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If last year was a launching point for the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' Nordic skiing teams, this season should be full bore ahead. After sending each of junior Jake Richards, senior Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles and freshman Berit Ramstad-Skoyles to the Class 1A state meet last year, both Laker teams are as deep as they ever have been -- both in top-heavy talent and also in solid role skiers. "Just with the experience we have returning, we have some higher expectations," said DL head coach Dan Josephson. "We are excited about our depth and numbers out.
After breaking through to the state meet last year for the first time, the Detroit Lakes dance team is looking to build on that momentum this time around. But the Lakers will have to do it without five key members, who graduated after the 2010 season. Nevertheless, DL head coach Ronita Hackel is confident the team's depth will show through this season. "We lost five good seniors last year and our assistant coach, along with her sophomore daughter, which makes it tough," Hackel said. "But the numbers are great.
The 2010-11 season opened with a bitter-sweet aftertaste for the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team, with a bit more leaning to the former Thursday evening inside the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics facility. The Lakers started their 2010-11 campaign well, defeating the visiting Frazee Hornets 135.325 to 87.1, but in the process, lost one of their main contributors for the season. Junior Natalie Hoffert potentially broke her leg on her second vault -- which was DL's first event of the evening, after she scored a meet-best 9.525.
Good defense is based on hard work and hustle in basketball, so with that in mind, Detroit Lakes head basketball coach Robb Flint is expecting his players to be working hard this season. "Our main goal this year is to defend people," Flint said. "Defense comes down to hard work and determination. We need to get better defensively, we need to get after our opponents." The Lakers will return the bulk of their scoring players, which averaged 63 points a game. "If we can average that many points a game and if we can play good defense, we can win a lot of games," Flint included.
There will be eight seniors on the Detroit Lakes wrestling team, and it will be a core group who will have to lead the Lakers into the 2010-11 season. "Our senior leadership will be the number key to our season," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. "The second key will be the development of our younger wrestlers.
The Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team's bench made its presence felt in a convincing 56-40 season-opening victory in Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Saturday. The Lakers showed off their depth in the victory, as the foursome of point guard Rachel Shane, guard Makenzie Gedrose, guard Karli Kerzman and freshman Trisa Hutchinson combined to score 19 points, which helped ignite a couple of rallies to pull DL away from the Rebels. "I have to credit our bench with bringing energy and intensity to the game," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson.
If winning state championships is a good barometer of success, Detroit Lakes native Rory Fairbanks has been golden. After becoming the head swimming and diving coach for the Hutchinson Tigers 11 years ago, Fairbanks has collected three state team championships, three state runner-up finishes, nine section titles, nine individual and seven relay state banners. It's a long list of success for the soft-spoken former Laker, and it's been a great fit for both Fairbanks and the Hutchinson swimming program.
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.
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.
The Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team put a full game together to register their first win of the season with a 4-1 victory over visiting River Lakes Friday. The Lakers outshot the Stars by a 39-26 margin, while sophomore goalie Veronica Roy stymied the visitors for a 96 save percentage with 25 snuffs to help lead DL, which improves to 1-2 on the season. "We had a heavier offensive attack and the girls managed some timely goals," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.