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Proof was in the pudding as the Crookston girls' hockey team proved their Class 1A No. 4 ranking after a 12-2 rout of Detroit Lakes Tuesday. "What can you say?" said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "They are that good of a team. Our thing was to stay determined throughout the game and try and improve." Crookston came out fast, scoring four goals in the first period, then continued with five in the second and three in the third. Lexy Wangen and Shannon Kaiser each recorded a hat tricks for the Pirates (13-7), while five other players notched goals, as well.
The Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team put in a dominating performance against visiting Park Rapids Tuesday inside the BTD Aquatics Center. The Lakers won every event -- except the 400 freestyle relay in which they ran as an exhibition -- against their Mid-State Conference rival, winning the meet 82-51. More importantly, DL head coach Rian Heimark discovered some uncovered gems along the way to the Laker's win. "I mixed it up a bit and put some guys in new events," Heimark said.
There's been a common correlation between the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball and turnovers -- too many have resulted in a loss, not many have turned into a win. That was no more apparent than in DL's last two games, where they toppled the visiting Park Rapids Panthers 60-41 Friday, then lost in Fergus Falls Saturday by the score of 63-42. "I've told the girls, when we have more assists than turnovers, we have a 100-percent win rate," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "Against Park Rapids, turnovers were not an issue. They girls took care of the ball and were aggressive.
The Lake Park-Audubon boys' basketball team is enjoying a better view than normal in the Heart O'Lakes Conference. After playing to a 5-3 HOL record and 8-5 overall, the Raiders are currently fourth and on the top half of the conference. The Raiders are coming off a three-game winning streak, including a huge 52-46 win over Perham Friday. "We are starting to play together as a team," said LP-A head coach Lucas Isaacson.
A first-half scoring onslaught by Detroit Lakes' Josh Stalberger and the Lakers was more than enough to put the clamps on visiting Fergus Falls in a 66-34 victory Saturday. Stalberger made a killing in the paint, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the first half, as the Lakers built a 47-24 halftime lead. DL's defense applied plenty of pressure the entire game, limiting the Otters to 10 points in the second half alone. "We been working on closing out defensively and how important it is to pressure the ball," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
With the midseason upon them, the Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team is sorting through all their events and seeing which Laker fits best. DL finished fifth out of seven teams in the Bemidji Invite, but it was just another meet for head coach Rian Heimark to see who is fitting where the best. "We were not expecting to get a lot of points, but we went there for the competition because there were a few larger schools in it," Heimark said. "We had some good times and some good drops in times." Quillan Oak and Jon Melgaard won the lone gold medals for the Lakers.
There's nothing wrong with being pushed, as the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team found out after their narrow 145.85 to 144.875 win in Becker Friday. The Lakers haven't had many competitive meets, with the majority of them resulting in easy wins, but Friday's victory over Becker was a good primer for the Laker's upcoming meet with Perham inside the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics facility. Friday's showdown between the No. 1 Yellowjackets and No. 2 Lakers will be one to watch and a good barometer of what could happen in the Section 8-1A meet.
DETROIT LAKES - A goal-scoring avalanche by the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team overwhelmed an outmatched Walker/Hackensack-Akeley squad in a 15-1 lambasting by the Lakers on Tuesday. The Lakers (9-2-2) proved to be dominant, as they moved the puck extremely well throughout the game and put up 47 shots on net. The first line of Tanner Lane, Alex Phelps and Nate Baker scored nine of the 15 Laker goals. Baker had five goals, while Lane and Phelps each had two. The Lakers' second line saw Brett Provo notch his sixth score of the season and Nate Ginnaty his second. The third line
DETROIT LAKES - For the last several games, the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team has been looking for an offensive spark to get them over the midseason hump. Thursday night, they may have just found it. The Lakers dominated the visiting Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle squad, winning 10-1, and outshot the Blue Devils by a hefty 44-14 margin. DL scored early and scored often, while freshman goalie Veronica Roy had another solid game in the nets with 14 saves.
DETROIT LAKES - Despite not having a full lineup over the last several weeks, the Detroit Lakes wrestling team is still managing to stave off the competition and pick up a couple of dual victories. The Lakers were able to salvage a split in their home triangular Thursday, knocking off Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 39-34, while losing to Moorhead 44-27. "We are definitely looking forward to getting everyone back healthy," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. "Not having a full lineup takes a toll on the kids.