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Perham wins five straight to close out regular season

Perham's Elijah Schmidt rips a forehand winner against Detroit Lakes during its 5-2 victory over the Lakers. Robert Williams/Forum News Service1 / 2
Perham's Jordan Muench charges up and hits a backhand winner at No. 4 singles against Benson. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 2

The Perham boys tennis team continued to roll through a very busy week. The Yellowjackets picked up five wins, running their win total to 11 as they sit 11-2 overall on the season as they prep for the 2019 playoffs in Detroit Lakes.

The Yellowjackets closed the week with a pair of 7-0 victories over Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd and New London Spicer on May 13. Prior to that, the Yellowjackets disposed of Crookston and East Grand Forks on May 10. The Yellowjackets took down Detroit Lakes 5-2 on May 9 and earned a 6-1 win over Benson on May 7.

Against Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, Carter Cresap defeated Gavin Olson 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Josh Peterson was victorious over Colton Hustey 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Drew Birkeland cruised at No. 3, winning 6-0, 6-2. Michael Schwantz was victorious at No. 4 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Gunnar Anderson and Ryan Murphy won at No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-2, while Anthony Reese and Jack Fudge were victorious 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles. Zach Peterson and Elijah Schmidt were victorious at No. 3, 6-0, 6-1.

It was a 7-0 sweep for Perham against New London-Spicer. Peterson won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, while Birkeland was victorious at No. 2, 6-0, 6-2. Schmidt rolled in straight sets at No. 3, 6-3, 6-1, while Jordan Muench won at No. 4, 6-3, 6-2. Cresap and Anderson earned a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles, while Murphy and Reese rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2. Landon Stevens and Dylan Fudge won in three sets at No. 3 doubles, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, to complete the sweep.

Perham picked up a key 4-3 win over Crookston in a battle of section foes. Perham won three of the four singles matches with Peterson winning at No. 2, 6-1, 6-0, while Anderson won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Birkeland came in with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles. The lone doubles win came from Stevens and Dylan Fudge, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 3 doubles in the victory.

Perham rolled to a 6-1 victory over East Grand Forks as well, helping Perham earn two Section 8A wins. Cresap earned a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles, while Peterson won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2. Birkeland captured a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles as well. It was a clean sweep for the doubles teams with Anderson and Murphy winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles. Reese and Schmidt captured a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) victory at No. 2 doubles and it was Fudge and Stevens rolling to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles.

Perham took down Detroit Lakes 5-2 with a sweep in the singles portion and two doubles wins. Cresap won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, while Peterson earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2, Anderson cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 and Birkeland rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4 for the sweep in singles. Stevens and Schwantz earned a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 3 doubles for the lone doubles point.

The week kicked off with a 6-1 win over Benson. Peterson earned a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles, while Birkeland rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 3. Muench closed out the singles event with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4.

Cresap and Anderson earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at No.1 doubles, while Reese and Schmidt rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 2. Fudge and Peterson blanked their opponent at No. 3, 6-0, 6-0.

The Yellowjackets should earn the No. 2 seed for the Section 8A Championships, setting up a potential rematch in the championship with Thief River Falls. This year's Section 8A Tournament begins on May 20 in Detroit Lakes. The tournament runs through May 22.

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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