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 sealed its fourth straight win to open the season on an early game-winner by Roland Cormier less than three minutes into the first period of a 2-0 Mid-State Conference victory over visiting Prairie Centre Friday, Dec. 7 at Kent Freeman Arena. Goalie Blake Itzen stopped all 14 shots by the North Stars to pick up his first shutout of the season and record his and the team’s 4-0 start.
The Prairie Centre Blue Devils scored a goal in each period and held Detroit Lakes off the scoreboard in a 3-0 Mid-State Conference girls hockey victory Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Wadena Ice Arena. All three Devils’ goals came at even strength and senior center Kylee Hopp figured in each tally.
The Detroit Lakes wrestling team swept both matches at the Braves Wrestling triangular Thursday, Dec. 6 in Benson defeating the hosts 66-6 and Sauk Centre/Melrose 75-6. The Lakers had seven pins against Benson and scored bonus points in three of five decisions.
Hawley senior guard Jacob Vetter scored the only point of the final two minutes and the Nuggets’ defense helped snap a four-game losing streak to Detroit Lakes 59-58 at Ralph Anderson gymnasium Thursday, Dec. 6. “Detroit Lakes is a great team and it’s always a close game with us,” Vetter said. “We knew it was going to be a grind to the very end.”
Detroit Lakes scored at least 147 points for the second straight meet defeating Park Rapids 147.9 to 118.425 in a gymnastics dual at the Minnesota Flyers Gymnasium Tuesday, Dec. 4. The Lakers held the top five finishes in all four events led by all-around winner Cora Okeson. Okeson scored 37.425 and placed first on vault (9.55), floor exercise (9.55) and uneven parallel bars (9.4).
Detroit Lakes improved to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Mid-State Conference after a 5-2 boys hockey victory Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Kent Freeman Arena. The Lakers erased an early one-goal deficit on a Kasey Couture power play goal midway through the first period with two even strength goals in the final minute.
Fergus Falls handed Detroit Lakes their first loss of the season in a 71-42 Section 8AAA girls basketball victory at the Kennedy Secondary School Gold Gymnasium in Fergus Falls Tuesday, Dec. 5. The Otters built a 20-point lead by halftime going to the break up 37-17. Ellie Colbeck led all scorers with 20 points; she added six rebounds and four assists.
Detroit Lakes assistant football coach Mike Labine has been selected to be on staff for the North team in the third Minnesota Football Showcase at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at 1 p.m. Dec. 15. The game, sponsored by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association, celebrates football in Minnesota and will feature outstanding senior players from around the state.
Both Laker dance teams recorded finishes in the top two places at the Laker Dance Invitational at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Saturday, Dec. 1. The DL Jazz team placed first defeating Alexandria and Foley in a three-team Class AA competition. The High Kick team was the Class AA runner-up to Alexandria with Foley placing third. The Lakers performed well despite being without co-captain Emma Ortloff, who missed the opening meet with a case of turf toe.
Senior Cora Okeson and freshman Ellie Hultin recorded top five all-around finishes and Detroit Lakes captured a fifth consecutive team title at the 15th annual Jackie Mann Invitational Saturday, Dec. 1 at Perham high school. The Lakers defeated runners-up Cambridge-Isanti by more than five points scoring 147.95 to the Bluejackets’ 142.850. DL also got off to a stronger start than 2017 putting up more than four points on their score from last year’s first meet of the season.