Robert is the Sports Editor of 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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A strong defensive showing by Detroit Lakes led to a doubleheader sweep over visiting Perham Tuesday. The Lakers made all the plays in a 9-3 first game win, with no errors, and overcame five errors in game two with a couple of huge favorable plays at the plate in a narrow 9-8 walk-off win in the nightcap. "It's all about defense," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. Head Coach Jill Walter, understandably, took to more of an offensive review of the games. "Detroit Lakes hit the ball well and capitalized when they needed to," she said.
Perham bats sat cold next to the dugout in a light drizzle Saturday for six innings before warming up after noon, leading to a come from behind seventh inning win 4-3 over Little Falls. The Yellowjackets completed the sweep in the second half of the doubleheader by the same score. "We're maturing as a team," Head Coach Hans Hanson said. "It's great to have a comeback like that. We got a couple wins against a young, but very good team." Flyers starting pitcher Aaron Hallberg went the distance holding Perham batters to just two hits through six innings of play.
A late-night doubleheader sweep at Pillager Tuesday combined with a senior trip Wednesday had the NY Mills baseball team on the field again Thursday short of arms and intensity in a 12-0 loss to Wadena-Deer Creek. "We've got no energy today," Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. Many team members had arrived home well after 10 p.m. on consecutive nights.
The NY Mills softball team ran into a streaking Bertha-Hewitt club Thursday, dropping two games 11-3 and 12-2. The Bears are winners of seven straight and stand undefeated, atop the Park Region conference standings tied with Ottertail Central. Game one was tied at one run apiece heading into the fifth inning before the Bears broke out scoring 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The nightcap saw the Eagles fall behind early 6-0 before scoring twice in the sixth.
I love football. Friday nights under the lights, when the air smells like the game and the crunch of pads and helmets sound off in the night air. Pep bands and cheerleaders, a hot dog and hopefully a hometown win - hard to beat. All-day Saturdays on the couch, followed by all-day Sundays with the fellas in front of the television watching pigskin - that's for me. The NFL draft, on the other hand, umm, it's going on this weekend, isn't it? Luckily, I have friends who are beyond neurotic about the draft.
Head Coach Dave Cresap announced the Perham boy's basketball season awards at the annual team banquet Thursday night. "I am very proud of the senior leadership we received this year. We will miss Ben Bucholz, Jake Kalina, and Ben Waldon, as they move on to the next phase of their lives." The threesome will be deeply missed in the boys basketball program, but Cresap and the team have set high goals for next year's club. "We are very excited about the 2010-11 season as we return many players from this past year. We have set some high goals which we will work hard to achieve," Cresap said.
Hannah Rutten led the New York Mills' girls basketball team and was named Co-Most Valuable Player in the Park Region Conference awards that were announced Thursday. Rutten was also named to the All-State First Team. "Our conference was really tough this year, so to make all conference or honorable mention is a great accomplishment," said Head Coach David Paavola. Alicia Boe, Brittnie Menze were also named to the all-conference team, with teammate Samantha Welter accepting honorable mention honors. "These girls deserve it as they have worked hard and had a great season," said Paavola.
Despite beautiful weather outside, the 13th annual gathering of the National Fish Decoy Association's (NFDA) National Sporting and Collectible Show, held at the Perham Area Community Center (PACC) was well attended. Show Chairman Ron Osvold noted the seasonable weekend weather, along with other show vendors. "It was like 80 degrees, laying in the sun and fishing on your boat weather," he said. Linda Olson, from Backus, proffered a large collection of books themed from Native American history to hunting, fishing and wildlife from her antique store in Walker. "We always kind of hope for rain
All-time school leading scorer Elisa Moenkedick led the way on the court last year and took home six awards at the girl's basketball banquet. "Elisa was a great leader for our team and showed the younger girls what it meant to work hard every day," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Moenkedick, a senior, used the same work ethic off the court and transferred it to the classroom.
Head Coach Bryan Dunrud has some pep in his pep talks. Two visits to the rubber to meet with the team sparked lively comebacks in a split with the Pillager Huskies. NY Mills won the nightcap 10-7 after falling two runs short in the opener 9-7. "You're a better team than this," Dunrud said. The Eagles fell behind 6-1 in the top of the second inning of game one. After Dunrud's chat with his huddled infield the Eagles defense retired three of the next four Husky batters and held Pillager scoreless four consecutive innings. It took until the fourth inning for the Eagles to get on the board.