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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A depleted Perham boys basketball team narrowly escaped being upset by the Hawley Nuggets in the 8AA South Sub-Section semifinals Saturday night. Perham controlled the overtime period of four minutes sealing the game from the free throw line in a 65-59 victory. Jordan Hein nailed a key 12-foot jump shot to open scoring in the extra frame putting Perham up 56-54. Both teams traded free throws to a tie at 57. Jordan Anderson nailed a jumper from the top of the key to give Perham a two-point lead, 59-57, with 90 seconds remaining.
N1 Bagley Flyers (26-2). Lost to Ulen-Hitterdal 65-60, Ada-Borup 80-74, 3OT. Won 23 straight games. Home record: 14-0. Section record: 8-0. Defeated East Grand Forks 61-51, Mar. 4. vs N4 East Grand Forks Green Wave (14-13). Have not won more than two games in a row all season. Away record: (5-5). Section record: (5-7). Lost to Bagley 61-51. N2 Thief River Falls Prowlers (19-7). Swept two games from 3A Detroit Lakes. Swept both games with Crookston, 59-53 and 47-28. Home record: (11-4). Section record: (11-3). vs N3 Crookston Pirates (15-12). Winners of five straight.
Ulen-Hitterdal 59, New York Mills 56 The New York Mills Eagles boys basketball team (18-7) saw their season come to an end at Ulen-Hitterdal (18-9), 59-56, in Section 6A action. The Eagles led by as much as 12 early in the first half, but six 3-pointers from Spartan sophomore Landon Schultz and a big game from junior forward Troy Peterson led the Spartans to a big second half comeback. The Eagles led by four at the break, 32-28, but Peterson scored and drew a foul early in the second frame.
St. Paul -- Sophomore Shane Novak came one point from a Class A state individual championship, but Jacob Braaten of Minnewaska Area escaped, quite literally, with Novak's title. Novak scored a takedown 23 seconds into the match to gain an early 2-0 lead and would allow Braaten an escape for one point. Braaten (39-3) had control of Novak but a quick reversal gave Novak a 4-1 advantage.
St. Paul -- Class 2A action at the state individual individual wrestling tournament saw four Yellowjacket wrestlers entered but none of the four-pack were able to advance to the medal rounds. Jesse Hein, ranked number two in the state and entering the tournament undefeated was heralded as a potential finals match-up faced with the task of unseating returning champion Austin Goergen of Calendonia/Houston. Goergen did repeat as champion with a 3-0 victory over Kasson-Mantorville's Sam Stoll. "Jesse's weight was very difficult," Head Coach Robb Moser said.
The New York Mills Eagles girls basketball season came to an end at the hands of the Section 6A North top seed Ada-Borup, 65-31. "We knew going into this game that we were heavy underdogs and that things could get ugly if we didn't come out playing our very best," Head Coach J.J. Weller said. The Eagles advanced after beating the number nine seed Norman County West, 49-35, at home in the pigtail play-in game, Monday, Feb. 28. "This is where we wanted to be and I'd rather have had us get beat by 100 from Ada than to have lost our game on Monday," Weller said.
The New York Mills boys basketball team, (18-6) seeded fifth in Section 6A North, travel to Ulen to take on the Ulen-Hitterdal Spartans (17-9), seeded fourth, tonight, Thursday, Mar. 10. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. The two teams met in early February, in NY Mills, where the Spartans came away with a 60-54 victory. "We're out for blood this time," Tristan Huwe said. "I thought we should have been able to beat them last time." With only three seniors on the team, the Spartans will be playing shorthanded on experience compared to the Eagles, who boast nine upperclassmen.
The Perham boys basketball team finished the regular season like they have every game but one, with a victory. After defeating the number one ranked Class A Sebeka team, 65-60, earlier in the week, the Yellowjackets traveled a bit south down highway 71 to take out the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, 65-34. The game was over early as the Jackets were cruising comfortably by the half, up 41-18. Nick Tobkin poured in 27 points to lead Perham. Jordan Cresap scored 10 points. In total, nine Yellowjackets got on the score sheet. "We have been playing well," Head Coach Dave Cresap said.
The Crosby-Ironton girls basketball team upset Perham on its home floor 46-42. The Rangers, #6 seed (18-9) will play #2 seeded Hawley (21-4) at Hawley. #3 Perham finishes its season with a record of 18-6. The Rangers controlled the tempo in a seesaw affair, trailing most of the second half before taking control late in the second half. Steph Miller gave the Yellowjackets a 31-29 lead. She grabbed the rebound on a Lexi Karvonen miss and made the basket in traffic with eight minutes to go. Jana Anderson tied the game at 31 on the next trip down the floor.
#8 New York Mills Eagles (4-21) at #1 Ada-Borup Cougars (22-2) The two teams have not met this season. NY Mills is 2-8 in their last ten games; Ada-Borup is a perfect 10-0. Ada-Borup is 12-1 at home. NY Mills is 1-13 on the road. NY Mills averages 38.9 points per game while giving up 59.4. Ada-Borup scores 57.3 points per game allowing only 36.7. The Eagles gained this matchup after defeating Norman County West 49-35 in the play-in game Monday night, Feb. 28. Ada-Borup last played Saturday, Feb. 26, a 66-59 victory over Bagley. The Cougars have won 19 consecutive games.