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, athletic 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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Whether you are in New York Mills, Perham or both there will be plenty of baseball and fireworks to go around. On July 3, New York Mills is hosting a day of baseball. The 13-year-olds, originally scheduled to begin play at 10 a.m., will now start at noon. Babe Ruth follows, and the nightcap features the Millers versus the Midway Snurdbirds at 8 p.m. All games will be played at Russ Jacobson field in Smith Park.
The Lund Mania fishing tournament will take place Friday, July 2 on Ottertail Lake. Teams will compete for over $30,000 in prizes, including a 1625 Rebel XL SS Lund boat, Mercury 50 4-stroke ELPT EFI motor and Shoreland trailer to the winner. The top 10 entrants, by the combined weight of fish caught, will be featured in a parade in New York Mills at 6:30 p.m.
The weather cooperated, along with the fish at the first annual Battle of the Pines fishing tournament held last weekend. "A lot of fish were caught and everyone had a good time," Organizer Craig Swanson said.
Having worked in numerous Minnesota and North Dakota towns as a journalist gives one a unique perspective on the expectations of local readers. On any given day, your local journalist can suffer the lament and fury of disappointed readers and out of nowhere be bombarded by the kind praise or thanks from someone you were able to assist with press or find the time to cover an event. There are X number of events and Y number of reporters and our main goal is to avoid the Zzzzz's of putting our readers to sleep. More than that, we strive to be at as many events as we can.
The state meet was not enough for four leaders from the Perham girls track team. Elisa Moenkedick, Holly Sheets, Maddie McClellan and Abby Anderson competed in the New Balance Nationals, an elite track meet held at North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, N.C., June 17-19. The weather was an issue as the foursome competed in 98-degree humidity. Throw Coach, Eryn Moser accompanied the girls on the trip. "It was an opportunity to spend a week with some exceptional kids," she said. "They're respectful and polite and it wasn't really work. It was enjoyable.
The young pups took one from the older guys in an exciting 3-2 finale of the Wood Bat Baseball Tournament Sunday afternoon. "I could tell that going into this game, my guys were determined to win it," Stingers Coach Evan Meece said.
Drizzly and cool weather didn't stop 294 entrants from racing in the Turtle Fest Road Race, in fact, the drizzle added to the numbers of entrants. "I was hoping for 270," said Race Organizer Jim Wallin. "You just don't know and weather has a lot to do with it. We had perfect conditions to run.
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.