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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Another week, another second place finish behind the Hawley Nuggets for Jeff Tweeton's golf team. The boys team finished with a score of 159, 11 strokes behind Hawley's 148 at Balmoral Golf Course. The Yellowjackets are keeping pace with the front running conference leaders. After two meets, Hawley stands atop the standings with two points. Perham is in second with four. Leading the way for the Jackets at Balmoral was Perham's Evan Arvig, who shot a 36 for second place. Barnesville's Ryan LeNoue, Hawley's Bret Syverson, and Frazee's Beau Hanson shot 34 to tie for medalist honors.
The Perham girls softball team ended a three-game losing skid and upped their mark to 5-4 with a doubleheader sweep of Pequot Lakes.
A conference title is not beyond the reach of the NY Mills Eagles baseball team. The Eagles split a home doubleheader with Ottertail Central Tuesday, winning 10-5 in the opener before dropping game two 14-4. According to Head Coach Chris Bushinger, the conference title is not something the team has discussed. "We know that if we play good baseball--we can finish right up near the top," he said.
The Perham track teams are off to a solid start and are placing high in nearly every event. Distance running has been a staple of the team and as hosts of the Perham Invitational, the boys 1600m runners allowed only one competitor from out of town to place. "We have exceptional depth, especially in our distance runners," Head Coach Mike Peterson said. Senior Sam Stoll took the 1600m with a time of 4:45.27.
The Perham boys golf team finished second, two strokes behind Hawley in the first Heart O' Lakes conference meet of the year, April 22 at Tipsinah Mounds. Perham finished with a score of 150. Medalist honors went to Bret Severson, of Hawley, who shot a 34. Nic Smith, of Perham, tied for second, with a round of 35. He won a scorecard playoff with Ryan LeNoue of Barnesville for second place. Other Yellowjacket scores were Evan Arvig 37; Kyle Dykhoff 38; Dan Cavanagh, Andrew Hurt, and Cory Dykhoff all shot 40. The Jackets hosted a rainy meet Saturday at Perham Lakeside Golf Club.
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.