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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Former Laker and Cobber sophomore Jacob Pazdernik had a team-high seven rebounds in D-III Concordia’s 97-61 loss to Division II Minnesota State University Moorhead Tuesday night at Alex Nemzek Hall. Pazdernik was on the floor for a team-high 32 minutes. He finished with a stat line of five points, two assists and one block to go with his seven defensive boards.
Sophomore center Hayden Boelter scored midway through the third period on an assist from Chelsea Skluzacek and the Northern Lights Lightning held the Lakers at bay in a 3-2 Mid-State Conference opening victory Tuesday night at Breezy Point Hockey Arena. Detroit Lakes never led but tied the game twice.
The nominees for the all-section football teams in Section 6A and Section 8AA were announced. Ada-Borup/Norman County West led all teams in 6A with six nominees, as did the Barnesville Trojans in 8AA. Barnesville captured the 8AA title defeating Hawley 29-22 before falling in the state quarterfinals 58-33 to Paynesville Area.
The Concordia wrestling team celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday five days early by recording 13 top five finishes and five top three marks at the annual Finn Grinaker Cobber Open, named after the former Hall of Fame Cobber wrestling coach. The meet, which featured athletes wrestlers from over 10 schools and over 100 wrestlers, was separated into two classifications. The veteran wrestlers competed in the gold division while the newcomers squared off in the maroon division.
Junior Syd Gulon and freshman Jennifer Tracy each reached the championship podium at the Minnesota Class A state swimming and diving competition Saturday at the University of Minnesota. Along with senior Ella Henderson and relay swimmers sophomore Lucy Steinke and junior Josie Retz, the Lakers scored a total of 79 points in the championship and consolation finals to finish in the top 10 in team rankings out of 39 teams.
Senior tri-captain Anna Payne continued her point per game scoring streak with the lone Laker goal in an 8-1 loss to East Grand Forks Saturday at Kent Freeman Arena. Payne has three goals and one assist in four games to lead the team. Payne’s goal came at 7:27 of the first period on assists from Karrigan Hallisey and Madyson Melgard to even the score 1-1.
Goalie Kyndra McDougall and the Laker defensive units played strong hockey Friday night in a 2-0 victory over Woodbury Area to notch the first Detroit Lakes girls hockey victory of the early season at Kent Freeman Arena. McDougall turned aside all 34 Woodbury shots to record the shutout and got strong play from her top two defensive pairings in keeping the puck out of the net.
Detroit Lakes swimmers will make appearances in more than half of the state finals qualifying for seven events on championship day Saturday, Nov. 18 at the University of Minnesota Freeman Aquatic Center. The team has broken records habitually this season and that did not change on the biggest stage.
Nevis’ senior quarterback Jack DeWulf ran wild for 230 rushing yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns to send the Tigers (10-2) into the Minnesota State 9-man championship game Friday morning at U.S. Bank Stadium.. DeWulf struck in the passing game as well completing five of seven attempts for 136 yards and another touchdown to send Nevis to a first state championship game in five state tournament appearances.
The semifinal round of the Class A state diving competition was unkind to three of four Section 8A divers Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. The semifinal round consists of three dives that nail down the 16 finalists from the 20 who advanced past the preliminary round of 32 total divers.