Perham 79, Breckenridge 72


“Great passion. Great energy. Great leadership. The key guys really stepped up when we needed them tonight”
Head Coach Dave Cresap

Jaden Anderson and Jenson Beach got the offense going with a pair of 3-pointers for the Jackets. The Trojans and Jackets went back and forth before the Jackets went on a 16-4 run to open things up heading into the half. The second half continue to see the Jackets lead expand. It got all the way to 50-33 before the Cowboys started to comeback. Nate Lorenz did damage from the offensive glass and the free throw line. Andrew Johnson had done a good job guarding him defensively, but foul trouble mean the Jackets had to go to the bench to try to matchup with the all-conference forward. The lead got within two at 57-55, but the Jackets remained poised and managed to pull away to win 79-72. Sam Muer provided tremendous energy and led the way with a career high 30 points alongside a career high 10 points. Jaden Anderson added his career high (21) in points as did Jenson Beachy (16). Zach Tellinghuisen added 8 points off the bench while Christian Weis and Andrew Johnson each added 2 points. Coming into the game, the Jackets were averaging 45.6 points per game on offense. The win improves the season record to 2-2.

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Four Factors

Shooting % Rebounding Turnovers Free Throws
Perham (26/48)


Breckenridge (25/44)


Breckenridge (14/24)

Sickness to multiple kids meant a lot of shuffling was necessary for the JV and C-Team. 3 players normally on the C-Team played up a level while 3 8th-graders were needed to help the C-team. A midst all of the shuffling, both teams suffered from a little lack of offensive cohesion. The Jackets trailed 38-16 heading into halftime. They managed to get the game within 8 points late. “It was a great second half effort but we came up short,” said coach Brian Schwantz. Freshman Carson Speicher led the Jackets with 16 points. Noah Christenson added 3 3-pointers on his way to 13 pts. Colton Hammans (8 pts), Andy Hanson (7 pts), Aaron Solberg (4 pts), Ben Winkels (3 pts), and Logan Richter (2 pts) rounded out the scoring for the Jackets. The Jackets are 2-2 after the loss.

The C-Team was missing 4 starters due to sickness and shuffled rosters, but managed to hold things together early. 4 3-pointers from 8th graders Carter Cresap (3) and Caleb King (1) provided a majority of the offense as they went into half with a 14-12 advantage. The size and strength of the Cowboys eventually wore on the Jackets who were a little careless with the ball at times in the second half. Seth Johnson (11 pts) and Josh Jeziorski (6 pts) provided the offense in the second half, but it was too little as they lost 39-35. Also scoring for the Jackets was Tanner Knutson (4) and Dalton Honer (2). The loss brings their record to 4-2 on the season.

Sam Muer

Jacket Player of the Game

Sam played one of the finest games of his career scoring 30 points on 9-for-14 shooting while going 12-for-14 from the free throw line. He also added 10 assists for his third career double-double.

Sam MuerSenior

The upcoming schedule does no favor for the Jackets as their next two games see them face undefeated opponents starting with the #6A ranked Battle Lake Battlers on Friday. Note: There will be no C-team game on Friday. JV kicks off the action at 6:00 PM followed by varsity at 7:30 PM.

Breck 71, Perham 42

“We need to get better at all aspects of the game to be competitive in Section 8AA and the HOL conference”
Head Coach Dave Cresap

The season didn’t start out exactly as was hoped for the Yellowjackets. With 3 players in the varsity rotation out either sick or injured, the youthful Yellowjackets started the season behind the 8-ball as the Breck Mustangs started the game on a 15-0 run in first four minutes. The Jackets struggled to contain the hot-shooting duo of Will Culliton (23) and Mo Lawal (19) who shot a combined 65% from the field leading a potent Mustang attack. The inexperienced Jackets looked somewhat timid on both sides of the ball at times, however 8 of the 9 players who played more than 5 minutes were playing their first meaningful varsity minutes.

The Jackets were led in scoring by Jaden Anderson (13). Sam Muer had 8 followed by Jenson Beachy with 6 and Alec Meyer with 4.

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Four Factors

Shooting % Rebounding Turnovers Free Throws
Perham (15/41)


Breck (27/48)



The JV lost 56-46 to Roseville. It was a game of mini runs. A few missed key block outs hurt the Jackets as Roseville was able to capitalize on second chance opportunities and they hit some free throws to extend the lead towards the end of the game. “I was pleased with the effort,” commented JV coach Brian Schwantz, but we’ve got to get better at rebounding.”

