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Perham cruises in opener over Staples-Motley

Hunter Salathe scored a game-high 23 points in Perham's season-opening rout of Staples-Motley. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM — The Perham Yellowjackets boys basketball team built a 25 point lead in the first half and kept adding to it in a 74-43 season-opening victory Tuesday evening over the Staples-Motley Cardinals.

Hunter Salathe scored 17 first half points nearly matching the Cardinals as Perham led 41-22 at the break.

Perham took charge early with buckets by Tyler Glines, a four-pack of points from Salathe and Sam Muer putting up an 8-0 lead before Tyler Holub drained a three at 15:20 to get the Cardinals on the board at 8-3.

That five-point deficit was as close as Staples-Motley would come as Salathe made consecutive baskets followed up by a deuce from Nick Bahls and the lead was quickly 14-3 before the Cardinals scored again four minutes later. The Yellowjackets displayed the frustrating defense that has pushed Perham to three state trips to the state tournament.

"We came out and had a very good first game," Head Coach Dave Cresap said. "Our defensive intensity was really good for the first 13 minutes of the first half. Our bench really did a good job for the first time on a varsity floor. I see this team really developing as the season goes along."

Tyler Glines

Perham led 36-11 with five minutes remaining in the first half and led by 35 points up 70-35 with five minutes to go in the game causing running time on the clock.

Glines and Eli Beachy scored in double figures with 15 and 14 points respectively. Glines made five of six attempts.

Muer scored nine, Bahls had eight.

Salathe led all scorers with 23 points as the starting five scored 69 of Perham’s 74 points. Salathe was 10 of 15 shooting from the field and was one rebound away from recording a double-double. Beachy, Glines and Bahls each had a three-point basket.

Zack Hofmann led Staples-Motley with 10 points.

Perham outrebounded the Cardinals 36-13.

The Perham junior varsity and C-team won their games making it a sweep for Perham.

Other Heart O' Lakes Conference teams in action: Barnesville defeated Ashby 64-53; Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton defeated Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 52-37; Breckenridge lost at home to Fergus Falls 79-54.

Perham will play Saturday against Breck in the Anoka-Ramsey Showcase at 12:30 p.m. at the Performance Gym on the Coon Rapids campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College. The Yellowjackets next home game will be Monday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. versus Wadena-Deer Creek.

Perham student Megan Leslie organized a halftime fundraiser and three-point shooting competition for members of the crowd as part of the “End Polio Now: Make History Today” campaign, which has been spearheaded by the Perham Rotary Club. For more information visit and

Eli Beachy

Staples-Motley (0-1) at Perham (1-0)

S-M   22  21 — 43

PER   41  33 — 74

S-M: Hofmann 10, Borders 9, Schimpp 9, Auger 6  Holub 5, Lund 2, Paskewitz 1,  Waverek 1.

PER: Salathe 23, Glines 15, Beachy 14, Muer 9, Bahls 8, Moberg 2, Anderson 2, Weis 1.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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