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The Perham girls basketball team (4-7) has had their share of close games this season.
Perham finished in second place to New London-Spicer in the Barrel O' Fun Invitational, held Saturday, in Perham. Jesse Hein, Cody Nylander and Luke Sailer all won their respective weight titles. Sailer was also named Oustanding Wrestler of the tournament. Sailer, 12-2 on the season and ranked #10 in the state took the 138-pound title undefeated. After a first round bye, he won a 6-2 decision over Sauk Centre-Melrose's Tommy Latzka. He shut out Max Pajari, 3-0, in the semifinals and took the championship 10-3 over Parker Jackson, of Detroit Lakes.
Two teams in need of a win met in New York Mills Monday night and the Lake Park-Audubon Raiders (3-8) sneaked out of the Eagles gymnasium with a 56-52 victory. The Raiders led the majority of the game, up two at halftime and stretching the lead to nine points on the back of senior forward Adrian Bailey. Bailey scored 26 points in a dominating performance.
The Sebeka Trojans (10-2, -0) remained tied with Henning at the top of the Park Region Conference standings, after a 64-34 victory in New York Mills (1-10, 1-4) Friday night. The loss is the ninth consecutive for the Eagles, after their only win in game two of the season over Pillager (0-10, 0-4). Ellie Rutten led the Eagles with 12 points. Tori Kempenich added 10. Sebeka's Alicia Boe scored 14 points. Boe is a former Eagle.
The New York Mills Eagles wrestling team had their way with both Park Region Conference opponents, Royalton-Upsala and West Central Area/Ashby, at the West Central Area Triangular Thursday. After losing their first three duals, the Eagles have won five straight. The Eagles won the first six matches against West Central Area/Ashby to build a 33-0 lead en route to a 57-12 blowout victory. Jeremiah Harper, 106 pounds, Shane Novak 113 pounds, Tyler Ehnert, 126 pounds, Andrew Perala, 132 pounds, Taylor Ericksrud, 138 pounds, Ryan Lee, 160 pounds, Michael Meyer, 170 pounds, Cole Grabow, 182 pound
A balanced Bertha-Hewitt Bears (5-2) scoring attack was too much for the New York Mills boys basketball team (1-8) as they fell, in defeat, at Bertha 65-53 Thursday night in Park Region Conference action. Adam Snelgrove continued his hot scoring streak putting up 20 points to lead all scorers. Charlie Peeters added 16 for the Eagles. However, the Bears had four players in double figures and Bertha-Hewitt expanded an eight-point gap at halftime to a dozen points by the end of the second half. The victory keeps Bertha-Hewitt tied atop the conference with a perfect 3-0 record.
The Perham girls basketball team suffered another buzzer beater loss Thursday evening, this time to Pequot Lakes 62-60. The Patriots rallied to tie the game at 60, after trailing Perham from the 8:16 mark of the second half when sophomore guard Katie White knotted the score at 48. "Pequot Lakes made some big shots and capitalized on our mistakes," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud. Becky Stoll, who led all scorers with 23 points, missed a shot underneath the basket, stole the ball from Mattie Lueck and drew a foul on a put-back attempt. Stoll made one of two shots to put Perham up 49-48,
Zach Langendorfer was Perham's only event winner taking first in the 100-yard breaststroke to lead Perham to a fourth place finish at the Brainerd Invitational, Thursday, Dec. 29. Brainerd was the top school of the five competing with a score of 663, followed by Monticello-558; Melrose/Sauk Centre-382, Perham-314 and Bemidji-203. "The boys are doing great for this point in the season," Head Coach Sheri Ressler said. Langendorfer also finished fourth in the 200-yard IM relay in a time of 2:17.74. Jayden Cullen added a fourth place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, 5:29.30.
Both basketball teams from New York Mills have had their share of struggles, but both teams sport a player that can light up the hoop. Senior Adam Snelgrove scored 37 points in an overtime loss to Pillager Tuesday night and his feat was matched by freshman Ellie Rutten, who also scored 37 in a 71-57 loss at Verndale. "We had a big game out of Ellie," Eagles' Head Coach JJ Weller said. Surprisingly, Rutten's 37 was not a game high. Verndale's Theresa Moenkedick poured in 40 to lead all scorers.
Adam Snelgrove continues to put up huge scoring numbers for the New York Mills Eagles, (1-7, 0-3), tallying 37 in a tough overtime loss to Pillager, (6-1, 2-0), in a Park Region Conference game. Snelgrove's increased output has pushed the Eagles to an average of 79.6 points per game in their last three games compared to just 39.4 in the first five games of the season. In two games over the holidays at the Sebeka tournament, Snelgrove poured in 36 against Sebeka and 27 points in the Eagles only victory of the season over Northland-Remus. Conner Uselman scored 20 points for the Huskies, along