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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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.
There will be a fundraising soccer tournament at the Arvig Park Soccer Fields in Perham on Sunday, May 6 for Maria Corchado, who lost her trailer in a fire. Her nephew's children lost their belongings in the fire. "The fundraiser is going to be to help my grandmother out, whose trailer burnt down and that was her only means of income, due to injuries," Jazmin Erives said. "We want to raise enough money for her to rebuild or to get something else."
Battling cold temperatures and a pair of section rivals, the Perham tennis team extended its winning streak to five straight with a 5-2 win over Minnewaska Area and a 6-1 victory over East Grand Forks on May 1 at the Perham Tennis Courts. It was a pair of key wins for the Yellowjackets, who have now built up a 3-0 mark against Section 8A opponents. The Yellowjackets have defeated Fergus Falls, Minnewaska Area and East Grand Forks.
The Perham Yellowjackets claimed the top three spots and ran away with the Heart O’Lakes Conference event at the Pine Course at Perham Lakeside on May 1.
The Perham Yellowjackets passed their toughest test to date when Hannah Ekse drove in the game-winning run in the seventh inning, lifting Perham to a 5-4 victory over Osakis on April 30 at Arvig Park.
Noah Rooney pitched five strong innings and the Perham offense broke it open in the late innings as the Perham baseball team improved to 4-0 with an 8-3 Section 8AA victory over Park Rapids Area at Krueger Field at Tuffy’s Stadium on April 27. “We had consistency throughout the game,” Perham head coach James Mulcahy said. “Our hitters had good approaches and had solid contact. Nick Lindberg’s glove up the middle prevents runs and ends many rallies. Our running game and speed puts pressure on teams.”