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.
- Member for
- 1 year 4 months
NORTHFIELD -- Cassie Beseman, in her final race as a Yellowjacket, led Perham, as she has all season, to a 10th place finish at the Class A State Cross Country Meet, Saturday, Nov. 5, in Northfield. "It's bittersweet," Beseman said. "We ran well together, as a team." The girls team improves on a 12th place finish at last year's state meet and also finished in front of Park Rapids, a team that bested them for this year's Section 8A title in Bagley. Defeating Park Rapids was a motivating factor for Coach Morris, as he mentioned in post-race interviews.
NORTHFIELD -- St.
PLYMOUTH -- Much like Perham's Section 8AAA final victory, the #2-5AAA Providence Academy Lions (9-2) escaped a defensive battle, defeating the #5 Rockford Rockets (5-6) by a score of 15-14 to capture the Section 5AAA championship. The victory propels the Lions to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament, where they will face the Yellowjackets (8-3) Saturday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. at Husky Stadium on the campus of St.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- After averaging over 30 points per game in a five-game win streak leading to the Section final, the Perham Yellowjackets (8-3) only needed 10 to take the Section 8AAA title from defending champs Pequot Lakes, (7-4), by a final score of 10-3, at Alerus Center, in Grand Forks, Thursday evening. "Our kids stepped up and made big plays at the right time," Perham Defensive Coordinator Kyle Knutson said. "Our defense was amazing," Perham Head Coach Mike Jordahl said.
Park Rapids has put a lock on most of their duals this season, including a dual victory over Perham/New York Mills 97-88 in September. The Panthers continued their dominance with a first place finish at the Mid-State Conference meet edging out the Yellowjackets, in second, 460-417. Detroit Lakes finished a distant third with 263 points, ahead of fourth-place Staples-Motley with 175. "We, definitely, had some fantastic swims tonight," Head Coach Sheri Ressler said.
Just 11 days from a 36-0 victory at New York Mills to clinch the Prairie Conference-South title, the #6-1A Browerville Tigers (8-1) gave a repeat performance in a 33-0 defeat of New York Mills (1-8) in Section 6A playoffs action. The shutout is the fourth in a row for the Tigers over the Eagles. "Browerville is an excellent team that did what they do best and that is run the football and play tough defense," NY Mills Head Coach Matt Radniecki said. The game got off to a good start for the Eagles when Shane Novak made an interception to end the Tigers' first series.
There is no love lost between #6-seeded Pelican Rapids and #3-seeded Perham Yellowjackets and this season in volleyball, the joy of defeating a big rival goes the Perham after a 3-1 controlled performance in the opening round of 8AA South-Sub-section playoffs. Sets two and three were both close games with game two going to Pelican Rapids 25-23.
The #8-seeded New York Mills Eagles volleyball team defeated the #9 Ulen-Hitterdal Spartans 3-2 in the opening round of 6A section playoffs Thursday night. "The first two games were really close and the girls capitalized on some big plays to end those," Head Coach Amy Koskela said. In the pivotal, momentum charging, first game, Ellie Rutten was a dominating presence at the net blasting balls back at Spartan hitters and making kills at key points during some long rallies. None more important than at set point with the Eagles up 24-23--Rutten, while falling away from the net, got the ball dow
The #12A-ranked Perham girls cross-country team finished in second place at the Section 8A meet, a mere three points behind #11-A Park Rapids, both teams qualifying for the state meet next week. This will be the eighth straight state meet appearance for the Yellowjackets. Confusion early in the race may have affected the outcome, due to an incorrect lead of the four-wheeler driver who directs the runners.
In a field of 118 racers at the Section 8A cross-country meet, the #2-ranked, defending state champion Yellowjackets placed all seven runners in the top 14, including the top five scoring runners all in the top 10, to run away, quite literally, with the section title and their 10th consecutive trip to the state meet. The victory keeps an amazing span of dominance going for the Perham boys team. Pack leader Brady Speicher directed this year's section effort. "Everyone of us are leaders," Speicher said.