Standing by in sports, Wed. June 3

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The 2013 Pine to Palm finalists Jon Trasamar, left, and Robert Wagner shake hands after their title match. Trasamar was a 2&1 victor to sweep both medalist and championship honors. Brian Basham / Tribune

Trasamar wins on Outlaw Tour

John Trasamar, a former University of Minnesota golfer and the 2013 Pine to Palm medalist and champion, recently picked up a victory on the Outlaw Tour.

Trasamar shot a three-round score of 14-under par (67-66-69 - 202) to win by one stroke over Andre Metzger of Scottsdale, Arizona and Zach Smith of Mesa, Arizona.

Trasamar, a Blue Earth, Minnesota native, was the lone Minnesotan in the field of 39 golfers who made the cut and 80 total golfers.

Jack Elliott, a 2010 Fargo South graduate, was the only other area golfer competing. He missed the 1-under-par cut.


Trasamar has only played in five Outlaw tour events but is currently fourth on the tour money list .

According to the tour website, the Outlaw Tour is akin to "Spring Training" for the competitive professional golfer; also serving as a checkpoint on the road-map to a PGA Tour card.

The tour offers a week in week out competitive schedule from September to May. The Outlaw Tour season is the cornerstone of professional tournament golf in Arizona.

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Paging Sports Podcast

New podcast Paging Sports

Fellow Forum Communications sports editor Jason Groth and I have started a new podcast focusing on high school and college athletics in northwest Minnesota.

We are trying to feature regular guests and opened the first show with Perham activities director Erin Anderson detailing the months since COVID-19 changed sports in the area.


Our second episode will feature Charlie Newland, the voice of the Lakers on KDLM radio, as we discuss a variety of topics, including the changes in media coverage the past few months and into the future.

The podcast is currently available on the three newspaper websites DL-Online , Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal.

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MSHSL meeting notes

This week’s Minnesota State High School League board meeting had a number of notable decisions of area interest.

New York Mills superintendent Blaine Novak was elected as the board president for the 2020-21 school year. Novak is currently the MSHSL vice president.

According to John Millea, the board would normally hold its next meeting in August but has added an additional meeting for July 14. Obviously, an extra meeting will be necessary to begin tackling what the school year athletic scene is going to look like.


Wrestling had three major changes with the postseason rosters upped from 19 to 21 individuals able to participate.A proposal was also approved to allow individual wrestlers to compete on junior varsity and varsity levels at the same event, counted as one contest toward a season limit of 16 contests.

Changes to the state tournament have been brought up over the past few months regarding consolation rounds for individual wrestlers.

No board members made a motion to approve the proposal to expand the state tournament to a full consolation round for individuals.

The change would have added a fourth day to the tournament and cost approximately $75,000 in additional facility rental fees.

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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