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Frustration abounded for the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team after a 1-0 loss to visiting East Grand Forks Thursday. After controlling the majority of possession through the first and second half, the Laker's pressure on the Green Wave net was constant, but didn't produce any results. "We controlled possession and had great pressure on their net, but we couldn't finish," said junior midfielder Cody Jordan.
The Detroit Lakes girls' tennis team received a boost Tuesday with a 7-0 win in Perham. All singles and doubles for the Lakers played well, as the team is preparing for the Sub-Section 8-1A meet. "The singles cruised and the doubles' teams are doing well working on their communication and working on their serving and working together," said DL head coach Kris Omberg.
In a way, playing sports was a savior for 1964 Detroit Lakes High School graduate Ed Larson. "If I had my way, I would have quit school before I got to high school if not for sports," Larson said. "My grades in junior high were terrible. I did just enough to be eligible for sports and keep my folks off my back." But as Larson matured through his high school years, his sports career -- and academic grades -- blossomed.
There are many different ways people use to push their personal limits to fulfill their need to walk on the edge. For most of these thrill-seekers, speed enters the equation at some point, and there are a bevy of ways to accomplish this. Detroit Lakes' Scott Laudon and Audubon's Jeff Quam both use speed -- high speed, that is -- to fix that need for pushing their limits. In both cases, that high speed is obtained by jumping on their motorcycles, which act like their own personal rocket, to reach speeds up to 180 miles per hour, while navigating twists and turns.
The Detroit Lakes volleyball is still trying to find their groove, but there is starting to be a trench formed, despite a setback Tuesday in East Grand Forks. The Green Wave came out on top 3-1 against a sluggish Laker team, which had trouble dealing with their unforced errors in the 25-20, 25-29 and 25-18 losses. They salvaged a 25-17 win in the third set. "The girls had a lot of mental errors and unforced errors," said DL head coach Jim Wood.
Detroit Lakes head girls' cross country coach Jon Freeman is looking for a shot to cure what ails his young Laker team. That shot, he hopes, contains a big dose of confidence, because the talent is already there -- now the runners have to believe it. "We're still not hitting on all cylinders, yet," Freeman said. "They are also hesitating to push themselves to the limit. "These girls are young, but experienced runners.
The knock on the Section 8-2A door just went up a couple of decibels from the Detroit Lakes boys' cross country team. For the first time in Laker history, a DL boys' cross country team won its Class 3A meet in the Milaca Mega-Meet Saturday, collecting 71 points and topping perennial Section 8-2A power Sartell, which had a mark of 83. It's by far the Lakers' biggest win of the season and it rivals their Mid-State Conference title from last year. "This is the first time a DL team finished in the top three, even," said Laker head boys' coach Bill Kvebak.
After pulling back above water to the .500 mark, the next few steps for the Detroit Lakes football team is to start picking up ground in the Section 8-4A point standings. Starting the season 0-2, with two losses to a pair of North Dakota state champions, the Lakers have reeled off consecutive wins by outscoring both Grand Rapids and Fargo Davies by a combined 65-8 score. It's not a coincidence the Lakers also have outrushed both teams, while limiting their turnovers to more than manageable proportions.
After almost a week layoff of competitive action, the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team finally bolted back onto the field and they did it in resounding fashion. With their last two games being postponed due to soggy weather, the Lakers pummeled a short-handed Walker/Hackensack-Akeley team 8-1 Tuesday. The longer road trip to Walker didn't affect the Lakers, as they scored early and often, starting with a tally two minutes into the game. "We went in not wanting to be predictable and spread the ball around," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner.
Wally Walbaum's elite accomplishments as a Detroit Lakes athlete have stood the rigorous test of time, as he still is considered one of the best Laker track and field competitors to lace up the shoes. Walbaum currently is still third on the Laker's highest career point list in track -- and that's after 61 years and thousands of DL athletes. But Walbaum also excelled in football and basketball during his time as a Laker athlete and for that, he is being inducted into the second-ever Hall of Honor class of DLHS.