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The Perham football team continues its season on the state’s biggest stage when they take on Fairmont at 4:30 p.m. at US Bank Stadium on Nov. 17. The Yellowjackets and the Cardinals play after the conclusion of the other semifinal which is between Pierz and Rochester Lourdes.
Perham/New York Mills/Henning junior diver Dena Fischer continued her outstanding season during the opening day of the Class A swimming and diving championships at the University of Minnesota on Nov. 14. The diver advanced through the first round of diving and the semifinals by finishing 13th overall and will now compete in the finals on Nov. 16 at the Aquatics Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The Perham Activities Department announced they are putting a fan bus together for Perham’s Class AAA semifinal game with Fairmont on Nov. 17 at US Bank Stadium. The cost to ride the bus is $30 and does not include the cost of the game ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at Ticketmaster. If interested, contact Tanya Beachy at email@example.com by noon on Thursday.
Perham girls basketball coach T.J. Super has introduced an event that will showcase the Perham girls basketball program. Jacket Madness begins at 4 p.m. at the Hive. Super said it’s an event he has thought about hosting the event for a couple of years, but with the new gymnasium and facilities, he felt it was a good time to crank it up.
Facing a methodical offense, the Perham Yellowjackets wanted to strike early and often. They accomplished that feat when they went 66 yards on the game’s opening play and never looked back when they defeated the Two Harbors Agates 48-17 in the Class AAA quarterfinal at Don Adamson Field in Brainerd on Nov. 10. “We can score very fast and methodically down the field,” Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said. “I thought it was really good and impressive of the kids. I’m just so proud of them.”
The Perham football team was outside, embracing the cold at the start of the week for the first time in six years. The Yellowjackets advanced to the Class AAA Tournament with a 42-28 victory over East Grand Forks and will square off with Two Harbors, who defeated Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 26-18, in the Section 7AAA Championship.
The Perham boys cross country team held the No.1 ranking all season long and the Class A Championships on Nov. 3 was their crowning moment. The Yellowjackets shouldered the expectations like it was any race and had a mic drop moment as described by Perham head coach Jeff Morris when they ran away with their seventh overall title and second consecutive championship at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
The Perham girls cross country team talked all season about touching a teammate. It was that mentality that helped the Yellowjackets make history by winning their second consecutive, third overall, Class A Championship at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., on Nov. 3. The Yellowjackets won the team title with 94 points, while Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted finished second with 99 points. Winona Cotter was third with 140 points, followed by Luverne and Staples-Motley to round out the top five.
There are not too many first for a program that has won multiple team and individual championships, but the Perham cross country program added another on Nov. 3. The Perham boys and girls teams swept the Class A Championships for the second straight year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., on Nov. 3 becoming the first program in Minnesota history to accomplish the feat.
The Perham Yellowjackets are no stranger to running with a statewide target on their back. The defending Class A Champions ran out in front during the Section 8A Championships and after a strong week of practice are hoping to become the first school in Class A history to repeat the sweep. They became the fourth school in Class A history to sweep both the boys and the girls titles when the boys won convincingly in 2017 and the girls won by the narrowest of margins.