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The 2010 Frazee boys’ golf team includes (L to R) Row 1: Brady Mickelson, Zack Ziegler, Beau Hanson, Jamie Ament, Trevor Shalre, Calvin Streeper. Row 2: Cade Roers, Quade Woods, Bryton Philstrom, Andrew Kunz, Travis Gray, Tanner Ellenberg, Alex Firle, Lucus Jepson, Sam Kellerhuis.

Frazee boys’ golf ready to make a push in 2010 The stars are potentially aligning for the Frazee boys’ golf team, which enters the 2010 season with much loftier expectations. First off, the Hornets return the Class 2A state‘s fourth-place golfer in sophomore Beau Hanson, and reigning Heart O’Lakes Conference champion. Secondly, Frazee has been bumped down to Class 1A, after competing in

“We are stressing the team aspect this season.” the much larger-school Section 8-2A for the last two years. Thirdly, depth and experience is strong overall for the Hornets. “We are really stressing the team aspect this season,” said Frazee head boys’ and girls’ golf coach John Olson. “I believe we have a shot as a team and now we don’t have to compete against the larger schools.” The Hornets will move into Section 6-1A, which has schools their own size, instead of having to have to compete against teams such as Detroit Lakes, Perham and Roseau. Instead, Section 6-1A includes smaller schools such as Lake ParkAudubon, Henning, Barnesville and Underwood — just to name a few. But playing against tough competition didn’t bother Hanson any, who won virtually every tournament he played in last year. He played well in the Class 2A state meet in Jordan last spring, finishing fourth overall.

This season, expectations are even higher for Hanson, who had a strong summer season. “As his confidence grows, he becomes a stronger and better golfer,” Olson said. “Nothing bothers him and his swing looks even better this year.” But Hanson won’t have to carry the team by himself, with junior Josh Kertscher returning as Frazee’s No. 2 man and also a returning letterwinner. Sophomore Zack Ziegler also had plenty of varsity experience in 2009 and also played all of last summer. “Zack struggled with his long game last season, but he has grown up and is driving the ball better,” Olson commented. Depth will be a strength, with juniors Tanner Ellenberg and Sam Kellerhuis each vying for top four spots. The Hornets also have a good number out in seventh and eighth grades to allow Frazee to have junior varsity and junior high schedules. For the Frazee girls’ team, numbers are low again, but will have four out. Kerria Robinson, Brianna Schepper, Jocelyn Giefer and Alexis Parsons will fill the Hornet’s roster this season. “We just haven’t been able to get the numbers out,” Olson said of the girls’ golf program. “It’s been this way for a long time now. There’s just not enough bodies.”

schedule

BY BRIAN WIERIMA

brianw@dlnewspapers.com

The 2010 Frazee girls’ golf team includes (L to R) Row 1: Kerria Robinson, Brianna Schepper. Missing: Jocelyn Giefer, Alexis Parsons.

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

4/22

West Central Area — Meet

Tipsinah

5/6

Lake Park-Audubon — Meet

Forest Hills

4/24

Perham — Invitational

Perham HS

5/10

Hawley — Meet

Hawley HS

4/26

Ottertail Central — Meet

Balmoral

5/13

Barnesville — Meet

Barnesville HS

4/29

TBA — Meet

Frazee HS

5/17

Perham — Meet

Perham HS

5/3

Pelican Rapids — Meet

Birchwood

5/25

Pelican Rapids — Conf Tourney

Wildflower

5/4

Dilworth-G-F — Meet

DGF HS

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Young tracksters to learn on the job for Hornets BY BRIAN WIERIMA

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With a talented and larger senior class graduating off of last year’s Frazee boys’ track and field team, the Hornets will be in sort of a rebuilding mode for the 2010 season. But there still will be experience and skilled athletes returning for the Hornets. “We lost a lot and will not be too deep this year,” said Frazee head coach Brian Tangen. “We may take some lumps (with only 17 out seventh through 12th grade), but we will be gaining experience along the way.” The sprints and throws will be the strength of the Frazee squad, with senior Clint Johnson leading the way in discus and shot put throws. Johnson will not be available until about May, due to a knee injury he suffered in basketball this past winter, though. Forrest Jackson will be replacing his brother, Skyler’s, production in the sprints. Jackson had a solid year in 2009, but was the third sprinter. This year, he takes over as one of the faster Hornets on the track. “He will be one of the top sprinters in each meet,” Tangen said. “I think he’s pretty excited because he won’t be sprinting behind two other sprinters on his own team. He’s definitely looking strong.”

The 2010 Frazee boys’ track team includes (L to R) Row 1: Mathew Daggett, Anthony Mendieta, Alex Mendieta, Tristan Watchorn, Tyler Olson, Clint Johnson. Row 2: Matt Hanebuth, Jesse Trusty, Forrest Jackson, Cody Nordquisto, Kasey Thronson. Row 3: Martin A. Thorp, Jason P. Laine, Skylar Watchorn, Dakota Zick, Brett Gildersleeve.

Sophomore Dakota Zick was on the state 4x400 relay team from last year and will also be running sprints and mid-distance races. Cody Nordquist will also be a key

contributor in hurdles and sprints. Relays will not be as strong as last season, just because of the numbers issue, but Tangen is hoping to see some of his younger athletes step up and fill

holes in the lineup. “We won’t be able to fill every event, so that’s a downer (for the team score), but it does open up opportunities for our younger guys,” Tangen noted.

Lady Hornets have good mix of vets and rookies There is a good mixture of veteran and new energy on the Frazee girls’ track and field team. Senior Hannah Daggett returns after qualifying for state in the high jump the last two years, while fellow senior teammate Suzanne Vetter is back to anchor the distance crew. Daggett climbed to a height of 5-7 during last year’s section meet to earn her state berth. She will also be vying to qualify for state in the hurdles, as well, this season. “Her goal is to get back to state and earn a placing there,” said Frazee girls’ track coach Jim Jacobson. “She is improving in hurdles and her times are getting better.” Eighth graders Jessica Reishus and Ali Bachmann will join Vetter in the distance races, while freshman Chelsey Sanders is working hard to improve in the discus and shot put events. McKinzie Tangen also will be a 100-meter hurdler and will compete in the triple jump and sprinting events. The depth in sprints will be strong, so the 4x100 and 4x200 teams will be highly competitive during meets. Inexperienced athletes will fill the triple and long jumping events, while Vetter will compete on pole vault throughout the schedule. Overall, Jacobson sees the Hornets being competitive as a team through the season. “We might not have those top places, but we should be able to have multiple finishers in the top five or six spots,” the Frazee coach commented.

