Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14.
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Trailing by a run in the top of the seventh, Detroit Lakes’ No. 9 hitter Matteya Borah turned the game around with a dramatic home run spurring a two-run rally to lead the No. 3 Lakers to a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Sartell-St. Stephen in Sartell in the second round of the championship bracket of Section 8AAA softball playoffs Thursday, May 24.
Sophomores Pedro Lacasa and Gabe Hanninen finished the tennis season strong despite a pair of defeats at the Section 8A tournament in Thief River Falls Wednesday, May 23. The Laker twosome were defeated in the semifinals by Crookston’s Blake Fee and Luke Wardner 6-2 6-3, but had a shot at forcing a true second match if luck was in their favor and they won the third place match against Perham’s Gunner Anderson and Ryan Murphy.
Bemidji took advantage of 10 Detroit Lakes errors and scored 20 runs on 13 hits, sweeping the Lakers 11-3 and 9-2 in Section 8AAA baseball at Bemidji State University Tuesday, May 23. Bemidji opened Tuesday’s doubleheader with nine runs in the first two innings using three DL errors to inflict damage. DL got hits in the game from Jackson Haire, Ethan Schweigart, Mason Blank and Cooper Hermanson. Haire, Sully Wood and Schweigart scored the Lakers’ three runs.
The No. 2-seeded Detroit Lakes doubles pairing of Gabe Hanninen and Pedro Lacasa advanced to the Section 8A semifinals after a hard-fought three-set victory to advance. The DL duo had a first round bye before taking on Perham’s Josh Peterson and Drew Birkeland. “Gabe and Pedro started out hot,” said head coach Zach Biggar.
Detroit Lakes standout senior golfers Wyatt Blomseth and Maddie Herzog are both candidates for the 2018 season awards after the Windsong Farm Golf Club and the Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf Committee announced the watchlist of top female and male high school senior golfers under consideration for the third annual Ms. Minnesota Golf and Mr. Minnesota Golf Awards. Blomseth is currently the No. 1-ranked golfer in Class AA for the No. 3AA-ranked Lakers with a stroke average of 72.
The Laker girls golf team defended their home turf with ease at Detroit Country Club winning the Lakers Invitational by 17 strokes over Bemidji Tuesday, May 22. Maddie Herzog continued to finish atop the leaderboard capturing medalist honors with a one-over 72 to win by three strokes over runner-up Alyana Eldred of Osakis.
Madilyn Kirchner was in command of the circle allowing only three hits in a complete game shutout as No. 3 Detroit Lakers defeated No. 6 Little Falls in the opening game of the Section 8AAA softball playoffs Tuesday, May 22 at Snappy Park.
Frazee picked up its 10th baseball victory of the season in a back-and-forth game at Nevis winning 10-7 Monday, May 21. The game saw six lead changes and two tied scores through five innings of play. Tanner Tappe broke open a 5-5 tied with a fifth inning two-run homer with Logan Wacker aboard to give the Hornets the lead for good 7-5. Both teams added a pair of runs in the sixth.
The Detroit Lakes tennis team broke a long drought of not advancing past the first round of the section playoffs but had the team portion of the season ended in the a semifinals loss to Thief River Falls on the Prowlers’ home courts Monday, May 21.
Ten Saint John's University outdoor track and field student-athletes, including freshman Brady Labine of Detroit Lakes, earned a total of 11 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Central Region honors on Monday, May 21. To be selected for All-Region, a student-athlete must either be ranked in the top-five of an individual event in the region according to final TFRRS data or be part of a top-three relay team.