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The Detroit Lakes volleyball team will be looking to generate some position motion heading into the Section 8-2A playoffs, which start Friday, Oct. 22. The Lakers dropped a pair of 3-1 defeats Monday and Tuesday in Fergus Falls and Perham, which puts DL either at a No. 4 or 5 seed in the South Sub-Section tournament. "If we could have cut our unforced errors in half, we could have won both games," said DL head coach Jim Wood. "Monday against Fergus Falls, where we were as a team, we just were not ready to play.
Practice makes perfect. That adage goes double for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer, which is now a perfect 2-0 in playoff shootouts, the latest one propelling the Lakers to the Section 8-1A championship game. The Lakers once again survived the last straw in a playoff game can offer, after toppling No. 4 South seed St. Cloud Cathedral 4-2 Tuesday on the DL Soccer Field Complex. And once again, it was junior goalie Courtney Gray who played a big hand in it -- literally. Gray was able to lay a right hand on the Crusaders' first shootout kick, deflecting it harmlessly right.
A grinding opening series by the visiting Frazee football team set the tone for a 45-6 beat down of the host Pine River-Backus Tigers Friday. On the opening possession of the game, the Hornets (5-2) put together a 70-yard touchdown drive that took over six minutes off the clock. The Hornet backfield duo of Kody Sorenson and Mike Moltzan plowed through some nice holes, rushing for 137 and 144 yards, respectively. Sorenson also found the end zone three times, as Moltzan broke the pylons twice. Bruce Lemon added Frazee's final touchdown.
DETROIT LAKES - That explosion Detroit Lakes' residents heard Friday night wasn't that of the Holiday gas station blowing up or a 747 jetliner falling out of the sky. Nope, that explosion was that of the Detroit Lakes offense, which piled on 623 of total yards in an impressive 39-22 victory over visiting Class 3A's No. 6 ranked Thief River Falls. Junior quarterback Joe Mollberg was the main culprit for all the noise, compiling 426 total yards, which included 166 yards on 20 carries (8.3 per rush) and 260 yards passing (28.9 yards per completion).
After losing to their Mid-State Conference rival Perham by just one point a couple of weeks ago, the Detroit Lakes girls' swimming and diving team was more than motivated in the Lakers' home finale Thursday inside the BTD Aquatics Center. That motivation rolled into a nice 96-89 victory over the Yellowjackets, as the DL senior quad of Melissa Paakh, Ashtin Spies, Andi Weiss and Libby Larson propelled the Lakers to the victory. "The girls were focused from the get-go," said DL head coach Carol McCarthy.
After stuffing one penalty kick in Detroit Lakes' second round playoff game, Laker junior goalie Courtney Gray figured she was done with those point-blank shots every goaltender loathes. Boy, was she wrong. Gray had to see five more penalty shots in Thursday's shootout against visiting No. 3 Bemidji, with the junior goalkeeper saving two, to ensure a 4-3 Laker victory to help DL advance to the Section 8-1A semifinals Tuesday. The No. 2 Lakers (9-8-3) will host No. 4 St. Cloud Cathedral (12-7-1) Tuesday on the DL Soccer Complex fields, starting at 4 p.m.
It was a crucial call during a critical time -- and it may have cost the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team its season. A handball foul called during the second round of the Section 8-1A playoffs Thursday resulted in the game's lone goal, as Bemidji ended the Lakers' season 1-0. Laker head coach Justin Wegleitner didn't agree that it was an intentional handball -- which led to a penalty kick -- by senior captain Cole Neumeister, occurring in the first half at the 28th minute.
Senior Joelle Langworthy finished her prep tennis career by making her mark a big one on the Detroit Lakes girls' program. Langworthy played to a third-place finish in the Section 8-1A singles playoffs, the highest place for a Laker in over two decades. "That's a huge accomplishment," said DL head coach Kris Omberg. "It was the best-case scenario, besides making state." Langworthy received a first-round bye in the section tournament, then proceeded to down Brainerd's Briana Radenbacher in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
The confidence was running high for the Detroit Lakes boys' cross country team entering the Mid-State Conference meet, and it was more than justified, as the Lakers cruised to a dominating win. The victory Thursday in Pequot Lakes was the Lakers' second-straight conference title, as DL runners swept the top three slots, while six earned all-conference honors. "It's nice seeing our sixth runner beating most of the teams' second-best runner," said DL head coach Bill Kvebak. "The only key (Thursday) was to show up and run our race.
Although it was business as usual for the Detroit Lakes girls' cross country team, they did accomplish something which hasn't been usual for a Laker team in up to 15 years -- they won the Mid-State Conference championship. The Lakers ran away with their first Mid-State title in well over a decade with 47 team points, 11 better than second-place Park Rapids' 58 Thursday in Pequot Lakes. "We approached the meet as just another meet, regardless if it was conference, I still wanted to see improvement," said DL head girls coach Jon Freeman.