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The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team found yet another way to win a game Tuesday -- with a furious comeback, capped with a thrilling overtime goal. Trailing 4-1 to the visiting Park Rapids Panthers, the Lakers put together a three-goal second period, then eventually tied the game on a Kirby Inderrieden goal. That pushed the contest into overtime, where budding Laker star, senior forward Nate Baker put the game-winning shot past Panther goalie Scott Smith for the 6-5 victory. "This shows the guys they are not out of it no matter the score," said DL head coach Chris Denardo.
Cushions are more comfy than holes, as the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team has found out. After a three-goal first period, the Lakers used that 3-0 cushion to soften a Pequot Lakes rally and pull out a solid 7-4 victory Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena. A pair of special teams goals lifted the Lakers to a 2-0 advantage, which also involved a natural hat trick for DL junior forward Brianna Seebold. "We were playing a Pequot Lakes goalie (Katarina Jensen) who had a 92 percent save average, so it was a situation where the goaltending was strong," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.
With the snow here to stay, the Detroit Lakes Nordic skiing season kicked off Saturday in Grand Rapids. Neither the Laker boy's nor girls' teams were complete, due to several skiers being absent, but it still was a good barometer for DL head coach Dan Josephson to gauge what aspects need to be worked on this season. "Conditioning is one of the big things we'll be working on," Josephson said.
Defense was the balancing factor against 32 turnovers for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, which steamrolled visiting Crosby-Ironton in the Mid-State Conference opener Friday. Despite the turnovers, the Lakers stymied the Rangers with suffocating defense en route to a 63-40 victory, upping DL's record to 3-0. "The key to our 3-0 start has been 99 percent defense," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
Three words can sum up the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team's attitude heading into the 2010-11 season -- "Something to prove." After losing a combined 146 points with the losses of Minnesota's leading scorer Tanner Lane and Alex Phelps, there is some doubt DL can recover those types of points. "The kids definitely feel they have something to prove and they want to silence the critics," said DL head coach Chris Denardo.
After a stormy season last year, the Frazee boys' basketball team is looking to learn from the 2009-10 season for brighter skies this year. The key will be the experience the Hornets picked up last season, as well as some versatility on the team. Frazee will be able to go big with junior center Daniel Janu and senior Matt Brower, or small with some guards when both are out. "We are more experienced than in the past," said Frazee head coach Jason Reierson.
There will be plenty of continuity and comfort for the Frazee wrestling team, which will be expected to make another run for the Class 1A state title this season. The high expectations comes in the form the eight of nine state wrestlers from last year's team, including the majority coming back from the Class 1A state runner-up team of 2009-10. The Hornets lost one senior -- Jake Schermerhorn -- who qualified for the state meet individually. Also, 10 Hornets return after being big contributors on the state runnerup team, which lost to Jackson County Central in the title bout 32-
The 2010-11 season has brought high expectations once again for the talented Detroit Lakes gymnastics team, as they will gear up for another run for the state meet. The Lakers bring back a load of experience, as well as a ton of momentum after last year's outstanding season ended with DL's first-ever individual state championship. Senior Amy Crawford clinched Laker history after winning the 2009- 10 Class 1A state beam championship, after she scored a 9.55. Fellow senior teammate Bre Halbur also scored a medal in the state last year, after finishing second overall on the vault
There were plenty of bumps during last year's 5-21 season for the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team, but ultimately, they could make the Lakers a better team this time around. Plenty of experience was gained by the Lakers, as they return the good majority of last year's squad, including their top four scorers. "The girls gained a ton of court time last year and I hope it carries over into this year," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "I'm hoping that experience also increases their confidence on the court." Senior post Jen Matter returns as DL's leading scorer from a year ago
The building of the Lake Park-Audubon/Hawley wrestling team continues, as it is progressing quite nicely under head coach Travis Nagel. Both state qualifiers return to the United Cass Becker Badger team, to lead a much-improved squad into the 2010-11 season. Although the numbers are still a little low, Nagel is expecting more than several of his wrestlers to be contenders in every meet this season and hopefully by the end of it, fighting for a spot in state. "I've been seeing some huge improvement on the team," Nagel said. "We will look to improve every week.