The Jackets were led in scoring by 8th grader Jenson Beachy with 20 points followed by Aaron Solberg who had 7 playing one half. Alec Meyer (6), Dart Montella (6), and Noah Christenson (5) also scored for the Jackets.

The C-Team managed to open their season with a big winner over the Elk River 9th graders. The Jackets opened up a 7 point lead going into halftime and built it to double digits late in the second half. Some costly turnovers helped bring Elk River back within 6 but Dawson Honer hit a pair of free throws to seal their first victory of the year. As a team, the Jackets went 12-for-16 from the free throw line (75%). Logan Richter led the way with 18 points followed by Martin LaFond with 16. Carson Speicher added 8 points and Kyle Hanson had 6 points all in the second half. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but overall I was very pleased with the energy, effort, and overall team togetherness to start the season,” said coach Brent Hanson.

Martin Lafond

Jacket Player of the Game

Martin scored 16 points hitting 3 3-pointers, went 3-for-4 from the free throw line, and had many key steals and blocks in helping the Jackets C-Team to a victory over Elk River.

Martin LafondC-Team

The Jackets open up the HOL conference schedule as they travel to Pelican Rapids for the next game on Friday. JV and C-team start off the action at 6 pm followed by Varsity at 7:30.

Battle Lake 52, Perham 51


The Jackets didn’t even get to enjoy their buzzer-beating win for 24 hours before facing the #6 team in Class A – Batyle Lake. Battle Lake came from down 14 early in the 2nd half to win on a buzzer beating jump hook by Dan Marso. Four Jackets did all of the scoring for Perham – Tyler Glines (17 pts, 6 reb), Hunter Salathe (13 pts, 10 reb, 7 ast), Nick Bahls (12 pts) and Sam Muer (11 pts). The loss brings Perham to 7-2 on the year.

For the third consecutive game, the JV came back from a halftime deficit (3 points) to win 55-52 over the Battle Lake JV squad. They were led in scoring by Chris Kenntemich who poured in 18 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer with under two minutes to play. Starting backcourt mates Christian Weis (11) and Jaden Anderson (16) combined for 45 of the Jackets 55 points. Andrew Johnson provided some great rebounding and hustle plays along with his 6 points. Zach Tellinghuisen added 4 points. The Jackets are now 8-1 heading into the Christmas break.

The C-Team started off the day with a big win over a very good Oak Grove team by the score of 50-44. Noah Christenson once again led in scoring pouring in 17 points for the Jackets. Austin King battled back from early foul trouble to score 12 points – all in the 2nd half. Reid Moser got things going offensively early with 8 points – all before halftime. Aaron Solberg added 7 points along with some solid post defense while Dart Montella rounded up the scoring with 6 points. Oak Grove was led by Bryce Bakkegard who had 15 points on 5 3-pointers and big man Alex Schlenker who had 14 points. The Jackets enter the Christmas break on a four game winning streak and are 7-4 overall on the season.

Next up for the Perham varsity and JV is the annual trip to Worthington to face the host school in their annual Christmas tournament.


Perham 66, Barnesville 64 (OT)


What a game! Trailing 45-35 with 11 minutes to play, the Jackets rallied back to tie the game at 49 with 7:30 remaining in the game. The game remained within 3 points for the rest of the game. Down 1, the Jackets missed a 3-pt attempt with 15 seconds and were forced to foul. Barnesville junior Ethan Ishaug stepped to the line and hit two free throws. Tyler Glines brought the ball up and kicked it to Eli Beachy who was well defended. He passed to Sam Muer who canned a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime. In OT, Tyler Glines drove to the basket, spun and hit a layup as time expired to give the Jackets a 66-64 victory. The Jackets were led in scoring by Sam Muer who had 24 points on 8-9 shooting (2-2 from 3 and 4-4 FT) along with 4 rebounds. Nick Bahls had 14 points in the first half ad finished with 16. Hunter Salathe finished with 10 pts & 6 boards while Tyler Glines added 10 points and 3 assists. Eli Beachy rounded up the scoring with 6 points, 5 assists & 2 steals while guarding Barnesville star Michael Strand who finished the game with 42 points. The win brings the #4 ranked Jackets to 7-1.

