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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.
The Perham boys swimming team swept all 11 swimming events to blow Morris Area out of the water 125-49. Morris did pick up a win in diving, as there are no Yellowjacket divers. "We saw some significant time drops since Saturday," Head Coach Sheri Ressler said. The largest differential in any top event finish was Jayden Cullen's time of 5:33.74 in the 500-freestyle, which was over seven seconds better than his previous time of 5:40.88.
Something had to give between the #1-2A Pelican Rapids Vikings averaging 82 points per game and the #2 Perham Yellowjackets allowing only 40 points per contest. Perham (4-0) controlled the tempo and played Yellowjacket ball control en route to a 51-42 victory at home. The up-tempo Vikings (3-1) found themselves in a defensive struggle playing a half-court game rather than running and gunning. "That was one of our objectives," Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said.
Seeking their first victory of the season, the New York Mills Eagles (0-4) hung with the Waubun Bombers (1-1) to the halftime break only down eight, 31-23. The Bombers put up a dozen more points than the Eagles in the second half cruising to a 63-43 victory. The Bombers were led by Jason Hanks' 17 points in a showboat performance that had Hanks on the bench as much as the floor. Hanks got a rise out of the Eagle faithful at the halftime buzzer. After dunking a ball early in the first half, he charged the basket with time winding down to the break looking for another easy bucket.
Streaks came to an end on a buzzer beater by Barnesville's Nicole Halverson, who scored in the waning seconds to notch the Trojans' first victory of the season, 60-59, over Perham in Barnesville Thursday night. "It was a hard fought game as it always seems to be when we travel to Barnesville," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Halverson scored on an inbounds play with two seconds remaining in the game. The victory snaps a season-opening four game skid for Barnesville (1-4) and ends a two-game win streak for Perham (2-4), after the Jackets started the season 0-3. "They were able to make the
Familiar foes dot the Class 2A top ten boys basketball poll where the Yellowjackets remain number two behind arch rival Pelican Rapids. Maple River (4-0) is the only new entry and only Perham and Pelican Rapids have remained steady in the same position all three weeks of rankings. Plainview-Elgin-Millville (3-1), which had held the tenth position, has fallen from the poll. St. Peter and Montevido have slowly been tracking upwards to their positions of three and four. W-E-M has hopped around the top 10 beginning at sixth, then fifth and this week down to ninth.
A depleted Eagles wrestling squad could not get past Park Rapids in a close 42-36 defeat at home. Park Rapids jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held it until Taylor Ericksrud, 138 pounds, and Maison Roberts, 145 pounds, reeled off a pair of pins to give New York Mills their first advantages at 18-15 and 24-15. The two teams battled back and forth with Park Rapids maintaining the lead to the heavyweights where the match concluded, in anticlimactic fashion, with a heavyweight forfeit giving the match to Park Rapids. Park Rapids at New York Mills, Tuesday, Dec.
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.