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Yellowjackets earn crucial win over Wadena-Deer Creek

Wadena-The Perham Yellowjacket girls tennis team has picked up several key victories this year; however, none may have been bigger than the 4-3 victory they gained over Wadena-Deer Creek on Oct. 1 in Wadena.

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Perham's Brianna Schwantz charges up for the return. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Wadena-The Perham Yellowjacket girls tennis team has picked up several key victories this year; however, none may have been bigger than the 4-3 victory they gained over Wadena-Deer Creek on Oct. 1 in Wadena. “Both teams had a lot of players coming back and last year we lost 4-3 and this year we won 4-3,” Perham Head Coach Jameson Miller said. “Their top two singles and their top two doubles are really solid, and I thought we competed really well at those top spots. We got one of the wins that we needed there at the top spots.” The Yellowjackets are bunched with several teams in Section 8A vying for a potential third seed. The Yellowjackets have earned key victories this season over Parkers Prairie and now Wadena-Deer Creek in section play. “It was big. If we would have lost this we would have had a three way tie between us, Parkers Prairie and Wadena-Deer Creek,” Miller said. “We beat Parkers Prairie, which meant a lot, but if we didn’t follow up here, it wouldn’t have meant as much. This should propel us to a pretty good seed, one of our highest seeds that we have had in years.” The Yellowjackets have earned strong non-section victories over Crosby-Ironton and Detroit Lakes. One thing that has helped the Perham resurgence has been the consistent play of the No. 3 and No. 4 singles players in Makayla Melvin and Brianna Schwantz. Their play coupled with the top of the lineup, has helped the Yellowjackets throughout the season. “The bottom of our lineup has been playing solid all year and they continued that today,” Miller said. “The top of our lineup has been playing solid, especially the last couple of weeks. They had good results against Detroit Lakes and New York Mills. We are hopefully going to keep building on it, going into sections.” Melvin defeated Grace Hinojos in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Schwantz added a point with a straight set victory as well. She defeated Nicole Miller, 6-0, 6-1 for the win at No. 4 singles. Another key was the play of Aubrey Hill and Michelle Swyter. Hill and Swyter defeated Katie Schmidt and Larissa Maisio in straight sets. Swyter and Hill won the first set 6-0, and held off a surge from Maisio and Schmidt in the second set, 6-4. “They are a tough No. 3 doubles team. They are pretty experienced now. We have a senior there and a ninth grader, who has played doubles,” Miller said. “I think that experience has paid off and they are just good tennis players. I think our lineup is full of solid hitters. I’m pleased with the hard work that they have put in and continue to put in.” Josie Beachy earned a tough victory over Whitney Eickhoff at No. 1 singles. Beachy won the first set, 6-3 and followed that up with a 6-4 win in the second set.

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In what was perhaps the match of the day, Wadena-Deer Creek’s Abby Westrum out lasted Perham’s Julia Pearson in three sets. Pearson won the first set over Westrum, 6-2. However, Westrum regrouped, winning the second set, 6-3, and the third set, 6-4, continuing Pearson’s tough luck in matches that go three sets. “Abby Westrum has a lot of wins on the year, but Julia Pearson will play anyone tough,” Miller said. “We just want to get her a win. She competes hard, but in this match, Abby hit a couple of good shots at the end of the third set. I was very pleased with the way Julia played.” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2052767","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"356","title":"Pearson","width":"480"}}]] The No. 1 doubles team of Savanna Olson and Danielle Graham lost in a three set battle with Jess Rondesvedt and McKayla Woods. Graham and Olson won the first set, 6-3. They tried to rally in the second, but fell short, 6-3 and dropped the third set by the same score. Madison Olson and Sam Heminsley were defeated in straight sets at No. 2 doubles. They were edged out by Sarah Moen and Lindy Jones. Moen and Jones won 6-3, 6-3 over Olson and Heminsley. The Yellowjackets gained a measure of revenge from last year’s 4-3 defeat to Wadena-Deer Creek and Miller said that 4-3 games are always hard. “I think we could have won the match, 7-0, and I think they could have won the match,” Miller said. “We just got some breaks and they got some breaks at certain spots. It was a tightly contested match. It was evenly played all around. I was very pleased.”   