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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GLYNDON - Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton clinched the Heart O' Lakes Conference regular-season volleyball championship as the Rebels came back to beat Perham 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 Thursday. Three of the four games were decided by the slimmest of margins. "Too many mental and communication errors in this match," Head Coach Dan Christenson said. "We have been preaching how important every point is, and when you have game scores of 25-23, one or two points obviously made the difference. We can no longer afford the communication mistakes at this point of the season.
The New York Mills Eagles volleyball team notched their second conference win of the season sweeping Pillager 3-0, (25-23, 25-10, 25-15, in their last home regular season match. "This was a good conference win for us at this point in the season," Head Coach Amy Koskela said. "Hopefully, this helps our morale for the last game of the season and into the playoffs." The Eagles will finish regular season play on the road at Menahga Tuesday, Oct.
Perham and Warroad made up half of the top 20 finishes in the girls Heart O' Lakes Conference 4k race in Hawley Tuesday, but Perham placed six to Warroad's four to pull out a close six-point victory to seal the Yellowjackets' eighth consecutive HOL title. "We knew as a coaching staff that the girls race would be tight against a very strong Warroad team," Head Coach Jeff Morris said.
Chalk up a decade of dominance for Head Coach Jeff Morris' boys cross-country program after Tuesday's Heart O' Lakes Conference championship meet in Hawley. The Yellowjackets ran away from the rest of their conference foes, led by conference champion Brady Speicher, to an easy victory of over 47 points. Perham set the bar low with 22 points. The remainder of the conference finished: Thief River Falls 69, Pelican Rapids 94, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 103, Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 118, Roseau 157, Warroad 186, West Central Area 190. "Our guys just keep making huge jumps," Morris said.
There was no better time for New York Mills' first tennis victory of the season than the opening pigtail game of Section 8A playoffs. Friday, the Eagles avenged two losses to the Yellowjackets this season by scores of 5-2 in September and 4-3 the day prior, Thursday, Oct. 6. The Eagles returned the favor sweeping all the singles matches in windy conditions not ideal for tennis play for a 4-3 upset victory advancing to play top-rated Pequot Lakes indoors in Grand Forks, N.D., Tuesday, Oct. 11. "Our two most exciting matches of the week were back-to-back with Hwy.
Keeping Ottertail Central senior quarterback Marty Charest in check is mandatory to stay in the game with the Bulldogs. New York Mills was unable to do that as Charest ran for a score and threw three touchdown passes in OTC's 32-13 Homecoming victory in Henning Friday night. "In the first half OTC ate up the clock by running a lot of plays and keeping the ball on the ground," NY Mills Head Coach Matt Radniecki said. The Bulldogs held the Eagles to no first downs in the first half running 45 offensive plays to just 10 for NY Mills. After a scoreless first quarter, which included a two Eagle
The Yellowjackets finished a busy week hosting the 16-team Perham Yellowjackets Volleyball Invitational, finishing in fourth place. Sauk Centre defeated Perham 2-0 (25-20, 25-22), in the third place game. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton took the title defeating Holy Family Catholic (2-0) 25-22, 25-16) in the final. The Yellowjackets advanced out of bracket play with victories over Melrose, 2-1, (25-19, 20-25, 15-8) and Thief River Falls 2-0 (25-22, 25-18) before running into Holy Family Catholic in the placing brackets losing in three sets (20-25, 25-21, 15-9). Bracket Play:
The Perham Harrier Classic Invitational boy's race was billed as a battle of #6-ranked Class 2A Moorhead versus the hosts #2-ranked Class A Perham and that is exactly what the large crowd at Arvig Park witnessed. The Yellowjackets started strong taking their entire pack to the front of the 90+ runners and holding it to midway through 5,000 meters. "We wanted to get out and run our own race and not worry about what Moorhead was going to do," Head Coach Jeff Morris said.
If an opposing team needed a scouting report on how to stop the Perham football team it would be simple--control the Hein brothers. That is easier said than done, as the Thief River Falls Prowlers found out the hard way. Both Jesse and Jordan Hein made critical plays down the stretch in a must-win comeback victory on Parent's and Senior night, 28-27, in overtime. "Jesse and Jordan Hein are truly a gift to our community, school, and program," Head Coach Mike Jordahl said. "They each bring so much more than just athleticism. They truly are positive, fun people to be around.
The New York Mills third annual Celebrity Open tennis tournament, a fundraiser for the NY Mills Boosters Tennis Fund, was another entertaining success and not just because I won it.