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DETROIT LAKES - Nothing was decided in the battle between the top two Class 1A gymnastics teams in the state Friday evening, but there was proof on display that the Section 8-1A meet will be a spectacular one. The No. 1 Perham Yellowjackets downed the No. 2 Detroit Lakes squad 147.025 to 145.025 inside the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics facility. The deciding factor came on beam, where Perham landed the top spot with Satera Montella's 9.4 and followed by three more 9.1's or better.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks cashed in on 21-22 free throws as the decisive factor in a 66-52 victory over visiting Detroit Lakes Thursday evening. The Lakers (6-7) could only counter with an 8-14 night at the charity stripe, while the Lumberjacks (8-4) were able to shutdown DL's inside game by limiting junior post and team leading scorer Josh Stalberger to just four points. "We were getting the ball into the blocks to Josh, but Bemidji did a good job pushing him out," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "We also got into some foul trouble and they converted 21 of 22 free throws.
A couple of late three-pointers and a steal turning into two points was enough for the Staples-Motley Cardinals as they downed the visiting Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team Tuesday by the score of 69-60. The Lakers (3-11) played the Cardinals (10-3) tough throughout the game as the two squads dueled to a tie with seven minutes remaining in the game. But the two treys and steal resulting in a field goal, separated the two Mid-State Conference teams in favor of Staples-Motley.
It wasn't exactly the type of slump-buster the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey was looking for Thursday night inside Kent Freeman Arena. Despite controlling the puck for the majority of the three periods, the Lakers lost to their Section 6-1A foe Northern Lakes 5-4, dropping DL to 11-4-2 on the season and their first losing streak. "I felt we dominated the whole game, but we didn't capitalize," said DL head coach Chris Denardo.
There have been at least two generations who have not experienced the four Super Bowl losses the Minnesota Vikings have incurred through the 1970s. Instead, starting with my generation, we've witnessed three excruciating NFC Championship defeats. Come Sunday, my generation and the one's who have followed, are hoping to avoid that Fearsome Foursome of losses, when the Vikings face the New Orleans Saints in the NFC's biggest game of the season and the right to move onto the Super Bowl in Miami.
As the Detroit Lakes boys' Nordic skiing team is making a realistic bid for the Section 8 title, there's also a nice little story brewing over on the Laker girls' side of the trail. Eighth grader Berit Ramstad-Skoyles -- sister of one of the boys' team leaders Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles -- is quietly sneaking up on the section pack. Berit had another progressive meet Monday at the Little Falls Invite at Camp Ripley -- the site for the section meet -- after claiming 17th place with a pursuit time of 47:30.
Tuesday's home tilt against visiting Crookston was a good barometer game for the upstart Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team needless to say. Unfortunately, that barometer bottomed out for the Lakers in a 4-3 overtime loss. Crookston's Morgan Terpstra scored with 22.8 seconds left in regulation to tie the score 3-3 and force overtime, where Pirate forward Ryan Edevold cashed in the winning goal 3:32 into overtime to drop the Lakers to 11-3-2 overall and snap an 11-game undefeated streak. "It was just terrible hockey from us," said DL head coach Chris Denardo.
Proof was in the pudding as the Crookston girls' hockey team proved their Class 1A No. 4 ranking after a 12-2 rout of Detroit Lakes Tuesday. "What can you say?" said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "They are that good of a team. Our thing was to stay determined throughout the game and try and improve." Crookston came out fast, scoring four goals in the first period, then continued with five in the second and three in the third. Lexy Wangen and Shannon Kaiser each recorded a hat tricks for the Pirates (13-7), while five other players notched goals, as well.
The Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team put in a dominating performance against visiting Park Rapids Tuesday inside the BTD Aquatics Center. The Lakers won every event -- except the 400 freestyle relay in which they ran as an exhibition -- against their Mid-State Conference rival, winning the meet 82-51. More importantly, DL head coach Rian Heimark discovered some uncovered gems along the way to the Laker's win. "I mixed it up a bit and put some guys in new events," Heimark said.
There's been a common correlation between the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball and turnovers -- too many have resulted in a loss, not many have turned into a win. That was no more apparent than in DL's last two games, where they toppled the visiting Park Rapids Panthers 60-41 Friday, then lost in Fergus Falls Saturday by the score of 63-42. "I've told the girls, when we have more assists than turnovers, we have a 100-percent win rate," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "Against Park Rapids, turnovers were not an issue. They girls took care of the ball and were aggressive.