The JV team was down by 5 at the half but rallied to win 54-44. They were led by Chris Kenntemich who hit 5 3-pointers on his way to 24 points. Christian Weis added 8 and Andrew Johnson 6. The JV moves to 7-1 with the win.

The C-Team netted a 59-23 victory over Barnesville to bring their season record to 6-3. Reid Moser led all scorers with 24. Noah Christenson and Dart Montella added 8 points each while Aaron Solberg and Austin King each added 6.

The Jackets return to action for a Saturday matinee. The C-Team plays Oak Grove at 11:15, followed by a JV and varsity matchup against one of the top area teams in Battle Lake at 1:00 and 2:30. All games are at the middle school. And remember to wear white!


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Perham 64, Breckenridge 40


The Yellowjackets varsity was victorious Tuesday night in HOL action over The Breckenridge Cowboys 64-40. The Jackets led at half 26-19 before exploding for 38 in the 2nd half. All 5 starters were in double digits led by Eli Beachy and Hunter Salathe (13 pts, 2 ast each). Tyler Glines has 12 points along with 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Nick Bahls added 11 points and 3 steals while Sam Muer added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Josh Meader and Trey Moberg each added a bucket. Andrew Johnson didn’t score but added some great defense to close out the first half. The win brings the Jackets to 6-1 on the season with a tough back-to-back games Friday and Saturday vs Barnesville and Battle Lake in the Prairie Wind Middle School.

The JV squad came from down half to beat the previously undefeated Breckenridge JV squad 53-41. The offense was sparked by Chris Kenntemich who scored 9 of his game high 15 points in the second half. Andrew Johnson played a great game with 10 points. Also scoring for the Jackets was Zach Tellinghuisen (9), Christian Weis (8), Jaden Anderson (7), and Nic Winkels (4). The win brings the JV record to 6-1 on the season.

The C-Team was victorious with a 60-36 road win over at the Breckenridge elementary school. Noah Christenson led all scorers with 23 points including 5 3-pointers. Austin King followed with 14 points. Reid Moser chipped in with 10 points. Dart Montella added 7 while Austin Hoffman, Aaron Solberg, and Elias Hoffman each added 2. The win moves the C-Team to 5-3 on the season.

The Jackets return to action at 6 pm vs Barnesville with the JV and C-Team followed by the varsity at 7:30 at the Prairie Wind Middle School. T-Wolves mascot Crunch will be in attendance, so get there early too get a good seat!

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Pelican Rapids 56, Perham 55


The Jackets varsity fell for the first time all season to HOL rivals Pelican Rapids 56-55. The Jackets were led in scoring by Tyler Glines who had 19 points. Sam Muer had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Hunter Salathe added 7 points and 13 rebounds. Eli Beachy added 7 and Nick Bahls had 5. The Vikings were led by Ryan Bruggeman (28 points) and Travis Haugen (15). The loss moves the Jackets to 5-1 on the season.

The JV team rolled to a comfortable 53-14 victory. Christian Weis led with 9 points followed by Jaden Anderson (8), Alec Meyer (7), Andy Hanson (6), and Nic Winkels (6). Cole Carignan, Zack Tellinghuisen, and Chris Kenntemich all added 4 points. Rounding out the scoring was Aaron Wilschewski (3) and Andrew Johnson (2). The win moves them to 5-1 on the season.

The C-Team marched to a 67-22 win. Austin King and Dart Montella led the way in scoring with 15 points each while Reid Moser with 9. Also contributing to the offensive explosion on the night was Noah Christenson (8), Aaron Solberg (5), and Hunter Kjelshus (5). Elias Hoffman, Tyler Mayfield and Tristan Groff each added 2 points. The win improves their record to 4-3 on the year.

The Jackets have a busy week with a trip to Breckenridge to face the Cowboys on Tuesday. They also host Barnesville on Friday night and Battle Lake on Saturday afternoon at the Prairie Wind Middle School.

