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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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.
The Perham basketball team will have their communal heads on a swivel watching for shots to the back as they drag around the target of defending state champions through a section they are not even favored to win. Arch rival Pelican Rapids, the only team to defeat last year's 31-1 ball club hold the #1 state ranking, while Perham sits right beneath at #2. The two clubs meet early in the season in Perham Friday, Dec. 16. The game coincides with the annual visit of Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves mascot in what should be an early must-see basketball game.
After a 2-4 start to last season, the New York Mills Eagles basketball team was on fire winning 16 of their final 19 games before running into the Ulen-Hitterdal Spartans and an early exit from Section 6A playoffs in the first round 59-56 in Ulen. The Spartans accounted for two of the Eagles' seven losses last season. They scored a 60-54 victory in NY Mills in early February. The Eagles will need to wait until the same week of February, on the ninth, to exact revenge. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa battled Norman County East for the section title last season.