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ROYALTON--After being shutout in the season opener and held to seven points in the second game, the New York Mills Eagles put up their highest output of the season scoring 18 points. But a 19-point Royalton second quarter helped the Royals to a 38-18 victory. The loss drops the Eagles to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Prairie Conference-South Division. "A tough loss for us because I didn't feel that we played our best game," NY Mills Head Coach Matt Radniecki said.
The New York Mills Eagles snapped a season-starting seven-quarter scoring drought on a Charlie Peeters quarterback sneak for a touchdown, but that was the only home score in a 32-7 defeat at the hands of the Osakis Silverstreaks. "Osakis is a very physical football team and they really run hard and get off the line of scrimmage," Eagles Head Coach Matt Radniecki said. Streaks running backs Brian Thorstad and Mitchell Herzog did most of the damage rushing for over 200 yards and four touchdowns combined. Thorstad scored on runs of 50 yards and from three yards out. Herzog scored from short a
Jordan Hein threw five touchdown passes leading the Perham Yellowjackets (1-1) to their first victory of the season, 34-14, at Park Rapids (0-2). The loss extends Park Rapids current losing streak to 16 games. Hein's five touchdowns matched the Perham school record set by Ben Bucholz at Pequot Lakes Oct. 2, 2009. Two of the five TD passes went to Gabe Pankonin. Pankonin's pair of TD receptions in one game ties a record held by many. The last occurrence was by Ben Walden versus Park Rapids, Oct.
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.