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Frazee knew the rush was coming from Canby -- and it did come. Trying to fend off a charging Canby Lancer wrestling team, the Hornets tried their best to hold on to their potential fourth state championship, but instead it turned into Frazee's third state runner-up finish. The Lancers' heavyweight, Evan Hacker, put the bold exclamation point on one of the state tournament's best duels of the weekend when he was able to pin Hornet Nick Galbrecht in 2:58 to give Canby a stunning 25-24 win.
This time, restraint and focus won out over excitement and inexperience -- which resulted in Dion Sgro's first professional fight victory. Sgro exacted revenge over Travis McCullough Saturday night inside the Fargo Civic Center -- the same place and fighter the Detroit Lakes native faced in his pro debut -- after stretching the boxing bout to four rounds to capture the decision in what was described as the most exciting fight on the "Middleweight Madness" card. "I wanted and needed this one more this time, for myself," Sgro said of his first professional win.
There was a wall erected Friday inside the Xcel Energy Center, and several of the Frazee wrestlers hit it. That wall came in the form of the Class 1A individual semifinals, as four Hornets climbed to the final four of their respected divisions, only to be halted there with an 0-4 showing. All four of those Frazee grapplers would place, still giving the Hornets a very respectable showing in the Class 1A individual tournament, to which they sent a total of 10 athletes. "Everyone but one of our wrestlers won a match at state," said Frazee head coach John Barlund.
After closing out the regular season with consecutive wins over Thief River Falls and Park Rapids, the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team was awarded the No. 2 seed in the lower bracket of the upcoming Section 8-3A playoffs. The Lakers' opponent will be a very familiar one in Park Rapids, which finished with the No. 3 seed. DL will host the Panthers Thursday inside Ralph Anderson Gym, beginning at 7 p.m. The Lakers have had good success against the Panthers, going 2-0 against their Mid-State foe.
There is a famous saying of "Pick your poison" and the Thief River Falls girls' basketball team did -- and it was fatal. After applying a triangle and two defense on the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball squad in Thursday night's Section 8-3A quarterfinal playoff game, the Lakers scorched the Prowlers from outside, building a convincing 29-10 by halftime. The reason for the triangle and two defense was to take DL junior guard Hallie Hoganson and senior forward Jordanne Even out of the game. The mistake was forgetting about the three other players the Lakers had the floor.
Familiar names such as Frazee, Breckenridge, Pelican Rapids and Barnesville may soon disappear off the Lake Park-Audubon sports schedules. Such schools as Climax-Fisher, Ada-Borup and Fosston could replace those teams by the 2007-08 season, if the Raider Nation has its wish. Preliminary steps have been taken by the LP-A school board to withdraw from the Heart O'Lakes Conference and join the Pine to Prairie Conference, ending an association with the HOL that has existed since the 1989-90 season.
Detroit Lakes' senior guard Dustin Long had just six points Tuesday night in the Lakers' game against Park Rapids, but his last two points rang at a perfect time. Like at the buzzer. Long hit a running 10-foot field goal with time expiring to lift the home-team Lakers over the Panthers 46-44, halting a six-game skid and improving DL to 7-15 overall and 5-5 in the Mid-State Conference. "The kids played with tremendous heart in the second half," said DL head coach Wade Johnson.
For all the awards, honors and trophies Detroit Lakes' Brent Eidenschink has earned, there is still a noticeable space looming on his mantle -- a Minnesota state championship. The Laker 189-pounder has accomplished virtually everything he has set out to do, except winning a state title. This weekend, Eidenschink has the chance to make a complete sweep of medals as a matman, as he hopes to add a state championship to his 2004 state runner-up honors at 189 and the 2005 third-place finish at 215.
It's a good thing the warm-ups during the two-minute touch meant nothing for Detroit Lakes junior Whitney Walter, who was preparing for her bar routine in the Class 1A state gymnastics meet Saturday inside St. Paul's Roy Wilkins Arena. Every gymnast in the state meet is supposed to get a two-minute warm-up session before each event starts, but unfortunately for Walter, her two-minute warm-up turned into less than a minute.
The Xcel Energy Center was basically the Frazee wrestling team's home away from home through the late 1990s and early 2000s. Last year, however, the Hornets were not able to make the trip to their vast second home, after losing their first Section 8-1A title in several years. Not to worry. That one-year absence was just a sabbatical for the "Grapplers in Green." After that one-year hiatus, Frazee recaptured the Section 8-1A team title with a 31-27 victory over Greenbush/Badger-Middle River in the section championship. Not only will the entire team be making the trip to St.