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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Three New York Mills wrestlers are headed to the individual portion of the 1A state wrestling tournament this coming weekend. Shane Novak, 112 pounds, Seth Hofland, 152 pounds, and Noah Pesola, 171 pounds, will all be making the trip to St. Paul. Novak took out Ottertail Central's Dylan Schwartz by fall at 1:41 and Stuart Brandt of Barnesville by major decision, 11-3, in the semifinals. In the finals, Novak faced Mitch Andrews of Border West.
After a 2-4 start to the season against some stiff competition, the New York Mills boys basketball team has sprinted to the finish of the regular season going 15-2, including three victories last week. The Eagles completed season sweeps of Menahga, 74-67, and Pillager, 69-53, along with defeating Underwood 63-49. "Over the last three game stretch we really started to put some stretches of solid basketball together," Head Coach Bryan Dunrud said. Adam Snelgrove continues to lead the Eagles in scoring. He knocked in 22 points versus Menahga, 20 versus Underwood to lead the team.
The New York Mills girls basketball team opened up 6A section playoffs with a 49-35 victory over Norman County West. EmaLeigh Roberts was all over the court scoring 19 points and flirting with a triple double grabbing eight rebounds, along with nine steals. Ellie Rutten controlled the inside notching another double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The game was close for a half. Norman County West led at the break by a point, 19-18. "We started out the game very sluggish," Head Coach J.J. Weller said.
The 2011 Minnesota State Class A Gymnastics meets were incredibly rewarding experiences on multiple levels for everyone involved. Over the course of two days of competition, emotions ranged from pain to ecstasy. Satera Montella tweaked an ankle on a landing, grimaced, walked it off and proceeded to the next apparatus, where any evidence of even the slightest twinge was hidden by a great performance on uneven parallel bars. Carly Petersen missed the landing on her first vault and with steely determination stormed back on her last attempt to gain her second state vault title.
The fifth time was the charm for Kelsi Vomacka.
The one weakness of the Perham gymnastics team turned into a strength, leading the Yellowjackets to their state-record eighth consecutive Minnesota Class 1A state gymnastics title Friday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Uneven bars, the apparatus where Perham appeared mortal during the season, turned up the Perham scores and smiles, led by senior leader Kelsi Vomacka's 9.550. "Usually on bars, we don't hit so well, but we hit today," Vomacka said. Carly Petersen added a 9.050 and - combined with Satera Montella (8.775) and Alexis Peichel (8.825) - Perham's 36.2 team
The Perham girls basketball team (18-5, 11-3) dropped their third game out of the last five at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (11-11, 6-7).
The Perham boys basketball team continues to roll through opponents lifting their current winning streak to eight games and improving to 20-1 on the season. Perham put up their fourth highest point total of the year in defeating Frazee 78-33. The pace was far slower as the Yellowjackets were victorious over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton with their lowest total of the year. The final was 42-29. The loss was the sixth in a row for the Rebels who have the arduous task of facing the Yellowjackets in back-to-back games. Friday night's game will be a make-up game for the Jan.
Prior to New York Mills' semifinal section 6A wrestling match with Wadena-Deer Creek, Head Coach Eric Niemi stated the Eagles needed to come out and get off to a good start. They did, jumping out to a 15-0 lead thanks to pins from Andrew Perala and Shane Novak.
Making nine straight trips to the state championship gymnastics meet demands goals that become loftier with time. One of those goals for the team this year has been to score 150 points. Perham was just a bit shy of that goal as they won the Section 8-1A title with a 148.688 score Saturday inside Ralph Anderson Gym, in Detroit Lakes. Perhaps, they are saving it for the state title. The Class A individual state meet will be held inside the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion Saturday, Feb. 26, while the team state meet is Friday, Feb. 25. There is no easy way to get to such heights.