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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What began as an idea with a quarter-million dollar price tag in early spring has come to fruition - and just in time for the Fourth of July. The Perham Pirates and Dent Wildcats played the first game in front of the new Tuffy Stadium last Wednesday evening. Announcements about how the grandstand was put together and the key players involved in its construction and financing were applauded between innings. A donor recognition party was held last Monday evening to specifically thank the many people involved.
MIDWAY -- While the Perham Pirates jaw and rumble with each other and opposing teams and the New York Mills Millers try to stabilize the dugout from the head coach on down, up the road in Midway the Snurdbirds just continue to put up victories. Midway swept a doubleheader over rivals Wolf Lake 13-4 and Nimrod 10-6 on a hot Sunday at Matt Leritz Field. The victories clinch the Lake and Pine League North division title and give the Snurdbirds a bid to the upcoming Region 16C tournament in Perham to be played in early August. The Nimrod Gnats were poised to spoil the nightcap of the home doubl
In a recent online column titled "Amateur baseball goes soap opera," which was about poor sportsmanship displayed at a number of baseball games recently, where particular teams and participants were called out, a small uproar reached my desk after the story had been posted on eotfocus.com for a mere two hours. It struck a chord with a number of people, the offenders, other offendees, and even Minnesota Public Radio. Initially, I took it down because I try to respect the readership and the feelings of those involved, whether they deserve it or not. Nobody was rude in our conversations.
The next scheduled game of the week is a testy rematch of the Perham Pirates and Detroit Lakes Angels at Washington Park Wednesday evening, July 11 in Hi-10 league action. Words have recently been exchanged between the teams both at the last meeting, an 11-inning victory by Detroit Lakes in Perham Sunday, July 1, and online. Public threats of a bean ball fest with specific players named made their way around the Internet since the July 1 game. The teams had a rumble near home plate at their last game and the spurn of baseball etiquette is bound to stir the pot for Wednesday's rematch. It i
PERHAM -- The Perham Pirates defeated the Dent Wildcats 8-2 on the opening night of the new Tuffy Stadium at Krueger Field on a sticky and sweaty Independence Day evening. Perham took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning of a five-inning pitchers duel between Taylor Doll and Dent's David Stoll. Gavin Biegler scored in the first inning on a single by Jesse Hein to give Perham an early 1-0 lead. Hein had a big night at the plate going 4-5 with two singles, two doubles and two runs batted in. Beau Bruhn scored in the fourth to bump the lead to 2-0 trotting in from third base on a single to right
DENT -- The Countryside and Hi-10 leagues met in Dent Friday night to do battle in the All-Star Game. Countryside defeated the Hi-10 League 10-0 in eight innings in a game that was never close. The top of the order did most of the damage early for Countryside. Leadoff hitter, Bryan Jacklitch, of the Fergus Falls Canes, reached on an error and scored with teammate Dan Revering on a double by Vergas Loon Jake Bachmann for an early 2-0 lead. Bachmann scored from second base on a two-out double by Pelican Rapids Laker Brian Guler to up the lead to 3-0 after the first half-inning of play. Afte
Like many people around the area, I missed a majority of my initial weekend plans keeping an eye peeled on the saga that was Gabriele Anderson's weekend in Eugene, Ore., at the Olympic Trials. Gabe's story from representing Perham as the 2004 state 800-meter champion and four years of all-state performances, to success at the University of Minnesota, out-running cancer twice and just missing a trip to the London Olympics by a matter of seconds is possibly the town's most apt representation of Perham Pride. The bumper stickers are everywhere, but what does it really mean? The manner in which
EUGENE Ore. -- According to a Twitter post from Gabriele Anderson's sister Abby Anderson, Perham's Olympic hopeful has been reinstated, upon appeal, for Sunday's running of the 1500 Meter Final, after initially being disqualified for bumping into another runner on the last lap of her semifinal race. Gabriele immediately tweeted, "THANK GOD I'M BACK IN THE FINAL!
PERHAM -- Volunteers from the community have been hard at work getting the new Tuffy Stadium at Krueger Field ready to go for opening night on July 4. Work has continued at the site, including the installation of the roof and seating and painting of the buildings around Krueger Field. Members of the Perham Home Run Club, Perham Rotary Club and Rural Minnesota CEP have been on site getting the job done. "The CEP kids, Rotary, and Home Run parents knocked themselves out this week," Chairman of the Save the Ball Park Committee Fred Sailer said. Final roof material should arrive by Thursday.
AUDUBON -- Brandon Kupfer pitched a one-hit shutout and jacked a two-run homer to bring in the game-winner in a 5-0 victory over Lake Park-Audubon for the undefeated New York Mills Legion Post 116 baseball team. LPA sent their ace to the hill in Mason Swegarden and both pitchers battled to a scoreless tie until the sixth inning when they faced each other in the top half. Maison Roberts singled to lead off the inning and Kupfer belted the first pitch he saw over the left-centerfield fence dropping just behind the Lake Park-Audubon Boosters banner for an early 2-0 lead. Roberts' touch of home