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Last year during the Class 2A state boys' golf tournament, then Frazee freshman Beau Hanson stormed onto the scene after shooting a two-day score of five-over par 149 to capture a fourth-place overall individually. This time around, though, Hanson won't be flying under the radar, instead he'll be a big blinking blimp on it. Hanson has held the No. 1 ranking in Class 1A for the majority of the spring season, while posting near par or under par scores throughout the year.
The Lakes Area Screaming Eagles exacted a bit of revenge with a 26-9 victory over visiting Menomenie (Wis.) Thunderhawks last Saturday in Frazee. The Thunderhawks ripped the Eagles 42-19 in the season opener, but the scoreboard titled heavily in Lakes Area's favor, as well as about everything else. Kyler Wegner found some running room through the Thunderhawk defense, as well as scoring two rushing touchdowns of 21 and seven yards to put LA up 14-3 in the second quarter.
ST. PAUL - There were two birds killed with one stone by the Detroit Lakes 4x100 relay team Friday during the Class 2A state track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Not only did the Laker foursome break the DLHS 4x100 record with their 49.37 time in the preliminaries, they qualified for the finals Saturday by finishing in the top eight. The 4x100 team of sophomores Natalie Hoffert, Jessica Stelter, junior Bre Halbur and freshman Rose Jackson will race in the finals Saturday at 10:46 a.m.
Once again, the Detroit Lakes football team will have a place to hang their hat. The Heart O'Lakes Conference voted to accept Detroit Lakes' application to join the conference, starting in the 2011 season. The last official step to take is for the DL school board to accept the invite by the HOL Conference. The Lakers became conference-less this year after the folding of the North Country Conference, in which DL has been playing in the last five years. But with the closure of Duluth East High School and the departure of Thief River Falls, the conference folded.
Experience was a premium this season for the Frazee boys' and girls' track and field teams, but that didn't hold the Hornets back from sending three to the Class 1A state meet. Two of the Hornets brought the majority of seasoning to the Frazee teams this season, while the other will be making her state debut Friday and Saturday at Hamline University. For senior Hannah Daggett and junior Forrest Jackson, the state meet will be second hand, while eighth grader Ellie Bachmann will get her first taste of what it's all about after qualifying in the 800 run.
The Section 8-2A meet was a good learning experience for the Detroit Lakes boys' track and field team, as it butted up against some of the best athletes in the state. The Lakers only had a couple of point scorers in the section, but picked up valuable seasoning along the way. The DL distance team ran good times, but in a strong section, placed lower than normal. "If we would have run these times from this year last season, we would have placed higher," said DL head boys' coach Steve Zamzo.
There was more than enough grit and determination for the Detroit Lakes 4x100 relay team during the Section 8-2A finals in Brainerd Saturday, after several frustrating near misses for state occurred before the race. The frustration started accumulating in the 100-meter dash, led into the 4x200, but was all but erased with a Section 8-2A 4x100 relay championship, which will send the Laker foursome to the state meet this weekend at Hamline University.
Decisions, decisions. There are plenty of decisions which need to be made by incoming high school seniors, but for Detroit Lakes soon-to-be senior Tanner Lane, he has two questions looming before him. Should he stay or should he go? Lane was chosen in the third round of the United States Hockey League entry draft with the Fargo Force's sixth pick earlier this spring. Fargo traded for the Omaha, Neb., draft choice at 44 and chose the Laker skater. In July, Lane will participate in the Force's tryout camp and from there, decisions will need to be made about his future.
Practice doesn't make perfect, as Lake Park-Audubon senior Jesse Wixo has proven. The multi-talented Raider athlete qualified for the Class 1A state track and field meet in the triple jump, despite not making one practice throughout the spring season. No, it's not that Wixo purposely neglected track practice, instead he was a two-sport athlete just during the spring season. Wixo was LP-A's starting catcher on the baseball team, while being out for the track and field squad, as well.
For the second time in three years, both the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' golf teams will be playing for a Class 2A state championship. With each Laker team qualifying for state again this year, it's just another block added to the foundation of not one, but two, golf dynasties.