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Basketball: Youth girls basketball players from Perham, WDC and Hawley play at the Target Center

Sixth and seventh-grade girls basketball players traveled to Minneapolis on Friday to play games at the Target Center before the final Minnesota Lynx home game.

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Seventh grade youth basketball players from Peham played in a game against Wadena-Deer Creek at the Target Center on Aug. 12, 2022 before the final Minnesota Lynx regular-season home game.
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PERHAM – Youth girls basketball players traveled to Minneapolis on Friday to play at the Target Center before the final Minnesota Lynx home games of the regular season.

Sixth graders from Perham and Hawley and seventh graders from Perham and Wadena played on the floor at the Target Center before attending the final WNBA home game in Minnesota this summer. Roughly 25 girls from the Hawley, Perham and Wadena areas played on the big stage.

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Seventh grade youth basketball players from Wadena-Deer Creek played in a game against Perham at the Target Center on Aug. 12, 2022 before the final Minnesota Lynx regular-season home game.
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"It was just like how the Lynx play,” said Erin Gjerde, a Perham parent. “The girls got to hear their name be called like they would for the starting lineup. They also heard their name every time they scored. It was super fun to hear, and I know they had a ball.”

Many of the girls stayed for the Lynx game a few hours later. Despite a 96-69 loss to the Seattle Storm, area players witnessed the final home game for WNBA legend Sylvia Fowls. A few kids also met star guard Sue Bird before tip-off.

“They were all smiles,” Gjerde said of the whole experience. “They were super thrilled to be there. The game got picked up by ESPN, so they had a lot more security and stuff. We had to hurry up and take quick pictures before they got off the court. But when they walked off, they were super thrilled and happy to be there. As a parent, to see your child out there was even better.”

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‘We’re already planning for next year. We want to take more girls and more teams. There was another game after us between Blaine and Edina. We’re hoping to take some younger girls and older girls next time.”

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Perham's Quinn Hanson get an autograph from the legendary Sue Bird on Aug. 12, 2022 before the final Minnesota Lynx regular-season home game. Youth basketball players from Perham, Hawley and Wadena-Deer Creek played basketball games hours before the Lynx tipped off at the Target Center.
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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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