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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No. 2-seeded Detroit Lakes advanced to the Section 8AA wrestling championship match for the first time since 2014 falling in the final to the defending champion Yellowjackets of Perham 61-10 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls Saturday night.
No. 1A Detroit Lakes returned to the site of their first Section championship in the current streak and responded to a slow start with a school record performance in winning their fourth straight 8A team title by a wide margin at Prairie Wind Middle School Gymnasium in Perham Saturday afternoon. The Lakers completed their performances with a new school scoring mark of 151.950, something they had been chasing all season with plenty of near misses. The former mark was 151.775 set in 2015.
Albany senior Erin Navratil found a hot spot to shoot from in the second half and drained a three-pointer from that position on the left wing with 7.4 seconds remaining in the game giving the Huskies a 60-57 victory over the Lakers at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Friday night in Detroit Lakes.
The Laker boys basketball team stretched their win streak to nine games with a 68-54 victory Friday night on the road at Albany. DL got scoring from their top three, per usual, with Isaac Cihak and Adam Daggett leading the way with 18 points each. Tanner Doppler scored in double figures with 10 points. The Lakers built an 11-point lead by halftime 33-22 and just missed their scoring average of 70 points by a bucket.
St. Paul Johnson got off to a fast start scoring three goals in the opening minute and 22-seconds en route to a 7-2 victory over Detroit Lakes at Phalen Arena in St. Paul Friday. Collin Ginnaty setup the Lakers’ first goal scored by Bailey Tulius four minutes into the game on the power play to go to intermission trailing 3-1.
Detroit Lakes senior Aaron Johnson placed 72nd overall at the Minnesota Nordic Ski state championship held at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik Thursday afternoon. It is the second state finish for Johnson this year after placing 48th at the state cross country meet at St. Olaf in November.
A pair of No. 4 seeds in their respective sections, Detroit Lakes and Little Falls, skated to a 2-2 tie in a hardfought regular season home finale for the Lakers Thursday night. “That’s what we want,” Laker head coach Todd Dwyer said. “Playing together and we’ve got to play with desperation. If we don’t have that desperation this time of year, we’re going to be in trouble.” The Lakers maintained composure in some desperate times late in the game.
Detroit Lakes scored three goals in the third period to finish off the Mid-State Conference schedule with a 4-2 road victory at Park Rapids Tuesday at Ted O’Johnson Ice Arena in Park Rapids. Panther goalie battled a two-to-one Laker shot advantage in the first period keeping a goose egg on the board. Laker netminder Ben Boomgarden made five saves in the scoreless period.
Isaac Cihak scored 32 points to pace the Laker boys basketball team to an 81-75 victory over the Spuds in Moorhead Tuesday night. The teams exchanged the lead until late in the half when the Lakers made a push to an eight-point advantage at halftime 40-32 on a Cihak basket at the horn.
Moorhead senior forward Brooke Tonsfeldt recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Moorhead to a 71-52 victory over Detroit Lakes Tuesday night in Moorhead. Tonsfeldt was hot early pushing the Spuds to a 15-5 advantage. The Lakers stayed within a 10-point margin the remainder of the half.