He started going to games there as a child because his father, Sivert, had played football there when he was in college. It was also where he met Caleb’s mother, so the family connection to the school is strong. As Perham athletic director Erin Anderson said, Caleb is carrying on a proud family tradition, and his father couldn’t be more proud.
“We are very proud, excited, and humbled,” Sivert said. “I can’t wait to see games again at Sherman Field; it will be fun to see my son play on the same field I did.”
Caleb Lung is pictured with his father, Sivert Lung, after signing a National Letter of Intent to play Division II football at Michigan Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Sivert also played football at Michigan Tech, and the signing marked the realization of a goal Caleb set for himself in elementary school. Meghan Perry
Caleb’s love for the game is obvious. When asked what his favorite memory was, he said, “It’s probably the butterflies you get before kickoff.”
Yellowjackets football coach Kyle Knutson said it has been fun to watch Caleb transform his body and elevate his play over the years, anchoring the Yellowjackets defensive line. “The football program is so proud of him and what he brought to the program.” Caleb had 23 tackles and three sacks in the 2018-2019 seasons seasons. He had seven tackles in 2020 before the season ended early because of COVID.
Two other Perham athletes also signed letters of intent. Elijah Morris will play basketball at Concordia College in Moorhead, and Carson Hespe will run cross country and track at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Boys basketball coach Dave Cresap commented that Morris is one of the best players he’s ever coached.
“I’m just proud I got a chance to coach a kid who loves the game as much as he does,” Cresap said. “I’m so excited to watch him as a Cobber — that’s an astronomical feat to go to college and play in anything.”
Carson Hespe will run cross country and track at MSUM. He chose the school because of the coaching staff and team.
“They did such a good job of drawing me in,” Hespe said. “All the coaches there are really nice and then I met the team and it was a team I want to be on.”
Cross country head coach Jeff Morris talked about Hespe’s evolution as a runner, from his start on the team in seventh grade to the present day.
“When he first came out for cross country, it was like watching a giraffe run,” Morris said. “Now he’s probably the prettiest runner you’ll ever watch.”
One of Morris’s favorite memories of Hespe was watching him run in the state championship in 2019. “At the state meet, Carson passes four guys in the last 400 meters and basically secured the state championship for us,” Morris said.
All three student athletes were noted for their leadership, and Anderson praised all three and how they have represented the best of Perham High School. “Their representation for the Yellowjackets has meant a lot to us.”
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