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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Rothsay, Nevis, NCE/UH keep pace in 9-man, Section 6
No. 10A Mahnomen and Polk County West entered Friday’s game in Mahnomen tied atop the Section 8A standings, but the Indians did not allow that to last long scoring the first 42 points of the game and cruising to a 48-22 victory. Mahnomen accumulated 573 total yards of offense with 506 coming on the ground. Dan Snetsinger led the way gaining 163 yards on 12 carries scoring three times.
Detroit Lakes fended off a rally from Bemidji and set six new meet records with individual winners in 10 of 12 events Saturday to secure a third consecutive Section 8A True Team championship winning at home in the DLCCC Aquatic Center. Despite the apparent dominance with records broken in nearly half of the events by DL swimmers, the Lumberjacks remained in striking distance setting up a wild finish in the 400-freestyle relay.
The Section 8A girls soccer bracket has yet to show an upset, including Saturday night’s matchup between the north’s No. 2 Bemidji and No. 3 Detroit Lakes, which ended 3-0 in the Lumberjacks’ favor. The Jacks (11-5) will, however, need an upset to get past their semifinal opponent, the south’s top-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen, in order to punch a ticket to the section finals.
Sophomore running back Isaiah Thompson scored three times in the first half as Detroit Lakes blew out East Grand Forks 33-6 Friday night at Mollberg Field. Thompson was unstoppable scoring on runs of 31 and 47 yards to give the Lakers a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play.
Hunter Yutrzenka scored with 45 seconds remaining to polish off a wild victory for No. 3 Stephen-Argyle over Waubun 46-44 in a battle of 9-man heavyweights Thursday night in Argyle. Both teams wore out of the grass on the field combining for 995 total yards in an offensive shootout with six lead changes in the second half. The Storm quarterback engineered two scoring drives at the end of the game to seal the victory.
The Laker swimming and diving team defeated Staples-Motley handily for the second time this season Thursday night at home in the final meet before this weekend’s Section True Team. Detroit Lakes scored 119 points to the Cardinals 56.
Senior captain Wyatt McConkey scored both goals to send No. 5 Detroit Lakes to the next round of the Section 8A soccer playoffs in a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Fergus Falls Thursday at Otter Stadium. The Otters came into the game with some momentum and home turf but had lost 10 of 13 games after starting the year 3-0. Both teams had six wins. The Lakers battled down the stretch to reach .500 coming into the game 6-8-1. The contest was dead even on paper.
No. 6 Alexandria led for nearly all of regulation time Thursday night but a late goal by Anna Payne sent the match to overtime and eventually to penalty kicks where No. 3 Detroit Lakes made three attempts to the Cardinals’ two and advanced to the second round of the Section 8A playoffs after a 2-1 victory at Rotary Soccer Park. DL junior Matteya Borah gave the Lakers a 3-1 lead in penalties in what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
The installation of the new scoreboard video screen at Mollberg Field is nearing completion in time for its first use Friday night at the East Grand Forks, Detroit Lakes football game. A new video screen has also been installed in the Ralph Anderson Gymnasium and is scheduled for use at Tuesday’s volleyball game with Frazee. The idea for the new screen at Mollberg Field began three years ago, spearheaded by the late Mark Hagedorn.