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Just about everything went right for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team during their 72-21 rout of Park Rapids Tuesday inside the Ralph Anderson Gym. The Lakers used the Panthers as their slump-busters to break a four-game losing streak, while breaking out offensively and holding Park Rapids to just five points in the second half. "It was competitive early, since we were not making our shots, but we got the flow in the game and stared making our shots," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
The light at the end of the tunnel was finally reached for the Waubun girls' basketball team, after enduring some hardships over the course of the last three seasons. At times, the long and dark tunnel may have seemed almost impossible to navigate after the last three-season win totals including zero, one and five games. But the virtues of patience, hard work and a stubborn inner fortitude have paid off for the still-young Bomber squad. "It's time to shine," said junior guard Tracee Winter, who will be a five-year letterwinner by the end of her prep career.
The 2009-10 state Nordic ski meet can be looked on as a watershed moment for the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' programs. For the first time, DL is sending three skiers to the state meet, as sophomore Jake Richards and the brother/sister duo of Dylan and Berit Ramstad-Skoyles will hit the Giant's Ridge trails Thursday. The state meet will be Richards' and Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles' second trip, while Berit will be making her debut. Expectations are higher than last year for both Richards -- who won the Section 8 title -- and Dylan, who finished fourth.
Another pothole was hit by the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team, as they dropped their second straight Section 6-1A game with a 5-4 overtime loss in Little Falls Saturday. Several defensive breakdowns allowed the Flyers (6-16-1) to overcome a DL two-goal rally in the third period, as Austin Bjorge notched the winning overtime goal 1:34 into the extra period. "Their defense did the little things right to help win the game," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "Our defense was not on their game, either.
Two late goals by the visiting Morris/Benson girls' hockey team sunk the Lakers' hopes for a regular-season finale upset Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena. Two late goals by junior center Dani Schultz in the third period lifted the Storm (21-2) to a 3-2 victory over the Lakers (5-19-1) Saturday. The Lakers held onto a 2-1 advantage as time was winding down, after a goal by Emily Raboin (assist to Callie Johnson) and a third-period power play opportunity by Shannon Utecht.
Getting the basketball to the basket wasn't the problem for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team Saturday -- it was finishing it off which ended up being their downfall. The Lakers shot just 34 percent from the field and 25 percent at the free throw line in a 63-51 loss in Perham, as DL dropped to 7-11 and extended a four-game losing streak. "We got our looks at the basket and had some good shots, we just didn't finish them off," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
The 2009-10 season garnered another prime highlight for the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team when they broke a school record with a final score of 149.325 in the Mid-State Conference meet Saturday in Park Rapids. The Lakers easily surpassed their goal of eclipsing the 147 mark, as Amy Crawford won all-around honors with a combined mark of 38.375. Despite the record-breaking performance, the Lakers still finished as runners-up to No. 1 ranked Perham, which notched a hefty 152.175. "The girls were excited breaking the school record," said DL head coach Jennifer Whipple.
The Waubun girls' basketball team didn't have many chances to put the ball in the bucket against visiting Fosston Thursday and when those opportunities arose, the Bombers' shots were not dropping. A low shooting percentage, along with a dominating Fosston rebounding game, doomed the Bombers to a 66-44 loss, thus dropping the Big Blue to 10-5 on the season. "Fosston is a dangerous team and we got their best effort tonight," said Waubun head coach Jason McCloskey.
CAMP RIPLEY - Wednesday turned out to be the best day in Laker Nordic skiing history, as three Detroit Lakes skiers qualified for the state meet. The Ramstad-Skoyles family will have two representatives -- Dylan and Berit -- in the upcoming state Nordic ski meet, while sophomore Jake Richards claimed a Section 8 victory by scoring gold in the boys' division. Each of the trio had different plans of attack at Camp Ripley, where the Section 8 5K Classic and 5K Skate Pursuit event was held.
CAMP RIPLEY - The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' Nordic ski teams have three skiers in contention for a state berth after racing the Classic portion of the Section 8 pursuit race today at Camp Ripley. Jake Richards is currently second after racing for a 16:50 time, just four seconds off the leader Brainerd's Matt Lee. Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles trails in fifth place with a time of 17:50, as the top 10 finishers (not including the winning team) make state.