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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WILLMAR -- Zach Langendorfer and Jayden Cullen will represent Perham at the state swimming and diving meet Thursday-Saturday at the U of M Aquatic Center. Cullen finished fourth in the 500-freestyle to qualify in a time of 5:13.99. He swam 5:19.79 in prelims. Langendorfer was one of 10 100-breaststroke swimmers to nip the state qualifying time of 1:05.35. Langendorfer finished fifth in a time of 1:04.31. He swam a qualifying time twice with a 1:04.45 in prelims. As a team, Perham finished in 11th place with 94 points.
ULEN -- Even with a majority of seniors in the starting lineup, it was freshman Ellie Rutten who led the Eagles with an immense effort of 31 points and 20 rebounds in the opening round of Sub-section 6A-North. The Eagles were unable to compliment their star center and were knocked out of the playoffs 60-45 by the No.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Seeking their first state championship since 1995, the No. 1-ranked Melrose Dutchmen gymnastics team ended an eight-year Perham Yellowjacket streak taking the Minnesota Class A gymnastics championship out of Yellowjacket hands. Perham, ranked No.
The No.10-New York Mills girls basketball team (2-20) will open Sub-section 6A playoffs on the road at No. 7-seed Ulen-Hitterdal (4-22) Monday, Feb. 27. The two teams met in Ulen December 27 with the host Spartans holding on for a two-point victory 39-37. The winner will move on to face the No. 2-seed Waubun (17-4). The Eagles will wrap up regular season play this week. They will get a look at Waubun tonight, Thursday, Feb. 23, and the Bombers' Jenna Lundon, who has already surpassed 2,000 career points.
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Perham boys basketball team picked up their 20th victory of the season pounding section foe Pequot Lakes 61-36 Tuesday evening. The Yellowjackets held the Patriots to just nine first half points leading by a 24-point margin at the break 33-9. The two teams met in last year's section semi-final in Park Rapids with Perham eliminating Pequot Lakes 64-48. No Patriot shooters scored in double figures. Logan Lange and Jordan Redmond each had nine points. Mark Schumacher led all scorers with 17 points shooting 8-10 from the field.
PERHAM -- The Perham Yellowjackets girls basketball team closed to within one-half game of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton for third place in the Heart O' Lakes Conference with a 65-56 victory over the Rebels at home on Senior night. "Our five seniors led us from the start of the game as all five started and got us out to a quick lead with some aggressive defense," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Becky Stoll had a big night leading all scorers with 25 points. Stoll almost pulled off a tricky triple-double.
NEW YORK MILLS -- Only four shooters scored for the NY Mills boys basketball team, but they propelled the Eagles to their second win of the season defeating Rothsay 66-53 on Parents night. Rothsay held a one-point advantage at halftime, 27-26, but Adam Snelgrove exploded in the second half scoring 21 of his 28 points to lead all scorers. While Snelgrove typically scores many of his points from three-point range, he had only one three, combined with nine field goals, while shooting 7-9 from the free throw line. Charlie Peeters added 19 points, shooting 5-6 from the line and scoring seven fr
NEW YORK MILLS -- The Norman County East Eagles completed a doubleheader sweep of the New York Mills Eagles as both the boys and girls teams matched up Saturday. The Norman County East boys (8-14) won 74-38, sending NY Mills to their 13th consecutive loss and dropping the Eagles record to 1-19 on the season. Adam Snelgrove hit five three-pointers to lead NY Mills with 15 points.
BARRETT -- The top-seeded New York Mills wrestling team was bumped from Section 6A team wrestling tournament by No. 4-seeded and three-time defending Section 6A champion Border West Saturday in Barrett 38-27. "We weighed in a lineup to win in the finals and that ended up being the difference," Eagles Head Coach Eric Niemi said.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- For the sixth time since 2004, the Perham Yellowjackets wrestling team is heading to the State AA wrestling tournament after a sweep of the Section 8AA tournament in Thief River Falls. On paper, none of the scores appeared close. Perham defeated: Staples-Motley in the quarterfinals 48-19; Fergus Falls 41-19 in the semifinals and took the championship match 40-19. "It was not as easy as it looked in the box score," Head Coach Robb Moser said. "The boys did wrestle very well though.