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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Holly Karkela and Kaylan Huber both had ups and downs during the state golf meet and had plenty of ups and downs to traverse at hilly and windswept Ridges at Sand Creek golf course. Karkela carded an impressive 162 for sole possession of 7th place, shooting 39, 42, 41 and 40. Shooting 81s on consecutive days with opposing weather showed the mental strength Karkela needed to crack the top ten.
The Class 2A state boys' golf meet at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan was ended prematurely due to severe thunderstorms in the region. The tournament was ruled an 18-hole one, with the scores being used from Wednesday's first-round action. After day one, Perham's Dan Cavanagh sat in a six-way tie for 11th place after carding a two-over 74. Cavanagh got his opening round off to a smooth start sinking an eight-footer to save par on the difficult par-five first.
This is always a weird day for me, for, a decade and a half ago, I became a father for the first and only time. I was a college student and a mediocre one, at best. Maturity, for many men, comes later in life and I set myself up for a chance to grab it. Like many of my ilk, in their early twenties, I was unable to outdistance my own selfishness for a higher good. My daughter was born after an entire day of labor, literally, in the tenth month I'd known her mother. Like many young people, a cloak of invincibility was not where I thought it was.
Here in lakes country, there are plenty of things to do on a Saturday night. Thinking critically, in a public forum, may not interest everyone, but it sure should interest more. The annual Great American Think-Off, presented by the Regional Cultural Center, in New York Mills, is a crowning achievement to the ideal that some of us ponder life's greater questions with sincerity and purpose. What's sad is the number of empty seats in the auditorium during the philosophy debate and the seeming lack of interest from the surrounding region. I'm not blaming residents of New York Mills.
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.