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Friday, July 29, 2011
Great summer for Perham's Speed and Agility program

Another season of summer rec activities has already wrapped up.  Can you believe it!  This past week also saw the end of the Speed and Agility program headed up by Perham boys basketball coach Dave Cresap. 

Cresap was thrilled with the participation, and he wanted to pass along a big thanks to all the kids who took part, and the coaches who helped over the summer.

There were more than 190 kids who registered for the program, and about 125 who attended 80 percent of the time, according to Cresap.  “Eighty-five kids never missed unless they were at another sports camp or other related athletic events,” Cresap noted.

Some of the coaches who helped out were girls basketball coach John Gullingsrud, volleyball coach Dan Christianson, and football coach Mike Jordahl.

“We had kids improve in areas of speed, agility, quickness and vertical jump,” Cresap said.  “It was great to see!  A big thank you goes out to all the kids and coaches who took part.”

 

FALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Volleyball

• 9-12 Grades-Starting date August 15th.  Practice from 8AM-Noon and from 6PM -8PM at PWMS.

• 7th and 8th Grade-Starting date August 22nd from 3:30-5:30PM at PWMS. 

Football

• 9-12-Starting date August 15.  Practice from 8AM-12PM; meet at High School locker room.

• 7th and 8th Grade-Starting date August 23nd from 8-10AM, meet at the High School Gym. 

Cross Country

• Grades 7-12 boys and girls practice from 3:30-5:30 PM meet at the North (5th Street) entry of the High School beginning August 15. 

Women’s Tennis

• 7th and 8th Grade-Starting date August 15, practice from 8-10AM.

• Grades 9-12-Starting date August 15, practice from 8-11AM at the tennis courts.

Women’s Swimming

• Grades 7-12-Starting date August 15, practice will be held at the PACC pool.  Practice at the PACC from 5-7:30 p.m.  

Posted By John George
Friday, July 15, 2011
"For Three" is a must see

It was a thrill to be at the July 14 premiere of “For Three”, the fantastic documentary about the Perham boys basketball team, their fallen teammate Zach Gabbard, and their historic, and emotional run to a State Championship.  I was also greatly honored to have some clips from my website and my photos appear throughout the movie.

Brent Hanson, the film’s creator and director, should be commended for all the time he put into the tremendous production.  To think he did it all without a budget, and largely on his own is amazing.

Brent did a fantastic job setting the stage to a season that drew the attention of basketball fans statewide, and even across the nation.  It was great to see the insight from the players and coaches, even for someone who was right there!  Even for someone who was around the team, going to games, going to practices, texting and chatting on facebook with the players and coaches, “For Three” showed me something new about the guys on this team. 

It was fun chatting with the guys leading up to the premiere.  Even talking to Zach the night before the premiere, you could tell he was pretty excited about the big night.  But he was just as excited to let me know he was pretty much caught up with his school work this summer and he was ready for school in the fall. 

The movie offered new insight on the emotions of the guys.  It revealed their drive.  Their togetherness.  Their struggles.  Their triumphs. It showed me some new angles about this team’s story that I was awed by. 

Brent was able to pull out the lighter moments from the season.  The anxious moments.  And, of course, the sadness. 

But rather than dwelling on the tragedy of having Zach go down with his heart ailment, Brent focused on the hope it brought.  The way it brought the team together.  How Zach fed off the team’s success as he recovered.  And how the team was driven by not letting Zach down.

What helps brings the movie together is the director was not only an assistant coach on this team, he’s also a survivor of cardiac arrest.  Brent had two instances of his heart giving out, and has been a mentor to Zach during his recovery.

Brent made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He told a great story and should be recognized for it.

I felt a great connection to the guys on this team all season, and it was great reliving their success in this film.  Seeing the fantastic turnout at the premiere and the buzz around town and online, it’s obvious this is a team that will live in the heart’s of Perham sports fans for a long, long time.  And Brent’s great film will help preserve that memory.

100 percent of the proceeds raised from "For Three" will be donated to the Zach Gabbard Fund and to Perham Boys Basketball.

There will be an encore presentation on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 1 pm.  In addition, dvd's are available to purchase online at www.forthreemovie.com.  Whether you saw the movie in the theatre or not, the DVD is a must-own!

Posted By John George
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