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 girls cross country team showcased why they are one of the top teams in the state when they finished 12th at the St. Olaf Showcase in Northfield, Minn., on Aug. 30. The Yellowjackets the top-ranked team in Class A finished with 388 points. Wayzata finished first with a score of 45 points. St. Michael-Albertville came in second with 72 points. Mountain View was third with 134 points, followed by Forest Lake in fourth and Minneapolis Washburn in fifth.
For much of the night, it appeared the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team was going to be a trivia answer to the question, who lost the first game in Perham’s new high school gymnasium? However, the Wolverines rallied and stunned the Yellowjackets 5-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23, 17-15 to spoil the home opener on Aug. 30 in Perham.
Two former gridiron rivals will square off for the first time in 12 years when the Perham Yellowjackets host the Frazee Hornets, kicking off the 2018 football season at the Ted Meinhover Field in Perham on Aug. 31.
Volleyball is a game of momentum and it was the Thief River Falls Prowlers who seized it late in their 25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 24-26, 15-10 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets in Thief River Falls on Aug. 28 to start the season.
The Perham/New York Mills swimming and diving team began its new season with the annual Laker Pentathlon at the Detroit Lakes Community Center on Aug. 27. The annual event is an introductory meet to competitive swimming for first time swimmers and a nice warm-up for veteran swimmers to kick off their season.
The Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team finished in seventh place in the annually tough Crookston Booster Tournament on Aug. 25 in Crookston. Hibbing captured the title at the tournament with 27 points. Moorhead came in second with 25 points. Crookston finished third with 19 points, even with New London-Spicer. Detroit Lakes was fifth with 18 points. East Grand Forks, Perham/New York Mills and Wadena-Deer Creek rounded out the field.
The top-ranked Perham girls cross country team found itself in a familiar spot after the Spartan Duals on Aug 25 at Bluestem in Fargo. The Yellowjackets’ depth was on display throughout the event as they captured wins in every duel of the day.
Perham’s Brandon O’Hara ran out in front and set the standard for the field at the Spartan Duals at Bluestem in Fargo on Aug. 25. O’Hara helped spark the Perham victory when he was one of five Perham finishers in the top-10.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of a zebra mussel in East Silent Lake in Otter Tail County. A property owner contacted the DNR after finding a one-half inch zebra mussel attached to a native mussel near a dock in about two feet of water. DNR staff conducted follow-up searches of more than 1,500 objects in East Silent Lake and found no additional zebra mussels. The lake will be added to the infested waters list, because the DNR verified the initial report. The lake will be monitored for additional zebra mussels.
A good crowd was on hand for Perham’s first look at the 2018 football squad with the annual Black and Gold Scrimmage at Ted Meinhover Field in Perham on Aug. 22. The annual event gives parents and fans an opportunity to get an early glimpse at the Yellowjackets before they compete in their first scrimmages in Barnesville on Aug. 25 and their first game competition when they host the Frazee Hornets on Aug. 31.