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It was a shot of a lifetime for 60-year-old Jim Fredrickson of Detroit Lakes. Fredrickson inked his name in the Safari Club International (SCI) record books, after he dropped a gold-rated antelope in Riverton, Wyo., last month. The antelope's rack scored an 80 5/8 on the SCI scoring grid, which is now tied for 24th in the world. The world ranking is in the bow class, as Fredrickson downed the antelope with his bow and arrow from 60 yards out. "I didn't realize how large it was until my guide (of Wyoming Trophy Outfitters) started talking how big it was," Fredrickson said.
For the second straight game, the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team lost a winnable game by the score of 1-0. This time, the Lakers played the tough Moorhead Spuds to their limit Monday, but still fell short in the shutout. The loss drops the Lakers to 7-7-1 on the season, though they still are positioning themselves for a top three seed in the Section 8-1A playoffs. "We played well; we had some early opportunities to score, but just didn't finish," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner.
There was no denying the natural athletic talent Tom Evans was gifted with during his Detroit Lakes Laker playing days, but there was a key moment which turned his entire career -- if not his life -- around, right before his junior season. Although it was none too pleasant, it wasn't subtle and it hit Evans like a ton of bricks -- but the words he heard turned his entire perspective around on his approach to sports.
After unveiling a two-headed offensive attack in Duluth Friday, the Detroit Lakes football team is starting to hum up their run into the final stretch run of the season. There are still some formidable obstacles in front of the rolling Lakers -- winners of their last three games -- but they have picked up some ground in the Section 8-4A standings after collecting Class 5A points with their 34-17 win over Duluth Central Friday. The Lakers (3-2) are currently fourth in the rankings with 29 points, behind first-place Sartell at 39, Alexandria at 38 and Sauk Rapids with 30 points.
The Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team overcame a pair of tough losses against high-level teams, with a convincing 4-1 victory in Hillcrest Tuesday. The win came at the heels of a 5-0 loss to Moorhead Monday and a 4-0 defeat in East Grand Forks Saturday, thus giving the Lakers a mark of 6-7-3. Thursday's final regular season game against Bemidji will be for the No. 2 seed in both the Sub-Section and the conference. The Lakers took control early against Hillcrest, as senior forward Sami Kiebke scored 30 seconds into the game.
Now the Detroit Lakes boys' cross country team knows what it will have to do in the upcoming Section 8-2A meet -- and it will not be an easy task. The Lakers finished eighth in the Fergus Falls Invite, which is the site for the Section 8-2A meet, and attracted all but one of the section teams Thursday, Sept. 30. "I think you can call it an eye-opener," said DL head coach Bill Kvebak. "It does show where we're at, too.
After almost a decade of making the long haul north to Duluth on an annual basis, Friday's game against Duluth Central could be the Detroit Lakes football team's last one in the Superior Lake city for the foreseeable future. So the Lakers made their last trip north with a nice lasting impression. The DL gridders put together their best game of the season, and most complete one as well, as they played solidly in all facets of the game and pulled above .500 with an impressive 34-17 victory over the Trojans.
DULUTH -- After almost a decade of making the long haul north to Duluth on an annual basis, Friday's game against Duluth Central could be the Detroit Lakes football team's last one in the Superior Lake city for the foreseeable future. So the Lakers left their last trip to Duluth with a nice lasting impression. The DL gridders played their best game of the season and most complete one, as they put together solid efforts in all facets of the game to pull above .500 with an impressive 34-17 victory over the Trojans.
Confidence, which is leading to more aggressive play, is starting to brew for the Detroit Lakes volleyball team, as they took the Hawley Nuggets to five games Thursday, before falling by a narrow 3-2 margin. The Nuggets won game five in a back-and-forth contest 15-11, after the Lakers salvaged game four 25-19 to force the decisive fifth set. The flow of the game on DL's side was more fluid, which was keyed by good passing, solid serve/receive and a big drop in unforced errors. "I think the team played as well as they have all season," said DL head coach Jim Wood.
The barometer is now set for the Section 8-2A cross country meet, after all but one team competed in the Fergus Falls Invite Thursday. The verdict for the girls' side of the section? "It's stacked," said DL head girls' coach Jon Freeman. "The section is just getting tougher and tougher." The Laker girls finished 11th out of 20 teams, with Monticello dominating the meet with 46 points. "Monticello will be the heavy-odds on favorite to win the section this year," Freeman said. "But our girls are out and improving constantly.