At this time of the season, a score of 143.45 in gymnastics is very respectable, likely good enough to win in the majority of gyms in Minnesota. The No. 7A Perham Yellowjackets put up those points in one place where first place is never given away.

The No. 1-ranked Detroit Lakes Lakers scored a season-high 149.025 to back that up in a Section 8 dual victory Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Minnesota Flyers Gymnasium.

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The meet featured a crew of state medalists from 2017-18. Cora Okeson and Peyton Jernberg had individual titles at state on floor and beam, respectively. Jackson Hegg was an all-around silver medalist. Justine Lawrence recorded a bronze on beam to join Jernberg on the podium. Okeson also grabbed bronze on bars with Perham’s Jada Olsen the silver medalist. Olsen is the defending Section 8A uneven parallel bars and all-around champion.

She and Okeson went head-to-head Tuesday night with Perham’s best winning by one-half point with a score of 37.5. Olsen won on both vault (9.6) and floor (9.4).


The teams split the top four floor exercise routines: Olsen 9.4, Yliniemi 9.35, Okeson 9.35 and Perham’s Ashley Hokanson 9.25.

Lawrence scored the meet’s highest point total from the judges with a 9.625 to win on bars. Olsen scored 9.55 for silver and Hegg was third Hegg with 9.5.

Jernberg scored a 9.55 to place first on balance beam. The Lakers excelled on beam claiming the top four finishes with last season’s 8A champion Hegg (9.45), Ellie Hultin (9.35) and Okeson (9.15) in succession behind Jernberg.

DL had the next four vaulters after Olsen’s 9.6: Okeson 9.55, defending 8A vault champion Lexi Yliniemi 9.4, Hultin 9.3 and Jernberg 9.25.


Hultin, just a freshman for the Lakers, was in the all-around mix with Okeson and Olsen scoring 36.8, just two-tenths of a point behind Okeson to claim bronze. Perham’s Brittney Lorentz placed fourth with a score of 34.25.

Through three meets that created the initial state rankings, only two teams were scoring more than 143 points per meet which gives credence to Perham’s efforts Tuesday night.


Those two other teams are No. 1AA Stillwater (144.2) behind the four-time, Class A champion Lakers early average of 147.925, which jumped again after flirting with 150 against the Jackets.

Perham hosts Melrose Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Hauer gymnasium in the old high school.

Detroit Lakes is off until the New Year. The Lakers split squads to compete at Park Center and Princeton Saturday, Jan. 5.


No. 1A Detroit Lakes 149.025, No. 7A Perham 143.45


1 Jada Olsen, PER 9.6

2 Cora Okeson, DL 9.55

3 Lexi Yliniemi, DL 9.4

4 Ellie Hultin, DL 9.3

5 Peyton Jernberg, DL 9.25

6 Gabby Whitworth, DL 9.15

6 Ashley Hokanson, DL 9.15

8 Mackenzie Rohloff, DL 9.1

9 Dena Fischer, PER 8.7

10 Brittney Lorentz, PER 8.45


1 Justine Lawrence, DL 9.625

2 Jada Olsen, PER 9.55

3 Jackson Hegg, DL 9.5

4 Ellie Hultin, DL 9

4 Dena Fischer, PER 9

6 Cora Okeson, DL 8.95

7 Ashley Hokanson, PER 8.8

8 Jerzie Horner, DL 8.55

8 Brittney Lorentz, PER 8.55

10 Cailyn Greisen, PER 6.95


1 Peyton Jernberg, DL 9.55

2 Jackson Hegg, DL 9.45

3 Ellie Hultin, DL 9.35

4 Cora Okeson, DL 9.15

5 Jada Olsen, PER 8.95

6 Justine Lawrence, DL 8.9

7 Avery McAllister, PER 8.7

8 Dena Fischer, PER 8.65

9 Brittney Lorentz, PER 8.45

10 Mackenzie Rohloff, PER 8.05


1 Jada Olsen, PER 9.4

2 Lexi Yliniemi, DL 9.35

2 Cora Okeson, DL 9.35

4 Ashley Hokanson, PER 9.25

5 Ellie Hultin, DL 9.15

6 Jackson Hegg, DL 9.1

7 Brittney Lorentz, PER 8.8

8 Mackenzie Rohloff, PER 8.6

9 Payton Jernberg, DL 8.55

10 Avery McAllister, PER 8.4

All around

1 Jada Olsen, PER 37.5

2 Cora Okeson, DL 37.0

3 Ellie Hultin, DL 36.8

4 Brittney Lorentz, PER 34.25