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 graduate (2018) and Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Fergus Falls freshman Wyatt Blomseth shot a two-day total of 157 to help the Spartans earn a trip to the National Golf Tournament at the Minnesota College Athletic Conference and Region XIII Championships Oct. 1-2 at The Legend Golf Course (Par 72) in Biwabik, Minn. Blomseth shot the opening day low round (75, +3) in extremely cold conditions.
The Laker volleyball team reeled off three straight set wins after dropping the first Tuesday night to defeat Hawley 3-1 in a Section 8AA match at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. After falling behind from a 25-18 Nuggets’ victory in the first set, the Lakers found ways to win crucial points in three tight games.
A pair of sophomores and their Staples-Motley teammates dethroned both Detroit Lakes cross country teams at the Mid-State Conference championships held at the Vintage Golf Course in Staples Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Laker boys had won four consecutive titles coming into the meet and finished as this year’s runners-up 11 points behind the Cardinals.
Vikings pursuing home playoff game
The Lakers’ top singles player this season, Brina Smith, was the lone player to advance out of the first round at the Section 8AA individual tennis tournament last weekend. No. 6-seeded Smith defeated Renee Scheving of Fergus Falls 6-3, 6-1 before falling to the three-seed Kate Kurtzman of Brainerd 6-0, 6-1.
DL volleyball dropped four close matches at the Sauk Rapids-Rice tournament Saturday, Oct. 6. The Lakers were in striking distance in all four games, but lost three in a deciding third set and were swept by the host Storm. St. Cloud Apollo defeated DL 2-1 in the opening round of pool play (22-25, 25-22, 15-13). Albany nabbed the third set 15-10 in the second match after the teams split 25-19 scores in the first two sets.
The Moorhead Spuds scored three unanswered goals after a scoreless first half to hand the Laker girls soccer team a first loss in seven games by a score of 3-0 to end the regular season Saturday, Oct. 6 in Moorhead. The Lakers have only lost twice in 13 games, both to Class 2A Moorhead. Kylie Englund scored twice for the Spuds (13-3) and Olivia Watson added a goal.
The Detroit Lakes swimming and diving team captured a fourth consecutive Section 8A True Team championship by more than 100 points Saturday, Oct. 6 in Warroad. The Lakers won nine of 12 events of the seven-team meet scoring 1233 points to Bemidji’s 1,105.5 in second place. Park Rapids placed third with 927.5, followed by Thief River Falls 823, Perham-New York Mills-Henning 767, Warroad 665, and Crookston with 325 points.
No. 4AAAA Detroit Lakes improved to 6-0 with another blowout victory taking down Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 41-19 in sloppy conditions on Mollberg Field to celebrate Homecoming Friday, Oct. 5. Despite the consistent drizzle and chilly temperatures, the Lakers entertained a large throng of football faithful in the stands. “Having that big of a crowd with this type of weather is just amazing,” said DL head coach Josh Omang.
Local groups and associations are joining forces and coming up with grassroots ways to raise funds for upgrades to athletic facilities in Detroit Lakes. A number of big changes are nearing completion at Kent Freeman Arena for the upcoming hockey seasons, something that has been a joint effort between the arena commission, the City of Detroit Lakes, the youth hockey association, players and the Booster Club.