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 girls basketball turned up the intensity in the second half and pulled away for a 60-47 victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots on Jan. 2 in Pequot Lakes. Perham head coach TJ Super said they were sluggish in the first half, playing to the pace of the Patriots. However, it changed in the second half. He said the team came out with more intensity and really took it to the Patriots.
Patience paid off for the Detroit Lakes Lakers when they rallied from a 3-0 deficit to skate away with a 3-3 tie in the Fergus Falls Holiday Tournament finale at the Fergus Falls Community Center on Dec. 30. The Lakers won the shootout, earning a 4-3 win for tournament purposes, but the game is recorded as a tie.
The Perham Yellowjackets came up with the timely stop when they needed it and had just enough offense when they knocked off the sixth-ranked Annandale Cardinals 45-40 during the Grand8 Holiday Classic Championship game in Perham on Dec. 28.
The Perham Yellowjackets used a dominant first nine minutes of the game and held on for a 45-39 victory over the Holdingford Huskers in the third place game of the Grand8 Holiday Classic in Perham. The Yellowjackets stormed out to a 22-3 lead in the first nine minutes of the game, only to see the Huskers respond with a 13-0 to close out the first half.
The Perham Yellowjackets showed how dynamic their offense can be in its wire-to-wire 72-49 victory over the Anoka Tornadoes on Dec. 27 during the opening round of the Grand8 Holiday Classic in Perham. The Yellowjackets opened the game with multiple backdoor cuts to the hoop, catching Anoka off guard, building an early lead. The Yellowjackets followed with some solid outside shooting and distributed the ball well all game long, dishing out 19 total assists.
The Sauk Centre Mainstreeters showcased why they are the No. 1 team in the state for Class AA when they opened the Grand8 Holiday Classic with a 75-54 victory over the host Perham Yellowjackets on Dec. 27 at the Prairie Wind Middle School.
The Perham boys basketball team will carry a perfect record into the third annual Grand8 Holiday Classic after securing a 46-38 victory over Barnesville on Dec. 21 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium. Jenson Beachy led the way for the Yellowjackets. He finished with 17 points, including three 3-pointers in the win. Martin LaFond and Josh Jeziorski finished with 12 points each in the win for the Yellowjackets.
The Perham/New York Mills boys swimming team traveled to Thief River Falls for its first dual meet of the season on Dec. 19. The Yellowjackets were edged out by the Prowlers 107-55. The Yellowjackets cut 32.04 seconds off of their total time, finishing with 20 races that recorded personal records.
Two of the premier programs in the state of Minnesota gymnastics squared off at the Hauer Gymnasium on Dec. 19. Once again, the defending state champion Detroit Lakes Lakers showed they are the standard bearer in the state, finishing with a team score of 147.825, while Perham ended with a score of 141.125.
The Perham Wrestling team returned home for one final dual meet of the 2017 calendar season when they hosted Park Rapids Area at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium on Dec. 19. The Yellowjackets capped off a perfect first half of the season with a 62-15 victory over the Panthers in a match up of section foes.