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Kaylan Huber was the low Jacket shooting an 81 at Sub-sections, three strokes behind Detroit Lakes medalist Kate Smith, who shot a 78. Photo by Brian Basham/DL Newspapers.

Jacket girls HOL champs, Sub-section runners-up

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It was a clean sweep for the Perham Yellowjackets girls golf team as they took home another Heart O' Lakes Conference championship Tuesday, at Wildflower Golf Course, in Detroit Lakes.

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The win comes as no surprise as the Yellowjackets dominated conference meets this season thanks to Holly Karkela, the conference's most valuable player, and Kaylan Huber, along with three Yellowjackets underclassmen, who made big leaps and improved throughout the season.

The senior duo of Karkela and Huber led the conference in scoring average. Karkela was tops with 40.14 and Huber second at 42.71.

In all, five Yellowjackets scored in the top 15 in conference scoring average earning each player all-conference honors.

Rachel Nelson was sixth averaging 46.14. Destiny Mitchell made a steady climb from outside the top 15 early in the season to finish 11th best scoring an average of 47.42 strokes. Ali Smith was next in 12th averaging 47.85.

Perham took the conference championship at Wildflower Golf Course by an eight-stroke advantage shooting a combined score of 181. Barnesville finished second with 189. Barnesville's finish was a bit of surprise, as Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal had made a habit of finishing runners-up to the front running Yellowjackets most of the season.

Karkela was best on the front nine shooting a 41. Huber had low score on the back nine with a 43. Karkela was as stroke back at 44, which was good for another title in her incredible run this season. She was victorious in each conference meet during the season.

The conference standings after all meets was a runaway for the Yellowjackets, scoring a lowest possible nine points. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal was second a distant 13 points back with 22. Pelican Rapids was third and Barnesville fourth.

Sub-section play at Wildflower, Thursday, May 26, saw a first for the Yellowjackets this season.

Kaylan Huber was the low Jacket shooting an 81, three strokes behind Detroit Lakes medalist Kate Smith, who shot a 78.

The Lakers finished 23 strokes better than the second place Yellowjackets with a 331 to Perham's 354.

Three other Lakers, Matty Tscheider, 83, Natalie Roth, 84, and Courtney Hedstrom, 86, finished third through fifth behind Smith and Huber to round out the top five.

Pelican Rapids, 393, and Hawley-Ulen-Hitterdal, 394, finished third and fourth behind DL and Perham.

Holly Karkela found herself in some unfamiliar territory finishing just outside the top five shooting an 86.

Other Perham scores were Rachel Nelson, 91, Destiny Mitchell, 96, Becca Huus, 86, and Ali Smith, 101.

Detroit Lakes, Perham and Pelican Rapids all advance to the Section 8AA meet at Long Bow Golf Club, in Walker, Thursday, June 2.

HOL Standings (final)

1. Perham 9; 2. Hawley-UH 22; 3. Pelican rapids 26; 4. Barnesville 35; 5.West central 42; 6. DGF 52; 7. Frazee 64; 8. Breckenridge 71;

HOL All Conference team:

1. Karkela, Holly 40.14; 2. Huber, Kaylan 42.71; 3. Matfeld, Lexi 43.28; 4. Strand, Mackenzie 45.28; 5. Anderson, Gabby 46.14; 6. Nelson, Rachel 46.14; 7. Keep, Megan 46.71; 8. Danielson, Rylee 46.85; 9. Youn, Chaiwon (Emily) 46.85; 10. Bekkerus, Alexa 47.42; 11. Mitchell, Destiny 47.42; 12. Smith, Ali 47.85; 13. Husted, Liz 48.00; 14. Halverson, Chelsey 48.28; 15. Amundson, Megan 48.57.

Girls HOL Golf @ Wildflower Golf Course (Front 9):

Team scores:

Perham 181, Barnesville 189, Hawley 191, Pelican Rapids 197, WCA 206, DGF 234, Breckenridge 287, Frazee 289.

Individual scores:

Holly Karkela, Perham 41, Lexi Matfeld, Hawley 44, Kaylan Huber, Perham 45, Mackenzie Strand, Pelican Rapids 46, Chelsey Halverson, Barnesville 46, Megan Keep, WCA 46.

Girls HOL Golf @ Wildflower Golf Course (Back 9):

Team scores:

Perham 185, Hawley 195, Pelican Rapids 199, Barnesville 211, WCA 212,

DGF 215, Frazee 292, Breckenridge 296

Individual scores:

Kaylan Huber, Perham 43, Lexi Matfeld, Hawley 44, Holly Karkela, Perham 44, Mackenzie Strand, Pelican Rapids 45, Gabby Anderson, Hawley 48, Michele Bekkerus, DGF 48.

Sub-sections @ Wildflower Golf Club:

Detroit Lakes 331; Perham 354; Pelican Rapids 393; Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 394; Wadena-Deer Creek 400; Fergus Falls 402; D-G-F 428; Breckenridge 575.

Individual scores:

Kate Smith 78; Kaylan Huber 81; Matty Tscheider 83; Natalie Roth 84; Courtney Hedstrom 86.

Other Section qualifiers:

Lexi Mattfeld 86; Paige Hartman 93; Erica Clark 95; Nikki Ellingson 97; Rylee Mattfeld 97; Megan Daniels 98.

Perham scores:

Kaylan Huber 81; Holly Karkela 86; Rachel Nelson 91; Destiny Mitchell 96; Becca Huus 96; Ali Smith 101.

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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