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 Hawley Nuggets continued their impressive start to the season with a 54-48 home victory over the Perham Yellowjackets in a Heart O’Lakes Conference girls basketball game on Dec. 14 in Hawley. The Nuggets used a balanced attack to outlast the Yellowjackets. Paige Thompson led the way with 13 points, while Emily Tjaden finished with 10 points. Grace Grani had eight points, all coming in the first half.
The Perham Yellowjackets used stifling defense to wear down the Battle Lake Battlers in picking up a 68-29 victory on Dec. 15 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium. Offensively, the Yellowjackets didn’t have the same flash as they did in their 83-34 win over Frazee, but they executed and worked the ball around the floor, hitting the open shot. Perham dished out 16 assists in the win.
The ninth-ranked Perham Yellowjackets overwhelmed the Frazee Hornets in the first half and cruised to an 83-34 victory in their home opener on Dec. 14 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium.
The Perham wrestling team was back on the mats just two days removed from dominating the Grand Forks Sertoma Tournament when they squared off against Pelican Rapids and a newcomer to Section 8AA, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. The wear and tear of a busy week did not slow down the Yellowjackets when they cruised to a 48-19 victory over DGF and an 80-0 victory over Pelican Rapids on Dec. 12 in Glyndon.
The Perham Yellowjackets used a strong second half in holding off the Frazee Hornets 59-51 on Dec. 12 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium in Heart O’Lakes Conference girls basketball action. The Hornets held a two point lead at the half, 33-31, but the Yellowjackets shut down the Hornets in the second half, holding them to just 18 points.
The Perham Yellowjackets held off a surging Derek Dahlgren and the Breckenridge Cowboys, picking up a 75-70 victory over their Heart O’Lakes Conference rivals on Dec. 8 in Breckenridge. The victory gives the Yellowjackets the early edge in the Heart O’Lakes Conference Standings and sets up what should be an exciting rematch when the two teams meet again in February in Perham.
The Perham Yellowjackets blitzed the competition when they defeated Bemidji 46-22 and Thief River Falls 44-27 in a triangular wrestling meet in Bemidji on Dec. 7. The Yellowjackets started with a strong showing against their Section 8AA rival, Thief River Falls. The Yellowjackets won eight of the matches, claiming the victory in a potential section preview.
It was raining down 3-pointers at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium when the Perham Yellowjackets defeated Breckenridge, 65-53, in a Heart O’Lakes Conference clash on Dec. 7. Perham junior Lisa Meader led the way with 27 points, connecting on a school record eight 3-pointers in the win. “I thought we played really well as a team,” Meader said. “There were a couple of times that we did OK, but it was a team win.”
The Perham Yellowjackets used a dominant performance on defense as they cruised to an 80-34 victory over Little Falls on Dec. 5. The Yellowjackets held the Flyers to just 13 points in the second half of its non-conference boys basketball game. “Our intensity from the opening tip until almost the end of the game was really, really good,” Perham head coach Dave Cresap said. “We played hard for 36 minutes and the results really show.”
The fifth-ranked Class AA Perham wrestling team showcased its dominance in a battle of state participants from the 2016-17 season. The Yellowjackets cruised to a 49-19 victory over the Moorhead Spuds in their dual meet home opener on Dec. 5.