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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It took the entire regular season to see a full, healthy Detroit Lakes wrestling lineup and the Lakers head into the section team tournament after a thrilling, one-point victory at Frazee to complete a string of 10 consecutive dual wins. “I think the whole team has been a great group of guys from the beginning of the year,” head coach Rob Ullyott said “We came in here day one and we’re still working. They put in a lot of effort into the year and steadily over time we’ve gotten better.”
The Detroit Lakes boys hockey coaching staff went to Wednesday’s Section 8A seeding meeting coming off a home victory over Park Rapids and gained a rematch with No. 3 Crookston to open the playoffs. The Lakes defeated the Panthers 4-1 at Kent Freeman Arena Tuesday night 4-1 to improve the 12-11-1. DL hasone non-section game remaining at Little Falls Thursday, Feb. 15. Warroad received the top seed, followed by East Grand Forks at No. 2.
Detroit Lakes won for the eighth time in the last 10 games with key plays in the final minutes to upend the Moorhead Spuds 68-64 Tuesday night at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. The game had five lead changes in the last four minutes from a tie score 56-56. Conner Froke hit his fourth three-point basket from a hot corner he found on the wing to put DL up 59-56. Back-to-back field goals by Ben Nelson and Maleeck Harden gave the Spuds a one-point lead 60-59.
The Moorhead Spuds forced 25 first half turnovers and only allowed the Lakers 13 points in a dominating 75-42 victory over Detroit Lakes in non-conference girls basketball at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Tuesday night. Ellie Lunde had DL’s first two field goals of the game and a Lauren Tschider three-pointer gave the Lakers a 7-6 lead, but Rylie Polomny scored for Moorhead and the Spuds would not relinquish the lead again.
Chip Lohmiller said the "timing was right" to step down as head coach of the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team, which advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals last November for the first time in program history.
Two players players from each team scored 50 points each Monday night as the Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds won a wild shootout with Red Lake 110-91 at home in a non-conference boys basketball game. Jayden Heisler had a career night scoring 50 points on a 17-30 (56 percent) shooting night. He made 11 three-point baskets on 19 attempts (58 percent) and pulled down four rebounds and had four steals.
A Detroit Lakes gymnastics team stacked with talent and loaded with experience will take the floor at Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham Saturday morning looking to defend their section title and qualify for a shot at a fourth consecutive Class A state team championship in Minneapolis.
In an interview last week, Lake Park-Audubon head coach Kyle Haberman noted the Raiders needed to spread scoring around to make a push to the postseason. LP-A did just that Monday night getting scoring in double figures from three players in a 59-50 over Fertile-Beltrami in a Pine to Prairie Conference game at Audubon.
Youth hockey coach Mike Denardo was honored Friday night after the varsity hockey game for more than 35 years of service. Denardo’s coaching career spans from 1982 to 2017. He has coached youth teams in 15 regional tournaments and six state tournaments, including two state runners-up finishes in 1992 with Coon Rapids and 1996 with Blaine.
The Detroit Lakes Squirt B hockey team placed second in the Squirt A District Tournament held last weekend in Brainerd. DL advanced to the championship game with victories over Brainerd and Little Falls. The Squirt B’s rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the final against Northern Lakes to tie the game in the second period but Northern answered with a pair of late goals for the 6-4 win.