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It was time to get back into the swing of things as the Detroit Lakes wrestling team finished fifth out of eight teams at the Perham Invitational Saturday, in the Lakers' first action of 2010. It was a good meet to shake off the rust, as 10 of 12 DL wrestlers placed in the top six, highlighted by 119-pounder Mike Bellefeuille's division title. "I was OK with the performance, everyone wrestled well," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott.
The Detroit Lakes depth was at its best Friday in a 79-65 win over visiting Wadena-Deer Creek in a Mid-State Conference showdown. Laker leading scorer Josh Stalberger was tearing up the Wolverine defense to the tune of 12 points in the first half, but a badly-placed elbow to his nose knocked the junior post out for the game. The scoring onslaught didn't end with Stalberger's damaged nose, however. Instead DL finished with a total of five players scoring in double digits, including seven three pointers.
The important aspect for the Detroit Lakes boys' Nordic skiing team wasn't the fact they finished 38th in the 78-team Mesabi East meet at Giant's Ridge Saturday, it was who they finished ahead of. The Lakers were the second-best team to finish Saturday in Section 8-1A, just 18 points behind Little Falls, while sophomore Jake Richards introduced his name to the state Nordic skiing world by taking fifth overall in the 5K freestyle race with a time of 15:44.7. "This bodes well for us for the next couple of weeks because it gives us a boost in confidence," said DL head coach Dan Josephson.
Coming off two high-performance meets, the Detroit Lakes boys' Nordic skiing team continues to close the gap on the more traditional top teams. The Lakers finished second only to Bemidji, but with just a little improvement -- roughly 30 seconds -- DL could have toppled the Lumberjacks. Jake Richards won his second of three meets, topping Bemidji's Matt Lee by 12 seconds, after trailing the Lumberjack for much of the pursuit race. "Jake was able to make his move towards the end of the race to win," said DL head coach Dan Josephson.
A potent Staples-Motley offense was too much for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team to handle in an 81-66 defeat of the Lakers Tuesday. The Cardinals (10-1) scored from all over the floor, including 20 field goals and 11 three pointers in the victory. DL maintained with S-M in the first half, trailing just 41-34 at halftime, but the Cardinals had too much firepower in the second for the Lakers to stay with them.
The Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team recorded its first shutout win of the season with a 2-0 blanking of Pequot Lakes Tuesday. Freshman goalie Veronica Roy notched her first shutout as well, with 10 saves, while the Lakers pelted the Lightning's net 33 times. "We controlled the puck basically from start to finish and created some good scoring opportunities, but hit the pipe four or fives times," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.
A breakout game defensively built into the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team's second win of the season, a 57-43 home victory Tuesday over Wahpeton, N.D. Some high-pressure defense led to a bevy of turnovers by the visiting Huskies, while the Lakers had well spread out scoring -- mainly from 10 feet and within range for the high-percentage shot. "We had a height advantage on them and tried to work the ball inside," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson.
If the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team has the perseverance of their head coach, the Lakers will be a team to be reckoned with by the end of the season. DL head coach Mike Hoganson survived after being hit by a train. "Not many people can say that," Hoganson said of his unfortunate accident, in which he was headed to scout the Wahpeton, N.D. girls' team. Hoganson's car slid into the railroad tracks south of DL Saturday, which incidentally, was in front of an oncoming train.
Round one goes to the Lakers. After the first round of games in Mid-State Conference play, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team is 4-0 and in first place. The Lakers (7-2-2) extended their undefeated conference streak to four with a 5-1 win in Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday. "That is one of our goals is to win the conference," said DL head coach Chris Denardo.
Fielding a team of 20 players, on the road and against the Northern Power League's top squad in the East, the Lakes Area Screaming Eagles found themselves backed into a corner. It was a game where the upstart Eagles (1-6) could have taken flight or decided to bear down and fight. The latter choice was made by the 20 players who were able to make the trip north to Duluth to face the 6-2 Shoremen at the Duluth Municipal Stadium Saturday.