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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PERHAM — After a third doubleheader conference sweep in four series, the Perham baseball team has a firm grasp of first place in the Mid-State Conference at 7-1. Perham had little problem with visiting Detroit Lakes in a pair of games that were moved to Perham Thursday due to poor field conditions at Washington Park. The Yellowjackets defeated the Lakers 9-1 and 14-4.
PERHAM — The trio of Willy Tickel, Andrew and Cody Cook are keeping the Hawley Nuggets atop the Heart O’ Lakes Conference in boys golf. Hawley has won all four conference meets this season, including Thursday in Perham. The three Nuggets are the top three ranked golfers in the HOL. The meet was moved to Perham Lakeside Golf Club due to flooded course conditions in Barnesville.
STAPLES — For the second time this season, the Perham baseball team swept a conference doubleheader and did so with big bats and little mercy. Dylan Kruzel highlighted a game one victory with two grand slams leading Perham to a 16-2 blowout in five innings. Alec Meyer pitched four innings for the win. he allowed one hit, fanned four, walked five and had to pick-offs in the game.
FRAZEE — The Perham girls softball team won two of three games at Saturday’s Frazee tournament. Perham shutout Pelican Rapids 12-0 in a mercy-rule shortened game. Starting pitcher Allie Doll threw five shutout innings, fanning five and walking a pair. Doll and Tina Schmitz each scored three runs to lead the offense. Perham also defeated D-G-F 4-2 in a revenge game. The Rebels ended the Yellowjackets’ season in last year’s playoffs.
FRAZEE — Becca Huus won her first meet of the season leading Perham to a third place finish at the Heart O’ Lakes - Frazee meet Tuesday. Huus shot a 44, one shot better than Pelican Rapids’ Alexa Bekkerus and Hawley’s Paige Mattfeld. Bekkerus led Pelican Rapids to the meet team victory. Pelican Rapids shot 209 to Hawley’s 213. Perham’s third place score was 216.
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STAPLES — Three Cardinals finished in the top four as the Staples-Motley golf team defended their home turf at The Vintage Saturday. Staples-Motley shot a combined team score of 321 to defeat Shattuck-St. Mary's by 18 strokes (339). Perham finished a stroke back in third place with a score of 340. Andrew Israelson, Dakota Waverek, both of Staples-Motley, and David Schneider of Albany each carded a three-over 75 to tie for the lead.
PERHAM — A three-run extra inning rally spared Perham from a sweep at the hands of Mid-State Conference foe Park Rapids Friday afternoon at Al Krueger Field. Both games were one-run affairs with scoring barrages late in each game. Park Rapids won game one 9-8, while the nightcap went to an extra eighth inning tied 3-3.
PELICAN RAPIDS — Blake Kunza and Eric Huus finished in the top four, but the Hawley Nuggets, behind medalist Cody Cook, won their third Heart O' Lakes Conference boys golf meet of the week and the season Thursday at Pelican Rapids. Cook won by three shots shooting a 33 in soggy conditions. Kunza was runner-up with a 36, followed by Hawley's Willy Tickel (38) and Huus (38). Cook and Tickel have finished near the top of the leaderboard in all three meets and sit atop the conference as the two top golfers. Kunza and Huus are fourth and fifth in the HOL.
The Perham baseball and softball teams combined to outscore Crosby-Ironton 57-0 in four games getting both their seasons started with blowouts.