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 Breckenridge Cowboys held of the previously undefeated and No. 3 ranked Perham Yellowjackets in the second half, capturing the Section 8AA Championship for the second straight year with a 47-39 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets at the Memorial Auditorium at Concordia-Moorhead.
The Perham Yellowjackets used a dominant defensive effort and a balanced offensive attack, advancing into the Section 8AA Championship game for the third straight year. The Yellowjackets took control early in the second half, pulling away for a 62-39 victory over the Osakis Silverstreaks at Moorhead High School on March 12.
An 11-0 run in the first half was a sign of things to come for the No.3 ranked Perham Yellowjackets when they defeated the East Grand Forks Green Wave 83-63 in the Section 8AA quarterfinals at Concordia College on March 10. “We started out like gangbusters and then we let up and let them back into the game and it was a relatively close game at halftime,” Perham head coach Dave Cresap said. “I knew their pressure was going to come out and get us and we were going to attack down hill and we did.”
A second half run for the Perham Yellowjackets allowed the South Subsection’s No. 1 seed to pull away for a 49-27 victory in their Section 8AA boys basketball opener with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at the Prairie Wind Middle School on March 8. Jenson Beachy and Josh Jeziorski led the way for the Yellowjackets. Beachy finished with 22 points, while Josh Jeziorski finished with 17 points.
The Perham wrestling team talked about building upon its foundation and using the state tournament as a showcase. The Yellowjackets showcased their growth with three wrestlers reaching the podium in the Class AA Championships. Owen Werner, Zach Peterson and Ty Moser captured third place honors in dominant fashion in their final matches of the season. Werner captured a fall win at 106, while Peterson earned a pin at 182 and Moser followed with a pin at 195.
The Perham boys basketball team overcame a slow start to cap off an undefeated regular season with a 59-54 victory over Pequot Lakes on March 2 in Pequot Lakes. The host Patriots gave the Yellowjackets a rude welcome when they raced out a 14-2 lead in the first half.
Owen Werner, Ty Moser and Zach Peterson’s hopes for a Class AA Individual Championship are still alive after quarterfinal round wins at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on March 2.
It was a strong start for the Perham wrestling team when they sent five of seven wrestlers through to the Class AA quarterfinals after the opening round on Friday morning at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Perham’s Owen Werner, Leighton Rach, Dawson Kellogg, Zach Peterson and Ty Moser are through to the quarterfinals. They will wrestle again at 4 p.m.
Four players finished in double figures when the Perham Yellowjackets advanced in the Section 8AA girls basketball playoffs with a 76-51 first round win over Staples-Motley on March 1 in Perham. Gabby DeBoer paced the Yellowjackets with 19 points. The senior entered the game needing three points to join the 1,000 point club. She picked up the points early in the first half. The senior found herself at the free throw line early and often in the game. She was 10 of 13 from the line in the first half.
The Perham Yellowjackets secured their best finish in the Class AA wrestling tournament since 2008 when they finished fourth at the Class AA Championships at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on March 1.