Robert is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor at 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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Hannah Rutten led the New York Mills' girls basketball team and was named Co-Most Valuable Player in the Park Region Conference awards that were announced Thursday. Rutten was also named to the All-State First Team. "Our conference was really tough this year, so to make all conference or honorable mention is a great accomplishment," said Head Coach David Paavola. Alicia Boe, Brittnie Menze were also named to the all-conference team, with teammate Samantha Welter accepting honorable mention honors. "These girls deserve it as they have worked hard and had a great season," said Paavola.
Despite beautiful weather outside, the 13th annual gathering of the National Fish Decoy Association's (NFDA) National Sporting and Collectible Show, held at the Perham Area Community Center (PACC) was well attended. Show Chairman Ron Osvold noted the seasonable weekend weather, along with other show vendors. "It was like 80 degrees, laying in the sun and fishing on your boat weather," he said. Linda Olson, from Backus, proffered a large collection of books themed from Native American history to hunting, fishing and wildlife from her antique store in Walker. "We always kind of hope for rain
All-time school leading scorer Elisa Moenkedick led the way on the court last year and took home six awards at the girl's basketball banquet. "Elisa was a great leader for our team and showed the younger girls what it meant to work hard every day," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Moenkedick, a senior, used the same work ethic off the court and transferred it to the classroom.
Head Coach Bryan Dunrud has some pep in his pep talks. Two visits to the rubber to meet with the team sparked lively comebacks in a split with the Pillager Huskies. NY Mills won the nightcap 10-7 after falling two runs short in the opener 9-7. "You're a better team than this," Dunrud said. The Eagles fell behind 6-1 in the top of the second inning of game one. After Dunrud's chat with his huddled infield the Eagles defense retired three of the next four Husky batters and held Pillager scoreless four consecutive innings. It took until the fourth inning for the Eagles to get on the board.
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.