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DETROIT LAKES - 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 flying high 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.
Despite losing to East Grand Forks by a 6-1 score, the Detroit Lakes girls tennis team was just short of making the score plenty different in the Lakers' Thursday triangular. DL brought three third-set tiebreakers against EGF, but lost in every one to set up the lopsided final score. Only the Laker No. 1 doubles team of senior Tess Hamre and junior Brianna Seebold scored a victory, with a pair of 6-1 wins over Erika Prichett and Katie Berggren. It was the tiebreakers where the Lakers really faltered, said DL head coach Kris Omberg. "We struggled closing the door," Omberg said.
For the third time in as many weeks, the Detroit Lakes boys' cross country team had a new leader across the finish line. Thursday it was junior Brandon Olson's turn, after he finished 24th with a time of 17:27.5 as the first Laker in during the Little Falls Invitational. A total of four DL runners finished under the 18-minute mark, which helped them to a seventh place finish out of 16 teams, ahead of seven Section 8-2A opponents. "This is by far the best race of Brandon's (Olson) career," said DL head boys' coach Bill Kvebak.
Playing on a much narrower and smaller field, the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team found a way to tighten up its defense and score a 1-0 win in East Grand Forks Thursday. With a strong headwind playing a major factor in the game, the Lakers were able to limit the Green Wave to just three shots on net in the first half. Although the game was tied 0-0 at halftime, the Lakers scored a small victory because they were playing that strong headwind in the first half, but still were able to keep EGF scoreless.
After starting out on a losing streak, the Detroit Lakes volleyball team has reversed its fortunes and put together a nice three-game winning streak to improve to 3-6 on the season. The Lakers picked up their first Mid-State Conference victory with a 3-0 win over visiting Park Rapids Thursday night. The win was highlighted by some strong serving and a breakout game by senior hitter Carrie Sorensen. It also has lessened the pressure on the Lakers, who played with confidence and a more positive outlook. "The girls had smiles on their faces all night," said DL head coach Jim Wood.
Getting to the net has not been the problem for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team, finishing the play has. The Lakers notched only two goals in their last two games, tying Fergus Falls Saturday 1-1 and losing in Minnewaska Monday by the score of 1-0. "We just have not finished our attacks," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "The key is to keep a cool head and not just react.
A 15-minute letdown spoiled a rather well-played game by the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team Monday, as the visiting Bemidji Lumberjacks reeled off a 3-1 win to drop the Lakers to 2-5-0 on the season. The Lumberjacks reeled off their three goals within a 15-minute span in the second half, despite the Lakers controlling possession for much of the game, as they were un able to cash that into goals. "They just started to find the creases in our defense in the second half," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner. "They found the backside of our defense open a couple of times.
After opening the season against two North Dakota state champions, the Detroit Lakes football team doesn't get much of an opportunity for a breather, with 2-0 Grand Rapids coming to town Friday. After a 49-7 thwarting in Bismarck, N.D., Friday, the Lakers will see yet another explosive offensive team in the Thunderhawks. Grand Rapids has routed its last two opponents by a wide gap of 90-0, which has featured a spread offense that puts up big aerial numbers.
The foundation for the 2010 season has finally been laid down for the Detroit Lakes volleyball team. The Lakers went 2-2 in the Coon Rapids Tournament Saturday, thus recording their first two wins of the season to improve to 2-6. "It really lifted their self-esteem a lot," said DL head coach Jim Wood. "They gained some confidence, after being down in the dumps by starting the season 0-4. But I foresee more wins coming up for them." The Lakers started the tournament with two losses, falling to both Fridley and Duluth East 2-0.
Yellow was unfortunately part of the colors for the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team in their game Saturday against undefeated Shanley. A total of nine yellow cards were called on the Lakers, while none were handed out to the Deacons, in an 8-1 defeat for DL. "The fouls were completely one-sided," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner. "At one point in the game, there were 15 fouls called on us and only two on Shanley.