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Perham tennis picks up first win

Perham's Josh Peterson steps into a return of serve at No. 2 singles against Moorhead. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Perham boys tennis team cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Moorhead Spuds in its home opener on April 18 at the Perham Tennis Courts.

The Yellowjackets picked up a pair of wins in singles competition, but cruised to straight set victories in doubles action, helping the Yellowjackets win at home.

Perham's Drew Birkeland hits a forehand return at No. 4 singles against Moorhead during Perham's home-opener.

Josh Peterson and Drew Birkeland picked up singles wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, respectively. Peterson earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Hagar Khalid. Birkeland knocked off Oscar Bergerson in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

Ryan Murphy and Anthony Reese were in strong form as they cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jeron Sheldon and Ives Hilgers at No. 1 doubles.

Elijah Schmidt and Jordan Muench were victorious in straight sets at 6-3, 6-1 over Dan Arnold and Justin Dang at No. 2 doubles.

Zach Peterson and Dylan Fudge rolled in straight sets at No. 3 doubles against Rhett Kramer and Matt Malasky. Peterson and Fudge dropped three games in the first set, before blanking Kramer and Malasky in the second set 6-3, 6-0.

Perham's Ryan Murphy lines up a forehand return at No. 1 doubles against Moorhead.

Perham 5, Moorhead 2

Singles

Brycen Lunak (MH) def. Carter Cresap (PER) 6-2, 6-3; Josh Peterson (PER) def. Hagar Khalid (MH) 6-1, 6-2; Eric Cai (MH) def. Gunnar Anderson (PER) 6-0, 6-3; Drew Birkeland (PER) def. Oscar Bergeson (MH) 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles

Ryan Murphy/Anthony Reese (PER) def. Jeron Sheldon/Ives Hilgers (MH) 6-0, 6-2; Elijah Schmidt/Jordan Muench (PER) def. Dan Arnold/Justin Dang (MH) 6-3, 6-1; Zach Peterson/Dylan Fudge (PER) def. Rhett Kramer/Matt Malasky (MH) 6-3, 6-0.

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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