Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since April of 2010. During that time, Williams has had the privilege of covering multiple state championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, atheltic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools. For the most up to date information, more photos, and live game coverage, follow @PerhamSports on Twitter.
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Detroit Lakes dominated their home pool and their own Invitational lapping up Bemidji, Park Rapids, Perham and Thief River Falls.
Shane Novak, of New York Mills and Jesse Hein, of Perham were the two local stars, both going undefeated, at the Barrel O' Fun Monsters of the Mat Invitational Tournament held in Perham over the weekend. Novak won all three of his matches on way to the top spot at 112 pounds. He was pitched against Perham's James Harlow in the semi-finals and the two wrestlers dueled each other to a 12-7 decision in Novak's favor.
The Perham boys basketball team got its eighth win in as many tries at Barnesville Friday night with a 54-26 victory. The Trojans might have left the gymnasium with acute cases of triskaidekaphobia, after only scoring 13 points in each half. Barnesville entered the game winners of four straight and Perham had come off back-to-back games against state-ranked opponents. A letdown was certainly a possibility. But Perham's defense, as it has all year, stymied the Trojans. Barnesville had been averaging over 60 points per game.
New York Mills wrestlers took most of the light and middle weights withstanding a late push by Osakis for a 40-28 victory. The Eagles won 8 matches to six and took fall totals pinning five wrestlers to the Silverstreaks' three. Major decisions were one each and decisions were also tied at two apiece. Tommy Selander and Shane Novak continue to be a rough one-two punch for opponents. Both wrestlers pinned their opponents to get the Eagles up early 12-0.
Coming off their first loss of the season and with no practices in between games the question in Yellowjacket minds was how would the girls basketball team return to action against Crookston. "We've got to rebound from a tough loss on Friday," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.
There is nothing like a blizzard, some below zero temps and the calendar flipping to January to remind most of us that whole chipper, holiday spirit nonsense is for the birds and temporary, each year, at best. At first, I thought it was the Republicans and Democrats who were the least happy.
A top ten Class 2A ranked battle was all it was proposed to be as Perham knocked off a second consecutive ranked opponent with a 64-60 victory over visiting Pequot Lakes. Perham entered play ranked number five.
Tommy Selander and Shane Novak quieted to hostile gymnasium in Frazee but the depth of the Hornets prevailed in a 49-15 victory. Selander controlled Isaac Schermerhorn at 103 pounds riding out a 7-4 first match win to put the Eagles up 3-0 early. Novak won the second match of the night at 112 pounds with a convincing 8-3 decision. But Frazee would win the next nine consecutive matches, four by fall, a 3-0 decision, one forfeit and two close matches. Seth Hofland dropped a tight 2-0 decision to Brandon Vanwatermulen and Ty Bell was bested by Nate Sandberg 4-1. Noah Pesola turned the scorin
The Eagle girls ran into a buzzsaw at Class A #8 ranked Sebeka. The Trojans held New York Mills to just 21 points in a 64-21 post-holiday victory. Sebeka was coming off a heartbreaking, four-point, overtime defeat in the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley tournament championship game to #2 ranked and undefeated Parkers Prairie. Katie Huttunen led all scorers with 22 points. Sebeka held Jackie Imsande and Ellie Rutten to six and two points respectively. Megan Cole led the Eagles with nine points. NY Mills (1-8) travels to Wadena to play the Wolverines Thursday, Jan. 6.
The Underwood Rockets hung in for a quarter of play before a swarming Yellowjacket defense and an offensive presence at the post led to a convincing, 55-39, victory to take the Pelican Rapids "Valkyrie" Tournament championship. Katrina Moenkedick led all scorers with 19 points. Lauren Guck added 12, with both post players leading the way, in spite of a half-court defensive zone designed to stop both players. "Going into this game I was interested to see how our girls would fare against a good rebounding team like Underwood," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.