As you know, I grew up in Perham, played football, basketball and baseball. Perham is home. Although I hadn’t followed the Perham high school sports scene in recent years, when the Zach Gabbard story broke, I was suddenly very much interested. I suddenly was back on the bandwagon. For their dream season to play out as it did, culminating in a state championship, was incredible. And now, Brent Hanson has worked on putting the story into an incredible movie that will be coming soon! I’ve seen some of the trailers, and it is going to be great!
The Perham boys basketball team had played basketball for over 80 season. And for 80 seasons, not once had they made a trip to the state basketball tournament. From 2005-2011, Perham has been the top ranked public school in the MSHSL Challenge Cup – a statewide, year-long competition scored on success in section and state fine arts and athletic tournaments. Yet the basketball team hadn’t yet joined that success.
This year looked to be different, though. Returning most of the players from a 20-win season a year ago, the goals were high for the Perham basketball team.
After starting the season a perfect 12-0, the team destined for greatness suffered a major setback when they nearly lost the leading scorer on the team for good when junior Zach Gabbard suffered a cardiac arrest during a basketball game on January 20th.
“FOR THREE”, a new documentary set to be released on July 14th, is the actual story, as told by the players and coaches, of the season too unbelievable to be true. Except for the fact that it is. “FOR THREE” provides a unique behind the scenes view of the exciting start of the season, the unbelievable conclusion, and every emotion in between.
“FOR THREE” was written and directed by Perham assistant coach Brent Hanson who, ironically enough, has lived through two cardiac arrests while playing and coaching basketball.
100% of the proceeds raised from “FOR THREE” will be donated to the Zach Gabbard Fund and to Perham Boys Basketball.
“FOR THREE” debuts at the Comet Theater in Perham, MN on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 7:30 pm followed by an encore presentation on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm. In addition, dvd’s will be available to purchase online at www.forthreemovie.com.
More information about the film and the “For Three” trailer can be found at: www.forthreemovie.com.
If you would like any more information, or have any questions for myself or Brent Hanson, please leave your comments here, or feel free to e-mail me and I will pass it along to Brent.