Robert is the Sports Editor of 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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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
PELICAN RAPIDS -- Junior Miranda Lockhart was Perham's lone girls event winner at the Hank Emmel Invitational in Pelican Rapids Thursday, May 3. Lockart outdistanced the competition by nearly three feet throwing the discus 107-feet, seven-inches. Ada-Borup's Taylor Kujava was second with a throw of 104-08. Mary Riestenberg, a sophomore, finished runner-up to Emily Bakken of Pelican Rapids in the 1600-meter run. Bakken finished in 5:43.62; Riestenberg crossed the line in 5:53.15. The 4x800m relay team also finished runner-up in a time of 10:17.38.
FOSSTON -- The New York Mills softball team (No. 9-1A) played five games in two days Wednesday and Thursday, taking third place, with two victories out of three games, at a tournament in Fosston. The Eagles drew Class 3A Grand Rapids (6-5) to open play at noon. The Thunderhawks scored four in the third and two in the sixth to down the Eagles 6-2. EmaLeigh Roberts and Jenna Esala scored for New York Mills. Roberts led NY Mills going 2-4 at the plate. Autumn Roberts took the loss throwing three innings, giving up four runs, all earned, on seven hits.
PERHAM -- The Perham softball team picked up two runs in the first inning and the Yellowjacket defense made those runs stick for a 2-1 victory over Pelican Rapids Monday. The Vikings (1-6) out-hit the Jackets (7-9) eight to three and had momentum going into final at-bats in the seventh down a run. Ashley Silbernagel started the seventh looking for the complete game victory.
HANCOCK -- The New York Mills baseball team won by the 10-run mercy rule for the third consecutive game in a 10-0 shutout at Hancock Friday. The victory improves the Eagles, currently ranked No. 5 in Class A, to 9-0. So far in May, the Eagles have yet to go past five innings in a game due to scoring so many runs.
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.