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No lead is safe when it concerns the Detroit Lakes softball team’s bats and potent offense. Recording a team batting average of .382 and any batter from one through nine able to go yard, the latest to fall at the feet of the Lakers were the Perham Yellowjackets Thursday. The Lakers (8-3) erased two deficits to Perham with some longballs and timely hitting to sweep the Mid-State Conference doubleheader by the scores of 10-4 and 12-4. “Our strong point right now is our hitting,” said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
The final decisions to fill out the Section 8 True Team roster are being made by the Detroit Lakes track and field coaches, as they were able to see some prime performances in the DL Eagles-Craig Fredrickson Memorial meet Thursday at Mollberg Field. The Laker girls finished first, while the boys were second to Bemidji. “As coaches, we were trying to find some final pieces to the true team puzzle and so we had many kids outside of their main event or only doing one or two events,” said DL head girls coach Mike Labine.
Even time couldn’t curb the Lake Park-Audubon baseball team’s momentum, or of that of senior pitcher Mason Swegarden’s dominant play. Swegarden pitched the Raiders to a 10-0 road victory over Fosston Thursday, which included a no-hitter and 15 strikeouts. The Raiders improved to 5-1 on the season and continued their roll despite missing almost a week of playing due to inclement weather. “Mason was hitting his spots and his pitches were more pronounced,” said LP-A head coach Sean Degerstrom.
A slow start to the Detroit Lakes Invitational Saturday resulted in a sluggish overall beginning for the Laker softball team. But the ending was much nicer, as the Lakers downed Fergus Falls 8-1 to pick up important QRF points for the section seeding process. The Lakers (6-3) also gained a pair of wins in the Mid-State Conference standings with a sweep of visiting Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday by the scores of 18-2 and 13-2. After falling to two North Dakota teams in Valley City by the score of 11-1 and Shanley by 8-5, the Lakers rebounded with their win over Fergus Falls, which is the fi
Windy conditions made for tough golfing as the Detroit Lakes boys squad finished in 14th out of 24 teams at Brooklyn Center Friday and Saturday for the Tri-State meet. Wayzata won the tournament with a 314-312 for a final 626, while the Lakers scored a 332-330 – 662. “The kids all had about 14 great holes and four terrible holes, which we will need to clean up,” said DL head coach Bob Gorden. Senior Michael Herzog led the way for DL with a 164, while Tanner Schnathorst scored a 166 and Ben Mallow a 167. Christian Hedstrom fired a 169, while Isaac Cihak played the first d
The marquee bastion of blame for the failure of last year’s Minnesota Vikings usually had a big flashing arrow directed towards their quarterback, named Christian Ponder. There definitely was plenty blame which should have been hoisted by Ponder, but the reason for the 5-10-1 record wasn’t directly because of him. Yes, Ponder could not take advantage of the eight to nine players in the box on defense to stop Adrian Peterson and yes, Ponder could not make a second or third read to save his life. But there was a much bigger problem, which resulted in up to four late-game collapses, and
There hasn’t been any early-season rust or slow starts for the two-time Class 2A defending state champion Detroit Lakes girls’ golf team, not by a long shot. The Lakers extended their meet winning streak to 22 consecutive wins after taking their first two competitions with scores of 307 and 305. Not missing a beat, last year’s co-state medalists senior Natalie Roth and sophomore Kate Smith finished as the top two golfers in t
The Detroit Lakes track and field teams are starting to rise to the top after the Laker girls won the Thief River Falls Invite and the boys finished second. The Laker girls won seven events, including all three sprinting events and both throwing competitions. Allison Berg won the 100-meter dash with a 13.26, while Lindsey Heinecke took each the 200 and 400 dash events. Junior Shay Nielsen won both the shot put (43-05 and discus (118-05). “I was very pleased with the efforts from our girls yesterday,” said DL head girls’ coach Mike Labine.
It was bound to happen, it just took a while for it to happen. Lake Park-Audubon senior ace pitcher Mason Swegarden allowed his first earned run since his sophomore season, after giving up a long homerun in the Raiders’ 7-3 win over Norman County Tuesday. But the lone earned run is nothing and is far overshadowed by LP-A’s searing 4-0 start to the season. “The constant has been power pitching and solid defense,” said LP-A head coach Sean Degerstrom.
Two solid pitching performances by the Detroit Lakes baseball team went for naught, as Park Rapids posted a Mid-State Conference sweep of the Lakers Tuesday by the scores of 3-1 and 11-6. Despite junior Connor Johnson pitching a two-hitter, walking one and striking out nine, the Lakers gave up three unearned runs in a 3-1 loss. In the nightcap, senior Sam Voz pitched 4.2 innings, struck out seven, walked three, but five DL errors led to six unearned runs in the 11-6 defeat. “We had a lot of inexperienced errors and mistakes,” said DL head coach Steve Fuhs.