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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Detroit Lakes placed 13th overall at the Rick Lee Duals in Bemidji after an undefeated run through three matches on Saturday. The Lakers defeated Ottertail Central 34-33, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 44-27 and Deer River 45-27 to bounce back from three defeats Friday. Austin Baker and Braydon Ortloff led the Lakers with five victories in six matches over the two days of competition. Isaiah Thompson had a perfect weekend winning all four of his matches.
While the Laker gymnastics team has been consistently winning this season, head coach Steve Zamzo was still waiting for a meet when DL put everything together. The Lakers did that at the Lakeville Invitational Saturday defeating the top-ranked Class AA school Lakeville North for the second time in a week and backing up their own number one Class A ranking
Senior captain Jack DeConcini’s lone goal of the third period held up in a 2-1 Detroit Lakes boys hockey victory over Fargo North Saturday at the Fargo Coliseum. It was the first time this season the Lakers have put together consecutive wins and DL is 4-1-1 in their last six games after a tough 0-4 start to the year. After a scoreless first period, DL fell behind on an even strength goal by Fargo’s Caleb Fritel.
Detroit Lakes placed sixth in high kick and fourth in jazz at Saturday’s United Clay Becker 11-team Mystix Dance Invitational in Hawley The Frazee Fly girls swept both competitions scoring three rank points for both jazz and kick. The DL jazz team was awarded 11 rank points and lost a tiebreaker for third with Crosby-Ironton. In high kick, DL scored 18 to finish a point back of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (17) and three points ahead of the host Mystix (21).
The Laker swimming and diving team came off a break in competition for 24 days with a victory at the Bemidji Invitational Friday. Detroit Lakes defeated Grand Forks by 6.5 points (581.5 - 575) and finished ahead of three section opponents Bemidji 458.5, Perham 206, and Thief River Falls 199. “The Laker boys did an outstanding job at the meet,” head coach Rian Heimark said. “They were more than ready to compete against someone other than their teammates.”
Seniors Brady Labine and Ellen Teiken have been selected as Detroit Lakes’ nominees for the Minnesota State High School League Triple ‘A’ Award. Teiken qualified for the state Nordic Ski meet last season as a junior and is a two-year captain on the team. She has participated in honors band three years and received an excellent rating in small group. She also participates in Cross Country and Track.
The Laker wrestling team picked up two wins at the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton triangular defeating West Fargo 45-33 and the host Rebels 45-21 Thursday night. Blake Weber, Fabyon Greer, Austin Baker, Braydon Ortloff, Sean Lundeen, and Jacob Hanson all won two matches. Baker pinned both of his 145-pound opponents. He stuck D-G-F’s Dakota Coggins in 2:55 and West Fargo’s Michael Johnson in the first period at 1:03.
Jenson Beachy sank six of Perham’s 16 three-pointers to lead the Perham Yellowjackets to an eighth straight victory 82-57 over Detroit Lakes at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Thursday night. “That’s kind of our strong suit; it has been all year,” said Beachy. The hot shooting from the arc was not Perham’s best this year having made 19 threes in the season-opening win at Crookston.
Tickets are $5 and go on sale at the KDLM studios on Richwood Road. All proceeds benefit youth baseball in Detroit Lakes.
The Lake Park-Audubon boys basketball team won the third and fourth grade DLCCC championship. Front row (L-R): Kaden Neuner, Tripp Eiter, Murphy Osten, Troy Nyrdahl, Brayden Sandland, Ethan Wuollet. Back row: Coach Lonnie Neuner, Teigan Bjerke, Cody Madson, Ben Ecker, Jack Beringer, Chester Retz, Leif Shervey, Ryan Francis, Thor Erickson, Coach Brian Ecker.