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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.
The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team called it a wrap on its regular season schedule and also got some extra penalty killing practice to boot Thursday inside Kent Freeman Arena. The Lakers were called for seven penalties in their 3-1 victory over Red Lake Falls, including a five-minute major in the final 5:03 of the third period, as DL held on for the win. It was a good warm-up for the Section 8-1A playoffs, which start for the Lakers Friday at 6 p.m. in Warroad against Crookston.
It's tough going when a team can't win a meet even after it outscores the school record by almost two points and marks a 144.625 score, but such is the life of the Detroit Lakes gymnastics squad. The Lakers' 144.625 score during the Mid-State Conference meet is one of the top 10 scores converted by any team in the state this year, but it still wasn't enough to top the current dynasty team of Perham, which finished with a 151.025. "It was just a great meet -- it shows how hard these (DL) girls have been working," said Laker head coach Matt Horner.
The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team was the latest Section 8-1A squad to takes its swipe at the Thief River Falls Prowlers -- but much like its section counterparts, DL came up short. The Lakers traveled to play the section-leading Prowlers, losing 4-1 and falling to 4-5-0 in Section 8-1A play, with a 17-6-0 record overall. Even though the score implied a wider margin of loss, DL head coach Jason Vold felt some good things were brought out of the game. "The one good thing is we know we can play with Thief River Falls," Vold said.
One stroke, one touch and one point were all that kept the Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team from its 14th Mid-State Conference title in 16 years. But it was Park Rapids that captured the conference banner with 113 points, to DL's 112 and Perham's 104. The Lakers were tied with the Panthers up to the third to last event, where the Panthers outscored DL 12-5 for a 99-96 lead. It would get closer, as the DL 400 freestyle relay team of Sam Branstad, Matt Weiss, Nathan Buelow and Henrik Bewarder won the event with a time of 3:37.77.
Half is good. The Moorhead Spuds converted over 50 percent of their shots -- including 56.3 percent of their three pointers -- in a 76-54 rout of Detroit Lakes Tuesday inside Ralph Anderson Gym, to break a three-game losing streak. Hitting seven treys in the first half alone, the Spuds built a 45-39 lead, then doubled up DL in the second to outscore the home team 31-15 in the victory. The loss drops the Lakers' overall record to 6-13 and extends their losing streak to four games.
A narrow 25-22 halftime lead for the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team quickly blossomed into an 11-point gap to start the second half, keying a 58-45 victory to up the Lakers' overall record to 18-2. The victory -- which came on the Yellowjackets' home court Saturday -- was a tough-earned one, against a Perham team which has been playing well as of late and now sits at 11-11. "We started out sluggish and were trying to rush things by going 100 miles per hour," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson.
There needs to be some more fine-tuning and polishing in the ranks of the young Detroit Lakes wrestling team, but the way it looks, things are pulling together at the right time for the Laker matmen. Although registering a loss Thursday against Barnesville by the score of 35-30 inside Ralph Anderson Gym, the Lakers made a marked improvement against a team they lost to by a much wider margin earlier in the season.
"It wasn't our night." Those are the words from Detroit Lakes head coach Wade Johnson on his team's 70-38 loss to Mid-State Conference leader Pequot Lakes Thursday, as the Lakers lost one of their most lopsided games of the year. The Patriots, who are undefeated in Mid-State play, jumped out early and maintained well, building on a 33-21 halftime lead by outscoring DL 37-17 in the second half. The Lakers doubled their turnovers to the Pats by an 18-9 margin, while Pequot Lakes owned the paint by notching 38 points in the lane compared to DL's 14.
Session is out for the Detroit Lakes Nordic ski team as it took its finals Wednesday at the Section 8-1A meet at Camp Ripley. As expected, the girls' team event was won by Grand Rapids, which will be a favorite to win its third-straight state title, while the boys' title was taken by Bemidji. For the Lakers, the meet was used as a learning tool in this season of rebuilding. Two boys took part, while three girls competed on the section trails. In the pursuit, Ben Strege finished 32nd at 38:18 and John Beaton was 40th at 41:26.