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Zach Gabbard, right, chats with friends during halftime at a basketball game Dec. 21 at Perham (Minn.) High School. Jordan Cresap, left, and Jacob Anderson and Mark Schumacher, with their backs to the camera, were teammates when Gabbard collapsed on a basketball court in January 2011 due to cardiac arrest. Photo by Dave Wallis / The Forum

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FARGO - The Perham, Minn., boys basketball fairy tale in 2011 could not have happened without the Zach Gabbard nightmare.

It’s a nightmare he doesn’t even remember. Months of his life are just no longer there.

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Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy is the Minnesota preps and Fargo Force beat reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota for the last five years and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so. If reading him in the paper and online isn't enough, you can read more of him at the Forum Preps Blog:  
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