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Detroit Lakes sophomore Isaiah Thompson broke new ground claiming an individual state championship and led a six pack of Laker wrestlers to the tournament where the combined efforts proved to be a high point for the program. Thompson’s victory came the weekend after the Laker gymnasts set their own new mark winning a fourth straight state championship making for eight exciting days for DLHS athletics.
The Golden Gopher women's track & field team opened its 2018 outdoor campaign at the University of Houston Cougar Spring Break Invitational on Thursday. Minnesota won six events and recorded eight runner-up finishes after spending spring break training in Texas. Detroit Lakes’ Shay Nielsen, a redshirt sophomore for the Gophers, placed third in shot put with a throw of 14.81m (48-07.25). The former Laker is coming off a strong indoors season in February.
Mahnomen-Waubun head coach John Clark, Jr. refers to his team as the six-feet-and-unders, but it was the Thunderbirds who stood tall dominating the boards and pulling away late from the south subsections’ No. 1-seeds, the Hancock Owls, in a thrilling 71-64 victory to claim the Section 6A boys basketball championship at Memorial Auditorium in Moorhead Friday night in front of a frenzied crowd.
Editor’s Note: This is part one of two detailing seven days in Detroit Lakes athletics that produced unique state champions on back-to-back weekends. Part two will be published Wednesday, March 21. Detroit Lakes gymnasts captured a fourth consecutive state championship in late February, a feat unmatched by any other team in school history. However, on the ride home from Minneapolis, it wasn’t the only thing on their minds.
Ken Bartz, owner of Ken’s FM radio, will be hosting a Spring Break fundraiser concert on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17 at The Garage Bar in Moorhead featuring five local bands. Ken’s FM is an independent, public radio station covering Fargo-Moorhead and the lakes region of west central Minnesota with 100,000 watts. The station features an adult modern rock format with local music added throughout the day.
Junior guard Jayden Heisler erupted for five three-point baskets in the second half and scored a game-high 28 points to dethrone the two-time defending champions and lead the No. 4-seeded Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds to a 60-45 victory over No. 7 Lake Park-Audubon in the Minnesota north subsection boys basketball final of Section 6A at Concordia College Monday night.
Lake Park-Audubon continued its march through the Section 6A playoff bracket as the seven-seed with a second consecutive upset knocking out No. 3 Henning 62-49 Saturday at Concordia College in Moorhead. “Those guys have won 20 games this year; there a much more balanced team but I’ll say it again, like I did the other night, there’s something to be said about those older guys who have been in that moment before and it ended up paying off. Certainly, they both were upsets the last two games.
No. 7 Detroit Lakes had the shooting touch in the first half but No. 2 Sauk Rapids-Rice stormed back with a 20-0 scoring run in the second half to end the Lakers’ season in a 63-49 Section 8AAA semifinal victory at St. Cloud State University Saturday night.
Nathan Rund became the all-time leading scorer for Fergus Falls and led the top-seeded Otters to a 78-66 victory over No. 5 St. Cloud Apollo in the Section 8AAA semifinals Saturday at St. Cloud State University. “Even though I’m not about the individual accolades and whatnot, it is humbling to get a record of such,” said Rund. “Stuff like that just doesn’t happen without the teammates that you have along the way.”
Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal’s Dawson Fox made seven three-point baskets but it was not enough to get by familiar foes Mahnomen-Waubun in a thrilling north subsection semifinal in Section 6A boys basketball at Concordia College in Moorhead Saturday. The final make from the arc by Fox came in the waning seconds that left the top-seeded Titans one point shy 54-53.