DL News Staff
By PAUL DUFFNEY Detroit Lakes Newspapers How can two games be played with completely different styles end with the same result? When the same team wins both games. That was the story Thursday, as the Lakers hosted the Perham Yellowjackets in softball. The first game was a high scoring affair, with the two teams combining for 24 runs. The second was a pitchers' duel, with only three runners crossing home plate.
The Frazee Lady Hornets are three games better than they were when they started the weekend. The Lady Hornets got on a good roll this past weekend, as they picked up three wins, beating the Hawley Nuggets Thursday 5-2 and continuing Friday with a victory over Dawson-Boyd, where Frazee won 2-0 decision for a road "W".
The Detroit Lakes girls' golf team dismissed any notions of slowing down after the mid-point of the season by tying the DLHS scoring record for the third time this season and winning the Fergus Falls Invite Friday with a 332. It is only the second time in DL's history the Lakers have won the Fergus Falls tournament, and they did it with all four individual scores under 90. "They are just plugging away," said DL head coach Jim Buchholz.
This is the weekend that many Minnesota open water anglers look forward to. It's the Minnesota Fishing Opener. But sometime between gassing up the boat, replenishing the bait bucket, and grabbing more coffee and sandwiches, anglers will also have to honor the heart and soul of the American fabric: Mom. Beginning at 12:01 a.m.
The Perham Pirate amateur baseball team traveled to Vergas to play the Loons Sunday afternoon, with a strong wind blowing in making both teams think small ball from the start of the game. The small-ball attitude worked in favor of the Pirates, as Perham downed Vergas 3-0. Shawn Ohman and Jake Stoll were tangled in a pitchers' duel through the first five innings, with each tossing a shutout on two hits. The Pirates struck first in the sixth inning against Loon reliever Troy Schrupp. With one out, Phil Kirchner walked, then advanced to second on a Noah Johnson infield single.
It was the battle of the first-timers Friday in Menahga, as Frazee pulled out the 6-3 win over the Braves in non-conference action. Menahga's Dan Towers -- making his first start -- ran into trouble in the third inning as the Frazee Hornet baseball team scored five runs, four being earned, on four hits, a walk, and two Brave errors. Andrew Pederson came on to finish the game, allowing one earned run on five hits. Each pitcher recorded one strikeout. Garrett Dahlgren -- also making his first start -- was solid until Menahga put together four hits and a walk to score two in the fifth.
By BRIAN WIERIMA firstname.lastname@example.org School records have not been safe on the Frazee boys' track and field team, as another one bit the dust Friday during the Detroit Lakes Eagles Invite. The foursome of Drew Daggett, Cory Sandberg, Skyler Jackson and Evan Laine broke the FHS 4x200 relay record with a 1:33.2, topping the old one of 1:34.0 which was set by Josh Nelson, Todd Larsen, Mark Longfors and Nick Corneya in 2000. The record-breaking performance was good enough for first place in the meet, which aided the Hornets' cause of finishing third out of seven teams with 93 points.
The Detroit Lakes boys' tennis team found out why Thief River Falls was a state tournament team in 2005 and why Fergus Falls will be considered a top contender to win the Sub-Section 8-2A championship this year. The Lakers lost to both powerhouse teams, falling to the Prowlers of TRF 7-0 and to the Otters 6-1. The losses drop DL's record to 2-8 overall. "Our highlights (against TRF) came in the No. 2 and 3 doubles," said DL head coach Jim Hinson. "Matt Branstad and Garret Frank lost a heartbreaking match at two doubles.
Four Lakes Area Boxing fighters left the Junior Olympics State Boxing Tournament as champions, while one gained runner-up honors. Four of the champs went unopposed, but still gained state titles. They were: Casey Holt (11-12 years old, 85 pounds), Erik Moltzan (11-12, 90), Jason Griego (9-10, 115) and Ed Beaulieu (9-10, 185). Mike Lucero lost to two-time Junior Olympic champion Brent Stewart in the championship bout in the 15-16 division in the 112-pound weight class.
We don't very often urge our readers to throw down their newspapers and get out of doors, quickly, unless their house is on fire, or there's a total eclipse of the sun. But that's what we're doing today, for no reason at all. Don't give us that look. Admit it -- "out there" is tugging at the senses pretty hard right now. Look around: The water is warming, the rivers are full of hungry fish, lawns are greening up and the leaves have that yellowish new-green look. Tulips are blooming red and orange and pink.