He sat in the front row of Section 131 at Target Center, cheering on the Perham Yellowjackets two years after a heart condition sent him to the sidelines en route to the Class AA state championship. Now, in an interview, Zach Gabbard gives an update on his progress and his hopes to play basketball again.
Gabbard described the recovery progress after he collapsed in January 2011 and the support of the Perham community. "It was very long. Played a big part in the recovery process."
He also looked back at playing for Yellowjacket head coach Dave Cresap. "He's a great guy. A great coach too. Knows a lot about basketball."
Gabbard also gave his views on this year's Perham team that advanced to state for the third straight year. " I was very proud of them," Gabbard said.
There was also a documentary made about the former Perham player titled "For Three." Gabbard did see the movie and said "It was a great movie. I really liked it."
Two years after graduating from Perham, Gabbard served as student manager for the M State Fergus Falls men's basketball team that took third place in the state tournament. "Not too bad," Gabbard said.
He hopes to try out for the team next season but first he has to get stronger. Gabbard is also considering attending Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Can Gabbert make a comeback after heart trouble ended his career two years ago? He might be in a Fergus Falls uniform next season.