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The Perham wrestling team won four of the final five matches, including a Jesse Hein pin at 36 seconds to cap off a runaway 54-15 Heart O' Lakes Conference dual victory at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Tuesday evening. Cody Nylander set up Hein's final match with a quick first period fall pinning Jake Hanson at 1:38, in a match that was already decided by the time it got to heavyweights. Hein cleaned up against Keith Lilley at only 36 seconds of the first period. The final five matches were all decided by fall. Williams Parks, 170 pounds pinned Kole Nygaard at 4:38.
The Perham Yellowjackets (2-3) won their second straight game after opening the season with three losses earning a 73-42 home victory over Highway 10 rival New York Mills (1-3) Tuesday evening. "I thought we played some good stretches of basketball but are still looking to put together a consistent effort on both offense and defense," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. The game was competitive midway through the first half before a Perham run put the score out of reach by halftime 46-20. The Yellowjackets could have made the margin larger from the free throw line, but shot only nine o
Perham placed fourth out of 12 teams at the St. Cloud Apollo Invitational Saturday scoring 141 points. Roseville took the title with 147.2, followed by St.
BARRETT--A shortened New York Mills wrestling squad came away with top four finishes from seven wrestlers at the Grant County Tournament, led by state-ranked Shane Novak and Tyler Patron with runners-up finishes and another from Maison Roberts. "We wrestled a good Grant County," Head Coach Eric Niemi said. "Top five with nine guys was something we can build on." The Eagles failed to enter wrestlers from the 106, 113, 170, 182 and 285 pound weight classes, most noticeably, No. 8 ranked Noah Pesola at 182. "We should get a more competitive lineup after Christmas break," Niemi said.
Becky Stoll made a three-point shot at the regulation buzzer to force overtime and the Yellowjackets outscored Breckenridge 6-4 in the extra session to prevail, for the first time in four games, 57-55. "We were able to make one or two more plays than Breckenridge in overtime to come out on top," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Stoll had 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Class 2A, No. 2 Perham Yellowjackets remain undefeated on the season, running their win streak to 23 games after defeating the St. Thomas Academy Cadets Saturday in Minnetonka 62-54. Perham led by as many as 20 points in the second half. The Cadets, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, could not stop Perham center Mark Schumacher, who finished with a game-high 20 points. "We have started this season with some easier wins, but we sure learned about our team," Head Coach Dave Cresap said. "We still have a long ways to go offensively before we are going to challenge for a championship.
The Perham/New York Mills boys swimming team opened up the season at the Fergus Falls Invitational, coming in fourth place behind the host Otters, Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids. Jayden Cullen was the first event winner of the year taking the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 5:40.88. Cullen was the top Yellowjacket in the 200-yard freestyle with a fifth place finish (2:04.70). "I am very pleased with how the boys swam," Head Coach Sheri Ressler said.
In three games, opponents have watched the defending state champions run away with the final score handily. This time the Crookston Pirates (1-1) made the long drive back north after a 59-33 defeat in Perham (3-0). The Yellowjackets have outscored their opponents 185-109 in their trio of victories to open the season.
The Perham Yellowjackets girls basketball team dropped their third game of the season at Wadena-Deer Creek by a score of 65-50. Perham kept within a 10-point margin until late in the game when Caitlin Volkmann hit her fifth three-pointer of the night to push the lead to 13. The clock did the rest of the work. "We continue to search for our first win and some consistent play," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.
The New York Mills boys basketball team got roughed up early Tuesday night at Battle Lake as the Battlers jumped out to a 32-8 halftime lead kept outscoring the Eagles in the second half for a 65-28. Battle Lake's Tyler Ukkelberg had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Battlers. Alex Ukkelberg just missed a double-double of his own scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Adam Snelgrove led the Eagles, scoring 16 points. The Eagles host Ashby tonight, Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:45 p.m.