Jennifer Tracy broke three swimming records as the Lakers defeated Perham 126-60 at the DLCCC Aquatic Center.

Tracy’s first was a new pool and school record in the 200 freestyle swimming a time of 1:58.41. She broke teammate Syd Gulon’s marks of 2:00.15 (pool record) and 1:59.46 (school record). Later in the meet, Tracy broke former Laker Grace Livermore’s record (1:02.20) in the 100-backstroke with a new mark of 1:01.62.

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Since 2014, the swimming and diving teams have rewritten all but two school records. Only Melissa Paakh (2008) holds top marks on the board in the 200 IM and 100-butterfly.

Kaitlyn Peterson picked up a win in the 200 IM swimming 2:36.05.

Lucy Steinke touched first in the 50-freestyle with a time of 25.97 and won the 100-free in 57.95.

Jackson Hegg and Lexi Yliniemi finished one-two in diving. Hegg scored 232.95 and Yliniemi 227.30 with Perham’s Dena Fischer in third place with 222.90.

Evan Westrum won the 100-butterfly in 1:04.53.

Syd Gulon swam 5:19.64 to win the 500-freestyle by nearly a full minute and won the 100-breaststroke in 1:10.97. Gulon is the school record holder in both events and broke her previous pool mark in the 500 (5:19.77) by 0.13 seconds.

In relays, DL’s B team of Jessica Bolar, Madi Gerdes, Cora Martin and Ellie Staley placed second (2:16.17) to Perham’s A team (2:06.65).

DL’s top 200-free team of Steinke, Peterson, Westrum and Tracy swam 1:49.41 for a first place finish. Gulon swam anchor to Peterson, Steinke and Tracy in the 400-free winning in a time of 3:57.94.

DL boys fall short at home against EGF

East Grand Forks senior keeper Blake Felch made two crucial saves in the waning minutes to preserve a 2-1 victory over Detroit Lakes in Section 8A boys soccer at Rotary Soccer Park.

The Green Wave built a 2-0 lead and held the Lakers off the scoreboard until the 73rd minute.


Felch made his first big save on an excellent header by Cole Metelak. Felch stretched to his left and the ball trickled out of his hands on the goal line but he was able to corral it.

DL’s Austin Miller busted out of a melee in front of the net after a free kick from the side of the box by Daniel Rosza. Miller created space and roofed a shot Felch had no chance at to cut the lead in half with seven-minutes, two-seconds remaining in regulation.

The Lakers best chance to tie came off the left foot of Jackson Carlblom with three minutes to play but Felch stretched again to capture Carlblom’s shot that had a bead on the far post.

East Grand (5-4) swept the season series from DL with the victory. Both wins came by one-goal margins.

The Lakers (5-7) host Trek North Thursday, Sept. 27.

Laker girls continue overtime magic

For the second time in three games the Detroit Lakes girls soccer team found a way to win in the waning minutes of overtime.

Karrigan Hallisey scored with less than 90 seconds on the clock of the second five-minute overtime to down the Green Wave in East Grand Forks 3-2.

DL has won three straight games for the first time this year to improve to 8-2-2. The win is big in section playoff seedings as both teams will be near each other in the final standings. The teams played to a 3-3 overtime tie in Detroit Lakes on Sept. 13.

East Grand Forks tallied two goals in the opening 10 minutes but would not find the net again.

Anna Jones got the Lakers on the board with five minutes remaining in the first half. Jones set up the tying goal with an assist to Ava Steinmetz at the 50-minute mark for the 2-2 tie.

Steinmetz was the overtime hero Saturday in a 3-2 overtime victory over Fergus Falls.

Volleyball sweeps on the road

The Laker volleyball team swept three sets on the road at East Grand Forks winning handily 25-14, 25-6, 25-8.

Anna Cihak and Teeya Doppler led in kills with a dozen and 10, respectively.

DL was hot from the service line recording 21 aces in the match led by Doppler with nine.

Cihak and Doppler led in digs with six each.

Laura Prussia had a pair of blocks. Courtnee Ziegler had 17 assists; Maren Daggett added 14.

East Grand Forks lost for the seventh straight game to fall to 3-12.

DL is a game above .500 for the first time since winning the season opener at 7-6 heading into a home game against Thief River Falls (4-7) Thursday,. 27.

Detroit Lakes 3, East Grand Forks 0.

(25-14, 25-6, 25-8)

Kills: Anna Cihak 12, Teeya Doppler 10, Jocelyn Patnaude 6, Breanna Price 4, Laura Prussia 3.

Digs: Anna Cihak 6, Teeya Doppler 6, Maren Daggett 3, Annie Campbell 3, Faith Keller 2, Jocelyn Patnaude 1, Courtnee Ziegler 1.

Blocks: Laura Prussia 2, Teeya Doppler 1.

Assists: Courtnee Ziegler 17, Maren Daggett 14, Faith Keller 3, Anna Cihak 1.

Aces: Teeya Doppler 9, Anna Cihak 3, Jocelyn Patnaude 3, Faith Keller 2, Maren Daggett 2, Courtnee Ziegler 2.

Cardinals down Laker tennis

A three-hour rain delay played havoc with Thursday’s tennis triangular at Alexandria canceling Detroit Lakes’ match with Sartell and Alexandria downed the Lakers 6-1 when play resumed.

“I was worried how we would respond after waiting for three hours,” head coach Tanner Beauchman said. “We came out ready to play and put up a good fight. The match was really close despite what the score indicates.”

Josey Allen picked up the lone Laker victory using her slice to manage the windy conditions in a straight set victory over Annie Harding at No. 3 singles winning three and three.

Three other matches went the distance. Brina Smith lost by one break of serve in the top singles spot 6-4 in the third to Brianna Holm.

Joria Downing and Kaylee Juce defeated Makenna Duncan and Chloe Will at two-singles 7-6, 5-7, 10-3.

Taylor Sayre and Whitly Netland erased a one-set deficit to Mercedez Bellanger and Lauryn Manning winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

“There aren't too many times I recall being optimistic about a 1-6 loss, but there was a lot of good to take from the match,” Beauchman said. “Our singles players battled through some close matches and our doubles teams looked tough. If the season ended today we would end up playing Alexandria in the (3 seed vs 6 seed) opening round of our subsection. It is reassuring to know we are capable of winning a few matches and could make things interesting.”  

DL is 9-7 on the season and play at Moorhead next Tuesday, Oct. 2. The match will more than likely be for the fifth seed in the subsection. Moorhead beat DL earlier this year 6-1.

Beauchman anticipates a much closer match this time around.

Alexandria 6, Detroit Lakes 1


#1 Brianna Holm (A) over Brina Smith (DL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

#2 Laura Wilmesmeler (A) over Shelby Busker (DL) 6-1, 6-1

#3 Josey Allen (DL) over Annie Harding (A) 6-3, 6-3

#4 Sarah Jiang (A) over Grace Kinney (DL) 6-4, 7-5


#1 Madison Ressemann/Abby Sater (A) over Mary Nelmark/Emily Skjonsberg (DL) 6-1, 6-2

#2 Joria Downing/Kaylee Juce (A) over Makenna Duncan/Chloe Will (DL) 7-6, 5-7, 10-3

#3 Taylor Sayre/Whitly Netland (A) over Mercedez Bellanger/Lauryn Manning (DL) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1