DL News Staff
Fresh out of college at St. Cloud State University, one of my first sports columns at my first newspaper job at the Olivia Time Journal was on the importance of the Minnesota Legislature passing a stadium bill for the state's professional baseball team, the Twins. That was the summer of 1997. After nine years -- and several feet of copy from my fingers into the newspaper on the importance of keeping our pro franchises -- not to mention countless debates with other citizens about "feeding the billionaire owners free stadiums," half of my plight has been answered.
Who needs an entire season to prepare if you are as good as Detroit Lakes senior Hanna Grinaker? The future University of Wisconsin runner competed in her first meet of the season -- after missing the entire two and a half month regular season -- by simply winning the Sub-Section 8-2A 3,200-meter race by over 350 meters. Grinaker made it look easy after missing the first two-plus months of the season due to a foot injury, complaining just of "sluggish legs" after she won the sub-section event with a time of 11:10.34.
The bottom-seeded Detroit Lakes baseball team brought the No. 1 ranked Bemidji squad to the brink of an upset behind the pitching of Alex Provo. But in the end, the Lumberjacks secured a 2-1 victory in the opening round of the Sub-Section 8-3A playoffs. It did take the Lumberjacks eight innings to finish off the Lakers and Provo, who went the full game and allowing four hits, before succumbing in the bottom of the eighth after Bemidji loaded the bases with one out. "Alex Provo pitched just a great game," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. "His curveball was working well.
Timing was everything for the Detroit Lakes softball team Thursday. Unfortunately, their clock wasn't as well-tuned as Moorhead's. The bottom-seeded Spuds controlled virtually every aspect of the second-round elimination game Thursday at Snappy Park, as Moorhead hit, pitched and played defense well to pull out an 11-2 victory to end the Lakers' season. Even DL's strength -- senior pitcher Steph Wilson -- wasn't at peak performance. Wilson, who averaged nine strikeouts per game this season, recorded just two against Moorhead.
By PAUL DUFFNEY Detroit Lakes Newspapers The Frazee Hornets baseball team combined very good pitching with offensive production from the bottom of the lineup to knock off Waubun in baseball Thursday. Luke Hansen, Jason Buhr, and Alex Stock were a combined 5-5 on the day, while pitchers Garret Dahlgren and Jake Sailer limited the Bombers to one hit.
Put another checkmark down on the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team's goal list. The Lakers clinched their fourth straight Mid-State Conference title in dominating style by tying their school record mark of 320 Friday -- a score the team just set over a week ago at the same golf course of The Vintage in Staples. The next best score belonged to Staples-Motley, which shot a 348. "It wasn't a fluke we set the record with a 320 because we tied it again," said DL head coach Jim Buchholz.
Death, taxes and another Detroit Lakes boys' golf team Mid-State Conference title. The annual ritual of the Lakers winning the conference meet happened Friday at The Vintage Golf Course in Staples after the Lakers finished with a team-low score of 306, besting second-place Staples-Motley by 17 strokes. The Mid-State championship is DL's 13th straight crown, as the Lakers now prepare for the Section 8-2A meet at the Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre Monday and Tuesday, May 29-30.
Sept. 12, 1928-May 21, 2006 Warren C. "Son" LaDue, 73, of White Earth, died Sunday, May 21, 2006 near White Earth, as a result of injuries received in a four-wheeler accident. Warren Charles LaDue was born to Charles and Naomi (Warren) LaDue on Sept. 12, 1928 in White Earth. He attended high school in Bemidji, then Bemidji State College. Warren served with the U.S. Army from 1950-52, and following his discharge returned to White Earth. He later moved to Silver Bay, Minn., where he worked as a logger. He married Shirley Peterson in Hibbing, Minn.
Oct. 19, 1909-May 20, 2006 Former Mentor, Minn., resident Viola Wahl, 96, of Erskine, Minn., passed away Saturday, May 20, 2006 at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. Viola was born to parents Lemuel and Eveline (Besse) Charais on Oct. 19, 1909, in Remington, Ind. At the age of six, she moved with her family from Indiana to Climax, Minn., and attended school in the rural Climax area. Viola married Nilmar Wahl on June 4, 1937 in Climax. After their marriage, they moved to a farm near Mentor, Minn., where they farmed and raised their family. Nilmar passed away on Dec. 8, 1963.