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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PERHAM -- The Perham Yellowjackets girls basketball team closed to within one-half game of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton for third place in the Heart O' Lakes Conference with a 65-56 victory over the Rebels at home on Senior night. "Our five seniors led us from the start of the game as all five started and got us out to a quick lead with some aggressive defense," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Becky Stoll had a big night leading all scorers with 25 points. Stoll almost pulled off a tricky triple-double.
NEW YORK MILLS -- Only four shooters scored for the NY Mills boys basketball team, but they propelled the Eagles to their second win of the season defeating Rothsay 66-53 on Parents night. Rothsay held a one-point advantage at halftime, 27-26, but Adam Snelgrove exploded in the second half scoring 21 of his 28 points to lead all scorers. While Snelgrove typically scores many of his points from three-point range, he had only one three, combined with nine field goals, while shooting 7-9 from the free throw line. Charlie Peeters added 19 points, shooting 5-6 from the line and scoring seven fr
NEW YORK MILLS -- The Norman County East Eagles completed a doubleheader sweep of the New York Mills Eagles as both the boys and girls teams matched up Saturday. The Norman County East boys (8-14) won 74-38, sending NY Mills to their 13th consecutive loss and dropping the Eagles record to 1-19 on the season. Adam Snelgrove hit five three-pointers to lead NY Mills with 15 points.
BARRETT -- The top-seeded New York Mills wrestling team was bumped from Section 6A team wrestling tournament by No. 4-seeded and three-time defending Section 6A champion Border West Saturday in Barrett 38-27. "We weighed in a lineup to win in the finals and that ended up being the difference," Eagles Head Coach Eric Niemi said.
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.