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The Eagles' volleyball team heads into section playoffs on a two-game winning streak after defeating Menahga on the road 3-1 (25-14, 25-17, 25-27, 25-19). New York Mills defeated Pillager 3-0 in their previous match. "(This) was a much-needed conference win," New York Mills Amy Koskela said. NY Mills got off to a quick start easily winning the first two games before the Braves came back to take the third set needing extra points to do it, 27-25.
Perham had to battle to the wire in four games but ended the regular season on a high note with a victory at Detroit lakes 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 26-24). "We knew this would be a tight one," Perham Head Coach Dan Christenson said. The Yellowjackets have become accustomed to going the distance this season with a number of five set matches. "We've been on the winning end of most of them and facing that pressure has strengthened this team," said Christenson. Perham played better and more at ease in the tightest parts of each set. "We were good up to 22 points," Laker Head Coach Jim Wood s
Perham's defeat of previously-ranked Detroit Lakes on the road has garnered the Yellowjackets votes in the latest Class 3A football poll. A big win over East Grand Forks tonight -- in a poll that has three previously unranked teams in the top 10 -- could see the Yellowjackets moving up. Perham has also cracked the top 20 in the QRF.
The boys and girls cross-country teams were in Park Rapids Monday for the final tune-up race before the section meet next Friday, Oct. 28 in Bagley. "Both the boys and girls had just awesome races," Head Coach Jeff Morris said. The coaching staff decided to rest number one runner Cassie Beseman. Beseman has been suffering an Achilles tendon strain since the Heart O' Lakes Conference meet last Tuesday.
For the second time in three weeks, the Perham/NY Mills swimmers defeated Detroit Lakes by a comfortable margin, 170-129. The Yellowjackets placed first in seven of 12 events, including five races with two or more of the top finishes. In the 500-yard freestyle race, four Yellowjackets finished before any Lakers touched. Jill Burns won the event in 5:53.15; Jackie Hanson was second, 6:04.88; Laine Miller finished third, 6:17.52, followed by Bailey Meyer, 6:17.66. Kelsey Kratzke, Beth Ingebrand and Annie Ingebrand finished a 1-2-3 sweep of the 100-yard breastroke.
The remaining five New York Mills tennis players were eliminated in Section 8A Individual Quarterfinal matches Friday, Oct. 14. In singles play, Jessamy Jones, of East Grand Forks, defeated Vicky Selander 6-0, 6-0.
Prairie-South Conference leaders Browerville showed why they are on top of the standings shutting out New York Mills 36-0. "(They) don't do anything really fancy but they do it very well.
GLYNDON - Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton clinched the Heart O' Lakes Conference regular-season volleyball championship as the Rebels came back to beat Perham 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 Thursday. Three of the four games were decided by the slimmest of margins. "Too many mental and communication errors in this match," Head Coach Dan Christenson said. "We have been preaching how important every point is, and when you have game scores of 25-23, one or two points obviously made the difference. We can no longer afford the communication mistakes at this point of the season.
The New York Mills Eagles volleyball team notched their second conference win of the season sweeping Pillager 3-0, (25-23, 25-10, 25-15, in their last home regular season match. "This was a good conference win for us at this point in the season," Head Coach Amy Koskela said. "Hopefully, this helps our morale for the last game of the season and into the playoffs." The Eagles will finish regular season play on the road at Menahga Tuesday, Oct.
Perham and Warroad made up half of the top 20 finishes in the girls Heart O' Lakes Conference 4k race in Hawley Tuesday, but Perham placed six to Warroad's four to pull out a close six-point victory to seal the Yellowjackets' eighth consecutive HOL title. "We knew as a coaching staff that the girls race would be tight against a very strong Warroad team," Head Coach Jeff Morris said.