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Running the game plan to a "T", along with some solid defense, wasn't enough for the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team, as its season ended with a 54-46 loss in Fergus Falls in the opening round of the Section 8-3A playoffs Tuesday. Laker guard Kayli Muckenhirn did go off for 25 points, but the Otters had guard Sydney Schultz go for 16 -- including four three's -- and Mariah Monke did the damage inside with 14 points. Muckenhirn paced the Lakers in the first half, as well, converting 18 of her 25 points in that time span.
The new name for the wrestling co-op between Lake Park-Audubon and Hawley -- United Clay Becker -- was more than appropriate after a successful first season. After a pair of seasons in which produced just a few wins between LP-A and Hawley two years ago, the UCB Badgers posted an impressive 8-8 mark this season. Not only did the team field an improved record, two wrestlers also made the state Class 2A meet this past weekend. Fittingly so, the state qualifiers were from each town of Hawley and LP-A.
Three pointers were raining from the Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Tuesday, as the Staples-Motley boys' basketball team poured in 16 of them in an 87-56 victory over the Lakers. The Cardinals registered more three pointers than two-point field goals -- 15. S-M's guard Derek Wolhowe had his long-range shooting down, nailing six three's while converting five field goals, to key his game-high 31 points. Cardinal guard Jordan Riewer garnered plenty of attention, of which he took advantage by getting the ball to open teammates.
Since the beginning of the 2009-10 season, Detroit Lakes junior Jon Melgaard was diving for one thing and one thing only -- the state meet. Melgaard won almost every meet, and set a couple of records in the process. But it's this weekend's Class 1A state meet for which he has been preparing since the start. "The end of the road is what drove me," Melgaard said of the season. "It all leads up to the state meet." Melgaard didn't have a perfect Section 3-1A meet, but still won it handily with a score of 351.85.
Detroit Lakes sophomore Quillan Oak had a bit of a bittersweet surprise when he was preparing for the Section 3-1A meet, held inside the BTD Aquatics Center last Friday and Saturday. After finishing as the Class 1A state runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke to Fergus Falls' Mike Hurley last year, Oak will not have a chance for a rematch after the Otter -- who is in Section 3-1A as well -- opted for the butterfly instead this year. "I was kind of happy, because I won't see him in state, but I also wanted to race him again," Oak said.
Detroit Lakes senior Alex Feldt had to endure one of the most difficult situations a high school wrestler has to go through -- grappling in the True Second match after losing in the championship bout. A wrestler needs to build himself back up quickly after suffering the disappointment of losing in the championship match, just to save a chance to earn a berth in the state meet. But the 171-pound Feldt was able to persevere through the peaks and valleys of the Section 8-2A individual tournament in Cass Lake-Bena.
The wrestling programs in the Lake Park-Audubon and Hawley School Districts underwent a heavy renovation this season when the two combined to form the United Clay Becker Badgers. Although there were some bumps in the process, the co-op between the two teams can be deemed a success. The exclamation point came in the form of two wrestlers qualifying for the Class 2A state wrestling meet, which is Wednesday through Saturday inside the Xcel Energy Center. Both eighth grader Mason Swegarden and junior Sam Klingfus will be making their state debuts Wednesday.
The beam has been a make-or-break event for Detroit Lakes junior Amy Crawford throughout the 2009-10 season.
MINNEAPOLIS - Detroit Lakes junior Amy Crawford has been where no other Laker gymnast has been before -- on the state meet's first-place podium stand. Crawford won DL its first-ever gymnastics state championship Saturday inside the University of Minnesota's Sports Pavilion, when she claimed the Class 1A balance beam title with her 9.575 score. Her closest competitor was Perham junior Kelsi Vomacka, who earned a 9.55.
MINNEAPOLIS - Number seven is now in the history books. The legend of the Perham gymnastics team has grown and has added yet another chapter in what is becoming one of Minnesota's strongest dynasties. The Yellowjackets extended their Class 1A state championship streak to seven, after claiming the team title Friday inside the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion with a score of 149.9. Becker was Perham's biggest threat -- finishing with a mark of 144.975. The Bulldogs actually led after two events by .50 of a point at 74.575 to 74.525 after Perham's vault and bars.