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Perham/NYM continues winning streak with home win

Perham/NYM's Avery Beachy hits a cross-court backhand return in her match at No. 4 singles. Beachy won in straight sets, helping the Yellowjackets defeat the Lakers. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The winning ways continued for the Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team when they disposed of Highway 10 rival, Detroit Lakes, on Sept. 21 at the Perham Tennis Courts.

The Yellowjackets won six of the seven matches, cruising to the home victory, which is their fifth straight win since starting the season 2-4.

“Overall, I thought it was a very productive day for us against a solid Detroit Lakes team,” Perham/NYM head coach Jameson Miller said. “We’ve hit the ball well all season, but was very pleased with our attitude and focus today. Like most sports, the mental part is often so crucial and if we come into each match ready to go and confident in our own ability, like we did today, then we can do some things.”

Kiera Radniecki

It was a clean sweep for the Yellowjackets in the singles portion of the event, while they took two of three in the doubles.

Makayla Melvin won in straight sets at No. 1 singles. She downed Shelby Busker, 6-1, 6-1. Brianna Schwantz followed with a strong win at No. 2 against Brina Smith. Schwantz won the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

Michelle Swyter was victorious at No. 3 singles. She defeated Detroit Lakes’ McKenna Duncan, 6-2, 6-3.

Avery Beachy wasted little time in her straight set win at No. 4 singles. She was the first one off the court when she defeated MaKenha Beck, 6-0, 6-0.

It was a close battle at No. 1 doubles with Elle Birkeland and Jojo Winkels outlasting Josey Allen and Emily Skjonsborg. Birkeland and Winkels won the first set, 6-3, but dropped the second, 3-6. They rebounded in the third, winning 10-3.

Detroit Lakes got on the board at No. 2 doubles when Jade Lenius and Kiera Radniecki were defeated by Kenzie Braukman and Mary Nelmark in three sets, 6-3, 2-6 and 7-10.

Grace Minten and Emma Bowers had a strong match at No. 3 doubles, winning 6-1, 6-3 over Live Hanninen and Maddie Herzog.

“It was nice to get a win on homecoming against really good and well coached team,” Miller said of their fifth straight dual meet victory.

Malia Groff and Mirta Vorderbruggen were victorious in exhibition action. They won 8-6 in their doubles match. Sierra Edvall and Dannika George were victorious as well, winning 8-3. Miller was quick to credit coach Emily Lindberg for her work with the junior varsity members and said many of them have varsity experience. He really likes the depth and said they have had a great season.

The Yellowjackets return home on Monday, Sept. 25 when they host Fergus Falls at 4:30 p.m. at the Perham Tennis Courts.

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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