PERHAM – The Perham boys tennis seniors ended the regular season with a bang last Wednesday in a 4-3 win over East Grand Forks.
Josh Peterson, Michael Schwantz, Mason Happel, Reese Willprecht and Avery Halvorson all won their matches in the Yellowjackets’ duel victory over the Green Wave.
Josh Peterson took care of business over Seth Aaker 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, while Michael Schwantz cruised past Carson Knutson 6-0, 7-6 at No. 2 singles. Mason Happel notched the third singles victory of the day in the fourth spot with a 6-0, 6-2 three-set win over Jeb Haaven-Farstad
Perham needed to win one of the three doubles matches to take home the team win. Willprecht and Halvorson beat Tate Steenerson and Trey D'Heilly 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles. It was the final duel win of the season for the Yellowjackets.
Crookston eliminates Perham in Section 8A quarterfinal
Perham got a chance to see its Section 8A first-round opponent in the final triangular of the regular season. However, the Yellowjackets suffered the same fate in both matches.
Crookston knocked off Perham in the opening round of the section playoffs on Monday with a 6-1 win at Alexandria Area High School.
Peterson had the line Perham win in a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles over Erik Coauette. Jack Birkeland had a three-set loss at No. 3 singles, while the Pirates won their other five matches in straight sets.
On Thursday, Perham played Crookston a little tougher. Birkeland and Schwantz, along with Nos. 2 and 3 doubles, all took their singles matches to third sets. The 6-1 loss gave the Yellowjackets a split on the day after another 4-3 win over East Grand Forks.
Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.