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 2010-2011 Perham boys basketball season was viewed by thousands of perspectives from parents at every game to people from all over the country who heard of the town for the first time thanks to the many storylines that followed the team through 31 victories, one loss to a rather disliked rival Pelican Rapids squad, en route to the state championship. Brent Hanson's "For Three" movie, which premieres tonight at The Comet Theatre, shares the unique perspectives of players and coaches shedding light on the intricacies of a group of young men dealing with the unthinkable and turning it into g
The Wadena Gold little league team defeated the Perham Diamondbacks 1-0 in the championship game to take the Lakes Area Little League title. The two teams met in the semi-finals of the double-elimination tournament with Wadena scoring five runs early and hanging on for the shutout to advance undefeated to the title game. The Diamondbacks took the long road to the championship game moving through the loser's bracket and would have had to win twice versus Wadena Gold to take the title. Wadena Gold defeated defending champions Richville to open their tournament.
The New York Mills Legion baseball team heads into the District 9 South Sub-district tournament in a place team members are not used to being: hosting a play-in game. NY Mills, the number eight seed, will play at home versus the number nine seed, Pelican Rapids. Pelican Rapids has one victory on the season coming in with a record of 1-15.
On Thursday, the second place Park Rapids 13-year-old team arrived in Perham with an 8-2 record looking to take down the first place Perham squad. Park Rapids left town swept in the doubleheader by lopsided scores of 8-0 and 11-0 as Perham's pitchers remained as solid as they have been all year and the Perham bats ignited for nine extra base hits in the two games. In game one, Perham scored four runs in the first inning off the Park Rapids ace thanks to four hits and a bases clearing double by Alex Tostenson.
The Gear Up Minnesota! hockey equipment grant program has awarded starter hockey equipment grants to 24 youth hockey associations in Minnesota including the Perham Area Youth Hockey Association (PAYHA). Gear Up Minnesota! (Formerly the Play Our Game Equipment Grant Program) was started in 2000 to assist community-based hockey associations with recruiting new players and keeping hockey as affordable as possible.
What should be the biggest movie premiere in the history of Perham is scheduled for Thursday, July 14 at the Comet Theatre, thanks to the efforts of Brent Hanson, showcasing the incredible run of last season's state champion boys basketball team in his movie "For Three." The beacon of hope in the tale of the school's first-ever run to the state title was the huge story that was Zach Gabbard and his battle to return to health, something Hanson knows plenty about. "That's part of my investing so much time in this," Hanson said. "It's not my story but it kind of is.
Ralph Maxwell is the patriarch of Perham sports stars. At 91-years-old, Maxwell is a world and United States record holder in seven different track and field events in his age bracket. At one point, in his late 80's, he held up to 18 U.S.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Gabriele Anderson, of Team USA Minnesota / Asics and formerly of Perham, finished 11th Saturday in the 1500m run finals at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Christin Wurth, of Team Nike, led the entire race increasing her lead as the race ensued but was obviously struggling at the bell of the final lap. Wurth faded around the last corner. Morgan Uceny of Team Addidas blew past her down the stretch to take the race in 4:03.91. Jennifer Simpson, New Balance, was second, 4:05.66.
JORDAN -- The Deer River Warriors scored all four of their runs in the sixth inning eliminating the New York Mills Eagles from the Minnesota Class 1A state baseball tournament 4-1. The loss was the second in as many games for the Eagles, at the tournament, who end their season with an overall record of 18-6. "We had a great season," Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.
The New York Mills Eagles put up 18 victories this season primarily because of consistent defense and solid pitching.