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There are certain watershed marks a team likes to hit during the season, and the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team vaulted over one Thursday night. The Lakers claimed their 20th victory of the season, topping conference foe Wadena-Deer Creek 75-46, while improving their record to 20-3 overall and 8-1 in the Mid-State. With Park Rapids' surprising loss to Staples-Motley this week, the Lakers could have clinched the conference outright with a win over Pequot Lakes Saturday (the game was played past deadline and the results will be in Wednesday's Becker County Record).
The Detroit Lakes wrestling team will have a host of grapplers contending for berths in the Class 2A state meet, set for March 2-4. Headed by senior Brent Eidenschink, who has a top seed in the 189-pound class, DL has a total of seven top five seeds heading into the Section 7-2A individual tournament Friday and Saturday in Minnewaska. DL's other top seed went to sophomore heavyweight Jon Tolbert, who carried a 28-8 record into the sections. Eidenschink, who will be wrestling for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers next year, and was ranked No.
Yes, the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team will be left out of this year's Class 1A state meet, but there is still a "team" feeling among the four Laker gymnasts who qualified individually for the biggest meet of the year. With the Lakers residing in the section that will probably soon be home to the three-time state champion Perham Yellowjackets, DL was still able to have its best-ever section meet, breaking a DLHS team scoring record and sending the most gymnasts to state in school history.
A late three pointer by Park Rapids' Janessa Wolff stifled the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball Mid-State Conference title hopes -- for now. Wolff and her Panther teammates played a near flawless game Friday night to topple the Lakers 47-46, snapping a three-game winning streak and handing DL its first loss in the conference. The Lakers rebounded with a convincing victory over the home-team Bemidji Lumberjacks Tuesday by the score of 68-45, improving DL to 19-3 on the season.
For the first time in over 15 years, Golden Gloves Boxing will be having a fight card in Detroit Lakes. The last time the Golden Gloves held a card in DL, it was held at the VFW. This time around, the facility is a bit larger and boxing is a bit bigger in the area. The Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center and the Lakes Area Boxing club will host Golden Gloves boxing Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. inside the DLCCC Fieldhouse. There will be fighters from DL, Wadena, Fergus Falls, White Earth, Brainerd, St. Cloud and Anoka boxing on the card.
The Frazee wrestling team owned the Section 8-1A individual tournament Friday and Saturday at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton by sending a total of 10 wrestlers to the upcoming state tournament. Four Hornets won division titles, while six others grappled their way to the championship bout or won their true-second match. The 10 are the most from a Frazee team since 1999, when the Hornets had 12 in state. Winning section championships were Mike Lucero (103-pounds), Zach Sullinger (130), Jake Sailer (152) and Austin Bachmann (189).
This Friday and Saturday will be the two days the Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team has been working for since the opening day of practice Nov. 28. The Lakers will be taking to the section waters in Hutchinson, starting Friday in the preliminaries and hopefully working their way to Saturday's finals. And it's a realistic goal for several of the Lakers to take that next vaunted step to the state meet. DL had some foreign flavor this season, as German foreign exchange student Henrik Bewarder made the most out of his time swimming for the Lakers.
A late-season slump has mired the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team in a six-game losing streak and a 6-15 record. The Lakers' 54-43 loss in Staples-Motley Friday also slipped DL under .500 in the Mid-State Conference at 4-5, while another thud was heard Tuesday Ralph Anderson Gym, resulting from a 68-46 defeat to Alexandria. A late first-half run by Alexandria separated the two teams enough to create good momentum for the Cardinals, enabling them to open the floor up to start the second half.
Much like an ineffective tire stranding one on a lonely Minnesota road in January, Saturday wasn't a good time for the Detroit Lakes wrestling team to go flat. But that's what happened to the No. 6 Lakers in their Section 7-2A quarterfinal, resulting in a 37-20 loss to No. 3 Minnewaska Saturday in Little Falls. The defeat effectively snaps DL's two-year consecutive stint in the Class 2A state team meet, and ends its team portion of the 2005-06 season. "We didn't wrestle well," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. "We lost some matches we weren't counting on losing.
Scoring a 145.600 as a team in gymnastics during a section meet usually means a trip to the state meet. That is, unless that particular team resides in Section 8-1A. No other section in Class 1A would have been able to touch the Detroit Lakes' final team score of 145.600 -- which is another DLHS record, the fourth such time the Lakers have broken it this year alone -- save one. That happens to be the current gymnastics dynasty of Perham, which also happens to reside in Section 8-1A.