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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Perham boys golf team named Academic State Champs
The Perham boys' golf team was named AA State All Academic Team.

Nick Kalina - 12
Matt Hanson - 12
Nick Bahls -11
Brandon Olson - 11
Blake Kunza - 10
Nate Bormann - 10

Rachel Nelson and Becca Huus were named to the All-State Golf team for the girls.
Posted By John George
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Lady Lakers defend State Golf title; PHS' Rachel Nelson finishes 16th

After a rain shortened 2nd day at the State Class AA Golf Tournament in Jordan at Ridges at Sand Creek G.C., the Detroit Lakes Lady Lakers defended their State Championship, winning another title with a 27-hole score of 448.  Minnewaska Area was a distant 2nd with a 479.

Perham senior Rachel Nelson finished 16th overall with a 122.  She shot an 81 on the 1st day on Tuesday (38-43), followed by a rain-shortened 41 in nine holes on Wednesday.  Nelson finished in a tie for 38th place last year as a junior with a 36-hole score of 177 (91-86).

Becca Huus, a freshman, finished in a 4-way tie for 31st place with a 128.  She had an 87 on Tuesday (42-45), followed by a 41 on Wednesday.

"The girls had an excellent state tournament, it was a great way to end the 2013 season," head coach Cory Solberg said. "Rachel's goal was to finish in the top 25 and she did it.  Rachel was also a great leader and role model for Becca.  Becca's goal was to be in the top half and she accomplished that.  They are almost like "big sister" and "little sister".  Besides being good golfers, they are both wonderful people.  They are both polite, respectful, and courteous young women, I am so proud of both of them."

Rachel Nelson and Destiny Mitchell also earned Academic Honors for being Seniors with a high GPA. Rachel and Becca also earned All State recognition for being ranked in the top-10 in the State during the 2013 season.

All five scoring Laker girls finished in the top-18.  Natalie Roth and Kate Smith tied for the individual championship with 108’s.  Roth was the 1st round leader with a 70.

Click HERE for the full Class AA Girls Results.


The Laker boys 2-year reign as Class AA champs came to an end Wednesday as they finished in 2nd place overall with a 27-hole score of 450.  Staples-Motley, who finished 3rd the previous two seasons, won their 2nd title with a 443.

Jordan Peters of Delano won the individual title with a 104.  D.L.’s Karter Smith finished 7th with a 110.

Click HERE for the Full Class AA Boys Results.


 

Posted By John George
Thursday, June 6, 2013
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Thursday, June 6, 2013
“Dan Is Down!” Quick Action Saves The Life Of An Umpire
The following article deals the efforts to save the life of an umpire who collapsed during a Section 6AA game between Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Minnewaska Area that was played in Wadena on Wednesday, May 22.  It was written by John Millea on May 29 and posted on the Minnesota State High School League website.

As I was talking with softball umpire Daryl Oja on Tuesday morning about the day last week when his officiating partner, Dan Wessel, collapsed on the field, died twice and was brought back to life, Daryl offered this:

“As we speak he’s being prepped for triple bypass today at 11 a.m. Two arteries were 100 percent blocked and one was 90 percent blocked. So he’s very lucky.”

Indeed, Wessel is lucky to be alive. But there was something more than just luck involved here. He also was fortunate that three people familiar with emergency procedures were in attendance at last Wednesday’s Class 2A Section 6 softball tournament game between Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Minnewaska Area in Wadena.

It was fortunate that Jay Stewart of Glenwood and Gary Bentz of Browerville were at the game; they both are trained first responders.

“Gary drove the team bus for Long Prairie-Grey Eagle,” Oja said. “Dan knew Gary because Dan also is a wrestling official and Gary has sons who wrestled at Browerville. We had talked to Gary before going on the field.”

It was fortunate that Long Prairie police officer Ryan Hanson was there, too. When Wessel, 51, collapsed on the infield after the fourth inning, Stewart, Bentz and Hanson came running. 

“Dan was on the bases,” Oja said. “He had been on the shortstop side of second base and he was working his way back to first base. I was marking my card between innings when the first base coach yelled, ‘Dan is down! Dan is down!’ He was face-first on the ground between first and second base.”

