Robert is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning 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 swimming and diving team switched up their normal routine and found success in a big victory over Thief River Falls and Morris Area Thursday night at home. “Our boys swam odd events, tonight, and they did very well,” head coach Rian Heimark said. “Everyone is tired and worn down right now, so we decided to switch things up a little bit before the Section 5A True Team meet on Saturday.” The Lakers will look to improve on a seventh place finish at section True Team last year.
The No. 1A Detroit Lakes gymnastics team just missed scoring a school record-high total Thursday for the second meet in a row in a victory over Park Rapids Area at the Minnesota Flyers Gymnasium. The Lakers finished 0.025 points shy of the all-time mark of 151.775. DL set the mark in 2014 in the section final that snapped Perham’s eight-year run. Justine Lawrence was Tuesday’s all-around champion scoring 37.15. Lawrence was the vault and bars runner-up. She placed fourth on floor and fifth on beam.
The Perham Yellowjackets broke out to a 21-0 lead and were able to fend off a charge from Laker middleweights in a 53-24 Section 8AA wrestling victory Thursday at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. Fabyon Greer started the Laker push with a 132-pound victory by fall over Patrick Johnson. Dylan Fudge answered for Perham defeating Garrett Nelson in the quickest pin of the night, 10-seconds.
The Detroit Lakes fifth and sixth grade basketball team finished the season undefeated 5-0 and were 2-0 in the playoffs capturing the DLCCC 5th/6th grade boys basketball championship. Front row L-R: Austin Schons, Carter Schons, Reece Borgmann, Mason Omberg, Jace Christensen, Micah Barberg. Back row: Coach Van Gallatin, Will Martin , Asher Heimark, Kyler Johnston, Connor Zamzow, Reed Henderson.
Pelican Rapids’ Tucker Hibbert is aiming for his 125th career win this weekend at the ISOC Deadwood Shootout in Deadwood, SD. To reach this goal, the 10-time and defending champion needs to repeat his performance from last year by winning the Pro Open finals both Friday and Saturday night.
Local wrestling fans had to wait more than six weeks for a home match in Detroit Lakes and the Lakers did not disappoint winning all three matches Tuesday in a four-hour home quadrangular with Fergus Falls, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Ottertail Central. DL squared off with Ottertail Central in Bemidji last weekend winning by a single point, but defended the home mat in a big way defeating the Bulldogs 45-21 in the nightcap.
Park Rapids won all but two events to defeat Detroit Lakes 110-75 in a Mid-State Conference boys swimming and diving dual at the Panthers’ pool Tuesday. Zane Freeman and Tanner Olson picked up individual victories for the Lakers. Freeman scored 273.55 points from the judges to defeat the Panthers’ Spencer Fritze (242.20) in diving. Olson touched first in the 100-freestyle with a time of 55.28 winning by less than a second over runner-up Sam Eystad of Park Rapids.
Adam Daggett scored a season-high 31 points and Tanner Doppler and Isaac Cihak were in double figures in a 88-75 road Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Pequot Lakes Tuesday night. Daggett hit four of the Lakers’ 10 threes in the game, three in the first half to lead DL to a 52-29 halftime advantage. Doppler scored 18 points; Cihak added 17 in a game where 10 Laker shooters made the scoresheet. Jake Bettcher scored eight points.
Little Falls Kendal Hendrickson and Hunter Zupko continued to pile on the Nordic Ski victories Monday sweeping the top spots at the Little Falls Invitational at Camp Ripley, site of this year’s section race. Ellen Teiken paced the Laker girls finishing in 38th place overall in the pursuit-style race. Skiers complete five kilometers of classic skiing in the morning session followed by 5km of freestyle in the afternoon.
Laker 2015 graduates Kyley Foster and Shay Nielsen had strong starts to the 2017 indoor collegiate track season for their respective teams this weekend. Foster, in her second season at the University of North Dakota, flirted with a school record and won the pole vault at the North Dakota State Bison Classic clearing 12-03.50. “Kyley had some good attempts at 12-09, which would have broken the school record,” UND jumps coach Joe Silvers said.