Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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HAWLEY -- The Eagles girls track team finished seventh out of 10 teams at the Hawley Booster Club track meet May 1. The boys team finished in 10th with two points. Lydia Rutten, a seventh-grader, won the 400-meter dash by nearly three seconds in a time of 1:01.87. Kristy Koljonen scored in two events. Koljonen finished runner-up in the 100m hurdles behind Laure Olson, of Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal. Koljonen's time was 17.40.
HAWLEY -- The Perham girls track team finished in a three-team battle for the top spot at the Hawley Booster Club Meet on May Day. Barnesville took the title with 104 points. Pelican Rapids and Perham battled it out for runners-up. The Vikings outscored the Yellowjackets by a single point, 93-92, to separate the teams in second and third place. Perham had one event winner. Cassie Beseman won the 1600-meter run easily in a time of 5:34.70. Pelican's Emily Bakken was second nearly 10 seconds back of the Perham senior.
PERHAM -- Friday's softball doubleheader between Perham and Detroit Lakes was all Lakers as DL outscored the Yellowjackets in two games by a combined score of 38-5. Perham scored all their runs in the first inning of game one and held that lead until the fourth inning, up 5-4. The Laker bats went shifted into overdrive and DL put up 19 runs on 12 hits in the final two innings of the mercy-rule shortened game. From the second inning on, only two Perham batters reached base. Tina Schmitz reached on a walk with two away in the fourth. Ali Christenson was safe at first on an error at the bag
DETROIT LAKES -- The Perham Yellowjackets baseball team swept a double-header, in less than pleasant spring conditions Friday, to move into a tie for first place with Staples-Motley (9-3, 7-1) in the Mid-State Conference. The Jackets (9-3, 7-1) won by scores of 13-3 and 8-3 to extend their winning streak to seven games after starting the season 2-3. "I am pleased with our overall pitching," Perham Head Coach Hans Hanson said.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Mid-State Conference front-runners, the Pequot Lakes Patriots (14-0, 8-0) outscored the Yellowjackets 29-5 in a doubleheader at home putting a stranglehold on the conference lead. Detroit Lakes sits in second place at 4-2, behind the Patriots 8-0 start to the season. Perham is fifth place with a 3-5 Mid-State record, 5-6 overall. Perham has lingered near a .500 record all season with streaks of wins and losses never larger than two games. In the 16-4 opener, Pequot Lakes doubled the Jackets in hits 12-6. Ali Christenson was the lone Yellowjacket with a multi-hit game.
PERHAM -- The second doubles team of Mike Botzet and Christian Hinckley teamed up for Perham's only victory in a 6-1 loss Tuesday afternoon. Botzet and Hinckley won their match 6-4, 6-1 over Austin Nelson and Cody Knopf. The Lakers swept the all four singles matches in straight sets. Al Shoeneberger went to a tiebreak in the second in a 6-0, 6-7 loss to Tom Warweg. Detroit Lakes won the one and three doubles matches in straight sets, as well. 1 sing. Isaac Fondrick (DL). def Naoto Nitta (P). 6-o. 6-1 2 sing. Alex Fondrick (DL). Def Jordan Cresap (P). 6-1. 6-1 3 sing.
DETROIT LAKES -- Perham golfers Rachel Nelson, a junior, and eighth-grader Becca Huus shot 86 and 88, respectively, to place third and fourth at the Pelican Rapids Invitational at Wildflower Tuesday, April 24. Perham finished in third place in the team standings with a cumulative score of 388. Staples-Motley won the event shooting 367. The host Vikings were runners-up two strokes back at 369. Emily Israelson, of Staples-Motley was the medalist of the tournament turning in a low card of 82.
Sometimes I will read an editorial opine by any number of writers around the world and dismiss the whole mess to the inner madness of another egomaniacal windbag. Having access to a public forum can be both a blessing and a curse for both reader and writer. It is also a privilege and that right has been treated myriad ways from lies to abuse to genius throughout the print era. It is the latter that should be aspired to, but perfection cannot be attained, even if one had plenty of free time; something so many writers are lacking. My point is I missed my privilege.
MENAHGA --Thursday's Menahga Invite at Blueberry Pines Golf Club was won by Staples-Motley shooting a 296. Perham finished in second place with a 328. According to head coach Jeff Tweeton, Nick Forsberg and Mike Strain from Staples-Motley were the co-medalists, with very good scores of 70, especially considering the weather. Bagley finished third with a 341 in what Tweeton called not the strongest field in the world.
NEW YORK MILLS -- The Eagles softball team had their season opening six-game win streak snapped by conference foe Ottertail Central in NY Mills. The Bulldogs swept the Eagles 5-2 and 17-7. The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead in game one when EmaLeigh Roberts singled and stole second and third base.