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 pole vaulting trio of Ashley Hokanson, Sydney Bahls and Shalie Lipp pulled off a rare feat when all three of them competed at the Class A Championships on June 9 at Hamline University. Hokanson captured the championship, while Bahls came in fourth place and Lipp finished in 10th place. For Bahls, it was a nice end to a stellar career with the Yellowjackets. The senior was happy to reach the podium at the state’s biggest event.
Perham junior Ashley Hokanson continues to rewrite the school record book. In just her second year of competing in the pole vault she added the state’s top prize to her trophy case. Hokanson cleared 11 feet, seven inches to capture the Class A Championship. “I didn’t think I would ever win,” Hokanson said. “I just go out there and try to do my best. Winning is a treat.”
Perham senior Martin LaFond was not happy with his performance in the triple jump portion of the opening night of the Class A Championships. However, he was plenty happy with his performance in the long jump, capturing the Class A title with a leap of 22 feet, 3.75 inches on June 9 at Klas Field at Hamline University. “From last night to this morning, I had one thing on my mind,” LaFond said. “(Which was) to go out there and win state.”
Competing on a big stage can be a daunting task for many athletes. Perham seventh-grader, Liz Birkeland, was not fazed by the large crowd at the Class A Championships when she earned her first career medal with a seventh place finish in the 3200 meter run at Hamline University on June 8. After the race, she said she was sort of nervous but excited for the race. She said it was great and now is excited to take a break.
The Perham baseball team seems to be real comfortable with their backs against the wall and facing elimination. The Yellowjackets won their third straight elimination game with a 4-1 victory over Park Rapids Area and a 12-0 thrashing of the Frazee Hornets on June 5 in Park Rapids Area.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers have built up a solid lead during the Section 8AA Boys Golf Championships at the Bemidji Town and Country Club on June 4 after the first day of the two-day event. The Lakers hold a 16 stroke advantage heading into day two. They finished day one with a round of 311, followed by Fergus Falls with a 327. Roseau sits in third with a 335.
The Perham Girls golf team found itself in third place in one of the toughest section tournament fields on Monday, June 4 at the Bemidji Town and Country Club for the Section 8AA Championships. The Yellowjackets fired a round of 350 on a sunny day in Bemidji, which has them behind Crookston and Detroit Lakes. The Lakers are well on their way to defending their section and state title when they finished the day with a round of 320. Crookston was second with 347.
Nick Lindberg was sharp on the mound and the Perham offense came up with timely two-out hits as they defeated Pequot Lakes 6-0 in an Section 8AA elimination game at Krueger Field on June 1. Lindberg was in command, scattering five hits while striking out nine batters in his complete game effort. He did not walk a batter and rarely found himself in any trouble against the No. 1 seed from the south. He allowed only two base runners to reach second base and one to reach third in the winning effort.
The Perham Yellowjackets will have a strong contingent of athletes at the Class A Championships after qualifying athletes in 11 different events from the Section 6A Championships in Glenwood on May 31. It continues a trend for the Yellowjackets as they have a deep program thats known for making a splash at the state meet. The Perham boys captured the team title, while the girls team came in second place.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team stamped its name into the Section 8AA Winner’s Bracket final with a pair of wins over Perham, 8-7, and Frazee, 5-1, on May 31 at Krueger Field in Perham.