Robert is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning 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, Minn.—Detroit Lakes is losing a golfing fixture of nearly 60 years in the permanent closing of Ironman Golf Course and the future sale of portions of the property. "Business-wise, the decision was easy; emotionally, it was really difficult," owner Mike Mathias said. "Once you care for the land and try to preserve that, it was really, really challenging." The decision to sell was made in early December, but not easily.
No. 9 Barnesville tried to take the air out of the ball, but top-seeded Perham remained patient and led for the entirety of the game in a 55-28 Section 8AA quarterfinal victory Saturday at Concordia College in Moorhead. Barnesville stalled with the ball offensively and killed much of the clock in the first half. The tactic worked in keeping Barnesville in the game. Four minutes into play, Perham held a 2-1 lead.
Perham’s Jada Olsen used a gold medal performance on uneven parallel bars to capture the bronze medal in the all-around competition at the Minnesota Class A Gymnastics State Championship Saturday at the University of Minnesota. Three Detroit Lakes gymnasts reached the podium on three of the four events. Sophomore Emma Disse captured silver on balance beam and bronze on floor exercise. Freshman Jackson Hegg placed fourth on bars. Sophomore Lexi Yliniemi had a sixth place floor exercise finish.
Crookston senior Dane Anderson held a shot attempt and wrapped around the net to stuff in an unassisted double-overtime game-winner and lead the No. 5 Pirates to the Section 8A semifinals in a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Detroit Lakes at Kent Freeman Arena Thursday night. “I was initially going to take that shot on the left side and I saw the goalie was way over there and thought just give it a try and that’s the kind of stuff that works in overtime,” said Anderson. “Those kind of greasy goals like that.”
A pair of No. 4 seeds in their respective sections, Detroit Lakes and Little Falls, skated to a 2-2 tie in a hardfought regular season home finale for the Lakers Thursday night. “That’s what we want,” Laker head coach Todd Dwyer said. “Playing together and we’ve got to play with desperation. If we don’t have that desperation this time of year, we’re going to be in trouble.” The Lakers maintained composure in some desperate times late in the game.
Park Rapids senior goalie Julia Smith stopped all 26 Laker shots and the No. 4-seeded Panthers erupted for five goals in the second period to end the No. 5 Detroit Lakes girls hockey season 6-0 in the play-in round of Section 8A playoffs at Ted O’Johnson Ice Arena in Park Rapids Thursday. Both teams needed a quick start and Park Rapids got that from leading scorer Alexa Kennedy with a goal in the opening minute of play.
The air will be thick with tension at Thursday night’s Section 8A Girls opening round hockey matchup between No. 5 Detroit Lakes and No. 4 Park Rapids Area on Panther home ice. Both regular season meetings went to overtime “It is going to be a very competitive game,” Laker head coach Gretchen Norby said. “Obviously, we are two pretty evenly-matched teams.”
Freshman Shane Donovan scored both goals for Northern Lakes as the Lightning clinched sole possession of the Mid-State Conference boys hockey championship with a 2-1 victory over the Lakers Tuesday at Breezy Point Ice Arena in Pequot Lakes. Northern Lakes worked the puck down low and Josh Maucieri set up a Donovan wrist shot in front which beat DL goalie Ben Boomgarden for a 2-1 lead midway through the third period.
The Detroit Lakes hockey team put a scare into undefeated Grand Forks Central trailing 3-2 after two periods of play, but the Knights responded with a pair of shorthanded goals in the third period to escape Kent Freeman Arena with a 5-2 victory to improve to 19-0. “We competed hard and that’s what we talked about, high character today and compete hard and win battles and I think we did,” Laker head coach Todd Dwyer said. “Grand Forks is a good team; there’s a reason they’re 18-0.”
The Lakers wrapped up the regular season Thursday falling to Northern Lakes 4-0. Lightning freshman Hayden Boelter scored twice, the game-winner in the first and a shorthanded goal in the third period. She added an assist for a three-point game. Sam Gutzman scored at even strength in the second period, followed by Caitlyn Gutzman on the power play.