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 Perham Harrier Classic Invitational boy's race was billed as a battle of #6-ranked Class 2A Moorhead versus the hosts #2-ranked Class A Perham and that is exactly what the large crowd at Arvig Park witnessed. The Yellowjackets started strong taking their entire pack to the front of the 90+ runners and holding it to midway through 5,000 meters. "We wanted to get out and run our own race and not worry about what Moorhead was going to do," Head Coach Jeff Morris said.
If an opposing team needed a scouting report on how to stop the Perham football team it would be simple--control the Hein brothers. That is easier said than done, as the Thief River Falls Prowlers found out the hard way. Both Jesse and Jordan Hein made critical plays down the stretch in a must-win comeback victory on Parent's and Senior night, 28-27, in overtime. "Jesse and Jordan Hein are truly a gift to our community, school, and program," Head Coach Mike Jordahl said. "They each bring so much more than just athleticism. They truly are positive, fun people to be around.
The New York Mills third annual Celebrity Open tennis tournament, a fundraiser for the NY Mills Boosters Tennis Fund, was another entertaining success and not just because I won it.
In need of a win, the New York Mills football team needed a big play to spark some enthusiasm from the biggest crowd of the year on Homecoming and Parent's Night and make a statement to their opponents. "We talked all week about making big plays and we did," Head Coach Matt Radniecki said. That play came from Brandon Kupfer at the end of a scoreless first quarter and propelled the Eagles to their first victory of the season, a 20-0 shutout of West Central Area. Defense was the name of the game, as NY Mills held the Knights to just 121 yards offensively, including a third quarter where the K
Perham put the ball on the ground seven times; losing four fumbles and was victimized for the second time this season by a lofted prayer at halftime in a 25-14 defeat at Pequot Lakes. "We certainly had our chances in this game," Head Coach Mike Jordahl said. "We will do a better job of hanging onto the football in the future to put ourselves in a better position to be successful." In the waning moments of the first half only trailing by five points, 19-14, Patriots quarterback Jordan Redmond completed a 30-yard touchdown pass as time expired.
The New York Mill Girls Tennis dropped a pair of matches to Detroit Lakes, 6-1, and Pequot Lakes 7-0 last week. Abby Salo got the lone victory for the Eagles against Detroit lakes at four-singles losing the first set 6-2, before rallying for a 7-5 second set victory and sealing the match in a super-tiebreaker 11-5 over Emma Maquire. "Abby picked up a nice pressure win for us at 4th singles today," Head Coach Gary Bach said. Jenna Esala got off to a nice start winning the first set 6-1, but the Lakers' top player Katie Anderson stormed back to take sets two and three at love. The Lakers dro
The Eagles volleyball team split two matches with Highway 10 rivals #9 ranked 2A Wadena-Deer Creek and Verndale. Wadena-Deer Creek backed up their state ranking with a straight three game sweep of the Eagles winning by 25-13, 25-12 and 25-9. "This was the most net play we've had all year," Head Coach Amy Koskela said. NY Mills defeated Verndale needing all five games to do it in comeback fashion after falling behind two games to zero, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20 and 15-11. "It was good for us to come back and play games four and five and ending up on top." Every Eagle scored in the dig col
Perham got a big road conference win at Hawley Tuesday night needing all five sets for the 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-15, 15-10). The win was a bit of payback and evens the season series with the Nuggets, who won at Perham Sept. 8 by a score of 3-1. "A much more motivated, confident Yellowjacket team that played in Hawley tonight," Head Coach Dan Christenson said. "The girls came out with fire and kept it throughout the match." Katrina Moenkedick and Brooke Mickelson took over play at the net with 19 and 16 kills each. "Brooke and Katrina really showed up tonight.
Last season, Parents Night for Perham/New York Mills swimmers ended in a one-point squeaker victory for the Yellowjackets over Detroit Lakes. This year, parents got to kick back and watch a performance worthy of a 47-point margin of victory. The Yellowjackets defeated the Lakers handily 116-69. Rylie Rothmeyer made the night memorable by breaking the school record in the 500-freestyle in a time of 5:41.99.
PERHAM -- The Yellowjackets put up double digits in each of the first three quarters cruising through the final quarter to a 46-31 Heart O' Lakes-North conference victory on Homecoming Friday. The victory gives Perham (2-0, 2-2) sole possession of first place in the conference after Park Rapids (2-1, 2-2) upset Pequot Lakes (2-1, 3-1) 29-28 at home to send the ranked Patriots to 2-1 in HOL play. Three touchdowns in the first quarter gave Perham a cushion of 21-7. "It was a fun game to play for our homecoming," Head Coach Mike Jordahl said.