twins Kennedy and Jackson Hegg. “It’s a big thing for these three,” said Flyers assistant coach Leesa Lindgaard.
The 2014 season is setting up to be a superb one for the Detroit Lakes girls’ track and field team, and the hard work being put into it is reinforcing that notion. After winning both the Section 8-2A True Team and Mid-State Conference last year, the Lakers are in very good position to defend both titles with a load of top-heavy talent coming back, along with serious depth in the younger ranks. “We don’t just have good track kids, we have good athletes,” said DL head girls’ coach Mike Labine.
There will be a pair of titles the Detroit Lakes boys’ track and field team will be looking to defend, while doing it with some seasoned and skilled athletes. The 2013 Lakers won both the Section 8-2A True Team championship and the Mid-State Conference title, with the majority of those same athletes back for the 2014 season. “Our team is definitely a factor in both the Mid-State and Section 8-2A True Team meets,” said DL head boys’ coach Bill Kvebak. “Both of these meets are goals for our team.
The escalator went up and up for the Detroit Lakes wrestling team, and they ended the 2013-14 season with one of their best endings yet. The Lakers qualified a DLHS record-high six wrestlers for the Class 2A state meet, while advancing to the Section 8-2A team championship, before losing to Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus. “The guys continued to get better each week,” said DL head coach Rob Ullyott.
When Lakes Area Boxing competitor Mikayla Avila of Detroit Lakes made her boxing debut in mid-March, all she knew was that she needed to fight and not back down. The...
There will be a little less room for error for the Detroit Lakes softball team, after they were bumped from Class 2A to Class 3A. But the challenge has been accepted, with some good experience returning at key positions. “It comes down to pitching and defense, if we can play those two well, we’ll be in every game,” said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. Teams in Section 8-3A include Alexandria, Becker, Bemidji, Big Lake, Brainerd, Monticello, Moorhead, Sartell, Sauk Rapids-Rice, St. Cloud Apollo and St.
Even though Detroit Lakes sixth grader Jackson Fields wasn’t even close to being born when the Miracle on Ice took place in 1980, he will be able to play firsthand where it all went down. Fields was named to the NHG Pride select hockey team this past season and will play in the CAN/AM games in Lake Placid, N.Y. March 27-30. The NHG Pride consists of PeeWee players who were born in 2001-02 from the upper Midwest, as they will face teams from around the U.S.