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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In its third year since being resurrected as a program, the Perham tennis team made its biggest leap as a program by reaching the Section 8A Championship on May 22 when they squared off against Thief River Falls in Thief River Falls. The Yellowjackets were stopped short of taking another step when the Prowlers earned a 5-2 victory over the Yellowjackets in Perham’s first ever appearance in the section final.
The Perham tennis team rolled through Fergus Falls 6-1 and East Grand Forks 5-2 to advance to the Section 8A Championship during the opening day of the Section 8A tennis tournament in Thief River Falls on May 21. The Yellowjackets will face Thief River Falls on May 22 at 10 a.m. for the Section 8A Championship and a trip to the Class A State Tournament. The Yellowjackets were defeated by Thief River Falls in a narrow dual, 4-3.
Both the Perham Yellowjackets and the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels had an inning they would like to take back during their doubleheader at Krueger Field on May 21. Unfortunately for both teams, that one inning cost each team in their split. The Yellowjackets walked off with a 2-1 win in game one, while DGF took game two, 3-0.
Perham’s Charlie Rasmussen shot in the red during the Heart O’Lakes Conference event in Frazee on Friday, May 18. The sophomore golfer fired a 4-under par 66, to win the event. He was seven strokes better than his next closest competitor, Barnesville’s Adam Tonsfeldt. The Yellowjackets finished in fourth place overall. They recorded a score of 330 in the event. Barnesville finished first with a round of 302, followed by Pelican Rapids in third at 329.
Momentum remains on the side of the Perham girls golf team as they gear up for the Heart O’Lakes Conference final at the Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes on May 24. The Yellowjackets finished the individual site portion of the HOL season with a perfect seven-for-seven run after winning in Pelican Rapids on May 17 on a cloudy, muggy and windy day.
It was Nick Lindberg in game one and Noah Rooney in game two as the Perham baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep, 6-0 and 3-0, over Frazee on May 16 in Frazee. “Frazee is a quality team and a rivalry across our sport, so it is nice to come over here and get a couple of victories,” Perham head coach James Mulcahy said. “We did a lot of things well, specifically pitching. Our fielding was spot on. We played some small ball baseball that helped us get ahead and stay ahead.”
The Perham tennis team has momentum on its side when they get ready for the Section 8A tennis tournaments which begin on May 21 in Thief River Falls. The Yellowjackets closed out the regular season with an 11-2 record after disposing of Detroit Lakes on May 16 in Detroit Lakes 6-1. The Yellowjackets made some moves amongst their line up and they continued to work out for their team. Carter Cresap rolled at No. 1 singles defeating Austin Baker 6-0, 6-2.
After dropping game one 11-4, the Perham Yellowjackets responded from an early 3-1 deficit and cruised to a 7-3 victory in game two at Arvig Park on May 15. Katie Zepper picked up the win in the second game, holding the Lakers to just three first inning runs.
The Perham girls track and field team continued its dominance over the Heart O’Lakes Conference, winning the meet for the second consecutive year on May 15 at the Perham Track on May 15. The Yellowjackets finished with 120 total team points for first place, while Frazee was second with 88 points. Thief River Falls finished third with 83.66 points. Last year, Perham ran away with the event, winning by 66 points.
The Perham boys track and field team is back on top of the Heart O’Lakes Conference after securing the title on May 15 at the Ted Meinhover Athletic Complex in Perham. The Yellowjackets finished second last year to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in a tightly contested meet, but this year, the Yellowjackets ran away from the Rebels, returning the crown to Perham.