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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Something had to give between the #1-2A Pelican Rapids Vikings averaging 82 points per game and the #2 Perham Yellowjackets allowing only 40 points per contest. Perham (4-0) controlled the tempo and played Yellowjacket ball control en route to a 51-42 victory at home. The up-tempo Vikings (3-1) found themselves in a defensive struggle playing a half-court game rather than running and gunning. "That was one of our objectives," Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said.
Seeking their first victory of the season, the New York Mills Eagles (0-4) hung with the Waubun Bombers (1-1) to the halftime break only down eight, 31-23. The Bombers put up a dozen more points than the Eagles in the second half cruising to a 63-43 victory. The Bombers were led by Jason Hanks' 17 points in a showboat performance that had Hanks on the bench as much as the floor. Hanks got a rise out of the Eagle faithful at the halftime buzzer. After dunking a ball early in the first half, he charged the basket with time winding down to the break looking for another easy bucket.
Streaks came to an end on a buzzer beater by Barnesville's Nicole Halverson, who scored in the waning seconds to notch the Trojans' first victory of the season, 60-59, over Perham in Barnesville Thursday night. "It was a hard fought game as it always seems to be when we travel to Barnesville," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Halverson scored on an inbounds play with two seconds remaining in the game. The victory snaps a season-opening four game skid for Barnesville (1-4) and ends a two-game win streak for Perham (2-4), after the Jackets started the season 0-3. "They were able to make the
Familiar foes dot the Class 2A top ten boys basketball poll where the Yellowjackets remain number two behind arch rival Pelican Rapids. Maple River (4-0) is the only new entry and only Perham and Pelican Rapids have remained steady in the same position all three weeks of rankings. Plainview-Elgin-Millville (3-1), which had held the tenth position, has fallen from the poll. St. Peter and Montevido have slowly been tracking upwards to their positions of three and four. W-E-M has hopped around the top 10 beginning at sixth, then fifth and this week down to ninth.
A depleted Eagles wrestling squad could not get past Park Rapids in a close 42-36 defeat at home. Park Rapids jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held it until Taylor Ericksrud, 138 pounds, and Maison Roberts, 145 pounds, reeled off a pair of pins to give New York Mills their first advantages at 18-15 and 24-15. The two teams battled back and forth with Park Rapids maintaining the lead to the heavyweights where the match concluded, in anticlimactic fashion, with a heavyweight forfeit giving the match to Park Rapids. Park Rapids at New York Mills, Tuesday, Dec.
The Perham wrestling team won four of the final five matches, including a Jesse Hein pin at 36 seconds to cap off a runaway 54-15 Heart O' Lakes Conference dual victory at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Tuesday evening. Cody Nylander set up Hein's final match with a quick first period fall pinning Jake Hanson at 1:38, in a match that was already decided by the time it got to heavyweights. Hein cleaned up against Keith Lilley at only 36 seconds of the first period. The final five matches were all decided by fall. Williams Parks, 170 pounds pinned Kole Nygaard at 4:38.
The Perham Yellowjackets (2-3) won their second straight game after opening the season with three losses earning a 73-42 home victory over Highway 10 rival New York Mills (1-3) Tuesday evening. "I thought we played some good stretches of basketball but are still looking to put together a consistent effort on both offense and defense," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. The game was competitive midway through the first half before a Perham run put the score out of reach by halftime 46-20. The Yellowjackets could have made the margin larger from the free throw line, but shot only nine o
Perham placed fourth out of 12 teams at the St. Cloud Apollo Invitational Saturday scoring 141 points. Roseville took the title with 147.2, followed by St.
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.