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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Like clockwork, the boys and girls cross-country teams continued their reign at the top of the Heart O' Lakes Conference winning both titles in Warroad. The boys were chasing their ninth straight title and the girls were after their seventh in a row. By the end of the day, both teams had once again captured the HOL crowns and did it in blazing fashion. The girls team went out poised and with confidence running the first half of the race with patience. They started out in a nice pack right in the top 15 and slowly worked to the front.
All season Head Coach Mike Jordahl has stated his offense needs a few more reps to get in synch and start really moving the football. That came to pass at home versus Roseau, as Perham put the hurt on the Rams in a 46-20 blowout. "We were looking for this break out game and they broke it wide open," Jordahl said. The starting defense gave up only one score in the second quarter. The remainder of Roseau's points came against the back-ups late in the game.
The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels clinched this year's Heart O' Lakes conference volleyball championship with a 3-1 victory over the Yellowjackets. "Even though we didn't win the match it was very competitive and came right down to the wire," Head Coach Dan Christenson said. The Rebels finished conference play undefeated at 7-0.
The Eagles football team faced a tough task matched up against undefeated Browerville. The Tigers entered Friday's game ranked third in the state 1A rankings and proved it with a 27-0 shutout. "There's a reason why they're undefeated," Head Coach Matt Radniecki said. "They have a lot of experience and tradition over there." The Tigers are a grind it out football team and pounded the ball on the ground against NY Mills. The longest play from scrimmage was 11 yards and the Eagle defense did a good job of defending against big plays. "I'm really proud of our kids.
The Roseau Rams ended the Yellowjackets tennis season sweeping all seven matches in the first round of Section 8A tournament play Monday, October 11 in Grand Forks. The Rams won 11 of 14 sets at love not dropping a set to Perham to move to the second round. Roseau stormed through the bracket taking the section title with wins over East Grand Forks and Park Rapids to take the title. Section 8A Tennis results Perham vs Roseau, Monday, October 11. Rams 7, Yellowjackets 0 Singles 1. Hannah Brenk vs Abby Ness 0-6, 0-6; 2. Suzanne Coleman vs Taylor McFarlane 1-6, 0-6; 3.
The Park Rapids Panthers swept all seven matches in the first round of Section 8A tennis tournament play ending the Eagles season. "We knew the Panthers would be very tough to beat. All our girls played with great effort, knowing this might be the last team match of the season for them." The one-doubles team of Lauren Bach and Missy Hendrickx played very close games with the number-one ranked doubles team in the section.
The Perham swimmers had a successful week in the pool defending their title at Fosston and just missing an upset at Class 2A Moorhead. "The girls really came together as a team and it really paid off," said Head Coach Sheri Ressler. The victory was a combined team effort as the Yellowjackets took the title with no second place finishes and only one first place finish: Kelsey Kratzke's win in the 100 breaststroke. "Everybody there scored for us and moved up a notch.
The Perham volleyball team needed a comeback in the second round to avoid an early exit as hosts of the Perham Invitational held Saturday in Perham. The Yellowjackets played host to 16 teams in the tournament, eventually taking third place. "I thought the girls had a good tournament. Far fewer unforced errors than we saw earlier in the season," said Head Coach Dan Christenson. Melrose held a 13-11 advantage in the deciding third set of second round play, two points away from a victory, when Katrina Moenkedick took it upon herself to kill the Dutchmen rally.
Perham's tennis team last home meet of the season ended in a 6-1 defeat to Minnewaska. Katie Howey and Maggie Rennicke got the lone Yellowjacket victory at three-doubles taking the match in straight sets four and one over Annika Pederson and Emily Edmonds. Minnewaska swept singles play and the top two doubles' matches not giving up a set in any of the six matches. Tennis results Minnewaska at Perham, Tuessday, October 5. Lakers 6, Yellowjackets 1 Singles: 1. Suzanne Coleman - PER vs Aundrea Johnson 1-6, 0-6. 2. Paige Biegler - PER vs Megan Jergenson 3-6, 1-6. 3.
The varsity volleyball team has put up tough battles seeking their first win of the season in New York Mills. Their paths crossed Pelican Rapids at home and road trips to Verndale and Pillager but a win was not to be found. Pelican took all three sets 25-13, 25-17 and 25-15 in a sweep at the NY Mills gymnasium. Megan Cole led the Eagles with six kills while Taylor Plautz had seven blocks. The Eagles took game two at Verndale 26-24 after a rough 25-4 opening set. Verndale would gain the victory with a 25-13 set three win and needing extra points to seal the match 28-26 in set four.