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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.
Tuesday's narrow defeat by the visiting Perham/New York Mills Yellowjackets proved that every swimmer and diver counts, along with every place and point. The DL girls swimming and dive team were out-touched by the Yellowjackets 93-92, after Perham finished second and third in the final event of the 400-yard freestyle relay. But the meet was turned in favor of Perham in the 100 breaststroke, where each of Kelsey Kratzke, Beth and Annie Ingebrand swept the top three spots. "The breaststroke has been a pain in our sore spot this far this season," said DL head coach Carol McCarthy.
DETROIT LAKES - A 66-yard bomb play from Detroit Lakes junior quarterback Joe Mollberg to senior wide receiver Josh Stalberger Friday evening may now be burned into future Laker opponents' gameplans. The long pass play broke the backs of the visiting Fargo Davies football team, with 1:25 left in the first half to put DL firmly in control 31-0, as they cruised to a 38-2 victory Friday at Mollberg Field. The play itself was a thing of beauty: Mollberg's tight spiral hit Stalberger perfectly on the run, as the tall wideout split the Fargo defense in half.
Being named as one of the best athletes of the half-century in 1950 will definitely put you on any hall of fame list. That's exactly what Detroit Lakes athlete Norris Johnson was known for through the mid-1900s, and it's a good starting point for his induction into the second Laker Hall of Honor, which will be held Oct. 15-16. "He was easily one of the top three athletes I have seen play in Detroit Lakes," said 1944 DLHS graduate Wes Ohman.
Although a 3-2 score appears to be close, the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team had its road game in Crookston well under hand by dominating most of the possession for their sixth win of the season. Bobbing above .500 for the first time this season at 6-5-1, the Lakers didn't get ahead of themselves against their section rival Crookston, a team DL handled earlier in the season. "We controlled the ball about 90-percent of the time and we held possession well in the midfield for most of the game," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner.
With their first win of the season finally in the books, the Detroit Lakes football team now can start making plans of trying to put together a winning streak and start making a climb in the Section 8-4A rankings. Although the Lakers are sitting at 1-2, there isn't a team in the section which is pulling away, with Alexandria holding the top spot with 28 points and a 3-0 record. But the Cardinals play in the rugged Central Lakes Conference and have some tough matchups against Bemidji and Moorhead.
The Detroit Lakes girls' tennis team hit both ends of the spectrum of the shutout Monday and Tuesday. The Lakers blanked host Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0 Monday, but were shutout by Bemidji, while losing to Crookston 5-2 in Tuesday's triangular. "It was a nice win against Wadena-Deer Creek," said DL head coach Kris Omberg. Senior Joelle Langworthy kept up her stellar pace towards sub-section play at No. 1 singles, downing Macy Hartman 6-0 in both sets, while sophomore Katie Anderson won No. 2 singles over Paige Hartman 6-1, 6-3.
Finishing what is started has been one of the hiccups for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team, but it hasn't been a big affect in the loss column -- yet. The Lakers pulled out a narrow 2-1 victory over visiting Crookston Tuesday on the DL Rotary Soccer Complex, while dominating the shots on goal. Junior midfielder Carly Busker's nice penalty area goal at the 59:05 mark was the eventual winning goal, after the Lakers continually applied pressure on the Pirate net throughout the entire game.
Much like a test with a big red circled "A" on it, the Detroit Lakes football team had all the answers against a high-scoring Grand Rapids team which entered Friday's game 2-0 and ranked No. 10 in Class 4A. The Thunderhawks were high-flying before Friday's tilt, scoring a combined 90 points in their two decisive victories, but against a reborn Laker defense, they struggled to put up much of a fight as DL picked up its first win of the season 27-6.
For the past several seasons, the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team has used the West Fargo Tournament as a boost into the final stretch of the season. For the last two years, the Lakers have come out of West Fargo as champions and this year was a near miss of being a three-time champ. The Lakers finished 2-1 in the weekend tourney and tied for second overall, behind currently undefeated Shanley and tied with Bismarck St. Mary's. "It was a good weekend," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner.