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In a tune-up race for the upcoming section meet in Bagley, both cross-country teams ran away from competition in the season finale at Park Rapids. "This was a great tune-up for sections, because we saw basically every team in the section today minus one or two," Head Coach Jeff Morris said. "All the teams we know are going to be a factor for the team titles were there." The varsity squads ran a practice round at Bagley earlier in the season during an underclassmen race and are familiar with the course. "Bagley is a course we know pretty well.
The final regular season match failed to provide the victory the New York Mills volleyball team has been searching for all season. Browerville took the match 3-0, by scores of 27-25, 25-10 and 25-19. Senior Megan Cole led the Eagles with 11 kills. Lexie Rankka moved the ball around with 14 assists and Jackie Imsande defended the net with 10 blocks. The loss drops the Eagles to 0-25. NY Mills enters the Pigtail round of Section 6A playoffs as the #11 seed and will travel to Halstad to face the Norman County West Panthers, the #6 seed, on Thursday, Oct. 28.
The Perham volleyball team needed a victory in the season finale versus Detroit Lakes to have any chance at a home first round playoff match. The Jackets got the win defeating the Lakers 3-1, by scores of 25-17, 25-21, 19-25 and 25-18. "This was a must win for us as far as seeding is concerned," Head Coach Dan Christenson said. The victory garnered the Yellowjackets the #4 seed and they will face #5 Breckenridge at the Prairie Wind Middle School Thursday, Oct.
Like clockwork, the boys and girls cross-country teams continued their reign at the top of the Heart O' Lakes Conference winning both titles in Warroad. The boys were chasing their ninth straight title and the girls were after their seventh in a row. By the end of the day, both teams had once again captured the HOL crowns and did it in blazing fashion. The girls team went out poised and with confidence running the first half of the race with patience. They started out in a nice pack right in the top 15 and slowly worked to the front.
All season Head Coach Mike Jordahl has stated his offense needs a few more reps to get in synch and start really moving the football. That came to pass at home versus Roseau, as Perham put the hurt on the Rams in a 46-20 blowout. "We were looking for this break out game and they broke it wide open," Jordahl said. The starting defense gave up only one score in the second quarter. The remainder of Roseau's points came against the back-ups late in the game.
The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels clinched this year's Heart O' Lakes conference volleyball championship with a 3-1 victory over the Yellowjackets. "Even though we didn't win the match it was very competitive and came right down to the wire," Head Coach Dan Christenson said. The Rebels finished conference play undefeated at 7-0.
The Eagles football team faced a tough task matched up against undefeated Browerville. The Tigers entered Friday's game ranked third in the state 1A rankings and proved it with a 27-0 shutout. "There's a reason why they're undefeated," Head Coach Matt Radniecki said. "They have a lot of experience and tradition over there." The Tigers are a grind it out football team and pounded the ball on the ground against NY Mills. The longest play from scrimmage was 11 yards and the Eagle defense did a good job of defending against big plays. "I'm really proud of our kids.
The Roseau Rams ended the Yellowjackets tennis season sweeping all seven matches in the first round of Section 8A tournament play Monday, October 11 in Grand Forks. The Rams won 11 of 14 sets at love not dropping a set to Perham to move to the second round. Roseau stormed through the bracket taking the section title with wins over East Grand Forks and Park Rapids to take the title. Section 8A Tennis results Perham vs Roseau, Monday, October 11. Rams 7, Yellowjackets 0 Singles 1. Hannah Brenk vs Abby Ness 0-6, 0-6; 2. Suzanne Coleman vs Taylor McFarlane 1-6, 0-6; 3.
The Park Rapids Panthers swept all seven matches in the first round of Section 8A tennis tournament play ending the Eagles season. "We knew the Panthers would be very tough to beat. All our girls played with great effort, knowing this might be the last team match of the season for them." The one-doubles team of Lauren Bach and Missy Hendrickx played very close games with the number-one ranked doubles team in the section.
The Perham swimmers had a successful week in the pool defending their title at Fosston and just missing an upset at Class 2A Moorhead. "The girls really came together as a team and it really paid off," said Head Coach Sheri Ressler. The victory was a combined team effort as the Yellowjackets took the title with no second place finishes and only one first place finish: Kelsey Kratzke's win in the 100 breaststroke. "Everybody there scored for us and moved up a notch.