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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.
When high school female athletics was just starting to hit its prime in the late 1980s to early 1990s, Detroit Lakes' Anne (Schiller) Riddle was well ahead of the curve. Known as a natural athlete, Riddle excelled in three sports for the Lakers, including volleyball, basketball and track and field. Her accomplishments are still recognized today, though she graduated in 1992. For that, Riddle will be inducted into the second Laker Hall of Honor class this Saturday, during the banquet ceremony at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.
The Detroit Lakes football program will come full circle Friday during the Lakers' Homecoming game against Thief River Falls. The rising and hard-charging Laker squad -- the owner of a four-game winning streak -- will have the 1992 DL football team in the stands as Laker Hall of Honor inductees. It was that 1992 team which put the Laker football program on the map with the school's first-ever team state championship, which eventually led to a football powerhouse with three more state titles to its name.
There was a slight cool breeze coming out of the west during the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer first round playoff game Tuesday, but that's not what was giving the Lakers a chill. It was their 1-0 halftime lead over the No. 7 seeded Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves which gave DL its cold feeling. But after two quick goals in the second half, the No. 2 Lakers warmed up to their offensive ways once again, as they routed the Wolves 5-0 to advance to the second round. DL will host No. 3 Bemidji Thursday at 4 p.m. on the Rotary Soccer Complex.
The "Crookston Curse" will not be a factor this time around in the Section 8-1A playoffs for the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team. After losing to the Pirates in the playoffs the last several seasons -- including last year's upset of the Lakers in round one -- DL tore that monkey off its back with a commanding 4-0 victory Tuesday. The No. 3 Lakers scored early and often against the defensive-minded No. 6 Pirates, as DL held a sizable 3-0 edge heading into halftime.
The Detroit Lakes volleyball team took care of their own business against a rebuilding Staples-Motley team, winning in sweeping fashion by the scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-18 Tuesday inside Ralph Anderson Gym. The Lakers improved to 9-11 on the season after three clean games, where the Cardinals couldn't mount much pressure on the DL defense. DL head coach Jim Wood also was able to see what his bench players had, with all 14 gettingi time on the floor. "It was good to see some of the players who haven't seen a lot of time play well," Wood said.
The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' soccer teams will each begin the Section 8-1A playoffs at home. There will be a double dose of playoff soccer Tuesday, as the North No. 2 seeded Laker girls (7-8-3) will host No. 7 Walker/Hackensack-Akeley (1-9-0) and the No. 3 DL boys' team (7-8-1) will take on No. 6 Crookston (3-12-1). Both games will start at 4:30 p.m. on the DL Rotary Soccer Complex. If the Laker boys win, they will face either No. Bemidji (12-4-1) or No. 7 W/H-A (0-10-0) Thursday at the high seed.
It was a season to remember and one which introduced Detroit Lakes as a football power to the rest of the state. The 1992 football season for the Detroit Lakes Lakers literally put the DLHS on the sports map in the state of Minnesota. It was a season which produced amazing statistics, dominating performances and last, but not least, DL's first-ever state team championship. The Lakers were absolutely dominating in 1992, which was headed by perfect balance on offense and defense.
Boom, boom! That's what a short-handed Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team felt in it's regular season finale after host Hillcrest pumped in two quick goals against them Thursday, which eventually led to a 3-1 defeat to the Comets. "I think our guys forgot what the opening whistle was," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner. "Because they were not ready for it." The Comets -- which clinched the top seed in the North Section 8-1A side and the conference championship -- scored 40 seconds into the game and another at the 2:50 mark.
The timing was perfect for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team to come out swinging, as they prepare for the Section 8-1A playoffs, which start Tuesday. After a lackluster performance against Moorhead last Monday, the Lakers handled the visiting Bemidji Lumberjacks 3-0 Thursday, thus clinching second place in the conference and a potential No. 2 seed in the North half of the section. "My team showed up," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "They may not have been here against Moorhead, but they came out motivated against Bemidji.