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Four Yellowjackets put pen to paper on National Signing Day

Mallory Belka, Marcus Belka, Chas Melvin and Logan Pulju sign letters of intent to play at their future respective colleges.

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(From left to right) Mallor Belka, Marcus Belka, Chas Melvin and Logan Pulju sign letters of intent on National Signing Day on Nov. 8, 2021. (Perham-Dent Public Schools)

Four Perham Yellowjackets took part in the National Signing Day last Wednesday afternoon.

Seniors Mallory Belka, Marcus Belka, Chas Melvin and Logan Pulju all penned commitments to their respective future homes. Twins Mallory and Marcus will be competing in golf, while Chas and Logan will be on the baseball field.

For the Belka’s Marcus commits to Minnesota State-Mankato at the Division II level, while Mallory is headed to the University of St. Thomas.

Mallory turned heads last spring by winning the Class AA girls golf championship by nine strokes. Her brother, Marcus, Belka, was also a Class AA state golfer last year.

“I was really excited for this day,” Mallory said of National Signing Day. “I knew which college I was going to early in the summer. I really fell in love with the coach, and the campus is just beautiful.”

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With just a handful of months left in her senior year, Mallory will miss her support system.

“My teammates and coaches always had my back, and they were just there for me,” Mallory said. “I will miss my friends and the support of my teammates from here. It will also be fun to move on see what else is out there.”

Mallory is looking forward to being a member of the golf team at St. Thomas and competing on the Division I level.
“I’m really excited to play at that next level and see what my future brings,” Belka said. “Golfing there, I will get to travel a bit and play competitively.”

Marcus has already connected with the players from Mankato’s golf team.

“I chose to go to Mankato,” Marcus said. “I went there for a visit, and hung out with the team and coach. It felt like a good fit for me. Being with my friends and teammates–they were a big support system. Without them I wouldn’t be here today.”

Marcus is eager to see what the future holds.

“I’m looking forward to playing a bunch of new courses and playing at the collegiate level,” Marcus said. “I want to have fun, make some new friends and continue my career.”

For Pulju, a dream came true.

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“I’m really excited,” Pulju said. “It’s like a big accomplishment for me–something I’ve been dreaming of my whole life. I get to play baseball at the next level.”

Pulju has committed to M-State Fergus Falls, where he will be shortstop and pitcher.

“I took a visit there and I fell in love with the campus,” Pulju said. “I really thought my future was there.”

Pulju thanked the ones closest to him for helping him reach his goal.

“They were great, especially my coach,” Pulju said. “I just owe a lot to him and my family.”

“Logan fell into our lap a couple years ago moving here from Wisconsin,” Mulcahy said. ”He’s been a welcome addition, and probably one of the most hardworking kids.”

For his teammate, Chas Melvin, the signing to Mankato was a sigh of relief.

“Pretty much a lot of stress off my shoulders,” Melvin said.

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All four athletes will play their final high school seasons in Perham this spring.

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