The Dassel-Cokato girls swimming & diving team had four all-conference finishers after the Wright County Conference Meet Saturday, Oct. 28.
Named to the All-Conference team was:
• Brynn Olsen
• Hayley LaZarre
• Olivia Travis
Named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention team was
• Katelyn Lee
• Leah Aamot
• Audrey Jarman
• Alexis Keskey
The Chargers competes in the first round of the Section 3A Tournament Nov. 9. The final day of the tournament wraps up Saturday, Nov. 11.
By BRAD SALMEN
LITCHFIELD – The Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato girls hockey team will have a new face at the helm for the 2017-28 season.
Actually, make that two new faces.
Matt Hogg and Brett Damerow, assistants from last year’s varsity squad, were named co-head coaches of the team late this summer after former head coach Hannah Impola accepted the girl’s head coaching position at Hutchinson, where she teaches.
Hogg said he and Damerow reflected for some time on what the co-head coaching title would mean, and the two came to the realization that it would be a benefit to the team overall, and to the program, to have a head coach representing each school and community in the cooperative program between the Litchfield and DC schools.
“This setup will hopefully help grow the girls game to its full potential in each of our three unique communities, as well as eliminate any communication and organizational issues that can arise between the two schools,” said Hogg. “Brett and I have a great relationship, with similar coaching styles and philosophies. We both have invested a great deal into the LDC program, and want it to be the best it can be for each girl that plays hockey within it.”
By BRAD SALMEN
Dassel-Cokato standout lineman Keaton Lasanen is the sixth player in Charger history to be named to the Minnesota Football Showcase (formerly the MFCA All-Star Football game).
In addition, DC head coach Ryan Weinandt was selected as one of the coaches for the “South” team (the two teams participating in the showcase are divided into North and South teams).
Lasanen, an athletic, 6-2, 328-pound lineman, was the undisputed anchor of the Charger offensive line this season. In addition, he was called on to carry the ball in goal- and short-yardage situations, finishing with 85 yards rushing, and three touchdowns.
“Keaton had a great season on the offensive line. His physical traits and athletic ability are what made him stand out this year,” said Weinandt. “He was able to show off some of his athletic ability in our short-yardage packages. He has the ability not only block defenders, but physically dominate them.”
Look for full coverage in Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch.
By BRAD SALMEN
COKATO – DC senior basketball player Trever Kaiser has officially committed to the Division II University of Mary after the first day of the fall signing period on Wednesday.
Kaiser, a top-50 prospect in Minnesota, averaged 21.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg in his junior season for the Chargers, and comes into the season as the program’s all-time leading scorer.
“Trever is one of of the best scorers in the state of Minnesota, and one of the toughest kids,” said Mary coach Joe Kittell. “He absolutely competes for everything he has gotten, and will get, in his athletic career.
The University of Mary finished 12-17 overall, 10-12 in the NSIC.
Kaiser held his official signing at the DC school this morning (Friday). Look for more coverage in next week’s Enterprise Dispatch.
Thursday, Nov. 9
DC girls swimming and diving at Section 3A preliminaries, Willmar, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11
DC girls swimming and diving at Section 3A Finals, Willmar, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16
DC girls swimming and diving at Class A State Tournament, U of M Aquatic Center, TBD
LDC girls hockey at Sauk Centre, 7 p.m.
The DC volleyball team fell in straight sets to the top-ranked team in Class AA, Maple Lake, in the Section 6AA quarterfinals Tuesday at Maple Lake.
The Irish defeated the Chargers 25-12, 25-11, 25-18.
Look for a full recap in Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch.