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 Harrier half-marathon and 5k races started under blue-gray skies with a line of ominous black clouds and lightning heading towards Perham. All of the 5k runners crossed the finish line under dry conditions but by the time professional runner Dan Greeno was the first half-marathoner to finish the awning covering the awards had blown down and straight line winds sent everyone racing to their vehicles to get out of the storm. That left 57 other runners still out on the course in weather that made driving difficult, let alone, racing. "I didn't mind the rain, at first; it cooled me off, " N
Both the fifth-seeded Pirates and sixth-seeded Millers hit the road to open the Hi-10 playoff tournament and returned home with losses. The #3 Bertha Blazers defeated the Millers 11-3. The #4 Bluffton Braves defeated the Pirates 14-3. The tournament is double elimination with the loser still having a chance to qualify for regions. Four teams of the eight will advance. The top four seeds all advanced easily in the winner's bracket.
Gabrielle Rothwell, Bailey and Riley Licence are operating their own lemonade stand today. Lemonade stands are an America tradition dating back to the late 19th Century. Stop and grab a glass from these charming young ladies. The girls' stand is located right next to the Perham high school.
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.