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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No. 10A Badger-Greenbush-Middle River ended a six-year run by No. 7A Frazee as the Section 8A wrestling champions with a one-point victory in the final Saturday, Feb. 16 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. Trailing 31-27, heavyweight Tony Malikowski needed bonus points to tie or win. The Gators’ Zach Evans kept the scoring low to negate a major decision tie or technical fall for the win forcing Malikowski to go for a pin to advance to state.
The Detroit Lakes PeeWee A hockey team pulled off an upset run at the District 15 tournament with a second place finish at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby Feb. 15-17 that earned the team a trip to Regions. The finish is remarkable considering the team had an uphill battle all season long. The PeeWees did not win a single District game prior to the tournament battling through a whopping 17 one-goal losses throughout the regular season.
The defending champion Frazee Fly Girls dance teams were dethroned but made the finals in both disciplines with the jazz team placing third and high kick team finishing fifth at the Minnesota Class A state dance competitions at Target Center Feb. 16-17. Sartell-St. Stephen (Class AA) was the only team to successfully defend its Hick Kick title. The co-op of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd took top honors in Class A and Wayzata won in Class AAA.
The Perham Yellowjackets continued their Section 8AA wrestling winning streak capturing a fifth straight team title and eliminating Detroit Lakes in the championship match for the third straight season Saturday, Feb. 15 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls.
Sophomore defenseman Braeden WImmer’s game-winning goal came four minutes into the first period and started an unanswered streak of 10 straight goals in a 10-0 Section 8A victory for Detroit Lakes over Red Lake Falls to finish the regular season Friday, Feb. 15 at Kent Freeman Arena. Will Stowman added two first period tallies; Eli Roe and Nick Lund also scored for a 5-0 lead at the first intermission.
The Detroit Lakes girls basketball team used a 13-0 run late in the second half to get within striking distance and some late-game heroics by Emily Larson and Lauryn Manning sealed a 64-63 road victory at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Friday, Feb. 15. The Rebels led 54-43 with nine minutes to play when the Lakers went on their run. Manning, Larson, Matteya Borah, Anna Cihak and Ellie Lunde all scored during the burst.
Senior Cora Okeson won the all around title and the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team captured a sixth consecutive Section 8A team championship at The Hive gymnasium in Perham Saturday, Feb. 16. Okeson and fellow seniors Peyton Jernberg, Justine Lawrence, Anneka Lindstrom and Lexi Yliniemi are one meet away from finishing their careers never having lost a team competition.
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.