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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The Laker boys basketball team won for the third straight game and recorded a season-high point total in a 91-32 blowout of Staples-Motley Friday, Sept. 15 at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. The victory was the eighth in nine Mid-State Conference games and the Lakers clinched at least a share of the conference championship at 8-1 with one game remaining on the Mid-State schedule. Pequot Lakes remains in contention at 6-2, along with 5-2 Crosby-Ironton.
Little falls tilted the ice in the third period and Detroit Lakes assisted the Flyers with an inability to stay out of the penalty box as a 3-2 third period lead evaporated in a 4-3 victory for the visitors at Kent Freeman Arena Thursday, Feb. 14. Josh Jennings and Gunnar Gustafson capitalized on two Flyers’ power plays in the third period to get the victory.
The Detroit Lakes girls basketball team needed a confidence boost after losing big at Moorhead Tuesday and got it in a dominating performance to down Park Rapids in Mid-State Conference action at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Thursday, Feb. 14. The Lakers opened up a 29-14 lead late in the first half and continued to press toward the Panther hoop culminating in a Lauryn Manning three-pointer at the buzzer for a 45-28 halftime lead.
Tate Kerzman and Max Gunderson spurred an 11-0 run late in the first half to take command in a 78-42 victory at Park Rapids to sweep the season series from the Panthers and remain alone in first place in the Mid-State Conference Thursday, Feb. 14. Jacob Bettcher hit a pair of threes and made two layups early to pace DL to a 26-25 lead before a Kerzman three-pointer and back-to-back Gunderson buckets in the final three minutes of the first half send the Lakers to the break up 37-25.
Detroit Lakes hockey coach Bruce Raboin was named the Section 8A assistant coach of the year. Raboin is retiring from the program this season. The Laker girls hockey team was also named the section's academic champions.
Detroit Lakes and Crookston will meet in the first round of the Section 8A boys hockey playoffs for the fourth consecutive season after seeds were announced from the coaches meeting Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Lakers are seeded fifth and the Pirates fourth and will square off at the Crookston Ice Arena Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
Central Minnesota Boxing presents Golden Gloves action Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center in Wadena. Lakes Area Boxing has four fighters competing. Tiyric Bowell takes on Kouper Sidel of Golden Lakes Boxing Club in Brainerd in a 165-pound bout. Codie Holt faces Victoria Armen from Willmar Boxing Club at 125 pounds. Tony Perez squares off with Tate Gentry of Achilles Gym Brainerd and Sean St. Claire will fight Aiden Furlong from Achilles Gym. Both fights are at 140 pounds.
Detroit Lakers scored on the first shift of the game and used a four-goal first period to defeat Park Rapids in a Mid-State Conference and Section 8A boys hockey victory at Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena in Park Rapids Tuesday, Feb. 12. Nick Lund got DL started from the opening faceoff scoring the game’s first goal just 26 seconds into play and Roland Cormier tallied at the two-minute, 44-second mark to give sophomore goalie Jack Hines an early 2-0 lead.
Detroit Lakes took command midway through the first half as the Lakers snapped a four-game slide with a 76-56 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Aitkin Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. Sam Spry polished off a 20-10 Laker run from the opening tip and DL held the 10-point advantage to a 36-26 lead at the break. Jacob Bettcher and Ben Stearns each scored 10 points in the first half.
The Moorhead Spuds held Detroit Lakes to nine second half points in a 68-35 non-conference girls basketball victory at Moorhead Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Spuds built a 42-26 lead by halftime and came out of the break on a 19-0 run. Laker freshman Alex Bettcher got to the line and made one of two shots to get DL’s first points of the second half at the 10-minute, 15-second mark.