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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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.
Jesse Hein, Cody Nylander and Luke Sailer all went undefeated at the Rick Lee Wrestling Invitational in Bemidji Saturday leading the Yellowjackets to a second place finish. Perham senior heavyweight Hein improved to 23-0 on the season winning three matches in a variety of ways. Hein had little trouble in his opening match pinning Terrance Horton, of Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena/Indus, at 42 seconds. Hein dominated Aitkin's Cooper Blau for a major decision, 17-4, to advance to the finals where he met a familiar foe in Alex Yeager of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River.
Something had to give when Perham visited New York Mills in a battle of two teams with dual winning streaks. Perham ended NY Mills' six-dual run by winning their eighth straight, 49-22, Friday evening. "The team is coming around," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. "We wrestled better than I expected, but we still have lots of room for improvement." The match started out quickly for the Eagles at the lower weights. NY Mills opened up a 13-0 advantage taking the first three matches. Jeremiah Harper defeated Elliot Werner 15-7.
The New York Mills girls basketball team (1-11) dropped their 10th straight game Thursday night, to non-conference foe Park Christian, 45-25, in New York Mills. Early foul trouble plagued Ellie Rutten, but the Eagles stayed close early in the game. Rutten, who typically leads the Eagles in scoring, was held to only five points. A Jenna Esala bucket cut the Park Christian (2-9) lead to just four at 16-12 with four minutes remaining in the first half.
The Perham girls basketball team fell into a three-way tie for last place in the Heart O' Lakes Conference, with a record of 1-3 in the standings and a mark of 4-8 overall, after a loss to Hawley, 41-28, in Perham Thursday evening. "We played better defense but Hawley took us out of everything we wanted to do on offense," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Perham was held to under 40 points for the second time this season, both against the #6-ranked Nuggets.
VERNDALE--A quick sprint by the Verndale Pirates led to an insurmountable 40-19 halftime lead, as the Pirates improved to 2-2 in Park Region Conference play. The Eagles fall to 0-5 in the conference and 1-10 overall. Verndale's Dallas Ehrmantraut led all scorers with 21 points. Aaron Denny added 17. Marco Gomez scored 15 points. The trio scored all but 11 Pirate points in the 64-47 final. The two-headed scoring monster of Adam Snelgrove and Charlie Peeters continued their team-leading efforts. Snelgrove scored 17; Peeters had 16.