Robert is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning 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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It is never easy to go into the Frazee gymnasium and beat the Hornet wrestling team-even worse to have to do it twice. Perham returned to Frazee after a 60-6 defeat in December. This time, the Hornets were victorious, 47-13. Brandon Lueders came back in the waning seconds of his match versus Jordan Ketter at 119 pounds to keep the match close early. Lueders scored a near fall with under eight seconds remaining in the final period to come from behind for an exciting 5-4 victory. Lueders win cut Frazee's lead to 7-3.
Jayden Cullen, 100 butterfly, Ben Collette, 500 freestyle and Zach Langendorfer, 500 freestyle-all qualified for sections as Perham dominated Morris Area 118-63. The Jackets took first place in nine events. Randy Swanson held the top spot in the 200 I.M., along with Leighton Covington and Luke Potts finishing second and third. Swanson was also tops in the 100-butterfly in a time of 1:04.27. Cullen took second three seconds behind Swanson. Potts, Covington and Jonathon Siira swept the top three spots in the 100-backstroke.
The New York Mills boys basketball team kept their winning streak going and did it in convincing fashion thumping Menahga, 90-60. Head Coach Bryan Dunrud gave his starters a rest with over five minutes remaining to the mild chagrin of players with memories to last year. The two teams split two games last year, but the latter game at Menahga got away from the Eagles ending in an 89-49 Braves blowout. The Braves were less than cordial and some of the Eagles were ready for paybacks. "We didn't want to come out in the last six minutes, but you have to play with class," Isaiah Bauck said. Bauc
Teamwork is nothing new to Isaiah Bauck, but every now and then an individual accolade is mandated for every member of a strong team. For Bauck, it's just a matter of figuring out which team. Bauck is a captain and floor leader of a basketball team full of seniors and talented underclassmen that are currently playing their best ball of the year on a six-game winning streak. He's also brother to six sisters and a little brother. He's the man on the family farm, while his father travels the country most of the year. "All summer I have to work on the farm," Bauck said.
Pillager came out on the winning end of a battle of double-doubles in Pillager. The Huskies prevailed 55-29 Tuesday night. Shauna Maurer finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Pillager versus Ellie Rutten's 13 points and 14 rebounds. "We didn't have an answer against Maurer as she was able to get the ball and make quick post moves to allow her some inside points," NY Mills Head Coach J.J. Weller said. The Huskies jumped out to a 28-12 lead at the half. "We went up against a good team tonight in Pillager," Weller said.
Perham/NY Mills Swimming and Diving: The Perham swimming and diving team defeated Moorhead 120-65. Zach Langendorfer qualified for Sections in the 200 Freestyle. Jayden Cullen qualfied in the 200 IM. Matt Shipman qualified in the 100 Freestyle. Mark Shipman and Luke Potts qualified in the 100 Backstroke. NY Mills boys basketball: The Eagles won their seventh consecutive game jumping out to a 41-30 lead at halftime and staving off a late Pillager rally in the second half.
The Perham boys basketball dream season turned nightmare Thursday night in Glyndon with the collapse of junior forward Zach Gabbard. Meanwhile, 80 miles away in Menahga, Isaiah Bauck, of New York Mills, was pouring it on with his teammates, joining elite company, and scoring his 1,000th career point in a 90-60-blowout victory. Upon returning home from Menahga, I checked my email and with one sentence the wind was taken out of the sails of my evening. Gabbard had led Perham in scoring three of the last four games. He was a team leader.
After nearly a month off over the holidays, the Perham gymnastics team was back on the road and back in full form. Perham's Kelsi Vomacka and Mikaela Eickschen battled each other for the top spot at Park Rapids. Vomacka took honors in all four events posting a near perfect all-around score of 38.475.
The Perham girls basketball team was not as unpleasant to Frazee as the boys team last week, but the Yellowjackets built a quick double digit lead in the early minutes of Monday's contest and kept the Hornets at bay defeating Frazee 64-41. "The girls came out and played well in the first half despite missing a few layups and shots close to the basket," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.
After a busy week which saw two blowouts of Pelican Rapids and Breckenridge, plus a nailbiting loss to New York Mills, the Perham wrestling team had weekend duty in Bemidji, where they placed third out of eight teams. "After our performance [against New York Mills], it looks like we learned something from that very disappointing performance on Thursday," Head Coach Robb Moser said. "I thought we wrestled with much more aggression and purpose on Saturday compared to Thursday.