Perham                               4 Wadena-Deer Creek            3 Singles-Josie Beachy, PER, def. Whitney Eickhoff, WDC, 6-3, 6-4; Abby Westrum, WDC, def. Julia Pearson, PER, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Makayla Melvin, PER, def. Grace Hinojos, WDC, 6-1, 6-0; Brianna Schwantz, PER, def. Nicole Miller, WDC, 6-0, 6-1; Doubles-Jess Rondesvedt/ McKayla Woods, WDC, def. Savanna Olson/Danielle Graham, PER, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Sarah Moen/Lindy Jones, WDC, def. Madison Olson/Sam Heminsley, PER, 6-3, 6-3; Aubrey Hill/Michelle Swyter, PER, def. Kate Schmidt/Larissa Maisio, WDC, 6-0, 6-4. Wadena-The Perham Yellowjacket girls tennis team has picked up several key victories this year; however, none may have been bigger than the 4-3 victory they gained over Wadena-Deer Creek on Oct. 1 in Wadena. “Both teams had a lot of players coming back and last year we lost 4-3 and this year we won 4-3,” Perham Head Coach Jameson Miller said. “Their top two singles and their top two doubles are really solid, and I thought we competed really well at those top spots. We got one of the wins that we needed there at the top spots.” The Yellowjackets are bunched with several teams in Section 8A vying for a potential third seed. The Yellowjackets have earned key victories this season over Parkers Prairie and now Wadena-Deer Creek in section play. “It was big. If we would have lost this we would have had a three way tie between us, Parkers Prairie and Wadena-Deer Creek,” Miller said. “We beat Parkers Prairie, which meant a lot, but if we didn’t follow up here, it wouldn’t have meant as much. This should propel us to a pretty good seed, one of our highest seeds that we have had in years.” The Yellowjackets have earned strong non-section victories over Crosby-Ironton and Detroit Lakes. One thing that has helped the Perham resurgence has been the consistent play of the No. 3 and No. 4 singles players in Makayla Melvin and Brianna Schwantz. Their play coupled with the top of the lineup, has helped the Yellowjackets throughout the season. “The bottom of our lineup has been playing solid all year and they continued that today,” Miller said. “The top of our lineup has been playing solid, especially the last couple of weeks. They had good results against Detroit Lakes and New York Mills. We are hopefully going to keep building on it, going into sections.” Melvin defeated Grace Hinojos in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Schwantz added a point with a straight set victory as well. She defeated Nicole Miller, 6-0, 6-1 for the win at No. 4 singles. Another key was the play of Aubrey Hill and Michelle Swyter. Hill and Swyter defeated Katie Schmidt and Larissa Maisio in straight sets. Swyter and Hill won the first set 6-0, and held off a surge from Maisio and Schmidt in the second set, 6-4. “They are a tough No. 3 doubles team. They are pretty experienced now. We have a senior there and a ninth grader, who has played doubles,” Miller said. “I think that experience has paid off and they are just good tennis players. I think our lineup is full of solid hitters. I’m pleased with the hard work that they have put in and continue to put in.” Josie Beachy earned a tough victory over Whitney Eickhoff at No. 1 singles. Beachy won the first set, 6-3 and followed that up with a 6-4 win in the second set. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2052766","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"319","title":"Beachy","width":"480"}}]] In what was perhaps the match of the day, Wadena-Deer Creek’s Abby Westrum out lasted Perham’s Julia Pearson in three sets. Pearson won the first set over Westrum, 6-2. However, Westrum regrouped, winning the second set, 6-3, and the third set, 6-4, continuing Pearson’s tough luck in matches that go three sets. “Abby Westrum has a lot of wins on the year, but Julia Pearson will play anyone tough,” Miller said. “We just want to get her a win. She competes hard, but in this match, Abby hit a couple of good shots at the end of the third set. I was very pleased with the way Julia played.”
The No. 1 doubles team of Savanna Olson and Danielle Graham lost in a three set battle with Jess Rondesvedt and McKayla Woods. Graham and Olson won the first set, 6-3. They tried to rally in the second, but fell short, 6-3 and dropped the third set by the same score. Madison Olson and Sam Heminsley were defeated in straight sets at No. 2 doubles. They were edged out by Sarah Moen and Lindy Jones. Moen and Jones won 6-3, 6-3 over Olson and Heminsley. The Yellowjackets gained a measure of revenge from last year’s 4-3 defeat to Wadena-Deer Creek and Miller said that 4-3 games are always hard. “I think we could have won the match, 7-0, and I think they could have won the match,” Miller said. “We just got some breaks and they got some breaks at certain spots. It was a tightly contested match. It was evenly played all around. I was very pleased.”   