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The Perham girls basketball team dropped to 2-5 after a second consecutive close loss at the end of the game. Crosby-Ironton made the big shots and got the defensive stops when they needed to late in the contest. "We played well in short stretches throughout the game, but are still looking for more consistent play as the season continues," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Katrina Moenkedick led the Yellowjackets with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, but got little help from the rest of the team. Becky Stoll scored seven points in 29 minutes of play.
If the top-ranked Perham Yellowjackets (7-0) have an Achilles' heel, it's free throw shooting and it almost cost them Thursday night, as they won for the 26th consecutive time.
Forfeits at five of the first six matches made for a quick dual as Perham, the benefactor of four of those forfeits, kept the momentum going and points totaling in a 58-19 victory at home over Park Rapids Tuesday. Jesse Hein ended the final match at heavyweight in typical fashion with a pin at 30 seconds over Trai Schmidt. Cody Nylander, 220 pounds, pinned Cole Tretbar at 1:26. Gio Garcia set up the first of the final three pins winning by fall at 2:59 over Kyle Ritter. Andrew Moberg, 160 pounds, also won by fall over Garrick Scudder at 1:19. Luke Sailer, 145 pounds, pinned Brock Fritze a
Late pins by Tyler Patron and Max Carlson pulled out a come-from-behind Prairie Conference wrestling victory for New York Mills over United North Central Tuesday night by a score of 36-29. The lead changed five times up to Patron's match at 220 pounds.
Preseason talk speculated on whether or not this was the year Detroit Lakes would supersede their Highway 10 rivals and knock off Perham at the section level. This season Perham seeks its 10th consecutive section title and trip to the state meet. Prospects on the Yellowjacket-Laker matchup were evened out after the second meeting of the two teams, as Perham put up 142 points to 136.15 for the Lakers Tuesday evening in Perham. Perham senior Satera Montella dominated the meet winning all four events for her second all-around title of the season and the same number in two weeks. Montella won
Battle Lake took a tight three-game lead at halftime and fired up a big second half outscoring New York Mills 30-12 en route to a 53-32 Section 6A victory in Battle Lake. "We've started our last few games out really well, and this one was no different," Eagles Head Coach JJ Weller said. "We had an early lead due to some good passes, shots, and running the floor. We were playing up-tempo and with confidence and things were working for us." The game was back and forth in the first half.
The Perham victory train kept rolling to a 25th consecutive victory, this time on the road at Breckenridge. While each opponent comes in pumped up to face the undefeated, top-ranked AA Yellowjackets, and arguably, the best team in Minnesota, the Cowboys were out of it early, as Perham ran away with a 71-44 win in Breckenridge. Jordan Bruhn reignited the scoring touch he had in the first two games of the season scoring a game-high 25 points. Bruhn doled out eight assists and had seven rebounds.
Perham senior Satera Montella won the all-around competition at the St. Cloud Tech Team Pride Invitational Saturday with a score of 36.75. Individual awards are not granted at this particular meet. Teams receive accolades, which range to an assortment of different awards, based on the cumulative score of the team in each event. Regardless, Montella's leadership helped Perham to a share of the team title. Perham, the eight-time defending state Class A champions and St.
The New York Mills girls basketball team dropped to 1-4 after a 59-36 defeat to the Bertha-Hewitt Bears (4-2), in Bertha. The Bears ended a six-game home stand to start their season. The Eagles came out with a lot of energy and confidence and shot the ball well against the Bears' 2-3 zone. The Eagles hit from long range nailing six three-point field goals in the contest, but struggled taking care of the ball.
The New York Mills wrestling team continues to bide time until their full lineup is healthy and on the mat. They finished in a tie for 19th place at the 32-team Big Bear Tournament in Cass Lake Friday and Saturday. Shane Novak led the way and continued to back up his No. 1, Class A ranking at 113 pounds. After wrestling at 120 earlier this season, Novak returned to 113 and defeated Abbot Aho, of Fergus Falls, in the finals to take the 113-pound title in overtime. Aho is ranked No.