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Instead of a season in which the Detroit Lakes wrestling team would have been considered contenders throughout the 2009-10 season, a couple of crucial injuries forced it into a season of transition for the future. With seniors Nate Duchene and Justin Holm having to end their seasons early due to injuries, Laker head coach Rob Ullyott was forced to plug the holes with youth. Although Ullyott was pleased with how his younger wrestlers performed and worked on the mat, it's hard to replace two senior leaders like Holm and Duchene.
The Detroit Lakes boys' track and field team is ready to go the distance -- as in the 800, 1,600 or 3,200 meter distance races. The Lakers will be a force in their distance races this season -- which include the 4x800 -- with a bevy of talent and depth out for the 2010 season. "Distance will definitely be our strength this year," said DL head boys' track coach Steve Zamzo. The Lakers will have some top-heavy talent, as well as important depth in the distance events.
There will be a schematic nightmare in store for the Detroit Lakes girls' track and field team's coaching staff for the 2010 season, but it's one of the best problems to have for the Lakers. The DL girls' coaching staff -- led by head coach Mike Labine -- would have it no other way, as the Lakers boast an all-time high in numbers out with 65. "I'm excited about it and it's awesome to have this many kids be a part of the team," Labine said.
For much of Joe Schiller's hockey career -- from mites to his USHL days -- he was the go-to player on the ice. That changed dramatically for the Detroit Lakes graduate and the school's all-time leading scorer when he started playing for the Minnesota State University Mankato men's hockey team. As for most players who suit up for a team in the WCHA -- Division I hockey's premier conference -- the sudden splash of reality hits that they are not the elite player on the ice anymore.
Last season can be thought of as "setting the tone" for an up-and-coming Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team. The 2009-10 season took it one step further, as the Lakers improved by adding much-needed depth and maintaining their high-quality talent. The addition of several new swimmers and their improvement, along with the majority the team back, sets up even bigger expectations next year. "Everyone ended the season with personal bests and that's the way it should it be," said DL head coach Rian Heimark. "Even the brand new swimmer saw something they didn't realize they had.
Even though the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team's run in the playoffs was cut off way too prematurely, the 2009-10 season could be one which could end up being a launching pad of sorts for the next several years. The Lakers put on a display of a strong offensive punch, in which they more than doubled their goal-production from a year ago -- thus resulting in a doubling of their wins. DL ended with the top scorer in the state with junior forward Tanner Lane finishing with 90 points, including 49 goals and 41 assists, while commanding one of the top scoring lines in Minnesota, as well.
After losing a host of seniors who led the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team to a Section 8-3A championship in the 2008-09 season, this season was going to be a learn-as-you-go type of year. That's the way it exactly went, too, as the Lakers were inconsistent during a 5-21 campaign, much resulting from the inexperience which populated DL's lineup. But out of the dark clouds will come some rays of hope, as those young and green Lakers picked up much seasoning for the next several years.
The Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team could have used some of this St. Patrick's Day luck through the season, just in the form of having a healthy full team on the floor consistently. That wasn't the case for the 12-15 Laker team, which couldn't put out a consistent starting lineup, due to injuries. "We had some bad luck and were banged up for most of the season," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
Although the win-loss record didn't tilt towards the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team, progression throughout the season would be the better way to measure it. Playing a rugged schedule -- which included eight state-ranked teams -- may have added to an undesirable 6-20-1 record, but looking towards the future, this season definitely made progress. "If you look at our strength of schedule, we played a tough one," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.
The Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team pulled off one of its better defensive performances of the season, but it still wasn't enough. The No. 3 seeded Bemidji Lumberjacks ended the No. 6 Lakers' season 55-44 in the Section 8-3A playoffs Tuesday. The Lakers couldn't start things offensively, as the Lumberjacks crowded the lane to limit DL's higher-percentage shots. "We played good defense, holding a team like Bemidji to 55 points," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "But we were not patient offensively.