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Despite it being quite early in the season, the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team is under transition for a couple of different reasons. The first came in the first meet of the season, when junior Natalie Hoffert was lost for the season after injuring her leg on a vault attempt. That was followed by the news that state vault runner-up Bre Halbur will not return due to an injury, thus losing two state qualifiers from a year ago.
Giving up a short-handed goal is one of the more demoralizing things that can happen to a hockey team, while lifting their opponents up with a bunch of positive momentum. In Thursday's home game against visiting Park Centre, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team used that short-handed goal momentum in the third period -- times two -- for a 4-2 win. The Lakers notched two early goals to take a 2-1 advantage, on a pair of power play tallies by senior forward Nate Baker and junior defenseman Ethan Brekke.
The start couldn't have been too much better for the Detroit Lakes wrestling team Thursday, after winning its first six matches against Mahnomen-Waubun, which paved the way to a 50-14 win. Of those first six wins, four were by fall and one was by technical fall, as the Cougars picked up three wins in the duel. "The bottom of our lineup has really started us off well and has given us a good spark to start matches off," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott.
The Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team hit an early-season bump after two consecutive losses to Thief River Falls and Pequot Lakes. The Lakers lost in Thief River Falls 67-63 on Nov. 30, then fell to Mid-State Conference foe Pequot Lakes 69-35 this Tuesday. The Patriots were hot from the start Tuesday evening, jumping on the Lakers 16-4 after six minutes of the first period. "Their full court and half court pressure took us out of our game plan," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "Pequot executed their defense and offense very well, and they are a talented, veteran team.
There was a herd of zebras inside the Detroit Lakes High School Wednesday, Dec. 1, as the Minnesota State High School League held one of its four basketball officiating clinics in the outstate school. The officiating clinic was the only one held outside the metro area, and it attracted 82 referees from around the Detroit Lakes region. "That's a good number for attendance," said MSHSL Associate Director Kevin Merkle. "Having these clinics helps keep the consistency for our officials.
All three lines scored for the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team as the Lakers thwarted the visiting Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Blue Devils by the score of 7-3 Tuesday. The win improves the Lakers to 2-4 on the season, after being swept over the weekend in a two-game series in International Falls. But the Lakers were able to break out in the scoring column by tallying the first five goals Tuesday for a comfortable lead midway through the third period, before the Blue Devils tacked on three consecutive goals.
The first, second and third line of defense held tough for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, as they were able to hold back Alexandria Tuesday by the score of 60-54. The Lakers also used a 19-28 performance from the free throw line -- with the majority of points coming in the second half -- to salt away a nice victory over the Cardinals. "Anytime you hold a team to under 55 points, that's a pretty good job defensively," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
A couple of early deep holes were too much to overcome for the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team in a pair of losses in International Falls Friday and Saturday. The Broncos (5-1-1) built early leads in both games, which eventually lead to victories of 7-0 and 5-2. "We didn't play well in the first period Friday, which led to a 5-0 deficit," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "They were prepared, we weren't." Assistant coach Bruce Raboin's niece Mackenzie Raboin of International Falls, scored the Bronco's first two goals, as they built a 5-0 lead in the first period Friday.
Not only will the Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team enter the season with their biggest numbers in quite some time, but they will with some of the most experience they've had in years, as well. The Lakers will be balanced, having both some top-heavy talents, as well as valuable depth which will be spread out in every event. All that spells some high expectations by the Lakers. "The kids have some big goals this year," said DL head swimming coach Rian Heimark. "They have set their goals high and we want to keep them high.
Looking to build on a stellar start to the season, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team continued their winning ways with a 10-7 win over visiting Northern Lakes Thursday, but also found there is still some work to do. The Laker attack once again was aggressive, crisp and potent, after converting 10 goals on 46 shots. Although DL head coach Chris Denardo was expecting a good showing by his team offensively, he wasn't foretelling giving up seven goals to the Lightning. "The entire night, overall, was sloppy," Denardo said.