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This year's Sub-Section 6-1A playoff run by the Lake Park-Audubon softball team is a good sign that the building process the Raiders have been under since starting the varsity program three years ago, is starting to produce some prime results. Entering the Sub-Section playoffs as the No. 7 seed, the Raiders promptly downed No. 8 Cass Lake-Bena in the play-in game, then proceeded to upset the No. 2 seeded Walker/Hackensack-Akeley to advance to the semifinals and one game away from the double-elimination portion of the tournament.
The Detroit Lakes tennis duo of Isaac Fondrick and Jake Hartman played to the Section 8-1A semifinals, territory in which no Laker has advanced to in quite some time. Unfortunately, the path to a Section finals bid ended one match short Thursday in Thief River Falls, after TRF's Engelstad and Rodahl downed the DL pair in straight sets by scores of 6-1. "Jake and Isaac played well, getting to the semifinals was a good accomplishment," said DL head coach Wade Johnson.
The mental approach of taking one hole at a time has been a successful one for the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team, which added another meet win to its growing list of accomplishments. Thursday's meet at Wildflower, though, was for keeps, as the Lakers won the South Sub-Section 8-2A side with a team score of 347. The next step, the pressure only grows as DL will prepare for the Section 8-2A meet at Longbow Golf Course in Walker and the right to move on to the Class 2A state meet, which is in Jordan June 10-11.
After a full 2010 season of high-level competition -- both against opposing teams and in-team competition -- the Detroit Lakes boys' golf team has finalized its Section 8-2A roster. The final meet of the season saw a host of Lakers shooting in the 70's during the DL Invite at the Detroit Country Club Tuesday, as the first Laker team won with a score of 305. But the medalist of the meet came from the DL second team in senior Ross Mickelson, who carded a three-over par 74.
There were some valuable section seeding points left on the table by the Detroit Lakes baseball team after falling to Class 3A squads Moorhead and Bemidji Monday and Tuesday. Both the Spuds and Lumberjacks brought talented teams into Washington Ballpark. The Spuds downed the Lakers 12-1 Tuesday behind 15 hits, compared to DL's three. Aaron Ostlund and Lucas Henry of Moorhead each had homeruns in the rout, while each had four RBIs. Ben Lindquist started the game for the Lakers, while T.J.
The bats went dead, as did the Detroit Lakes softball team's season. The No. 1 North seeded Lakers were dropped in a first-round upset, as the No. 8 Roseau Rams outhit DL by an 11-3 margin, which resulted in a 6-0 victory at Snappy Park Tuesday. "There are no excuses, they hit the ball and made the plays and we just didn't hit," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. The Lakers managed just three scattered hits and were thrown out at homeplate once and on the base pads twice to cut short several potential game-saving rallies.
Detroit Lakes junior forward Tanner Lane was selected by the Fargo Force with the 44th overall pick in the United States Hockey League Draft. Lane was chosen in the third round of the USHL draft with the Force's sixth pick. Fargo traded for the Omaha, Neb., draft choice at 44 and chose the Laker skater. Lane was Minnesota's leading scorer last season with 49 goals and 41 assists for a total of 90 points. He added 12 power play goals on the 2009-10 season, with eight shorthanded tallies, as well.
After setting several personal and season goals during the Mid-State Conference meet last week, the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team proved it wasn't a fluke by doing it again. The Lakers shot a meet-best 353 Friday at the Longbow Golf Course in Walker, while repeating the feat of all six golfers shooting below the 100 mark. More importantly, the Lakers also had the chance to golf Longbow, the course which is hosting the Section 8-2A meet next week. DL is also playing its best golf of the season, which is great timing with the Sub-Sections looming Thursday at Wildflower Golf Course.
Friday's 3-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader with Pequot Lakes was the clincher for the Detroit Lakes softball team, as the Lakers claimed their first Mid-State Conference championship in nine years. The second game also was a sealer for the No. 1 seed in the North half of the Section 8-2A playoffs after DL finished with an overall record of 14-5. The Lakers were upset by No. 8 seed Roseau Tuesday by the score of 6-0 to end their season. But the Lakers will have at least one banner to carry out of the 2010 season after going 11-1 in the Mid-State Conference.
It's been awhile since Detroit Lakes' Ryan Gronvold stepped into the competitive boxing ring, but his return resulted in a solid comeback. Despite losing a four-round decision to Fargo's Zach Shumak in the Shooting Star Casino's "Tomorrow's Champions" boxing card Saturday, Gronvold entered the fight in good shape and was able to go toe-to-toe with the North Dakota fighter. "I landed a lot of good jabs and didn't get hit hard by him," Gronvold said. "I would have been better off moving around more, but I just got into fight mode.