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Perham 61, Crookston 46


The Yellowjackets met the Crookston Pirates on Saturday night at the Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham to make up the game cancelled by Thursday’s winter weather. The varsity squad jumped out to a big 34-17 lead at halftime. The Pirates played tough in the second half, but the Jackets managed to hold on for a 61-46 victory. The balanced scoring attack was led by Nick Bahls who had 14 points. Eli Beachy (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals) and Tyler Glines (8 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks) both filled the stat sheet with a terrific effort. Hunter Salathe (13 points, 4 rebounds) and Sam Muer (11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals). The win brings the Jackets to 4-0 with a tough week ahead (Tuesday at Crosby-Ironton and Friday against #7AA Pelican Rapids)

The JV also defeated Crookston 61-39. They were led with three scorers in double digits – Chris Kenntemich and Christian Weis with 13 points along with Jaden Anderson (11). Andy Hanson had 9 points in the second half. Nearly every player scored for the JV squad as they move to 3-1 on the year.

The C-Team faced a tough Crookston squad and was defeated 50-43. After being down 11 points with 7 minutes to go, they made a big run to cut the lead to 1 in the last two minutes of the game. They couldn’t get a bucket and were handed their third loss of the season. They are currently 3-3 on the year.

Earlier in the day, the 9th grade traveled to Fergus Falls for the 43rd annual Freshman basketball tournament. In the first game, the Jackets got off to a slow start offensively against Morris leading 18-10. The defense picked up in the second half and they cruised to a 36-17 victory to advance to the championship game against Fergus Falls. The Jackets scoring was quite balanced – Reid Moser led with 9, followed by Noah Christenson (8). Aaron Solberg and Dart Montella each chipped in 7.

The second game was a tail of two halves. After falling behind early, the Jackets battled back to within 3 at halftime. A few stops and easy baskets by the Otters to start the 2nd half broke the game open and the Jackets lost 58-41. Reid Moser once again led in scoring with 18 pts followed by Noah Christenson with 13. Reid Moser and Dart Montella were named to the all-tournament team.

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Perham 83, Wadena DC 53


The Yellowjackets varsity moved to 3-0 on the year with an 83-53 win over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Monday night. The Jackets were led offensively by Nick Bahls who had 25 points on 7-11 3-pt shooting. Also contributing double digit points for the Jackets was Hunter Salathe (14 pts, 7 boards) and Chris Kenntemich (13 points, 3 assists). Also scoring was Eli Beachy (8 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds), Christian Weis (7 pts), Sam Muer (6 pts, 6 reb), Jaden Anderson (6 pts). Jamie Hietala (2 pts) and Trey Moberg (2 pts, 4 reb) finished up the scoring.

The JV team moved to 2-1 after a 49-12 win. They were led by Jaden Anderson who scored 12 points in the 1st half, Andy Hanson (7 pts), Aaron Wilschewski (6) and Chris Kenntemich, Nic Winkels, and Andrew Johnson each with 5 pts.

The C-team moved to 2-1 with a 69-26 win behind 23 points from Austin King. Aaron Solberg and Reid Moser chipped in with 10 points while Tyler Mayfield added 9 points off the bench.

The Jackets return to action on Thursday against one of the top teams in the northern half of the section in the Crookston Pirates. The JV (PWMS) and C-Team (PACC) kick off the action at 6 pm followed by the varsity at 7:30 at Prairie Wind Middle School.

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Perham 55, Breck 52


The Yellowjackets varsity moved to 2-0 on the season with a 55-52 victory over the Breck Mustangs Saturday afternoon at the Anoka-Ramsey CC Showcase. The Jackets jumped out to a 36-25 lead in the first half. Breck climbed back to within 1 but at 44-43 but never led in the second half.

The Jackets were led in scoring by posts Hunter Salathe and Sam Muer who had 17 and 16. Eli Beachy chipped in 10 points while Nick Bahls added 9. As a team, the Jackets shot 61% from the floor and had 21 rebounds (Muer 5, Glines 5) along with 15 assists (Glines 5, Beachy 5)

The JV fell to 1-1 with a 50-49 loss to Moorhead. Jaden Anderson led all scores with 18 points. Also scoring for the Jackets was Zack Tellinghuisen (8), Christian Weiss (8), Aaron Wilschewski (6), Chris Kenntemich (4), Cole Carignan (2), Nic Winkels (2) and Andy Hanson (1).

The C-Team also fell to 1-1 with a loss to Minneapolis South 56-51. Noah Christenson led the Jackets with 18 points. Also scoring for the Jackets was Dart Montella (13), Austin King (11), Aaron Solberg (4), and Hunter Kjelshus (4).

All 3 squads return to action on Monday when Wadena-Deer Creek comes to town. The Jv and C-team play at 6 with varsity to follow at 7:30.

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