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 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.
Perham’s Charlie Rasmussen and Philip Guck stamped their name into the Section 8AA Championships with qualifying performances at the South Sub-Section Championship on May 30 at the Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids, Minn.
Consistency has been key for the Perham girls golf team and they continued that with a second place finish at the South Sub-Section 8AA Championships on May 30 at the Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids, Minn. The Yellowjackets, the runaway HOL Conference Champions, finished second overall, advancing to the Section 8AA Championships which will be held at the Bemidji Town and Country Club on Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5.
The Perham baseball team excelled in all three phases of the game when it advanced with a 10-0 victory over Staples-Motley on May 29 at Krueger Field in Perham in the opening round of the Section 8AA playoffs. Noah Rooney set the tone defensively in the first inning. He robbed Brayden Christensen of a single with a diving catch and turned it into a double play getting the runner at first. He followed it up with another diving catch, taking the wind out of an excited Staples-Motley crowd.
The Perham girls golf team found themselves on the mountain top of the Heart O’Lakes Conference, winning the conference crown with a pair of tournament wins at the Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes on May 24.
The Perham boys golf team finished the 2018 Heart O’Lakes Conference season with a third place finish at the HOL Championships at the Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes on May 24. Barnesville went wire-to-wire, capturing the HOL team title. They finished first with a 317. Hawley was second with a 329. Perham and Pelican Rapids shared third place honors. They both came into the clubhouse with rounds of 352. Breckenridge followed with a 376 for fifth place.
The Perham baseball team closed the 2018 regular season with a long bus trip and a pair of wins when they defeated Roseau and Warroad to close out the regular season on May 24 in Roseau. The Yellowjackets finished the regular season with a 15-4 mark overall and earned the No. 2 seed for the Section 8AA playoffs, which begin on Tuesday, May 29 at Krueger Field when the Yellowjackets host former conference foe, Staples-Motley. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.