Perham                               4 Wadena-Deer Creek            3 Singles-Josie Beachy, PER, def. Whitney Eickhoff, WDC, 6-3, 6-4; Abby Westrum, WDC, def. Julia Pearson, PER, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Makayla Melvin, PER, def. Grace Hinojos, WDC, 6-1, 6-0; Brianna Schwantz, PER, def. Nicole Miller, WDC, 6-0, 6-1; Doubles-Jess Rondesvedt/ McKayla Woods, WDC, def. Savanna Olson/Danielle Graham, PER, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Sarah Moen/Lindy Jones, WDC, def. Madison Olson/Sam Heminsley, PER, 6-3, 6-3; Aubrey Hill/Michelle Swyter, PER, def. Kate Schmidt/Larissa Maisio, WDC, 6-0, 6-4. Wadena-The Perham Yellowjacket girls tennis team has picked up several key victories this year; however, none may have been bigger than the 4-3 victory they gained over Wadena-Deer Creek on Oct. 1 in Wadena.“Both teams had a lot of players coming back and last year we lost 4-3 and this year we won 4-3,” Perham Head Coach Jameson Miller said. “Their top two singles and their top two doubles are really solid, and I thought we competed really well at those top spots. We got one of the wins that we needed there at the top spots.”The Yellowjackets are bunched with several teams in Section 8A vying for a potential third seed. The Yellowjackets have earned key victories this season over Parkers Prairie and now Wadena-Deer Creek in section play. “It was big. If we would have lost this we would have had a three way tie between us, Parkers Prairie and Wadena-Deer Creek,” Miller said. “We beat Parkers Prairie, which meant a lot, but if we didn’t follow up here, it wouldn’t have meant as much. This should propel us to a pretty good seed, one of our highest seeds that we have had in years.”The Yellowjackets have earned strong non-section victories over Crosby-Ironton and Detroit Lakes. One thing that has helped the Perham resurgence has been the consistent play of the No. 3 and No. 4 singles players in Makayla Melvin and Brianna Schwantz. Their play coupled with the top of the lineup, has helped the Yellowjackets throughout the season.“The bottom of our lineup has been playing solid all year and they continued that today,” Miller said. “The top of our lineup has been playing solid, especially the last couple of weeks. They had good results against Detroit Lakes and New York Mills. We are hopefully going to keep building on it, going into sections.”Melvin defeated Grace Hinojos in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Schwantz added a point with a straight set victory as well. She defeated Nicole Miller, 6-0, 6-1 for the win at No. 4 singles. Another key was the play of Aubrey Hill and Michelle Swyter. Hill and Swyter defeated Katie Schmidt and Larissa Maisio in straight sets. Swyter and Hill won the first set 6-0, and held off a surge from Maisio and Schmidt in the second set, 6-4. “They are a tough No. 3 doubles team. They are pretty experienced now. We have a senior there and a ninth grader, who has played doubles,” Miller said. “I think that experience has paid off and they are just good tennis players. I think our lineup is full of solid hitters. I’m pleased with the hard work that they have put in and continue to put in.”Josie Beachy earned a tough victory over Whitney Eickhoff at No. 1 singles. Beachy won the first set, 6-3 and followed that up with a 6-4 win in the second set.

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In what was perhaps the match of the day, Wadena-Deer Creek’s Abby Westrum out lasted Perham’s Julia Pearson in three sets. Pearson won the first set over Westrum, 6-2. However, Westrum regrouped, winning the second set, 6-3, and the third set, 6-4, continuing Pearson’s tough luck in matches that go three sets.“Abby Westrum has a lot of wins on the year, but Julia Pearson will play anyone tough,” Miller said. “We just want to get her a win. She competes hard, but in this match, Abby hit a couple of good shots at the end of the third set. I was very pleased with the way Julia played.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2052767","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"356","title":"Pearson","width":"480"}}]]The No. 1 doubles team of Savanna Olson and Danielle Graham lost in a three set battle with Jess Rondesvedt and McKayla Woods. Graham and Olson won the first set, 6-3. They tried to rally in the second, but fell short, 6-3 and dropped the third set by the same score. Madison Olson and Sam Heminsley were defeated in straight sets at No. 2 doubles. They were edged out by Sarah Moen and Lindy Jones. Moen and Jones won 6-3, 6-3 over Olson and Heminsley. The Yellowjackets gained a measure of revenge from last year’s 4-3 defeat to Wadena-Deer Creek and Miller said that 4-3 games are always hard.“I think we could have won the match, 7-0, and I think they could have won the match,” Miller said. “We just got some breaks and they got some breaks at certain spots. It was a tightly contested match. It was evenly played all around. I was very pleased.” Perham                               4Wadena-Deer Creek            3Singles-Josie Beachy, PER, def. Whitney Eickhoff, WDC, 6-3, 6-4; Abby Westrum, WDC, def. Julia Pearson, PER, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Makayla Melvin, PER, def. Grace Hinojos, WDC, 6-1, 6-0; Brianna Schwantz, PER, def. Nicole Miller, WDC, 6-0, 6-1; Doubles-Jess Rondesvedt/ McKayla Woods, WDC, def. Savanna Olson/Danielle Graham, PER, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Sarah Moen/Lindy Jones, WDC, def. Madison Olson/Sam Heminsley, PER, 6-3, 6-3; Aubrey Hill/Michelle Swyter, PER, def. Kate Schmidt/Larissa Maisio, WDC, 6-0, 6-4. Wadena-The Perham Yellowjacket girls tennis team has picked up several key victories this year; however, none may have been bigger than the 4-3 victory they gained over Wadena-Deer Creek on Oct. 1 in Wadena.