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Turtlefest 5K-10K Race

Sign-up now to take part in the 12th Annual Turtlefest 5K and 10K runs and 5K walk. The event will take place June 23 at 9 a.m. at Paul Miller Park, located 1.5 miles north of Main St. on Cty. Rd. 51.

Cost to enter the race is $10 if registered before June 17, or $15 after that. Checks should be made payable to Perham Turtlefest Road Race.

Pre-registration will take place on race day starting at 7:45 a.m.

There will be classes divided up by age and gender. Awards will be given to the top-three in each division and the first three male and female overall finishers.

Runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Contact Jim Lee, Race Director, at 33735 Charlie Trap Road, Dent, MN 56528 or call (218) 758-2709 to register.

State Tourney recaps

Golf and track were not the only sports to crown State Champions last week. Tennis and softball crowns were handed out as well.

Section 6A Champions, Menahga, lost their first round game at the Class A State Tournament in Mankato to New Ulm Cathedral, 12-0. They were knocked out in the consolation round by Sleepy Eye-St. Mary's, 5-1.

New UIm Cathedral beat New Life Academy, 7-2, for the Class A Championship. Silver Bay beat Wabasha-Kellog for third place.

In Class AA, Section 8AA champ, D-G-F, lost to Pine City in the quarterfinals, 8-0. Pine City pitcher Rhiannon Sauter set a State Tournament record by striking out 20 D-G-F hitters on the way to her second career no-hitter. The Rebels were then knocked out of the consolation round by Watertown-Mayer, 6-2.

Pipestone beat At. Anthony Village, 1-0, in the Class AA Championship. Winona Cotter beat Pine City for third place.


Section 8A champs, Thief River Falls, beat Litchfield, 5-2, in the Class A quarterfinals, but lost their semifinal match to St. Paul Academy, 7-0. TRF then lost to Mounds Park Academy in the third place match.

St. Paul Academy went on to beat The Blake School, 4-3, in the Championship match.

In singles, Jacob Engelstad of TRF was the highest 8A finisher as he finished sixth overall, losing in the consolation finals.

In doubles, the TRF team of Cody Bottem and Jordan Swanson won the consolation title.


The State Baseball Tournaments are set to begin today (June 14). Class A games will be played at the Mini Met in Jordan and the Athletic Park in Chaska. Class AA games will be played at Dick Putz Field and the adjacent Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud. Class AAA games will be played at Midway Stadium in St. Paul and Dick Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota.

Sebeka will represent Section 6A. They will take on the defending champions from Sleepy Eye St. Mary's, who are in search of their fourth title. In addition to last year, they also won in 2002 and 2004.

The Sebeka Trojans are making their second tournament appearance, but first since 1993. All nine of the Trojans' starters had at least 10 RBI during the regular season. They also have a fielding percentage of .938. Jordan Pederson, a senior, leads Sebeka with a .479 batting average. He also had 17 RBI on 34 hits. Junior Jacob Brockpahler has a 0.81 ERA and threw 58 strikeouts in 52 innings.

Park Rapids won the Section 8AA title, and will face Glencoe-Silver Lake in the quarterfinals. G-SL returns to make their second appearance under this name. Their last was in 1996. Glencoe, singularly, also made five additional appearances between 1947 and 1974.

The Park Rapids Area Panthers are also making their second appearance, but first since 1986. As a team the Panthers have a .300 batting average. They had 71 stolen bases during the regular season, and their team ERA is 1.94. Junior Tom Juberian hit eight home runs during the regular season and has a batting average of .378. Junior Eli Donatelle has the team's highest batting average (.411).

Projects in the Parks

Perham's Arvig Park will be getting some work done this summer.

There will be two new soccer fields built. Each will be a different size to allow children of different ages to compete in area leagues. The funding for the project is coming from the Harley Karvonen Fund and the City of Perham Parks and Recreation Department.

The playground in Arvig Park will have a new piece of equipment added this summer. A Volcano Climber, which meets strict playground safety standards, will allow children to explore new heights.

The irrigation system on the No. 4 softball field is scheduled for replacement and, if time permits, the picnic shelter will also be finished this summer.

Register for PLGC Jr. Golf

It's not too late to registration for the Perham Lakeside Junior Golf Program.

Lakeside's Junior Golf program is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 16 and will take place for six weeks beginning June 15.

For additional information, please contact PLGC Head Golf Professional Nick Anderson at 346-6070.

Bike Club in Motley, June 19

The Lakes Area Bike Club's next ride will be on Tuesday, June 19 in the Motley area. Riders should meet at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Ridge Golf Course, located four miles east of Motley on Hwy. 10.

There will be varying ride lengths and helmets are recommended. There is no charge to ride with the club and new riders of all abilities are always welcome.

For more information, contact Bob Hamann at 218-894-3139, Jim Christoffersen at 320-594-7734 or e-mail at

The Lakes Area Bike Club is online at

NYM Summer Basketball Camp, June 18-21

New York Mills basketball coach Bryan Dunrud will be running a camp for boys and girls June 18-21. The camp is for kids in grades 3-9 and will go from 1-3 p.m. at the Mills Sports Center.

The camp offers a solid foundation in skill development and motivation. The teaching progression takes into account age and skill differences. Participants will develop listening skills and goal setting, as well as develop confidence, a love for the game, athleticism and improvement of individual skills.

Pre-registration must be turned in by June 8. Cost for the camp is $25 for New York Mills players, and $35 for kids outside the NYM school district.

Every camp participant will receive a mini basketball and a Certificate of Participation.

Sign up for Jacket

volleyball camp

June 28-30

Perham Volleyball is proud to present another fantastic opportunity for Perham area volleyball players to improve their skills by attending Perham's 5th Annual Summer Volleyball Camp. This summer's camp features former Augustana and NDSU college volleyball coach, Zaundra Bina.

The camp will be held June 28-30 at the Prairie Wind Middle School and will be open to area girls entering grades 6 - 12. Girls in grades 6-8 will have camp between 8:30-11:30 a.m. the first two days, and 8:30-10:30 on the final day. Girls in grades 9-12 will be in camp from 12-3 p.m. on June 28-29, and from 10:30-12:30 on June 30.

Cost for Perham athletes will be $50 and Non-Perham athletes will be $75. For more information, contact Perham head coach Dan Christianson at 218-346-1720 or e-mail at

PHS Cross Country Camp July 16-20

The Yellowjacket Cross Country Camp will take place July 16-20 at Itasca State Park.

Training sessions will include instruction and understanding of areas such as hill training, fartleks, racing tactics, core strength, general training principals and diet and equipment.

Campers will do more than just run. Other activities will include swimming, paintball, low ropes challenge, guest speakers, including former PHS runners, and camp games.

Cost of the camp is $150. That includes camping fee, t-shirt, and meals for the week. Pre-registration should be turned in by June 15. There will be a pre-camp meeting on July 10.

Contact Jeff Morris at 346-7117 or e-mail

Perham Summer Jam Basketball Camp July 16-19

The Perham Summer Jam Basketball Camp will take place July 16-19 at Prairie Wind Gymnasium.

The camp, run by Perham basketball coaches Dave Cresap and Brian Schwantz, will be open to boys and girls in grades 1-8 (based on the current school year).

Campers will learn the game of basketball through fundamental instruction, contests and daily games.

Cost of the camp will be $25, which includes a t-shirt and awards. Kids can sign-up on the first day of camp.

Pre-registrations can be sent to: Dave Cresap, 480 Coney Street, Perham, MN 56573. Check can be made to Dave Cresap or Brian Schwantz. For more information, contact coach Cresap at 346-1728.