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Published March 20, 2012, 06:56 PM

Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team making first appearance at state in nearly 100 years

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - The city of Detroit Lakes is not only celebrating an early spring, it is marking the end of a drought. It’s a dry spell that started just as World War One ended. Tomorrow the boys’ basketball team will play in the State Tournament. It’s the first DL appearance in 94 years. Today, the town sent off the team.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

The city of Detroit Lakes is not only celebrating an early spring, it is marking the end of a drought. It’s a dry spell that started just as World War One ended. Tomorrow the boys’ basketball team will play in the State Tournament. It’s the first DL appearance in 94 years. Today, the town sent off the team.

There's a reason the Detroit Lakes Boys Basketball team celebrated in the halls of the high school today. High fiving fans cheered the team on as it prepared to head to the Cities. They are state bound, and it’s been nearly a century.

In fact, it has been so long since the boys’ basketball team in Detroit Lakes has been to state – 1918 – that the town was known simply as Detroit. The name change would come a few years later, but the curse of coming up short and going to state would last 94 years.

Today, the boys packed treats from home for the ride.

Joe Mollberg – Lakers Player: “My aunt is a teacher here at school and she got us a little pack for the bus; getting us ready to go, getting us pumped up for the tourney. ‘Chew ‘em up Lakers’ and ‘Go Lakers’ treats, Gatorade, hot tamales.”

Fourth graders made art work for the team, and student and fan buses are filling up not with team players but supporters who have not been to the gym in years. These men signed up for the fan bus, and they might need some brushing up when it comes to the game of basketball.

Larry Lies – Taking Bus to Game: “Not since I got out of high school in 1961. It has been awhile.

Proud mothers took pictures for scrapbooks as fearless players boarded the bus, metro bound for a historic two halves on the hardwood.

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