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Perham shuts down Pelican Rapids for 14th straight win

The Perham Yellowjackets continued their best start in school history with a 57-37 victory over Pelican Rapids on Jan. 19, moving to 14-0 with the Heart O’Lakes Conference victory.

The Yellowjackets hope to make it 15 when they take on state-ranked Esko in Esko on Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m. The Eskomos have had the upper hand on the Yellowjackets the past two seasons. Last year, the Eskomos defeated Perham 59-47. The year prior, the Eskomos defeated Perham, 53-37. The Eskomos are led by 7’3” forward Adam Trapp. The Eskomos enter the contest with a 10-3 record, dropping games to Annandale, Columbia Heights and Brooklyn Center.

Carter Cresap led all scorers for the Yellowjackets, finishing with 14 points. He connected on four 3-pointers in the game. Jenson Beachy added 13 points, while Martin LaFond had 11 points.

Logan Richter finished with six points, but controlled the glass for Perham. He hauled in 14 of the team’s 36 rebounds, giving the Yellowjackets a commanding edge on the boards against Pelican Rapids.

The Yellowjackets move to 14-0 overall on the season and are now 5-0 against HOL opponents. The Yellowjackets and the Eskomos tip off at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.

PER 28 29--57

PLR 17 29--37

PER-Dawson Stevens 2, Tanner Knutson 2, Jenson Beachy 13, Martin LaFond 11, Josh Jeziorski 7, Carter Cresap 14, Finn Diggins 2, Logan Richter 6

3-pointers: Jenson Beachy 3, LaFond, Cresap 4. Free Throws: 7-8. Team Fouls: 15. Fouled Out: None

PLR- McHale Korf 11, Brandon Osborne 2, Hayden Christensen 2, Dillon Such 2, Jacob Gottenborg 16, Eli Sytsma 2

3-pointers: None: Free Throws: 11-13. Team Fouls: 9. Fouled Out: None

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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