Perham gymnasts defeat Willmar, edged by Melrose Area

Perham's Jada Olsen performs her routine on the balance beam against Willmar. Olsen finished first in the all-around competition with a score of 36.925, helping Perham to the victory over Willmar. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

Two of the top gymnastics teams in Class A squared off in what could be a Section 8A championship preview on Jan. 30 in Melrose.

The Melrose Area Dutchmen earned a narrow victory over the Perham Yellowjackets, 143.95-142.475 in their first head-to-head competition of the season.

Perham’s Jada Olsen captured the all-around title with a 38.375, just edging out Camryn Brinkman, who came in second with a 37.550. Dena Fischer was third with a 35.400, while Avery McAllister was fourth with a 35.100.

Olsen captured first place finishes in all four events, but Melrose had just enough depth to edge out Perham for the team win. Perham was without the services of Brittney Lorentz for the meet.

Olsen came in first in the vault with a 9.700. McAllister followed in third with a 9.325. Fischer finished with an 8.70 for seventh place. Amber Teberg finished with an 8.40, while Breahna Rodewald came in with a 7.60. Melrose Area finished with a 36.50-36.125 advantage on the vault.


Olsen captured another win on the uneven parallel bars when she recorded a 9.675. Fischer followed in second place with a 9.375. Kassidy Kovar came in with a 7.800, while Teberg recorded a 7.400 and McAllister finished with a 7.350. Perham held a 34.25-33.675 advantage on Melrose Area.

Olsen shared the first place title with Melrose Area’s Courtney Althaus on the balance beam. They both finished with a 9.30 for top honors. Melrose Area had one of it’s best finishes on the night on the beam when they finished with a 36.65 to Perham’s 35.300.

McAllister finished fifth with a 9.050, while Fischer finished with an 8.70, Steph Bernstetter followed with an 8.25 and Rodewald closed with a 7.925.

Perham’s best event was the floor exercise. The Yellowjackets finished with a 36.800 for their highest team score of the night. Melrose Area closed with a 37.125 on the floor. Olsen earned first place honors with a 9.70. McAllister was third with a 9.375, while Rodewald finished with a 9.10, while Fischer earned an 8.625. Bernstetter closed out with an 8.00 for Perham on the floor.

The Yellowjackets returned to the road for a duel with Fergus Falls on Feb. 4. The Yellowjackets return to the Hauer Gymnasium on Feb. 6 when they host Sartell at 6 p.m.

Jan. 30

Melrose Area 143.95, Perham 142.475


Individual Results

All Around

1 Jada Olsen, PER, 38.375

2 Camryn Brinkman, MEL, 37.550

3 Dena Fischer, PER, 35.400

4 Avery McAllister, PER, 35.100

5 Miranda Gieske, MEL, 33.650



1 Jada Olsen, PER, 9.700

2 Camryn Brinkman, MEL, 9.55

3 Avery McAllister, PER, 9.325

4 Maria Hinnenkamp, MEL, 9.050

5 Miranda Geisek, MEL, 9.000

6 Hallie Drosell, MEL, 8.900

7 Dena Fischer, PER, 8.700

8 Meghan Pundsack, MEL, 8.650


9 Amber Teberg, PER, 8.400

10 Breahna Rodewald, PER, 7.600

Uneven Parallel Bars

1 Jada Olsen, PER, 9.675

2 Dena Fischer, PER, 9.375

3 Camryn Brinkman, MEL, 9.275

4 Lea Costello, MEL, 8.200

5 Miranda Gieske, MEL, 8.150


6 Courtney Althaus, MEL, 8.050

7 Maria Hinnenkamp, MEL, 7.900

8 Kassidy Kovar, PER, 7.800

9 Amber Teberg, PER, 7.400

10 Avery McAllister, PER, 7.350

Balance Beam

1 Jada Olsen, PER, 9.300

1 Courtney Althaus, MEL, 9.300


3 Maretta VanBeck, MEL, 9.225

4 Camryn Brinkman, MEL, 9.175

5 Avery McAllister, PER, 9.050

6 Hannah Hoppe, MEL, 8.950

7 Dena Fischer, PER, 8.700

8 Steph Bernstetter, PER, 8.250

9 Breahna Rodewald, PER, 7.925

10 Miranda Gieske, MEL, 7.25

Floor Exercise

1 Jada Olsen, PER, 9.70

2 Camryn Brinkman, MEL, 9.550

3 Avery McAllister, PER, 9.375

4 Miranda Gieske, MEL, 9.250

5 Maretta VanBeck, MEL, 9.175

6 Courtney Althaus, MEL, 9.150

7 Breahna Rodewald, PER, 9.100

8 Jayda Davis, MEL, 9.050

9 Dena Fischer, PER, 8.625

10 Steph Bernstetter, PER, 8.000

Perham 141.475, Willmar 139.425

The Perham gymnastics team celebrated their parents and followed it up with a 141.475-139.425 victory over Willmar on Jan. 28 at the Hauer Gymnasium.

The fourth-ranked team in Class A continued to perform well at home.

The Yellowjackets hit for a 36.6 on vault, a 34.7 on bars, a 33.8 on the beam and a 36.375 on the floor.

Jada Olsen earned the all-around win with a 36.925, while Dena Fischer was second at 35.575. Brittney Lorentz came in fifth with a score of 33.850.

Olsen was nearly perfect on the vault. She hit 9.95 for first place honors. She followed with a 9.65 on the bars. She finished with a 7.75 on beam, but recovered with a 9.575 on floor.

Fischer finished with an 8.75 on the vault, 9.30 on the bars, 8.650 on the beam and an 8.875 on floor for Perham.

Lorentz earned an 8.550 on vault, 7.950 on bars, 8.45 on beam and a 8.90 on the floor for Perham.

Avery McAllister was second on the vault with a 9.350, finished first on the beam with a 8.950 and was third on the floor at 9.025. Amber Teberg earned an 8.50 on floor and a 7.20 on bars.

Kassidy Kovar finished with a 7.800 on the bars, while Breahna Rodewald ended with a 7.30 on the beam and an 8.00 on the floor.

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