Gymnastics: Perham Area Gymnastics Academy sends six to state

Six youth gymnasts headed to USGA state meet this weekend in Minneapolis.

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From left to right: Maggie Schander, Aryanna Myers, Lydia Klettke, Sam Close and Elise Reuter are headed to the USGA State Championships Mar. 19-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center out of the Perham Area Gymnastics Academy.
Contributed / Liza Klettke

PERHAM – The Perham Area Gymnastic Academy has six representatives competing this weekend at the United States Gymnastics Association State Championships in Minneapolis.

"We have six girls who have qualified for state," PAGA head coach Sith Hansana said. "Lydia Klettke, Aryanna Myers, Maggie Schander and Sam Close are all level 8's. Elise Reuter is Level 6, and Eve Foltz is Level 7. We have a pretty good group right now, and we are still building. This is our first year back at state since Covid."

PAGA has gymnasts from Perham, Detroit Lakes, Staples, Frazee, Verndale, Wadena and New York Mills.

"These girls work hard," Hansana said. "I have them to a point where they believe in themselves. To achieve it, you have to believe it. You have to train mentally and have good work ethic that we are installing in our program. It's not just physical, (they need to be) mentally ready to compete."

The PAGA gymnasts have a chance to compete at the regional championships if they score a 34 or higher this weekend. The state championships take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center Mar. 19-20.

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.
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