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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It was down to the wire but the Perham boys track and field team secured the Heart O’Lakes Conference for the third straight year on May 14 in Hawley. The Yellowjackets won the meet by a narrow margin. They finished with 158 points, while Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton came in second with 150.50 points. Thief River Falls was a distant third with 55 points, while Frazee was fourth with 53 points and Breckenridge came in fifth with 40 points to round out the top five.
For the third straight year, the Perham girls track and field team ran away with the Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship when they secured another dominant performance on May 14 in Hawley. The Yellowjackets continued to add to their impressive season with 68 point victory over the field. Perham finished with 168 points, while Thief River Falls was second with 100 points. Frazee was third with 73 points and Barnesville was fourth with 63 points. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rounded out the top five.
The Perham baseball team secured the Heart O’Lakes Conference regular season championship with 18-1 and 15-4 victories over Frazee on May 13 at Krueger Field in Perham. The Hornets proved to be no match for the Yellowjackets as they capitalized on 11 walks, eight hit batters and two errors on their way to the convincing win in game one, which clinched the HOL Conference Championship for the Yellowjackets.
The Perham boys golf team tightened up the race for the Heart O'Lakes Conference when they finished first at Perham Lakeside on May 13. The victory pulled the Yellowjackets within two points of Barnesville for the HOL lead. Perham has eight points overall, while Barnesville has six and sits in first place. Hawley is third with 16 points, while Pelican Rapids is fourth with 19 points, while Breckenridge is fifth with 26 points. Frazee is sixth and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton is seventh.
The Perham boys tennis team continued to roll through a very busy week. The Yellowjackets picked up five wins, running their win total to 11 as they sit 11-2 overall on the season as they prep for the 2019 playoffs in Detroit Lakes. The Yellowjackets closed the week with a pair of 7-0 victories over Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd and New London Spicer on May 13. Prior to that, the Yellowjackets disposed of Crookston and East Grand Forks on May 10. The Yellowjackets took down Detroit Lakes 5-2 on May 9 and earned a 6-1 win over Benson on May 7.
After a pair of 5-0 shutouts against Renville County West and St. Paul Johnson, the Perham baseball team has allowed just 10 earned runs in 12 games. The Yellowjackets are outscoring opponents 113-16 overall. This time it was Noah Rooney and Maddux Kovash posting a pair of shutout victories. Kovash went seven strong innings against Renville County West, while Rooney followed with seven strong as well.
The 2019 golf season maybe bringing a changing of the guard at the top of the Heart O’Lakes Conference for girls golf. For years, the Perham Yellowjackets have dominated at the top, but 2019 has brought about some strong competition from the Hawley Nuggets.
The perfect start continued for the Perham baseball team when they disposed of Barnesville 3-2 and 11-5 on May 9 at Reed Field in Barnesville.
The Perham Yellowjackets showcased their depth and dominance when they cruised to the Section 8AA True Team Championship on May 8 at Detroit Lakes. Perham ran out in front throughout the day and excelled on the field as they amassed 575 points to return to the Class AA True Team Championships in Stillwater, Minn. Fergus Falls came in second with 506.5 points, while Detroit Lakes was third with 475.5 points and Pequot Lakes was fourth with 431 points. Thief River Falls rounded out the top five overall.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers remained on top of the field in the Section 8AA True Team Championships when they captured the crown on their home course on May 7. The Lakers finished the event with 603 points, which was 100 points better than the next closest competitor.