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Perham junior high baseball and softball to start April 7

The Spring Jr. Jackets baseball and softball season's will kick-off on Monday, April 7.

Participants should have all paperwork completed for eligibility before the first practice. There is a $30 activity fee. Parents may pick up forms at the PHS Activities Department and athletes must have a current sports physical before they can participate.

There will be no activity bus after practice.

The boys 7-8 grade baseball teams will practice at the Water Tower Field from 3:45-5:30 p.m. They will be coached by Brian Schwantz, John Gullingsrud and Joe Johnson.

The girls 7-8 softball teams will practice from 3:45-5:30 at the Arvig Park Softball Complex. Coaches will be Becky Ehnert and Preston Eidenschink.

Spring Fling Basketball April 5-6

It's time for area teams to sign up for Perham's 13th Annual Spring Fling Basketball Tournament.

The tournament will be held April 5-6 and will feature more than 60 boys teams in grades 3-9 from across Minnesota and North Dakota.

Games will be played at Prairie Wind Gymnasium, Heart of the Lakes Elementary and the PACC. Games will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday with the championship games scheduled to start around 6 p.m. Sunday night.

Hoot's Fishing seminar

Hoot's Sports is hosting a series of fishing seminar's in their showroom in Perham throughout the spring.

This week's seminar on April 5 will be on Open Water Trolling and will be conducted by pro fisherman Pat Foster.

The seminar's start at 10 a.m. Men's women and kid's of all ages are invited to the seminar's to improve their fishing skills.

3rd Annual Flap Jack 5K Run-Walk

The sap is running and so our local runners as they gear up for the 3rd Annual 5K Flap Jack Run-Walk on April 5 as part of the Maple Syrup Celebration in Vergas.

Those who wish to run will be eligible to win a hand-crafted maple leaf medal, designed by local artisan Pat Shannon of Forest Edge Gallery of Vergas, MN. Medals will be, awarded to the top three winners of each category. Runner's entry fee will also include breakfast at the Vergas Community Center, and an official Maple Syrup Fest headgear.

Runner's and Walker's entry fee is $20 each. Registration for the run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at Billy's Corner Bar with the race beginning at 10 a.m.. You can preregister by visiting or for a registration form. Headgear is limited to the first registered participants.

For more information please contact

Perham softball leagues forming

Anyone interested in forming a team in the Perham Men's League or Co-Rec Softball Leagues for this summer should contact Randy Skoog at 346-8072 by April 10.

The Men's League will play on Thursday nights and the Co-Rec League will play on Tuesday nights.

Both Leagues are American Softball Association (ASA) sanctioned and provide an opportunity for post-season play at the district, state, and national levels.

Baseball bingo fundraiser April 10

The Perham Homerun Club will be hosting their annual Barbecue Baseball Bingo on Thursday, April 10 at Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham.

Concessions, including hotdogs, brats and chips, will open at 5:30 p.m. with bingo starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $2 for 20 games of bingo. Winners will receive a package of meat to throw on their grill at home. Tickets are available at the door on April 10, or from any Perham baseball player.

All proceeds go to the 7th-12th grade baseball program and Perham VFW and Legion Summer baseball programs.

Don't forget, Perham will host the Minnesota State VFW Baseball Tournament at Krueger Field and Matt's Field Aug. 6-10.

4th Annual North Central High School All Star Basketball Games

The Fourth Annual North Central High School All Star Basketball Games will be held at Bemidji State University on Sunday, April 13. Twenty-nine senior girls from 19 schools and 47 senior boys from 25 schools will participate in the showcase events.

Doors open for spectators at 1 p.m. with the Slam Dunk Contest starting things off at 1:30 p.m. The Scarlet I vs. Royal I Boy's Game will be at 2 p.m. followed by the Maroon I vs. Gold I Girls' Game at 3:15 p.m.

The 3-Point Shooting Contest will be at 4:15 pm. The evening games include the Maroon 2 vs. Gold 2 Girls Game at 5 p.m., the Scarlet 2 Boys' vs. the Royal 2 at 6:15 p.m. and the Scarlet 3 vs. the Royal 3 Boys Team at 7:30 p.m.

Erik Peters of New York Mills will play on the Scarlet Boy's Team 1 and Perham's Jake Hunter and Matt Lepper of Wadena-Deer Creek will play on the Scarlet Boy's Team 3.

In the girls games, Megan Olson of Sebeka will play on the Gold Girl's Team 1; Sam Spaeth of Hawley and Megan Cleveland of Menahga will play on the Maroon Girl's Team 2; and Jess Amann of Hawley will play on the Gold Girl's Team 2.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

NY Mills volleyball camp June 19-21

New York Mills Volleyball is proud to present a fantastic opportunity for area volleyball players to improve their skills by attending the 1st Annual Raser-Olson Summer Volleyball Camp June 19-21. The camp will be open to area girls entering grades 6-12.

Cost for NYM athletes will be $60 and non-NYM athletes will be $75. Camp for girls in grades 6-8 will run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. June 19-20, and 9-11 a.m. June 21. Camp for girls in grades 9-12 will be 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 19-20 and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21.

The camp will be run by Jodi Raser and Tammy Olson.

Raser is a former University of Minnesota Duluth All-American who played volleyball for the Bulldogs 1993-1996. She also went on to be the assistant volleyball coach for the Bulldogs 2001-2004. Raser, who played Middle Hitter, made history in 1996 becoming the first Bulldog to be named to the All-American team. Raser is originally from Detroit Lakes. She is the High School Guidance Counselor in New York Mills and resides in Perham with her husband and two girls.

Olson was a former starter for North Dakota State University, while with the Bison they finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the NCAA tournaments. She also was the assistant coach for Concordia College 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2001, while with the Cobbers they participated in their first ever NCAA tournament. She has seven years experience at the high school level, ranging from junior high to head coach, which she led St. Michael-Albertville to the regional finals. She is the high school art teacher in New York Mills and lives near Dent with her husband and four children.


In last week's EOT Illustrated, we incorrectly identified the ladies in the Women Bowler of the Year photo.

The top-5 places in the Women Bowler of the Year went to: Darla Moorhead (champion), Linda Norby (2nd place), Maxine Shaw (3rd place), Irma Steadman (4th place) and Michelle Bylander (5th place).

We regret the error.