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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
The Perham softball team heads into conference play losers of three straight after a 9-6 defeat at home to Dilworth-Glyndon Felton. The Yellowjackets have been in each of their three contests but have yet to put together a complete game for victory. The Rebels scored in five of seven innings while holding the Yellowjackets off the scoreboard until the fifth. Down 6-0, Perham rallied for three runs in the fifth, highlighted by an Etta Scheidecker triple that scored Steph Miller and Natalie Wierbos.
The Perham boys golf team is off to a hot start and after coming in victorious at the Heart O' Lakes Conference meet at Balmoral, Monday, sit atop the conference standings as the early team to beat this year. The Yellowjackets were led by Kyle Dykhoff's 37, good for a second place finish behind last year's 1A state champion medalist Beau Hanson, of Frazee. Hanson shot 34, two under par. Cody Cook, of Hawley, Boon Mahar, of Barnesville and Jordan Johnson, of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rounded out the top five.
Both the boys and girls track teams put up numbers for third place finishes at the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Invitational in what Head Coach Mike Peterson called, "horrible conditions." The girls 107 points was bested only by meet winners Breckenridge's 134 and the host Rebels' 116. The boys' 91 points was third to Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal's 93 and the host DGF's 164. Mike Wiskow continues to impress in sprints finishing second in the 200m dash in a time of 24.99.
After a rough sweep at Menahga to start the season where the Braves outscored the Eagles 25-5 in both games, New York Mills has evened their record at 3-3 taking three of the past four games. The Eagles pounded out a 19-3 victory at Parkers Prairie before earning a split at Sebeka taking the first game 8-6 and dropping the nightcap 16-10. Finally returning home, the Eagles faced Wadena-Deer Creek looking to even their record at three wins and losses. The Wolverines got up early scoring in the first three innings for a 6-0 lead. The Eagles answered with four in the bottom half of the third