PHS Tennis: Perham 4th at Mid-State
By John George
The Perham tennis team had a good showing at the Mid-State Conference Meet on Saturday in Park Rapids. The Jackets had three individuals and one doubles team go 2-1 on the day as they finishd in a tie for fourth place with Detroit Lakes with 14 points.
Staples-Motley won their third straight conference title with 40 points as they won individual titles in five of seven brackets. Pequot Lakes finished second with 36 points, taking individual titles at No. 2 and No. 4 singles.
Perham's best finish came at No. 3 singles, where freshman Hannah Brenk took third place. She started with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Detroit Lakes' Katie Anderson, followed by a 6-1, 6-1 loss to S-M's Mikayla Wing, the eventual bracket champ. Brenk completed her tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 win over C-I's Mariah Craig.
Brenk had finished fourth at No. 4 singles at last year's conference tournament.
Two other singles players went 2-1 to finish as Consolation champs in fifth place. Becca Huebsch lost her first match, then won her next two at No. 1 singles. Suzanne Coleman went the same route at No. 4 singles, including a come-from-behind 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-2 win in the fifth place match against C-I's Alice Bertram.
At No. 3 doubles, the team of Ashley Silbernagel and Paige Biegler lost a three-set match in the first round, then won a three-setter in the second round before going on to win the fifth place match against W-DC.
Head coach Kurt Pesch said he was pleased with how his team played against the tough competition at the Mid-State. It's got to be one of the toughest conferences around, he said.
Rough start at home
Perham played their first home match since Sept. 10 on Tuesday when they hosted Pequot Lakes. The three-match homestand got off to a rough start as the Patriots went home with a 7-0 win.
Perham will remain at home today (Sept. 24) with a match against Detroit Lakes. Matches start at 4:30 p.m.
The Jackets continue their homestand on Sept. 28 with a dual against New York Mills. The Eagles won the earlier match this season, 4-3.
They turn around on Sept. 29 for a road trip to Wadena-Deer Creek for a dual against the Wolverines before hosting Parkers Prairie on Oct. 1 in their final home match.