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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JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- According to a June 23 report in the Jamestown Sun, former Menahga wrestling coach Ronald Duane Holzworth pleaded guilty to incest, a Class C felony. Holzworth was accused of engaging in sexual acts on multiple occasions with a person who was related to him, between Dec. 26, 2009, and Dec.
NEW YORK MILLS -- The New York Mills Legion Post 116 baseball team took advantage of two errors to defeat Parkers Prairie Post 219 by a score of 3-0 on a humid Wednesday evening. Most of the game took place in the 66 feet between the mound and home plate. New York Mills starter Adam Snelgrove pitched a five-hit gem striking out 14 batters while issuing no walks. Snelgrove fanned the side in back-to-back third and fourth innings to retire Parkers Prairie.
The Perham Pirates and Dent Wildcats will kick off the grand opening of Tuffy Stadium at Krueger Field Wednesday, July 4. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students. An expanded concession stand will be available offering brats, burgers and hot dogs from the grill. After the game at approximately 10 p.m. fireworks will be on display. There will be promotional giveaways throughout game, including Minnesota Twins trivia every inning.
EUGENE, Ore. -- The 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials will begin Thursday, June 21 in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field. Perham's Gabriele Anderson's quest for a spot on the U.S.A. Olympic team will begin a week into the Trials on Thursday, June 28. Anderson will be attempting to qualify for the London games in the 1500-meter run. The qualifying race will be held on day seven, June 28, at 3:50 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). The finals in the 1500m are one of the last races scheduled and will be held near the end of the Trials on July 1, at 4:23 p.m. PST.
PERHAM -- If there is a running race in the area one can count on the Perham cross-country teams to fill the top spots. Only Thomas Stolee, a 25-year-old from Perham, finished ahead of a pack of four Perham 10k XC racers. Stolee finished in 36:19.8, averaging a five-minute, 51-second mile to win. Familiar names that will be populating the sports pages at the end of summer and into autumn lined up behind Stolee in second through fifth places. Keeghan Hurley was runner-up, 37:50.4. Nick Carignan, 39:10.3, finished in third place.
WADENA -- According to a report by Sportscow.com's Kyle Gylsen, former Perham head football coach Howie Kangas will take over the reins of the football program at Wadena-Deer Creek High School beginning this coming season. The Wadena-Deer Creek school board approved the hiring of Kangas in June to be the new head coach. Kangas coached at Perham for 18 seasons and compiled a record of 119-65, giving him the most wins in school history. Kangas took the Yellowjackets to the Section 8AAA championship in each of his last five seasons in Perham.
PERHAM -- A five-run fourth inning was enough for Detroit Lakes Post 15 to defeat the Perham Buzz 5-3 in the championship game of the Perham Home Run Club's Wooden Bat Tournament Sunday afternoon. Three costly Buzz errors erased a 1-0 Perham advantage leading to five unearned runs on just one hit for the Lakers. Reed Johnson got the only Laker hit, a two-RBI single that scored Jordan Manning and Ben Lindquist to push the lead to 3-1. Perham starter Eric Brauch cruised through the first three innings allowing only Manning to get past first base. Brauch walked three batters in the fourth inn
PERHAM -- J.T. Laughlin had three RBI and Jesse Hein threw a two-hitter to lead Perham past Redwood Falls to advance to Sunday's championship game of the Wooden Bat Tournament. The Buzz defeated the Redwood Falls Cardinals 4-0. Hein took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Austin Kretsch broke up the bid with a double and Logan Swann singled.
PERHAM -- The Perham Silver Pirates evened their Northwest League record at 2-2 with an extra-inning walk-off victory over the Menahga-Sebeka Relics (1-3) Thursday night. The finish made it two nights in a row for walk-off wins for the home team on Krueger Field.
Watch out, I have my pedal to the metal and you are in the way, Otter Tail County drivers. Because of the consistent excellence of athletic teams in New York Mills and Perham, at the end of every sporting season, I am on the road all over the area and I see you thoughtless drivers. I drive fast, but I also try to be considerate. You've seen that car behind you while you're eating up space crawling in the left lane.