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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The Perham Yellowjackets repeated as state champions in both the boys and girls Class A state cross country races for the second year in a row Saturday, Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Outside of Perham, Pelican Rapids junior Abby Syverson recorded the area’s top state finish placing 28th in the Class A race.
The No. 2-seeded and eighth-ranked Willmar Cardinals were out for revenge after being ousted from the playoffs by Detroit Lakes last season and exacted it with an impressive offensive display 50-28 over the top-seeded, No. 3 state-ranked Lakers at Alexandria high school in the Section 8AAAA championship game.
Detroit Lakes and Willmar square off tonight, Friday, Nov. 2 at Alexandria high school in a 7 p.m. Section 8AAAA championship game and a rematch of last year’s 41-40 shootout playoff victory by the Lakers in Willmar. Like DL’s semifinal opponent Rocori, Willmar is a spread team on offense running out of the shotgun with no-huddle.
The upcoming Section 8A swimming and diving championships have been a target goal for the Lakers since finishing runners-up by only nine points last year to the seven-time defending champions from Bemidji.
No. 2 Ada-Borup/West opened up a 21-point lead at home and held the advantage throughout the game in a 42-22 victory over No. 3 Pelican Rapids Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of Section 6A football. “We battled hard but weren't good enough today,” Vikings head coach Dave Haugen said. “After falling behind 21-0 we did a good job of getting points before the half but just couldn't close the gap.”
The No. 1 Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans were in a dogfight for four quarters with the No. 4-seeded Rothsay Tigers before pulling away late for a 34-8 victory in the semifinals of Section 6, 9-man Saturday, Oct. 27 in Ulen. “We weren’t quite focused enough and we knew coming into the game one of coach’s biggest things was to stay focused,” Titans’ running back Noah Klemetson said. “We came in kind of sloppy with quite a few mistakes and we got together at halftime and fixed it.”
The No. 4 Fertile-Beltrami Falcons held top-seeded Mahnomen-Waubun off the scoreboard for the first quarter but the Thunderbirds overcame the slow start to advance to the Section 8A championship game with 31 straight points in a 31-6 victory at Mahnomen high school Saturday, Oct. 27. The Falcon defense was on the field nearly the entire first quarter as the Falcons’ offense ran only seven plays for 11 yards in the opening 12 minutes.
Mother Nature turned Mollberg Field into soup as both No. 1 Detroit Lakes and No. 5 Rocori struggled to do anything in the mud during Friday’s section semifinal game. The Lakers capitalized early scoring two first quarter touchdowns that held up in a 14-0 victory over the Spartans on Oct. 27 to advance to the Section 8AAAA championship game.
Four area runners from Frazee, Pelican Rapids and Lake Park-Audubon qualified for the Class A State Cross Country Championship meet running at Friday’s Section 8A Section meet in wet conditions in Bagley. Juniors David Johnston of Pelican Rapids and Frazee’s Grady Larsen finished in the top 15 positions to nab one of the eight individual state qualifying spots.
Detroit Lakes captured a fifth straight Mid-State Conference swimming and diving title convincingly, breaking three meet records and crowning conference champions in 11 of 12 events Friday, Oct. 26 in Park Rapids.