The 2010 Frazee girls’ track team includes (L to R) Row 1: Hannah Daggett, Alex Bigger, Mollee Byer, Ilse Rue, Tara Jenson, McKinzie Tangen, Jessica Reishus. Row 2: Brianna Blauert, Samantha Byer, Alexis Hukriede, Krissy Marlen, Quincy Mickelson, Samantha Barker, Kristen Gray, Ellie Bachmann. Row 3: Chelsie Sanders, Mercedes Clifton.

schedule

BY BRIAN WIERIMA

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Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

4/6

Bemidji — Invitational

Bemidji State

5/18

Pelican Rapids — Conf Tourney

Pelican Rapids HS

4/16

Perham — Invitational

Perham High School

5/20

Barnesville — Invitational

Barnesville HS

4/20

Hawley — Invitational

Hawley High School

5/27

Perham — Sect Tourney

Perham High School

4/22

Pelican Rapids — Invitational

Pelican Rapids HS

6/3

Moorhead — Sect Tourney

Moorhead State

4/27

Park Rapids Area — Invitational

Park Rapids HS

6/11

TBA — State Tournament

Hamline University

5/4

Hawley — Invitational

Hawley High School

6/12

TBA — State Tournament

Hamline University

5/13

TBA — Invitational

Frazee High School

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Good depth to be key for Frazee baseball team BY BRIAN WIERIMA

and both had good success from the mound. “Matt is a quality starter, Competition for the nine with decent velocity and good starting spots on the Frazee control,” Gillespie said. “Branbaseball team will be a driving don is a good control pitcher, force for improvement during who can switch up his speed.” Senior Matt Viste will also the 2010 season. The Hornets will have up see time as a starter, with to 20 players vying for playing the pitching depth to be filled time and that is a good prob- in with some inexperienced lem to have for Frazee head arms. “Our depth is unknown, coach Bryan Gillespie. With competition provid- but we hope to have up to four ing motivation, Frazee should different starters each week,” be improved across the board the Frazee coach added. —  but more importantly on Senior Sam Oelfke returns as a three-year starter at secdefense. “I am more confident in the ond base, with Viste moving defense than I have been my from catcher to shortstop. three years I have been coach- Junior Kody Sorenson will ing here,” Gillespie said. “It’s take on the catching duties, the most secure we’ve been de- with sophomore Jacob Galbreght also seeing time behind the “I am more confident in the plate. defense than I have been my When not pitching, Brower three years I have been will secure first coaching here.” base, providing a big target and reliable glove. “Third base is completely fensively.” Depth adds to the Frazee open,” Gillespie added. lineup, with Gillespie having The outfield is also shaken up a little, with Vanwatermumore choices of filling a spot. Experience is also a key, len moving out and senior Dywith the Hornets’ three se- lan Stender moving from left to centerfield. niors leading the way. Senior Matt Brower and ju- “We have good team speed nior Brandon Vanwatermulen and they all can run out there,” will provide the Hornets will Gillespie said. an effective one-two punch on Brower will also provide the top of their pitching rota- good power in the Hornet lineup, with Viste giving a tion. Both were starters last year good consistent stick with his brianw@dlnewspapers.com

.300-plus average from a year ago. Sorenson and Vanwatermulen will also give the Frazee batting lineup some spark, as well. “We’ll try and get more and more aggressive with our base running and be more heads up,” Gillespie included. The Hornets also move from Section 8-2A to Section 6-1A, giving the opportunity for Frazee to play schools their own size. “We’ll still need to play well to win in the playoffs,” the Frazee coach said. “We’ll still be focused on playing our regular season games.”

schedule

The 2010 Frazee boys’ baseball team includes (L to R) Row 1: Wyatt Nelson, Jared Sherman, Mykenzey Watchern, Cody Piper, Jacob Galbrecht, Charley Christensen. Row 2: Collin Wurst, Logan Dahlgren, Erik Moltzan, Scott VanRuden, Tyler Wacker, Jordan Ketter, Brady Breitenfeldt, Hayden Hoskins, Mia Cokenyon, Collin Willette. Row 3: Dylan Wurst, Matt Viste, Trevor Como, Blake Bachmann, Brandon VanWatermulen, Tyler Ziegler, Dan Janu, Matt Brower, Kody Sorenson, Brandon Lehmann, Sam Oelfke. Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

4/16

Park Rapids Area — Tournament

Park Rapids HS

4/17

Park Rapids Area — Tournament

Park Rapids HS

4/20

Detroit Lakes — Game

Frazee High School

4/29

Pelican Rapids — Double Header

Frazee High School

4/30

Bertha-Hewitt — Game

Bertha-Hewitt HS

5/4

Lake Park-Audubon — Game

Frazee High School

5/6

Dilworth-G-F — Dbl Header

Frazee High School

5/7

New York Mills — Game

Frazee High School

5/11

Breckenridge — Double Header

Breckenridge HS

5/13

Hawley — Double Header

Frazee High School

5/17

Perham — Game

Frazee High School

5/18

West Central Area — DBL Header

West Central Area

5/21

Ottertail Central — Game

Battle Lake

5/28

Detroit Lakes — Game

Detroit Lakes HS

Veterans to carry Frazee softball team for 2010 BY BRIAN WIERIMA

season. Senior Jaclyn Mickelson will secure the centerfield position, while other The Frazee softball team will be veteran presences include juniors Ergreeting their new class and section ica Ratz at third base, Sadie Stender and Chloe Streeper in the outfield. with plenty of new faces this season. The Hornets will have several of “The catcher position is still open, their core players back from a year we have several young players vying ago, but will also be filling many spots for it,” Trautman added. with some green and inexperienced Another unknown commodity will be at pitching, where juniors Emma players. “We have some spots which will Buhr and Brittney Blauert will see have experienced players in them, but duty. “Both are inexperienced, but hopefully they’ll develop through “We have some spots which the season,” Trautman said. “Emma has good control of her will have experienced players pitches and can move the ball in them, but at the beginning of around the plate and Brittney can change speeds well. the year, we’ll be pretty green.” “Location will be important (for both) this season.” Freshmen Alexis Tappe and at the beginning of the year, we’ll be Ashley Bachmann will also see action pretty green,” said Frazee head coach on the mound. Dave Trautman. “But things will play With Shipman and Mickelson each themselves out by the time playoffs posting batting averages of .400-plus last season, Trautman will try and surcome around.” The Hornets have made the move round them with batters who can get from Class 2A to Class 1A, where they on base. will play in Section 6-1A. It’s a move which allows Frazee Date Opponent — GAME type to play schools more their size, but it 4/13 Lake Park-Audubon — Game necessarily doesn’t mean it will be an easier journey. 4/17 Staples Motley — Tournament “I think Section 6-1A may have just 4/17 TBA — Tournament as, or stronger, pitching as our old sec4/17 TBA — Tournament tion (Section 8-2A),” Trautman said. The section will carry strong teams 4/23 Minneota — Game such as Hawley, Parkers Prairie and 4/24 Browerville — Game Sebeka —  all with strong and domi4/29 Pelican Rapids — Dbl Hdr nant pitchers. The Hornets’ infield will be an4/30 Bertha-Hewitt — Game chored by junior shortstop Kari Ship5/6 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton — Dbl. Hdr man, who was named All-Section last

schedule

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The 2010 Frazee girls’ softball team includes (L to R) Row 1: Jaclyn Mickelson, Katie Byer, Brittney Blauert, Kari Shipman, Elizabeth Anderson. Row 2: Erica Ratz, Bayleigh Antonsen, Ashley Bachmann, Alexis Tappe, Chloe Streeper, Taylor Tappe. Not Pictured: Sadie Stender, Emma Buhr, Mariah Sullinger.

