Robert is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning 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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PELICAN RAPIDS -- Perham and the host Vikings continued their season-long shootout with the Vikings winning another meet by only five strokes over the Yellowjackets. Senior Mackenzie Strand, of Pelican Rapids, was the medalist on her home course shooting a low round of 38. Rebecca Huus, an eighth-grader and junior Rachel Nelson, of Perham, were right behind Strand. Huus carded a 40; Nelson scored a 41. Paige Mattfeld, a freshman from Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal, was the only golfer not from Perham or Pelican Rapids to crack the top five.
BARNESVILLE -- Senior Toby Curtis finished runner-up to Frazee star Beau Hanson at the Heart O' Lakes Conference Meet at Willow Creek in Barnesville leading Perham to the team victory and a comfortable nine-point lead over Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal in the conference standings. Fellow senior Dan Cavanagh shot a 36, good for a fourth place finish. Hanson carded a 34, one stroke better than Curtis' 35. Perham's team score of eight is indicative of winning each of the eight conference meets this season.
PERHAM -- Meinhover Field played kindly to the host Yellowjackets girls track team as Perham took five conference championships and the team title at the Heart O' Lakes Track Championships. Senior Kelsey Kratzke led the way with two conference titles. Kratzke led a pack of three Yellowjackets to the finish line taking the 800-meter title in 2:33.07. Cassie Beseman finished second, followed by Lizzie Fudge in fourth. In the 1600m run, it was Kratzke again leading Fudge and Brynnan Covington to the line.
SEBEKA -- The New York Mills girls track team finished fourth at the Park Region Conference Championships. The Eagles left Sebeka with two conference champions. Lydia Rutten, a seventh-grader, was the star of the show breaking a school record and winning the conference title in the 400-meter dash. Her time of 1:00.10 beat the mark set by Tonya Van Erp in 1993, by nearly four seconds, for the 400m dash with a time of 1:04. Rutten joins teammate Kristy Koljonen as current Eagle track members holding school records. Rutten added a runner-up finish in the 800m run.
SEBEKA -- The New York Mills boys track team finished in fifth place at the Park Region Conference Track Championships May 17. The 4x800-meter relay team of Taylor Ericksrud, Mike Sonsalla, Sam Weber and Gunner Flynn recorded the Eagles best finish for the second straight meet. Their time was 10:07.79 was over 16 seconds faster than the prior week and good for third place. The 4x100m relay team took fourth in a time of 56.01. Ericksrud finished ninth in the 400m dash, a place behind teammate Mike Meyer in eight Ericksrud's best personal finish was a fourth place mark in the 800m run (2:19
PERHAM -- The Perham boys track team were runners-up to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at the Heart O' Lakes Conference Track Championships. The Rebels outdistanced the Jackets by 44 points, 155-111. Like the girls team, the influence of talented distance runners proved beneficial to Perham's scoring. Jayden Cullen's time of 10:21.12 made him the conference champion in the 3200m run. Cross-country teammate Billy Beseman was next to finish (10:31.68) followed by Ben Sullivan making it a Yellowjacket sweep with his third place mark of 10:37.
CROOKSTON -- The top four seeds in Section 8A all advanced at this year's team tournament in Crookston, including the No. 2 Pirates, who swept all seven matches from the No.
DETROIT LAKES --The Perham tennis team finished regular season play with a 2-9 record and will enter the Section 8-1A team tournament Monday as the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 Crookston, in Crookston, at 4:30 p.m. Detroit Lakes won the meet 5-2. The two and three doubles teams got Perham's only victories. Madison Paridon and Chad Hofland defeated Colton Friesen and Cody Knopf three and four. Mike Botzet and Christian Hinckley took out Caleb Howard and Chandler Hanks three and one. Laker brothers Isaac and Alex Fondrick were victorious at No. 1 and 2 singles.
The youngest Perham gymnastics team in 10 years continued the program's heralded success for a 10th consecutive year chalking up a number of significant accomplishments on their way to appearing in the state tournament for an amazing 10th consecutive season. The team did so by winning a 10th straight Section 8A championship. The Yellowjackets finished fourth place at the state meet during a two-day period where teams like Melrose, New Prague and Big Lake, the top three finishing schools, arrived at the tournament waiting to pounce on a Yellowjacket squad that would need perfection on their s
NEW YORK MILLS -- The No. 2-seeded Eagles softball team overcame a five-run first inning from No. 7-seed Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in big fashion on their way to a 16-5 opening round trouncing of the Wolves. After an error on the first fly ball of the game, all five Wolves batters came around to score and with a record of 10-6 W-H-A has proven they know how to win. "It was pretty ugly," NY Mills Assistant Coach Greg Esala said. The Wolves are one of two teams who score more than the Eagles. NY Mills averages 10.3 runs per game.