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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Park Rapids Area goalie Kylee Pachel didn’t make many mistakes, but when she was called for a tripping penalty with three minutes and 25 seconds left, it was no surprise that she would make up for it. The junior goalie kicked aside 51 shots in helping the Panthers stun the Detroit Lakes Lakers 5-4 in the Section 8A quarterfinals at the Kent Freeman Arena on Feb. 8.
Gabby DeBoer and Mesa Schultz dominated the interior, while Kolbey Bormann, Lisa Meader and Rachel Muer were hitting from the outside when the Perham Yellowjackets rolled to an 84-56 victory over Sebeka on Senior Night on Feb. 5. “It was fun. It was a nice night to have our seniors be honored. We have been in a little funk and it was nice to get out of it,” Perham head coach T.J. Super said. “We played confidently and jumped all over them early, which made it a lot more fun.”
With the Breckenridge Cowboys surging in the second half, the Yellowjackets relied on a reliable trio. Jenson Beachy, Martin LaFond and Josh Jeziorski came up with key buckets in the second half and closed it out at the free throw line, earning a 69-62 victory on Feb. 2 in Perham. Beachy finished the game with 23 points, while Josh Jeziorski finished with 18 and Martin LaFond added 17.
Gabby DeBoer poured in 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, however, the Perham Yellowjackets dropped a Heart O’Lakes Conference contest to Breckenridge 47-42 on Feb. 1 in Breckenridge.
The Perham/New York Mills boys swimming team celebrated its final dual meet of the season with parents and senior night when they competed with Detroit Lakes on Jan. 30. The meet with Detroit Lakes is the closest meet for the Yellowjacket swimmers during the season and is a rare opportunity for fans to see them in action. While the Lakers came away with a 105-67 victory, the young Yellowjackets team continued to make big strides in the pool as it heads towards sections.
The Perham wrestling team will end its regular season with a marquee matchup when they travel to Frazee to take on the Hornets on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Yellowjackets enter the contest with a 23-1 mark in dual meets and are coming off a win at the Heart O’Lakes Conference Tournament. The Hornets are coming off a second-place finish at the HOL Tournament and a 37-27 victory over West Central Area in a highly anticipated dual between Class A powers.
The Perham Yellowjackets continued its season-opening winning streak with a 63-33 victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Jan. 25. It improved their mark to 17-0 overall and 7-0 in conference play. Most importantly, the Yellowjackets maintained their two-game lead on the conference and kept the momentum on their side heading into a much-anticipated rematch with Breckenridge at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium. The Cowboys upended the Yellowjackets in last season's Section 8AA championship game, putting an end to a 27-win season for Perham.
After seven individual titles and a team title, the Perham wrestling team is the king of the Heart O'Lakes Conference after cruising to the tournament win on Jan. 27 in Lake Park. This year's event had a different feel to it compared to past years as the Mid-State teams left to form their own dual style jamboree the day prior in Staples-Motley. Detroit Lakes cruised through that event.
The Perham Yellowjackets hope to take the next step as a girls basketball team. One of the keys to making that move is winning games you are supposed to win. The Yellowjackets did just that when they defeated Detroit Lakes 73-57 on Jan. 27 at the Prairie Wind Middle School.
The Perham wrestling team was challenged in one of its two duals during the Sauk Centre/Melrose Triangular on Jan. 23 in Melrose, Minn. The Yellowjackets breezed to a 78-0 victory over Sauk Centre/Melrose, before facing a rematch with Litchfield. The Yellowjackets defeated Litchfield earlier in the season at the Rick Lee Duals and disposed of them again, 45-25, completing the season sweep.