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Perham/NYM tennis sixth at Moose Invitational

The Perham/NYM tennis team returned to the courts with the annual Brainerd Moose Invitational on Sept. 9. The Moose Tournament always has a strong field and the 2017 version was no different.

Brainerd won its own tournament, finishing with 27 total points. Roseau finished second with 18 points, while Pequot Lakes came in third with 17 points. New Prague and Big Lake tied for fourth place. Perham finished in sixth place, finishing with 12 points, while Glencoe-Silver Lake was seventh and in eighth was Parkers Prairie.

The Yellowjackets had a pair of fourth place finishes while recording three fifth place finishes during the event.

The team of Jade Lenius and Kiera Radniecki went 2-2 on the day, earning a fourth place finish at No. 2 doubles. They went 1-1 in pool play defeating Glencoe-Silver Lake, 6-2, 6-4, while falling to Pequot Lakes, 7-5, 7-6 (4). They were edged out in straight sets by Roseau, 6-2, 6-2, in the third place match.

The third doubles team for Perham consisted of Grace Minten/Emma Bowers/Malia Groff and Mirta Vorderbruggen finished fourth as well. They defeated Glencoe-Silver Lake in pool play, 7-6 (5), 4-6 and 10-4. They defeated Roseau, 4-6, 6-4 and 10-8 as well. They squared off with Brainerd in the championship round and were defeated in the third place game.

Makayla Melvin came in fifth place at No. 1 singles. She was defeated by Brainerd, 3-6, 3-6 and Roseau, 3-6, 6-7(3), before taking the fifth place match with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Parkers Prairie.

Brianna Schwantz finished in fifth place as well at No. 2 singles. Schwantz defeated New Prague, 6-4, 6-2, before falling to Big Lake, 3-6, 4-6. Schwantz won her final match, defeating Parkers Prairie, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

The No. 1 doubles team of Elle Birkeland and Jojo Winkels finished fifth as well. They were defeated by Big Lake, 2-6, 5-7, before defeating Parkers Prairie, 6-3, 4-6, 10-3. They closed out with a win over Pequot Lakes, 6-2, 7-5.

Avery Beachy came in sixth place at No. 4 singles. She was victorious over Glencoe-Silver Lake 7-6 (4), 6-4, before falling to Brainerd in pool play, 2-6, 2-6. She was defeated in the fifth place game by Pequot Lakes, 6-2, 6-3.

Michelle Swyter was seventh at No. 3 singles. She dropped her opening match to Brainerd, 2-6, 3-6, before falling to Pequot Lakes, 3-6, 2-6, in her second game. She was victorious over Parkers Prairie in her final match, winning 6-4, 6-2.

The Yellowjackets return to action on Sept. 12 when they traveled to Park Rapids Area to take on the Panthers. The Yellowjackets are home on Sept. 14 when they host Moorhead at 4:30 p.m.

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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