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Top-seeded Cardinals eliminate Yellowjackets in 8A tennis quarterfinals

STAPLES — The top-ranked Staples-Motley girls tennis team gave up only 10 games in seven matches in sweeping Perham in the quarterfinal round of Section 8A tennis playoffs.

The loss ends the team portion of the season for the Yellowjackets.

Perham advanced to the match-up with a 5-2 victory over New York Mills Monday in the pigtail game.

Josie Beachy defeated Abby Salo in straight sets three and two. Julia Pearson won her three-singles match two and love over Jewelle Boe.

The Eagles forfeited the four-singles match.

Perham took two of three doubles matches to clinch the victory.

The No. 1 duo of Katie Howey and Betsy Pearson needed three sets to dispatch of Mallory Weber and Jordin Roberts 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Kori Salo and Maddy Keskitalo defeated Perham’s Danielle Graham and Alyssa Morris in a tight match of tiebreakers 7-6, 7-6.

Aubrey Hill and Savanna Olson defeated the Eagles No. 3 doubles team of Mikaila Honer and Robyn Harper three and four.

New York Mills’ other point came at No. 1 singles where Victoria Selander defeated Maggie Rennicke in three sets 6-2, 6-7, 6-2.

In the three other quarterfinal matches, Crookston defeated Roseau 5-2; Pequot Lakes blanked East Grand Forks 7-0 and Park Rapids Area defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0.

No. 1 Staples-Motley will face No. 4 Crookston and No. 2 Park Rapids Area will play No. 3 Pequot Lakes. 

The semifinals will be played in Grand Forks.

Staples-Motley 7, Perham 0


No. 1: Mikayla Wing (SM) def. Maggie Rennicke 6-1, 6-0

No. 2: Sarah Koopmann (SM) def. Josie Beachy 6-2, 6-1

No. 3: Alex Fischer (SM) def. Julia Pearson 6-0, 6-0

No. 4: Lexi Johnson (SM) def. Makayla Melvin 6-2, 6-0


No. 1: Kelsey Zetah-Nikki Edin (SM) def. Katie Howey-Betsy Pearson 6-0, 6-2

No. 2: Grace Wolhowe-Emily Israelson (SM) def. Danielle Graham-Alyssa Morris 6-1, 6-0

No. 3: Kaleigh Hosier-Christina Smith (SM) def. Aubey Hill-Savanna Olson 6-1, 6-1

Perham: 5, New York Mills: 2

1. Singles: Victoria Selander (NYM) over Maggie Rennicke (Per) 6-2, 6-7, 6-2

2. Singles: Josie Beachy (Per) over Abby Salo (NYM) 6-3, 6-2

3. Singles: Julia Pearson (Per) over Jewelle Boe (NYM) 6-2, 6-0

4. Singles: Makayla Melvin (Per) over NYM (Forfeit)

1. Doubles: Katie Howey/Betsy Pearson (Per) over Mallory Weber/Jordin Roberts (NYM) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

2. Doubles: Kori Salo/Maddy Keskitalo (NYM) over Danielle Graham/Alyssa Moris (Per) 7-6, 7-6

3. Doubles: Aubrey Hill/Savanna Olson (Per) over Mikaila Honer/Robyn Harper (NYM) 6-3, 6-4

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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