Location

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

LP-A

5/8

Pillager — Tournament

Frazee HS

Frazee HS

5/8

TBA — Tournament

Frazee HS

Frazee HS

5/11

Breckenridge — Double Header

Frazee HS

Frazee HS

5/13

Hawley — Double Header

Hawley HS

Minneota

5/17

Perham — Game

Frazee HS

Browerville

5/18

West Central Area — Double Header

Frazee HS

Pelican Rapids HS

5/25

TBA — Sectional Tournament

TBA

Frazee HS

5/27

TBA — Sectional Tournament

Menahga

DGF HS


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The 2010 detroit lakes boys’ baseball team includes (L to R) Row 1: Brian Labat, Danny Engberg, Brock Johnson, Andy Pedersen, Brett Provo, Andy Fondrick, Nate Baker, Ben Lindquist. Row 2: Connor McLeod, Nate Krohne, Jordan Manning, Alex Guetter, Ryan Berg, Logan Baker, Jon Gilson, Mark Labat, Chris Nelson. Missing: TJ Manning, Joe Thompson, Tyler Fode.

Pitching to key Detroit Lakes baseball team BY BRIAN WIERIMA

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schedule

Pitching depth could be a key factor for the Detroit Lakes baseball team, since the Lakers will have two quality starters at the top of the rotation. Seniors Brock Johnson and Alex Guetter, a lefty, will anchor the Laker pitching staff, with each coming off of an impressive season in 2009. But who pitches behind the two hurlers will be important to DL’s success, as well. “Going into the season, pitching is going to be our strong point,” said DL head coach Steve Fuhs. “The key is, both Brock and Alex have more than one pitch to rely on and both threw strikes last year. “But we need four to five starters and after those two, we don’t have a lot of pitchers with experience.” Johnson possesses an overpowering fastball, as well as an effective slider and changeup.

Guetter has good control and a curve as an out pitch. But more importantly, both throw strikes. Seniors Brett Provo and T.J. Manning have some innings and they will get their chances on the mound early on in the season, as will Andy Fondrick. Junior Ben Lindquist showed some good stuff in 2009 and also adds a left arm to the pitching staff. Jordan Manning and Nate Baker also have good experience on the mound, but on the B-team level. “(Junior) Connor McLeod also saw a few innings, as well,” Fuhs said. “But we will need everyone sometime during the season. I’d like to have up to eight pitchers and the talent is there.” For the first time in a long time, DL will also be very inexperienced at the catching position. There is very little varsity experience behind the plate, with sophomore

Brian Labat having the first chance to Labat and Danny Engberg. “We just need to find players who solidify the position. “Hopefully Brian can take the bull can catch the ball and make plays out by the horns at catcher,” Fuhs said. there,” Fuhs said. “He’s a good athlete and a big, strong There are few at bats returning offensively, as McLeod and Johnson kid.” Tyler Fode and Andy Pederson will anchor the middle of the linewill be backups to start the season, as up. “Who we put around them at the top well. There are just a few players back of the order will depend on who can who saw time in the field last season, play defense,” the DL coach said. with junior Connor McLeod anchoring the infield at shortstop. “Connor knows the speed of the game and he will be “Going into the season, pitching is the leader of the defense,” Fuhs said. going to be our strong point.” When not pitching, Johnson will hold down the first base corner. Others who will fill in include Lindquist, Chris Nelson and Nate Kroh Pederson and Thompson each have ne. Fuhs will have to mix and match some at bats from last year, with TJ the infielders to see who fits where Manning seeing time last summer durthough, with many new faces manning ing the Legion season. “We won’t have a ton of power the infield. The crew Fuhs has to work with and may need two to three hits to includes Jordan Manning, Fondrick, score a run,” Fuhs said. “We’ll be better at hitting for doubles. But Ryan Berg and Baker. The Lakers will also have a little we’re going to be aggressive on the experience in the outfield, as Ped- base pads.” erson and Joe Thompson split time Terry Eiter will be assisting Fuhs, while Jake Blow will coach the ninth last year, and both are back. TJ Manning will make the move grade and Mike Even the sophomore from shortstop/third base to the out- team. field, to supply some speed, while the newcomers will be Jon Gilson, Mark

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

4/15

Pelican Rapids — Game

Pelican Rapids HS

4/16

Fergus Falls — Game

Fergus Falls HS

4/20

Frazee — Game

Frazee High School

4/23

Thief River Falls — Game

TRF - Lincoln HS

4/27

Crosby-Ironton — DBL Header

Washington Park - DL

4/30

Pequot Lakes — DBL Header

Pequot Lakes HS

5/4

Staples Motley — DBL Header

Washington Park - DL

5/6

Park Rapids Area — DBL Header

Washington Park - DL

5/13

Perham — DBL Header

Perham High School

5/18

Wadena-D-C — DBL Header

Wadena-D-C HS

5/24

Bemidji — Game

Washington Park - DL

5/25

Moorhead — Game

Washington Park - DL

5/27

Thief River Falls — Game

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The 2010 detroit lakes girls’ softball team includes (L to R) Row 1: Brianna Seebold, Callea Diane Butz, Captain, Amalea Diane Branden, Donna Wicker, Cady Cartmell, Jenna Lamb. Row 2: Mikaela Martin, Jess Johnson, Stefany Ianiro, Amanda Young, Laurenn Johnson, Courtney Maneval. Missing: Shayna Dugger, Jalen Even.

