Thief River Falls, MN -- The Perham VFW Post 4020 held the number two seed going into the District 9 tournament July 26-29 and came home with a second place finish. The Stingers had a first round by and faced Thief River Falls in the second round. Josh Still pitched six innings, allowing six hits and striking out six batters. Perham had six batters that were hit by pitches and used aggressive base running to their advantage to score six runs in the game and hold TRF scoreless. Round three had Perham facing number one seed Bemidji.
The Perham Stingers improved their league record to 9-3 and 12-6 overall on the season. Perham is sitting solidly in second place and are only one game back of Bemidji, who they play in a doubleheader this week. On Thursday, Perham traveled to Thief River Falls and won game one by a score of 12-4. Jake Leuders picked up his second pitching victory of the season throwing five strong innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run. Josh Still reached base in all five-plate appearances with three hits and two walks.
PERHAM -- The Perham baseball team took on Pequot Lakes on April 27, in a 8AA doubleheader, winning both games by scores of 6-1 and 4-0. In game one, Jesse Hein pitched a complete game allowing five hits and striking out eight Patriot batters. Pequot Lakes took the lead in the second inning with a double by Gage Kennedy, which scored Austin Mesenbrink who had reached as a result of a walk.
FERGUS FALLS -- The Perham Yellowjackets baseball team took a disciplined approach to the game last Thursday and brought home a 13-6 victory over the Otters. Fergus Falls got on the board in the bottom of the second inning with five runs, mostly due to Perham miscues. Zach Rangel led off the inning with a walk, followed by a misplayed fly ball to center field by Brady Hansen that resulted in a double and three Yellowjacket errors in a span of five batters contributed to the runs. Chris Stock and Austin Hanson collected singles to contribute to the Otters scoring.
The Perham boys basketball team wrapped up another successful season by holding an awards banquet April 13 at The Cactus in Perham. The varsity team, which was Section 8 Champion, Heart O'Lakes Conference Champions and placed third in the state, honored their teammates with the following awards: Senior Jordan Bruhn received the Jacket award, along with being named Mr. Defense. Most Improved went to Jordan Anderson, Extra Effort to Mike Wiskow and Teammate of the Year went to Josh Nordick.
The Perham boys cross-country team is ranked No. 4 in the National Division II Small School pre-season rankings. The National High School Coaches Association will award official National Team Championship status following All State Association and Marketing Event Championships. To ensure fairness, both Division I Large School (total student body enrollment 10-12, 500-plus) and Division II Small School (total student body enrollment 10-12, less than 500) National Team Championships will be awarded.
Summer baseball programs in Perham and New York Mills will co-host the 'Highway 10 Save A Life Initiative Baseball Tournament' July 6-8. Teams will be made up of 16- or 17-year-olds from across the state. Following Chris Benz's death by suicide on Jan. 11, 2007, at the age of 17, his family created the Chris Benz Memorial Baseball Tournament in Minneapolis to connect with kids and teach them that help is available; the tournament also raises money to provide local high schools with grants to conduct their own suicide awareness and prevention activities.
This past weekend two events were held in support of Perham-Dent public schools. Friday night, the annual carnival was held at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School. The event was very well attended by young and old alike. It was a great evening of fun, excitement and laughs - all in the spirit of raising funds for our schools. I worked a two-hour shift at the Hoop Shoot contest. Kids by the dozens lined up to take three shots each at a mini-hoop. They handed over their game tickets and I handed them a foam basketball. Everyone was a winner, regardless of their free throw percentages.
As the Perham Boys Varsity Basketball team makes its second consecutive trip to the state tournament with the hopes of bringing back another title, the Junior Varsity team has accomplished a feat no other Perham JV basketball team before them ever has - it completed a perfect undefeated season with a 24-0 record. Although the feat of going an entire season without a loss is important, sophomore Tyler Glines see it in a bigger picture: "I don't think it was as important to go undefeated, but to get better as a team and as a program.
The VFW Post 4020 Stingers baseball team ran into some very tough competition at the state level and was eliminated in the third round. On Thursday, the Stingers opened state play with a 7-1 victory over Elk River. Eric Brauch picked up the win pitching, allowing only one run and striking out nine batters. The team took advantage of several walks and errors by Elk River. JT Laughlin broke the game open in the fiftth inning with a bases clearing double, giving Perham a 7-0 lead. The second round placed the Stingers against Luverne.