Perham 2nd in MSHSL Challenge Cup
By John George
Perham High School continued it's run this year as having one of the elite activities programs in the state. Perham finished second in Class A in the Minnesota State High School League's Challenge Cup. They finished as the top public school with 415 points. The Blake School, a private school in the Twin Cities, won their third Challenge Cup with 547.5 points.
The Challenge Cup is an awards program designed to recognize Minnesota high schools for excellence in athletics and fine arts activities. The Challenge Cup will be awarded to two high schools, one Class A school and one Class AA school, that earn the most points based on their participation and finish in section and state fine arts and athletics tournaments.
Schools earn Challenge Cup points based on their participation and finish in both section and state tournament competitions. Teams, and in some cases, individuals will be awarded points for their success in section and state fine arts and athletics tournaments.
Perham earned the honor as the top public school for the fifth straight year. Last year, they became the only public school in Class A to win the Challenge Cup. This is the third time that Perham finished second overall in Class A. Each year Perham finished as the runner-up, Blake was the cup winner.
Gymnastics was the leading point winner for Perham, scoring 141 points. Fifty came from the team's sixth straight State Championship. Twenty more came from two individual titles (10 points each) from Kelsi Vomacka (balance beam) and Jenna Schmitz (uneven bars).
The cross country team scored 108 points as both boys and girls teams finished in second place at State after winning section titles. Maddie McClellan also scored for a third place individual finish.
McClellan more recently scored 10 more points by winning the 3200m run at the State Meet earlier this month.
The next highest scoring activity was the speech team, which scored 50 points. Lucas Wuebben was one of 11 state participants as he went on to finish second in the discussion category.
The boys swim team also scored well with 29 points, led by Ethan McMahon, who scored 21 thanks to a State Championship in the 100 butterfly and a fourth place finish in the 200 I.M.