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Olsen captures two medals at Class A Championships

Perham's Jada Olsen soars through the air for her dismount on the uneven bars during the Class A Championships. Robert Williams/Forum News Service1 / 2
Perham's Jada Olsen competes on the floor exercise during the Class A Championships. Robert Williams/Forum News Service2 / 2

Three Perham gymnasts capped off the 2017-18 season at the Class A Championships at the Maturi Pavilion on Feb. 24.

It was a strong showing for the Yellowjackets as well as the many gymnasts from Section 8A. It was a roller coaster day for Perham ninth grader Jada Olsen. Olsen captured a pair of silver medals, finishing second on the bars and vault and found herself in front on the all-around competition with one event remaining. The event that was in the way of all-around gold for Olsen was the balance beam.

The beam was unkind as Olsen fell twice and dropped out of the top 10 in the individual standings.

“I think I could have done a little better on floor, but I had a little tweak in my ankle so I was just trying to get through every event,” Olsen said. “I felt good going into beam, I just wish I would have only fallen once, instead of twice, then I could have made all-around.”

Olsen captured the silver medals with a 9.675 on bars and a 9.725 on vault. Olsen finished with a 9.35 on floor and an 8.00 on beam. Her two medals this year add to an already impressive trophy case for the ninth grader. Olsen captured a gold last year on the bars and a bronze in the all-around.

Perham sophomore Dena Fischer finished in 18th place overall in the uneven bars. Fischer finished the event, hitting for a 9.075. 

Dena Fischer

It was the final performance for Perham senior Sydney Bahls as well. Bahls capped off an outstanding career that saw her first go to state as a seventh grader. She finished with a 9.375 on the vault. Bahls finished 25th overall on the apparatus.

Sydney Bahls

Section 8A was well-represented in the individual finals. Along with Olsen’s pair of medals, gymnasts from the section captured gold in two of the four events. In all, gymnasts from Perham and Detroit Lakes combined to capture seven individual medals. Cora Okeson won gold on the floor, while Peyton Jernberg captured the gold on the beam.Jackson Hegg won a silver in the all-around, while Justine Lawrence claimed a bronze on the beam. Okeson captured a bronze on the bars.

It was a strong end for the Yellowjackets, who finished with their season best at the section championships and captured a pair of medals at the state tournament. The Yellowjackets graduate three members from their team, including Bahls, who finished her career at state. The Yellowjackets return a strong core for next year which includes the current sophomore class of Fischer, Jazzmin Branchaud, Kassidy Kovar and Mackenzie Rohloff, who played a big role in the team’s scoring during the season.

Minnesota Class A Individual Gymnastics Championship


Gold: Aliah Williams Chisago Lakes 38.275

Silver: Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 37.825

Bronze: Jennifer Boyle, Austin High School 37.600

Jada Olsen, Perham 36.750

Emma Disse Detroit Lakes 36.725


Gold: Cora Okeson, Detroit Lakes 9.675

SIlver: Katie Fahrenkamp, Waconia 9.550

Bronze: Aliah Williams, Chisago Lakes 9.550

Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.525

Jada Olsen, Perham 9.350

Alexis Yliniemi, Detroit Lakes 9.225

Camryn Appert, Fergus Falls 9.200

Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 9.125


Gold: Peyton Jernberg, Detroit Lakes 9.525

Silver: Ailsa Gilbert, Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 9.525

Bronze: Justine Lawrence, Detroit Lakes 9.425

Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.325

Mayson Jensen, Fergus Falls 9.300

Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 9.025

Jada Olsen, Perham 8.000


Gold: Jennifer Boyle, Austin 9.700

SIlver: Jada Olsen, Perham 9.675

Bronze: Cora Okeson, Detroit Lakes 9.650

Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.500

Justine Lawrence, Detroit Lakes 9.175

Dena Fischer, Perham 9.075

Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 8.950


Gold: Greta Klaphake, Melrose Area 9.750

Silver: Jada Olsen, Perham 9.725

Bronze: Aliah Williams, Chisago Lakes 9.725

Alexis Yliniemi, Detroit Lakes 9.625

Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 9.625

Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.475

Justine Lawrence, Detroit Lakes 9.400

Sydney Bahls, Perham 9.375

Robert Williams from the Detroit Lakes Tribune contributed to this story. 

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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