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Perham Tennis earns home win over rival

Perham's Carter Cresap launches a serve over the net against Detroit Lakes. Robert Williams/Forum News Service

The Perham Yellowjacket tennis team remained undefeated after earning a narrow, 4-3, victory over the Detroit Lakes Lakers on April 21 at the Perham Tennis Courts.

The Yellowjackets secured a pair of singles wins, while taking two doubles matches, while coming away with their fourth dual meet victory of the season.

It was the third dual meet for the Yellowjackets in two days, but they were able to overcome the Lakers and the fatigue of playing in back-to-back matches.

“I was very pleased with our effort at every spot as I thought we were a little tired after a busy day,” Perham head coach Jameson Miller said. “Playing three really solid team’s over two days with the travel to Moorhead and our kids staying on top of their school work, really tested our team mentally. I know I’m tired after today and all I do is watch and carry a lineup sheet. This was a good test for us and hopefully this stretch only benefits us down the road.”

Ben Winkels

The Yellowjackets picked up a pair of key wins at No. 1 singles and No. 4 singles. Carter Cresap was victorious in straight sets over Gabe Hanninen, defeating his Laker opponent, 6-3, 6-1.

Peterson has made the No. 4 spot for Perham a tough spot for the opposition. He defeated Ben Roth in straight sets. He won the first set, 6-1, before holding off a surge from Roth in the second set. Peterson took the second, 7-5.

“The thing I really like about this team is that we are capable of getting wins at any spot in our lineup as we got crucial wins from every spot and player over the three days,” Miller said. “I like how all the players are more worried about how we are doing as a team first.”

Detroit Lakes’ Tanner Doppler and Adam Daggett secured singles wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles when they defeated Ben Winkels and Drew Birkeland respectively.

Gunnar Anderson and Ryan Murphy continued to have success at the No. 1 doubles spot for the Yellowjackets. Along with Cresap at the No. 1 singles spot, Miller said they have talented players in the top spot and is excited to see them grow as they settle into that spot.

Anderson and Murphy defeated Trey Seebold and Austin Baker in straight sets, dropping the Detroit Lakes’ duo, 6-3, 6-3.

Detroit Lakes’ Conner Fronke and Garret Knopf earned the lone doubles point for the Lakers. They defeated Aaron Solberg and Noah Christenson in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

Anthony Reese and Landon Sterns earned the final doubles point at No. 3 doubles for the Yellowjackets. They defeated Conner Kalway and Caden Smith, 6-1, 6-4. Sterns stepped in a big spot for the Yellowjackets, who were without Wyatt Guck, who was gone. Miller said Sterns really stepped up.

The Yellowjackets move to 4-0 overall on the season. However, Miller said the team still has room for improvement heading into another busy week with matches with Park Rapids and Fergus Falls.

“We have a lot of room for improvement and need a couple of practices next week,” Miller said. “Our players are starting to tell me of certain things in a match they struggle with and want to work on in practice to get better, so that’s a good thing to hear as a coach.

Perham 4, Detroit Lakes 3


1 Carter Cresap (P) over Gabe Hanninen (DL) 6-3, 6-1

2 Tanner Doppler (DL) over Ben Winkels (P) 6-1, 7-5

3 Adam Daggett (DL) over Drew Birkeland (P) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

4 Josh Peterson (P) over Ben Roth (DL) 6-1, 7-5


1 Gunner Anderson/Ryan Murphy over Trey Seebold/Austin Baker 6-3, 6-3

2 Conner Froke/Garrett Knopf (DL) over Aaron Solberg/Noah Christianson (P) 6-3, 6-3

3 Anthony Reese/Landon Sterns (P) over Conner Kalway/Caden Smith (DL) 6-1, 6-4

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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