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 softball players received conference and section awards at the team’s end of season banquet after the Lakers made a first-ever trip to the state tournament in early June. The Lakers finished the season with an overall record of 17-8 in the final year under head coach Phil Kirchner, who is expected to move over to an assistant coaching position with the baseball program under head coach Terry Eiter beginning next season.
Freshman Wyatt Blomseth of Detroit Lakes and the Minnesota State Community and Tech College-Fergus Falls mens’ golf team competed in the NJCAA Div. III National Championship at Chautauqua Golf Club (Par 72) in Chautauqua, NY (June 4-7). Blomseth earned All-American Honorable Mention and the Spartans placed third as a team only six shots off the championship pace.
The Heart O’ Lakes Conference postseason baseball awards were announced. The Perham Yellowjackets dominated the number of distinctions as they did the play in the HOL this year. Perham senior Dawson Stevens was named the league’s most valuable player. Sophomore teammate Noah Rooney was the most valuable pitcher. Perham was 12-0 in HOL play this year, captured the Section 8AA championship and advanced to the state tournament.
The Detroit Lakes girls golf team continued a perfect streak of reaching the podium in every state meet with a third place finish at the Minnesota Class AA state golf tournament in Jordan Wednesday, June 12. The Lakers have made 12 appearances at state winning seven titles, and adding two second place marks and three third place finishes in program history. Continuing that Laker tradition is important to today’s players.
Holy Family Catholic defended the Class AA boys golf team championship and Detroit Lakes posted a second straight second place finish at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan Wednesday, June 12. Junior Hunter Burnside led the Lakers reaching the podium with an eighth place individual finish.
The back nine holes of Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan can change a tournament in a hurry and Detroit Lakes sits 12 shots out of first place after holding a lead at the turn of the Minnesota Class AA State girls golf tournament Tuesday, June 11. Behind a bogey-free, 1-under-par, opening nine holes by junior Anna Cihak, the Lakers led Minnewaska-Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at the turn by three strokes. Cihak birdied the opening hole and parred out the remaining eight.
The Detroit Lakes boys golf team sits in second place to last year’s state champions Holy Family Catholic after day one of play at the Minnesota State Class AA golf tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan Tuesday, June 11. Players shot a couple holes with dry weather but quickly switched to rain gear for the remainder of the day.
The Detroit Lakes trapshooting team finished the regular season in fifth place in the 10-team Conference 1 of Class 5A and will join more than 8,000 student athletes representing 315 Minnesota high school teams at the 2019 Trap Shooting Championship, June 10-18 at the Alexandria Shooting Park. Jenna Tollefson averaged 19.90 to rank 10th amongst the top 25 girls shooters in the conference. Kira Wolf ranked 18th (16.80).
United Clay Becker freshman Faith Rustad is a name to watch in the future after placing in three events at the Class A state track and field championships in St. Paul. Rustad finished eighth in the 1,600m run (5:12.04) and 10th in the 800m run (2:21.42) individually. She also ran the anchor leg with juniors Siri Danielson, McKenzie Koenig and sophomore Maria Vetter on the eighth place 4x400m relay team (4:07.05).
One does not have to win everything to be a champion. Detroit Lakes junior Isaiah Thompson finished his junior athletic season with a 13th place 110m hurdles finish. He ran a time of 15.09 Friday, June 7 at the Minnesota Class AA state track and field championships at Hamline University in St. Paul.