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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.
Even breaking tradition couldn't stop Detroit Lakes Henrik Bewarder from making history by becoming the school's first-ever state champion in swimming. Bewarder brought home the gold in the Class 1A 500-yard freestyle event Saturday inside the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center, beating the state field with a time of 4:47.47. And that was even after he broke a state-meet tradition by not wearing a cap during his finals race, instead going with the full hair-do look and feel.
It was an unfortunate end to a brilliant career for Detroit Lakes senior Brent Eidenschink. Leaving as one of the best Laker grapplers ever, Eidenschink missed out on his most coveted goal -- a state championship -- by just seven seconds. Wrestling in the Class 2A 189-pound championship match against Fulda/Murray County Central senior Nick Henning, Eidenschink was holding a 1-0 advantage late in the third period, after a very close battle in the first two frames. But it would all come down to the final seven seconds, and who was able to make the first move.
Frazee knew the rush was coming from Canby -- and it did come. Trying to fend off a charging Canby Lancer wrestling team, the Hornets tried their best to hold on to their potential fourth state championship, but instead it turned into Frazee's third state runner-up finish. The Lancers' heavyweight, Evan Hacker, put the bold exclamation point on one of the state tournament's best duels of the weekend when he was able to pin Hornet Nick Galbrecht in 2:58 to give Canby a stunning 25-24 win.
This time, restraint and focus won out over excitement and inexperience -- which resulted in Dion Sgro's first professional fight victory. Sgro exacted revenge over Travis McCullough Saturday night inside the Fargo Civic Center -- the same place and fighter the Detroit Lakes native faced in his pro debut -- after stretching the boxing bout to four rounds to capture the decision in what was described as the most exciting fight on the "Middleweight Madness" card. "I wanted and needed this one more this time, for myself," Sgro said of his first professional win.
There was a wall erected Friday inside the Xcel Energy Center, and several of the Frazee wrestlers hit it. That wall came in the form of the Class 1A individual semifinals, as four Hornets climbed to the final four of their respected divisions, only to be halted there with an 0-4 showing. All four of those Frazee grapplers would place, still giving the Hornets a very respectable showing in the Class 1A individual tournament, to which they sent a total of 10 athletes. "Everyone but one of our wrestlers won a match at state," said Frazee head coach John Barlund.
After closing out the regular season with consecutive wins over Thief River Falls and Park Rapids, the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team was awarded the No. 2 seed in the lower bracket of the upcoming Section 8-3A playoffs. The Lakers' opponent will be a very familiar one in Park Rapids, which finished with the No. 3 seed. DL will host the Panthers Thursday inside Ralph Anderson Gym, beginning at 7 p.m. The Lakers have had good success against the Panthers, going 2-0 against their Mid-State foe.