Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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The New York Mills Eagles cruised to a 14-2 victory over Brandon-Evansville at the Section 6A semifinals in Fergus Falls Tuesday afternoon. Winds blustering near 30 mph at times mandated most hits be on the ground and the Eagles pounded out 17 knocking around both Charger pitchers in the bottom half of four innings. In the top half of the Chargers innings, Eagle starter Adam Snelgrove kept the Chargers at bay pitching the team's second no-hitter of the playoffs.
The rematch of last year's second round Section 8AA playoff matchup between Detroit Lakes and Perham ended similarly, with the Lakers knocking out the Yellowjackets 9-5. "It was a tough way to end a great season," Head Coach Hans Hanson said. "This year's team were such a wonderful bunch to coach and to be around on a daily basis. We had success and hopefully enjoyed a fun spring. I want to wish the seniors best of luck with their future challenges." DL is a good team that puts the ball in play and doesn't make many mistakes. We can't have that many walks in a game.
The New York Mills Eagles baseball team continued to ride hot pitching and solid defense moving on in Section 6A playoffs. They opened up a three-game set in New York Mills Thursday, June 2, with a decisive 5-0 blanking of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale. Adam Snelgrove pitched a complete game three-hitter, walking three Raiders and striking out six.
It was a clean sweep for the Perham Yellowjackets girls golf team as they took home another Heart O' Lakes Conference championship Tuesday, at Wildflower Golf Course, in Detroit Lakes. The win comes as no surprise as the Yellowjackets dominated conference meets this season thanks to Holly Karkela, the conference's most valuable player, and Kaylan Huber, along with three Yellowjackets underclassmen, who made big leaps and improved throughout the season. The senior duo of Karkela and Huber led the conference in scoring average.
The Perham boys golf team got nipped by one stroke to take runner-up honors at the Heart O' Lakes Conference championship held at Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes. The Yellowjackets shot a combined score of 324, one putt from champion Hawley-Ulen-Hitterdal's 323. Dan Cavanagh continues his quest to return to the state championship meet. He was the low Yellowjacket shooting a 73, good for second place and one stroke behind Frazee's state champion Beau Hanson's 72. Evan Arvig took fifth place shooting a 78. Brett Syverson of Hawley-UH was third with a 74.
The New York Mills Eagles backed up their number one seed by hammering the ninth-seeded Eagle Valley Rebels 11-1, behind a no-hitter tossed by Tyler Patron. Patron faced two hitters over the minimum of 15 for the five innings of game time. He allowed no hits, no runs, struck out five batters, four looking and walked one. The base on balls and one fielding error kept his game from being perfect. He mowed down the Rebels in order three of five innings. Patron led the Eagles at the plate, as well.
The Perham Yellowjackets baseball team enters the North Subsection 8AA playoff action as the top seed after a regular season finale victory at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Perham won 2-1 behind a strong outing from starting pitcher T.J.
The Pillager Huskies exacted some revenge knocking the New York Mills Eagles softball team out of the Section 6A playoffs with a 9-1 victory. New York Mills eliminated Pillager from the playoffs last season. The Eagles advanced after defeating Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 6-3 in the first round of the Section 6A playoffs. The two teams had split earlier in the season with nearly identical victories over each other. In both games, NY Mills scored 22 runs, while the Huskies put up 21. The Huskies went with Ally Hunstad to start the game and she pitched a complete game for the win.
The Ottertail Central Bulldogs ended a tough Yellowjackets softball season in a tough way, blanking Perham 1-0 in the opening round of Section 8AA South Subsection play. The Yellowjackets end the season with a record of 4-14. Perham had show signs of improvement taking two games at the twice-rain-suspended Frazee tournament in mid-May, but run production was not high enough to continue the streak. Perham averaged 7.6 runs per game while giving up 8.0 per game, a recipe for tight games, like the season finale at Ottertail Central. Both teams managed only three hits.
The Perham boys track team edged out Breckenridge by two points to take runner-up honors at the Section 6A Sub-section meet in Pelican Rapids. Ottertail Central took the top spot with 127 points. Perham was second with 95, Breckenridge third with 93. Barnesville and Frazee rounded out the top five with 92.5 and 78.5 points respectively. Three Yellowjackets won events at the meet. Brady Speicher won the 3200m run in a time of 10:18.20. He was one of three Yellowjackets garnering team points in the event.