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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FRAZEE — For the second straight game, Perham got a first inning three-run home run that was enough scoring for victory and led to a shortened mercy rule win in a 14-3 victory over Frazee Tuesday in non-conference action. Dylan Kruzel hit the first inning home run to put Perham up 3-0. Josh Still also homered in the game. Perham scored in four of five innings, two in the second, seven in the fourth and a pair in the fifth inning.
PERHAM - Stellar pitching continues to benefit the Perham baseball team as the Yellowjackets improved to 15-1 with a mercy rule 10-0 victory over Ottertail Central (9-6) Monday. Dylan Kruzel was nearly untouchable pitching a two-hit shutout for five innings. Kruzel struck out 10 of the 17 batters he faced, two over the minimum.
STILLWATER — Perham got off to a slow start while Totino-Grace was hot out of the blocks at the State True Team Track meet Saturday afternoon. Perham was in eighth place out of nine teams after three events but climbed up one spot to seventh with four events remaining. That's where the Yellowjackets finished with a team total of 269 points. Perham placed above Cloquet (256.5) and Plainview-Elgin-Millville (239). Totino-Grace won the meet by a 59-point cushion over Mankato East 446-387. Sartell-St.
PELICAN RAPIDS/HAWLEY — Perham got two big individual victories on the home courses of their closest competitors to keep pace and in the lead of the Heart O’ Lakes Conference girls golf standings Thursday. Becca Huus continued to shoot well in less than ideal conditions winning medalist honors at the Heart O’ Lakes - Pelican Rapids carding a 38 and leading Perham to a runner-up finish to Hawley.
PEQUOT LAKES — Katie White picked up two wins by fanning 13 batters in 14 total innings while tagging a game-winning solo home run in the first game as the Pequot Lakes Patriots swept Perham in Thursday’s Mid-State Conference doubleheader. Kayla Miller went 3-4 with a double and RBI for the Patriots in a 8-7 first-game win while Barb Miller added three hits, three runs, and an RBI. Kayla Miller smacked a two-run double in the second game as the Patriots won 4-3. Pequot Lakes and Staples-Motley are tied atop the Mid-State with 10-0 records.
PARKERS PRAIRIE — No. 7A New York Mills remained undefeated (13-0) with a doubleheader sweep of Parkers Prairie (2-10) Thursday in Park Region baseball action. The Eagles did not allow a run in either game as Brandon Kupfer continues to pitch the year without having been scored upon. The Eagle offense took six innings to get going in the opener but in crunch time New York Mills batted around for six last-inning runs for a 6-0 victory.
PERHAM — The No. 9-AA Yellowjackets (14-1, 11-1) swept Pequot Lakes in Perham’s final conference games of the season as Josh Still and CJ Mulcahy pitched complete game, three-hit shutouts to earn at least a share of the Mid-State Conference title. The championship is the second in three years for Perham and the pair of wins make 12 straight for a relaxed and streaking ball club. It’s easy to play loose when the opposing team does not cross the plate.
EVANSVILLE — No.7A New York Mills found themselves in a rarity, trailing in a baseball game against the Brandon-Evansville Chargers. It was 2-1 Chargers after the first inning. Bradon Kupfer hit a solo shot for the Eagles’ first run of the game. Adam Patron scored in the top of the third to tie the game and the Eagles took control in the fifth when leadoff hitter Damon Tumberg and Patron scored for a 4-2 lead.
FRAZEE — The Perham boys track team cruised to the Heart O’ Lakes Conference title behind seven HOL championship performances and the girls team finished runners-up to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Lizzie Fudge won the 1,600m run in a time of 5:40.02 for the girls lone conference champ. On the boys side, the distance runs were intrateam competitions. Keeghan Hurley won the 800m run, finishing four seconds in front of teammate Billy Beseman.
PERHAM — The Yellowjackets pulled into a first place tie with Park Rapids at 9-1 in the Mid-State Conference with a sweep of Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday at Krueger Field. Perham pounded out 13 hits and rallied from 4-2 down with a run in the fifth and a pair in the sixth for a 5-4 win in the opener. Austin Erickson was a perfect 4-4 at the plate and swiped two bags and scored a run. Erickson leads the team with five steals this season.