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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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.
Dan Cavanagh and Holly Karkela both put up top-10 finishes on day one but neither was able to put up numbers necessary to stay there on day two. Cavanagh, a junior, finished in a four-way tie for 28th place in his fourth appearance at state shooting a total score of 154. "Overall, I played pretty well the first day and kind of lost track the second day," Cavanagh said. Karkela ended her Yellowjacket golf career in a three-way tie for 14th place.
Sophomore Evan Arvig will be joining teammate and good friend Dan Cavanagh on the guy's side of the state golf meet at Ridges at Sand Creek, in Jordan, Minn., Wednesday and Thursday, June 15-16. "Dan and I are best friends," Arvig said, "We do everything together." The duo has practiced the game of golf together since childhood. "It's been our goal the last three years to get to state; I just haven't made it." Like it's an easy task to make it to the state tournament when one is in middle school. But that kind of confidence is what will make or break a golfer at the Jordan golf course.
Cassie Beseman and Miranda Lockhart, Perham's two entrants at the State Track and Field Meet at Hamline University, placed 13th and 12th, respectively. The Perham track team is quite familiar with both Beseman's 3200m event and Lockhart's discus. The Yellowjackets had state champions in both events last season.
FERGUS FALLS -- The New York Mills Eagles baseball team, on the arms of freshman Brandon Kupfer and junior Adam Snelgrove, fresh off his no-hitter thrown Tuesday, combined to shut down the Frazee Hornets and take the Minnesota Section 6A championship by a score of 4-2. Snelgrove cleaned up the final two innings, allowing only two Hornets on base to garner the save after Kupfer threw five solid innings and 90 pitches, allowing two runs, one earned, striking out five. The duo did not allow a base on balls. "I was hoping and I wanted to pitch but I didn't know if I could," Snelgrove said.
Holly Karkela defended her Section championship shooting a 78 to capture medalist honors at Long Bow Golf Club, in Walker, Minn., to advance to the state tournament. "Holly played a fantastic round," Head Coach Cory Solberg said. "It was truly fun to watch. She will be joined, just like last season, by teammate Kaylan Huber, who qualified shooting an 84. "Kaylan played tough as nails," Solberg said.