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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STAPLES -- Jesse Hein and Jacob Vetsch battled on the mound for three innings before Perham blew the game open in the middle innings en route to an 8-1 victory over Staples-Motley and the Mid-State Conference title. "The kids have played well and worked hard," Perham Head Coach Hans Hanson said. The win gives No. 20-2A ranked Perham a conference mark of 10-1 with one game to play.
EAST GRAND FORKS -- The Perham baseball team, ranked No.
NEW YORK MILLS -- The No.
GLYNDON -- The New York Mills girls track team finished 16th out of 20 teams at the Section 6A True Team Track and Field Championships at Glyndon May 8. Kristy Koljonen, a junior, and Lydia Rutten, a seventh-grader, led the team with top-10 finishes. Koljonen was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.81); she was also sixth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 53.67. Rutten finished fourth in 400m dash in a time of 65.65 and fourth in the 800m run (2:42.85) for the Eagles' best finishes in any event.
FRAZEE -- The Perham softball team (8-11) completed a season sweep of Pelican Rapids (3-12) to open the Frazee Tournament with a victory. The Yellowjackets scored early and cruised to a 7-2 win. The two teams had met the week prior in Perham with Perham hanging on to a 2-1 victory. By the time the Vikings got their two runs in the fourth inning, the Jackets opened a 5-0 advantage. Allie Doll scored twice in the game. Perham answered the Vikings' two runs in the fourth with two of their own.
MOORHEAD -- The Perham boys golf team put some distance between their top spot in the Heart O' Lakes Conference and second place Hawley after a victory at the Meadows in Moorhead. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal aided the Jacket cause finishing in third place with a team score of 333. Frazee's Beau Hanson was back in form winning medalist honors shooting a 68, seven strokes better than Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal's Cody Cook in second place. Perham's Toby Curtis finished in third place with a score of 77 and a scorecard playoff. Nick Kalina finished in sixth carding a 79. The Yellowjackets won the meet f
BARNESVILLE -- Destiny Mitchell led the Yellowjackets to a runner-up finish at the Heart O' Lakes Girls Golf meet at Willow Creek Golf Course in Barnesville May 8. Mitchell shot a 42, one stroke behind medalist Alexa Bekkerus of Pelican Rapids. Bekkerus's one stroke would prove the difference as the Vikings edged Perham out of the meet title by one stroke, 179 for Pelican Rapids, to the Yellowjackets' 180. Rachel Nelson followed up her impressive runner-up performance at Breckenridge with a 43, two strokes off the lead.
SEBEKA -- Of the teams remaining on the schedule, NY Mills' Tyler Patron made mention a few weeks ago about tough match-ups still to come from Sebeka and Frazee. The Eagles dispatched Sebeka on the road in a pair of wins, (7-2 and 1-0) in a sweep that has the Eagles one win from clinching the Park Region Conference title.
DETROIT LAKES -- The Perham boys track team scored 293 points to finish sixth at the Section 8AA True Team Track and Field Championships in Detroit Lakes May 8. Little Falls won the event with 456 points to advance to the State True Team Meet in Stillwater May 20-21. Brady Speicher led Perham with two runner-up finishes. Speicher finished the 1600-meter run in 4:37.11, second to Fergus Falls' Zach Haus (4:35.01).
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.