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 Perham baseball team excelled in all three phases of the game when it advanced with a 10-0 victory over Staples-Motley on May 29 at Krueger Field in Perham in the opening round of the Section 8AA playoffs. Noah Rooney set the tone defensively in the first inning. He robbed Brayden Christensen of a single with a diving catch and turned it into a double play getting the runner at first. He followed it up with another diving catch, taking the wind out of an excited Staples-Motley crowd.
The Perham girls golf team found themselves on the mountain top of the Heart O’Lakes Conference, winning the conference crown with a pair of tournament wins at the Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes on May 24.
The Perham boys golf team finished the 2018 Heart O’Lakes Conference season with a third place finish at the HOL Championships at the Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes on May 24. Barnesville went wire-to-wire, capturing the HOL team title. They finished first with a 317. Hawley was second with a 329. Perham and Pelican Rapids shared third place honors. They both came into the clubhouse with rounds of 352. Breckenridge followed with a 376 for fifth place.
The Perham baseball team closed the 2018 regular season with a long bus trip and a pair of wins when they defeated Roseau and Warroad to close out the regular season on May 24 in Roseau. The Yellowjackets finished the regular season with a 15-4 mark overall and earned the No. 2 seed for the Section 8AA playoffs, which begin on Tuesday, May 29 at Krueger Field when the Yellowjackets host former conference foe, Staples-Motley. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
The Perham softball team had its season come to a close when they were defeated by the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels 11-1 and Pequot Lakes 11-8 in the Section 8AA playoffs in Frazee on May 24. Mistakes plagued the Yellowjackets and their chances against both the Rebels and the Patriots when they combined to commit 13 errors in two games.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team split a pair of potential playoff previews on May 22 when they defeated Perham 2-0, before falling to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 2-1 in Wadena. Both games featured dominant pitching, but no one was more dominant than Wadena-DC senior Jake Dykhoff. The ace of the Wolverines and perhaps much of Northern Minnesota was locked in against the Yellowjackets.
When Perham’s Grace Minten stepped to the plate in the fourth inning, she wasn’t thinking about a home run, yet, that’s what she did. The sophomore catcher delivered the game’s biggest hit when she took a pitch over the centerfield fence, helping Perham to a 4-2 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek in the Section 8AA playoffs at Arvig Park in Perham.
In its third year since being resurrected as a program, the Perham tennis team made its biggest leap as a program by reaching the Section 8A Championship on May 22 when they squared off against Thief River Falls in Thief River Falls. The Yellowjackets were stopped short of taking another step when the Prowlers earned a 5-2 victory over the Yellowjackets in Perham’s first ever appearance in the section final.
The Perham tennis team rolled through Fergus Falls 6-1 and East Grand Forks 5-2 to advance to the Section 8A Championship during the opening day of the Section 8A tennis tournament in Thief River Falls on May 21. The Yellowjackets will face Thief River Falls on May 22 at 10 a.m. for the Section 8A Championship and a trip to the Class A State Tournament. The Yellowjackets were defeated by Thief River Falls in a narrow dual, 4-3.
Both the Perham Yellowjackets and the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels had an inning they would like to take back during their doubleheader at Krueger Field on May 21. Unfortunately for both teams, that one inning cost each team in their split. The Yellowjackets walked off with a 2-1 win in game one, while DGF took game two, 3-0.