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 team took its three-game winning streak on the road against Detroit Lakes on Jan. 17 at the Ralph Anderson Gymnasium in Detroit Lakes. The Lakers snapped the winning streak in their first home game in over a month with a 56-46 victory. Bre Price paced the Lakers with 23 points, while Ellie Lunde added 10 points. Mesa Schultz led the Yellowjackets with 10 points. Lacy Richter and Katie Johnson each scored nine.
Facing a team twice in less than a week span is a daunting task. However, that wasn’t the case for the third-ranked Perham wrestling team when they defeated the ninth-ranked Detroit Lakes Lakers 39-18 at the Hive on Jan. 17. The Yellowjackets won their 23rd dual meet of the season and second straight over Detroit Lakes. The Yellowjackets defeated Detroit Lakes 36-21.
The Perham boys swimming team traveled to Morris to compete in a triangular meet with Melrose-Sauk Centre and Morris Area. The Yellowjackets continued to improve on their times during the meet, finishing third overall. Melrose-Sauk Centre finished with 197 points, while Morris ended with 77 and Perham closed out with 41 points.
It was a clean sweep for the Perham gymnastics team when they defeated Park Rapids Area 143.65-126.55 on Jan. 15 in Park Rapids Area. Jada Olsen won four events including All-Around, while Ashley Hokanson took home top honors on the floor for Perham.
The Perham Yellowjackets used a big second half to pull out its third straight Heart O’Lakes girls basketball win when they defeated the Hornets 61-45 at the Hive on Jan. 15. The Yellowjackets used a 14-0 run in the second half to break open a close game against their Highway 10 rival.
The Perham boys swimming and diving team competed in a pair of strong meets when they competed with Park Rapids Area on Jan. 10 and Bemidji on Jan. 11.
On the basketball floor, it’s always nice to have options and the Perham Yellowjackets have plenty of them. The Yellowjackets had five players finish in double figures when they earned an 81-61 victory over the Hawley Nuggets in a Heart O’Lakes Conference boys basketball game in Hawley on Jan. 15.
The third-ranked Perham Yellowjackets continued their domination of the Rick Lee Duals in Bemidji as they posted a perfect 6-0 record over the two-day event on Jan. 11 and 12 in Bemidji. The Yellowjackets rolled through Cambridge-Isanti 68-3, Brainerd 52-16, and Bloomington Kennedy 68-12 on the first day of the event.
Detroit Lakes came out with energy and a fast start, but the Perham Yellowjackets had the final answer as they held off Detroit Lakes 60-58 at the Hive on Jan. 10. The Yellowjackets found themselves in an early 14-point deficit with all the momentum on the side of the Lakers. However, Perham steadied the ship defensively and increased its intensity on that side of the ball, holding the Lakers to 36 points the rest of the way.
The fifth-ranked Class AA Perham Yellowjackets posted a 2-1 mark at the Clash in Rochester on Jan. 4. The Yellowjackets opened with a 44-20 victory over Carl Sandburg in their opening round match. The Yellowjackets suffered their first defeat of the season when they were edged out by Waverly Shellrock 35-33. Perham closed the afternoon with a 40-25 victory over Huntley, earning third place in their day one bracket.