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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.
Turnovers and miscues on special teams were the debilitating factors in Waubun's 35-6 season-opening loss to visiting Kittson Central Thursday. Playing without many of their normal starters, the Bombers were able to move the ball, but made critical errors when passing Kittson's side of the 50-yard line. Five turnovers and two big errors on punts gave the Bearcats several short fields, which they cashed in, in the form of 21 points. "All five but one of the turnovers came in Kittson's territory," said Waubun head coach Jason McCloskey.
The trenches for the Frazee football team will be manned by experience, skill and good size. That should offer Hornet running backs plenty of space to run and a good front line for the defense. Overall, the Hornets will be experienced throughout the lineup after a solid 6-2 season last year. "Each of the last three years we have improved from 4-4 to 5-3 and 6-2," said Frazee head coach Jim Rader. "These kids are expecting to keep moving forward, too.
There has been a tradition of an extended season for the Hawley football team and the 2010 version isn't about to break that tradition. The Nuggets are five-year Section 8-2A reigning champions and despite losing a bevy of big-time producers from last year's squad, they are favorites to add on No. 6. A total of 16 seniors graduated off of last year's squad, which played to the Class 2A state quarterfinals in 2009, before losing to Moose Lake/Willow River 41-35 in overtime. "There are high expectations here," said Hawley head coach Peder Naatz.
The 2010 Lake Park-Audubon football team is not too concerned about past Raider accomplishments, but they did learn something from it -- tradition. A winning tradition is being built in LP-A after three years of successful season -- including a trip to the Class 1A state semifinals two years ago -- and this year's team, despite being inexperienced, are determined to continue it. "I don't if these kids relate to the past, because this year is their time," said LP-A head coach Jed Swegarden.
After sporting an un-Detroit Lakes-like 3-5 record in 2009, the Laker football team rectified its regular season shortcomings with an impressive playoff run, which was cut short by inches to reaching the Section 8-4A championship game. The young Lakers of 2009 also gained another important aspect, which could bear much fruit for this season -- experience. "We had a lot of people who played last year," said DL head coach Flint Motschenbacher.
The trainer's table will be the biggest opponent of the Mahnomen Indians this season, with very solid first-string players, but young and inexperienced after that. The Indians' skill players will be a key to the team's success, with each of senior fullback Alex LaVoy and quarterback Dylan Stevens returning. But the overall depth will be a concern, meaning injuries will need to be at a minimum throughout the season. "Health and conditioning will be keys, because a lot of our guys will be going both ways," said Mahnomen head coach John Clark Jr.
The 2010 season will be a coming of age party for the Ulen-Hitterdal football team. After a couple of seasons of playing young and inexperienced players, the Spartans are now the exact opposite. The majority of the nine-man football team is back and plenty of them will be three-year starters at that. "We feel we are a deep team with good players returning," said U-H head coach Dustin Flaten.
The start to the Detroit Lakes volleyball team's season opener was positive from the get-go. It was just that the middle and ending that wasn't all that pleasing. The Lakers lost their season and home opener to visiting Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Tuesday 3-1, after jumping on the Rebels in game one with a 25-22 win. But DGF used a game-turning second match to turn the tide, winning 25-18, and proceeded to control the court in the form of two more victories of 25-14 and 25-19.
The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' cross country teams each got a last taste of summer in Moorhead for a hot and muggy season opener Monday. For the Laker boys, it was a solid beginning to the season, while for the girls, there were some mild surprises. "I didn't feel my expectations were met," said DL head girls' coach Jon Freeman. "There is a difference between potential and actual. It just looked like we were running young and scared." The boys' team finished sixth out of 11 teams, with junior Wes Bakken leading the way in 20th with a time of 18:21.1.