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After a recent two-game slide, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team was looking for a spark as they head into their final stretch of games before the Section 6-1A playoffs. The Lakers didn't have to look any further than the Class 1A state-leading scorer forward Tanner Lane, who collected yet another hat trick and his 36-38th goals of the season in a 5-1 victory over visiting Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday. The win snaps that two-game losing streak, as well as setting the Lakers (12-4-2) up one game away from clinching the Mid-State Conference title.
When Perham senior Alex Phelps decided to join the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team as a seventh grader, he immediately found a friend and linemate in sixth-grader Tanner Lane. Fortunately for the Laker duo -- and the DL boys' hockey team -- this relationship has blossomed into one of the most formidable scoring duos in the state. Currently, Lane leads Class 1A in scoring with 38 goals, 31 assists for 69 points and a plus-46, while Phelps is rated as the state's 10th leading scorer with 16 goals, 33 assists for 49 points and a plus-41.
Nothing was decided in the battle between the top two Class 1A gymnastics teams in the state, 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 Friday. The deciding factor came on vault, where Perham landed the top spot with Satera Montella's 9.4 and followed by three more 9.1's or better. On the flipside, the Laker's Amy Crawford was second with a 9.3, but DL didn't score anything above an 8.5 after her.
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.