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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Both the boys and girls track teams in New York Mills completed three recent meets in less than perfect conditions. At the John Riemer Invitational in Pillager, Brittin Roberts led the way with second place finishes in the 1600m run, 5:01.89 and the 3200m run, 10:40.00. The 4x100m relay team, Cole Strand, Erik Tumberg, Cody Clarksean and Taylor Ericksrud took sixth place in a time of 52.39. The girls 4x100 team, Kristy Koljonen, Izzy Clarksean, Brittany Israelson and Breanna Menze, had a strong third place finish in a time of 58.49. Koljonen was fourth in the 100m dash in a time of 14.22 a
The Pillager Huskies got up early in game one of a double dip in New York Mills and held on for a 13-9 victory. The Huskies scored in every inning but the seventh, five in the first, a single run in the next three innings, before three in the fifth and two in the sixth. They were helped along by six Eagle errors. Huskie starter Ally Hunstad kept the Eagles at bay allowing only three runs in the first four innings. But the Eagle bats warmed up after seeing Hunstad a few innings.
A dozen seniors from last year's 23-4 Section finalist Staples-Motley Cardinals baseball team departed via graduation. The Cardinals are not the same team and the Perham Yellowjackets gave them a stiff reminder sweeping a doubleheader at Krueger field 13-0 and 4-1. The same match-up occurred last May with the Cardinals sweeping Perham 6-3 and 13-9 in far sunnier conditions at Krueger. Adding a little mustard to this series' Yellowjacet sting was David Altstadt's no-hitter in game one. Altstadt fanned seven and walked six in the minimum five innings of play.
The Perham girls golf team is working out the spring kinks, but Holly Karkela is back on top of her game early. Karkela shot an 85, good for fifth place overall, leading the Yellowjackets, who shot 381, as a team, which was seventh overall out of 12 teams. Other Perham scores: Kaylan Huber 96, Rachel Nelson 89, Hope Huus 111, Destiny Mitchell 111, Tina Scheidecker 126. Detroit Lakes won the event with a total team score of 346. Medalist honors on the day went to Tabitha Kunst from Duluth, who shot a 73. The meet consisted of mostly teams a class above Perham making Karkela's score all the
The Perham softball team heads into conference play losers of three straight after a 9-6 defeat at home to Dilworth-Glyndon Felton. The Yellowjackets have been in each of their three contests but have yet to put together a complete game for victory. The Rebels scored in five of seven innings while holding the Yellowjackets off the scoreboard until the fifth. Down 6-0, Perham rallied for three runs in the fifth, highlighted by an Etta Scheidecker triple that scored Steph Miller and Natalie Wierbos.
The Perham boys golf team is off to a hot start and after coming in victorious at the Heart O' Lakes Conference meet at Balmoral, Monday, sit atop the conference standings as the early team to beat this year. The Yellowjackets were led by Kyle Dykhoff's 37, good for a second place finish behind last year's 1A state champion medalist Beau Hanson, of Frazee. Hanson shot 34, two under par. Cody Cook, of Hawley, Boon Mahar, of Barnesville and Jordan Johnson, of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rounded out the top five.
Both the boys and girls track teams put up numbers for third place finishes at the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Invitational in what Head Coach Mike Peterson called, "horrible conditions." The girls 107 points was bested only by meet winners Breckenridge's 134 and the host Rebels' 116. The boys' 91 points was third to Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal's 93 and the host DGF's 164. Mike Wiskow continues to impress in sprints finishing second in the 200m dash in a time of 24.99.
After a rough sweep at Menahga to start the season where the Braves outscored the Eagles 25-5 in both games, New York Mills has evened their record at 3-3 taking three of the past four games. The Eagles pounded out a 19-3 victory at Parkers Prairie before earning a split at Sebeka taking the first game 8-6 and dropping the nightcap 16-10. Finally returning home, the Eagles faced Wadena-Deer Creek looking to even their record at three wins and losses. The Wolverines got up early scoring in the first three innings for a 6-0 lead. The Eagles answered with four in the bottom half of the third
The New York Mills baseball team needed 10 innings to beat Wadena-Deer Creek 14-12 and was 10-runned by Frazee, 10-0, in chilly conditions. Wadena-Deer Creek jumped ahead early by scoring nine runs in four innings highlighted by a six-run third. Down 9-4 in the top of the fifth, the Eagles answered with their own six-run inning to take the lead 10-9 but the Wolverines would answer in the bottom half with three runs to jump ahead 12-10. Both teams remained scoreless until last at-bats in the seventh. NY Mills scored a pair to tie the game and send it to extra innings. The game remained sco
The New York Mills wrestling team handed out season ending awards, including the announcement the team was named the Minnesota Class A Academic State Champions. As a whole, the team earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.72. "This award is a deserving compliment to a hard working group of athletes who had a very strong season," Head Coach Eric Niemi said. "A 3.72 team GPA really reflects what a great place the wrestling room is and the dedication of the New York Mills school system to its students." Other awards given out were: Outstanding wrestler: Shane Novak.