Standing by in sports, Sun. May 17

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Mary Ann Nelmark grabs a snapshot of her daughter Mary’s poster that was hung at Mollberg Field in honor of the Class of 2020. Robert Williams / Tribune

Detroit Lakes high school opened Mollberg Field for drive-throughs Thursday, May 14 to check out posters of the Class of 2020 hung on the fence near the entrances to the field. Traffic was steady Thursday afternoon as guests stopped by to take photos.

Hornet duo to compete at college

Frazee seniors Jaryn Johannsen and Talia Gabrielson announced their intentions to compete collegiately according to a Tuesday report by the Frazee Forum.


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Frazee's Jaryn Johannsen was a standout in multiple events for the Hornets and will compete next season for the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Robert Williams / Tribune

Johannsen will compete in track and field at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Last season, Johannsen and teammate Paige Ziegler ran at a school record pace to advance to the Class A state tournament in hurdles dueling with each other to the finish line to lead the Frazee girls track team at sections in East Grand Forks Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Ziegler is also a track and field recruit electing to compete at the University of Mary.

Both runners made the 110m hurdles state finals with Ziegler placing third and Johannsen seventh.

Johannsen and Ziegler ran the middle legs with sophomore Ellie Reierson opening and junior Paige Oswald, a volleyball recruit at University of Jamestown, at anchor placing 10th overall in the 4x200 relay.

Gabrielson will look to contribute to the Jimmie’s upcoming women’s basketball team, joining former teammate Oswald in Jamestown.


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Frazee's Talia Gabrielson battles for a rebound against Pelican Rapids' Chloe Paulson (4) and Ryley Paulson (40). Robert Williams / Tribune

Baseball, track teams star this week in 1940

I traveled back 80 years in the newspaper archives to the days before Ralph Anderson when the sports page was relegated to page 16 of the Tribune, basically, the back page.

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This week in 1940, the baseball team was off to a strong start heading to White Earth after a 13-3 blowout victory over Lake Park. The Tribune ran the box score of that game labeling it a Hit-Run Orgy. I kid you not.


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Head coach Jake Hoff’s track and field team captured the District 23 championship at Fergus Falls and qualified nine for state at the Region 6 meet in New York Mills: Richard Forseth, Bud Omundson, Lyle Dickmeyer, John Rutledge, Bill Forseth, Cecel Peck, Bill Peterson, Dale Cook and Jim Foster.

The week prior to the District 23 meet, the team competed in Collegeville at St. John’s creating a surprise tangent with this week’s feature story on the Johnnie’s Brady Labine.

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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