History is the best comparison to show just how big of a deal it is that Detroit Lakes (Minn.)
has qualified for the Minnesota State High School League state tournament
An astounding 94 years have passed since it last happened, and the last time the Lakers were in the tourney, these things were going on: World War I, Woodrow Wilson was president (there have been 16 since), Daylight Savings Time began and Arizona was in its sixth year as the 48th and then-final state.According to the Minnesota Basketball Hub presented by the Star Tribune
, Detroit Lakes has six buses of supporters ready to cheer on the team in today's 3A quarterfinal against DeLaSalle (Minneapolis) at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.
The 1918 team had to play a two-game, total-points affair with
Barnesville to qualify for state. It won the first game at home 18-4,
then three days later traveled to Barnesville and won again 22-16. It was the sixth edition of the state tourney, according to the article.
"We've broken the seal on the pickle jar," Athletic Director Mitch McLeod said. "We'll definitely do something -- a banner -- to commemorate this."
Detroit Lakes (22-7) won a 44-41 nailbiter over Fergus Falls to reach the state tourney.
"We'll get up there and we'll rebound," senior guard Joe Mollberg told the site. "There are a lot
of little kids from town that are excited for all of this and are going
to be watching us down there. We want Detroit Lakes basketball to be
around this time of year. March madness, you know?"