Lakers to rely on seasoned players for success Having a four-year starter on the mound should give the Detroit Lakes softball team a leg up in 2010. Senior Callea Butz returns for her fourth year of starting duty on the mound, giving the Lakers a consistent hurler to hopefully key a deep section playoff run. “Callea threw the majority of innings last year and she is improving every year,” said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. “She has sound mechanics, as well as a good fastball, changeup and riser. “The big goal this year is her location.” Butz had several games of posting 12 or more strikeouts, but that won’t necessarily be the biggest part of her game. “She won’t blow people away with her fastball, but she has good control and finding her location during certain parts in the count will be important,” the DL coach said. Senior Cady Cartmell will also provide solid depth behind Butz. “Cady has good speed on her pitches and a good changeup,” Kirchner said. “We can throw Cady and Callea every other game if we need to.” The Lakers also have experience back behind the plate in sophomore Brianna Seebold, who caught the majority of games in 2009. “Her arm is an asset and she’s just a

good athlete,” Kirchner said. “She has figured out the game as a sophomore and will be in charge of the field.” Sophomore Jenna Lamb will back up Seebold. At first base, Cartmell will see some action, as will sophomores Amanda Young, Courtney Maneval and Lauren Johnson, and freshman Sadie Larson. “All those girls will be seeing time at either first or third base,” Kirchner said. “We are pretty green at both positions.” But DL will be strong up the middle, with Seebold at catcher and seniors Donna Wicker and Shayna Dugger at second base and shortstop, respectively. “Donna is a solid defensive player and has a good bat, and second-year player Shayna Dugger has a big stick and a good fielder,” their coach said. In the outfield, senior Jalen Even will take on center field duties, while

schedule

BY BRIAN WIERIMA

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the extraordinary plays, but we need to make the routine plays. “The name of the game will be defense.” The Lakers open the season at Bemidji Tuesday, April 13, for a 5 p.m.

“We do have a core of players who can hit consistently.” start, while the open home opener will be April 20 versus Perham at 4 p.m. The DL Invitational will be Saturday, April 24, starting at 10 a.m. at Snappy Field.

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

4/6

Frazee — Scrimmage

Snappy Park

5/4

Staples Motley — Game

Staples-Motley HS

4/8

Hawley — Scrimmage

Hawley

5/7

Park Rapids Area — Game

Park Rapids

4/13

Bemidji — Game

Bemidji High School

5/11

Crookston — Game

Crookston

4/16

Perham — Tournament

Perham

5/13

Moorhead — Game

Moorhead H.S.

4/16

Thief River Falls — Game

TRF- Lincoln HS

5/18

Wadena-Deer Creek HS — Game

Snappy Park

4/20

Perham — Game

Snappy Park

5/20

Thief River Falls — Game

Snappy Park

4/24

Multiple Schools — Tournament

Snappy Park

4/27

Crosby-Ironton — Game

Crosby-Ironton HS

4/30

Pequot Lakes — Game

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DL tennis squad has higher expectations BY BRIAN WIERIMA

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The 2010 detroit lakes boys’ tennis team includes (L to R) Row 1: Karl J. Robinson, Tom Warweg, Isaac Fondrick, Derick Brehm, Levi Nordine, John Mollberg, Cody Knopf, Jacob Amberg, Justin George. Row 2: Keith Thornby, David Jonason, Chad Hanson, Garret Duncan, Nathan Haverkamp, Ondrej Syllaba, Jesse Meyer, Collin Harris, Jake Hartman, Tanner Duncan, Thieris Galdino.

“Our lineup is senior laden and we are actually pretty deep, too,” Johnson includ-

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This is the season where the Detroit Lakes boys’ tennis team has been building to, with seven returning players, along with a good amount of skill and talent. To go with that, the Lakers have also been bumped down to the smaller Class 1A, where they will be competing against schools more their size. “The guys have some higher expectations,” said first-year head coach Wade Johnson. “We’ll still be the underdogs, but we have some good experience back to be competitive.” The Laker’s lineup will be deep, with eight seniors on the roster. One of those seniors, Jake Hartman, returns as a threeyear starter and will hold down DL’s No. 1 singles position. DL also has gained extra talent from foreign exchange student Thieris Galdino of Brazil, who will be a contender for the No. 2 slot. Senior Tanner Duncan brings some good athleticism to the lineup, in which Johnson will be able to mix and match to fill his doubles teams. Other experience players coming back include juniors Isaac Fondrick, Jesse Meyer, Garret Duncan, Collin Harris, Levi Nordine and seniors Chad Hanson and Keith Thornby. Johnson added senior David Jonason as a “promising newcomer”, as well.

Date

ed. “Our strength will be our depth, with about four to five guys close to each other talent-

Opponent — GAME type

Location

wise.” The section for DL will now include Thief River Falls, East Date

Grand Forks, Staples-Motley, Park Rapids, Perham, Wadena-Deer Creek and Crookston.

Opponent — GAME type

Location

4/13

Wadena-Deer Creek — Match

Wadena-Deer Creek

5/13

PR Invite — Mid-State Tourney

Park Rapids

4/17

Multiple Schools — Tournament

St. Cloud Apollo HS

5/15

Multiple Schools — Triangular

Detroit Lakes High School

4/20

Crookston — Match

Detroit Lakes High School

5/18

Staples Motley — Match

Staples Motley

4/23

Multiple Schools — Triangular

Detroit Lakes High School

5/20

Perham — Match

Perham High School

4/27

Bemidji — Match

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Park Rapids Area — Match

Park Rapids High School

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Thief River Falls — Game

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Park Rapids Area — Match

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Section snuff from 2009 motivating Laker boys’ golf There is still a bad taste lingering in the mouths of the Detroit Lakes boys’ golf teams after falling short of the Section 8-2A title last year. But it’s that meet which will provide solid motivation for the 2010 season, as the Lakers boast a deep lineup with up to eight to 10 players vying for the top six varsity spots. “We have very good competition on the team who will be playing in the top six for our meets,” said DL head coach Bob Gorden. “We do have an aggressive schedule once again, and each week we’ll have some top competition to fill the top six for meets.” The Lakers will be without one of their top golfers in junior Tanner Lane, who suffered a shoulder injury in DL’s Section 6-1A hockey playoff game. Lane had surgery on his shoulder, but Gorden is hoping he can get him back by May, so he can get his three meets in and be able to play in the section meet. “Hopefully Tanner will be hitting balls by May, until then he can work on his short game and putting,” Gorden said. “But it also opens up an opportunity for someone else to contribute, as well.” The Lakers will be led into the season by seniors Nate Ginnaty and Ross Mickelson, along with five other letter winners from a year ago — including Lane. Junior Connor Hedstrom returns, as do sophomores Rick Hutchinson and Tyler Baukol. Freshmen Karter Smith and Austin Rusness each were key contributors last season, as well. Others who will be vying for varsity spots include se-

