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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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.
PERHAM -- Right fielder Beau Bruhn hit a walk-off, two RBI, line drive to the left field gap to lead the Perham Pirates to a comeback 3-2 victory over the New York Mills Millers Wednesday evening. Millers' pitcher Josh Hendrickx threw a 2-2 heater at the level of Bruhn's eyeballs on what would have been the third ball of the sequence. Down 2-1 on the scoreboard with two men on base, Bruhn took a big hack at the ball and sent it well out of reach of Jeff Hamann and Jason Burg in left and center field.
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 7, 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's boys' cross-country team, ranked No. 2 in the nation, is being discussed as contenders for the national championship. The Yellowjackets are discussed in the attached National High School Coaches Association Sports Hour radio show. The audio segment turns to Perham approximately 20 minutes into the broadcast. 15 minutes into the broadcast, talk about how rankings are computed, including track times and the power rankings are discussed, which leads into the Perham discussion.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The only team to blemish the New York Mills Eagles record this season, the St. Agnes Aggies (23-6), went on to win the Class A Baseball Championship with their third shutout in as many games at the tournament. The Aggies, behind ace Jack Fossand, defeated the Lac Qui Parle Valley Eagles 6-0 Monday at Target Field. Lac qui Parle Valley ended their season with a record of 18-10. The Eagles reached the title game in their first trip to the state tournament. Fossand pitched his second shutout of the tournament, allowing only four hits in seven innings of work.
JORDAN, Minn. -- New York Mills won 25 of 26 games this season with great pitching and timely hitting. Both proved to be key in a last-inning comeback from two runs down to defeat Ely 3-2 and capture the Minnesota State Class A Consolation title. All three of the Eagles games at state were pitcher's duels. In the consolation final, NY Mills' Tyler Patron battled Ely's Will Gustafson for six innings before either team got on the board. "The first six innings Tyler Patron pitched a heck of a ballgame," NY Mills Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.
CHASKA, Minn. -- Jack Fossand struck out 12 batters and was aided by the only run of the game scored on a controversial balk call as the St. Agnes Aggies handed New York Mills its first defeat of the season in the state quarterfinals late Thursday evening. With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Eagles starter Adam Snelgrove struck out Joe McDonald. However, the ball got away from catcher Adam Patron and trickled to his right coming to rest quietly near the Aggies on-deck circle. McDonald scampered to second base on the play.
JORDAN, Minn. -- After carding a 91 to tie for 44th place after day one of the Class 2A state golf meet, Perham's Rachel Nelson opened day two with a 43 on the back nine highlighted by a birdie on the par three 15th hole. Nelson's tee shot landed on the edge of the green on the short 75-yard hole. The pin placement left much of the green out of play with the hole pocketed on the short side. Nelson cracked a smile as her eight-foot uphill putt found the hole. Nelson battled to find par for most of the first nine holes after hitting one of her two pars on her opening hole, the 10th.
SAINT PAUL, MINN. -- The boys 4x800 meter relay team brought back Perham's top finish at the Class A State Track and Field Meet at Hamline University Saturday, June 9. Freshman Billy Beseman, sophomore Jayden Cullen, and juniors Nick Carignan and Dalton Dahms combined for a sixth place medal-earning finish in a time of 8:14.26. The foursome earned four points and tallied the only score for members of the Perham boys team.
Target Field is two wins away for the undefeated champions of Section 6A, the 23-0 and No. 3-ranked New York Mills Eagles. The state quarterfinals will be held in Chaska, Minn., at Chaska Athletic Park. The Eagles will face the winners of Section 4A, the St. Agnes Aggies (20-6). The Aggies are ranked No.