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The Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team threw its hat in the ring as a Section 8-1A contender after downing Crookston 3-1 last Friday on the DL Rotary Soccer Complex. Although it was not as crisp a win as DL had over Hillcrest the night before, the Lakers were able to secure crucial section points with the win over the Pirates. "We didn't play so great, but it was a good section win," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner. "The guys learned from it.
The barometer meet has been completed by the Detroit Lakes girls' cross country team, and it's looking pretty good. The bar has been raised after the Lakers finished third out of seven teams in the DL Rotary Invite Thursday, at a rainy and soggy Lakeview Golf Course. Moorhead won the meet, while Alexandria was second, followed by the Lakers. Eighth grader Abby Ullyott rebounded from a lackluster season-opening meet with a seventh place finish in a time of 17:12.18. She finished as DL's lead runner last year, and looks to be on track for another strong season.
It may have taken a little while for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team to quit spinning their wheels in the Rotary Soccer Complex mud Thursday, but when they gained their traction, they bolted for an easy 6-0 win over visiting Hillcrest. The Comets kept the game close up through the first half of play, with the Lakers taking a 1-0 halftime lead on a Natalie Roth-from-Libby Jordan connection, but Hillcrest couldn't keep the wraps on DL in the second half.
The team-mentality focus for the Detroit Lakes boys' cross country team has added improvement to individual success, as well. Under rainy and cool conditions, the Lakers finished fourth in their DL Rotary Invite Thursday on the Lakeview Golf Course, keyed by a pack of DL runners finishing in the top 21. Although DL didn't have a top 10 runner, they did finish seven from 13th to 27th places. "Over the last couple of weeks, we've been focusing on running as a team and not as individuals," said DL head boys' coach Bill Kvebak. "Our team ran more together and it showed (Thursday).
There were two different extremes played by the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team after playing in the Byron Tournament over the weekend and playing in Walker/Hackensack-Akeley Tuesday. The Lakers faced some of the tougher competition in the metro area this weekend, going 0-3 in losses to Byron (3-0), LaCrescent (5-1) and Kasson-Mantorville (5-0). "What I wanted to get out from the Byron Tournament was to play good teams we don't usually get to see," said DL head coach Dave Carter.
There were positive signs in Detroit Lakes' 3-0 loss to visiting Perham Tuesday and that was just overall improvement. The Yellowjackets won the first three sets by the scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-21 to keep the Lakers winless at 0-3. But the play by the DL squad has progressed from their first two losses of the season, said Laker head coach Jim Wood. "Our blocking was better, after struggling there the first two games," Wood said.
The Detroit Lakes football team may feel it has entered the North Dakota state playoffs after facing two of the state's champions in the first two weeks of the season. Round one went to North Dakota, as Shanley pulled off a last-play shocker, winning 23-21 on the game's last play Friday on Mollberg Field. Now, round two will feature North Dakota's Class 3A champion Bismarck, which is comparable in size to Minnesota's Class 5A schools. But Bismarck's enrollment isn't just big, the team literally brings some huge size, as well.
DETROIT LAKES - "Don't fix what is not broken." That's the old adage the Shanley football team lived by late in the game against Detroit Lakes Friday evening, as the visiting Deacons went to a familiar connection which helped them bring in a North Dakota Class 2A state championship last year. And it produced very similar successful results.
After faltering to close out a potential win against Alexandria in its second game of the season -- thus resulting in a tie -- the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team lived and let learned as they picked up their first victory of the season with a 3-2 win in Bemidji Thursday. Despite being a young team, the Lakers did pick up a few pointers in their 2-2 tie last week against Alexandria, and one was be ready to survive an opponents' onslaught in the final 10 minutes.
One intangible, which signifies improvement for a young and inexperienced team, is how they respond to adversity. So mark one up for the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team after they rebounded from an ugly performance against Bemidji Tuesday, with an impressive 1-0 upset of Hillcrest Thursday to give the Lakers a 1-2-1 record. "Tuesday in Bemidji was one of our worst performances all season, including our practices," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner. "It made it easy to call our players out and show we need all 11 players doing their job.