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The last time the Detroit Lakes boys' golf team wasn't Mid-State Conference champions -- Bill Clinton was president, the Howard Stern radio show started its first broadcast and the Florida Marlins played their first-ever season. The Lakers' Mid-State Conference championship streak reached 17 in a row after DL shot a meet-low 295 Tuesday at the Detroit Country Club, while freshman Karter Smith earned medalist laurels with a one-under par 70. Smith rebounded nicely after a rough Northwest Classic Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Everything literally came together for the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team -- and that even includes perfect timing. Personal and team goals were met and eclipsed during the Mid-State Conference meet Tuesday at the Detroit Country Club, as the Lakers clinched the team title and individual medalist laurels. The Lakers shot a season-low 338, while reaching the goal set forth before the meet of all six DL girls shooting underneath 100. Eighth grader Matty Tschider also shot a career-best 81 to share medalist honors with Staples-Motley's Emily Israelson.
Something new joined the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team during their meet at The Vintage in Staples Saturday -- sun and warm temperatures. It was a welcomed site for the Lakers, who finished fifth as a team against some top-notch competition. Along with the nice weather came a little switch-up in the DL lineup, as coach Cali Harrier moved some of the girls around in the lineup. It worked well, as eighth grader Trisa Hutchinson finished 10th overall with an 83, while sophomore Courtney Hedstrom shot an 86 and eighth grader Matty Tschider an 87.
It was less than ideal conditions for a track and field meet, but the Section 8 True Team meet was held under blustery, rainy and cold conditions Thursday in Staples. The stormy weather didn't deter the Laker girls from having a consistent meet and scored a 486 for second place, behind section champion Sartell's 582. "It was a good meet for us, so I can't complain about the girls' great effort," said DL girls' head coach Mike Labine. "Sartell, though, is that good.
Detroit Lakes senior Nate Ginnaty's play the last few meets has bolstered an already deep Laker lineup and his 146 score during the Northwest Classic at the Detroit Country Club strengthen his place on the team. Ginnaty was DL's bright spot in the two-day tournament after he shot a three-over par 74 Friday and a one-over 72 Saturday to finish fifth overall. "Nate really stepped it up and showed he can play on a high level," said DL head coach Bob Gorden. "Overall, as a team, we played well, not great.
After a Mid-State split in Park Rapids Friday, the Detroit Lakes softball team maintained control of their own destiny for their quest of a conference title. The Lakers used a 10-run sixth inning to prevail in game one of a doubleheader against the Panthers in an 11-2 win, while Park Rapids rebounded in the nightcap with a 6-3 victory. DL senior pitcher Callea Butz had control and velocity on her pitches in each game, while the Laker defense backed her up well with only one error total in both tilts.
The Detroit Lakes and Staples-Motley boys' tennis teams each were dominant in either singles or doubles, as the two squads shared the Mid-State Conference championship Friday in Park Rapids. The Lakers swept doubles play -- winning all their matches -- while the Cardinals won all four singles titles, with both teams finishing with 23 points. It still was quite an accomplishment for the Lakers, though, who are having a solid season. "It's a huge win for us," said DL head coach Wade Johnson. "I thought we would have had to play a perfect meet to win it and we played near perfection.
The weather was cold, drizzly and gloomy, but in the end, it couldn't deter the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team from having a solid showing in the Menahga Invite at Blueberry Pines Golf Course Thursday. Several beginnings for a couple of the Laker players weren't auspicious, but nice recoveries on the back nine allowed DL to finish second only to state-ranked Grand Rapids 329 to 359. Eighth grader Matty Tschider finished with an 84 for fourth place overall, while Trisa Hutchinson shot an 87, Natalie Roth a 93 and Courtney Hedstrom a 95.
Age does not discriminate, especially for the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team. Entering the season, one would think the Lakers were in rebuilding mode, with no seniors or juniors on the roster. No, the Lakers were heading into the 2010 season with just a couple sophomores and the rest seventh and eighth graders, making each meet almost looking like a junior varsity one. But these young Lakers are not playing like junior varsity players; instead they are hanging tough with all the varsity teams in their meets.
The Detroit Lakes boys' golf team just got a little bit stronger. After playing a very formidable schedule competitively, the Lakers received a boost Monday in Bemidji with the return of junior Tanner Lane, who recovered from a shoulder injury suffered in the prep hockey playoffs. Though Lane was DL's sixth man after shooting an 82, his potential and eventual improvement will help solidify an already potent lineup. "It's nice to get Tanner back out there," said DL head coach Bob Gorden.