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Detroit Lakes senior Alex Feldt had to endure one of the most difficult situations a high school wrestler has to go through -- grappling in the True Second match after losing in the championship bout. A wrestler needs to build himself back up quickly after suffering the disappointment of losing in the championship match, just to save a chance to earn a berth in the state meet. But the 171-pound Feldt was able to persevere through the peaks and valleys of the Section 8-2A individual tournament in Cass Lake-Bena.
The wrestling programs in the Lake Park-Audubon and Hawley School Districts underwent a heavy renovation this season when the two combined to form the United Clay Becker Badgers. Although there were some bumps in the process, the co-op between the two teams can be deemed a success. The exclamation point came in the form of two wrestlers qualifying for the Class 2A state wrestling meet, which is Wednesday through Saturday inside the Xcel Energy Center. Both eighth grader Mason Swegarden and junior Sam Klingfus will be making their state debuts Wednesday.
The beam has been a make-or-break event for Detroit Lakes junior Amy Crawford throughout the 2009-10 season.
MINNEAPOLIS - Detroit Lakes junior Amy Crawford has been where no other Laker gymnast has been before -- on the state meet's first-place podium stand. Crawford won DL its first-ever gymnastics state championship Saturday inside the University of Minnesota's Sports Pavilion, when she claimed the Class 1A balance beam title with her 9.575 score. Her closest competitor was Perham junior Kelsi Vomacka, who earned a 9.55.
MINNEAPOLIS - Number seven is now in the history books. The legend of the Perham gymnastics team has grown and has added yet another chapter in what is becoming one of Minnesota's strongest dynasties. The Yellowjackets extended their Class 1A state championship streak to seven, after claiming the team title Friday inside the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion with a score of 149.9. Becker was Perham's biggest threat -- finishing with a mark of 144.975. The Bulldogs actually led after two events by .50 of a point at 74.575 to 74.525 after Perham's vault and bars.
SAUK CENTRE -- The Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre has seen a few guests leave abruptly in the middle of the night, never to return. Something scared them. Hotel employees have also had their share of scares. Bryan Bellefeuille grew up in Frazee and was a 1978 graduate of FHS, but now works for Woltes Kluwers Financial Services in St. Cloud. He is a part time bartender at The Palmer House and has witnessed some things first-hand. "I don't believe in ghosts, but I call them 'unexplainable events,'" Bellefeuille said.
A quick burial was had for the Crookston boys' basketball team, as the visiting Detroit Lakes squad dug the Pirates a deep hole in the form of a 41-19 halftime deficit. The end result was a 78-49 victory for the Lakers (11-13), who were led by junior forward Josh Stalberger's 22 points -- 16 of them coming in the first half route. "We jumped on them early," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
A string of pins by the No. 4 Thief River Falls put the No. 5 Detroit Lakes wrestling team in a hole they couldn't recover from in the Section 8-2A quarterfinal round. The Prowlers registered falls from 112-pounds through 130 to build a commanding 24-4 lead, as TRF was able to ride out the Lakers for a 42-24 win. The good fortunes continued for the Prowlers, as they toppled top-seeded Fergus Falls 41-30 in the semifinals and claimed the section championship with a 40-28 triumph over No. 2 Perham.
A No. 5 Class 3A ranking wasn't an intimidating factor for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, as they gave 19-2 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks all they could handle Saturday inside Ralph Anderson Gym. Junior forward Josh Stalberger poured in a season-high 32 points to keep the Lakers at pace with the Thunderhawks the entire evening. But Grand Rapids' 19-2 mark is no fallacy, as a well-balanced offensive attack was too much for DL to overcome in a 77-72 loss for the Lakers.
By the time the Detroit Lakes gymnasts finish their events in the Class 1A state individual meet, it will seem like they just worked through an entire regular team competition. The four Lakers who qualified for the Class 1A state gymnastics team will be competing in a combined 11 event spots Saturday inside the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, starting at 11 a.m. Each of junior Amy Crawford and sophomore Jessica Stelter qualified in all-around, while junior Bre Halbur made it on vault and sophomore Natalie Hoffert on each of floor and vault.