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The 2009-10 state Nordic ski meet can be looked on as a watershed moment for the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' programs. For the first time, DL is sending three skiers to the state meet, as sophomore Jake Richards and the brother/sister duo of Dylan and Berit Ramstad-Skoyles will hit the Giant's Ridge trails Thursday. The state meet will be Richards' and Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles' second trip, while Berit will be making her debut. Expectations are higher than last year for both Richards -- who won the Section 8 title -- and Dylan, who finished fourth.
Another pothole was hit by the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team, as they dropped their second straight Section 6-1A game with a 5-4 overtime loss in Little Falls Saturday. Several defensive breakdowns allowed the Flyers (6-16-1) to overcome a DL two-goal rally in the third period, as Austin Bjorge notched the winning overtime goal 1:34 into the extra period. "Their defense did the little things right to help win the game," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "Our defense was not on their game, either.
Two late goals by the visiting Morris/Benson girls' hockey team sunk the Lakers' hopes for a regular-season finale upset Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena. Two late goals by junior center Dani Schultz in the third period lifted the Storm (21-2) to a 3-2 victory over the Lakers (5-19-1) Saturday. The Lakers held onto a 2-1 advantage as time was winding down, after a goal by Emily Raboin (assist to Callie Johnson) and a third-period power play opportunity by Shannon Utecht.
Getting the basketball to the basket wasn't the problem for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team Saturday -- it was finishing it off which ended up being their downfall. The Lakers shot just 34 percent from the field and 25 percent at the free throw line in a 63-51 loss in Perham, as DL dropped to 7-11 and extended a four-game losing streak. "We got our looks at the basket and had some good shots, we just didn't finish them off," said DL head coach Robb Flint.
The 2009-10 season garnered another prime highlight for the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team when they broke a school record with a final score of 149.325 in the Mid-State Conference meet Saturday in Park Rapids. The Lakers easily surpassed their goal of eclipsing the 147 mark, as Amy Crawford won all-around honors with a combined mark of 38.375. Despite the record-breaking performance, the Lakers still finished as runners-up to No. 1 ranked Perham, which notched a hefty 152.175. "The girls were excited breaking the school record," said DL head coach Jennifer Whipple.
The Waubun girls' basketball team didn't have many chances to put the ball in the bucket against visiting Fosston Thursday and when those opportunities arose, the Bombers' shots were not dropping. A low shooting percentage, along with a dominating Fosston rebounding game, doomed the Bombers to a 66-44 loss, thus dropping the Big Blue to 10-5 on the season. "Fosston is a dangerous team and we got their best effort tonight," said Waubun head coach Jason McCloskey.
CAMP RIPLEY - Wednesday turned out to be the best day in Laker Nordic skiing history, as three Detroit Lakes skiers qualified for the state meet. The Ramstad-Skoyles family will have two representatives -- Dylan and Berit -- in the upcoming state Nordic ski meet, while sophomore Jake Richards claimed a Section 8 victory by scoring gold in the boys' division. Each of the trio had different plans of attack at Camp Ripley, where the Section 8 5K Classic and 5K Skate Pursuit event was held.
CAMP RIPLEY - The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' Nordic ski teams have three skiers in contention for a state berth after racing the Classic portion of the Section 8 pursuit race today at Camp Ripley. Jake Richards is currently second after racing for a 16:50 time, just four seconds off the leader Brainerd's Matt Lee. Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles trails in fifth place with a time of 17:50, as the top 10 finishers (not including the winning team) make state.
The cream of Section 8-1A maybe rising to the top, after Fergus Falls finished as the Detroit Lakes Invite runner-up Saturday inside Ralph Anderson Gym. The Otters disposed of the Lakers in round one 46-13, while wrestling their way to the title bout against Dassel-Cokato, where DC's heavyweight Sam Pokornowski beat Harvey McMahon in overtime to tilt the championship for a 33-28 win over Fergus Falls. "Fergus Falls has a really nice team and one without many holes," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott.
In Monday's important Section 8-3A tilt, the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team was without two key players, to go along with a low shooting percentage. Those two factors aided in DL's 61-47 loss to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles (10-8) to drop the Lakers to 7-9 on the season. The Eagles boasted of a tall front court, including forwards of 6-8, 6-7 and 6-5, compared to DL's tallest player of around 6-1. The Lakers entered Monday's section game without their leading scorer, junior forward Josh Stalberger, and sophomore guard Joe Mollberg -- who has been out since Jan. 14.