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When Rick Lynch moved back to Detroit Lakes in the 1980’s after living in the Minneapolis metro area for 10 years, his love for the game of hockey still persisted. There was a loosely organized hockey night on Wednesdays for those out of high school, but it held very little competitive edge to it. “When I first started playing on (Wednesday nights), we just had guys out there skating with jeans on and trucker wallets in their back pockets and basically just passed the puck around,” said Lynch, who owns Shoreham Hotel in DL.
The ability to find the net became a strength for the Detroit Lakes boys’ hockey team, as they skated their way to an impressive 17-8-1 record. The Lakers busted out a potent first line in which collected a total of 145 points, led by sophomore center Jon Richards’ 55 points and followed by junior Ryan DeConcini’s 53 and senior Wilson Lysford’s 37 points. Richards had 22 goals and 33 assists, while DeConcini had a 24-29 line and Lysford, 14-23. “We had a lot of speed and they clicked from the start,” said DL head coach Chris Denardo.
After starting the 2013-14 season with a dismal 1-3 record, one would have never thought a breakout season was in store for the Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball team. By the time the dust settled on the season, the Lakers doubled their win total from a year ago with a 20-win season, while putting that 1-3 mark in the rearview mirror and going 19-4 the rest of the way through. “I think we became a well-rounded team, one in which could score from both the inside and outside, while playing good defense,” said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. Although the Lakers’ playoff run was short-lived af
Mark the 2013-14 season down for the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team, since it could be the start of many good things to come for the Lakers. The gorilla was yanked off the Lakers’ back with their clinching of the Section 8-1A championship, thus snapping an 11-year run by the Perham Yellowjackets. It was that meet win which defined the Lakers’ season, not necessarily the first state appearance in 12 years. “There was more stress and pressure in that section meet than the state,” said DL head coach Steve Zamzo.
Positive steps were taken for the Detroit Lakes girls’ hockey team, after finishing 7-11-4 and playing to the Section 6-1A playoff semifinals. There was an uptick in goal production for the Lakers, while junior goalie Veronica Badurek filled the net nicely as goalie. “I thought our shooting and getting the puck to the net progressed nicely throughout the season,” said DL head coach Gretchen Norby. “We needed to put some points on the board in order to win hockey games and it was nice to see some spread out scoring to do that.
With a final record of 18-9, along with a Mid-State Conference championship, there were plenty of good marks checked off the 2013-14 Detroit Lakes boys’ basketball teams’ goal list. Although a deep playoff run was not in the cards, the Lakers have plenty to build off of for next year, as they will return the bulk of this year’s team. “We wanted to get to the section finals and win it, but that didn’t happen,” said DL head coach Robb Flint. “But we wanted to win 18 games and did that. We wanted to sweep Thief River Falls and we did that.
The change over for the Minnesota Vikings has already been pretty drastic after a disappointing 5-10-1 record, and more is sure to come. The ousters have come and gone, with the replacements already warming the coaches’ offices at Winter Park. With the big change over in coaches, from the soft-spoken, conservative nature of Leslie Frazier to the aggressive, acid-tongued Mike Zimmer, the path through free agency and the NFL draft will certainly be dictated by the new look coaching staff. Defensively, the Vikings go from the soft-cover Tampa-Two scheme, to the more in-your-face attack n
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After finishing fourth in the Class 1A team tournament, the Frazee wrestling team had six wrestlers in the individual portion of the tournament Friday and Saturday inside the Xcel Energy Center in St.
After enduring three straight years of losing in the section semifinals, United Clay Becker senior Mason Swegarden broke through and won the Section 8-2A 145-pound division, making it his second berth in the state wrestling meet. Now Swegarden is a state placer. The UCB captain and the all-time leader in wins at Lake Park-Audubon, wrestled his way to a fourth-place finish in the 145-pound division. Swegarden won his first two matches with a 4-1 victory in the opening round over Aaron Sweeney of Watertown-Mayer Friday inside the Xcel Energy