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Perham Boys Tennis seeded third for 8A playoffs

The Perham boys tennis team found out its fate for the Section 8A playoffs, earning the No. 3 seed behind section favorites Thief River Falls and Crookston.

The Yellowjackets recently squared off with the Pirates in Crookston and suffered a 4-3 defeat. It’s potential second round matchup for the second year varsity program. However, they have to get past Minnewaska Area in the opening round if they hope to set themselves up for a rematch with the Pirates.

Crookston earned the No. 2 seed and will take on Fergus Falls in the first round, beginning on May 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Fergus Falls. Perham will take on Minnewaska Area at the same time.

In the other half of the bracket, Thief River Falls will host Park Rapids Area at 10 a.m., while Detroit Lakes takes on East Grand Forks in the No. 5 vs. No. 4 contest.

The semifinals will take place on May 22, beginning at 1 and 2:30 p.m. The Section 8AA Championship is set for 10 a.m. on May 23. All matches taking place in Fergus Falls.

In the Section 8A singles tournament, Perham’s Ben Winkels earned the 11 seed. He will open with Fergus Falls’ Noah Tarczon in the first round on May 23. Carter Cresap enters as the No. 2 seed. Cresap will open first round play against Justus Gauss of East Grand Forks on May 23 as well.

Perham’s doubles team of Gunnar Anderson and Ryan Murphy earned the No. 4 seed and will take on Minnewaska Area’s Sam Peters and Calvin Hoffmann in the first round on May 23.

The team of Noah Christenson and Aaron Solberg earned the No. 12 seed and will take on Crookston’s Mitchell Olson and Jake Widseth.

The team tournament begins on May 22 and concludes on May 23, while the individual singles and doubles tournament begins on May 23 and concludes on May 24.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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