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The Perham girls track team missed the Hawley Booster track meet title by two points scoring 99 points to Barnesville's 101. Lizzie Fudge finished well ahead of the field in the 3200m run. Her time of 13:16.57 was nearly 20 second better than Lake Park-Audubon's Ashlyn Storm, 13:36.37, in second place. Miranda Lockhart and Bailey Meyer were one-two in discus. Lockhart threw 112 feet. Meyer's second place discus throw went 110-10. Lockhart was also second in the high jump clearing four feet 10 inches. Meyer placed second in the shot put, 34-01.75. Britney Lockhart was fourth, 30-03.25.
New York Mills track star Brittin Roberts scored 12 of the Eagles 12.50 points at the Hank Emmel Invitational in Pelican Rapids, Thursday, May 5. Roberts chased Perham's Brady Speicher and Klaus Weber, who finished second and third in the 1600m run. Roberts time of 4:53.93 was good for fourth place behind the Yellowjacket duo and event winner Kyle Toms, of West Central Area, who took the event in a time of 4:40.88. In the 3200m run, Roberts finished ahead of three of Perham's best for second place. Tyler Hennen of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton won the event in 10:16.47.
The Perham girls softball team got their first victories of the season pounding the Crosby-Ironton Rangers on the road, 19-2 and 15-1. In game one, Steph Miller went 4-5 from the plate. Natalie Wierbos and Etta Scheidecker were both 2-5. Scheidecker swiped two bases and had an RBI. Brita Sundberg did much of the damage from the plate.
The Perham boys tennis team continues to change the lineups looking to find the right combinations for victory. The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder was less than accommodating. The Thunder swept the three double matches relinquishing only six games. Singles produced a similar fate. Brian Howey, at four singles, took Laine Larsen to a tiebreaker in the second set. Larsen nipped the tiebreak 7-5, taking the match 6-3, 7-6. The Yellowjackets remain winless with a record of 0-7. Perham next travels to Staples next Tuesday, May 10. LPGE 7, Perham 0 1 sing. Al Shoeneberger P lost to J.
Holly Karkela and Kaylan Huber continue to lead the Yellowjackets to conference golf tournament titles, this time at Frazee Tuesday afternoon. Karkela's medalist 42 was one stroke better than teammate Huber's 43. Hawley finished two strokes behind Perham, as a team, shooting 184 to the Yellowjackets' 182. Karkela and Huber's scores were the same from the meet they recently won in Hawley, keeping their stroke averages right at 42 and 43. Ali Smith finished Frazee in 48 strokes; Rachel Nelson shot a 49. Both sophomores are in the top 10 in conference stroke average after two meets.
The number two and three doubles teams notched victories for the Perham Yellowjackets tennis team but a Wadena-Deer Creek sweep of all four singles matches and the top doubles spot propelled the Wolverines to a 5-2 victory at Wadena. "Our kids need to improve on some things," Head Coach Kyle Knutson said. "We are not playing up to our potential. We will get there.
Both the boys and girls track teams in New York Mills completed three recent meets in less than perfect conditions. At the John Riemer Invitational in Pillager, Brittin Roberts led the way with second place finishes in the 1600m run, 5:01.89 and the 3200m run, 10:40.00. The 4x100m relay team, Cole Strand, Erik Tumberg, Cody Clarksean and Taylor Ericksrud took sixth place in a time of 52.39. The girls 4x100 team, Kristy Koljonen, Izzy Clarksean, Brittany Israelson and Breanna Menze, had a strong third place finish in a time of 58.49. Koljonen was fourth in the 100m dash in a time of 14.22 a
The Pillager Huskies got up early in game one of a double dip in New York Mills and held on for a 13-9 victory. The Huskies scored in every inning but the seventh, five in the first, a single run in the next three innings, before three in the fifth and two in the sixth. They were helped along by six Eagle errors. Huskie starter Ally Hunstad kept the Eagles at bay allowing only three runs in the first four innings. But the Eagle bats warmed up after seeing Hunstad a few innings.
A dozen seniors from last year's 23-4 Section finalist Staples-Motley Cardinals baseball team departed via graduation. The Cardinals are not the same team and the Perham Yellowjackets gave them a stiff reminder sweeping a doubleheader at Krueger field 13-0 and 4-1. The same match-up occurred last May with the Cardinals sweeping Perham 6-3 and 13-9 in far sunnier conditions at Krueger. Adding a little mustard to this series' Yellowjacet sting was David Altstadt's no-hitter in game one. Altstadt fanned seven and walked six in the minimum five innings of play.
The Perham girls golf team is working out the spring kinks, but Holly Karkela is back on top of her game early. Karkela shot an 85, good for fifth place overall, leading the Yellowjackets, who shot 381, as a team, which was seventh overall out of 12 teams. Other Perham scores: Kaylan Huber 96, Rachel Nelson 89, Hope Huus 111, Destiny Mitchell 111, Tina Scheidecker 126. Detroit Lakes won the event with a total team score of 346. Medalist honors on the day went to Tabitha Kunst from Duluth, who shot a 73. The meet consisted of mostly teams a class above Perham making Karkela's score all the