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Let's hear it for the girls

In the past four seasons, state championships have been brought back to Perham by the basketball team, the 4x800m track team, and cross country teams. State runners-up finishes have come from baseball and a semifinal berth by last year’s football team - all boys’ sports.

Girls’ sports have the gymnastics program to fall back on with their near-decade of dominance during winter.

In the early 2013 season, three fall girls’ teams have been making a move to match such efforts and are providing a number of great venues for local enthusiasts to get some bang for their buck with a ticket to a game.

The girls cross country team is on a quest for the program’s first-ever state championship and took a bold step in that direction by winning the Milaca Mega Meet last weekend.

This team has a nice mix of young talent and senior leadership, the likes of which, make that goal as feasible as it has been in the past decade. The team will be back in Perham to host their annual Invitational Thursday, Oct. 3rd at 4 p.m.

The volleyball team has posted a record of 14-1 and have gotten off to such a hot start the coaches association poll has yet to recognize one of the best teams in Class 2A at the midway point of the season, as the Yellowjackets remain outside the top 10.

In the QRF, which is a rankings system based on results, the Yellowjackets were No. 1 in the first calculation and start off this week at No. 3.

Perham has three remaining home games, including their Invitational tournament Saturday, Oct. 5. Both teams are bound to make some noise come playoff time.

In the pool, the girls’ swimming team is as entertaining as ever with a number of swimmers breaking school records, then going out the next meet and breaking them all over again.

While section matchups and school sizes make it tough for Perham to advance to state as a team, there are definitely individual swimmers who will be moving on to the state meet at the University of Minnesota at the end of the season. They will be in action at the DLCCC in Detroit Lakes Oct. 10 and Oct. 25.

Take an afternoon or evening off and show some support for some highly successful girls’ teams in Perham. You won’t be disappointed.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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