Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.
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For the last two seasons, the Lakes Area Screaming Eagles went limping along into the playoffs, resulting in a first-round loss each time. But this year, Lakes Area is a machine on a roll. Lakes Area will be hosting the Minnesota Sting Saturday in the Northern Power League playoffs, starting at 5 p.m. on the Frazee High School football field, and the team will be doing so riding a six-game winning streak. The regular season schedule ended with a dominating 42-0 victory over Central Minnesota last Saturday on the St. John's University field.
There was 100-percent love for homeboy LeBron James in the state and city he grew up in for the last decade, with not an ounce of hate for Ohio's most popular man. That dramatically changed at about 8:27 p.m. central time Thursday evening, as James turned his back on his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and decided to form one of the most-talented trios ever manifested in the NBA. James drew instant ire and bitterness in a sports town full of both, as he said he's taking his talents to Florida's South Beach team -- otherwise known at the Miami Heat.
There were two negative facets of the game which led to a sweep at the hands of the Fergus Falls Post 30 squad Thursday, as the Detroit Lakes Legion squad was inflicted with errors and walks. Post 15 suffered a pair of losses by the scores of 14-7 and 13-5 at Washington Ballpark, after six errors led to 10 unearned runs in game one and 10 walks aided Fergus Falls in game two. "Those are killers," said DL head coach Mitch McLeod on the errors and walks.
The battle for the Hi-10 League title is heating up, as the Detroit Lakes Angels are right in the thick of things. The Angels are currently leading the way with a 9-4 record, with three teams -- Wadena-Deer Creek, Bertha and Bluffton -- within one game. The annual Fourth of July game helped DL's cause, as the Angels pitched by the visiting Frazee Flames 6-2 at the DL High School field, due to Washington Ballpark being flooded from the previous night's downpour.
Defense was the equalizer for the Detroit Lakes Post 15 baseball squad, after giving up a bevy of walks Tuesday against visiting Thief River Falls. Post 15 managed the sweep by answering a couple of big Bandit early innings and committing just one error in the doubleheader. "We've eliminated the errors, now we just need to eliminate the walks," said DL head coach Mitch McLeod. "Our pitchers are not trying to walk guys, but they are not going aggressively against the bottom of the order.
A little patience paid off for the U-18 Detroit Lakes softball team in game one of a doubleheader against visiting Breckenridge Tuesday on the new field at Snappy Park. The Cowgirls kept the Lakers scoreless in the first three innings to build a 1-0 lead, but DL busted out for four runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to win 5-4. Breckenridge forced the split with a 15-8 win in the nightcap, keeping DL at .500 at 5-5. "We had a slow start in the first game, but the girls eventually came up with four runs in the fourth," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
The Izzo's VFW baseball team ran into a hot-hitting Perham squad Tuesday, losing their home doubleheader 10-0 and 13-3. The Izzo's squad was plagued with errors, thus forcing their pitchers to throw extra pitches and giving Perham extra at-bats in the losses. "We just weren't ready to play in the first game and our defense hurt us again," said VFW head coach Taylor Fuhs. "That is something we will continue to work on." Perham jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning in game one, while DL managed just one hit in the six innings of play.
For most youth who want to get out and play a round of golf, it consists of either buying a membership or paying for a green fee, getting in the car and driving to their course of choice. But for the Smith siblings -- Karter and Kate -- a round of golf is as easy as opening up the back door. The game of golf has been at the two Smiths' fingertips since they've been very young, when their parents -- Kris and Margery -- bought the Ironman Golf Course of Detroit Lakes in 2000.
A six-run lead wasn't safe for neither the Detroit Lakes nor Perham Legion baseball teams Tuesday. The Post 15 squad was the first to blow a 6-0 advantage after two innings, as the Buzz kept pecking into the deficit, before hitting the apex with a six-run fifth inning to win 10-6 in game one of a doubleheader in Perham Tuesday. In the nightcap, it was the Lakers turn to bail out of a 6-0 hole after two innings, tying the game in the top of the fourth, but ultimately losing in the bottom of the seventh 7-6. "Defensively, I was very frustrated," said DL head coach Mitch McLeod.
For the Detroit Lakes Izzo's VFW players, the next step is right around the corner. It's the job of head coach Taylor Fuhs to prepare them to round that corner smoothly as the VFW season progresses. After a convincing sweep of East Grand Forks last week by the scores of 11-10 and 22-3, the Izzo's squad has potentially done just that, after starting the season with six straight losses. "We recently have turned things around," Fuhs said. "We are going to stay with the fundamentals and learn how to see the ball, field the ball and throw strikes.