PERHAM - For the first time in six years, the Perham Yellowjackets are heading to Minnesota high school baseball's big dance.

Perham defeated Wadena-Deer Creek on Thursday June 6 to secure the Section 8AA title, and their spot in the Minnesota high school baseball state tournament.

Perham has made the state tournament nine times, most recently in 2013, where they fell to Kasson-Mantorville 8-1.

The current squad is well-aware of the program's former glories.

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For them, it's now time to write their own chapter in Perham history.

Sophomore pitcher Noah Rooney and junior infielder/pitcher Maddux Kovash are at the frontlines of the Yellowjacket's success.

Rooney is 6-1, with 83 strikeouts this season, while Kovash is batting .438.

"I played with a lot of guys on older teams and they tell me about those experiences," said Kovash. "I know it's going to be a lot to look forward to."

Senior catcher Carter Mulcahy's brother Cameron, was also part of Perham's 2013 team.

"He told me how great of an experience it is," said Carter. "I'm just super excited to go down there and show everyone what we have."

The Yellowjackets play Paynesville at 12:30 in St. Cloud on Thursday June 13.