Yellowjackets pick up key home victory

Perham/New York Mill's Jaden Hackel gets ready to hit a backhand return at No. 4 singles against Staples-Motley. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

The Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team knew they were in for a battle when they hosted Staples-Motley on Sept. 24 at the Perham Tennis Courts.

The Yellowjackets were up for the challenge when they earned a 5-2 victory over the visiting Cardinals.

The Yellowjackets cruised in three of the four singles matches, while taking two of the three doubles matches.

The lone singles win for the Cardinals came at No. 1 singles when Lauren Rutten defeated Kiera Radniecki in straight sets.

Avery Beachy picked up a singles win for Perham/NYM at No. 2 singles against Allison Knosalla in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.


Mallory Belka knocked off Kenzie Erickson in straight sets at No. 3 singles. Belka rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

Jaden Hackel defeated Nicki Carter in straight sets at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-1, earning the third singles point for the Yellowjackets.

Staples-Motley’s Haley Cichos and Jenna Dvorak defeated LaVonne Lindberg and Kendra Moris at No. 1 singles. Cichos and Dvorak won in straight sets 6-0, 6-3.

Perham/New York Mills' LaVonne Lindberg focuses in and steps in on a forehand return at No. 1 doubles against Staples-Motley. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

Katie Johnson and Maggie Trites earned a tough 6-4, 6-3 victory over Rose Han and Georgia Kruchten.

Grayce Mickelson and Maya Radniecki picked up a close 7-6 (2) and 6-4 victory over Amy Rollins and Corrine Olson at No. 3 doubles.

The Yellowjackets improved their season mark to 6-4 overall. The Yellowjackets close out the regular season with a home contest against Wadena-Deer Creek on Oct. 1 at the Perham Tennis Courts at 4:30 p.m.


Perham/NYM's Grayce Mickelson follows through and watches her return at No. 3 doubles against Staples-Motley. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

Perham/NYM 5, Staples-Motley 2


1 Lauren Rutten (SM) def. Kiera Radniecki (PNYM) 6-0, 6-2

2 Avery Beachy (PNYM) def. Allison Knosalla (SM) 6-3, 6-2

3 Mallory Belka (PNYM) def. Kenzie Erickson (SM) 6-0, 6-0

4 Jaden Hackel (PNYM) def. Nicki Carter (SM) 6-0, 6-1



1 Haley Cichos/Jenna Dvorak (SM) def. LaVonne Lindberg/Kendra Moris (PNYM) 6-0, 6-3

2 Katie Johnson/Maggie Trites (PNYM) def. Rose Han/Georgia Kruchten (SM) 6-4, 6-3

3 Grayce Mickelson/Maya Radniecki (PNYM) def. Amy Rollins/Corinne Olson (SM) 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.

Perham/New York Mills' Kendra Moris steps in and gets ready to hit a backhand return during their match at No. 1 doubles. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

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