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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Carter Cresap finished the game with two points, but it was the biggest two points as Perham held off Hawley 49-48 to remain undefeated on Feb. 13 in Hawley. Cresap took a feed from Jenson Beachy and hit the layup with 25 seconds remaining in the second half, giving Perham the one-point lead. The Yellowjackets’ defense rose to the occasion in the final seconds when Finn Diggins blocked a last second shot attempt, securing their 22nd straight win.
The Perham/New York Mills boys swimming team wrapped up the regular season portion of its schedule with the annual Mid-State Conference Championships on Feb. 9 in Park Rapids, Minn. The Yellowjackets finished with 307 points for third place. Park Rapids claimed the title with 713 points, while Detroit Lakes came in second with 591 points.
The perfect season is still alive for the Menahga Braves girls basketball team when they defeated Perham 59-46 in a non-conference clash in Menahga on Feb. 12. The leaders of the Park Region Conference picked up their 21st straight victory with the win. The Braves have dominated the competition during the season with their closest game being a nine-point victory over New York Mills earlier in the season. The 13-point loss for the Yellowjackets is the third closest game Menahga has played all season long.
A last second 3-point attempt by Rockford’s Nick Manthana was no-good and the Perham Yellowjackets held off the surging Rockford Rockets 57-54, picking up their 21st straight on Feb. 10.
The Hawley Nuggets continued the Perham girls basketball team’s struggles in the Heart O’Lakes Conference with a 59-45 victory on Feb. 9 in Perham. It’s the Yellowjackets fourth straight loss to an HOL rival, which dropped them to 4-5 in conference play.
The Perham boys basketball team picked up its 20th straight win of the season with an 89-32 victory over the Frazee Hornets on Feb. 9 in Frazee. It was a balanced scoring night for the Yellowjackets, who rolled out to a 54-17 first half lead and cruised to the road win. Jenson Beachy finished with 17 points, while Martin LaFond and Finn Diggins chipped in with 11 each. Ben Winkels added nine points as well. The Yellowjackets had 13 players record points in the victory.
Park Rapids Area goalie Kylee Pachel didn’t make many mistakes, but when she was called for a tripping penalty with three minutes and 25 seconds left, it was no surprise that she would make up for it. The junior goalie kicked aside 51 shots in helping the Panthers stun the Detroit Lakes Lakers 5-4 in the Section 8A quarterfinals at the Kent Freeman Arena on Feb. 8.
Gabby DeBoer and Mesa Schultz dominated the interior, while Kolbey Bormann, Lisa Meader and Rachel Muer were hitting from the outside when the Perham Yellowjackets rolled to an 84-56 victory over Sebeka on Senior Night on Feb. 5. “It was fun. It was a nice night to have our seniors be honored. We have been in a little funk and it was nice to get out of it,” Perham head coach T.J. Super said. “We played confidently and jumped all over them early, which made it a lot more fun.”
With the Breckenridge Cowboys surging in the second half, the Yellowjackets relied on a reliable trio. Jenson Beachy, Martin LaFond and Josh Jeziorski came up with key buckets in the second half and closed it out at the free throw line, earning a 69-62 victory on Feb. 2 in Perham. Beachy finished the game with 23 points, while Josh Jeziorski finished with 18 and Martin LaFond added 17.
Gabby DeBoer poured in 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, however, the Perham Yellowjackets dropped a Heart O’Lakes Conference contest to Breckenridge 47-42 on Feb. 1 in Breckenridge.