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Published March 24, 2011, 12:32 PM

Perham basketball players visit their fallen teammate

St. Paul, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It's hard to top a 17-point win in the opening round of the Minnesota State basketball tournament, but Perham probably did today. The team boarded a bus, went to the hospital, and visited their fallen teammate Zach Gabbard.

By: JR Havens, WDAY

Last night, Zach made a surprise visit to the team at the state basketball tournament. The team repaid the favor with a visit to Bethesta Hospital in St. Paul, where they realized there is more to life than just X’s and O’s.

JORDAN HEIN - Perham Guard: “Its just, like I said, a miracle and it is just amazing just to see how well he is doing ever since he went down and it is so inspirational to see that he is coming back strong and doing great.”

DAN CAVANAGH - Perham Jr. Center: “He used to be there for us and now it’s kinda like we’re there for him all the time and it’s just really nice to get to see him and see him get better. We just really wanted to kinda get to see him and just talk because we didn’t really get to see him much or talk to him.”

The team brought a signed picture from the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton boys and girls basketball team and they talked about what normal teenagers talk about. They even go to play some card games. The Yellowjackets play tomorrow night against Waterville-Elysian-Morristown at 8 p-m.