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Perham Gymnasts first at Clemensen Invitational

The Perham gymnastics team continues to improve, posting their highest score of the season when they captured the Clemensen Invitational in Princeton Jan. 6. The Yellowjackets finished first in the 10 team event, posting a 142.95.

One of the keys to the surge was their success on the beam. The Yellowjackets stuck the beam, finishing with a score of 35.35. It was the second highest score on that apparatus and the highest the Yellowjackets have posted for the season.

North Branch’s Keeley Ertl was the all-around winner. She finished with a score of 36.9. Perham’s Jada Olsen came in second, finishing with a 36.75. Monticello’s Myah Hedlund and Kennedy Bican came in third and fourth, while Perham’s Sydney Bahls rounded out the top five. Bahls finished with a 35.85, returning from a foot injury she suffered in the team’s dual meet against Detroit Lakes.

Mackenzie Rohloff competes on the beam.

The Yellowjackets won individual gold medals on three of the four events, while securing a silver medal on the event they did not win.

Olsen won two events, while Dena Fischer picked up a gold medal as well. Bahls earned a pair of silver medals as well.

The Yellowjackets finished second overall on the vault with a 35.9. North Branch came in with a 36.4 for first on the vault.

Olsen recorded a 9.6 on the vault, finishing first on the apparatus. Bahls followed with a 9.4, earning second place honors. Fischer finished with an 8.5, while Jazzmin Branchaud came in with an 8.4. Mackenzie Rohloff ended with an 8.1.

The Yellowjackets finished with a 34.95 on the bars, which was the highest team score on that event. Fischer captured first place honors, finishing with a 9.2. Rohloff finished with an 8.8, while Olsen came in with an 8.6. Kassidy Kovar ended with an 8.35 and Bahls recorded an 8.25.

Jada Olsen dismounts on the bars while her teammates look on.

The Yellowjackets finished with a 35.35 on the beam, good for second place, behind North Branch, who finished with a 35.8. Bahls led the way on the beam for Perham. Her second place score of 9.1 was tops on the team. Olsen finished with a 9.0. Kassidy Kovar came in with an 8.65, followed by an 8.6 from Fischer. Rohloff ended with an 8.25.

The Yellowjackets ended with a 36.75 for the floor. Olsen finished first with a score of 9.55, while Rohloff recorded a 9.25. Bahls eclipsed the 9.0 mark with a 9.1 on the floor. Fischer finished with an 8.85, while Kovar came in with an 8.35.

The Yellowjackets return to action with a meet against Willmar on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. The Yellowjackets are on the road for a meet at Fergus Falls on Friday, Jan. 12 as well.

Clemensen Invitational

Team scores: 1. Perham 142.95, 2. North Branch 141.65, 3. Monticello 140.55, 4. Elk River 134.7, 5. Detroit Lakes 131.65, 6. Bemidji 131.1, 7. Andover 130.3, 8. Blaine 129.15, 9. Princeton 128.55, 10. Irondale - SLP 126.15.


  1. Keeley Ertl NB 36.9, 2. Jada Olsen PER 36.75, 3. Myah Hedlund MON 36.0, 5. Sydney Bahls PER 35.85, 7. Dena Fischer PER 35.15, 10. Mackenzie Rohloff PER 34.4, 13. Jordan Ehnert DL 34.05, 14. Jerzie Horner DL 33.9, 23. Skylar Nelson DL 32.05


  1. Jada Olsen PER 9.6, 2. Sydney Bahls PER 9.4, 3. Keeley Ertl NB 9.4.


  1. Dena Fischer PER 9.2, 2. Paige Kolanski AND 8.95, 3. Myah Hedlund MON 8.9


  1. Keeley Ertl NB 9.3, 2. Sydney Bahls PER 9.1, 3. Angie Fish NB 9.1


  1. Jada Olsen PER 9.55, 2. Keeley Ertl NB 9.5, 3. Laci Leverty PRI 9.45
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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