nior Joe Hanson; juniors Brady Eilertson and Eric Hanson; sophomores Nate Bausman and Brian Clark; freshman Ian Fritz; and eighth grader Michael Herzog. There will also be up to 13 other junior varsity players trying out this spring, as well. With a tough schedule on the horizon — which includes the University of Minnesota Tri-State Meet, April 23-24 — Gorden hopes to gear his team up for another section run. “I think we all have a lump in our stomachs from last year’s section meet,” Gorden said. “But we can only control ourselves and our games. I did see this group get a lot better after playing a lot last summer, so I think they can follow up with some better results.” Some improvements which the Lakers will need to incur include hitting more fairways and becoming better putters. “If we can take care of those two things, results will follow,” Gorden said. Last year’s experience will also be key, even though DL is still pretty young, with only three seniors and four juniors out. “Last year, we had some pretty good players who were green, but this season they are expecting more out of themselves,” the DL coach stated. The section has added Haw-

schedule

BY BRIAN WIERIMA

brianw@dlnewspapers.com

The 2010 detroit lakes boys’ golf team includes (L to R) Row 1: Nate Bausman, Tyler Baukol, Rick Hutchinson, Ross Mickelson. Row 2: Austin Rusness, Michael Herzog, Brady Eilertson, Andy Schrupp Row 3: Nate Ginnaty, Tanner (Bar Down) Lane, Jackson Agather, Brian Clark, Eric Hanson. Missing: Connor Hedstrom, Karter Smith.

ley, Wadena-Deer Creek and Bagley, while Roseau is the defending champion. The Lakers will host their Northwest Tournament at the Detroit Country Club, May 1415. They will also host the Mid-

State Conference Meet May 18 at the DCC, and an invite May 25. The Sub-Section meet is at Wildflower Golf Course May 27, and the Section meet is at the Longbow Golf Course in Walker on June 1.

A new rule has been added allowing coaches to coach on the course during meets, just not when a golfer is in the bunker or on the green. Also, coaches will not be allowed to play during a meet.

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

4/13

Becker High School — Meet

Pebble Creek Golf Club

5/14

Multiple Schools — Tournament

Detroit Country Club

4/19

Multiple Schools — Meet

Wildflower Golf Course

5/15

Multiple Schools — Tournament

Detroit Country Club

4/23

University of MN — Tournament

U of M Les Bolstad GC

5/18

TBD — Mid State Conference

Detroit Country Club

4/24

University of MN — Tournament

U of M Les Bolstad GC

5/20

St. Cloud Tech — Meet

St. Cloud Country Club

4/29

Brainerd — Meet

The Preserve

5/21

Multiple Schools — Tournament

Longbow Golf Course

4/30

Grand Rapids — Tournament

Pokegama

5/1

Grand Rapids — Tournament

Pokegama

5/22

Multiple Schools — Tournament

Wildflower Golf Course

5/7

Fargo North — Tournament

Edgewood GC, Fargo

5/25

Multiple Schools — Tournament

Detroit Country Club

5/8

Fargo North — Tournament

Edgewood GC, Fargo

5/27

TBD — Subsection

Wildflower Golf Course

5/10

Bemidji — Invite

Town & Country GC, Bemidji

6/1

Walker-Hackensck-Akly — Section

Longbow Golf Course

DL girls’ golf young, but talented BY BRIAN WIERIMA

brianw@dlnewspapers.com

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There could be some sneaking up on opponents this season for the Detroit Lakes girls’ golf team. On paper, it may look like a rebuilding year, with no seniors or juniors on the team. But there is experience and talent nonetheless. “I think there is a lot of potential on the team,” said DL head coach Jen Hendrickson. “It may look like a rebuilding type of year, but I think we’ll be pretty competitive.” The Lakers do have some seasoning back in eighth graders Maddie Tschider (who

missed state last year by three strokes) and Trisa Hutchinson, along with sophomores Courtney Hedstrom and Ashley Friesen. Others who will be vying for starting spots include eighth graders Natalie Roth and Emma Thompson and seventh grader Sidney Busker. “We have a huge number of middle school golfers (30) out too,” Hendrickson added. “Age-wise, we are very young, but they do have some experience and I’m impressed with how much they went out and played last summer.” With very little pressure on the team, Hendrickson wants to see improvement, but also

wants the girls to have fun at meets and enjoy the season. “The girls are not feeling the pressure, but they are excited and still want to be competitive in the tournaments,” the DL coach said. “There will be some good opportunities for them against some good competition. “The fire is still in them.” The Lakers will host their invite at the Detroit Country Club May 25, while the SubSection meet is May 27 at Wildflower. The Section 8-2A meet will be held at Longbow Golf Course in Walker, June 1, while the state event is in Jordan, June 16-17.

The 2010 detroit lakes GIRLs’ golf team includes (L to R) Ashley Friesen, Natalie Roth, Trisa Hutchinson, Emma Thompson. Missing: Courtney Hedstrom, Matty Tschider, Sydney Busker, Katie Larson.

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

Date

Opponent — GAME type

Location

4/15

Moorhead — Invite

Meadows GC

5/1

Grand Rapids — Meet

Pokegama

5/18

TBD

Detroit Country Club

4/16

Perham

Perham

5/3

Park Rapids Area — Meet

Headwaters GC

5/21

Multiple Schools — Tourney

Longbow Golf Course

4/19

Irondale — Meet

TPC @ Blaine, MN

5/6

Wadena-Deer Creek — Meet

Pheasant Run GC

5/22

Multiple Schools — Tourney

Wildflower Golf Course

4/24

Staples Motley — Meet

The Legacy @ Cragun's

5/8

Alexandria — Meet

Geneva Golf Course

5/25

Multiple Schools — Meet

Detroit Country Club

4/27

Crosby-Ironton — Meet

Rutgers GC

5/13

Menahga — Meet

Blueberry Pines

6/1

Walker-H-A — Subsection

Wildflower Golf Course

4/30

Bemidji — Meet

T & C GC, Bemidji

5/15

Staples Motley — Meet

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The 2010 detroit lakes girls’ track team includes (L to R) Row 1: Brooklyn Thompson, Brittney Eischens, Brittney Thomson, Kayla Lang, Lindsey Heinecke, Kyley Foster, Sophie Wood, Madeline Hoffert, Allison Berg, Simona-Liane Woodard, Shay Nielsen, Maddy Schiller. Row 2: Emma Wood, Megan Lindquist, Lore Anne Johnson, Heidi Nelson, Kiki Schumacher, McKenzie Oistad, Callee Sinclaire, Alethia St. John, Hanna Ullyott, Karli Kerzman, Rose Jackson, Haley Foster, Lauren Kauffman. Row 3: Morgan Eiter, Natalie Hoffert, Jill Feuillerat, Lauren Olson, Kendra Posch, Emma Erholtz, Linsey Bjorgan, Miranda Schumacher, Elisa Stefani, Samantha Marihart, Chanitnan Panyasakulwong, Kate Vanhof. Row 4: Miranda Olson, Veronica Haverkamp, Celeste Koppe, Shannon Goetz, Alycia Windingland, Anne Holzgrove, Megan Ostlie, Alexis Schermer, Andrea Jonsson, Arica Schuller, Lahren Somdahl, Coreen Roy. Row 5: Bre Halbur, Jessica Stelter, Amy Crawford, Katie Larson, Joelle Langworthy, Abby Krause, Tabitha Gray, Olga Busker, Bertha Matter, Rachel Musielewicz, Katie Milner, Olivia Johnson.

