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(JORDAN) The expected result after the first day of the Class 2A state girls’ golf meet came to fruition with the top-ranked Detroit Lakes squad leading the way by 33 strokes over second-place Red Wing. But what wasn’t expected is the individual leader of the Class 2A field after the first 18 holes of play at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan. The Lakers’ depth was in the spotlight once again Tuesday, as the team’s No. 6 golfer junior Sydney Busker leads the field after shooting an even par 72.
The progression the Detroit Lakes girls’ golf team was able to accomplish over the course of the last five years was like no other seen on the high school level. In 2010, as one girls’ golf dynasty was running strong as Minnewaska was winning its fifth-consecutive state championship, another one was in its infancy stage, as a group of fresh-faced Lakers finished in a surprising third place. The elder of that 2010 group was sophomore Courtney Hedstrom, with the rest being seventh or eighth graders. The evolution continued with a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state meet, with Minnewa
With the Detroit Lakes Legion Post 15 baseball team experiencing a numbers crunch, a rebuilding year with plenty of youth will be in store this summer. The Post 15 squad will have just four players who played varsity baseball this past spring, with the rest of the team being predominately 16 year olds. “My philosophy will be to have the kids improve,” said Legion head coach Mitch McLeod. “Yes, at this level you want to win, but the main goal is to improve.” The Legion team will be led by varsity players Connor Johnson, Sam Voz, Sam Beck and Chandler Gray.
The Lake Park-Audubon baseball team came off one of its best seasons with its first above .500 record of 8-7. It’s the most wins posted by a Raider team, which was keyed by senior Mason Swegarden, who leaves as the best LP-A player hands down. “In my mind, Mason was the best player in the Pine to Prairie Conference and the immediate area,” said LP-A head coach Sean Degerstrom.
There will be plenty of state experience on the side of the Detroit Lakes track and field team during the Class 2A meet at Hamline University Friday and Saturday. After qualifying for state True Team meets, competing in numerous Hamline Elite meets and Class 2A state events, the seasoned Lakers will have two girls’ relay teams and two individuals, while the boys will have a runner in the 3,200-meter race. The Lakers qualified both the girls’ 4x100 and 4x200 teams from Saturday’s Section 8-2A meet in Thief River Falls, while junior Shay Nielsen will be heading to state as a shot put and d
Coming off an all-time Minnesota state record of 284 in the South Sub-Section meet last week, the Detroit Lakes girls’ golf team dialed it down a bit, but still easily claimed their fifth-straight Section 8-2A championship Tuesday at Longbow Golf Course in Walker. All six Lakers claimed the top spots in the Section 8-2A meet, while yet another step was taken to solidify the team’s place in golf history, as they will now officially be vying for their third-straight Class 2A state championship, which is June 10-11 in Jordan. The Lakers also doubled down on medalist honors, as seniors Trisa
All good things came to an end for the Detroit Lakes boys’ golf team, after the Lakers were blanked out from the Class 2A state meet. The Lakers’ four-year run as Section 8-2A champions was halted Tuesday at Longbow Golf Course in Walker, after finishing third, with no DL individuals advancing, either. Fergus Falls won the team championship with a 310, while Crookston finished second with a 315, four strokes ahead of the Lakers’ 319. “We just never put a full round together all season,” said DL head coach Bob Gorden. “The guys didn’t play well on Tuesday and that was a frustrating
A 10-year drought was ended for the Lake Park-Audubon boys’ golf team last Thursday in Perham during the Section 8-1A boys’ golf meet, as senior Dalton Kohler played his way into the Class 1A state meet. Kohler’s state-berth score of 83 snaps over a decade long streak where no Raider boy golfer has made state, while junior teammate Chase Wiedmann missed the cut by one stroke with an 84. “Dalton has been striking the ball very well lately and his putting at the section tournament was absolutely magnificent,” said LP-A head coach Cole Wixo.
There was one more carrot left dangling for the Detroit Lakes girls’ golf team and the Lakers snatched it handily Wednesday during the Sub-Section 8-2A meet at Wildflower. The Lakers’ sights were set on 292, the all-time Minnesota meet record set by Minnewaska, one of the only goals which had eluded DL during its three-year domination on the course. As it turned out, the bar set to beat 292 was much too low for the Lakers, as they smashed that mark by shooting an all-time Minnesota low 284, as all six golfers carded scores under 80. “It all came together for us,” said sophomore Kate S
Despite having three golfers finish in the top five of the Sub-Section 8-2A meet Wednesday, the Detroit Lakes boys’ golf team still finished second to Fergus Falls by four strokes, 298 to 302. That will set up a close Section 8-2A meet at Longbow Golf Course in Walker Monday, as North side’s Crookston and Roseau also will be in contention. “It will be a dog fight Monday,” said DL head coach Bob Gorden. “But the only thing we can control is ourselves.