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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It's baseball playoffs week in the area. The Hi-10 playoffs kick off Wednesday, July 21 and continue through Saturday, July 31. The Babe Ruth 13 Prep League Tournament is also underway at Smith Park in New York Mills. If the top seeds play out as expected, Perham will meet New York Mills in a heavy semi-final game Thursday, July 22, at 4 p.m. at Jacobson Field in NY Mills. The District 9 American Legion Tournament begins on July 21 in Perham. Perham's opening round game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 21.
The Richville Rockets, Lakes Area Little League regular season champions, kept to their winning ways sitting atop the playoffs bracket awaiting all comers. They would win the tournament 4-0 over the Perham Twins. Teams from Dent, Wadena and New York Mills had long days ahead of them, in humid heat, if they wanted to move through the brackets to challenge the Rockets. Both the NY Mills Mets and Blue Sox advanced out of the first round taking out Dent and the Wadena Gold respectively. The Blue Sox ran into a hot hitting Perham Rockies club in the second round falling behind early and never r
The New York Mills 14 and 15's Babe Ruth team won four straight games last week to up their record to an impressive 18-0. Over the season the team has found ways to win in all styles, from mercy rule thumpings to last-out comebacks. Against Wadena, NY Mills found the going a bit more rough than normal winning a close 3-2 decision before sweeping the series 10-4 in the nightcap. "We played our poorest two games of the year," Head Coach Tim Kupfer said. "We did not do things well, so it was nice to get out of there with a couple wins." Cody Preuss was 2-2 at the dish.
The Pirates ship listed in the water taking damage from the Bluffton Braves for four innings before returning fire and sinking the Braves 7-6 with a late-game rally. Starting pitcher Tyler Doll was rocked early for four runs in the first inning and tagged in the third on a solo home run by Marc Sweere. Sweere would pull a hamstring during his home run trot and limp to the plate. The Braves would manufacture their final run in the bottom half of the fourth and looked in command up 6-0.
Every player and parent's nightmare came true during a Perham football game in 2008. Four broken bones, two in the tibia and a pair of fibula fractures. It was the second game of the football season versus Delano. Taylor Doll was blocking a defensive back from his wide receiver position when he shirked his man and turned to block a defender chasing running back Nate Schmitz. Doll pivoted his foot and it stuck in the ground.
Who was over for dinner last week at your house or who was visiting from out of town? You may have made mention of it on your Facebook page and now a few hundred of your friends, acquaintances and odd Internet-friends only all know about it. This type of behavior seems quite normal here in the 21st Century. But how did we disseminate all our life's minutia back in the day? Small-town news. We all remember it. Some of us miss it. Some of our younger readers are probably wondering what I'm blathering about. For instance, this week in 1970, check it out: Mr. And Mrs.
Perham high school finished third out of 310 schools in the Minnesota State High School League Class A Challenge Cup. The Challenge Cup is a statewide, yearlong competition among League member schools. Points are awarded to schools based on their success in post-season tournament play. The two schools -- one Class A school and one Class AA school -- that earn the most points at the end of the year are awarded a crystal Challenge Cup.
Williams and Ree, aka "The Indian and the White Guy," will kick off the 100th East Otter Tail County Fair July 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advanced tickets are suggested by fair organizers because Williams and Ree are one of the most popular acts to perform at the fair grounds in years.
Dent Wildcats' Pitcher Matt Richter shot off some fireworks of his own in the ninth inning belting a three-run shot over the fence to cap a late-inning come-from-behind 5-2 Wildcats win over the Perham Pirates. The loss drops the Pirates record to 4-9. Richter was in a battle with Pirates' starter Tyler Doll for seven innings. Both teams pecked away at runs. The Pirates scored one in the first. Brad Ellingson's fielder's choice scored Ryan Enger, who had reached on an error. The other Pirates run came in the third. Doll led off with a single.
The umpire received news at the end of the seventh inning that a thunderstorm that dumped over three inches of rain between Detroit Lakes and Perham was eight miles away. He called the game with the Millers down 5-1. There was just enough time for a fireworks show and that is more than can be said for the Millers' bats. Midway Snurdbirds starting pitcher Jake Lund held the Millers to two hits, one run, fanning six and walking four. Chad Keskitalo and Jarrod Norton got the only hits for the Millers.