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This is the season where the Detroit Lakes boys' tennis team has been building to, with seven returning players, along with a good amount of skill and talent. To go with that, the Lakers have also been bumped down to the smaller Class 1A, where they will be competing against schools more their size. "The guys have some higher expectations," said first-year head coach Wade Johnson. "We'll still be the underdogs, but we have some good experience back to be competitive." The Laker's lineup will be deep, with eight seniors on the roster.
The ride for the Lake Park-Audubon boys' golf team should be much smoother than the 2009 one, as the Raiders return good talent, along with some seasoning. Lucas Hoehenan is back after finishing at a top 20 in the Heart O'Lakes Conference last year and should be able to move up in the rankings. Eighth grader Isaiah Pearson has shown a good work ethic in the offseason to improve his game, making him a solid No. 2 golfer in the Raider lineup this season, as well. "We'll have four other golfers rotating in and out of the top six," said LP-A head boys' golf coach Nicole Seyfried.
Continuity will be a bonding factor for strong chemistry for the Lakes Area Screaming Eagles, as they enter their third year of play. There are 21 players returning for their third year on the Screaming Eagles' roster, which has given the team some familiarity as they look for their first Northern Power Football League championship. "The continuity is big," said Lakes Area owner and starting quarterback Jason McCloskey.
The stars are potentially aligning for the Frazee boys' golf team, which enters the 2010 season with much loftier expectations. First off, the Hornets return the Class 2A state's fourth-place golfer in sophomore Beau Hanson, and reigning Heart O'Lakes Conference champion. Secondly, Frazee has been bumped down to Class 1A, after competing in the much larger-school Section 8-2A for the last two years. Thirdly, depth and experience is strong overall for the Hornets. "We are really stressing the team aspect this season," said Frazee head boys' and girls' golf coach John Olson.
Even at the ripe old age of eight, Victor Engum knows Tae Kwon Do will be a life-long activity. Engum is already making some serious strides in the sport, after qualifying for the National Tae Kwon Do Championships in each of sparring and patterns. The eight-year-old from Detroit Lakes will be competing in the National sparring tournament, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., inside the Orange County Convention Center June 28 through July 4. It is the first time in 15 years a local Tae Kwon Do competitor has made Nationals.
With some good experience and talent coming back for the 2010 season, the Lake Park-Audubon baseball team is confidently looking to surpass their four-win mark from a season ago. The Raiders will be strong in some vitals areas, including pitching, catching and just the overall defense. The potential improvement will be led by first-year head coach Brandon Olson, who is a 2000 Detroit Lakes graduate. "Our defense should be a strong point this season," Olson said.
With a talented and larger senior class graduating off of last year's Frazee boys' track and field team, the Hornets will be in sort of a rebuilding mode for the 2010 season. But there still will be experience and skilled athletes returning for the Hornets. "We lost a lot and will not be too deep this year," said Frazee head coach Brian Tangen.
The Lake Park-Audubon girls' golf team has its full roster back from the 2009 squad, which sent three golfers to the section meet. But the only returning section golfer will be junior Autumn Ricke, who will lead a seasoned team in the 2010 season. Depth is good, as a slate is back after seeing varsity time on the links in 2009. "We have our full varsity team back," said LP-A head girls' golf coach Marge Beudine.
There is a good mixture of veteran and new energy on the Frazee girls' track and field team. Senior Hannah Daggett returns after qualifying for state in the high jump the last two years, while fellow senior teammate Suzanne Vetter is back to anchor the distance crew. Daggett climbed to a height of 5-7 during last year's section meet to earn her state berth. She will also be vying to qualify for state in the hurdles, as well, this season. "Her goal is to get back to state and earn a placing there," said Frazee girls' track coach Jim Jacobson.
After winning the first-ever Detroit Lakes' state gymnastics championship last month, junior Amy Crawford didn't even take a breather, instead she went out and made more area gymnastics history. Crawford became the first Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics state champion after claiming the all-around title in the USAG Minnesota State meet Level 9 Division with a mark of 36.075. With her second state title safely tucked away, she will now move on to the Region 4 Championships April 9-11, in Kansas City, Mo.