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 tennis team split a pair of matches with the Section 8A rivals on May 10 at the Perham Tennis Courts. The Yellowjackets cruised to a 6-1 victory against Detroit Lakes, before falling to Thief River Falls 4-3. It was a day of key matches for the Yellowjackets against teams anticipated to make a deep run in the section team tournament. The Yellowjackets took all four singles matches against the Lakers and won two of the three doubles events.
The Perham boys track and field team will be returning to the track at Stillwater for the first time since 2014 after securing the Section 8AA True Team Championship on May 8 in Fergus Falls. It was a narrow margin but the Yellowjackets pulled past Detroit Lakes late in the meet, edging the defending champions by 8.5 points, capturing their first True Team title since 2014.
For the second straight Section 8AA True Team Championships, Pequot Lakes Patriots edged out the Perham Yellowjackets for a trip to the Class AA True Team Championships on May 8 in Fergus Falls. The Patriots finished the event with 501 points, while Perham was second with 433 points. Pierz came in third with 410.50 points, while Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes rounded out the top five.
The Perham Yellowjackets finished third in a strong field of golfers at the Park Rapids Girls Golf Invitational at the Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids, Minn., on May 7. Kolbey Bormann earned fifth place honors individually and the Yellowjackets finished with a round of 356. Detroit Lakes led the way, capturing the crown with a round of 316. Bemidji ended in second place with a 344. Crookston came in fourth, followed by Roseau in fifth.
The Perham boys golf team got their first look at the Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids, Minn., on May 4 for the Panther Invitational. It is the same course that the subsection tournament takes place on and the Yellowjackets were able to learn a little more about the course during the meet.
It’s now seven straight wins for the Perham tennis team after they earned a narrow 4-3 victory over Alexandria and a 7-0 victory over St. Cloud Apollo on May 3 in Alexandria. The Yellowjackets claimed three singles events, while taking one doubles match to secure the win. Every match on the court was tight between the Cardinals and the Yellowjackets. It was a big test for the Perham squad, who is hoping to make waves in the Section 8A tournament this season.
It’s becoming a familiar sight to see the Perham Yellowjackets at the top of the Heart O’Lakes Conference leaderboard. The Perham girls golf team went wire-to-wire last season and appear to be on their way again in the 2018 season.
It was home course advantage for the Barnesville Trojans when they cruised to a Heart O’Lakes Conference boys golf victory on May 3. The Trojans ran away with first place, finishing the day with an 18 stroke victory over Hawley. The Trojans captured top honors with a 307, while Hawley was second at 325. Perham was third, for the third straight HOL event, finishing with a round of 330. Pelican Rapids followed in fourth, while Breckenridge was fifth.
Perham ninth-grader Jada Olsen has already made her mark at the state gymnastics level. Now she is hoping to make her mark at the national level. Olsen qualified for the USAG Level 9 Western Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 4-6.
The Perham track and field teams picked up their second consecutive sweep as they came home with the crowns at the United Clay-Becker Booster Invitational in Hawley on May 1. The depth of the Yellowjackets proved to be too much for the rest of the field as they cruised to the titles in both the girls and boys events.