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For both Perham cross-country teams there is no place to go but up one spot to the state championship. Both the boys and girls squads have lists of accolades from last year and beyond. Winning is a tradition in this program and odds are that will continue this season. The girls are the six-time defending Heart O' Lakes Conference Champions.
It was nearing sunrise in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Expectations are high this season for the Perham volleyball team. Head Coach Dan Christenson returns five starters from last year's 8AA South Subsection runners-up. Strong leadership from seniors Kelli Meehl, Kaylan Huber, and Mary Guck, will compliment some talented juniors, Katrina Moenkedick, Becky Stoll, Brooke Mickelson, and Lexy Karvonen. Perham lost only Elisa Moenkedick to graduation last year. "It should make for a competitive season in both the Heart O' Lakes conference and the 8AA Section tournament," Christenson said. Christenson, in his ninth year, hopes to build on a young t
Amy Koskela's New York Mills varsity volleyball team will rely on youth and an upbeat attitude to contend in the Park Region Conference and Section 6A play this year. Koskela, 61-61-4, overall, and the team, come off a 10-12 overall record going 3-3 in the conference last year and finishing in a tough five game match in the first round of the playoffs to Norman County West. "This year's squad is very young but upbeat," said Koskela. "Megan Cole is our only senior and she's an outstanding leader for the younger girls in our program.
Perham Head Football Coach Mike Jordahl wants his players to be active on the field, but he also stresses the need to be great off the field, as well. "Unconditional, that is the word we used to describe our attitude as we prepared to be part of a wonderful community effort to feed our local families in need," he said. The Perham football players described the event as "awesome" and "fun." According to Jordahl, contributing to a much larger vision was a special time for the players and coaches as they helped families fill bags, boxes, and grocery carts and haul the food items to their veh
Head Coach Kathy Pesch, in her fourth year, has a young but hard-working tennis team. Ideal weather conditions have made for good practice time on the courts, quite unlike the end to last year's season. Early blizzards forced the team off the court in the midst of playoffs and the lay-off showed in a 7-0 defeat to number two-seeded Crookston in the first round of Section 8A playoffs.
The Prairie Conference returns with girls tennis this season, adding new teams West Central and Belgrade-Brooton-Elrosa (BBE) to long time members New York Mills, Osakis, and Parkers Prairie. There was no official conference tournament last year as the conference dwindled to four teams. The newcomers will bring back that competition. St. John's Prep will not field a varsity squad this season. New York Mills Head Coach Gary Bach, in his 10th year, has a seasoned squad to take the court. The Lady Eagles come off a 6-8 overall record last year, 5-2 in dual matches.
When it comes to life, love and sport, Kay Morris has a knack for running into relationships. Morris places those relationships above winning and was awarded the State cross-country Assistant Coach of the Year honors for both. "The relationships that I've built are my favorite part of coaching," she said. "That's what I like more than the winning." Morris was named Coach of the Year at the summer annual cross-country coaches clinic held in the Twin Cities.
Forty-two participants took to the road on bikes in the 15th annual Cal Miller Memorial Bike Race Sunday. Brian Sprague, 22, of Horace, N.D., was the over all champion finishing in a time of 1:32:58. Angie Johnson, 28, of Alexandria, took the top female spot with a time of 1:38:33. "The race has become more of a quality than a quantity race," said organizer Pat Puetz. "Most of the racers are repeaters and they enjoy the course, the camaraderie and the excellent talent of their fellow racers.
Another year of men's softball play is in the books ending with another championship for the Silver Moon/Joe's Backhoe softball team, after a 22-8 blowout in the championship game over Team Budweiser. The win is the fifth straight title for the team. The last time another team won was in 2005 by then champs Mich Golden. "We have just enough youth and speed to help out the majority of us with age amd experience," said Manager Ed Weller.