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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The No. 6-seeded Detroit Lakes PeeWee A hockey team placed third at the District 15 hockey tournament in Wadena Sunday to clinch a trip to the Region tournament with a 5-4 victory over Northern Lakes in the third place game. DL opened the tournament with a 7-4 upset victory over No. 3 Moorhead before suffering their only loss 13-1 to No. 2 Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls was blanked in the championship game by No. 1 Alexandria 7-0. Both teams join DL at regions.
Jose Lopez capped a come-from-behind victory with a 5-2 decision at heavyweight as Perham defeated Detroit Lakes in a thriller to give the Yellowjackets their fourth consecutive Section 8AA Wrestling Championship and second straight title victory over the Lakers Saturday in Thief River Falls. “It’s just amazing. I don’t know how to explain it,” Lopez said.
The No. 2A Frazee wrestling team captured a 25th section championship Saturday in Thief River Falls cruising through the 8A bracket. In three matches, the Hornets were never tested and outscored their opponents 197-23.
The Frazee Fly Girls jazz team advanced to the Minnesota State Class A finals, along with five other teams Friday afternoon at Target Center in Minneapolis. Frazee qualified by finishing in the top half of the field of 12 teams along with Zumbrota-Mazeppa, defending champions Aitkin, Yellow Medicine East, Granite Falls, Marshall School, Duluth and Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd. The Fly Girls were the 2017 runners-up in jazz and champions in 2016,
All the nerves in getting to the state championship were quelled early at the Section 8A meet as Detroit Lakes broke the team scoring record and set a new school record in capturing their fifth consecutive section championship Saturday afternoon at Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham. “It was a good day,” said senior Emma Disse. “We still have more left though. This meet is way more stressful than state. Now it’s just fun and we’re going to have a great time.”
Lake Park-Audubon led Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 24-18 at the six minute mark of the first half, but the Rebels responded with a 9-0 run and opened up the game quickly in an 89-53 victory in Lake Park Friday night. The Raiders’ Maria Schauer and Etta Miosek got into foul trouble late in the half and the Rebels took advantage of their absences going into halftime on a 16-3 run to lead 40-31.
An 11-0 run to start the game created plenty of cushion as Detroit Lakes led for the entirety in a 67-53 Mid-State Conference girls basketball victory at Staples-Motley Friday night. The Lakers led by as many as 16 points in the first half at 36-20 on a pair of free throws by Lauryn Manning. Manning was perfect from the stripe making 12 of 12 attempts in the game.
Freshman Zane Freeman made the diving finals as part of a big second day that increased California Baptist University's lead and hopes of a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship on day two of the conference swimming and diving meet Thursday night at the LISD Aquatic Center in Lewisville, Texas.
Jackson Carlblom and Jace Kovash scored goals for a depleted Laker boys hockey team in a 4-2 loss at Little Falls to end regular season play Thursday night. Detroit Lakes played without three of their top scorers in Ryan Paskey, Ben Unruh and Collin Ginnaty due to illness with a number of players in the game at less than 100 percent.
Three Pequot Lakes players accounted for 95 percent of the Patriots scoring in a 75-69 Mid-State Conference victory over Detroit Lakes Thursday in Pequot Lakes. Olivia Lane scored 25 points and Erika Lane added 24 while Karli Skog tallied 22 to deliver the Patriots' fourth consecutive win. The Patriots (14-9, 8-2) clinched the Mid-State Conference title outright with the win.