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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Seven Frazee wrestlers won individual championships and the Hornets dominated the team standings to open the season with a big victory at the Dan Unruh wrestling tournament in Wahpeton Saturday. The No. 2A Hornets scored 313 total team points to win by a large margin over runners-up Lisbon (174.5).
Ottertail Central edged Detroit Lakes by nine points to claim the Fosston/Bagley Alfred Olson Memorial wrestling tournament team title from the defending champions Saturday. The Bulldogs scored 216 points to DL’s 207 for the championship.
The Bismarck Demons got a pair of second period goals to send the Detroit Lakes boys hockey team to a fourth straight defeat 2-1 at Kent Freeman Arena Saturday afternoon. Chase Fuhrman scored an unassisted, power play goal at 15:18 to give the Demons a 1-0 lead. Zachary Schmidt and Joseph Heinert set up Grayden Stone on an even strength game-winner less than two minutes later.
The Detroit Lakes Jazz dance team started off the season with a runner-up finish in the Class AA and AAA field and the Frazee Fly Girls swept both competitions in Class A at the Detroit Lakes Dance Invitational Saturday at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. The Laker jazz team finished with eight rank points to place just ahead of Alexandria in third place with 8.5. Conference and section rivals Pequot Lakes won the event with a score of three rank points.
The Detroit Lakes gymnastics team captured a fourth consecutive team title at the Jackie Mann Invitational in Perham Saturday afternoon. The Lakers had three of the top four team scores on vault (36.55), bars (34.9) and beam (35.65) and were second on floor exercise scoring 36.35 to Maple Grove’s 36.75. DL won the meet with a total score of 143.45. Maple Grove finished second with 142.1 followed by Watertown-Mayer in third place with 141.
Friday night was not kind to area teams. Boys Hockey Bismarck Century outshot the Laker boys hockey team 36-15 in a 7-0 shutout victory at Kent Freeman Arena. The Patriots improved to 3-0 and have outscored the opposition 26-3. The Laker were shutout for the first time and fall to 0-3. Blake Itzen made 29 saves in his first varsity start. Of the 11 penalties in the game, eight were called on Detroit Lakes.
The following awards were given out to the Pelican Rapids High School football team including an Academic All-State award to senior Jacob Gottenborg. The award is based on academic performance combined with performance on the field and involvement in other school activities is also taken into consideration. “I’m very proud of Jacob for getting this recognition,” Vikings head coach Dave Haugen said. “He definitely has earned it.”
The Frazee girls basketball team held a one-point lead at halftime but the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels were too much in the second half en route to a 78-68 victory over the Hornets at Frazee high school Thursday night in Heart O’ Lakes Conference and Section 8AA play. Frazee’s Paige Ziegler led all scorers with 28 points and the Hornets (1-1) went toe-to-toe with D-G-F to lead 34-33 at the break on Harley Stroburg’s final bucket of the half.
The Lake Park-Audubon girls basketball team bounced back from a close loss in their road opener at Frazee to put up a team-high in points spanning two decades in an 82-25 victory over Rothsay in a Section 6A matchup at Lake Park Thursday night. Since 2002, the most points scored by a Raiders’ team was 79 against Park Christian in 2006. The most recent outburst in that range was 75 points in a victory over Park Christian in 2011.
Sartell/Sauk Rapids came out flying and scored four first period goals to snap a two-game Laker win streak 5-1 Thursday night in girls hockey at Kent Freeman Arena. The Storm’N’Sabres scored all four early goals in two separate spans of less than a minute. Madison Mollner gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 5:19; 44 seconds later, Maggie Kulus scored on a rebound at 6:03.