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The Detroit Lakes swimming and diving team has looked up the podium often at the seven-time defending champion Bemidji Lumberjacks, including a runner-up finish by only nine points in 2017, but the Lakers broke through and changed that fortune in record-breaking fashion Saturday, Nov. 10 claiming the Section 8A team championship in Warroad by a margin of 37 points.
Senior forward Lily Burnside got her season off to a strong start with a multi-goal performance in a 5-2 Detroit Lakes loss at Fergus Falls in the season-opener for both teams Saturday, Nov. 10 in Fergus Falls. “Not bad for our first effort,” first-year Laker head coach Scott Piepkorn said. “Just a few breakdowns that resulted in Fergus Falls goals.”
In film sessions after the section final, the Mahnomen-Waubun coaching staff made it known the offensive line needed to play better and the Thunderbird blockers opened up huge holes in the Deer River defense in a 42-0 blowout victory in the Class A quarterfinals at Brainerd high school Saturday, Nov. 10. “A lot to be proud of all the way through, but I’m most proud of our linemen,” Thunderbirds head coach John Clark, Jr. said. “We challenged those guys up front and boy, did they deliver today.”
The Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans scored on their opening drive, but were shut down the remainder of the game and held off the scoreboard for three quarters in a 14-7 state 9-man quarterfinal loss to Cromwell-Wright at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji. Noah Klemetson’s 70-yard run was the highlight of a 90-yard drive to start the game. Klemetson’s sprint to the red zone setup Tate Hoseth one-yard touchdown run ot complete the drive and a 7-0 lead.
Detroit Lakes will be represented in the finals of each event at the Section 8A swimming and diving championships after the completion of the preliminary rounds Friday, Nov. 9 in Warroad. The Lakers grabbed the top seed in four events: Kaitlyn Peterson in the 200-freestyle; Jennifer Tracy in the 200-individual medley and 100-butterfly and Syd Gulon in the 500-freestyle.
The Barnesville Trojans dominated the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels posting a 40-0 shutout in the Minnesota Class AA state quarterfinal game at Brainerd high school Friday, Nov. 9. “It was each kid doing their own job,” said head coach Bryan Strand. “They really trust each other; we’re not real big, but we swarmed the ball. There was no daylight for them today.” The game got off to a rocky start for both teams.
Detroit Lakes head gymnastics coach is one of 13 of the top gymnastics coaches in the nation in a friendly competition for the prestigious award of 2018 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year. The award is designed to recognized coaches who have demonstrated service, integrity and quality to make a positive impact on the lives of their students and community as a whole.
Junior defending state champion Isaiah Thompson heads the list of preseason ranked wrestlers from Detroit Lakes in Class AA. As a team the Lakers sit just outside the top 12. The four-time Section 8AA champions from Perham are ranked at No. 4. The Yellowjackets placed fourth at state last year and advanced to the state tournament after a slim five-point victory over the Lakers in the section final - a match that came down to the final bout.
One look at the Section 8A championship game box score is enough of a scouting report on the Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds for first round opponents Deer River. While the Thunderbirds have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, when it comes to a key to Mahnomen-Waubun’s success, it’s centered around two seniors.
The Perham Yellowjackets repeated as state champions in both the boys and girls Class A state cross country races for the second year in a row Saturday, Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Outside of Perham, Pelican Rapids junior Abby Syverson recorded the area’s top state finish placing 28th in the Class A race.