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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Park Rapids senior captain Jarrett Johnson wound up for a game-winning slapshot from just inside the blue line and beat Laker goalie Tristan Wimmer to lead Park Rapids Area to a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime victory in Mid-State Conference and Section 8A boys hockey at Kent Freeman Arena Tuesday night. After a quiet opening 17 minutes, the hitting picked up from both teams while goals were tough to come by.
Lakers shutout at Alexandria Thursday night
The Fergus Falls got timely goals to start each period and outplayed a young Detroit Lakes squad in a 6-2 victory to open the season at Kent Freeman Arena Saturday afternoon. Otter defenseman Brad Moxness scored early in the first period as Fergus Falls caught DL in a change for the only goal of the opening 17 minutes. The Laker forecheck was solid forcing the Otters to work to get out of their zone, but Otter skaters were patient with the puck and refrained from turning the puck over in a close period.
The Detroit Lakes boys hockey team is coming off a 14-11-2 season of mopping up the Mid-State Conference (8-0) winning seven of 10 Section 8A regular season games only to see the season end with the section final one game away. Thief River Falls blanked DL in the section semis 4-0 on the way to a third place finish at the state tournament.
The winter season begins Saturday, Nov. 12 when the Detroit Lakes girls hockey team faces the Otters in Fergus Falls in the season opener for both teams. "The biggest thing is we have to score goals and that's something we worked on all week," Laker head coach Gretchen Norby said. "It's not a lack of skill there, we just haven't figured out how to get the shot off quickly and crash the net for rebounds. We're going to continue to work on that."
Lastrup starting pitcher and leadoff hitter Chad Weiss was a one-man wrecking crew leading the Lakers to a seven-inning 13-0 victory over the Detroit Lakes Angels in the opening round of the Class C Minnesota Baseball Association state tournament Saturday in Dassel. Weiss pitched a one-hit shutout for six innings fanning six Angels and did not issue a walk. He was 3-5 at the plate with a double, two singles, three RBIs and scored three runs.
MInnesota Vikings star Adam Thielen had Detroit Lakes abuzz Saturday hosting a full day of Kiwanis sponsored events at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center taking an opportunity to give back to his hometown. Thielen’s rise from a barely-recruited high school player to starring for the Minnesota Vikings this season has been full of timely successes at every chance he’s been given. “It's one of those things where you don't have a lot of opportunities, so when you do
Grace Swenson scored a game-high 15 points and Naomi Larson made an impact off the bench in a 65-48 non-conference girls basketball victory over Perham Saturday evening at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. Regular starter Hailey Jorgenson missed the game due to illness, which opened a spot on the floor for Larson, a five-foot-four sophomore spark plug.
See ya ‘round, Perham. The end of August marks the last of my time in Perham for the Focus, as I have accepted the sports editor position at my hometown newspaper in Detroit Lakes. I have been covering for both schools and newspapers while the new Focus sports editor, Jason Groth, moves to Perham and prepares to take over what I would describe as a never-ending sprint of road trips and winning.
PELICAN RAPIDS — Sam Muer scored two touchdowns, while Cole Schmitz topped the 100-yard rushing mark and the Perham offense found the end zone five times in a high-scoring 36-21 victory over archrival Pelican Rapids to open the season Friday night. Muer (42), Schmitz (103) and quarterback Mason Malikowski (87) combined for 232 of Perham’s 237 rushing yards and each scored a touchdown.