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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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.
The New York Mills Eagles baseball team continued to ride hot pitching and solid defense moving on in Section 6A playoffs. They opened up a three-game set in New York Mills Thursday, June 2, with a decisive 5-0 blanking of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale. Adam Snelgrove pitched a complete game three-hitter, walking three Raiders and striking out six.
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.
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.