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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A welcome home celebration is planned for 6:30 p.m. today at the PWMS Gymnasium to congratulate the Perham Yellowjacket boys and girls cross country teams after the two swept top honors at the Minnesota Class A cross country championships. The publich is welcome to attend.
The Perham Yellowjackets made it a clean sweep on Nov. 4 with the Class A boys and girls championships at St. Olaf College. The Yellowjacket girls finished with 86 points, edging out Winona Cotter by a point for their second state title in school history. It was a wider margin for the boys when they captured their sixth state championship when they finished with 118 points, besting St. James Area, who finished with 148 points.
The Perham Yellowjackets knew they needed to find away to slow down Pequot Lakes running back Nathan Traut if they wanted to advance to the Class AAA State Tournament. However, Traut would not be denied, lifting the Patriots to a 56-22 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets at Gate City Bank Field in Fargo, N.D., on Nov. 2. Traut rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns. He had a receiving touchdown as well and helped the Patriots take control of the game with a 28-point second quarter.
The top-ranked Perham cross country running teams have their sights set on making history. The Yellowjackets hope to become the first school since 2011 to sweep the Class A running titles. St. Cloud Cathedral is the only team in Class A history to win both the girls and the boys titles, completing that feat in 2011.
The Perham Yellowjackets rallied from a 2-0 deficit and forced a deciding fifth set before falling to the Pequot Lakes Patriots 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 20-25 and 15-10 in the Section 8AA quarterfinals on Oct. 28 in Pequot Lakes. The Yellowjackets found themselves on the wrong side of the first two sets that went back-and-forth with the Patriots rallying late in each set to take the early lead. However, the Yellowjackets did not wilt in the third and fourth games, rallying to force a fifth and final set.
The last time Perham and Pequot Lakes met on the gridiron, the weather played a key factor in the game. The game started on a Friday and ended on a Monday as it was suspended due to multiple storms and lightning delays.
Jenson Beachy passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another helping the Perham Yellowjackets cruise to a 43-13 victory over East Grand Forks on Oct. 28. The Yellowjackets controlled the game from the onset and stamped their name into the Section 8AAA Championship game with the victory. The Yellowjackets will be making their first championship appearance since they won the section title in 2012, advancing to the state semi-finals that season.
The top-ranked Perham boys cross country team used a positive mental attitude and put the conditions of the course in their rearview mirror as they pushed forward to a first place finish at a snow covered Twin Pines Golf Course in Bagley, Minn., on Oct. 28. An early snow storm blasted the area, dropping eight inches of snow on the course. While some of the snow melted away prior to the race, it left a lot on the course and a track that wasn’t cleared off.
There was no way to prepare for the conditions at the Twin Pines Golf Course in Bagley, Minn., for the Section 8A Championships on Oct. 27, so the Yellowjackets put them in the back of their mind and ran to the front, claiming the championship on a snow covered course.
The Perham volleyball team extended its season at least another day with a 28-26, 25-21, 25-21 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in the Section 8AA playoffs on Oct. 27 in Perham. The Yellowjackets will head to Pequot Lakes to take on the Patriots at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The Patriots advanced with a sweep of Staples-Motley.