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The Frazee softball team will be greeting their new class and section with plenty of new faces this season. The Hornets will have several of their core players back from a year ago, but will also be filling many spots with some green and inexperienced players. "We have some spots which will have experienced players in them, but at the beginning of the year, we'll be pretty green," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman. "But things will play themselves out by the time playoffs come around." The Hornets have made the move from Class 2A to Class 1A, where they will play in Section 6-1A.
The Concordia Time Trials Saturday allowed the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' track and field coaches a good look at what they have heading into the 2010 season. And so far, they like what they have seen. The Lakers made a solid showing against some larger schools in Saturday's meet, while they prepare for their season, which starts in Fergus Falls Tuesday, April 6. The Laker girls were not short on numbers, with over 50 athletes competing. That allowed DL head girls' coach Mike Labine to mix and match athletes -- new and veteran -- in plenty of different events.
Having a four-year starter on the mound should give the Detroit Lakes softball team a leg up in 2010. Senior Callea Butz returns for her fourth year of starting duty on the mound, giving the Lakers a consistent hurler to hopefully key a deep section playoff run. "Callea threw the majority of innings last year and she is improving every year," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. "She has sound mechanics, as well as a good fastball, changeup and riser.
There could be some sneaking up on opponents this season for the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team. On paper, it may look like a rebuilding year, with no seniors or juniors on the team. But there is experience and talent nonetheless. "I think there is a lot of potential on the team," said DL head coach Jen Hendrickson.
There is still a bad taste lingering in the mouths of the Detroit Lakes boys' golf teams after falling short of the Section 8-2A title last year. But it's that meet which will provide solid motivation for the 2010 season, as the Lakers boast a deep lineup with up to eight to 10 players vying for the top six varsity spots. "We have very good competition on the team who will be playing in the top six for our meets," said DL head coach Bob Gorden.
Pitching depth could be a key factor for the Detroit Lakes baseball team, since the Lakers will have two quality starters at the top of the rotation. Seniors Brock Johnson and Alex Guetter, a lefty, will anchor the Laker pitching staff, with each coming off of an impressive season in 2009. But who pitches behind the two hurlers will be important to DL's success, as well. "Going into the season, pitching is going to be our strong point," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "The key is, both Brock and Alex have more than one pitch to rely on and both threw strikes last year.
Instead of a season in which the Detroit Lakes wrestling team would have been considered contenders throughout the 2009-10 season, a couple of crucial injuries forced it into a season of transition for the future. With seniors Nate Duchene and Justin Holm having to end their seasons early due to injuries, Laker head coach Rob Ullyott was forced to plug the holes with youth. Although Ullyott was pleased with how his younger wrestlers performed and worked on the mat, it's hard to replace two senior leaders like Holm and Duchene.
The Detroit Lakes boys' track and field team is ready to go the distance -- as in the 800, 1,600 or 3,200 meter distance races. The Lakers will be a force in their distance races this season -- which include the 4x800 -- with a bevy of talent and depth out for the 2010 season. "Distance will definitely be our strength this year," said DL head boys' track coach Steve Zamzo. The Lakers will have some top-heavy talent, as well as important depth in the distance events.
There will be a schematic nightmare in store for the Detroit Lakes girls' track and field team's coaching staff for the 2010 season, but it's one of the best problems to have for the Lakers. The DL girls' coaching staff -- led by head coach Mike Labine -- would have it no other way, as the Lakers boast an all-time high in numbers out with 65. "I'm excited about it and it's awesome to have this many kids be a part of the team," Labine said.
For much of Joe Schiller's hockey career -- from mites to his USHL days -- he was the go-to player on the ice. That changed dramatically for the Detroit Lakes graduate and the school's all-time leading scorer when he started playing for the Minnesota State University Mankato men's hockey team. As for most players who suit up for a team in the WCHA -- Division I hockey's premier conference -- the sudden splash of reality hits that they are not the elite player on the ice anymore.