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The longball once again salvaged a win for the Detroit Lakes softball team, this time it was off the bat of junior Emily Seebold, who blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to eventually lead the Lakers to a 10-9 victory over visiting Park Rapids Tuesday. The victory stole the sweep from the Panthers, which prevailed 11-10 in game one of the Mid-State Conference doubleheader, as the Lakers split and go to 3-1 on the season. “We were down in game two and the girls didn’t give up,” said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
The last few months of sports competition has not been kind to the Minnesota faithful. For the ninth-consecutive season, the Minnesota Timberwolves finished under .500 and have ground yet another coach through the meat grinder, with the dismissal of Rick Adelman. The Twins extended good ole’ Gardy for at least another season, as he sets the record in survival for becoming the first baseball manager to keep his job after three – going on four – 90-plus loss seasons. The University of Minnesota Golden Rioters – er, Gophers – lost to something called Union, a college not even a third its
Lake Park-Audubon senior pitcher Mason Swegarden didn’t need much of a cushion in the Raider’s season opening road victory in Frazee Thursday. After adding two more pitches to an already dominant pitching arsenal, Swegarden out-gunned Hornet senior Grant Overland for a Raider 1-0 victory, a game in which featured a total of 21 strikeouts. But it was Swegarden who saw the only run cross the plate go in his favor and he ran with it from there. “When I see a 1-0 lead, I think it’s bigger than just a one-run lead, because to me, that allows me to dominate the strike zone and be more aggre
Detroit Lakes sophomore Hailey Sonstegard ushered in the 2014 season in booming fashion, after she railed a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the Lakers to a hard-fought 12-11 victory over Bemidji Friday at Snappy Park. The season-opening victory featured some towering homeruns by Sonstegard and senior first baseman Brooke Olson, who’s fence buster also came in a three-run form. “Coming into the season, I’ve been preaching to the girls to be aggressive at the plate and swing the bat,” said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
Patience was the Detroit Lakes baseball team’s strongest virtue in its 5-4 victory over visiting Fergus Falls Friday. Trailing 4-3 heading into the final inning, junior Boyd Bradbury rang up a lead-off triple to start the eventual game-winning rally. Junior Ryan Cihak followed with a one-out single to score Bradbury, and then the Lakers drew three straight walks to score Cihak for the win. Cihak helped lead the Lakers to their first victory of the season, which came on the heels of a season-opening loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton last Thursday, by going 3-4 with two runs scored. Th
Although it wasn’t golf-like weather during the Detroit Lakes Lakeview Tournament Monday, the Lakers’ first-place score of 277 on the Par 64 course was normal. Three Lakers shot the top three scores, with Ben Mallow leading the way with a 67, followed by Michael Herzog’s 68 and Tanner Schnathorst’s 69. “This was a good start for our team,” said DL head coach Bob Gorden. “We were able to play 18 of our kids in the tournament, as well.” Eighth grader Ben Unruh finished tied for sixth with a 73, while Austin Dodd shot a 74.
The majority of the Frazee girls’ golf team will be back after a strong showing in 2013. The Lady Hornets will have good experience back, which includes seniors Cara Roers and Becky Karasch. But youth also is prevalent in the roster, with 2013’s low-scorer back in freshman Maddisan Parsons. “Maddisan was an All-Conference golfer as just an eighth grader last year,” said Frazee head girls’ coach Dave Conzemius. “(Junior) Alexis Par-sons and Karasch also return after being two of our top three golfers last year.” Others who will be in the top six include sophomore Sydney Dahlgren
The sprinting and distance events will pace the Frazee girls’ track and field teams for the 2014 season, as good talent and experience reign in those events. Although the Lady Hornets have a small senior class out, two of them in Ashley Laine and Hannah Brady will anchor the sprinting events, while junior captain Taylor Wutzke will join them in the short-distance races. The distance events will be a bit younger, but a strength, as the Morgan sisters, Kaitlin (sophomore) and Ellie (eighth grader), along with freshman Kiara Dekarske and sophomore Holly McCamant will join them in the 800 th
The Frazee baseball team wants to be a stopper this season, as in stopping New York Mills’ three-consecutive Section 6-1A championship streak. The Hornets have the ammo to accomplish such an endeavor, with an abundance of experience back and the addition of Tanner Karger, who moved back from Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. But most of all, the middle of the batting lineup will be tough outs and the pitching depth will be a strength. “We have a lot of pop in the middle of our lineup and our pitching depth and experience will be a key,” said Frazee first-year head coach Andrew Mekalson. The
Strikes, or more importantly throwing them, will be the biggest key for the Lake Park-Audubon softball team this season. With the departure of their top pitcher last year in Maegan Anderson, the Raiders have a void to fill on the mound. “Our key is simple, we have some young pitchers coming up and their job will be to throw strikes, because we will have a pretty good defense behind them,” said LP-A head coach Bryan Anderson. LP-A returns seven of their nine starters from last year’s team, which played to the final four of the section playoffs, and all are juniors. Four of them have