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Wire-to-wire for Perham/NYM tennis in conference play

Needing one more win to capture the Mid-State Conference regular season crown, the Perham/New York Mills tennis team accomplished its goal of finishing a perfect conference season with a 6-1 victory over Staples-Motley in Staples on Oct. 2.

The Yellowjackets won three of the four singles matches and swept the doubles portion, claiming the victory. It improves the Yellowjackets to 10-4 overall and they finished with a perfect 6-0 mark against conference foes.

“Overall, I thought everyone competed really well,” Perham/NYM head coach Jameson Miller said. “Our girls have really improved on moving on a lot of more quickly from anything negative and that will be important to keep improving and focusing on as we approach sections.”

The Yellowjackets continue to show that they will be a tough out in the Section 8A playoffs when those begin and have been building momentum towards the postseason. They have a pair of dual meets upcoming with section opponents, before the postseason begins on Oct. 12.

“I’m proud of the girls on going undefeated in regular season conference matches,” Miller said. “I’m also proud of our girls that have graduated as they still have their fingerprints on our program. We have to stay focused and keep improving as we have sections approaching.”

Makayla Melvin finished with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Kelsi Peterson at No.1 singles. Brianna Schwantz earned a straight set win over Claire Wolhowe at No. 2 singles. Schwantz was victorious with a 6-0, 6-4 win.

The lone defeat for Perham/NYM came at No. 3 singles. Michelle Swyter was edged out by Haylee Wold in a pair of close sets, 3-6, 5-7. Avery Beachy rebounded from a loss against Wadena-Deer Creek with a straight set win against Rose Hon. Beachy won the match, 6-2, 6-4, earning the third singles point for Perham/NYM.

It was a clean sweep for the Yellowjackets in doubles competition. Elle Birkeland and Jojo Winkels were victorious over Anna Willgohs and Bryn Williams in straight sets. Birkeland and Winkels won the match, 6-2, 6-2.

Jade Lenius and Keira Radniecki defeated Katie Johnson and Jenna Dvorak in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.

Grace Minten and Emma Bowers defeated Tasha Achemann and Beth Johnson at No. 3 doubles. Minten and Bowers won the first set, 6-3, before closing it out with a 6-2 win.

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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