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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The red zone was unkind to the Eagles on homecoming night. New York Mills unveiled a more pass-orientated attack to move the ball into scoring position but failed to finish drives in a 16-6 loss to the United North Central Warriors. "On offense, we just couldn't get anything going on the ground," said Head Coach Matt Radniecki. "The line played very well and we had trouble adjusting to their stunts and just being physical with them.
Sam Babler and Mikaela Eickschen were crowned Perham-Dent High School's Homecoming King and Queen at coronation Monday night. To show support for the upcoming school levy, Tom Meinhover unleashed Marty, the world's largest dragonfly, as the anchor float in the Perham-Dent High School Homecoming parade. East Otter Tail's symbol of quality environment traversed the parade route with a banner stating, "Mart, The World's Largest Dragon Fly supports quality environment and quality education.
The Eagles tennis team dropped all seven matches in a tough dual at Park Rapids. The Panthers surrendered only five games in four singles matches and six games in the three doubles contests. "The Panthers have a very good team this year," said Head Coach Gary Bach. "They should make a strong bid for the section title later this season." The number two doubles team of Jen Maki and Krista Guldseth nabbed five games from Karly Dickinson and Allie Girtz in a straight set loss three and two. Combined, the Panthers netters won seven of 14 played sets at love.
The Bemidji girls swimming and diving team swept Grand Rapids and Perham in a double-dual at the BHS pool. Perham beat Grand Rapids by a score of 163-142. Bemidji posted a 188-124 win over Grand Rapids and downed Perham 175-134. Bemidji dominated Grand Rapids from the outset but trailed Perham after three events. The Lumberjacks overtook their guest during the 50 free as Steph Frey and Maris Jahner went 1-2. Frey set the pace with a time of 25.98 while her teammate was second at 27.32. The Lumberjacks widened the gap with a 1-3-4 performance in diving.
Sisters Missy and Stephanie Hendrickx won a tight championship match over runners-up Nikki Perala, assistant tennis coach, and Focus Sports Editor Bob Williams 4-3 in the second annual Mills Open "Celebrity" Tennis Classic Saturday in front of an amused crowd in perfect hamstring pulling 40-degree weather. "It was a great day and a lot of fun for everyone," Head Coach Gary Bach said. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the Eagles tennis team and the Wadena-Deer Creek high school athletic department. Williams had championship point on his racquet, but pure exhaustion and a glaring lack of
Sincerity and humor were shared in equal amounts from all speakers at the Perham Hall of Fame induction ceremonies held at Mulligan's Pub and Eatery Friday night after the football game. First to speak was Yellowjacket coach Larry Hauer. Hauer coached from 1959-1985. Hauer took over the football program from Perham legend Ted Meinhover.
There is no trophy in atrophy and it was proven on the tennis courts of New York Mills last Saturday. Kudos to Head Coach Gary Bach, his tennis team and the volunteers and fans, who came out to watch the second annual Mills Open "Celebrity" Tennis Classic. The NY Mills Lady Eagles Tennis team is donating $100 to Wadena-Deer Creek Athletics from fund raising at the tournament. A portion of those funds came directly out of my pocket, as I stuffed rice krispie bars, hot dogs, waters and pops down my cakehole in an effort to force my body to keep moving after the first match. It had been three
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton running back Bennett Mercil was a given for the 100 yard mark in rushing after his first two performances of the year. He nearly rushed for 200 in a 20-6 victory over Perham on Hall of Fame night Friday. Mercil's 192 yards on 25 rushes averaged 7.7 yards per carry.
The Perham volleyball team used striking offensive play to even their Heart O' Lakes conference record at 1-1 defeating Breckenridge 3-1 Thursday night. "This team is improving a little each match - hoping for it to peak at playoff time," said Head Coach Dan Christenson. The Yellowjackets had a shot at sweeping all three sets but a wild ending to the second slanted in favor of the Cowgirls 31-29. Perham had five set points but were unable to finish. That was not the case in the final set. Down 21-20, Breckenridge called timeout and the Jackets huddled up for a pep talk.
An unexpected return to a younger version of self appeared Saturday afternoon as I left Perham city limits destined for a volleyball match in Pelican Rapids. Running between New York Mills and Perham keeps me on highway 10 much of the time. It had been sometime since I had whipped through the county on Minnesota State Highway 108. Talulah, my Camry, certainly doesn't handle like the ol' 5.0 Mustang, the CRX or even my favorite, the now deceased RX-7 of days of yore, when I had more hair that was black and not gray and a testosterone-led foot.