Peterson, Gigstead and Hanson inducted into Perham Athletic Hall of Fame this Friday

Three new members to be inducted into Perham Athletics Hall of Fame this Friday.

Longtime Yellowjacket head baseball coach Hans Hanson will be inducted into the Perham Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 24, during the Perham football game against Detroit Lakes. (Perham Focus file photo)

Three standout Perham individuals will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night at halftime of the Yellowjackets’ football game against Detroit Lakes.

Jim Peterson, Brittany Gigstead and Hans Hanson left their mark on Perham and will now see their legacies enshrined among other Yellowjacket greats.

Peterson was a three-sport athlete and graduated in 1984. He played on the defensive side of the football field, wrestled and handled the hot corner for the baseball team.

Gigstead graduated in 2007 after accomplishing a plethora of running accolades. She was described as a great leader by her teammates and superiors in running and basketball.

From 1994-2016, Hanson coached baseball and basketball. His head coaching duties for the baseball team started in ‘98, while he took the helm of the girls basketball team from 2003-07.


Here is the list of accolades from Perham’s three 2021 inductees:

JIM PETERSON- 9X Letter winner; 6X captain in football, wrestling and baseball; All-conference in football and baseball; HOL Conference MVP defensive lineman; 68-24 career wrestling record; Eighth all time in wrestling wins; 36 career fall victories; 2X HOL Conference champion; 2X District 23 wrestling champion; Region 6A wrestling champion; 1984 state Class A wrestling entrant; School record 12 consecutive fall victories; School record 21 fall victories in a season; All-District 23 baseball team; 1984 team leader in hits, runs, at-bats and assists; 1984 Perham Male Athlete of the Year; North Dakota State University Wrestling 1985-89;

BRITTANY (SCHANANDORE) GIGSTEAD- 10X letter winner in cross country, basketball and track; 5X captain in cross country, basketball and track; 3X all-state in cross country; 2X HOL Conference champion in cross country; 7X HOL Conference champion in track; 8X subsection track champion; 5X section track champion; 6X all-state track; Perham school record in 400M, 1600M, 4x400M and 4x800; State runner up 4x800 relay; 2X state champion 4x800M relay; State champion 800M; NDSU track captain; NDSU 4x800M relay school record; NDSU 4x1600M relay school record; NDSU 15X top three places in Summit League track; NDSU 3X NCAA national qualifier 800M; 3X USTFCCCA all academic track team;

HANS HANSON- Section 8 girls basketball runner up 2013; Perham baseball record 324-117; 49th MN all time baseball wins; 6X section 8AA baseball champion; 2X state third place; 2X state consolation; 2013 state Class AA runner up; 14X conference baseball champions; Perham assistant baseball coach five years; Perha assistant boys basketball coach four years; 2003 MN baseball coach of the year; 2019 MN HS Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame induction

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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