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Jacket boys win 1st 'Battle'

By John George sports@eot.com The first installment of the 'Battle of the Bees' in boys basketball turned out not to be much of a battle at all. Sam Rutten led Perham to a big first half lead and they cruised to a 82-46 win at Frazee last Thursda...

By John George

sports@eot.com

The first installment of the 'Battle of the Bees' in boys basketball turned out not to be much of a battle at all. Sam Rutten led Perham to a big first half lead and they cruised to a 82-46 win at Frazee last Thursday.

Rutten was 8-for-12 from the field in the first half, including 5-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc, for 21 points as the Jackets opened a 38-20 lead at the break. Rutten hit one more three in the second half and finished with a game-high 30 points to go with four rebounds and two assists.

Perham pulled away in the second half behind a career-high effort from junior center Jason Huus, who scored all 12 of his points in the second half, including a 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line.

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Kyle Mickelson had four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points to go with a team-high eight assists. Ben Bucholz led the Jackets with seven boards with Marcus Hendrickson pulling down four more and Nick Dockter dished out five assists.

Frazee (1-10, 1-7 HOL) has yet to beat the Jackets in the new century. Perham was without head coach Dave Cresap, who was serving a one-game suspension.

Tuesday win at LP-A

The Jackets made it two in a row Tuesday night as they traveled to Lake Park-Audubon and returned home with a 67-39 win. Perham had a huge first half, outscoring the Raiders (4-7, 3-4 HOL) 41-17.

Ben Bucholz was one of four Perham players in double figures, leading the team with 16 points. Nick Dockter and Jacob Hunter each added 13, with Kyle Mickelson pitching in with 11.

Crunch is coming

Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves mascot will be in Perham on Jan. 18 to cheer on the Jackets boys basketball team against Pelican Rapids. Perham won the two regular season games with the Vikings (8-4, 6-1 HOL) last year, but were knocked out of the 8AA playoffs in a double overtime loss in the first round.

The Jackets will step out of the Heart O' Lakes on Jan. 22 when they host Staples-Motley (7-4, 2-1 Mid-State). S-M has been a streaky team this season and are currently on a three-game win-streak. The Cardinals won last year's meeting, 68-48.

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JV update

The Perham boys J.V. team is off to a good start this season. They opened the year with a win in the Perham Tournament over Wadena-Deer Creek, but followed that with a loss by seven in the championship game to a very good Pequot Lakes team.

Perham then beat Hillcrest Lutheran Academy before losing to Moorhead in overtime.

The Jackets were able to turn around and avenge that loss to the Spuds with a win over Moorhead by a score of 69-54 in their next game.

The new year began on Jan. 5 with a home doubleheader. The Jackets entertained Park Rapids and Barnesville, winning the first game over the Panthers, 74-38. They completed the sweep by beating Barnesville, 68-54.

Last weekend, Perham played in the Cass Lake-Bena Tournament.

Thursday, January 10

Perham 82, Frazee 46

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Perham 38-44-82

Frazee 20-26--46

Jackets--Sam Rutten 30, Kyle Mickelson 14, Jason Huus 12, Todd Johnson 10, Jacob Hunter 5, Anthony Ruther 4, Nick Dockter 3, Ben Bucholz 2, Marcus Hendrickson 2.

Hornets--Morgan Vetter 16, Ben Yliniemi 5, Jacob Peterson 4, Andrew Stock 4, Ron Reynolds 3, Hunter Graham 2, Dylan Stender 1, Nathan Bellefeuille 1.

Field Goals--P 21/46, F 17/41; 3-pointers--P 10/22, F 1/4; Free Throws--P 10/14, F 10/12; Rebounds--P 26 (Bucholz 7), F 8; Assists--P 21 (Mickelson 8); Steals--P 6; Turnovers--P 8, F 13; Team Fouls--P 10, F 12.

Tuesday, January 15

Perham 67, Lake Park-Audubon 39

LP-A 17-22--39

Perham 41-26--67

Jackets--Bucholz 16, Hunter 13, Dockter 13, Mickelson 11, Ruther 4, Rutten 2, Johnson 2, Steeke 2

Raiders--Downs 17, Wixo 5, Ronken 5, O' Brien 3, Lunde 3, Svobodny 2, Hogie 2, Lunde 2.

Field Goals--P , LPA ; 3-pointers--P , LPA ; Free Throws--P , LPA ; Rebounds--P , LPA ; Assists--P ; Steals--P ; Turnovers--P , LPA ; Team Fouls--P , LPA .

Heart O' Lakes Conf. All

#7AA Hawley 7-0 9-0

Breckenridge 6-1 12-2

Pelican Rapids 6-1 8-4

Perham 5-2 6-4

West Central Area 3-4 5-4

Lake Park-Audubon 3-4 4-7

D-G-F 3-4 4-8

Barnesville 2-6 4-9

Frazee 1-7 1-10

Ulen-Hitterdal 0-7 1-11

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