Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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A true sign of the impending winter, basketball has tipped off and it began in the gymnasium of the Heart of the Lakes Elementary school, where fourth through sixth grade boys entertained friends and family alike. The crowd ringed the two courts and attendees were privy to a range of emotions, a few missed traveling calls and one prayer come true. Youth sports are fun. Every shot chucked at the rim is met with cheers of hope from the crowd and each miss followed by communal gasps of empathy.
The Perham cross-country teams compiled another long list of accolades at the completion of section playoffs last week. The boys earned their ninth straight state meet appearance while the girls earned their eighth straight appearance winning the section 8A titles in Bagley. Unlike last year, they did not have to do it in blizzard conditions. In the final state rankings for the season, the boys team remains in the top spot, while the girls go to state ranked 11th. The teams will compete at the Class A State Championships Sat., Nov. 6, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
The Perham Sportsmans Club (PSC) held the grand opening of their brand new rifle range just outside of Perham Sat., Oct. 30. Festivities continue this week with a Chili Feed at The Cactus Restaurant and Bar. Since the reformation of the PSC, summer of 2008, this range has been in planning. Construction began in May of this year.
It was April of 2009 and that first day of the year above 80 degrees. The sun was shining. It was the perfect day for lunch outdoors...and drinks. A few friends joined me at a patio bar in Fargo, my home at the time, and cocktails were had.
The season came to an end for the New York Mills volleyball team, a season that provided a lot of experience, but unfortunately, zero wins. Norman County West was victorious in three straight sets, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-14. Taylor Plautz led the Eagles with 10 blocks. Jackie Imsande had eight. Offensively, Imsande had nine kills. Megan Cole had four and Lexi Rankka had seven assists. The loss drops the Eagles final record to 0-26.
A rematch with undefeated and #2 ranked Wadena-Deer Creek ended the Yellowjacket volleyball season. The two teams met earlier in the season to a similar fate. The Wolverines defeated Perham 3-0, by scores of 25-16, 25-17, and 25-15. "I was proud of our front row defense tonight-something that has plagued this team all year long.
Perham defeated Breckenridge, 3-0, by scores of 25-13, 25-18 and 25-23 in the opening round of Section 8AA volleyball play.
Over 1,000 people attended the benefit for Nathan Johnson on Sunday, Oct. 24. The community effort raised $25,000 in support of the Johnson family. Nathan, 9, is awaiting his second heart transplant. The Perham boy is listed as 1A status in the region, meaning he'll get the first heart available. "It was a wonderful outpouring of support and we couldn't be more pleased with this community," Organizer Pastor Phil Booe of St.
In a game of inches, the Yellowjackets were one foot away from tying the score with under two minutes to play.
As one of the more athletically successful small towns in the state of Minnesota, Perham is missing one thing. The sport of the state: hockey. Trent Swanson and the Perham Area Youth Hockey Association (PAYHA) are out to change that from the ground up. In hockey, the ground up starts with the mites and squirts: the little guys and girls. "If you give kids another outlet to do something, it's better for the community," Swanson said. PAYHA is in its fifth year of instructing kids ages 4-9 in the fundamentals of hockey. Indoor practices are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 6-7 p.m.