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The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team was the latest Section 8-1A squad to takes its swipe at the Thief River Falls Prowlers -- but much like its section counterparts, DL came up short. The Lakers traveled to play the section-leading Prowlers, losing 4-1 and falling to 4-5-0 in Section 8-1A play, with a 17-6-0 record overall. Even though the score implied a wider margin of loss, DL head coach Jason Vold felt some good things were brought out of the game. "The one good thing is we know we can play with Thief River Falls," Vold said.
One stroke, one touch and one point were all that kept the Detroit Lakes boys' swimming and diving team from its 14th Mid-State Conference title in 16 years. But it was Park Rapids that captured the conference banner with 113 points, to DL's 112 and Perham's 104. The Lakers were tied with the Panthers up to the third to last event, where the Panthers outscored DL 12-5 for a 99-96 lead. It would get closer, as the DL 400 freestyle relay team of Sam Branstad, Matt Weiss, Nathan Buelow and Henrik Bewarder won the event with a time of 3:37.77.
Half is good. The Moorhead Spuds converted over 50 percent of their shots -- including 56.3 percent of their three pointers -- in a 76-54 rout of Detroit Lakes Tuesday inside Ralph Anderson Gym, to break a three-game losing streak. Hitting seven treys in the first half alone, the Spuds built a 45-39 lead, then doubled up DL in the second to outscore the home team 31-15 in the victory. The loss drops the Lakers' overall record to 6-13 and extends their losing streak to four games.
A narrow 25-22 halftime lead for the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team quickly blossomed into an 11-point gap to start the second half, keying a 58-45 victory to up the Lakers' overall record to 18-2. The victory -- which came on the Yellowjackets' home court Saturday -- was a tough-earned one, against a Perham team which has been playing well as of late and now sits at 11-11. "We started out sluggish and were trying to rush things by going 100 miles per hour," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson.
The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team has dropped to even in Section 8-1A play after losing in East Grand Forks Tuesday by the score of 2-1. The defeat drops the Lakers to 4-4 in the section, which is the fourth-best record. DL is 17-5-0 overall as they prepared for its big showdown with Thief River Falls, which was played Saturday (results will be in Wednesday's Becker County Record). The Lakers' chances looked good to improve to 5-3 right off the bat against EGF, as senior forward Jedd Harms scored 28 seconds into the game on a Joe Schiller assist.
From start to finish, it was all Detroit Lakes. It was as simple said as done by the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team, which steamrolled over the visiting Staples-Motley Cardinals 72-37 Friday night inside Ralph Anderson Gym. The win keeps the Lakers undefeated in the Mid-State Conference at 7-0 and improves them to 17-2 overall, with three more games against conference opponents remaining on the schedule. And it's looking more and more that zero could remain in DL's Mid-State loss column, with games at Park Rapids Feb. 16 and a pair of home tilts against Pequot Lakes Feb.
Session is out for the Detroit Lakes Nordic ski team as it took its finals Wednesday at the Section 8-1A meet at Camp Ripley. As expected, the girls' team event was won by Grand Rapids, which will be a favorite to win its third-straight state title, while the boys' title was taken by Bemidji. For the Lakers, the meet was used as a learning tool in this season of rebuilding. Two boys took part, while three girls competed on the section trails. In the pursuit, Ben Strege finished 32nd at 38:18 and John Beaton was 40th at 41:26.
"It wasn't our night." Those are the words from Detroit Lakes head coach Wade Johnson on his team's 70-38 loss to Mid-State Conference leader Pequot Lakes Thursday, as the Lakers lost one of their most lopsided games of the year. The Patriots, who are undefeated in Mid-State play, jumped out early and maintained well, building on a 33-21 halftime lead by outscoring DL 37-17 in the second half. The Lakers doubled their turnovers to the Pats by an 18-9 margin, while Pequot Lakes owned the paint by notching 38 points in the lane compared to DL's 14.
There needs to be some more fine-tuning and polishing in the ranks of the young Detroit Lakes wrestling team, but the way it looks, things are pulling together at the right time for the Laker matmen. Although registering a loss Thursday against Barnesville by the score of 35-30 inside Ralph Anderson Gym, the Lakers made a marked improvement against a team they lost to by a much wider margin earlier in the season.
Having a young and inexperienced team starting night in and night out will bring some lessons to be learned. For the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, a few chapters are being learned after a recent 1-2 record in a three-game stretch, dropping DL to 6-10 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-State Conference. The Lakers lost to Section 8-3A leading Fergus Falls Tuesday inside Ralph Anderson Gym, 69-56. The loss came on the heels of a narrow 51-50 victory in Little Falls Saturday, which followed a 54-47 defeat in Wadena-Deer Creek Friday.