Robert is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14.
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No. 9 Barnesville tried to take the air out of the ball, but top-seeded Perham remained patient and led for the entirety of the game in a 55-28 Section 8AA quarterfinal victory Saturday at Concordia College in Moorhead. Barnesville stalled with the ball offensively and killed much of the clock in the first half. The tactic worked in keeping Barnesville in the game. Four minutes into play, Perham held a 2-1 lead.
Six-foot, 10-inch senior center Jesse Bergh presented a difficult mismatch for the No. 3 Waubun Bombers and Bergh took advantage and led the No. 2 Lake Park-Audubon Raiders to a 76-53 victory in the Section 6A North subsection semifinals Saturday at Concordia College in Moorhead. Bergh finished the game with a school-record 50 points and a massive double-double adding 16 rebounds.
Top-seeded Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal blew out No. 5 Park Christian 81-42 in the Section 6A North subsection semifinals at Concordia College in Moorhead Saturday afternoon. The Titans sprinted to a 20-7 lead out of the gate behind eight early points from junior center Isaac Habedank and were dominant on the boards the entire game.
Three of the top four seeds in Section 6A North advanced out of the first round Thursday night. No. 3 Waubun earned a date with No. 2 Lake Park-Audubon after a 91-56 blowout of No. 6 New York Mills 91-56 in Waubun. Dayton Makey led the Bombers with 29 points and became the Bombers’ all-time leading scorer surpassing the former mark held by Kevin Hanks (2001) of 1,511 points. Makey’s current mark is 1,533.
No. 2 Lake Park-Audubon showed their collective playoff experience and shut down the No. 7 Rothsay Tigers in crunch time to break open a close game and advance to the Section 6A North subsection semifinals after a 65-53 victory in Audubon Thursday night. “They came to play,” said Raiders’ senior Mitch Hall. “First half we were chasing them and we weren’t in our style.At the end we just cranked it up and then in the second half we came out slow and they came out firing and all of a sudden it was a game.”
Detroit Lakes Summer Youth Baseball registration is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 and Thursday the 30th from 6:30-8 p.m. at the DLCCC. Players are expected to be in attendance both days and should bring a glove to participate in drills for skills assessment and team placement. The tryouts will be held for four local teams: the 12U for sixth graders; 13U and 14U for seventh and eighth graders and the Junior Legion team for freshman and sophomores.
Adam Daggett calmly sank two free throws with five seconds left in the game to give the No. 5-seeded Lakers a 72-71 victory over No. 4 Sauk Rapids-Rice in the opening round of the Section 8AAA boys basketball playoffs in Sauk Rapids Tuesday night.
The top-seeded Alexandria Cardinals created game tempo early and controlled it for 36 minutes to eliminate No. 5 Detroit Lakes 56-45 in the Section 8AAA semifinals at Moorhead High School Saturday night. “That’s our philosophy; we want teams to play at our level; we don’t want to play at their level,” Alex senior Kayla Feldhake said. “We know we can play fast and push the ball so if they want to play with us they have to play fast.”
Zane Freeman was awarded the third best total score for his final three dives to finish his Laker diving career with a career-best bronze medal finish Saturday at the University of Minnesota;s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Freeman trailed semifinal leader Jack Cuddy of Northfield and Ebenezer Ojo of Simley heading into Saturday’s final.
Detroit Lakes’ Isaac Cihak came out with the hot hand but the Alexandria Cardinals finished strong to down the Lakers 77-57 in Section 8AAA boys basketball at Alexandria high school Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams. “Just feeling it,” said Cihak. “Coach said get the hot hand, shoot it. I had all the confidence in the word, just stroked it.”