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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When asked, the majority of riders stated their number one reason for attending the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Ride was because it was for a good cause. Participants of the ride generated $120,951.83 Saturday, with donations still coming in. More than 1,000 bikes were seen and the only thing surpassing the uniqueness of the different motorcycles were the many faces of the participants. First year rider, Robin Morzek, of Montrose, was invited by friends.
Poet Charles Bukowski wrote, "The rich are not good to the rich. The poor are not good to the poor." No matter which side of this year's Think-Off argument a debater or audience member was on, more than anything, Bukowski's statement holds weight. While this quote was not in play during this year's debate, the sentiment resounded in arguments from all four Think-Off candidates.
Minnesota senior and Perham native Gabriele Anderson passed three runners in the last 75 meters to complete a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday. "I'm appreciative of all the support I've had from everyone back home and so glad to have come back for one more season," Anderson said. Anderson finished in a time of 4 minutes, 16.25 seconds earning her first All-America honor in her final collegiate event. "It's definitely surreal; the atmosphere at Hayward field is hard to match.
Construction on the Perham Sportsmans Club firing range is nearing completion. The project, spearheaded by Dave Edvall and Frank Vorderbruggen, is set for final touches in July. Shooting should be available in late July or early August. "A lot of people said it couldn't be done," said Vorderbruggen. "We've got guys that are business owners and have a can-do attitude. We wouldn't take no for an answer." Those guys are the 67 members of the Perham Sportsmans Club. Funding for the range used no club general funds.
Detroit Lakes rode their ace pitcher, Brock Johnson, who threw a complete game two-hitter, allowing only one Yellowjacket run, in the second round of 8AA baseball playoffs. Detroit Lakes moves on to double-elimination play Tuesday in Fergus Falls. Perham's season ends with a record of 13-9. The game was delayed twice, once for rain and a near hour-long delay for lightning in the bottom of the sixth inning. Perham loaded the bases with two away in the fifth.
A rather less than stellar pregame infield warm-up foreshadowed woes in the field that contributed to a season ending 5-3 defeat in 6A playoff baseball action for New York Mills. Seven costly errors led to all five unearned runs for the Frazee Hornets. The Hornets proved they learned how to win games this season. After a slow 1-4 start, the Heart O' Lakes Conference champs had won 11 of 13 games coming into Tuesday's game. "Errors certainly hurt us, Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.
The Perham girls golf team put the finishing touches on an excellent year in the Heart O' Lakes conference doing what they have been doing all season: winning. "You never know what can happen at sections," Head Coach Cory Solberg said. "We have a tough section but a good chance if things click." The Yellowjackets outdistanced second-place Pelican Rapids by 10 points in conference standings and headed into south subsection play Thursday. Both tournaments were held at Wildflower Golf Course.
Nine errors in the field were the undoing of the Perham Yellowjackets softball team as they fell in second round play of the 8AA subsection, losing 9-3 to upset-minded Pequot Lakes. "Nerves played a part," Head Coach Jill Walter said. "We had nerves early against Breckenridge on Tuesday, but were able to overcome that." The Patriots, coming off an upset of the two-seed, Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, took advantage of the uncharacteristic gaffs in the field scoring seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to steal the game.
The Perham baseball team improved its record to 10-8 heading into the final double-header of the season against Crosby-Ironton. The Jackets split a doubleheader with Wadena-Deer Creek dropping the first game 5-2 before winning 9-2. Perham defeated Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 6-1 last Thursday. Wadena-Deer Creek scored twice in the first inning of the nightcap looking for the sweep, but were answered by the Jackets deuce in the first. The game was sealed in the second inning as the Jacket offense exploded for six runs. Jesse Hein continued to be productive at the plate.
The Perham boys golf team followed suit of their partners from the opposite gender in placing second at subsections and advancing to the 8AA section finals at Long Bow, in Walker. Perham finished four strokes behind Detroit Lakles. The Lakers shot 317, as a team. Perham ended at 321 and Hawley took third with a 322. All three teams advance. "We need to improve considerably, probably about 15 shots," Head Coach Jeff Tweeton said. "They're capable of doing it, but they need to get their heads in the game.