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PHS Boys Basketball Preview 2008-09

Front row (l-r):?Nate Sullivan, Michael Steeke, Ben Omberg, Nick Tobkin, Ben Waldon. Back row: Drew Johnson, Ben Bucholz, Jason Huus, D.J. Altstadt, AnthonyRuther, Andrew Huus. Not pictured: Jake Kalina.

Head Coach:

Dave Cresap-23rd Season overall; 14th Season in Perham (327-176 overall; 223-155 at Perham).

Assistant Coaches:

Brian Schwantz (B-Squad), Craig Dahms (J.V.), Brent Hanson (C-Squad), Paul Belka (8th Grade), Darrel Carstens (7th Grade). Elementary Coaches:?Paul King, Jeff Anderson, Craig Dahms.

2007-08 Season:

Perham finished the 2008 season with a 19-8 record, going 14-4 in the Heart O' Lakes, which put them in a tie for 3rd place with Pelican Rapids. Hawley (22-4, 16-2 HOL)?won the conference title for the 2nd straight season.

2008 Sections:

The Yellow Jackets were the No. 3 seed in the 8AA?West Sub-Section Tournament. They beat No. 6 D-G-F in the first round, 55-38, then lost in the next round to No. 2 Pelican Rapids, 52-46. Crosby-Ironton, the No. 1 seed from the East sub-section, beat Pelican Rapids in the 8AA?championship, 74-62. C-I went all the way to the Class AA?State Championship game, where they lost to New London-Spicer, 59-51

2008-09 Seniors:

Anthony Ruther, D.J. Altstadt, Ben Omberg, Michael Steeke, Drew Johnson, Jason Huus.

Get to Know'em:

Ben Bucholz (Jr.), Jake Kalina (Jr.), Andrew Huus (Jr.), Ben Waldon (Jr.), Nick Tobkin (Soph.).


Perham should have a very good rebounding team this year. They will possess good size along with some players with good leaping ability. As is the trademark of coach Cresap, the Jackets will be a very good defensive team as the year goes along. They have very good players to work with and they seem very excited about the season which will make it fun for everyone.

Season Outlook:

Pelican Rapids, Hawley, Breckenridge, and D-G-F are the favorites in the HOL. Pelican Rapids will be a strong favorite for the Section 8AA title. They bring back many returning players from last year's section final team.

Pequot Lakes, Crosby-Ironton, and East Grand Forks will all bring strong teams to the section tournament.

Coaches Quote:

"I feel we will be a very competitive team by the end of the year. We need to find some leadership and some mental toughness before we will compete with the top teams. I am very excited about the 2008-2009 Jackets. TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More." Dave Cresap