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The North Dakota State University track and field team is quickly finding out what the communities of Lake Park and Audubon already knew -- that Ashley Tingelstad and Toni Tollefson are pretty good athletes. The two Bison women's track and field athletes starred for the LP-A Raiders through the 2007-08 seasons, becoming the first two athletes in school history to claim state championships. Tollefson won the Class 1A state high jump championships in 2007 and 2008, while Tingelstad took the sprinting Triple Crown in 2008 after triumphing in each of the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash events.
A couple of young arms helped the Lakers improve to 7-3 on the season with a sweep of visiting Park Rapids Thursday at Washington Ballpark. Juniors Jordan Manning -- in his first varsity start -- and Ben Lindquist both went the distance, with each picking up victories by the scores of 6-1 and 9-4, respectively. "Jordan was throwing strikes and keeping the batters off balance with his curveball," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs.
For the second meet in a row, the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team was victorious. After trying for more consistency in their rounds, the Lakers have found it after winning the Wadena-Deer Creek meet Thursday with a team score of 350. Perham was second with a 361, while Brainerd tallied a 367. Not only did the Lakers take the team title, eighth grader Matty Tschider earned medalist laurels after shooting an 82 and winning the scorecard playoff over Brainerd's Jenny Muesing.
Even though most of the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team's roster reads like a junior high lineup, the Lakers are playing with the big dogs -- and beating them. The Lakers won their first meet of the season Monday after shooting a 349 in the Park Rapids meet at Headwaters Golf Course. The team's season-low of 349 was keyed by three scores of 90 or less, as eighth grader Trisa Hutchinson shot a team-low 82, followed by fellow eighth grader Matty Tschider's 85. The two finished second and third, respectively, in the meet.
The "little things" did in the Detroit Lakes baseball team in a sweep at the hands of the No. 4 ranked Staples-Motley Cardinals at Washington Ballpark Tuesday. Backed up by strong pitching by Gunner Johnson in a game-one thriller, the Cardinals were able to take one from the Lakers 4-2, then proceeded to take the nightcap 12-1 as well. Game one featured both teams' aces in the battle of the Johnsons, and it set up perfectly for a pitchers' duel, which occurred throughout all seven innings.
The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' track teams got an inkling this week of what they will be up against next Tuesday in the Section True Team meet at Staples. The Lakers competed in the Brainerd Quad Tuesday and face some top competition in Sartell, which is now in DL's section. The Laker girls had their usual solid meet, winning five events, including the 4x100 and 4x200 races. DL's Rose Jackson also won the 100 dash and Natalie Hoffert the 200 dash.
Hits and runs were at a premium for the Staples-Motley softball team, thanks to Detroit Lakes senior pitcher Callea Butz, who allowed just five hits and one run in a Laker doubleheader road sweep Tuesday. Not only was Butz putting the Cardinal batters down in order, the Laker defense also played its part by making it a rare occurrence for a S-M runner to get on base in a pair of 2-1 and 6-0 victories. "We played good defense overall and Callea was throwing strikes," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
PARK RAPIDS - Even though most of the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team's roster reads like a junior high lineup, the Lakers are playing with the big dogs -- and beating them. The Lakers won their first meet of the season Monday after shooting a 349 in the Park Rapids meet at Headwaters Golf Course. The team's season-low of 349 was keyed by three scores of 90 or less, as eighth grader Trisa Hutchinson shot a team-low 82, followed by fellow eighth grader Matty Tschider's 85. The two finished second and third, respectively, in the meet.
The depth of the Detroit Lakes boys' golf team continued to show as the Lakers had their fourth different lowman of the season, as freshman Austin Rusness shot a six-over par 78 Thursday at The Preserve for the Brainerd Invite. No. 1 state-ranked Rogers won the team title with a 290, while the Lakers finished with a 328 on the day, with 20 teams competing. "I was hoping for a little lower score, but it was an OK day," said DL head coach Bob Gorden. "There still were some big numbers on holes here and there, too." Rusness returned from a back injury.
The Detroit Lakes softball team found two different dominating ways to win Tuesday in Crosby-Ironton, as the Lakers upped their Mid-State Conference record to 4-0. Senior pitcher Callea Butz was dominating factor No. 1 after she bowled through the Ranger lineup in the form of 15 strikeouts with a one-hit 3-0 win. In game two, it was the Laker bats which applied some big-time punch, as the offense belted out 19 hits in a five-inning 18-2 blowout. "Another thing, we had only two errors on the day, too," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.