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ST. PAUL -- Brandon Lueders and Cody Nylander both got two wins each, but it was not enough to garner a victory in two match losses at the Minnesota state Class 2A team wrestling tournament. Milaca-Faith Christian defeated the Yellowjackets 32-26 in the 2A consolation semifinals to end Perham's trip as a team to St. Paul. Perham lost its first match in the quarterfinals to No. 4 seed Kasson-Mantorville 43-10. "They're tough," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. "We knew that going in. I think the top four teams were clearly the top four teams, so just to have a shot at it is okay.
SEBEKA -- Katrina Moenkedick scored a game-high 29 points closing to within nine points of Perham's all-time girls basketball scoring record, but Sebeka (22-4) found a way to win in a 64-61 victory Thursday. "They are a very good basketball team," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Both teams played back and forth basketball. Perham (11-14) held the lead midway through the second half. "Once Sebeka got they lead, we weren't able to catch them down the stretch." The Trojans were led by Jessica Lillquist and Alicia Boe who combined for 43 of Sebeka's 64 points.
FERGUS FALLS -- Cody Nylander and Jesse Hein, the anchors on Perham's state-bound wrestling team both won Section 8AA titles in Fergus Falls over the weekend making their upcoming trip to St. Paul a three-day affair. Three other Yellowjackets will be joining Hein and Nylander in the individual portion of the state tournament, after Thursday's team meet. Senior Brandon Lueders, 33-8, returns to the state tournament at 126 pounds.
WILLMAR -- Zach Langendorfer and Jayden Cullen will represent Perham at the state swimming and diving meet Thursday-Saturday at the U of M Aquatic Center. Cullen finished fourth in the 500-freestyle to qualify in a time of 5:13.99. He swam 5:19.79 in prelims. Langendorfer was one of 10 100-breaststroke swimmers to nip the state qualifying time of 1:05.35. Langendorfer finished fifth in a time of 1:04.31. He swam a qualifying time twice with a 1:04.45 in prelims. As a team, Perham finished in 11th place with 94 points.
ULEN -- Even with a majority of seniors in the starting lineup, it was freshman Ellie Rutten who led the Eagles with an immense effort of 31 points and 20 rebounds in the opening round of Sub-section 6A-North. The Eagles were unable to compliment their star center and were knocked out of the playoffs 60-45 by the No.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Seeking their first state championship since 1995, the No. 1-ranked Melrose Dutchmen gymnastics team ended an eight-year Perham Yellowjacket streak taking the Minnesota Class A gymnastics championship out of Yellowjacket hands. Perham, ranked No.
The No.10-New York Mills girls basketball team (2-20) will open Sub-section 6A playoffs on the road at No. 7-seed Ulen-Hitterdal (4-22) Monday, Feb. 27. The two teams met in Ulen December 27 with the host Spartans holding on for a two-point victory 39-37. The winner will move on to face the No. 2-seed Waubun (17-4). The Eagles will wrap up regular season play this week. They will get a look at Waubun tonight, Thursday, Feb. 23, and the Bombers' Jenna Lundon, who has already surpassed 2,000 career points.
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Perham boys basketball team picked up their 20th victory of the season pounding section foe Pequot Lakes 61-36 Tuesday evening. The Yellowjackets held the Patriots to just nine first half points leading by a 24-point margin at the break 33-9. The two teams met in last year's section semi-final in Park Rapids with Perham eliminating Pequot Lakes 64-48. No Patriot shooters scored in double figures. Logan Lange and Jordan Redmond each had nine points. Mark Schumacher led all scorers with 17 points shooting 8-10 from the field.
PERHAM -- The Perham Yellowjackets girls basketball team closed to within one-half game of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton for third place in the Heart O' Lakes Conference with a 65-56 victory over the Rebels at home on Senior night. "Our five seniors led us from the start of the game as all five started and got us out to a quick lead with some aggressive defense," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. Becky Stoll had a big night leading all scorers with 25 points. Stoll almost pulled off a tricky triple-double.
NEW YORK MILLS -- Only four shooters scored for the NY Mills boys basketball team, but they propelled the Eagles to their second win of the season defeating Rothsay 66-53 on Parents night. Rothsay held a one-point advantage at halftime, 27-26, but Adam Snelgrove exploded in the second half scoring 21 of his 28 points to lead all scorers. While Snelgrove typically scores many of his points from three-point range, he had only one three, combined with nine field goals, while shooting 7-9 from the free throw line. Charlie Peeters added 19 points, shooting 5-6 from the line and scoring seven fr