Hanson remembers his daughter Angela, the center fielder for Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, making a catch to end the inning. “They came running in, I was talking to my wife, I turned around and saw one of the umps laying face down in the field. I looked again and thought, ‘This ain't right.’ ”

Oja helped turn Wessel over onto his back. “That was my only contribution other than the fact that I kept talking to him,” he said. “Those three guys worked on him.”

They began chest compressions and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Twice, Wessel stopped breathing and began turning blue. But twice, his rescuers brought him back.

“I looked down at him and there was blood coming from his nose,” said Hanson. “I didn’t have a mask like I would if I was on duty, but I knew if I don’t give him air he’s going to definitely die.

“I wiped his face off as much as I could and started giving him breaths. He started breathing and it was like, ‘Sweet. Awesome.’ And then we lost him again. He died at least twice there. At one point, almost immediately his face was purple. I thought, ‘He is not doing so hot.’ ”

Oja said, “I have never seen anyone die before and he died twice, right in front of me. He was not breathing or responding and they were able to bring him back. Those three guys are heroes because they knew what they were doing. They kept him alive until the amubulance got there with the AED and they used it to shock his heart. There was an AED in the school and someone was on the way to get it when the ambulance arrived.”

Dan is in his 29th year as an MSHSL official, having worked wrestling, softball and baseball. He has worked several state wrestling tournaments as an official and an evaluator of officials, and he has served as a charter clinician for the St. Cloud Wrestling Official Association.

Oja and Wessel don’t umpire together very often, but they know each other very well. Oja is a retired teacher and coach in Melrose and Wessel was a student there and played for Oja. “It was kind of surreal from that standpoint, as well,” Oja said.

When Wessel collaposed, Oja had a pretty good inkling of what had happened.

“He had an incident about 10 days earlier when he complained of severe chest pain,” Oja said. “I guess they had kind of ruled out his heart, they thought it was an infection of some kind and they gave him medication. But because of that incident, I knew this probably was heart-related.”

Hanson, who has been a police officer for 15 years and also is an assistant coach on the Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle cooperative girls' hockey team, guessed that he had performed life-saving procedures five to 10 times previously. That wasn’t the case for everyone on the scene.

“When I was talking to Jay, he goes, ‘I’ve been in the fire department for four years and this is the first time I’ve had to do CPR.’ I thought, ‘Wow, you’re doing good. You’re one for one.’ ”

The next day, Oja was working a game at Minnewaska in Glenwood when he struck up a conversation with a woman who was aware of what had taken place in Wadena.

“She was the wife of Jay Stewart and I got a chance to talk to her a little bit,” Oja said. “She said Jay came home and he was pretty shook. Like I told all three of those guys, they were heroes. Dan knows this, too, and I know he’s planning on meeting with those guys and letting them know that he appreciated what they did.”

Posted By John Millea (MSHSL)
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
DL teams win 8AA golf titles; Lady Jackets take 2nd and send 2 to State

The defending Class AA State Champion Detroit Lakes Lady Lakers cruised to another Section 8AA title Monday at Longbow G.C. in Walker.  D.L. had all 6 of their golfers finish in the top-7, as they finished with a team score of 310.  Matty Tscheider earned medalist honors with a 76, followed by Trisa Hutchinson in 2nd with a 78.

The Perham girls finished as the team runner-up with a score of 358.  They were 48-strokes behind the Lakers, but 32-shots ahead of 3rd place Park Rapids.  The Lady Jackets will have a pair of golfers advance to State, as freshman Rebecca Huus finished 5th overall with an 80.  Senior Rachel Nelson will return to State as she finished tied for 11th overall with an 87. 

Nelson had to play 3 extra holes in a play-off for the final individual State spot, beating Hannah Williams of Park Rapids, and Maddie Nichols of Crookston.

Destiny Mitchell shot an 88 for Perham, followed by Liz Sonnenberg (103), Michaela Soule (127), and Danielle Graham (127).

The Laker boys will also advance to defend their State title, as they won another 8AA championship with a 310. Medalist honors went to Austin Rusness of Detroit Lakes with a 2-under par 70.  Carter Smith of the Lakers was runner-up with a 73.

Perham had 3 golfers competing, but none will advance to State.  Nick Kalina and Nick Bahls both shot 82’s, with Blake Kunza shooting an 86.

The Class AA State Championships will be June 11-12 at Ridges at Sand Creek G.F. in Jordan.  The boys will tee-off at 7:30 am, and the girls will play afternoon rounds starting at 11:40 both days.

Posted By John George
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