Robert is the Sports Editor of 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 Brandon-Evansville BlueDogs swept their way to the Region 16C baseball tournament championship defeating Leech Lake 9-4, the Midway Snurdbirds 8-5 and the Pelican Rapids Lakers in round three by a score of 5-4 to advance to the championship game. The Pelican Rapids Lakers fought their way through the loser's bracket to get to the title game and also earn a birth in the state tournament. The Lakers awaited the winner of the Vergas Loons and Midway Snurdbirds elimination game won by Vergas 3-0.
Gabe Pankonin, who will be a senior at Perham High School, recently participated in the Atlanta Braves tryout camp in Minnetonka, Minn. Pankonin, who is a switch-hitting catcher for Perham's baseball team, was invited to participate in the camp that was held Aug. 4. Activities at the camp centered around 60-100 yard dashes, batting and pop times. Pop times are the measurements of when a pitch hits the catcher's glove and his throw to the second baseman's glove. A standard for Major League Baseball catchers is 2.0 seconds.
Williams is writing an outdoors story? Must be about the big one that got away or the bait that was never purchased. It's true.
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.