Robert is the Sports Editor of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14.
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The Perham softball team "got busy" in their first game of the season on way to taking two games out of three at the Frazee Softball Invitational. Holding on to a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, the team came into the dugout with threats for Fargo Shanley of "big inning" and "let's get busy." They did, plating four runs on back-to-back singles from Natalie Wierbos and Etta Scheidecker. Brita Sundberg and Steph Miller scored on the two hits after reaching base on errors by the Deacons' defense. Kristina Januszewski dominant pitching performance was matched at the plate.
Strong pitching from Brad Ellingson and T.J. Studer locked up a win in the nightcap of a double header with East Grand Forks.
A new event for fisherman is planned for the busy vacation month of June. The first annual Battle of the Pines Fishing Tournament is sure to bolster the week of fun between the Ottertail Wild Iron Truck and Tractor Pull and Turtle Fest. The tournament is scheduled for June 24-26. "Talk around the area between anglers and the Perham Sportsman's Club was that there was a need for a new fishing tournament," Organizer Craig Swanson said.
Seven golfers from New York Mills will hit the links as part of the team at Wadena-Deer Creek this spring. Isaiah Bauck, Nick LeTourneau, Creedan Dunrud, Bryce Pazdernik, Austion Reinke and Jacob Perala join the boy's team this year. Coach Kevin Ross prefers let the scorecards do the talking. "It's an individual sport," Ross said.
Gusting winds produced two very different baseball games as New York Mills split a doubleheader with conference foe Menahga falling 3-1 in the opener and taking the nightcap 11-5. Tanner Wegscheid took a one-strike pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam not even 35 mph gusts could knock down. The ball dropped just behind the fence 320 feet from home plate. "Tanner does a great job as a lead-off hitter," Coach Chris Bushinger said. Nice to have that kind of power at the top of the order.
March Madness, The Super Bowl, The Masters; they have nothing on the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The National Hockey League drops the puck for the real deal Wednesday, April 14. Much has been made in the past about the lack of meaning to the NHL regular season. Tell that to Minnesota Wild fans this year. Minnesota men will be beardless during this run at the Cup. The New York Islanders of the '80s started the tradition of the playoff beard until their dynasty ended in 1984.
New York Mills wrestlers Jordan and Shane Novak grappled with some of the country's finest matmen at the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) wrestling tournament held in Virginia Beach, Va. The brothers both held 4-2 records. Shane scored a pin against Garek Strouse of Pa. Jordan pinned Seth Vose, Connecticut's state champion. Jordan battled the Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament and National Title winner Ryan Nieman of Mich., for over four minutes before being pinned.
It was not uncommon to see Isaiah Bauck's name as the leading scorer in 2009 for Bryan Dunrud's New York Mills' boy's basketball team. It is also no surprise he garnered all-conference honors. "Isaiah is a gifted basketball player that not only has the physical tools to be good, he also mentally understands the ins and outs of the game which give him a leg up on the competition," Dunrud said. According to Dunrud, Bauck's work ethic in season and off season have sharpened his skills and two years of physical development have enabled him to be not only a perimeter player but also a force down
Jordan Cresap took the only Perham victory in varsity tennis and Kiowa Wieser-Matthews swept a pair of singles matches on the junior varsity squad to get the tennis season started. "Our boys are hitting better than ever," Coach Kyle Knutson said.
The New York Mills baseball squad overcame a rocky start to ten-run the Ashby Arrows in less than five innings Thursday 13-3. Sophomore pitcher Adam Snelgrove came on in relief of starter Jarrod Norton in the second inning and silenced the Ashby bats quickly. "Adam did a great job, Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.