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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NEW YORK MILLS -- The New York Mills baseball team continues to mow through opponents. Thursday, the Eagles 10-runned Menahga 15-5 to improve to 7-0 on the season. The Menahga Braves, (1-7), small-balled their way to an early lead using successful bunt attempts and two seeing-eye singles to right field to build an early 3-0 advantage in the opening inning. Two Eagle errors made all three runs unearned. NY Mills answered in the bottom half with three earned runs.
DETROIT LAKES -- Perham golfers Rachel Nelson, a junior, and eighth-grader Becca Huus shot 86 and 88, respectively, to place third and fourth at the Pelican Rapids Invitational at Wildflower Tuesday, April 24. Perham finished in third place in the team standings with a cumulative score of 388. Staples-Motley won the event shooting 367. The host Vikings were runners-up two strokes back at 369. Emily Israelson, of Staples-Motley was the medalist of the tournament turning in a low card of 82.
CLASS 1A RK (LAST) TEAM (RECORD) 1 (2) Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's Knights (9-0) 2 (1) Eden Valley-Watkins (4-1) 3 (6) St. Agnes (8-1) 4 (3) West Lutheran (8-1) 5 (4) New Ulm Cathedral (7-3) 6 (8) Browerville (7-0) 7 (9) New York Mills (6-0) 8 (5) Mankato Loyola (5-2) 9 (10) Wabasha-Kellogg (7-1) 10 (7) Kenyon-Wanamingo (6-2) 11 (NR) Norman County (6-1) 12 (NR) Sacred Heart (5-1) 13 (19) Ortonville (5-0) 14 (NR) Floodwood (5-0) 15 (NR) BOLD (6-2) 16 (13) Deer River (3-2) 17 (12) St.
BATTLE LAKE -- The New York Mills Eagles baseball team remained undefeated and continued their hot start with a sweep of Otter Tail Central (OTC) in Battle Lake Tuesday by scores of 6-1 and 7-2. Opening the season with six straight victories NY Mills is averaging 9.7 runs scored and only allowing 1.5 runs per game. "Through six games so far we've played pretty well," Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. "Our pitching has really stood out.
MY COUCH -- The last winter snap was heard when my fibula fractured just after the Ides of March.
PERHAM -- Jordan Bruhn returned to the Yellowjackets' lineup after sitting out the end of the regular season with a lower body injury and led Perham with 17 points and eight assists in an opening Section 8AA-South playoff blowout of Frazee 55-21. Perham's renowned defense was in full effect as the Yellowjackets held the Hornets to only four points in the first half up big 26-4 at the break. Mark Schumacher scored 15 points and added six rebounds in a game that was over in the first three minutes. Jordan Cresap scored nine points.
The No. 1 team in Class 2A, the Braham Bombers (25-1) kick off Section 7-2A playoffs tonight as they take on the Rush City Tigers (8-13) in Braham. The two teams met in Rush City in January with Braham winning 75-41. February's meeting in Braham was far uglier with the Bombers surpassing the century mark in a 102-41 blowout. Braham defeated Rush City for the third time this season.
Perham senior post Katrina Moenkedick surpassed her sister Elisa as Perham's all-time girls basketball leading scorer in the last game of her career at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, a 65-51 loss to the Rebels. "I was really upset that we lost," Moenkedick said. "People were congratulating me but I wasn't even happy about it, really." Since the game, the sting of the playoff loss has subsided somewhat and it never hurts to have a close sister to share a similar fate. Elisa and Katrina are two years apart and played together in Perham beginning in Katrina's freshman year.
The Perham Yellowjackets finished their regular season with an impressive record of 23-2 after a 62-32 win over Wadena-Deer Creek and a 44-38 victory over a tough Ulen-Hitterdal team. "I thought we played a very good second half against Wadena on Friday night at Concordia," Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said. "The kids have always and continue to play hard and that is a very positive going into the playoffs." Perham played both games without starting point guard Jordan Bruhn.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Perham sophomore Jayden Cullen and junior Zach Langendorfer have set a new precedent for Perham boys swimming and diving by making a Yellowjacket return to the state meet held at the Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The big pool and large crowd that seems to crunch the swimmers can be quite a sight for a first-time visit. "It's the nicest pool I've been to," Cullen said. Cullen finished 21st in the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries in a time of 5:20.02.