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 are zoning in on back-to-back, wire-to-wire Heart O’Lakes girls golf championships after securing their fifth straight event, this time cruising to first place honors at the Moorhead Country Club on May 14.
Perham’s Charlie Rasmussen and Hawley’s Satchel Tickel posted the lowest scores during the Heart O’Lakes Conference golf event at the Perham Lakeside Golf Course on May 14 in Perham. The tournament took place on the Oak and Maple courses in Perham with Tickel and Rasmussen coming in 2-over par with rounds of 74. Tickel earned medalist honors, winning a scorecard playoff with Rasmussen.
The Perham offense came out of a slumber in its doubleheader sweep of Hawley on May 14 in Hawley. The Yellowjackets scored 25 runs on 25 hits in their 13-2 and 12-4 victories over the Nuggets. The victory moves the Yellowjackets to 7-1 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference and 10-2 overall on the season. The bats were silent for the first three innings in game one, but came alive with three runs in the fourth, five in the fifth and five in the sixth innings.
Minnewaska Area out-lasted the Perham Yellowjackets earning a 3-2 walk-off victory in extra innings on May 12 in Glenwood. It was a well-pitched and well-played game by both teams, but it was the home team earning the narrow win.
The last time on the diamond, the Perham baseball team watched as a commanding lead slipped away to Breckenridge. On May 10, the Yellowjackets made sure that did not happen as they picked up a 5-0 and an 8-0 victory over Barnesville at Krueger Field.
The Barnesville Trojans continued to maintain its firm grip on the top of the Heart O’Lakes Conference boys golf standings after taking top honors at the Bois De Sioux Golf Course in Breckenridge on May 11. The Trojans have won all four meets this season after firing a 323 to best Hawley by 11 strokes. Perham came in second place with a 346, while Pelican Rapids was fourth at 357 and Breckenridge was fifth.
It was a familiar sight at the top of the standings when the Perham girls golf team picked up its fourth straight Heart O’Lakes Conference victory on May 10. The Yellowjackets finished with a team score of 173, winning the event by 24 strokes at the Willow Creek Golf Course. Barnesville finished second with 197, while Hawley was third at 199. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton came in fourth at 210, while Pelican Rapids rounded out the top five.
The Perham tennis team split a pair of matches with the Section 8A rivals on May 10 at the Perham Tennis Courts. The Yellowjackets cruised to a 6-1 victory against Detroit Lakes, before falling to Thief River Falls 4-3. It was a day of key matches for the Yellowjackets against teams anticipated to make a deep run in the section team tournament. The Yellowjackets took all four singles matches against the Lakers and won two of the three doubles events.
The Perham boys track and field team will be returning to the track at Stillwater for the first time since 2014 after securing the Section 8AA True Team Championship on May 8 in Fergus Falls. It was a narrow margin but the Yellowjackets pulled past Detroit Lakes late in the meet, edging the defending champions by 8.5 points, capturing their first True Team title since 2014.
For the second straight Section 8AA True Team Championships, Pequot Lakes Patriots edged out the Perham Yellowjackets for a trip to the Class AA True Team Championships on May 8 in Fergus Falls. The Patriots finished the event with 501 points, while Perham was second with 433 points. Pierz came in third with 410.50 points, while Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes rounded out the top five.