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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BARRETT--A shortened New York Mills wrestling squad came away with top four finishes from seven wrestlers at the Grant County Tournament, led by state-ranked Shane Novak and Tyler Patron with runners-up finishes and another from Maison Roberts. "We wrestled a good Grant County," Head Coach Eric Niemi said. "Top five with nine guys was something we can build on." The Eagles failed to enter wrestlers from the 106, 113, 170, 182 and 285 pound weight classes, most noticeably, No. 8 ranked Noah Pesola at 182. "We should get a more competitive lineup after Christmas break," Niemi said.
Becky Stoll made a three-point shot at the regulation buzzer to force overtime and the Yellowjackets outscored Breckenridge 6-4 in the extra session to prevail, for the first time in four games, 57-55. "We were able to make one or two more plays than Breckenridge in overtime to come out on top," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Stoll had 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Class 2A, No. 2 Perham Yellowjackets remain undefeated on the season, running their win streak to 23 games after defeating the St. Thomas Academy Cadets Saturday in Minnetonka 62-54. Perham led by as many as 20 points in the second half. The Cadets, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, could not stop Perham center Mark Schumacher, who finished with a game-high 20 points. "We have started this season with some easier wins, but we sure learned about our team," Head Coach Dave Cresap said. "We still have a long ways to go offensively before we are going to challenge for a championship.
The Perham/New York Mills boys swimming team opened up the season at the Fergus Falls Invitational, coming in fourth place behind the host Otters, Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids. Jayden Cullen was the first event winner of the year taking the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 5:40.88. Cullen was the top Yellowjacket in the 200-yard freestyle with a fifth place finish (2:04.70). "I am very pleased with how the boys swam," Head Coach Sheri Ressler said.
In three games, opponents have watched the defending state champions run away with the final score handily. This time the Crookston Pirates (1-1) made the long drive back north after a 59-33 defeat in Perham (3-0). The Yellowjackets have outscored their opponents 185-109 in their trio of victories to open the season.
The Perham Yellowjackets girls basketball team dropped their third game of the season at Wadena-Deer Creek by a score of 65-50. Perham kept within a 10-point margin until late in the game when Caitlin Volkmann hit her fifth three-pointer of the night to push the lead to 13. The clock did the rest of the work. "We continue to search for our first win and some consistent play," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.
The New York Mills boys basketball team got roughed up early Tuesday night at Battle Lake as the Battlers jumped out to a 32-8 halftime lead kept outscoring the Eagles in the second half for a 65-28. Battle Lake's Tyler Ukkelberg had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Battlers. Alex Ukkelberg just missed a double-double of his own scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Adam Snelgrove led the Eagles, scoring 16 points. The Eagles host Ashby tonight, Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:45 p.m.
The Yellowjacket wrestling team cruised in their first dual of the season defeating the Wolverines in Deer Creek 64-12. Wadena-Deer Creek was playing from behind before the match began giving up four forfeits to the Jackets at 145, 152, 182 and 195 pounds. Cody Nylander, ranked #2 in AA, defeated Tony Reurink for the second time in a week, this time by fall at 2:53.
The New York Mills Eagles girls basketball team (1-1) bounced back from a rough opener to blow out Pillager 60-20 at home Tuesday evening. "Tonight was a good game for us," Head Coach JJ Weller said. "It was a total team effort." The Eagles got out to a 27-7 advantage early and took a 23-point advantage into the break up 36-13. "We did a better job running our offenses and looking for openings against Pillager's defense," said Weller. "We had our heads up and were making passes to who was opening and we took better care of the ball.
The #2-2A Yellowjackets got up early and cruised to a 72-44 victory over Staples-Motley (0-1) to open the home half of the schedule at Prairie Wind Middle School. The victory ups Perham's record to 2-0 keeping pace with #1-2A Pelican Rapids (2-0). Jordan Bruhn led Perham for the second consecutive game scoring 23 points.