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Published March 27, 2011, 10:36 AM

A proud and loud Perham community welcomes the team back home

Perham, Minn. (WDAY Sports) - Yesterday, the Perham boy’s basketball team capped their storybook season with a first ever State Championship. Today, a proud and loud Perham community welcomed the team back home.

By: JR Havens, WDAY

The state championship celebration began with the team's special One Clap for Zach tribute. Today was not only about celebration but closure as well.

Dave Cresap - Perham Head Coach: "Closes this adventure, this journey that we were on. We set that journey a long time ago that we were going to get to this point. Then when Zach went down, it was even more of an emphasis for us. It’s a thrill to be part of this and to end it with a State Championship is simply amazing."

Desmine Duffy - Perham Senior Forward: "Icing on the cake really. I've been dreaming about this since I started basketball in 4th grade. It’s just amazing. Next year when I come back and watch these guys play… to look up on that wall and see that state basketball tournament banner it’s going to be amazing."

Next season Yellowjacket fans will see not just one, but two new banners hanging here at their home court.

"Over there in the corner, its going to say Minnesota State Coach of the Year - Boys Basketball - Dave Cresap.

Dave Cresap - Perham Head Coach: “It feels good for me, but you know what it goes out to the kids. The kids do all the work. I’m happy for it, but I want all the honors to go to those kids.”

The celebration ended with one final clap for Zach and of course a Mohawk haircut for the 2011 Minnesota State Coach of the Year.