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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.
Cassie Beseman and Miranda Lockhart will represent Perham at the state track meet, at Hamline University this coming weekend, after finishing runners-up in their respective events at the Section 6A Championship meet Thursday, June 2, at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Beseman, fresh off a state tournament appearance with the cross-country team last fall, returns to the Twin Cities running for a title. Beseman led the Yellowjackets at the state cross-country meet just missing All-State honors by five seconds.
The Perham boys track team's season came to a close at the Section 6A Championship meet at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Brady Speicher had the top finish for Perham placing third in the 3200m run, in a time of 10:29.70. Kyle Toms, of West Central Area won the event, 10:14.80. Jacob Gerhartz, of Sauk Centre was second, 10:15.40. Gerhartz's finish nipped Speicher from a trip to state. Billy Beseman was fourth, 10:45.10 and Brandon Karels finished 10th, 10:53.60. Andrew Riestenberg fell two places from qualifying in a fourth place finish in the 1600m run.
The New York Mills Eagles cruised to a 14-2 victory over Brandon-Evansville at the Section 6A semifinals in Fergus Falls Tuesday afternoon. Winds blustering near 30 mph at times mandated most hits be on the ground and the Eagles pounded out 17 knocking around both Charger pitchers in the bottom half of four innings. In the top half of the Chargers innings, Eagle starter Adam Snelgrove kept the Chargers at bay pitching the team's second no-hitter of the playoffs.
The rematch of last year's second round Section 8AA playoff matchup between Detroit Lakes and Perham ended similarly, with the Lakers knocking out the Yellowjackets 9-5. "It was a tough way to end a great season," Head Coach Hans Hanson said. "This year's team were such a wonderful bunch to coach and to be around on a daily basis. We had success and hopefully enjoyed a fun spring. I want to wish the seniors best of luck with their future challenges." DL is a good team that puts the ball in play and doesn't make many mistakes. We can't have that many walks in a game.