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 track and field teams finally had the opportunity to compete when they kicked off the season with the KT Smith Invitational in Breckenridge on April 27. It was a strong start for the Yellowjackets when the swept the field earning first place honors.
The Heart O’ Lakes Conference showcased its depth at the top during their first boys golf meet in Hawley on April 27. Barnesville came away with the title, finishing with a score of 323. Hawley came in second with a round of 327, followed by Perham in third at 347.
The Perham Yellowjackets started the 2018 Heart O’Lakes girls golf season at the same spot they finished the 2017 season, at the top. The Yellowjackets opened the season with a first place finish at the Hawley Golf Course on April 26.
Perham senior Martin LaFond has qualified for the Hamline Elite Meet. The annual event takes place on Friday, April 27 at Hamline University in St. Paul. LaFond qualified in a pair of field events. He will competed in the long and triple jumps. He qualified with a jump of 22 feet in the long jump and is seeded third. LaFond is seeded eighth in the triple jump. He qualified with a leap of 44 feet, eight inches.
The Perham tennis team picked up a pair of wins on April 24 when they defeated New London-Spicer 6-1 and Benson 7-0 in Benson, Minn. It was the first two wins of the season for the Yellowjackets, who were coming off a narrow 4-3 defeat in their first match of the season.
The Perham baseball team ushered in a new era in a big way, putting up 21 runs in their season-opening victory over Mahnomen/Waubun at Matt’s Field on April 24 in Perham. It was the first game of the 2018 season and the first game of new head coach James Mulcahy’s career with the Yellowjackets.
The frustration for area golfers is coming to an end. Area golfers will be able to tee up the ball, swing their clubs and yell fore for the first time at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27, when Perham Lakeside opens for the new season. The driving range will open on Wednesday, which has been a longer than usual wait for golfers due to the extended winter.
The Perham Yellowjackets opened the cover to the 2018 boys tennis season when they traveled to the Moorhead Spuds for their first dual meet of the season. It wasn’t just their first meet of the season, it was the second time they were outside for the year on April 19.
It was a day of celebration at Perham High School when six student-athletes announced their intentions to continue their athletic career at the next level on April 12 at the Perham High School. The signing day ceremony consisted of volleyball players Hannah Ekse and Gabby DeBoer, football players Zack Zajac and Tanner Knutson, cross country runner Chantelle Lysne and actor Ian Christenson. Sydney Bahls and Ben Winkels announced their decisions the following day.
Anglers in the area will have a new trophy to set their hooks on after the new Perham fishing team was announced at a school board meeting on April 11. The new team is in its early stages of formation, but will begin competition in June.