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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FERGUS FALLS -- The No. 3-ranked New York Mills Eagles baseball team advanced to the Section 6A finals behind a one-hitter by sophomore Brandon Kupfer. Kupfer pitched a complete game, allowing one unearned run, while walking two and striking out nine Eagle Valley Rebels in a 4-1 victory. "Brandon Kupfer did an outstanding job," NY Mills Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. "He was consistently around the plate, kept their hitters off balance. (Eagle Valley) didn't have very many hard hit balls off him all game long and that's the name of the game." The Eagles improve to 22-0.
Defending state champion Detroit Lakes won a meet that was closer than expected defeating Fergus Falls by five strokes to advance to the state golf tournament next week in Jordan, Minn. The Otters were charging at the Lakers but a late two-stroke penalty on ruling of a plugged ball on an Otter secured the win for the Lakers. Perham finished in third place with a score of 315. The top two individual spots went to qualifiers not on contending teams. Bagley's Aaron Leintz was the medalist with a low round of 71.
Perham junior Rachel Nelson fired an 88 at Longbow Golf Course in Walker at the Section 8AA championship meet to qualify for the 2012 Minnesota State golf tournament. Nelson was the only Perham golfer on either the boys or girls teams to qualify.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon for baseball, with the new brick backstop showcased in sunlight, the No. 11-ranked Perham Yellowjackets demolished the Hawley Nuggets 19-2 in five innings. "These guys came out today and really hit the ball," Perham Head Coach Hans Hanson said.
Miss Perham, Paige Meyer, will be competing in the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant June 14-16. Meyer has a loaded resume of past pageant successes. At the age of 12, she was crowned Princess Altona; in the fall of 2009, she was the first girl ever crowned Miss Red River Valley Outstanding Teen; in June 2010, she was the first runner-up at the Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen Pageant. She took a year off during her senior year to focus on her part of Maria in the musical, "Sound of Music." Music is a big part of who Meyer is.
MOORHEAD -- Both boys and girls 4x800-meter relay teams and three individuals are headed to the state track meet at Hamline University in St. Paul next week.
The Mid-State conference champion Perham baseball team had five players named to the all-conference team. Jesse Hein, Gabe Pankonin, Jack Stigman, Erick Brauch and J.T. Laughlin all made the squad. Pankonin hit .381 in conference play. Brauch and Laughlin hit big numbers. Brauch batted .425; Laughlin .438. Hein hit .235 and was 4-0 with a 2.44 ERA. Hein led the team with 31 strikeouts to only five walks. Brauch was 2-0 with an ERA under two at 1.56. Stigman was 3-0 with a 12-2 K/BB ratio. He hit .278. Brauch led the group with 17 hits and 11 RBI.
DETROIT LAKES -- This time of the golf season, for the past four years, has been when Perham senior Dan Cavanagh plays his best. He did so again taking Medalist honors at the Section 8AA subsection golf meet at Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids by one stroke over Michael Herzog of Detroit Lakes. Evan Arvig finished in a three-way tie for third shooting a 76, along with DL's Karter Smith and Tyler Baukol. Cavanagh carded a 74, Herzog a 75.
PERHAM -- The Yellowjackets (18-3) kicked off Section 8AA baseball playoffs with a comfortable cruise in an 11-1 mercy rule shortened victory over Breckenridge (2-16) Tuesday.
SEBEKA -- The New York Mills Eagles' second batter of the game, Adam Patron, scored the eventual game-winning run in the first inning in another tight battle with section foe Frazee. The Eagles won the Section 6A subsection championship game by a score of 3-1 to improve to 21-0 on the season. Brandon Kupfer got the pitching victory for the Eagles. "With Kupfer coming to the mound tonight I think we had a good chance of winning that ball game." NY Mills Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.