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The matchups were not kind for the Detroit Lakes wrestling team against the Class 1A's No. 2 Frazee Hornets Thursday. The Hornets had their way with the Lakers in a 60-6 victory, as Frazee recorded six pins on the night. "That was one aspect I was very disappointment in, the amount of pins we gave up," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. "Obviously, Frazee is a good team and we didn't match up well at all with them.
Three Detroit Lakes Nordic skiers capped what is now known as the best Laker season ever, after doing well in the state meet at Giant's Ridge Thursday. Sophomore Jake Richards finished just outside of the top 20 with a 21st place finish in the pursuit, while his teammate, junior Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles placed well above his desired top 80 goal with a 59th place ranking. In the girls' state meet, eighth grader Berit Ramstad-Skoyles broke the ice on her hopeful state career with a 106th place finish overall. "This was the best DL season ever," said Laker head coach Dan Josephson.
Six Detroit Lakes boys' basketball players hit double digits in the scoring column as the Lakers pulled away from visiting Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Thursday for a 73-56 victory. The Lakers were able to work the inside early, as junior post Josh Stalberger knocked down five shots from inside the paint to help open up the perimeter later. It didn't matter where the Rebels focused their defense, it wasn't enough, as Stalberger found open shooters who sunk their shots home.
The final tune-ups are being made by the Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team, as they prepare for the Section 3-1A meet. The Lakers are coming off a 109-75 win in Morris Tuesday, as they were victorious in nine events. DL head coach Rian Heimark mixed up his lineup versus the Stingrays, with favorable results. Brandon Olson won the 200 freestyle with a 2:02.59 mark, while Jared Olson followed up with a win in the 200 individual medley at 2:34.95 and the 100 butterfly with a 1:12.73.
Just about everything went right for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team during their 72-21 rout of Park Rapids Tuesday inside the Ralph Anderson Gym. The Lakers used the Panthers as their slump-busters to break a four-game losing streak, while breaking out offensively and holding Park Rapids to just five points in the second half. "It was competitive early, since we were not making our shots, but we got the flow in the game and stared making our shots," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
The light at the end of the tunnel was finally reached for the Waubun girls' basketball team, after enduring some hardships over the course of the last three seasons. At times, the long and dark tunnel may have seemed almost impossible to navigate after the last three-season win totals including zero, one and five games. But the virtues of patience, hard work and a stubborn inner fortitude have paid off for the still-young Bomber squad. "It's time to shine," said junior guard Tracee Winter, who will be a five-year letterwinner by the end of her prep career.
The 2009-10 state Nordic ski meet can be looked on as a watershed moment for the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' programs. For the first time, DL is sending three skiers to the state meet, as sophomore Jake Richards and the brother/sister duo of Dylan and Berit Ramstad-Skoyles will hit the Giant's Ridge trails Thursday. The state meet will be Richards' and Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles' second trip, while Berit will be making her debut. Expectations are higher than last year for both Richards -- who won the Section 8 title -- and Dylan, who finished fourth.
Another pothole was hit by the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team, as they dropped their second straight Section 6-1A game with a 5-4 overtime loss in Little Falls Saturday. Several defensive breakdowns allowed the Flyers (6-16-1) to overcome a DL two-goal rally in the third period, as Austin Bjorge notched the winning overtime goal 1:34 into the extra period. "Their defense did the little things right to help win the game," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "Our defense was not on their game, either.
Two late goals by the visiting Morris/Benson girls' hockey team sunk the Lakers' hopes for a regular-season finale upset Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena. Two late goals by junior center Dani Schultz in the third period lifted the Storm (21-2) to a 3-2 victory over the Lakers (5-19-1) Saturday. The Lakers held onto a 2-1 advantage as time was winding down, after a goal by Emily Raboin (assist to Callie Johnson) and a third-period power play opportunity by Shannon Utecht.
Getting the basketball to the basket wasn't the problem for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team Saturday -- it was finishing it off which ended up being their downfall. The Lakers shot just 34 percent from the field and 25 percent at the free throw line in a 63-51 loss in Perham, as DL dropped to 7-11 and extended a four-game losing streak. "We got our looks at the basket and had some good shots, we just didn't finish them off," said DL head coach Robb Flint.