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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.
The Lakes Area Screaming Eagles are officially on track for the 2010 season after their first win of the season Saturday in Frazee. The Screaming Eagles swooped away with a convincing 38-8 victory over the visiting Northern Terror to improve to 1-2 on the season. An effective power rushing game set up an aerial attack to overwhelm the Terror defense, despite having the majority of their offensive linemen going both ways with the absence of a trio of their defensive linemen.
DETROIT LAKES - Detroit Lakes junior forward Tanner Lane was selected by the Fargo Force with the 44th overall pick in the United States Hockey League entry draft. The Laker junior was chosen in the third round of the USHL entry draft with the Force's sixth pick. Fargo traded for the Omaha's (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.
DETROIT LAKES - 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. 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. "This is good for the girls and their confidence," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
A four-run fifth inning was more than enough for the Detroit Lakes softball team to overcome a talented Thief River Falls team Thursday at Snappy Park. The Lakers slugged out four of their seven total hits in the decisive inning, while senior pitcher Callea Butz had a slow start but settled in to record the 5-2 win. The errors were the Prowlers' thorn in the side, as TRF committed six of them, leading to all five of DL's runs. "This was a big win against a good team," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
Everything literally came together for the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team -- and that even includes perfect timing. Personal and team goals were met and eclipsed during the Mid-State Conference meet Tuesday at the Detroit Country Club, as the Lakers clinched the team title and individual medalist laurels. The Lakers shot a season-low 338, while reaching the goal set forth before the meet of all six DL girls shooting underneath 100. Eighth grader Matty Tschider also shot a career-best 81 to share medalist honors with Staples-Motley's Emily Israelson.
It was a good finish for the Detroit Lakes boys' track and field team after they claimed second in the Mid-State Conference meet Tuesday in Park Rapids. Pequot Lakes came into the competition heavy favorites, as they notched 185 points, but second through fourth was closely contested, as the Lakers came out on top over Staples-Motley and Crosby-Ironton. "They guys were pretty excited about that," said DL head coach Steve Zamzo. The hurdle and distance events were keys to DL's silver, as Austin Clem and Steven Labine paced the hurdles.
Detroit Lakes senior pitcher Callea Butz was stingy on giving out hits to the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Tuesday, while the Lakers won the nightcap in walk-off fashion to complete the Mid-State Conference sweep. Butz allowed just two hits in each of the two games, while the defense behind her did the job by committing just three errors total. The sweep -- by the scores of 4-0 and 3-2 -- gives the Lakers a Mid-State record of 9-1 and only needs to split with Pequot Lakes Friday to earn the conference championship.
With a bitter taste lingering after failing to qualify for the State True Team meet, the Detroit Lakes girls' track and field team took out its frustrations on the Mid-State Conference squads. What was setting up to be a close conference meet between three teams became a runaway win for the Lakers, who scored a 205.5, while Park Rapids was a distant second with a 129.5. "Going in, I thought Park Rapids, Staples-Motley and us would be in a dogfight," said DL head girls' coach Mike Labine. "I never thought we'd win by that amount.
The last time the Detroit Lakes boys' golf team wasn't Mid-State Conference champions -- Bill Clinton was president, the Howard Stern radio show started its first broadcast and the Florida Marlins played their first-ever season. The Lakers' Mid-State Conference championship streak reached 17 in a row after DL shot a meet-low 295 Tuesday at the Detroit Country Club, while freshman Karter Smith earned medalist laurels with a one-under par 70. Smith rebounded nicely after a rough Northwest Classic Tournament Friday and Saturday.