Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years.
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The decision has been made and the weight is off the shoulders of Perham wrestler Ty Moser. Moser announced on Oct. 18 that he will further his wrestling career and education at North Dakota State University. The two-time third place Class AA finisher and 150-match winner said it came down to North Dakota State University, Duke and Stanford. He said it was relieving and exciting to make the announcement.
Both the Perham Yellowjackets and the Barnesville Trojans were hoping to gain momentum heading into their respective playoffs when they squared off for the Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship on Oct. 16.
The Perham boys cross country running team wrapped up the 2018 regular season with a top finish at the Bemidji Invitational at the Greenwood Golf Course in Bemidji on Oct. 16. The Yellowjackets finished first with 44 points and bested Moorhead, who finished second with 57 points. Bemidji was third with 71, while East Grand Forks was fourth followed by Crosby-Ironton in fifth place.
The Perham girls cross country team closed the season with a first place finish at the annual Bemidji Invitational at the Greenwood Golf Course in Bemidji on Oct. 16. Perham finished with 43 points, while Moorhead was second with 57 points. Staples-Motley finished in third place with 86 points, followed by Bemidji and East Grand Forks in fourth and fifth place.
The Perham/New York Mills/Henning girls swimming and diving team took to the road for a meet at Glenwood when they squared off with Minnewaska/Morris. The Yellowjackets were edged out by a slim margin, 100-81, as they approach the end of their regular season on Oct. 16. Perham/NYM/Henning head coach Jensen Maiden said the girls are right around where they should be at this time of the season. She said they cut 71.65 seconds as a team and set 25 personal records during the meet.
The Perham football team closed out the regular season with a convincing 50-16 victory over the Park Rapids Area Panthers on in Park Rapids on Oct. 18. The Yellowjackets used a 30 point outburst in the third quarter to put away the penalty riddled Panthers. The Panthers were flagged for an astounding 15 penalties for 144 yards in the game.
Jenson Beachy passed for four touchdowns and the Perham special teams added 16 points as the Yellowjackets cruised to a 46-13 victory over the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels at the Ted Meinhover Field in Perham on Oct. 12. Perham exploded for 20 points in the first seven minutes of the game and rebounded when the Rebels made their run in the second quarter.
The Perham/New York Mills girls tennis teams’ bid for a Section 8A Championship came to a close when they were defeated by East Grand Forks 7-0 in the Section 8A semifinals at Courts Plus in Fargo, N.D., on Oct. 11.
The Perham volleyball team made a slight lineup change during the week and a couple of key adjustments during the match helped the Yellowjackets earn a grueling 25-12, 25-21, 20-25, 21-25 and 15-13 victory over Hawley in Hawley on Oct. 11.
Perham’s Liz Birkeland reached the podium at the Class A State Track and Field meet last spring and the eighth grader hasn’t slowed down since. She added her first career Heart O’Lakes Conference Individual championship, helping the Yellowjackets to their 15th straight title at the Birchwood Golf Course in Pelican Rapids on Oct. 9. “It was great. When you got done with that big hill, you knew that you could do this because there were no more big hills,” Birkeland said of the final stretch of the race.