Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14.
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GLYNDON -- The New York Mills girls track team finished 16th out of 20 teams at the Section 6A True Team Track and Field Championships at Glyndon May 8. Kristy Koljonen, a junior, and Lydia Rutten, a seventh-grader, led the team with top-10 finishes. Koljonen was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.81); she was also sixth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 53.67. Rutten finished fourth in 400m dash in a time of 65.65 and fourth in the 800m run (2:42.85) for the Eagles' best finishes in any event.
FRAZEE -- The Perham softball team (8-11) completed a season sweep of Pelican Rapids (3-12) to open the Frazee Tournament with a victory. The Yellowjackets scored early and cruised to a 7-2 win. The two teams had met the week prior in Perham with Perham hanging on to a 2-1 victory. By the time the Vikings got their two runs in the fourth inning, the Jackets opened a 5-0 advantage. Allie Doll scored twice in the game. Perham answered the Vikings' two runs in the fourth with two of their own.
MOORHEAD -- The Perham boys golf team put some distance between their top spot in the Heart O' Lakes Conference and second place Hawley after a victory at the Meadows in Moorhead. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal aided the Jacket cause finishing in third place with a team score of 333. Frazee's Beau Hanson was back in form winning medalist honors shooting a 68, seven strokes better than Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal's Cody Cook in second place. Perham's Toby Curtis finished in third place with a score of 77 and a scorecard playoff. Nick Kalina finished in sixth carding a 79. The Yellowjackets won the meet f
BARNESVILLE -- Destiny Mitchell led the Yellowjackets to a runner-up finish at the Heart O' Lakes Girls Golf meet at Willow Creek Golf Course in Barnesville May 8. Mitchell shot a 42, one stroke behind medalist Alexa Bekkerus of Pelican Rapids. Bekkerus's one stroke would prove the difference as the Vikings edged Perham out of the meet title by one stroke, 179 for Pelican Rapids, to the Yellowjackets' 180. Rachel Nelson followed up her impressive runner-up performance at Breckenridge with a 43, two strokes off the lead.
SEBEKA -- Of the teams remaining on the schedule, NY Mills' Tyler Patron made mention a few weeks ago about tough match-ups still to come from Sebeka and Frazee. The Eagles dispatched Sebeka on the road in a pair of wins, (7-2 and 1-0) in a sweep that has the Eagles one win from clinching the Park Region Conference title.
DETROIT LAKES -- The Perham boys track team scored 293 points to finish sixth at the Section 8AA True Team Track and Field Championships in Detroit Lakes May 8. Little Falls won the event with 456 points to advance to the State True Team Meet in Stillwater May 20-21. Brady Speicher led Perham with two runner-up finishes. Speicher finished the 1600-meter run in 4:37.11, second to Fergus Falls' Zach Haus (4:35.01).
DETROIT LAKES -- The Perham girls track team finished fifth out of nine teams at the Section 8AA True Team Track and Field Championships in Detroit Lakes May 8. The host Lakers won the meet with 505 points. Park Rapids Area finished second with 476. Perham scored 311. The top four teams of DL, Park Rapids, Fergus Falls and Little Falls claimed every event victory, other than Thief River Falls' Meleah Biermaier who took home three titles in the 100-meter and 300m hurdles and Long Jump. Perham's top finisher was junior Miranda Lockhart.
Last night, friends of mine got into their trucks with boats in tow and headed out for the midnight fishing opener. I was watching a DVR'd copy of the season finale of "Fringe" on my Arvig cable system. Right now, caravans of boats are lining up on interstates and highways throughout our land of lakes to chase small creatures with tantalizing baits. I wonder how many boats I will count on Highway 10 when driving to the girls softball tournament in Frazee later today. I like fishing as much as the next guy. Okay, I don't. But I don't hate it.
Winning by only five runs is considered a close game this season for the No.5-ranked New York Mills baseball team. Section 6A-South opponents, the Ashby Arrows (2-9), made the cross-county trip to NY Mills and left without scoring a run in a 5-0 loss to the Eagles, leaders of Section 6A-North (7-0). The shutout is the second consecutive blanking by the Eagles, who are 10-0 overall. Tyler Patron threw six innings, striking out seven and walking one.
PERHAM -- The Park Rapids baseball team came to Perham after a split in Staples with a chance to dictate the resulting Mid-State Conference standings after a pair of games with the Yellowjackets. The Panthers (4-5) left Perham with a sub-.500 conference record after the Yellowjackets swept both games 14-4 and 10-8. Perham (9-1) now holds a one-game advantage in the conference standings over Staples-Motley (8-2). Game two was marred by some controversy. Park Rapids' Head Coach Zach Holsman was shown the exit by umpire Brian Mort in the second inning after arguing a situation with his reli