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 fifth-ranked Perham wrestling team was put to the test during their season opener when they traveled to St. Michael-Albertville on Dec. 2 for an opening tournament. The Yellowjackets finished third overall out of eight teams in a hotly contested field. Perennial power St. Michael-Albertville came away with the team title with 210.5 points, while Forest Lake was second with 209.5 points. Perham finished third with 195 points. Waconia and St. Cloud Tech rounded out the top five of the event.
The Perham Yellowjackets have felt comfortable at the Crookston High School gymnasium the past two seasons. Last year, the Yellowjackets walloped the Pirates to open the season. This year, the Yellowjackets came away with a 62-40 victory over Crookston in their 2017-18 season opener on Dec. 1. While the score wasn’t as lopsided as last year’s meeting, the result was the same. The Yellowjackets used stifling defense, holding Crookston to just 18 second half points as they pulled away for the win.
The state-ranked Barnesville Trojans (2-0, 1-0) took advantage of Perham turnovers, earning a 53-45 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets in the girls basketball Heart O’Lakes Conference opener for both teams on Nov. 30 in Perham. Nicole Herbranson led all scorers for the Trojans when she poured in 16 points. Andria McIntyre finished with 13 in the win for the Trojans, who are ranked 18th in the latest Minnesota Basketball News Poll.
A remarkable year continued for senior Carson Speicher when he signed his National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14 to run collegiately for Minnesota State University-Moorhead and rejoin a pair of Yellowjacket teammates. Speicher becomes the third Yellowjacket in two years to join the Dragon program. Speicher joins Hunter Kjelshus and Jacob Dickerson, who are currently freshmen at Moorhead. Also, he will run at the same school his older brother, Brady, ran at.
The target is squarely on the back of the Perham Yellowjacket wrestling team and it’s a position they are used to having. The Yellowjackets kick off the new season in a new tournament when they travel to St. Michael-Albertville to take part in a season-opening Invite on Friday, Dec. 2 at 10:45 a.m.
The 2017-18 gymnastics season kicks off with a bang for the Perham Yellowjackets. The Yellowjackets play host to the 14th annual Jackie Mann Gymnastics Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium.
The Perham Yellowjackets used a stifling defensive attack on their way to a 48-25 victory over the Verndale Pirates on Nov. 28 in their season opener. Both teams struggled to get their shots to drop in a typical season opener. The Yellowjackets finally gained some traction midway through the first half, using a 12-0 run to start the game.
The Perham Yellowjacket baseball program will have a familiar face at the helm when they take to the diamond during the 2018 baseball season. Perham-Dent High School named James Mulcahy the new head coach. He takes over the reins from the departed Kyle Van Dyke, who led the program to the Section 8AA Championship game.
Perham/New York Mills sophomore diver, Dena Fischer, made history when she advanced to the Class A State Championships on Nov. 11 in Grand Rapids, Minn. Fischer became the second diver in program history to advance to the state meet when she earned a fourth place finish in Grand Rapids. “It feels really good,” Fischer said. “A lot of hard work went into it.”
Heading into the final stretch, the Perham Yellowjackets were trailing second-ranked Winona Cotter by four team points. However, a final spurt from the back of the Yellowjacket pack helped them surge to the front, securing the Class A Championship by one point on Nov. 4 at St. Olaf College. The Yellowjackets finished with 86 points, while Winona Cotter came in second with 87 points. Annandale finished third with 131 points. Stewartville and defending champion, Fairmont, rounded out the top five.