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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The Perham softball team capped a busy week by throttling an inexperienced Crosby-Ironton team 16-1, a forfeit in three innings and blanking the Rangers 10-0 in game two. The Yellowjackets poured the runs on quickly, eight, three and five runs in the three innings of play in game one. Letdowns can happen when playing an inferior opponent, but Assistant Coach Howie Kangas was on his team to stay in the game. "Don't let your hair down just because you have a big lead," he said. The team kept the pressure on forcing the Crosby-Ironton head coach to concede the game two innings shy of the typi
Somehow, the Mid-State conference tennis tournament was played in moist conditions Friday.
520_SPT_PerBgolf.doc: The Hawley Nuggets boys golf team stretched their conference lead over Perham, in Heart O' Lakes action, winning as hosts of last Monday's HOL meet. The Yellowjackets finished fourth. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton took second and Barnesville finished third. Jacket scores were: Kyle Dykhoff--42; Evan Arvig--43; Nic Smith and Cory Dykhoff both had 45; Alex Phelps shot 47; and Dan Cavanagh shot a 50.
The New York Mills Eagles girls softball team took advantage of some nice weather and strong pitching from Kendra McCall to down Pillager 5-2 Saturday at Frazee. The Yellowjackets also defeated the host Hornets 5-2 in the second half of the three-team tournament. A two-out rally in the third inning erased a 1-0 deficit, as the Eagles scored three runs on five straight hits, including doubles from EmaLeigh Roberts and Micaela Lausten and back-to-back-to back singles off the bats of Jenna Esala, Autumn Roberts and Brittany Lee. NY Mills would add runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a
Vexation was evident in the clubhouse after a seventh-inning rally down from four runs to the 4-4 Frazee Hornets fell three runs short culminating in a disappointing 10-7 out of conference loss for the Perham baseball team. "I'm frustrated with the way we approached the game," Head Coach Hans Hanson said.
The Yellowjacket softball team won its fourth game of the past five with an 8-6 win at Frazee Monday after rain-delayed weeks of non-play. "With nearly a two-week break from game play, our energy level and mental preparedness were not exactly game ready," Head Coach Jill Walter said.
It did not take a meteorologist to forecast last week's weather. The majority of the planned sporting events in the area were postponed due to rain, rain and more rain. Make-up dates from games already postponed earlier in the year have also been postponed. In the whole of the week, Monday was the only day applicable to most outdoor sports before the weekend hit. Tuesday, May 11 dates from Perham sports are rescheduled as follows: Baseball at Crosby-Ironton postponed to June 1. Softball versus Wadena-Deer Creek, May 21.
The New York Mills Millers got in the win column Sunday defeating the Bertha Blazers 7-6. The Millers even their record at 1-1 after a rain out the first week of the season and a 9-3 loss to the Vergas Loons. NY Mills grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first and held it for the duration of the game, but not without getting out of bases-loaded jams in the second, fifth and sixth innings. Starting pitcher Michael Baune found himself with the bags juiced and two out all three innings and managed to work out of trouble by allowing the ball to be put in play. In the second, Blazers second baseman Jeremy
Having a potential division recruit on a team can be both beneficial and rewarding to a coach. Imagine having four. That is the pleasant dilemma Cross Country and Track Distance Coach Jeff Morris and Varsity Track Head Coach Mike Peterson have had to belabor with seniors Abby Anderson, Shayla Fulford, Maddie McClellan and Holly Sheets. "I have been coaching all four in cross country and track since 7th grade and also had them in 5th and 6th grade," Morris said.
The Perham tennis team knew wins would not be easy this season. The Jackets just missed their first meet win of the season against Wadena-Deer Creek losing 4-3 Monday. The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder beat the Jackets at home 6-1, Tuesday. "Wadena-Deer Creek could have gone another way easily," Head Coach Kyle Knutson said. "The kids are playing good and continue to improve.