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The Perham boys golf team followed suit of their partners from the opposite gender in placing second at subsections and advancing to the 8AA section finals at Long Bow, in Walker. Perham finished four strokes behind Detroit Lakles. The Lakers shot 317, as a team. Perham ended at 321 and Hawley took third with a 322. All three teams advance. "We need to improve considerably, probably about 15 shots," Head Coach Jeff Tweeton said. "They're capable of doing it, but they need to get their heads in the game.
The Eagles nine dropped a pair of games to Bertha-Hewitt, 11-7 and 6-1, to end regular season play. The Bears were able to get to pitcher Ted Rohr, a task many teams have found difficult this season. Rohr gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits in only two innings of work. Spencer Imsande did not fair much better giving up five runs in five innings of relief. The Eagles scored all but one of their seven runs in the fourth. Tristan Huwe knocked in three runs with a bases-clearing triple.
Golf is not an easy game.
No one was hurt in a house fire in New York Mills Wednesday morning, according to Fire Chief Reed Jacobson. Two brothers, Logyn and Jesse Saewert were home at the time. "I woke up and my room was black," Logyn said. His brother Jesse had escaped the house and called 911. Both brothers were running on lack of sleep, as a earlier family crisis had them at the emergency room overnight, not returning home until after 4 a.m. "I don't think it could get much worse," he said. Jacobson said two people were in the home, but one had left before the fire broke out.
It must be a rather daunting task to line up next to Yellowjackets at conference meets. Both the girls and boys teams won the Heart O' Lakes Conference Meet at Pelican Rapids. "We had a outstanding team effort from both our boys and girls teams," Head Coach Mike Peterson said.
Conference games are never easy and the New York Mills baseball team found that out in Parkers Prairie dropping a doubleheader to the 1-10 Panthers 19-18 in extra innings and game two 17-7. "It wasn't that we played a couple of bad games last--Parkers just came out and hit the ball all over the field," Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.
Summer is nearing and that means it is playoff time. The New York Mills softball team enters 6A south sub-section play as the number five seed where they will face a familiar foe: the number four Pillager Huskies. The teams have squared off three times this season with the Eagles coming out on top twice by scores of 10-7 and 5-2.
Coming off an upset loss to Frazee on Monday, the Yellowjacket baseball team did not have it any easier Tuesday. The number five AA state-ranked Staples-Motley Cardinals came calling to Al Krueger Field and proved they deserve their position sweeping Perham 6-3 and 13-9 upping their record to 11-1. Perham dropped to .500 at 6-6. Cardinals starting pitcher Gunner Johnson, a crafty southpaw with a dirty curveball, kept the Jacket bats at bay for five innings.
The Perham softball team capped a busy week by throttling an inexperienced Crosby-Ironton team 16-1, a forfeit in three innings and blanking the Rangers 10-0 in game two. The Yellowjackets poured the runs on quickly, eight, three and five runs in the three innings of play in game one. Letdowns can happen when playing an inferior opponent, but Assistant Coach Howie Kangas was on his team to stay in the game. "Don't let your hair down just because you have a big lead," he said. The team kept the pressure on forcing the Crosby-Ironton head coach to concede the game two innings shy of the typi
Somehow, the Mid-State conference tennis tournament was played in moist conditions Friday.