Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14.
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The Perham boys golf team got nipped by one stroke to take runner-up honors at the Heart O' Lakes Conference championship held at Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes. The Yellowjackets shot a combined score of 324, one putt from champion Hawley-Ulen-Hitterdal's 323. Dan Cavanagh continues his quest to return to the state championship meet. He was the low Yellowjacket shooting a 73, good for second place and one stroke behind Frazee's state champion Beau Hanson's 72. Evan Arvig took fifth place shooting a 78. Brett Syverson of Hawley-UH was third with a 74.
The New York Mills Eagles backed up their number one seed by hammering the ninth-seeded Eagle Valley Rebels 11-1, behind a no-hitter tossed by Tyler Patron. Patron faced two hitters over the minimum of 15 for the five innings of game time. He allowed no hits, no runs, struck out five batters, four looking and walked one. The base on balls and one fielding error kept his game from being perfect. He mowed down the Rebels in order three of five innings. Patron led the Eagles at the plate, as well.
The Perham Yellowjackets baseball team enters the North Subsection 8AA playoff action as the top seed after a regular season finale victory at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Perham won 2-1 behind a strong outing from starting pitcher T.J.
The Pillager Huskies exacted some revenge knocking the New York Mills Eagles softball team out of the Section 6A playoffs with a 9-1 victory. New York Mills eliminated Pillager from the playoffs last season. The Eagles advanced after defeating Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 6-3 in the first round of the Section 6A playoffs. The two teams had split earlier in the season with nearly identical victories over each other. In both games, NY Mills scored 22 runs, while the Huskies put up 21. The Huskies went with Ally Hunstad to start the game and she pitched a complete game for the win.
The Ottertail Central Bulldogs ended a tough Yellowjackets softball season in a tough way, blanking Perham 1-0 in the opening round of Section 8AA South Subsection play. The Yellowjackets end the season with a record of 4-14. Perham had show signs of improvement taking two games at the twice-rain-suspended Frazee tournament in mid-May, but run production was not high enough to continue the streak. Perham averaged 7.6 runs per game while giving up 8.0 per game, a recipe for tight games, like the season finale at Ottertail Central. Both teams managed only three hits.
The Perham boys track team edged out Breckenridge by two points to take runner-up honors at the Section 6A Sub-section meet in Pelican Rapids. Ottertail Central took the top spot with 127 points. Perham was second with 95, Breckenridge third with 93. Barnesville and Frazee rounded out the top five with 92.5 and 78.5 points respectively. Three Yellowjackets won events at the meet. Brady Speicher won the 3200m run in a time of 10:18.20. He was one of three Yellowjackets garnering team points in the event.
Staples-Motley ended the Perham tennis season with a 6-1 defeat at Staples, Monday, May 23. Dillon Shields notched a victory at three singles with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Robin Melse. "Coach Kosiak and I are very proud of how our boys finished," Head Coach Kyle Knutson said. "They were playing much better tennis towards the end which shows we improved." The Yellowjackets had one match victory on the season defeating Park Rapids 4-3. They also were on the losing end of two other 4-3 decisions where the meet came down to one match.
Bailey Meyer led the way for the Perham girls track team taking two events at the Section 6A Sub-section meet in Pelican Rapids. Meyer won the discus throwing 106-feet one-inch and kept it going in the shot put outdistancing the competition with a throw of 34-feet four-inches. Amber Kalina placed fourth in the shot with a throw of 32-feet eight-inches. Miranda Lockhart placed third six inches back of Meyer's winning throw.
It was a clean sweep for the Perham Yellowjackets girls golf team as they took home another Heart O' Lakes Conference championship Tuesday, at Wildflower Golf Course, in Detroit Lakes. The win comes as no surprise as the Yellowjackets dominated conference meets this season thanks to Holly Karkela, the conference's most valuable player, and Kaylan Huber, along with three Yellowjackets underclassmen, who made big leaps and improved throughout the season. The senior duo of Karkela and Huber led the conference in scoring average.
Each Heart O' Lakes Conference golf meet is held on a different course in a different area of the region but this year, one thing has been constant. Holly Karkela is coming to that course and she is going to walk away the medalist whether her teammates or competitors like it or not. On Tuesday, she wrapped up the conference sweep by taking the Heart O' Lakes Championship meet at Wildflower shooting a 41 on the front side, which was tops of any golfer and tying for second on the back nine with a 44. "I expected to win," Karkela said.