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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Individuals from the Perham-New York Mills girls swimming team are the third squad from the area to make an appearance at the state level. Kelsey Kratzke returns to the University of Minnesota's Aquatics Center for the third time. Kratzke qualified in the 100-breastroke. Her time of 1:09.14 was third best at sections, where only the top two qualify, unless the swimmer finishes under the state qualifying time of 1:10.78. Her time was one of 14 school records broken at the Section 8A meet. At the state meet in this event, Junior Kathryn Ostrom, of St.
There is no huge secret in how to stop the Providence Academy Lions' offense. The Lions rely heavily on senior halfback Marshall Klitzke. Klitzke has scored eight touchdowns in three section playoff games, including a Herculean effort of 378 yards on 31 carries and five touchdowns in the Lions' 55-20 trouncing of Breck in week two of the playoffs. Klitzke did not rush for 1,000 yards in the regular season.
It was the end of week six of the football season and a fellow employee, who shall not be named, (Deb Spiczka) asked me what I thought the chances were Perham would defeat Thief River Falls. I did not reply in the affirmative. In fact, I proclaimed a loss. Deb agreed with me. The Yellowjackets were 2-3 and had been the victim of bad luck, bad timing and on the field their play was impressive at times, but not enough to seal victories consistently. Since our combined failure to predict that game correctly, the Yellowjackets have not lost a game. At first, Deb and I felt shame.
NORTHFIELD -- Cassie Beseman, in her final race as a Yellowjacket, led Perham, as she has all season, to a 10th place finish at the Class A State Cross Country Meet, Saturday, Nov. 5, in Northfield. "It's bittersweet," Beseman said. "We ran well together, as a team." The girls team improves on a 12th place finish at last year's state meet and also finished in front of Park Rapids, a team that bested them for this year's Section 8A title in Bagley. Defeating Park Rapids was a motivating factor for Coach Morris, as he mentioned in post-race interviews.
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PLYMOUTH -- Much like Perham's Section 8AAA final victory, the #2-5AAA Providence Academy Lions (9-2) escaped a defensive battle, defeating the #5 Rockford Rockets (5-6) by a score of 15-14 to capture the Section 5AAA championship. The victory propels the Lions to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament, where they will face the Yellowjackets (8-3) Saturday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. at Husky Stadium on the campus of St.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- After averaging over 30 points per game in a five-game win streak leading to the Section final, the Perham Yellowjackets (8-3) only needed 10 to take the Section 8AAA title from defending champs Pequot Lakes, (7-4), by a final score of 10-3, at Alerus Center, in Grand Forks, Thursday evening. "Our kids stepped up and made big plays at the right time," Perham Defensive Coordinator Kyle Knutson said. "Our defense was amazing," Perham Head Coach Mike Jordahl said.
Park Rapids has put a lock on most of their duals this season, including a dual victory over Perham/New York Mills 97-88 in September. The Panthers continued their dominance with a first place finish at the Mid-State Conference meet edging out the Yellowjackets, in second, 460-417. Detroit Lakes finished a distant third with 263 points, ahead of fourth-place Staples-Motley with 175. "We, definitely, had some fantastic swims tonight," Head Coach Sheri Ressler said.
Just 11 days from a 36-0 victory at New York Mills to clinch the Prairie Conference-South title, the #6-1A Browerville Tigers (8-1) gave a repeat performance in a 33-0 defeat of New York Mills (1-8) in Section 6A playoffs action. The shutout is the fourth in a row for the Tigers over the Eagles. "Browerville is an excellent team that did what they do best and that is run the football and play tough defense," NY Mills Head Coach Matt Radniecki said. The game got off to a good start for the Eagles when Shane Novak made an interception to end the Tigers' first series.
There is no love lost between #6-seeded Pelican Rapids and #3-seeded Perham Yellowjackets and this season in volleyball, the joy of defeating a big rival goes the Perham after a 3-1 controlled performance in the opening round of 8AA South-Sub-section playoffs. Sets two and three were both close games with game two going to Pelican Rapids 25-23.