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 Yellowjackets found themselves down by 10 early in the second half, but responded with a 20-5 run, securing the lead and holding off Park Rapids Area for a 58-54 victory on Jan. 16 in Perham. It’s the third straight win for the Yellowjackets, moving them to 9-4 overall on the season, but has them with four wins in the section and above .500 at 4-3 against Section 8AA opponents.
It was a learning experience for the fifth-ranked Perham Yellowjackets when they hosted the Simley Spartans for the KLN Super Dual at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium on Jan. 13. The state’s second-ranked team opened the Yellowjackets eyes with a 46-25 victory, handing Perham its first defeat of the season.
The Perham Yellowjackets lead for just three minutes and 16 seconds, but it was the final three minutes and 16 seconds when they earned a 46-43 victory over Pelican Rapids at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium.
The Perham/New York Mills boys swimming team returned to the pool with a meet at Park Rapids Area. The Panthers won the dual meet 105-57 over the Yellowjackets. The Yellowjackets were without the services of a pair of experienced swimmers, but continued to make strides and saw improvement from their younger swimmers.
Two of the top teams in the state of Minnesota will be squaring off on the mats at the Prairie Wind Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 13 for the first ever KLN Super Dual at 11:30 a.m. The Yellowjackets will welcome the second-ranked team in Class AA to the gymnasium when they take on the Simley Spartans.
The Perham wrestling team cruised to its 19th straight dual meet victory when they disposed of Fergus Falls 78-3 on Jan. 11 in Fergus Falls. The Yellowjackets captured 13 of the 14 matches, winning by fall or forfeit. Blaze Brady, Owen Werner, Ezekiel Pechtel, Jack Fudge, Matthew Bush, Dylan Fudge and Jose Lopez all won by fall.
It may not have been the style of win the Yellowjackets were hoping for, but it was the type of game they needed when they defeated the Detroit Lakes 53-45 in a non-conference boys basketball clash on Jan. 11 at the Prairie Wind Middle School. The Lakers used their height and physicality to stick with the Yellowjackets, putting forth one of their best efforts of the season, hoping to knock off the state-ranked Yellowjackets. However, Perham gritted it out, earning the eight-point home win.
Two of the top-ranked teams in the state of Minnesota met at the Hauer Gymnasium on Jan. 9 when the Willmar Cardinals invaded Perham to take on the Yellowjackets in a gymnastics dual. The Cardinals entered the contest ranked second in the state for Class A teams, while the Yellowjackets came in ranked seventh in the state for Class A.
The Perham Yellowjackets cruised to a 64-24 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers on Jan. 9 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium in non-conference boys basketball. Carter Cresap and Josh Jeziorski paced the Yellowjackets with 12 points each, while Jenson Beachy added 11 points.
The fifth-ranked Perham wrestling team went wire-to-wire in capturing the Rick Lee Duals Championship on Jan. 5 and 6 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn. The Yellowjackets captured the title with a 32-28 victory over Frazee in the final match of the tournament. They earned a championship round win over Litchfield, 39-31, and the host Lumberjacks, 44-12. The perfect tournament improves the Yellowjackets to 18-0 in dual meets this year.