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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.
Last season can be thought of as "setting the tone" for an up-and-coming Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team. The 2009-10 season took it one step further, as the Lakers improved by adding much-needed depth and maintaining their high-quality talent. The addition of several new swimmers and their improvement, along with the majority the team back, sets up even bigger expectations next year. "Everyone ended the season with personal bests and that's the way it should it be," said DL head coach Rian Heimark. "Even the brand new swimmer saw something they didn't realize they had.
Even though the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team's run in the playoffs was cut off way too prematurely, the 2009-10 season could be one which could end up being a launching pad of sorts for the next several years. The Lakers put on a display of a strong offensive punch, in which they more than doubled their goal-production from a year ago -- thus resulting in a doubling of their wins. DL ended with the top scorer in the state with junior forward Tanner Lane finishing with 90 points, including 49 goals and 41 assists, while commanding one of the top scoring lines in Minnesota, as well.
After losing a host of seniors who led the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team to a Section 8-3A championship in the 2008-09 season, this season was going to be a learn-as-you-go type of year. That's the way it exactly went, too, as the Lakers were inconsistent during a 5-21 campaign, much resulting from the inexperience which populated DL's lineup. But out of the dark clouds will come some rays of hope, as those young and green Lakers picked up much seasoning for the next several years.
The Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team could have used some of this St. Patrick's Day luck through the season, just in the form of having a healthy full team on the floor consistently. That wasn't the case for the 12-15 Laker team, which couldn't put out a consistent starting lineup, due to injuries. "We had some bad luck and were banged up for most of the season," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
Although the win-loss record didn't tilt towards the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team, progression throughout the season would be the better way to measure it. Playing a rugged schedule -- which included eight state-ranked teams -- may have added to an undesirable 6-20-1 record, but looking towards the future, this season definitely made progress. "If you look at our strength of schedule, we played a tough one," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.
The Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team pulled off one of its better defensive performances of the season, but it still wasn't enough. The No. 3 seeded Bemidji Lumberjacks ended the No. 6 Lakers' season 55-44 in the Section 8-3A playoffs Tuesday. The Lakers couldn't start things offensively, as the Lumberjacks crowded the lane to limit DL's higher-percentage shots. "We played good defense, holding a team like Bemidji to 55 points," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "But we were not patient offensively.
A pair of young guns finished first and second in the Lotvola Cup Saturday at Maplelag. High school state qualifiers, sophomore Jake Richards and junior Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles finished with the gold and silver, respectively, as the former beat the latter by five seconds. Richards' time of 51:06 nipped out Ramstad-Skoyles' mark of 51:11 for the win. "Jake and Dylan each attack the final hill hard, but Jake just was able to hold onto the lead," said Maplelag co-owner Jay Richards, also Jake's father.
To say Detroit Lakes senior Alex Feldt "earned" his fifth-place finish in the 171-pound weight class in the Class 2A state individual meet would be an understatement. Feldt's high-level conditioning and wrestling style enabled him to survive a total of six overtime periods during his journey through the well-balanced 171 bracket. DL head coach Rob Ullyott has seen first hand Feldt's conditioning, and he credits that for being one of his biggest strengths during state. "Al is in great shape and his style was very good for 171," Ullyott said.
Perfection is rarely seen in the sports world, but St. Cloud State University senior defenseman Garrett Raboin has found it. Raboin and the SCSU men's hockey team ended up being a perfect match, as both ends prospered throughout the Detroit Lakes graduate's four years playing for the Huskies. SCSU is in the midst of another successful WCHA season during Raboin's reign, where the Huskies finished third with a conference record of 15-9-4 and overall mark of 20-11-5.