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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PELICAN RAPIDS -- Junior Miranda Lockhart was Perham's lone girls event winner at the Hank Emmel Invitational in Pelican Rapids Thursday, May 3. Lockart outdistanced the competition by nearly three feet throwing the discus 107-feet, seven-inches. Ada-Borup's Taylor Kujava was second with a throw of 104-08. Mary Riestenberg, a sophomore, finished runner-up to Emily Bakken of Pelican Rapids in the 1600-meter run. Bakken finished in 5:43.62; Riestenberg crossed the line in 5:53.15. The 4x800m relay team also finished runner-up in a time of 10:17.38.
FOSSTON -- The New York Mills softball team (No. 9-1A) played five games in two days Wednesday and Thursday, taking third place, with two victories out of three games, at a tournament in Fosston. The Eagles drew Class 3A Grand Rapids (6-5) to open play at noon. The Thunderhawks scored four in the third and two in the sixth to down the Eagles 6-2. EmaLeigh Roberts and Jenna Esala scored for New York Mills. Roberts led NY Mills going 2-4 at the plate. Autumn Roberts took the loss throwing three innings, giving up four runs, all earned, on seven hits.
PERHAM -- The Perham softball team picked up two runs in the first inning and the Yellowjacket defense made those runs stick for a 2-1 victory over Pelican Rapids Monday. The Vikings (1-6) out-hit the Jackets (7-9) eight to three and had momentum going into final at-bats in the seventh down a run. Ashley Silbernagel started the seventh looking for the complete game victory.
HANCOCK -- The New York Mills baseball team won by the 10-run mercy rule for the third consecutive game in a 10-0 shutout at Hancock Friday. The victory improves the Eagles, currently ranked No. 5 in Class A, to 9-0. So far in May, the Eagles have yet to go past five innings in a game due to scoring so many runs.
HAWLEY -- The Eagles girls track team finished seventh out of 10 teams at the Hawley Booster Club track meet May 1. The boys team finished in 10th with two points. Lydia Rutten, a seventh-grader, won the 400-meter dash by nearly three seconds in a time of 1:01.87. Kristy Koljonen scored in two events. Koljonen finished runner-up in the 100m hurdles behind Laure Olson, of Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal. Koljonen's time was 17.40.
HAWLEY -- The Perham girls track team finished in a three-team battle for the top spot at the Hawley Booster Club Meet on May Day. Barnesville took the title with 104 points. Pelican Rapids and Perham battled it out for runners-up. The Vikings outscored the Yellowjackets by a single point, 93-92, to separate the teams in second and third place. Perham had one event winner. Cassie Beseman won the 1600-meter run easily in a time of 5:34.70. Pelican's Emily Bakken was second nearly 10 seconds back of the Perham senior.
PERHAM -- Friday's softball doubleheader between Perham and Detroit Lakes was all Lakers as DL outscored the Yellowjackets in two games by a combined score of 38-5. Perham scored all their runs in the first inning of game one and held that lead until the fourth inning, up 5-4. The Laker bats went shifted into overdrive and DL put up 19 runs on 12 hits in the final two innings of the mercy-rule shortened game. From the second inning on, only two Perham batters reached base. Tina Schmitz reached on a walk with two away in the fourth. Ali Christenson was safe at first on an error at the bag
DETROIT LAKES -- The Perham Yellowjackets baseball team swept a double-header, in less than pleasant spring conditions Friday, to move into a tie for first place with Staples-Motley (9-3, 7-1) in the Mid-State Conference. The Jackets (9-3, 7-1) won by scores of 13-3 and 8-3 to extend their winning streak to seven games after starting the season 2-3. "I am pleased with our overall pitching," Perham Head Coach Hans Hanson said.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Mid-State Conference front-runners, the Pequot Lakes Patriots (14-0, 8-0) outscored the Yellowjackets 29-5 in a doubleheader at home putting a stranglehold on the conference lead. Detroit Lakes sits in second place at 4-2, behind the Patriots 8-0 start to the season. Perham is fifth place with a 3-5 Mid-State record, 5-6 overall. Perham has lingered near a .500 record all season with streaks of wins and losses never larger than two games. In the 16-4 opener, Pequot Lakes doubled the Jackets in hits 12-6. Ali Christenson was the lone Yellowjacket with a multi-hit game.
PERHAM -- The second doubles team of Mike Botzet and Christian Hinckley teamed up for Perham's only victory in a 6-1 loss Tuesday afternoon. Botzet and Hinckley won their match 6-4, 6-1 over Austin Nelson and Cody Knopf. The Lakers swept the all four singles matches in straight sets. Al Shoeneberger went to a tiebreak in the second in a 6-0, 6-7 loss to Tom Warweg. Detroit Lakes won the one and three doubles matches in straight sets, as well. 1 sing. Isaac Fondrick (DL). def Naoto Nitta (P). 6-o. 6-1 2 sing. Alex Fondrick (DL). Def Jordan Cresap (P). 6-1. 6-1 3 sing.