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 Detroit Lakes boys hockey team erased a two-goal deficit to defeat St. Paul Johnson 4-3 on the road Saturday, Dec. 15. The victory came less than 24 hours after the Lakers beat Red Wing 4-2 at home Friday night. DL’s seven-game undefeated streak to start the season is the best since a pair of 6-0 starts in 2005-06 and 2006-07. The 05-06 team opened with wins in 11 of the first 12 games en route to a 19-8 campaign.
The Detroit Lakes wrestling team places second at the 39-team Big Bear tournament in Cass Lake last weekend. The Lakers held the team scoring lead for the majority of the tournament before being caught by Hutchinson late during Saturday’s finals. The Tigers scored 177 points to edge the Lakers with 174. Thief River Falls joined the Lakers putting two Section 8AA teams in the top three placing third with 167 points.
The Dynamic Homes team took home top honors with a handicap score of 3,650 in the team event at the Men's All City held December 4-9 at the Voyageur Lanes. Team members were Brett McLeod, Floyd Borah, Nick Buck, Jeremy Cameron and Adam Noah. Winners of the doubles event were Brian Anderson and Emil Belen with a combined score of 1,425.
Freshman Emma Coley recorded a hat trick and the Detroit Lakes girls hockey team won back-to-back games for the first time this season after defeating Crookston 6-2 in a Section 8A game at Kent Freeman Arena Thursday, Dec. 13. Coley scored both first period goals teaming up with senior Abagail King who assisted on each tally. King netted the eventual game-winner midway through the second period off a feed from eighth-grader Ella Hess.
Detroit Lakes senior Ben Stearns caught fire in the first half leading the Lakers to their first victory of the season 64-61 over Pequot Lakes in a Mid-State Conference boys basketball nail biter Thursday, Dec. 13 at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. Sean Ryan opened the game with 10 of the Patriots first 14 points as Pequot Lakes grabbed a 10-point lead early, 14-4, and looked like they were in control of the pace of play.
The first state gymnastics rankings are created by an average of at least the first three meets and Detroit Lakes has started stronger than any other team in either Class A or AA in all of Minnesota. The margin is steep even for this early in the season. The Lakers have posted a mean score of 147.925 which is more than five points higher than No. 2 Mahtomedi in Class A and more than three points higher than the top Class AA team Stillwater.
Detroit Lakes improved to 3-0 in duals to go with a tournament victory in a 33-24 win over state-ranked No. 5AAA Bemidji at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Tuesday, Dec. 11. The Lumberjacks did not have a full lineup and forfeits at 106, 113 and 170 hampered their cause.
Detroit Lakes opened up a shooting gallery in a five-goal first period and went on to blank Park Rapids 10-0 in a Mid-State Conference boys hockey game at Kent Freeman Arena Tuesday, Dec. 11. Roland Cormier had a pair of goals including the eventual game-winner just 30 seconds into the first period and a crazy short-handed tally at the end of the period from beyond center ice. Braeden Wimmer scored his first varsity goal on a wide-open slapshot from the slot.
The Detroit Lakes girls hockey team swept the season series with Mid-State Conference opponents Park Rapids putting up a dozen goals and 68 shots in a 12-3 victory at Park Rapids Tuesday, Dec. 11. The Lakers got plenty of scoring from their younger players. Freshmen Madison Olson and Adisyn Strand recorded their first varsity goals and first career hat tricks. Eighth-grader Ella Hess scored her first varsity goals with two in the third period.
The Laker ski teams hosted the Detroit Mountain Nordic Ski Opener Tuesday, Dec. 11 with races designed on the ski hills rather than trails due to lack of snow creating a course that emphasized climbing for a tough test to start the season. The Laker boys team placed sixth out of seven teams while the girls placed fifth out of six.