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DETROIT LAKES - A goal-scoring avalanche by the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team overwhelmed an outmatched Walker/Hackensack-Akeley squad in a 15-1 lambasting by the Lakers on Tuesday. The Lakers (9-2-2) proved to be dominant, as they moved the puck extremely well throughout the game and put up 47 shots on net. The first line of Tanner Lane, Alex Phelps and Nate Baker scored nine of the 15 Laker goals. Baker had five goals, while Lane and Phelps each had two. The Lakers' second line saw Brett Provo notch his sixth score of the season and Nate Ginnaty his second. The third line
DETROIT LAKES - For the last several games, the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team has been looking for an offensive spark to get them over the midseason hump. Thursday night, they may have just found it. The Lakers dominated the visiting Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle squad, winning 10-1, and outshot the Blue Devils by a hefty 44-14 margin. DL scored early and scored often, while freshman goalie Veronica Roy had another solid game in the nets with 14 saves.
DETROIT LAKES - Despite not having a full lineup over the last several weeks, the Detroit Lakes wrestling team is still managing to stave off the competition and pick up a couple of dual victories. The Lakers were able to salvage a split in their home triangular Thursday, knocking off Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 39-34, while losing to Moorhead 44-27. "We are definitely looking forward to getting everyone back healthy," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. "Not having a full lineup takes a toll on the kids.
The final results maybe the same, but the Lakers are slowly taking steps to rectify that. After losing to Alexandria earlier in the season by the score of 7-2, the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team played three solid periods with the Cardinals before falling 5-1. DL played to a scoreless first period and only trailed 2-0 heading into the third, before Alexandria scored the all-important momentum goal to pull away early in the final period. Laker goalie Veronica Roy had 15 saves in the first period to keep DL in striking distance.
By the time the diving event rolled around during the Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving invite Saturday, the Lakers started having an inkling they could win their own meet. By the time the diving event was over, they knew it could happen. The Lakers defended their own water inside the BTD Aquatics Center, winning with a score of 358, ahead of second-place Bemidji with 302 points and Perham with a mark of 285. "We wanted to win the meet, but we definitely didn't expect to," said DL head coach Rian Heimark. "Everybody looked good.
It was time to get back into the swing of things as the Detroit Lakes wrestling team finished fifth out of eight teams at the Perham Invitational Saturday, in the Lakers' first action of 2010. It was a good meet to shake off the rust, as 10 of 12 DL wrestlers placed in the top six, highlighted by 119-pounder Mike Bellefeuille's division title. "I was OK with the performance, everyone wrestled well," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott.
The Detroit Lakes depth was at its best Friday in a 79-65 win over visiting Wadena-Deer Creek in a Mid-State Conference showdown. Laker leading scorer Josh Stalberger was tearing up the Wolverine defense to the tune of 12 points in the first half, but a badly-placed elbow to his nose knocked the junior post out for the game. The scoring onslaught didn't end with Stalberger's damaged nose, however. Instead DL finished with a total of five players scoring in double digits, including seven three pointers.
The important aspect for the Detroit Lakes boys' Nordic skiing team wasn't the fact they finished 38th in the 78-team Mesabi East meet at Giant's Ridge Saturday, it was who they finished ahead of. The Lakers were the second-best team to finish Saturday in Section 8-1A, just 18 points behind Little Falls, while sophomore Jake Richards introduced his name to the state Nordic skiing world by taking fifth overall in the 5K freestyle race with a time of 15:44.7. "This bodes well for us for the next couple of weeks because it gives us a boost in confidence," said DL head coach Dan Josephson.
Coming off two high-performance meets, the Detroit Lakes boys' Nordic skiing team continues to close the gap on the more traditional top teams. The Lakers finished second only to Bemidji, but with just a little improvement -- roughly 30 seconds -- DL could have toppled the Lumberjacks. Jake Richards won his second of three meets, topping Bemidji's Matt Lee by 12 seconds, after trailing the Lumberjack for much of the pursuit race. "Jake was able to make his move towards the end of the race to win," said DL head coach Dan Josephson.
A potent Staples-Motley offense was too much for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team to handle in an 81-66 defeat of the Lakers Tuesday. The Cardinals (10-1) scored from all over the floor, including 20 field goals and 11 three pointers in the victory. DL maintained with S-M in the first half, trailing just 41-34 at halftime, but the Cardinals had too much firepower in the second for the Lakers to stay with them.