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The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team has dropped to even in Section 8-1A play after losing in East Grand Forks Tuesday by the score of 2-1. The defeat drops the Lakers to 4-4 in the section, which is the fourth-best record. DL is 17-5-0 overall as they prepared for its big showdown with Thief River Falls, which was played Saturday (results will be in Wednesday's Becker County Record). The Lakers' chances looked good to improve to 5-3 right off the bat against EGF, as senior forward Jedd Harms scored 28 seconds into the game on a Joe Schiller assist.
The Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving squad may be half the team Park Rapids and Perham are, number-wise -- but that can't be said talent-wise. As has been the norm all season, the small Laker team finished high in several events during the four-team Park Rapids Invitational Saturday, but depth became an issue. The Lakers finished third with 412 points, with their chances hurt by the meet's scoring format, in which it scored four swimmers per event. DL could only afford to compete with two swimmers for the majority of the events.
Having a young and inexperienced team starting night in and night out will bring some lessons to be learned. For the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, a few chapters are being learned after a recent 1-2 record in a three-game stretch, dropping DL to 6-10 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-State Conference. The Lakers lost to Section 8-3A leading Fergus Falls Tuesday inside Ralph Anderson Gym, 69-56. The loss came on the heels of a narrow 51-50 victory in Little Falls Saturday, which followed a 54-47 defeat in Wadena-Deer Creek Friday.
There are times when the difference between a win and loss is out of a team's control. That happened to the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team Tuesday during the play-in game for the Section 3-1A playoffs inside Kent Freeman Arena, as the third-seeded Lakers dropped out of contention in a 3-2 loss to the visiting sixth-seeded Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears. The Lakers held a sizable advantage in shots on goal, outshooting the Bears 37-20, including a flurry of 14 shots in the third period alone.
It took just over half a season for the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team to uncork its offense, but there's no better time than the present. Doing most of the "popping" have been Detroit Lakes first-line duo of senior forward Kelsey Grabow and junior forward Maggie Raboin. The two have combined to scored nine goals and dish out six assists in a four-game span, in which the Lakers won three out of four, garnering 12 goals as a team. The final three games were victories for DL, which signified several positives for the team.
The Detroit Lakes' girls' basketball team landed on both feet and took out some frustration from their second loss of the season Tuesday against Fergus Falls on the visiting Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Friday night. The Lakers remained unscathed in the Mid-State Conference by slamming the Wolverines 73-32. DL improves to 6-0 in the conference and 16-2 overall after Fergus Falls snapped an 11-game winning streak Tuesday. DL lay claim to the controls of the game early, taking a 33-13 lead at halftime.
The Detroit Lakes wrestling team gained an upper leg on the Section 7-2A competition with a sweep in Bagley of Thief River Falls and Fosston/Bagley Thursday. The Lakers picked up an important 30-28 triumph over the Prowlers, while downing an undermanned F/B squad 51-21. The wins poke DL's head above .500 at 10-9. "We wrestled more consistent and gained a nice win over Thief River Falls," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. "Right now we are sitting anywhere from a third to seventh seed in the section team tournament and this win helped us.
The Detroit Lakes Nordic skiing team will be taking its final session in a learning season Wednesday when five Lakers compete in the Section 8 meet at Camp Ripley, starting at 10 a.m. For the boys, sophomores Ben Strege and John Beaton will compete, while the Laker girls will be represented by Emma Johnson, Chelsey Cummings and Danie Schmoll. Each of the DL skiers have taken leaps and bounds on the trails this season, with time improvements as much as 20 to 30 minutes from last year's marks logged in.
Midway through the third period in Friday's home game against Bismarck Century, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team were almost on the verge of losing its first back-to-back games all season. Almost, that is. The Lakers saved the game and hopefully started a new winning streak with three consecutive goals all with under seven minutes remaining in regulation for a 5-3 win over the visiting Patriots. DL finally broke the armor of Bismarck's goalie Cam Knutson in the third period, converting three goals on seven shots on net.
Through Thursday's duel between the home team Detroit Lakes wrestling team and Mahnomen/Waubun Cougars, the visitors held the lead on the scoreboard for the vast majority of the time. But the Lakers held it when it counted -- at the very end. DL sophomore heavyweight Jon Tolbert registered his biggest victory in his young career when he pinned M/W's junior Brian Jasken with 12 seconds remaining in the first period to hand the Lakers a narrow 33-32 victory and push their duel record to 2-2 on the season. Tolbert needed a pin and nothing else, because the Lakers were trailin