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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On a beautiful Saturday afternoon for baseball, with the new brick backstop showcased in sunlight, the No. 11-ranked Perham Yellowjackets demolished the Hawley Nuggets 19-2 in five innings. "These guys came out today and really hit the ball," Perham Head Coach Hans Hanson said.
Miss Perham, Paige Meyer, will be competing in the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant June 14-16. Meyer has a loaded resume of past pageant successes. At the age of 12, she was crowned Princess Altona; in the fall of 2009, she was the first girl ever crowned Miss Red River Valley Outstanding Teen; in June 2010, she was the first runner-up at the Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen Pageant. She took a year off during her senior year to focus on her part of Maria in the musical, "Sound of Music." Music is a big part of who Meyer is.
MOORHEAD -- Both boys and girls 4x800-meter relay teams and three individuals are headed to the state track meet at Hamline University in St. Paul next week.
The Mid-State conference champion Perham baseball team had five players named to the all-conference team. Jesse Hein, Gabe Pankonin, Jack Stigman, Erick Brauch and J.T. Laughlin all made the squad. Pankonin hit .381 in conference play. Brauch and Laughlin hit big numbers. Brauch batted .425; Laughlin .438. Hein hit .235 and was 4-0 with a 2.44 ERA. Hein led the team with 31 strikeouts to only five walks. Brauch was 2-0 with an ERA under two at 1.56. Stigman was 3-0 with a 12-2 K/BB ratio. He hit .278. Brauch led the group with 17 hits and 11 RBI.
DETROIT LAKES -- This time of the golf season, for the past four years, has been when Perham senior Dan Cavanagh plays his best. He did so again taking Medalist honors at the Section 8AA subsection golf meet at Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids by one stroke over Michael Herzog of Detroit Lakes. Evan Arvig finished in a three-way tie for third shooting a 76, along with DL's Karter Smith and Tyler Baukol. Cavanagh carded a 74, Herzog a 75.
PERHAM -- The Yellowjackets (18-3) kicked off Section 8AA baseball playoffs with a comfortable cruise in an 11-1 mercy rule shortened victory over Breckenridge (2-16) Tuesday.
SEBEKA -- The New York Mills Eagles' second batter of the game, Adam Patron, scored the eventual game-winning run in the first inning in another tight battle with section foe Frazee. The Eagles won the Section 6A subsection championship game by a score of 3-1 to improve to 21-0 on the season. Brandon Kupfer got the pitching victory for the Eagles. "With Kupfer coming to the mound tonight I think we had a good chance of winning that ball game." NY Mills Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.
PARK RAPIDS -- One stroke can make all the difference in golf and one stroke is the reason the Perham girls golf team is advancing to sections. The Perham golfers finished third at the Section 8AA south sub-section golf meet at Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids Wednesday. Their combined team score of 391 was one stroke better than Fergus Falls and Wadena-Deer Creek, both turned in cards totaling 392. The finish qualifies the Yellowjackets for the Section 8AA Championship meet at Longbow Golf Course in Walker, Monday, June 4.
SEBEKA -- New York Mills' starting pitcher Adam Snelgrove two-hit Sebeka and the Eagle offense scored 10 runs in five innings to eliminate the Trojans. The Eagles advance to the Minnesota Section 6A double elimination round, which begins later tonight. "Coming into today's game we knew it would be a dogfight early on," NY Mills Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. "We thought with Snelgrove in, if we got a couple runs in, it would be enough to hold up." NY Mills scored a run in each of the first three innings using small ball.
BARNESVILLE -- Seventh-grader Lydia Rutten qualified for sections in three events to lead the New York Mills girls track team to a fifth place finish. Rutten, who broke a school record in the 400m dash last week, did so again this week with a new time of 59.42. She was the only racer to finish under the one-minute mark. Rutten also qualified for sections in the high jump, clearing four-feet, eight-inches, good for third place; she also placed third in the 200m dash in a time of 26.67. Kristy Koljonen won the 300m hurdles to advance to sections.