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 Perham Yellowjackets swept Detroit Lakes 3-0 in Section 8AA volleyball Tuesday at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. The Lakers were moved to 8AA from 8AAA where they had been playing since 2011-12. DL has switched between the two classes a number of times dating back to 2002. Perham pulled away steadily from DL in each of the three sets capitalizing on Laker errors and playing finding a more consistent attack.
The Detroit Lakes Angels batted around in a nine-run seventh inning to erase a two-run deficit and defeat the Perham Pirates 9-2 at Washington Park Wednesday night in Hi-10 League amateur baseball. Kyle Singer scored twice in the seventh frame and the Pirates committed four errors to help the cause of the home team. Nathan Currier gave the Pirates a one-run lead after leading off the third inning with a base hit and scoring on a Chris Ruther double.
Perham’s penchant for comeback victories was thwarted by Warroad in a 4-3 come-from-behind Section 8AA clinching win for the Warriors in Perham Friday afternoon at Krueger Field. The Yellowjackets forced a second and deciding game with an extra-inning victory over Warroad Thursday night.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Detroit Lakes is losing a golfing fixture of nearly 60 years in the permanent closing of Ironman Golf Course and the future sale of portions of the property. "Business-wise, the decision was easy; emotionally, it was really difficult," owner Mike Mathias said. "Once you care for the land and try to preserve that, it was really, really challenging." The decision to sell was made in early December, but not easily.
No. 9 Barnesville tried to take the air out of the ball, but top-seeded Perham remained patient and led for the entirety of the game in a 55-28 Section 8AA quarterfinal victory Saturday at Concordia College in Moorhead. Barnesville stalled with the ball offensively and killed much of the clock in the first half. The tactic worked in keeping Barnesville in the game. Four minutes into play, Perham held a 2-1 lead.
Perham’s Jada Olsen used a gold medal performance on uneven parallel bars to capture the bronze medal in the all-around competition at the Minnesota Class A Gymnastics State Championship Saturday at the University of Minnesota. Three Detroit Lakes gymnasts reached the podium on three of the four events. Sophomore Emma Disse captured silver on balance beam and bronze on floor exercise. Freshman Jackson Hegg placed fourth on bars. Sophomore Lexi Yliniemi had a sixth place floor exercise finish.
Crookston senior Dane Anderson held a shot attempt and wrapped around the net to stuff in an unassisted double-overtime game-winner and lead the No. 5 Pirates to the Section 8A semifinals in a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Detroit Lakes at Kent Freeman Arena Thursday night. “I was initially going to take that shot on the left side and I saw the goalie was way over there and thought just give it a try and that’s the kind of stuff that works in overtime,” said Anderson. “Those kind of greasy goals like that.”
A pair of No. 4 seeds in their respective sections, Detroit Lakes and Little Falls, skated to a 2-2 tie in a hardfought regular season home finale for the Lakers Thursday night. “That’s what we want,” Laker head coach Todd Dwyer said. “Playing together and we’ve got to play with desperation. If we don’t have that desperation this time of year, we’re going to be in trouble.” The Lakers maintained composure in some desperate times late in the game.
Park Rapids senior goalie Julia Smith stopped all 26 Laker shots and the No. 4-seeded Panthers erupted for five goals in the second period to end the No. 5 Detroit Lakes girls hockey season 6-0 in the play-in round of Section 8A playoffs at Ted O’Johnson Ice Arena in Park Rapids Thursday. Both teams needed a quick start and Park Rapids got that from leading scorer Alexa Kennedy with a goal in the opening minute of play.
The air will be thick with tension at Thursday night’s Section 8A Girls opening round hockey matchup between No. 5 Detroit Lakes and No. 4 Park Rapids Area on Panther home ice. Both regular season meetings went to overtime “It is going to be a very competitive game,” Laker head coach Gretchen Norby said. “Obviously, we are two pretty evenly-matched teams.”