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 Park Rapids Panthers swept all seven matches in the first round of Section 8A tennis tournament play ending the Eagles season. "We knew the Panthers would be very tough to beat. All our girls played with great effort, knowing this might be the last team match of the season for them." The one-doubles team of Lauren Bach and Missy Hendrickx played very close games with the number-one ranked doubles team in the section.
The Perham swimmers had a successful week in the pool defending their title at Fosston and just missing an upset at Class 2A Moorhead. "The girls really came together as a team and it really paid off," said Head Coach Sheri Ressler. The victory was a combined team effort as the Yellowjackets took the title with no second place finishes and only one first place finish: Kelsey Kratzke's win in the 100 breaststroke. "Everybody there scored for us and moved up a notch.
The Perham volleyball team needed a comeback in the second round to avoid an early exit as hosts of the Perham Invitational held Saturday in Perham. The Yellowjackets played host to 16 teams in the tournament, eventually taking third place. "I thought the girls had a good tournament. Far fewer unforced errors than we saw earlier in the season," said Head Coach Dan Christenson. Melrose held a 13-11 advantage in the deciding third set of second round play, two points away from a victory, when Katrina Moenkedick took it upon herself to kill the Dutchmen rally.
Perham's tennis team last home meet of the season ended in a 6-1 defeat to Minnewaska. Katie Howey and Maggie Rennicke got the lone Yellowjacket victory at three-doubles taking the match in straight sets four and one over Annika Pederson and Emily Edmonds. Minnewaska swept singles play and the top two doubles' matches not giving up a set in any of the six matches. Tennis results Minnewaska at Perham, Tuessday, October 5. Lakers 6, Yellowjackets 1 Singles: 1. Suzanne Coleman - PER vs Aundrea Johnson 1-6, 0-6. 2. Paige Biegler - PER vs Megan Jergenson 3-6, 1-6. 3.
The varsity volleyball team has put up tough battles seeking their first win of the season in New York Mills. Their paths crossed Pelican Rapids at home and road trips to Verndale and Pillager but a win was not to be found. Pelican took all three sets 25-13, 25-17 and 25-15 in a sweep at the NY Mills gymnasium. Megan Cole led the Eagles with six kills while Taylor Plautz had seven blocks. The Eagles took game two at Verndale 26-24 after a rough 25-4 opening set. Verndale would gain the victory with a 25-13 set three win and needing extra points to seal the match 28-26 in set four.
The New York Mills tennis team wound up regular season play at home in a 5-2 loss to Detroit Lakes. The Eagles got wins from Lauren Bach and Missy Hendricks in one-singles. The pair defeated Tess Hamre and Brianna Seebold one and four. Jen Maki and Krista Guldseth took their number two doubles match one and one over DL's India Fritz and Emily Seebold. "Our first two doubles teams played very well in picking up our team points," said Head Coach Gary Bach.
The Eagles remained winless in Prairie North Conference standings after a comeback from an 18-0 deficit fell short Friday night. The Panthers hung on to prevail 18-13, but not before withstanding a fourth-quarter flurry from NY Mills. "I was happy with the way we came back in the fourth quarter," said Head Coach Matt Radniecki. "We didn't give up and lay down but we kept fighting and working hard." The Eagles' offense was kept at bay and on the sidelines for most of the first half.
The Yellowjacket football team had a long bus ride back from Thief River Falls after a 29-13 defeat at the hands of the Prowlers. A defensive battle for nearly two quarters was ended with a Jerry Guerrero 36-yard field goal giving the Prowlers an early 3-0 lead with two minutes remaining in the first half. "Defensively, we continued to play well, stopping Thief River Falls from scoring several times. Offensively, our biggest challenge has been putting the ball in the end zone," said Head Coach Mike Jordahl.
The Perham boys cross-country team backed up its number one Class A state ranking with a second place finish at their home invitational meet. The Yellowjackets were only bested by Class 2A Moorhead by a combined 55 seconds. The girls team finished fourth and also behind all double-A schools. "The boys had the top six under 17:25," Head Coach Jeff Morris said. Keith Schornack was tops for Perham with a fifth place finish at 16:36, only 20 seconds behind winner Glen Ellington from Moorhead and Bryon Schultz from Nevis who ran 16:14.35 and 16:14.87 respectively.
The first Saturday morning in October should have found me sleeping in until time to move to the couch and the weekly 11 hours of college football viewing. Instead, fishing buddy Troy had called Friday night and I was up at the crack of dawn Saturday morn ready to go fiddle with the finicky on Franklin Lake. According to the Department of Natural Resources there are more than 15 varieties of fish in Franklin. According to fishing buddy and I there are three: slimy northerns, largemouth bass and one dogfish. This information was discovered each in its own idiom.