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Yellowjackets drop close dual with Bemidji

Perham junior Drew Birkeland goes to the backhand during a match at No. 1 doubles in Bemidji on Tuesday. (Micah Friez | Forum News Service)

The Perham tennis team opened the season with a stern test against a strong Class AA opponent when they squared off with the Bemidji Lumberjacks on April 16 in Bemidji.

It was the first competitive meet for the Yellowjackets in the 2019 season and they were edged out by the Lumberjacks 4-3 in a close dual. The Yellowjackets captured two singles matches and one doubles match in the defeat.

“Overall, it was nice to get out and play tennis finally after being off a week,” Perham head coach Jameson Miller said. “I thought we hit well at times and at other times we could tell that we’ve only had two practices on the year.”

Landon Stevens and Jordan Muench earned singles wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively, for Perham. The team of Zach Peterson and Dylan Fudge were victorious at No. 3 doubles.

“We have a lot to improve on and work as the season goes along,” Miller said after the conclusion of the team’s first match of the season.

Stevens dropped the first set 5-7 against Jonah Fuhrman, but responded with a 6-4 win in the second set and closed with a 10-6 win in the third set.

Muench rolled in straight sets at No. 4 singles. He earned a 6-2, 6-4 win over Max Harris.

Peterson and Fudge went the distance at No. 3 doubles. They defeated Ben Hess and Logan Jenson 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4 for their first win of the season.

Elijah Schmidt and Anthony Reese were defeated at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while Gunnar Anderson and Drew Birkeland were defeated at No. 1 doubles, while Carter Cresap and Josh Peterson were edged at No. 2 doubles.

The Yellowjackets are scheduled to return home for their first home dual of the season on April 18 at the Perham Tennis Courts at 4:30 p.m.

Bemidji 4, Perham 3


Spencer Konecne (BEM) def. Elijah Schmidt (PER) 6-3, 6-1; Louis Saxton (BEM) def. Anthony Reese (PER) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1); Landon Stevens (PER) def. Jonah Fuhrman (BEM) 5-7, 6-4, 10-6; Jordan Muench (PER) def. Max Harris (BEM) 6-2, 6-4.


Wyatt Harrom/Kolden Michalicek (BEM) def. Gunnar Anderson/Drew Birkeland (PER) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4; Silas Hess/Michael Dickinson (BEM) def. Carter Cresap/Josh Peterson (PER) 6-3, 6-3; Zach Peterson/Dylan Fudge (PER) def. Ben Hess/Logan Jenson (BEM) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

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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