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Sometimes baptism by fire pays off. At least that's what the Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team hopes. Last year at this time, a boatload of first-year varsity swimmers and divers were jumping into the prep waters with very little experience. This year, that youth is still prevalent, but this time around there is more seasoning. "Almost all of our swimmers back have experience on the varsity," said DL head coach Mike Daly. "But our question marks are in our depth and top-end talent.
A trio of consecutive three pointers early in the second half was enough of a lift for the home team Crosby-Ironton boys' basketball team to pull off a 52-45 season-opening victory over Detroit Lakes Friday. The Rangers sunk three treys to widen a close 22-20 halftime lead, to bolt out to an 11-point edge.
Sometimes not all facets of a team is in full working condition, but if a squad has solid defense to make up for it, all is usually well. The Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team plugged one hole in the dam nicely with just that -- strong defense -- to remain undefeated at 4-0 in Friday's 52-37 victory over Mid-State Conference foe Crosby-Ironton inside Ralph Anderson Gym. One of DL's strongest weapons this season, the transition game, was effectively slowed down by the Rangers' 1-2-2 zone press.
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