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The "Crookston Curse" will not be a factor this time around in the Section 8-1A playoffs for the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team. After losing to the Pirates in the playoffs the last several seasons -- including last year's upset of the Lakers in round one -- DL tore that monkey off its back with a commanding 4-0 victory Tuesday. The No. 3 Lakers scored early and often against the defensive-minded No. 6 Pirates, as DL held a sizable 3-0 edge heading into halftime.
The Detroit Lakes volleyball team took care of their own business against a rebuilding Staples-Motley team, winning in sweeping fashion by the scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-18 Tuesday inside Ralph Anderson Gym. The Lakers improved to 9-11 on the season after three clean games, where the Cardinals couldn't mount much pressure on the DL defense. DL head coach Jim Wood also was able to see what his bench players had, with all 14 gettingi time on the floor. "It was good to see some of the players who haven't seen a lot of time play well," Wood said.
The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' soccer teams will each begin the Section 8-1A playoffs at home. There will be a double dose of playoff soccer Tuesday, as the North No. 2 seeded Laker girls (7-8-3) will host No. 7 Walker/Hackensack-Akeley (1-9-0) and the No. 3 DL boys' team (7-8-1) will take on No. 6 Crookston (3-12-1). Both games will start at 4:30 p.m. on the DL Rotary Soccer Complex. If the Laker boys win, they will face either No. Bemidji (12-4-1) or No. 7 W/H-A (0-10-0) Thursday at the high seed.
It was a season to remember and one which introduced Detroit Lakes as a football power to the rest of the state. The 1992 football season for the Detroit Lakes Lakers literally put the DLHS on the sports map in the state of Minnesota. It was a season which produced amazing statistics, dominating performances and last, but not least, DL's first-ever state team championship. The Lakers were absolutely dominating in 1992, which was headed by perfect balance on offense and defense.
Boom, boom! That's what a short-handed Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team felt in it's regular season finale after host Hillcrest pumped in two quick goals against them Thursday, which eventually led to a 3-1 defeat to the Comets. "I think our guys forgot what the opening whistle was," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner. "Because they were not ready for it." The Comets -- which clinched the top seed in the North Section 8-1A side and the conference championship -- scored 40 seconds into the game and another at the 2:50 mark.
The timing was perfect for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team to come out swinging, as they prepare for the Section 8-1A playoffs, which start Tuesday. After a lackluster performance against Moorhead last Monday, the Lakers handled the visiting Bemidji Lumberjacks 3-0 Thursday, thus clinching second place in the conference and a potential No. 2 seed in the North half of the section. "My team showed up," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "They may not have been here against Moorhead, but they came out motivated against Bemidji.
It's something Detroit Lakes head girls' cross country coach Jon Freeman has been waiting for, but the Laker girl runners posted a break-out meet, which was keyed by some flowing confidence throughout the meet. The Lakers finished fourth in the Perham meet Thursday with 100 points, but in the process, posted 10 personal-best times and also topped Perham (113 points) for the first time in a long time. But it was the confidence shown by his runners in which Freeman was pleased most about. "There was confidence in the air coming from our girls," Freeman said.
It was a shot of a lifetime for 60-year-old Jim Fredrickson of Detroit Lakes. Fredrickson inked his name in the Safari Club International (SCI) record books, after he dropped a gold-rated antelope in Riverton, Wyo., last month. The antelope's rack scored an 80 5/8 on the SCI scoring grid, which is now tied for 24th in the world. The world ranking is in the bow class, as Fredrickson downed the antelope with his bow and arrow from 60 yards out. "I didn't realize how large it was until my guide (of Wyoming Trophy Outfitters) started talking how big it was," Fredrickson said.
For the second straight game, the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team lost a winnable game by the score of 1-0. This time, the Lakers played the tough Moorhead Spuds to their limit Monday, but still fell short in the shutout. The loss drops the Lakers to 7-7-1 on the season, though they still are positioning themselves for a top three seed in the Section 8-1A playoffs. "We played well; we had some early opportunities to score, but just didn't finish," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner.
There was no denying the natural athletic talent Tom Evans was gifted with during his Detroit Lakes Laker playing days, but there was a key moment which turned his entire career -- if not his life -- around, right before his junior season. Although it was none too pleasant, it wasn't subtle and it hit Evans like a ton of bricks -- but the words he heard turned his entire perspective around on his approach to sports.