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 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.
The Perham boys swimming and diving team returned to the pool in Moorhead on Jan. 3. The Spuds came away victorious, 98-38, but the Yellowjackets continued to make progress and cut time. “The boys had great success racing the clock in Moorhead,” Perham head coach Jensen Maiden said. “The team cut a total of 50.32 seconds to set 15 new personal records. We also had two new section qualifying swims, bringing the total to six.”
The Perham boys basketball team maintained its ranking at No. 3 in the Class AA Minnesota State High School Polls from Minnesota Basketball News. The Yellowjackets improved to 7-1 overall with victories over Sauk Centre and Fergus Falls over the holiday break. The Yellowjackets have maintained that No. 3 spot since the beginning of the season.
Jenson Beachy took over down the stretch, helping lead the Perham boys basketball team to a 66-55 victory over the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters at the Hive on Dec. 28. Beachy scored nine of his 18 points in crunchtime and helped the Yellowjackets close on a 19-7 run.
The Perham Yellowjackets almost pulled off the improbable when they were defeated by the No. 1 ranked team in Class AA, the Roseau Rams, during the first day of the Grand8 Holiday Tournament in Perham on Dec. 28. Eventually, the Rams held off a furious comeback and out-lasted the Yellowjackets 71-68 in overtime. The Yellowjackets trailed by 29 points at one point in the first half and trailed by 20 points early in the second half.
The Perham gymnastics team returned to competition after an extended break when they competed in the annual St. Cloud Tech Invitational on Dec. 15. It was the first competition for the Yellowjackets since they started the new season with the Jackie Mann Invitational on Dec. 1. The Yellowjackets improved their team score by a full point from their first meet to their second meet. Stillwater captured the team title with 147.85 points, while Mahtomedi was second with 145.5 points. Sartell was third, followed by Cambridge-Isanti in fourth and Eagan in fifth place.