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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.
SAUK CENTRE -- The Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre has seen a few guests leave abruptly in the middle of the night, never to return. Something scared them. Hotel employees have also had their share of scares. Bryan Bellefeuille grew up in Frazee and was a 1978 graduate of FHS, but now works for Woltes Kluwers Financial Services in St. Cloud. He is a part time bartender at The Palmer House and has witnessed some things first-hand. "I don't believe in ghosts, but I call them 'unexplainable events,'" Bellefeuille said.
A quick burial was had for the Crookston boys' basketball team, as the visiting Detroit Lakes squad dug the Pirates a deep hole in the form of a 41-19 halftime deficit. The end result was a 78-49 victory for the Lakers (11-13), who were led by junior forward Josh Stalberger's 22 points -- 16 of them coming in the first half route. "We jumped on them early," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
A string of pins by the No. 4 Thief River Falls put the No. 5 Detroit Lakes wrestling team in a hole they couldn't recover from in the Section 8-2A quarterfinal round. The Prowlers registered falls from 112-pounds through 130 to build a commanding 24-4 lead, as TRF was able to ride out the Lakers for a 42-24 win. The good fortunes continued for the Prowlers, as they toppled top-seeded Fergus Falls 41-30 in the semifinals and claimed the section championship with a 40-28 triumph over No. 2 Perham.
A No. 5 Class 3A ranking wasn't an intimidating factor for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, as they gave 19-2 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks all they could handle Saturday inside Ralph Anderson Gym. Junior forward Josh Stalberger poured in a season-high 32 points to keep the Lakers at pace with the Thunderhawks the entire evening. But Grand Rapids' 19-2 mark is no fallacy, as a well-balanced offensive attack was too much for DL to overcome in a 77-72 loss for the Lakers.
By the time the Detroit Lakes gymnasts finish their events in the Class 1A state individual meet, it will seem like they just worked through an entire regular team competition. The four Lakers who qualified for the Class 1A state gymnastics team will be competing in a combined 11 event spots Saturday inside the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, starting at 11 a.m. Each of junior Amy Crawford and sophomore Jessica Stelter qualified in all-around, while junior Bre Halbur made it on vault and sophomore Natalie Hoffert on each of floor and vault.
Winning by a combined 164-40, the No. 1 ranked Frazee wrestling team breezed through the Section 8-1A team tournament to qualify for their fifth consecutive state meet. The Hornets simply overpowered their three section opponents, topping Crookston 39-19 in the title round, while lambasting Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 57-9 in the semifinals and United North Central 68-12 in the opening dual. Just how dominating were the Hornets? Out of the possible 42 matches in their three duals, Frazee lost just 10 matches -- total.
A "Let's go DL" chant was echoing through Kent Freeman Arena after Tuesday's thrilling overtime Section 6-1A quarterfinal game between the No. 5 Willmar Cardinals and No. 4 Detroit Lakes Lakers. Unfortunately for the Lakers, it was a goodbye and support chant from the DLHS student body, instead of a victory salute. A one-timer by Willmar junior forward Grant Schow just 14 seconds into overtime, ended DL's season and playoff run before it even started. The stunning goal by Schow capped a 4-3 victory by the Cardinals, who will advance to the semifinals against No.
SAUK CENTRE -- The Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre has what every hotel wants -- to be full every single night. Even on dead weekends, The Palmer House is believed to be busy with activity no matter the time of the year, month, week or day.
PERHAM - The top two gymnastics teams in Class 1A will not be represented in the state meet Friday -- since both reside in Section 8-1A. For the No. 2 ranked Detroit Lakes gymnastics team, they were the ones left out, after No. 1 Perham clinched its eighth straight section championship and will be vying for their state-record seventh-consecutive state title. But not all was lost for the Lakers. In fact, much was gained by DL during the section meet Saturday.