Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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MENAHGA--Menahga junior Tarah Cleveland single-handedly put the NY Mills Eagles girls basketball (1-5, 1-12) team away with a lights out performance of 40 points, including shooting 7-9 from behind the arc in a 76-29 victory. "It was a match-up of two very different teams," NY Mills Head Coach JJ Weller said. "While we have height and length--they have speed and quickness. The speed and quickness won out." Menahga (4-3, 8-6) came out shooting hot and were able to make some quick threes to start off both halves.
Detroit Lakes jumped out to a 13-0 lead over Perham in wrestling Friday night and extended that lead to 20-9, but the Yellowjackets rallied to stifle and Laker scoring midway through the match going on to win handily, 41-20. Brandon Lueders was the only Perham wrestler to get on the board in the first four matches. He pinned Austin Soyring at 3:26 to cut the DL lead to 13-6. Josh Werner followed up Lueders with a 14-11 decision over Zach Baker to narrow the Laker lead even closer at 13-9. DL's Parker Jackson and Brandon Dahring got the Lakers final points of the dual.
DETROIT LAKES-- Perham gymnasts placed three of the top five all-around finishers, led by Satera Montella's runner-up score of 36.8, to defeat section rival and state-ranked Detroit Lakes by a wide margin of 144.25-140.8. "Big score in the section," Head Coach Charlie Fleck said.
The Perham girls basketball team (4-10) dropped a pair of games over the weekend, a 64-49 defeat at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Friday night and a Saturday afternoon loss to Bismarck (N.D.), 61-58. Perham fell behind by 17 in the first half at D-G-F and went into the break down 37-23. "We dug ourselves too big of a hole tonight," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.
The New London-Spicer boys basketball team gave the #4-2A Perham Yellowjackets what they needed, an actual contest, after Perham cruised through its past two games over D-G-F and Park Rapids by a margin of 153-55. The Saturday victory over the Wildcats of 61-47 was the closest margin of victory for Perham in a six-game win streak since their only loss of the season to Ellsworth in the Worthington Tournament finals Dec. 28. "It was a great game for us," Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said.
New York Mills heavyweight Max Carlson came up with a big pin to break a 31-all tie in the final match leading the Eagles to a 37-31 victory over Barnesville. NY Mills had a much easier time getting by Browerville/Eagle Valley by a score of 46-28. Tyler Ehnert, Maison Roberts and Andrew Mindermann all won by fall in a stretch of the match where the final 11 bouts were decided by forfeit or fall. Carlson moved up to 220 and pinned Jake Gaida to finish the match. Versus Barnesville, the Eagles led the entire match until a forfeit at 220 pounds set up Carlson's match-sealing pin. Gunner Flyn
PERHAM -- An exploratory committee has been formed to deliberate the demolition and replacement of the baseball grandstand at Krueger Field in Perham. The committee is made up of 15 officials from the city, school, utility and local business members, athletic association members and the media. Three inner committees were formed at the meeting and will remain open to new members: a steering committee: this group would oversee all phases of the process including media, contracting, schedule, budget etc.; a design and construction committee and a fundraising committee. The city owns the region
The Park Region Conference's top team, Henning, (4-0, 8-3), faced off with the Eagles in New York Mills, (0-6, 1-12), extending the NY Mills' losing streak to six games after a 69-45 Hornets' victory. Zach Torgerson did most of the damage scoring a game-high 31 points for Henning. Collin Dague added 13 points; Andrew Smith scored 12. The Hornets led 33-18 at halftime. Adam Snelgrove scored a team-high 15 points for the Eagles. Charlie Peeters added 10. Half: HEN 33, NYM 18 HEN: Dague 13, Amundson 4, DeBauche 2, Torgerson 31, Suchy 3, Smith 12.
Both Perham and Frazee juggled lineups, as they renewed a heated wrestling rivalry Tuesday night in Perham. The Hornets managed to put enough points on the board late in the match to avoid the almost assured 12 points from Perham studs Jesse Hein and Cody Nylander in a 34-28 victory. "It was a fun match to watch," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. "For the diehard wrestling fan, it had a state tournament feel." The Hornets took an early 12-0 lead on shutout decisions by Byron Byer over Elliott Werner, 6-0, and Austin Skillings over Sam Pirrotta, 7-0.
Any doubts about the legitimacy of the young, but still defending state champion, Perham gymnastics team, ranked #3-1A, are beginning to wane as the team continues to stockpile victories. The Yellowjackets finished in first place out of nine teams at the Clemensen Invitational at Princeton High School Saturday, Jan. 14, thanks to top finishes in three of the four events and the all-around competition. Perham combined score of 141.800 was a over three points ahead of second place St.