Focus staff report
Perham basketball player Josh Jeziorski recently participated in the 14th annual North Central All-Star basketball games in Bemidji, Minn. The junior built on a strong 2017-18 campaign with another strong performance on the court. He helped his team to a 1-1 record overall in the seven game showcase which featured 50 basketball players from more than 30 schools. Along with the seven games, the event featured a 3-point contest and a slam dunk competition.
Perham alum Billy Beseman is no stranger to the podium. The former Yellowjacket capped off his high school career with a first place finish at the Class A Championships in the 3200 meter run and now has reached All-American status at the University of Sioux Falls. Beseman competed in the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships at Pittsburg, Kan., where he helped the distance medley relay team to an eighth place finish, setting a new school record time in that event.
The Heart O’Lakes Conference recently announced their awards for the 2017 baseball season. It announced the conference’s Most Valuable Player, Most Outstanding Pitcher, All-Conference Team and Honorable Mention awards for the the season. Frazee’s Logan Wacker was named the HOL Most Valuable Player. Wacker hit .465 in conference play with an on base percentage of .511. He struck out only twice during conference season. While pitching, he was 2-0 with a 2.30 earned run average.
The Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band will perform for the public at the Perham Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 11, at 8:10 p.m. The group, a well-known favorite with local audiences, is an all-volunteer, nonprofit concert band whose mission is to promote patriotism through music.
Registration for the Lakes Area Penguin Swimmers will be on Monday, May 1 at the Perham Area Community Center. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. The first practices for the LAPS program wil be on Monday, May 15. Practices will run Monday through Thursday from 5-6 p.m. for the month of May. For June and July, practices will run from 5:30-6:30 at the PACC on Monday through Thursday. For more information, contact Joanie Galbrecht at 218-346-2346 or Amy Mursu at 320-309-3903
The Heart O’Lakes All-Conference teams for the 2016-17 boys and girls basketball season have been announced. The Perham Yellowjackets were well represented for the season on both the boys and the girls teams. The all-conference selections are as follows: Boys Basketball All-Conference Perham Jenson Beachy Aaron Solberg
Kids of Valor will be hosting Hoops for Hope April 8 in Henning as their first major fundraising event.
The Northwest Old-Timers wrestling tournament reappears this year after a 10-year absence Saturday, April 1 at the Detroit Lakes High School. The tournament ran prior from 2000-2007. Participants must be at least 19-years-old and one year removed from high school or college competition. Entry fee is $15, plus an additional $35 if entering the team competition.
The Perham Activities Department announced it will be offering a potential fan bus for students and adults for the Section 8AA Championship game between Perham and Breckenridge on Friday, March 17 at Concordia-Moorhead. For the bus to happen, it will need 30 interested people. The bus would leave at 5:15 p.m. with a cost of riding the school being $5 per person. This cost does not include the cost of the game ticket. Any students that are in eighth grade or younger must be accompanied by an adult or have a high school aged sibling riding as well.
Athlete Registration is now open for the upcoming Spring 2017 Season of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. The League’s new technology partner, SportsEngine, will manage the online Athlete Registration this year. Participants may have used SportsEngine for other youth sports registration activities. If a participant has a SportsEngine account, they can use it for registration, if not, new participants will be asked to create a new account before registering.