“Both teams had a lot of players coming back and last year we lost 4-3 and this year we won 4-3,” Perham Head Coach Jameson Miller said. “Their top two singles and their top two doubles are really solid, and I thought we competed really well at those top spots. We got one of the wins that we needed there at the top spots.”The Yellowjackets are bunched with several teams in Section 8A vying for a potential third seed. The Yellowjackets have earned key victories this season over Parkers Prairie and now Wadena-Deer Creek in section play. “It was big. If we would have lost this we would have had a three way tie between us, Parkers Prairie and Wadena-Deer Creek,” Miller said. “We beat Parkers Prairie, which meant a lot, but if we didn’t follow up here, it wouldn’t have meant as much. This should propel us to a pretty good seed, one of our highest seeds that we have had in years.”The Yellowjackets have earned strong non-section victories over Crosby-Ironton and Detroit Lakes. One thing that has helped the Perham resurgence has been the consistent play of the No. 3 and No. 4 singles players in Makayla Melvin and Brianna Schwantz. Their play coupled with the top of the lineup, has helped the Yellowjackets throughout the season.“The bottom of our lineup has been playing solid all year and they continued that today,” Miller said. “The top of our lineup has been playing solid, especially the last couple of weeks. They had good results against Detroit Lakes and New York Mills. We are hopefully going to keep building on it, going into sections.”Melvin defeated Grace Hinojos in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Schwantz added a point with a straight set victory as well. She defeated Nicole Miller, 6-0, 6-1 for the win at No. 4 singles. Another key was the play of Aubrey Hill and Michelle Swyter. Hill and Swyter defeated Katie Schmidt and Larissa Maisio in straight sets. Swyter and Hill won the first set 6-0, and held off a surge from Maisio and Schmidt in the second set, 6-4. “They are a tough No. 3 doubles team. They are pretty experienced now. We have a senior there and a ninth grader, who has played doubles,” Miller said. “I think that experience has paid off and they are just good tennis players. I think our lineup is full of solid hitters. I’m pleased with the hard work that they have put in and continue to put in.”Josie Beachy earned a tough victory over Whitney Eickhoff at No. 1 singles. Beachy won the first set, 6-3 and followed that up with a 6-4 win in the second set.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2052766","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"319","title":"Beachy","width":"480"}}]]In what was perhaps the match of the day, Wadena-Deer Creek’s Abby Westrum out lasted Perham’s Julia Pearson in three sets. Pearson won the first set over Westrum, 6-2. However, Westrum regrouped, winning the second set, 6-3, and the third set, 6-4, continuing Pearson’s tough luck in matches that go three sets.“Abby Westrum has a lot of wins on the year, but Julia Pearson will play anyone tough,” Miller said. “We just want to get her a win. She competes hard, but in this match, Abby hit a couple of good shots at the end of the third set. I was very pleased with the way Julia played.”
The No. 1 doubles team of Savanna Olson and Danielle Graham lost in a three set battle with Jess Rondesvedt and McKayla Woods. Graham and Olson won the first set, 6-3. They tried to rally in the second, but fell short, 6-3 and dropped the third set by the same score. Madison Olson and Sam Heminsley were defeated in straight sets at No. 2 doubles. They were edged out by Sarah Moen and Lindy Jones. Moen and Jones won 6-3, 6-3 over Olson and Heminsley. The Yellowjackets gained a measure of revenge from last year’s 4-3 defeat to Wadena-Deer Creek and Miller said that 4-3 games are always hard.“I think we could have won the match, 7-0, and I think they could have won the match,” Miller said. “We just got some breaks and they got some breaks at certain spots. It was a tightly contested match. It was evenly played all around. I was very pleased.” Perham                               4Wadena-Deer Creek            3Singles-Josie Beachy, PER, def. Whitney Eickhoff, WDC, 6-3, 6-4; Abby Westrum, WDC, def. Julia Pearson, PER, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Makayla Melvin, PER, def. Grace Hinojos, WDC, 6-1, 6-0; Brianna Schwantz, PER, def. Nicole Miller, WDC, 6-0, 6-1; Doubles-Jess Rondesvedt/ McKayla Woods, WDC, def. Savanna Olson/Danielle Graham, PER, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Sarah Moen/Lindy Jones, WDC, def. Madison Olson/Sam Heminsley, PER, 6-3, 6-3; Aubrey Hill/Michelle Swyter, PER, def. Kate Schmidt/Larissa Maisio, WDC, 6-0, 6-4. 

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