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 Laker tennis team was swept in a triangular Friday falling 7-0 to Alexandria and 4-3 to Thief River Falls. The Cardinals dominated play taking all seven matches in straight sets. “This is the first time we have been shutout all season,” DL head coach Tanner Beauchman said. “I don't think we played poorly; we were just flat-out outplayed.” Alexandria polished off a strong effort defeating Thief River Falls 6-1.
The Waubun Bombers were without starting quarterback Parker Syverson but found a way to prevail in a tight 15-14 victory over previously undefeated Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Friday night in Ulen. Syverson was nursing an upper body injury suffered late in last week’s game versus Nevis and left the Bombers scrambling to replace their top offensive threat in a must-win game trying to avoid a second straight loss, something the Bombers haven’t done in four years.
Junior quarterback Jon Starkey found the end zone five times and rushed for 259 yards in Mahnomen’s 42-20 Section 8A football victory over Polk County West at home Friday night. The victory was the third straight for the top scoring team in the section. Mahnomen is averaging 35.5 points per game. The Thunder got on the board first four minutes into the game on a Trea Byklum one-yard scoring run and a 7-0 lead.
Donald Loegering got 10 yards a crack on 11 carries and hit the end zone three times in a 48-0 Hawley Nuggets rout at Long Prairie/Grey Eagle Friday night. Not much went wrong for Hawley (4-0). No turnovers, did not face a fourth down conversion, one punt, two fumbles but both found Nugget hands and the offense scored from midfield or further away in the first quarter.
Detroit Lakes played with reckless abandon on both sides of the line of scrimmage and the offensive line created huge holes for Laker runners led by sophomore Isaiah Thompson’s career night and four touchdowns in a 48-6 thumping of Park Rapids at Vern Weekly Field Friday night. “The line is what made us score those touchdowns,” said Thompson. “We got mentally smarter and focused on the game more.”
The Lady Raiders turned some heads at the Bagley Invite Tuesday finishing in fourth place. Eighth-grader Lily Peterson led the charge with a near personal best and runner-up finish in the varsity race at Bagley Golf Course. Peterson was only bested by Jerzie Finstad of Thief River Falls winning in a time of 20:01.4. Peterson ran tight with the front-runner finishing four seconds back in 20:05.5.
The football game of the week around the region is in Ulen Friday night where the Waubun Bombers face the undefeated Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Spartans at John Otto Field in a 9-man clash. Otto will be honored at the game for 50 years of service to the community and the athletic programs in the Ulen area giving a special feel to the game, as well.
John Otto will be honored Friday in Ulen for a half-century of contributions to the football program and the town prior to a big match-up between his Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans and the Waubun Bombers. Otto is the former head coach in Ulen and the football field there is aptly and already named after him. The ceremony in his honor will take place at midfield of John Otto Field.
DL picked up their first Mid-State Conference victory and first regular season, non-tournament win, taking out Crosby-Ironton in three straight sets after dropping the first Thursday at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. The Rangers came out and pounded the ball in a 10-point victory in the opening set 25-15. The Lakers responded winning big points in crunch time to even the match 27-25 in the second set.