Laker girls’ track and field has big numbers out BY BRIAN WIERIMA

same ability and not all of them are in the same place now,” Labine said. “We’ve got There will be a schematic experience athletes to new nightmare in store for the ones.” Detroit Lakes girls’ track and But with the high numbers, field team’s coaching staff for the older athletes are also the 2010 season, but it’s one of helping get the Lakers back to the best problems to have for where they once were — winning Mid-State Conference the Lakers. The DL girls’ coaching staff titles and state True Team — led by head coach Mike La- berths. bine — would have it no other “We had won 16 Mid-State way, as the Lakers boast an championships in a row before all-time high in numbers out last year and were seven-time state True Team entrants,” with 65. Labine said. “We had lost some of that (swagger) the last few years, but it looks like we “...it’s awesome to have this are getting some many kids be a part of the team.” of that back with this group.” Although the Lakers don’t have that dominant ath “I’m excited about it and lete who can win events in evit’s awesome to have this ery meet, they do have a solid many kids be a part of the upper echelon of athletes who team,” Labine said. “It maybe can place high on a consistent a management nightmare, but basis. it’s something we’ll definitely Also with the high numbers out to add depth, the team asdeal with.” Experience levels are all pect for the Lakers should be over the board for the Lakers, strong. from experienced to green, A big part of the team points from seventh grade to se- will come from the Laker gymnastics team, which had anniors. “They all don’t have the other stellar winter season. brianw@dlnewspapers.com

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Junior Bre Halbur returns off an injury-plagued 2009 season and will anchor the long jump event and possibly help out in the hurdles. Halbur won the tough Section 8-2A long jump title two years ago, while taking third last season, despite having a bad ankle. “If Bre can stay healthy, she is a phenomenal athlete,” Labine said. “We don’t know if she can hurdle yet, but she should be able to have a strong season in the long jump.” Gymnasts Amy Crawford, Jess Stelter, Natalie Hoffert and Kyley Foster also will play important roles on the team. Stelter is DL’s top hurdler and a strong jumper, while Crawford is the Laker’s best pole vaulter. “Amy saw big success on pole vault at the end of last year and there’s no question she’s a great athlete,” Labine said of Crawford, who won DL’s first-ever gymnastics championship after taking the Class 1A beam title. “Natalie Hoffert is one of our top sprinters, as well.” The Lakers also return senior Kayla Lang, who had as strong offseason working on the high jump. “Every year, Kayla has been around the 4-10 to 5-0 range in

the high jump and after how hard she worked this winter, I see her hitting that early on in the season,” Labine said. “She can become a top-notch high jumper.” Senior Lauren Kauffman will also be a big factor in the high jump. Senior Bethany Stoltenburg will anchor the throwing events, after learning under state qualifier Ally Nielsen from a year ago. Junior Jen Matter will also join Stoltenburg in the disc and shot put after missing last season with a knee injury. Freshman Rose Jackson emerged in the sprints for the Lakers last season and with a full season of experience, she should only be better this time around, Labine said. In distance, sheer numbers will improve the 800 through 3,200 meter running events. “Our quality is better than we’ve had in a long time on our distance crew,” Labine said. Junior Marie Yokan and Abby Ullyott each will lead the way in distance, with up to a dozen others filling in the rest. “We have options now there and having that flexibility will only make the team better,” the DL coach stated.

The expectations are higher for this year’s squad, but the road is tougher to the state True Team, after 13-time section champion Sartell has been added to Section 8. “We also have teams like Staples-Motley and East Grand Forks in there and these are not your one-and-done type of teams, they are traditionally good every year,” Labine said. “And that’s where we want to get back to.” The Lakers will not have any home meets, with the track at Mollberg Field soon to go under a complete renovation. But with the new track, the Lakers will have a good possibility to hosting such larger events as the Section 8-2A Section preliminaries and finals and True Team events. The Lakers also have a solid core of coaches, including Labine, Steve Zamzo (boys’ head coach), John Freeman, Bill Kvebak, Lisa Conzemius, Maggie Doll, Ryan Zunich and Pete Paulson (the last three are all volunteers). “It’s huge to have all these coaches helping out, especially with the high number of kids out,” Labine added.

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The 2010 detroit lakes boys’ track team includes (L to R) Row 1: Austin Clem, Hunter DuChene, Kirby Inderrieden, Cody Okeson, Conner Collins, Luke Eggebraaten, Alex Webber, Andy Harris, Riley Olson, Josh Mickelson, Stephen Sinclair, Logan Twigg. Row 2: Brandon Olson, Luke Wiebolt, Tre Martinez, Charlie Wichmann, Briton Thompson, Josh Eggebraaten, Nolan Singer, Christian Tigges, Tim McKagan, Andrew Averbeck, Jordan Kimball. Row 3: David Perez, Nick Griffith, Andrew Johnson, Nathan DuChene, Travis Sims, Cody Johnson, Steven Labine, Nate Kitzmann, John Palubicki, Levi Fairbanks, Louis Singer. Row 4: Joe Hager, Ryan Kalberer, Jack Hoganson, Scott Ullyott, Wesley Bakken, Jason Stallman, Clem Foltz, Ethen VanOffelen, Montana Johnson, Sam Charmoa. Row 5: Gunnar Michon, Mike Okeson, Patrick Bakken, Leif Johnson, Jordan Thielen, Dalton VanRuden, Jared Olson.

