The Perham boys basketball team finished the 2019-20 season with a perfect 28-0 record and an appearance in the Section 8AA Championship game that was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Yellowjackets claimed their fifth straight Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship with a perfect 11-0 mark in conference play. The Yellowjackets have posted three straight perfect records and have just one conference loss in four seasons. The last loss came during the 2016-17 season, which was a 65-62 defeat to Breckenridge early in that season. Since that defeat, the Yellowjackets have rattled off 46 straight conference wins.
The Yellowjackets brought home the hardware off the court as well when junior forward Finn Diggins was named the Heart O’Lakes Conference’s Most Valuable Player. Diggins became an inside-outside threat for the Yellowjackets as the season wore on. Diggins closed the season with a 26 point performance in Perham’s 66-63 victory over East Grand Forks. He hauled in eight rebounds, picked up two steals and had three blocks in the final game of the year for the Yellowjackets.
Diggins was joined on the team by senior guard Charlie Rasmussen and junior guard Elijah Morris. Rasmussen finished the final game of the season with 16 points and nine rebounds. He dished out two assists as Perham defeated East Grand Forks. Rasmussen started the postseason with a 24 point performance against Frazee and followed it with nine points, five assists and six steals against Thief River Falls.
Elijah Morris was named to the All-Conference team as well. The outside shooter had a strong season for the Yellowjackets and attacked the glass as well during the season, becoming a bigger weapon on offense for the Yellowjackets. He had 13 points in the win over Thief River Falls, hitting five of his six shots from inside the arc. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists in the victory for the Yellowjackets.
The Yellowjackets captured the conference crown with a perfect 11-0 mark. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton finished second at 9-3, followed by Pelican Raids with a 7-5 mark. Barnesville and Breckenridge finished fourth at 6-6 overall, while Frazee followed with a 2-9 mark. Hawley finished the conference season with an 0-12 record.
Joining the Perham trio on the Heart O’Lakes All-Conference team were Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Jacob Strand, Aiden Leach, Owen Leach and Ian Mickelson, Pelican Rapids’ McHale Korf, Jayden Rutherford and Logan Fahje, Barnesville’s Adam Tonsfeldt and Hunter Zenzen, Breckenridge’s Cooper Yaggie and Jonah Christensen and Frazee’s Broden Fleisher.