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The cream of Section 8-1A maybe rising to the top, after Fergus Falls finished as the Detroit Lakes Invite runner-up Saturday inside Ralph Anderson Gym. The Otters disposed of the Lakers in round one 46-13, while wrestling their way to the title bout against Dassel-Cokato, where DC's heavyweight Sam Pokornowski beat Harvey McMahon in overtime to tilt the championship for a 33-28 win over Fergus Falls. "Fergus Falls has a really nice team and one without many holes," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott.
In Monday's important Section 8-3A tilt, the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team was without two key players, to go along with a low shooting percentage. Those two factors aided in DL's 61-47 loss to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles (10-8) to drop the Lakers to 7-9 on the season. The Eagles boasted of a tall front court, including forwards of 6-8, 6-7 and 6-5, compared to DL's tallest player of around 6-1. The Lakers entered Monday's section game without their leading scorer, junior forward Josh Stalberger, and sophomore guard Joe Mollberg -- who has been out since Jan. 14.
With eight minutes to go in Friday's Mid-State Conference game, something clicked over in the Detroit Lakes huddle -- and it was called urgency. "We were down seven points and we just decided it was time to start playing, in that I mean, start outworking (Crosby-Ironton) and just play harder," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. That's exactly what the Lakers did, in the form of a rally in which capped a 47-45 win over Crosby-Ironton (12-5) for DL's fourth win of the season and third in conference play.
The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team made their presence known in Section 6-1A, despite a 4-3 loss to Sartell on Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena. Playing out of a 3-0 deficit, the Lakers were able to control much of the second and third periods to pull DL to within one. But the Sabres (13-5-2) rattled out their insurance goal 6:14 into the third period, after Sean Mann's shot deflected off a Laker defenseman's skate and past goalie Andrew Friesen to put the visitors up 4-2.
Not only do the Detroit Lakes and Perham gymnastics teams reside as the top two ranked squads in Class 1A, they now have proven it outright by taking the top two spots at the State True Team meet Saturday in Becker. The two Section 8-1A and Mid-State Conference teams easily outpaced the rest of the Class 1A field, as the Yellowjackets earned 186 points and DL 181. Becker was third with a mark of 176. The True Team meet scores all five gymnasts' scores, not the top four, like in regular meets. It was also the second year in a row Perham and DL finished one-two.
Despite losing its last five games, the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey squad is still looking for some momentum heading into the Section playoffs, with just two games remaining in the regular season. A five-game losing streak has made that search a bit more cumbersome, but the Lakers (5-17-1) can take some good out of their last three games. "I have seen this team get better and they are progressing, we just have had some slow starts," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. Against No.
A good defensive effort wasn't enough for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, despite limiting the home-team Pequot Lakes to 53 points in Mid-State action Tuesday. Unfortunately for the Lakers, their perimeter shooting went cold, which led to a 53-42 loss to drop them to 7-8 and 3-3 in the Mid-State Conference. "In the first half, we did a good job getting the ball inside and kicking it back out," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "But in the second, we didn't put any pressure on their zone defense and should have taken better shots.
BY BRIAN WIERIMA firstname.lastname@example.org The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' Nordic skiing teams came away with three North Star All-Conference skiers Tuesday. Each of Dylan and Berit Ramstad-Skoyles, along with Jake Richards, each finished in the top 10 of the conference 5K Classic races to earn the honors. For the Laker boys, it was yet another meet where they have put their stamp of contention for the upcoming Section 8 title, which is Wednesday at Camp Ripley, starting at 10 a.m.
The first scoring play for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team was a good omen of how Friday night's game was going to go in Park Rapids. The play started on a nice pass from sophomore guard Brian Labat to junior forward Josh Stalberger, with the end result being a slam dunk --which ironically was DL's chance to win the game. The Lakers (7-7) lambasted the home-team Panthers 80-39, with six DL players hitting double digits. "We didn't have a hard time scoring," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
After a recent two-game slide, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team was looking for a spark as they head into their final stretch of games before the Section 6-1A playoffs. The Lakers didn't have to look any further than the Class 1A state-leading scorer forward Tanner Lane, who collected yet another hat trick and his 36-38th goals of the season in a 5-1 victory over visiting Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday. The win snaps that two-game losing streak, as well as setting the Lakers (12-4-2) up one game away from clinching the Mid-State Conference title.