Distance crew to be DL boy tracksters strength BY BRIAN WIERIMA

in cross country, with junior also returns in the sprints, Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles close along with freshman Montana Johnson. in tow. The Detroit Lakes boys’ Pat and Wes Bakken will “But we’ll be pretty thin in track and field team is ready also be in distance to provide sprints this season,” Zamzo to go the distance — as in form important depth, along with included. 800, 1,600 or 3,200 meter dis- Luke Wiebolt, Travis King Overall, the Lakers will also be young, with only seven and Jason Stallman. tance races. “We’ll be in juniors out and five seniors on the top pack and the roster. taking a lot of That will open plenty of opthird through fifth portunities for the under class“That’s our goal, to defend places, not neces- men to perform, so it will be a sarily first,” Zam- work in progress throughout our (Mid-State) zo said. “But our the season for Zamzo and his Conference title.” depth will make coaching staff to figure who our 4x800 pretty should go in what event by sections. strong.” The Lakers “We’ll know where the old The Lakers will be a force do return reigning 200 sprint er kids will go, but we’ll have in their distance races this champion Charlie Wichmann, to spread out the younger ones to find their places,” Zamzo season — which includes the as well. 4x800 —  with a bevy of talent Freshman Connor Collins said. and depth out for the 2010 season. Date Opponent Location “Distance will definitely be 3/27 Concordia University — Indoor Meet Concordia College our strength this year,” said 4/6 Bemidji, Fergus Falls — Triangular Fergus Falls H.S. DL head boys’ track coach Steve Zamzo. 4/16 Multiple Schools — Invite Moorhead Sports Center The Lakers will have some 4/22 Wadena-Deer Creek — Invite Wadena-Deer Creek top-heavy talent, as well as im4/23 Hamline University — Invitational Hamline University portant depth in the distance events. 4/30 Brainerd — Quad Brainerd H.S. Leif Johnson will lead the 5/4 Grand Rapids — Meet Grand Rapids High School way after a strong fall season

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But DL does have experience back in some vital events, such as senior Nate Duchene on pole vault and possibly the 400 dash, with sophomore Steven Labine anchoring the hurdle events. Sophomore Nick Griffith returns as DL’s high jumper, along with fellow sophomore Ryan Kalberer, who will be competing in jumps. In sprints, juniors Erik Larson and Josh Eggebraaten will help add depth, while the latter will also do hurdles and the former the pole vault. Juniors Bryce Dutton and AJ Johnson return in the throwing events. The Lakers also have some motivation as a team after winning the Mid-State Confer-

ence meet last year. “That’s our goal, to defend the conference title,” Zamzo said. “We also would like to do well in the (section) True Team meet.” Unfortunately, the Lakers will be road warriors all season, with no home meets scheduled, since the track at Mollberg Field is undergoing a complete renovation. “It’s due to safety issues with our track (which will start undergoing repairs in June), so we are looking forward to a new track next year,” Zamzo added.

Date

Opponent

Location

5/11

Staples Motley — Section True Team

Staples-Motley HS

5/18

Park Rapids — Mid State Conference

Park Rapids Area HS

5/22

Stillwater — State True Team

Stillwater H.S.

5/25

Bemidji — Invite

Bemidji High School

6/2

Sauk Rapids - Rice — Section

SR-Rice Middle School

6/5

Brainerd — Section Finals

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Experienced golfers line LP-A’s golf lineup BY BRIAN WIERIMA

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The ride for the Lake ParkAudubon boys’ golf team should be much smoother than the 2009 one, as the Raiders return good talent, along with some seasoning. Lucas Hoehenan is back after finishing at a top 20 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference last year and should be able to move up in the rankings. Eighth grader Isaiah Pearson has shown a good work ethic in the offseason to improve his game, making him a solid No. 2 golfer in the Raider lineup this season, as well. “We’ll have four other golfers rotating in and out of the top six,” said LP-A head boys’ golf coach Nicole Seyfried. “We’re looking to have a better ranking in the conference.” The Raiders also will have Bo Svodbodny, Eric Zachariason and Elijah Bodine in the mix as LP-A’s top six golfers. The goal this year is to

eliminate mistakes and stay out of trouble leading to highscoring holes. “This year, coaches can coach during the meet, so that will be big,” Seyfried said. “In previous seasons, the guys would get into lots of trouble on holes, so I’ll be out there helping them make better decisions out there.” Seyfried is hoping for a middle of the pack finish in the conference, so consistency will be a key factor this year. The Raiders will host an HOL meet May 3, at the Forest Hills Golf Course. The 2010 lake parkaudubon boys’ GOLF team includes (L to R) Row 1: Samuel Whitehead, Tim Brekken, Ben Bjerken. Row 2: Trevor Wilson, Zach Hovde, Dalton Kohler, Justin Hanson, Tyler Molacek, Tony Trautman. Row 3: Lucas Hokkanen, Elijah Beaudine, John Swenson, Beau Svobodny, Cody Carlson. Row 4: Jordan Lange, Izzy Peason, Rick Quam, Eric Zachariason, Jordan Lofgren, Mike Quam.

Date

Opponent

Location

Date

4/22

WCA

Ashby High School

5/10

4/27

Battle Lake

Battle Lake

5/13

4/29

Pelican Rapids

Pelican Rapids

5/17

5/3

West Central Area

Forest Hills

5/18

5/6

Breckenridge

Breckenridge

5/20

Opponent

Location

Date

Opponent

Location

Hawley

Hawley

5/25

Wildflower - HOL

Wildflower

Barnesville

Barnesville

5/27

Sub-Sections WCA

Fergus Falls

Frazee

Frazee

6/1

Sections Sections

Fergus Falls

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

Meadows

Perham

Perham

Raider girls’ golf looking for better things in 2010 BY BRIAN WIERIMA

brianw@dlnewspapers.com

schedule

The Lake Park-Audubon girls’ golf team has its full roster back from the 2009 squad, which sent three golfers to the section meet. But the only returning section golfer will be junior Autumn Ricke, who will lead a seasoned team in the 2010 season. Depth is good, as a slate is back after seeing varsity time on the links in 2009. “We have our full varsity team back,” said LP-A head girls’ golf coach Marge Beudine. “Our goal is to hit in the middle of the Heart O’Lakes Conference, so consistency will be key.” Returning with varsity experience includes Jessica Halverson, Maria Veit, Jessica Larson, Ricke and Cindy Schiffler.

There will be some good competition to fill the six varsity slots in practice. Another advantage this season will be the fact that Beudine can coach the players during a meet. “We’ll be busy as coaches now, but it’s good to be able to help the players out during meets now,” Beudine said. “We’ll be able to answer some questions and be like a PGA caddy for them.” The Raiders will host an HOL meet May 3, at their home course of Forest Hills Golf Course.

The 2010 lake parkaudubon GIRLs’ GOLF team includes (L to R) Row 1: Laynell Cole, Kaitlin Ricke. Row 2: Ariana Groom, Jessica Hovelson, Autumn Ricke. Row 3: Sydney Schiffner, Jessica Larson, Maria Veit.

