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Charger swim & dive team opens season at Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON – The Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield boys swimming & diving team opened the season by traveling to the Hutchinson Invitational Saturday, where they placed sixth out of six teams.

The meet featured two teams that placed in the top-11 last year: Mankato West, who placed seventh, and Austin, who finished 11th.

Sam Resop was the highest individual finisher for DC/L, finishing in third place in the 100 Fly.

Kjel Johnson also had a top-five finish, taking 4th in the 100 Backstroke.

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap of the meet.

Grangroth’s two goals pushes LDC past River Lakes

PAYNESVILLE – Terell Grangroth scored twice, including the game-winner late in the third period, to push the Dragons past the Stars Friday, 2-1.

Grangroth scored with just 19 seconds left in the first period, on assists from Dylan Schutz and Brandt Pedersen, to put LDC up 1-0.

However, River Lakes’ Logan Stellmach scored a power play goal at 14:37 of the second period to tie the game.

In the third period, Grangroth scored his second goal of the game with 3:47 left in the contest, on an assist from Blake Johnson, to put the Dragons up 2-1.

LDC was then able to hold the Stars off the board for the rest of the contest.

River Lakes outshot LDC 28-27 for the game.

Darby Halonen stopped 27-of-28 shots to pick up the victory.

LDC is now 2-1 on the season. The team will travel to Bloomington Kennedy Tuesday, and host Hutchinson Saturday.


Kimball defeats DC boys, 41-32

KIMBALL – The Cubs went on an 11-0 run in the second half en route to a 41-32 victory over the Chargers in boys basketball action Friday.

DC trailed by six points at the half, 19-13, but pulled to within 23-20 on a Cade Ortquist three-pointer early in the second half.

However, Kimball responded with 11 straight points, and were never seriously threatened down the stretch.

Ortquist led the Chargers with 14 points, including four three-pointers.

Drew Gustafson led all scorers with 21 points for Kimball, with Noah Jurek adding 10.

The Chargers were without starting guard Sanders Asplin, who is out 6-8 weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in open house basketball Sunday.

DC girls basketball loses two

The DC girls basketball team dropped two games in recent action, falling to Kimball at home 41-24 Thursday, and losing to Hutchinson 64-31 Friday.

Stats were not available for Thursday’s game against Kimball. At Hutchinson, Kezia Lee led the Chargers in scoring with 12 points. Elizabeth Wortz had a game-high 17 points for the Tigers, while Abby Starke added 12.

DC is now 0-6 on the season. They will host Rocori Tuesday.

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.

In which I own up to embarrassing mistakes

By Brad Salmen

ED Sports Editor

So I walked into the Enterprise Dispatch office last Friday to pick up a newspaper, where I met our new salesman, Jacob Wandersee.

We chatted about his position, the community, and sports (he’s a basketball coach at Watertown-Mayer), while I perused the Winter Sports Preview that I’d spent the last three weeks busting my rear to put together.

Jacob was midsentence when suddenly a string of bawdry words cut the air.

I’m not proud of that. I maintain they escaped.

I apologized to Jacob and explained that I’d just realized I sent the wrong team photo to my editor.

If you saw the team photos last week, you know which one I’m talking about. Six of the seven teams have the usual stoic poses for their team photo.

The gymnastics team does not.

Oh, I took a photo that matched the other team’s poses. But at the end of the shoot, I also took a “silly” team photo just for the gymnastics squad to enjoy.

Somehow, I’d uploaded that photo instead of the stoic one.

I apologized profusely to coach Alex Halonen, who laughed it off. And maybe I overreacted a little (sorry again, Jacob), as I had several people tell me they liked it and thought it was a nice change of pace.

But then my day got a little worse. I realized I also uploaded a basketball photo of Coriena Miller, when I meant to upload a photo of Katelyn Lee.

Just great, I thought. The Lees are probably thinking to themselves, does he not recognize Katelyn after three years of covering her? (For the record, Katelyn’s mom Jenny laughed it off as well when I apologized to her).

It’s the worst part of this job. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. If you screw up at your job, your boss may or may not notice.

If you make an embarrassing mistake in the newspaper, it’s there in black-and-white, and preserved in posterity, for thousands of readers to see.

It stinks because you might spell 999 names correctly in a row, but misspell one and you hear about it. And sometimes, it’s not even your mistake. I’m at the mercy of coaches to get me the proper spelling of names, and correct statistics. And let’s not get into the times I’ve had to correct their grammar in their quotes (I kid, I kid).

Bottom line, if you see an error, I hope you understand that I’m not singling out your kid or loved one by purposefully bungling their name or information. I’m human, and I make mistakes.

But when I do make a mistake, I also want to do my best to rectify it. So here are the proper photos, the ones I meant to send the first time.



That was not my only embarrassing mistake this fall.

Oh no, far from it.

I told myself I was never going to talk about this publicly, but I guess now I’m on a roll.

Let me preface the following by saying that I’ve covered literally thousands of games in my sportswriting career, and this has never happened to me before, I’m still not sure how it happened, and it will never happen again.

Let me set the stage. It’s the DC Charger football game at Holy Family. After getting shut out in the first half, the Chargers finally managed to score in the third quarter and spark some life into the visiting crowd.

I was sitting in the corner of the end zone, tweeting a score update, when DC kicked off.

The ball bounced to the one yard-line, where it was touched by a Fire receiver, who then went out of bounds and touched it again.

The rule states that if a player is out of bounds, and touches the ball while the ball is in bounds, it is a “kick out of bounds”, and the receiving team gets the ball on the 40-yard line.

However, if the receiver touches the ball while he is in bounds, and then goes out of bounds, the ball would be placed at the spot where he went out of bounds – in this case, the one-yard line.

And the receiver touched the ball while he was in bounds.

It happened right in front of me. I saw it, plain as day.

So did the photographer standing next to me.

So, apparently, did the nearest referee, who signaled that the Fire would have the ball on their own one-yard line. It would have been a big momentum shift for the Chargers.

But instead, another referee from across the field came in, conferred with the other refs, and awarded Holy Family the ball on the 40, much to the outrage of the Charger faithful.

For a moment, I was not a sportswriter. I was among the faithful. And I could not help myself. I said, “you missed it!”

To my chagrin, one of the refs heard me, stopped the game, and came over to the sideline to admonish me directly.

I have never been so mortified in my life.

Now, I think he was at least partially responding to the fans behind me, who were really letting the refs have it. But I did say it, and I deserved it.

I was most worried that it might cost coach Ryan Weinandt and his team in some fashion, whether it impacted the refs’ future calls or heaven forbid cost the team a penalty (apparently a few years ago, the Chargers were assessed a 15-yard penalty for fan behavior).

I’ve agonized about it since. I’m normally extraordinarily good about maintaining professionalism in covering sports.

However, I am also human, and for one moment, I got caught up in the excitement and made a mistake. When I apologized to Weinandt, he was very gracious and understanding as well.

I don’t know how to rectify that mistake, except to make sure it doesn’t happen again. And it won’t.

So for those of you who were at the game, and were wondering what that was all about, now you know.

(He did touch it in bounds, though).

#14 Delano/Rockford shuts out Dragon girls

LITCHFIELD – The visiting Tigers scored two power play goals, and goaltender Grace Glasrud stopped all 18 shots she faced, in a 4-0 win for Delano/Rockford Tuesday.

Despite the loss, Hogg said he and the coaching staff were very pleased with the effort the team put forth in a hard-fought battle against a team ranked #14 that has been to the section finals the last two seasons.

Delano/Rockford outshot LDC 34-18 for the game.

Avery Stilwell stopped 30-of-34 shots for LDC.

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.