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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.
The wind played a big factor in Alexandria's golf invite at the Geneva Golf Course Saturday, but the experience was just another one added to the heap for the young Detroit Lakes girls' golf team. Fighting gusts which could easily take a shot off its intended course, the Lakers had to make adjustments on the fly -- and considering their third-place finish with a team score of 367, it worked out pretty good. "I thought they played pretty well considering the conditions," said DL coach Cali Harrier.
There's a simple formula which is being adhered to by the Detroit Lakes softball team -- good defense equals victories. That's been the trend for the Lakers, who had just one error on the day in a 9-2 victory over Crookston, to improve to 8-4 overall -- but more importantly, 6-1 in Section 8-2A. Senior pitcher Callea Butz had another solid outing, allowing five hits, striking out five and limiting her walks to just one. Add in yet another good day at the plate by the Laker batters in the form of 12 hits, and it all added up to DL's eighth win of the season.
The North Dakota State University track and field team is quickly finding out what the communities of Lake Park and Audubon already knew -- that Ashley Tingelstad and Toni Tollefson are pretty good athletes. The two Bison women's track and field athletes starred for the LP-A Raiders through the 2007-08 seasons, becoming the first two athletes in school history to claim state championships. Tollefson won the Class 1A state high jump championships in 2007 and 2008, while Tingelstad took the sprinting Triple Crown in 2008 after triumphing in each of the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash events.
A couple of young arms helped the Lakers improve to 7-3 on the season with a sweep of visiting Park Rapids Thursday at Washington Ballpark. Juniors Jordan Manning -- in his first varsity start -- and Ben Lindquist both went the distance, with each picking up victories by the scores of 6-1 and 9-4, respectively. "Jordan was throwing strikes and keeping the batters off balance with his curveball," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs.
For the second meet in a row, the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team was victorious. After trying for more consistency in their rounds, the Lakers have found it after winning the Wadena-Deer Creek meet Thursday with a team score of 350. Perham was second with a 361, while Brainerd tallied a 367. Not only did the Lakers take the team title, eighth grader Matty Tschider earned medalist laurels after shooting an 82 and winning the scorecard playoff over Brainerd's Jenny Muesing.
Even though most of the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team's roster reads like a junior high lineup, the Lakers are playing with the big dogs -- and beating them. The Lakers won their first meet of the season Monday after shooting a 349 in the Park Rapids meet at Headwaters Golf Course. The team's season-low of 349 was keyed by three scores of 90 or less, as eighth grader Trisa Hutchinson shot a team-low 82, followed by fellow eighth grader Matty Tschider's 85. The two finished second and third, respectively, in the meet.
The "little things" did in the Detroit Lakes baseball team in a sweep at the hands of the No. 4 ranked Staples-Motley Cardinals at Washington Ballpark Tuesday. Backed up by strong pitching by Gunner Johnson in a game-one thriller, the Cardinals were able to take one from the Lakers 4-2, then proceeded to take the nightcap 12-1 as well. Game one featured both teams' aces in the battle of the Johnsons, and it set up perfectly for a pitchers' duel, which occurred throughout all seven innings.
The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' track teams got an inkling this week of what they will be up against next Tuesday in the Section True Team meet at Staples. The Lakers competed in the Brainerd Quad Tuesday and face some top competition in Sartell, which is now in DL's section. The Laker girls had their usual solid meet, winning five events, including the 4x100 and 4x200 races. DL's Rose Jackson also won the 100 dash and Natalie Hoffert the 200 dash.
Hits and runs were at a premium for the Staples-Motley softball team, thanks to Detroit Lakes senior pitcher Callea Butz, who allowed just five hits and one run in a Laker doubleheader road sweep Tuesday. Not only was Butz putting the Cardinal batters down in order, the Laker defense also played its part by making it a rare occurrence for a S-M runner to get on base in a pair of 2-1 and 6-0 victories. "We played good defense overall and Callea was throwing strikes," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.