Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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The state meet was not enough for four leaders from the Perham girls track team. Elisa Moenkedick, Holly Sheets, Maddie McClellan and Abby Anderson competed in the New Balance Nationals, an elite track meet held at North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, N.C., June 17-19. The weather was an issue as the foursome competed in 98-degree humidity. Throw Coach, Eryn Moser accompanied the girls on the trip. "It was an opportunity to spend a week with some exceptional kids," she said. "They're respectful and polite and it wasn't really work. It was enjoyable.
The young pups took one from the older guys in an exciting 3-2 finale of the Wood Bat Baseball Tournament Sunday afternoon. "I could tell that going into this game, my guys were determined to win it," Stingers Coach Evan Meece said.
Drizzly and cool weather didn't stop 294 entrants from racing in the Turtle Fest Road Race, in fact, the drizzle added to the numbers of entrants. "I was hoping for 270," said Race Organizer Jim Wallin. "You just don't know and weather has a lot to do with it. We had perfect conditions to run.
Holly Karkela and Kaylan Huber both had ups and downs during the state golf meet and had plenty of ups and downs to traverse at hilly and windswept Ridges at Sand Creek golf course. Karkela carded an impressive 162 for sole possession of 7th place, shooting 39, 42, 41 and 40. Shooting 81s on consecutive days with opposing weather showed the mental strength Karkela needed to crack the top ten.
The Class 2A state boys' golf meet at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan was ended prematurely due to severe thunderstorms in the region. The tournament was ruled an 18-hole one, with the scores being used from Wednesday's first-round action. After day one, Perham's Dan Cavanagh sat in a six-way tie for 11th place after carding a two-over 74. Cavanagh got his opening round off to a smooth start sinking an eight-footer to save par on the difficult par-five first.
This is always a weird day for me, for, a decade and a half ago, I became a father for the first and only time. I was a college student and a mediocre one, at best. Maturity, for many men, comes later in life and I set myself up for a chance to grab it. Like many of my ilk, in their early twenties, I was unable to outdistance my own selfishness for a higher good. My daughter was born after an entire day of labor, literally, in the tenth month I'd known her mother. Like many young people, a cloak of invincibility was not where I thought it was.
Here in lakes country, there are plenty of things to do on a Saturday night. Thinking critically, in a public forum, may not interest everyone, but it sure should interest more. The annual Great American Think-Off, presented by the Regional Cultural Center, in New York Mills, is a crowning achievement to the ideal that some of us ponder life's greater questions with sincerity and purpose. What's sad is the number of empty seats in the auditorium during the philosophy debate and the seeming lack of interest from the surrounding region. I'm not blaming residents of New York Mills.
When asked, the majority of riders stated their number one reason for attending the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Ride was because it was for a good cause. Participants of the ride generated $120,951.83 Saturday, with donations still coming in. More than 1,000 bikes were seen and the only thing surpassing the uniqueness of the different motorcycles were the many faces of the participants. First year rider, Robin Morzek, of Montrose, was invited by friends.
Poet Charles Bukowski wrote, "The rich are not good to the rich. The poor are not good to the poor." No matter which side of this year's Think-Off argument a debater or audience member was on, more than anything, Bukowski's statement holds weight. While this quote was not in play during this year's debate, the sentiment resounded in arguments from all four Think-Off candidates.
Minnesota senior and Perham native Gabriele Anderson passed three runners in the last 75 meters to complete a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday. "I'm appreciative of all the support I've had from everyone back home and so glad to have come back for one more season," Anderson said. Anderson finished in a time of 4 minutes, 16.25 seconds earning her first All-America honor in her final collegiate event. "It's definitely surreal; the atmosphere at Hayward field is hard to match.