Date

Opponent

Location

Date

Opponent

Location

Date

Opponent

Location

4/16

Perham

Perham

5/7

Battle Lake

Battle Lake

5/27

Sub-Sections WCA

Fergus Falls

4/20

Pelican Rapids

Pelican Rapids

5/11

Home

Forest Hills

6/1

Sections Sections

Fergus Falls

4/27

West Central Area

West Central Area

5/14

Perham

Perham

4/29

Hawley

Hawley

5/17

Breckenridge

Breckenridge

5/4

Barnesville

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Raider baseball team to be senior-laden With some good experience and talent coming back for the 2010 season, the Lake Park-Audubon baseball team is confidently looking to surpass their four-win mark from a season ago. The Raiders will be strong in some vitals areas, including pitching, catching and just the overall defense. The potential improvement will be led by first-year head coach Brandon Olson, who is a 2000 Detroit Lakes graduate. “Our defense should be a strong point this season,” Olson said. “As a group, they are here to win and be competitive.” The Raiders will be seniorladen, with 11 upperclassmen out — and most of them have been playing varsity since LP-A picked baseball up again over five years ago. Jesse Wixo will be one of the most experienced players back and will run the pitching staff from the catching position. He will have some seasoned hurlers to catch, with senior Tyler Mickelson being LP-A’s

ace, followed by senior Chad Dehler. Senior Caleb Lunde will anchor the bullpen, while seniors Jake Lunde and Dan Binde will provide solid depth on the mound. “Most of these guys are third-year varsity players, too,” Olson added. Defensively, the Raiders will be seasoned. Caleb Lunde returns at shortstop and has the ability to twist the double plays, while Binde will hold down the second base position, along with sophomore Wyatt Wixo. Dehler will man the hot corner at third, making the infield as solid as it has been in LP-A yet. The outfield will also be athletic and quick, with Jake Lunde anchoring it in centerfield, with Wyatt Wixo taking either right or left field positions. “We’ll still need a few games to see where everything plays out,” Olson added. “But these guys have expectations to be above the .500 mark this year.” The Raiders also will be playing in the Pine to Prairie Conference for the first time.

The 2010 lake park-audubon boys’ baseball team includes (L to R) Caleb Lunde, Jake Lunde, Daniel Binde, Bat Boy-Hunter Frank, Mason Swegarden, Jackson Nelson, Tom Vohnoutka. Row 2: Tyler Mickelson, Joe Anderson, Chris Livdahl Bryce Bartunek, Mike Hamre, Tim Bjorgan, Alex Tangen, Korey Mickelson. Row 3: Rob Plemel, Jesse Wixo, Wyatt Wixo, Jacob Huesman, Dylan Larsen, Dylan Omvig, Chad Dehler, Isaac Svare, Wes Jaster.

schedule

BY BRIAN WIERIMA

brianw@dlnewspapers.com

Date

Opponent

Location

Date

Opponent

Location

4/15

DGF

Audubon

5/4

Frazee

Frazee

4/16

Norman County East

Audubon

5/13

Fosston

Fosston

4/22

Win-E-Mac

Audubon

5/17

Fosston

Audubon

4/26

Norman County East

Norman County E

5/18

Fertile-Beltrami

Audubon

4/27

Ada-Borup

Ada-Borup

5/21

Verndale

Verndale

5/3

Waubun

Audubon

5/27

Waubun

Waubun

New beginnings to be had for LP-A softball squad and seventh grader Cheyanne Nelson. “Carissa has a different pitching style than Christine, which will help,” the LP-A coach said. “Maegan Anderson is in ninth grade and I am looking forward to her future leadership.” Junior Chelsey Raaen returns as the Raider’s catcher, who also brings plenty of experience. Blickenstaff also will have to see how the team’s offense will respond to varsity pitching, since many haven’t hit on that level yet. “We’ll have to wait and see until we play some games,” Blickenstaff added about her offensive lineup. The Raiders will play a Pine to Prairie Conference schedule, which includes games against Norman County East, Bagley, Fertile-Beltrami, Norman County East and Fosston. Blickenstaff’s assistant coaches this season are Bob Soukup and Tiffany Nagel.

The 2010 lake park-audubon girls’ softball team includes (L to R) Row 1: Larissa Gage, Megan Hilfer, Kayla Olson. Row 2: Chelsey Raaen, Cheyanne Nelson, Jessie Swegarden, Jaclyn Revere, Kara Davis, Tarah Schoeberl, Kristen Rislund. Row 3: Coach Nagel, Carissa Raaen, Carissa Adams, Christine McIntire, Chelsea Cossette, Maegan Anderson, Megan Erickson, Courtney Schoebert, Coach Blickenstaff.

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The 2010 season will be a fresh new start for the Lake Park-Audubon softball team. The Raiders will be starting in a new conference — the Pine to Prairie — along with a new head coach and a slew of new players. But LP-A will still look to put out a competitive team under new head coach Bobbi Blickenstaff. “We do not have many players with years of experience, but I do have players willing to learn and work hard,” Blickenstaff said. “I have girls who want to play and who want to learn. Getting to know the team has been very positive; the girls have incredible work-ethic attitudes.” The most seasoned player for the Raiders happens to be a pitcher in senior Christine McIntire. “Christine has the most experience, so I am looking forward to her leadership,” Blickenstaff said. McIntire will lead a deep pitching staff, which also includes senior Carissa Adams, freshman Maegan Anderson

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The 2010 lake park-audubon girls’ track & field team includes (L to R) Row 1: Lizzy Peterson, Jenny Hamre, Lindsey Olson, Brianna Johnson, Ashlynn Strom, Caitlyn Wavra. Row 2: Breann Hogie, Bailee Bartunek, Kjerstin Swenson, Nicole Warling, Ashley Thompson. Not pictured: Nora Ulmer & Danielle Walz.

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Although numbers will be short for the Lake Park-Audubon boys’ and girls’ track and field teams, the Raiders will still be strong in several events for the 2010 season. The Raider boys will be strong in the sprints and field events, while the girls will compete well in the distance. The boys’ team has several athletes who also play baseball, but will be able to compete in six meets which does not conflict with the diamond schedule. Seniors Jesse Wixo and Joe Anderson each are key components on the baseball team, but will also anchor the Raider track squad. Wixo qualified for sections last year in the triple and long jumps, while Anderson will anchor the discus and shot put throws. Sophomore Wyatt Wixo, who also is a baseball player, will be a contender in sprints and throws, while sophomore Greg Olson will fill the third slot in discus and shot put. Sophomore Chase Zeller will also throw the discus and compete in the high jump. The Raider girls will be strong in the 4x800 relay, with a bevy of returning distance runners. The 4x800 will consist of juniors Ashley Thompson, Caitlyn Wavra, along with eighth grader Rebecca Schermer and senior Nora Ulmer. “They will be strong after making the section last year,” said LP-A track coach Lori Wixo. Schermer will also fill the 800 event, while eighth grader Ashlyn Strom and senior Nicole Warling will run the 3,200 and 1,600-meter events. Sophomore Rachel Carlson had a strong season in the sprints in 2009 and will compete in each of the 100, 200 and 400 races, along with freshman Brittany Rislund. Senior Kjerstin Swenson will be back in the triple jump, as well. There are 20 Raider girls out, which includes a dozen seventh and eighth graders.

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Perham

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4/20

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4/23

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4/27

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