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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
The Perham Yellowjackets girls basketball team improved to 3-6 on the season defeating Breckenridge for the second time this year, 58-54, in the third place game at the Fergus Falls holiday tournament. "We were able to make some big free throws late to sneak out with the win," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. The game was close early before scoring swung in a 17-point pendulum from an early Cowgirls' 10-point advantage in the first half to a tie at the break and a seven-point advantage for the Yellowjackets with a few minutes remaining in the game. "Our girls stepped up their defense and w
The New York Mills Eagles girls basketball team (1-8) dropped their seventh consecutive game at home in a 74-33 loss to Barnesville (3-4) Wednesday evening. Both teams traded baskets early in the game and the Eagles trailed by only six, 19-13 with 6:35 to go until halftime. The Trojans applied a full-court press that forced five consecutive turnovers sparking a 17-3 run giving Barnesville a comfortable 20-point cushion at the break, 36-16. The defensive stymie continued in the second half, as Barnesville allowed only 17 points running away to the 74-33 final. Barnesville senior guard Kaile
The #4-ranked 2A Hawley Nuggets girls basketball team (6-0) shut down the Perham offense doubling up on the scoreboard in a 60-30 opening round victory at the Fergus Falls Tournament. "Hawley showed why they are a top ranked team in the state as they pulled away from us halfway through the first half and never looked back," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. The Nuggets improved to 5-0 on the season and will face #2-ranked 3A Fergus Falls (9-0) on their home floor. Perham (2-6) will play Breckenridge (4-2) later today, Thursday, Dec.
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