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The New York Mills Eagles volleyball team snapped a 27-game losing streak with a 3-0 sweep of Staples-Motley Tuesday by scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-22. "The girls came out a little shaky in the first couple of points, but once they got in the groove, it was exciting to see their enthusiasm because of their successful plays," Head Coach Amy Koskela said. The Eagles have been playing without starting libero Brooke Kupfer, who left the opening game of the season versus Frazee with a leg injury. Starting middle hitter Jackie Imsande, who led the team in kills versus Frazee, left the Staples m
According to statistics calculated by Minnesota Sports Online, Perham quarterback Jordan Hein had the 10th highest rushing performance after week one. Hein rushed for 174 yards on 25 carries averaging seven yards per attempt. See the attached PDF file for the top ten.
Eighth-grader Annie Ingebrand broke the Prairie Wind Middle School 100-freestyle school record with a time of 1:03.62 and eight varsity swimmers qualified for sections. "We had a really good night with some outstanding times for our first full swim meet of the season," Head Coach Sheri Ressler said. Rylie Rothmeyer, Kelsey Kratzke and Bailey Meyer continued to lead the Yellowjackets and all three swimmers qualified in two events. Sam Salathe, Jill Burns, Natalie Murphy, Kyra Arneri and Jackie Hanson all qualified for sections in one event. Team scores: Varsity: Perham 79 vs Fosston 15 JV
PERHAM -- An undefeated Pequot Lakes girls tennis team shutout the Yellowjackets 7-0, something the Patriots have become accustomed to this year. The shutout is the fourth of the season on record for Pequot Lakes. The victory is their 11th this season without a loss. The Patriots have given up more than one match in only two instances this season, a 4-3 victory over Park Rapids and a 5-2 win versus Crookston. Perham drops to 0-3 in dual matches this season. Suzanne Coleman moved from 2-singles to the number one spot to take on Kaycee Nelson.
PERHAM -- Becky Stoll got Perham off to a hot start serving to a 7-1 advantage in game two after Perham dropped a close first game to Hawley but the Nuggets took games three and four defeating Perham 3-1 (25-23, 11-25, 25-20, 27-25) in Heart O' Lakes volleyball action Thursday night. "Hawley was a scrappy team defensively that didn't allow many balls to touch the floor in games three and four," Head Coach Dan Christenson said.
The Perham Yellowjackets look to even their record at Park Rapids against a team that has lost 15 straight games, including two to Perham: last year's 12-6 Perham overtime victory at Meinhover Field and Perham ended Park Rapids' season in the first round of the 2009-10 playoffs with a 36-22 victory in Perham. In week one, Hawley's defense forced four turnovers and scored a touchdown as the Nuggets made their Heart O'Lakes Conference football debut with a 41-7 win over Park Rapids in Hawley. "I don't think Hawley is any better than us," said Park Rapids Head Coach Aaron Morris.
For the sixth time in seven seasons, the Pelican Rapids Vikings found a way to put a notch in the Perham loss column, this time needing all 48 minutes to hang on for a 21-20 victory. The Vikings looked to have the game in hand up 21-6 after quarterback Devin Schell scored the third Pelican Rapids touchdown with 6:03 remaining. "I'm proud of the way our kids played, especially in the fourth quarter," Perham Head Coach Mike Jordahl said. Jordahl implored his team to not pay attention to the scoreboard and finish the game playing hard.
Brock Cichon lined up to boot a 32-yard field goal at the halftime buzzer only to watch it clang off the middle of the crossbar sending the game to the break tied at zero. With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Cichon again lined up for a field goal -- this time from 27 yards -- and his attempt was good ending a defensive battle of turnovers. His kick was the only score in a 3-0 victory for the Upsala/Swanville Area Patriots (USA) over New York Mills. "It was a tough hard fought game," NY Mills Head Coach Matt Radniecki said.
The Perham girls cross-country varsity was up first at the Shocky Strand Invitation to open the running season, but were competing without a few key varsity runners due to 4-H competition at the State Fair in the cities. The girls still had a great season opener and were led by senior Cassie Beseman. Beseman finished 17th overall, finishing the 4k in a time of 17:09.63.