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OTC, Verndale advance to State in girls softball

Despite entering the 8AA Softball Playoffs with a 19-0 record, Park Region Conference champs Otter Tail Central was just the No. 4 seed in the south sub-section tournament. The Bulldogs proved their perfect record was no fluke, as they will advance to their first ever State Tournament.

OTC beat No. 5 Perham, No. 1 Wadena-Deer Creek, and No. 2 Fergus Falls in the South sub-section. Then, they beat the North's No. 4 team Warroad and No. 6 team Detroit Lakes to advance to the State Tournament as 8AA Champions.

OTC will take on Hermantown in the quarterfinal round in Mankato today (June 5). The Bulldogs have a team batting average of .316 and they stole 97 bases this year.

Hermantown (20-3) is making their 15th appearance at State. They won the Class A title in 1991, and the Class AA title in 2002.

The Park Region Conference's runner-up team, Verndale, will also advance to State as the Section 6A Champs.

The Pirates (20-2), the No. 1 team from the south sub-section, beat the North's No. 1 team, Hawley, in the 6A title game, 5-4.

Verndale is also making their first ever trip to the State Softball Tournament. They will take on Littlefork-Big Falls in the quarterfinals today (June 5) in Mankato.

The Pirates outscored opponents 119-28 this year. Littlefork-Big Falls (19-5) has a team batting average of .470 and scored 174 runs.

Full State Softball Tournament brackets can be found at

Summer Tennis League

It's time to sign-up for the Perham Area Summer Tennis League. The league will begin in mid-June and will be played at the newly renovated courts at Perham High School.

There will be three leagues to choose from: Men's League (singles and doubles, open to any age), which will play Thursday's from 6-8 p.m.; Women's League (singles and doubles, open to any age), which will play Thursday's from 6-8 p.m.; and 50+ Co-Rec Doubles, which will play Sunday's from 3-5 p.m.

There is no registration fee to take part in the league, it's free. Players must provide their own balls.

For more information, contact Kyle Knutson at 218-346-6461, e-mail, or go online to

Perham Mat Club Golf


The Perham Mat Club will be hosting their 1st Annual Golf Tournament at Perham Lakeside G.C. on Saturday, June 14.

A BBQ lunch and registration will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. with the tournament starting at 1:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction opening at 12 p.m. and closing one-hour after all the golfers have finished the tournament.

Entry fee is $75 per person, which includes a BBQ lunch, golfing and souvenir golf balls.

All proceeds will go directly towards the Perham Wrestling Program. For more information, call 218-342-2003 or PLGC at 218-346-6070.

Breitenfeldt Golf Trail Team


Area golf clubs will be hosting the 1st Annual Carson Breitenfeldt memorial and Minnesota Golf Trail Ladies Team Championship this summer.

Each club will host a series of four events this summer, culminating with a banquet at the end of the series.

The membership fee of $100 per person will benefit the charity of the team that finishes highest in the season standings.

All players must have a USGA Handicap. Each club may have more than one team. Teams will be made up of eight players and will ply in two, four-person teams. Team rosters can not be changed after the start of the season.

Each team will pay a $50 entry fee for reach 18-hole event, which includes carts, lunch and team prizes. Each club will be responsible for setting up their own events and starting times.

Perham Lakeside will host an event on June 16, with Balmoral G.C. on Otter Tail Lake will be the host on July 21.

The event was set up as a memorial for Carson Breitenfeldt, a Perham 10-year-old who was tragically killed in a four-wheeler accident in the spring of 2006.

For questions, please call Nick Anderson at Perham Lakeside at 218-346-6070.

Special Olympics Golf Tournament

Perham Area Special Olympics Minnesota Golf Tournament and Dinner will be held Friday June 6, at the Perham Lakeside G.C.

The entry fee for the 4-Person Scramble is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, dinner and great prizes.

Of the many prizes to be given away will be two sets of a pair of 3-day general admission WE Fest Tickets.

Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner will start as players finish their rounds with prizes and awards to be handed out.

All proceeds are donated to the Perham Area Special Olympic team. Call Perham Lakeside at 218-346-6070 to reserve your spot.

Sign-up for CC Camp, July 7-11

It's time to sign-up for the Perham Yellowjacket Cross Country Camp. The camp will be July 7-11 at Bemidji State University.

The cost of the week-long camp is $200. Training sessions will include hill training, fartleks, racing tactics, core strength and general training principals, diet and equipment.

The camp will also include several guest speakers, swimming, movies, paint ball, guitar hero, and other camp games.

Campers should register by June 1. To register, contact Jeff MOrris at 218-346-7117 or 218-371-5992. You can also e-mail him at

PAYHA dryland hockey clinic

The Perham Area Youth Hockey Association (PAYHA) will be hosting their inaugural dryland (off-ice) camp at the PACC.

The camp is being put on by PAYHA, with special instructor Matt Koalska, a former Golden Gopher hockey player.

The focus of the clinic is to develop fundamental stick handling, shooting and agility skills though off ice training.

The camp is open to kids ages six and up, and no hockey experience required. Registration fees will be $25 for kids 6-8, and $45 for kids 8 and older.

There will be four sessions of the camp. The first will be May 17-18. The other three sessions will be: June 28-29, July 19-20 and August 23-24. Saturday sessions start at 9 a.m.; Camp will start at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Mills Baseball

Walleye Tourney

The New York Mills Youth Baseball Association is holding a walleye tournament June 14 on Big Pine Lake.

Registration is open for the 2nd Annual tournament with cash paid to the top 10 places. First place is guaranteed $1,000 with all other places based on a full field of 65 teams. Cash prizes will be awarded by total team weight.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding this tournament or to get an entry form should call 385-3259 or 385-2698.

Entry fee is $130 for 2-person teams. Fishing hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., June 14, on Big Pine Lake. Tournament headquarters will be at Ron Ehnert Beach where the contestants will start and end.

Tournament will be catch and release. No dead fish will be weighed. All boats must be inspected before tournament hours. Inspection will begin at 5:30 a.m. on Ron Ehnert Beach, which is located on the north side of Big Pine.

A mandatory rules and orientation meeting will be held at Lund Park in NY Mills on Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. One member of each team must attend unless other arrangements have been made.

All proceeds go towards the benefit and development of NY Mills youth baseball.

Bike Club in

Perham June 10

The Lakes Area Bike Club's next ride will be on Tuesday, June 10 in the Perham area. Riders should meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Cactus, located off Hwy. 78 on Ft. Thunder Road.

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 contact Kim Karjela at 218-346-8700 or e-mail at

The Lakes Area Bike Club is online at