Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14.
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THIEF RIVER FALLS -- For the sixth time since 2004, the Perham Yellowjackets wrestling team is heading to the State AA wrestling tournament after a sweep of the Section 8AA tournament in Thief River Falls. On paper, none of the scores appeared close. Perham defeated: Staples-Motley in the quarterfinals 48-19; Fergus Falls 41-19 in the semifinals and took the championship match 40-19. "It was not as easy as it looked in the box score," Head Coach Robb Moser said. "The boys did wrestle very well though.
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer duo of Taylor Thunstedt and Amanda Radel lit up the court from behind the arc sinking 12 three-pointers to lead the Wildcats to a 63-40 victory over Perham. Both teams played an even first half with the Wildcats going into the break up three, 33-30.
FERGUS FALLS -- Perham gymnasts took the top spot in each event continuing an incredible streak of 10 consecutive Section 8A championships. Perham led wire to wire in the team portion but not without a bit of drama in the final rotation. State Class A ranked No. 3 Perham led No. 4 Detroit Lakes 108.625-106.65 heading into the final apparatus. Jordan Martinson led off the final rotation with a solid performance on balance beam but missed the beam on her dismount and narrowly avoided injury. The fault made for a near two-point swing from a score near nine to low sevens.
GLYNDON -- The Perham boys basketball team never trailed in an easy 59-30 win at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Friday evening. Perham improves to 10-1 in the Heart O' Lakes Conference, tied for first with Pelican Rapids. The Yellowjackets are 19-2 overall. D-G-F remains winless in the HOL at 0-10 and 3-18 on the season. In an interview Tuesday afternoon, Perham head coach Dave Cresap admitted the team had been struggling offensively in recent games. None of that showed in Glyndon as the Yellowjacket offense found holes in the D-G-F defensive zone with Mark Schumacher and Mike Wiskow.
The Frazee Hornets zapped some energy from what was a streaking Perham girls basketball team in a low-scoring Hornet 37-35 victory in Frazee Thursday evening. "Our girls just didn't play with the intensity and focus that we needed to, especially when we are on the road like tonight," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. McKinzie Tangen got loose under the basket in the waning second and made the game-winning lay-up uncontested.
Perham improved to 18-2 after a Thursday night victory over Frazee 56-45. Both clubs played a relatively even second half, but a 31-19 first half advantage for Perham was enough to hold off the Hornets. Jordan Bruhn had a unique double-double of 14 assists and 11 rebounds. He scored four points. Mark Schumacher led Perham with 13 points.
The New York Mills Eagles head into the final four of Section 6A with plenty of momentum after backing up their number one seed with a 65-7 thumping of Pelican Rapids. The loss eliminates the Vikings from the post-season. Jeremiah Harper and #1-ranked Shane Novak each scored a pin in the first two matches giving the Eagles enough points for victory with 12 matches to go. Harper pinned 106-pound Daniel Franco at 2:45.
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For a player who has a distinct preference for baseball, this year has showcased the kind of athlete Adam Snelgrove has become. As one of the only players with experience on a young basketball team that has one win in 19 games, Snelgrove scored his 1,000-point Thursday night in Ulen. "It's a learning year," Snelgrove said.
The No. 11-ranked Perham wrestling team defeated St. Cloud Apollo 65-10 and host Fergus Falls 34-26 at the Fergus Falls triangular Thursday, Feb. 9. The victories secured the top seed in Section 8AA for the Yellowjackets as they make a move for the state team tournament. The Section playoffs begin Saturday, Feb. 19 in Thief River Falls. "This week will be a little bit about luck--who doesn't get sick or hurt will be a big factor for Saturday," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said.