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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After giving up 42 points and a long bus ride home, the Perham football team regrouped and came out with a staunch effort to stop East Grand Forks 30-7 on Perham Hall of Fame night at the Ted Meinhover Field on Oct. 5. Perham’s Ty Moser said the key to the game with East Grand Forks was Determination and the feeling of the bus ride back home stuck with the team after the loss to Fergus Falls.
It was by the narrowest of margins but the Moorhead Spuds spoiled the Perham Invitational for the Yellowjackets when they captured the title by one point on Oct. 4 at Perham’s Arvig Park. The Spuds finished with 58 points, while Perham followed right behind in second place with 59 points.
It was a return to friendly confines for the Perham girls cross country team when they competed on the typically fast course at Arvig Park in Perham on Oct. 4. The Yellowjackets were edged out for the team title when they finished second behind Lakeville South. The Yellowjackets finished the continually growing meet with 91 points. Lakeville South finished the event with 64 points for the win.
The Perham/New York Mills tennis team closed out the regular season by splitting a pair of 4-3 decisions with Roseau and East Grand Forks in East Grand Forks on Oct. 5. The Yellowjackets defeated Roseau to extend their streak to seven straight, before falling to East Grand Forks in the final match of the regular season.
The Perham volleyball team rolled in its final tune-up before its annual home tournament on Oct. 6 when they defeated Breckenridge 25-18, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-19 at the Hive on Oct. 4. The Yellowjackets remained perfect in the conference with the victory, moving to 5-0 on the season and 12-6 overall.
The Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team knew they needed to find a point in singles competition when they squared off with Staples-Motley on Oct. 1 in Perham. Instead of finding just one, they got two as they earned a 5-2 victory for their sixth straight win and one that could potentially vault them up in the Section 8A seedings when they are announced at the end of the week.
The Perham/New York Mills/Henning girls swimming and diving team honored their parents and their senior leaders with their annual home event at the Detroit Lakes Community Center on Sept. 25 in Detroit Lakes. While the Lakers came out victorious 126-60, the Yellowjackets had a strong night and were excited to swim in front of their hometown fans. "We had a great turnout for our home meet," Perham/NYM/Henning head coach Jensen Maiden said. "We had a blast celebrating our parents and seniors. The girls swam their hearts out."
The Perham girls cross country team was battling illness but came up with a strong performance at the annual Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Sept. 29. The Yellowjackets finished in 27th place overall with 706 points, while Yorkville captured the title with 104 points. Naperville was second with 113 points and Downers Grove came in third with 170 points. Wayzata was fourth with 185, followed by St. Michael-Albertville.
The Perham boys cross country team was fifth fastest Minnesota team in the annual Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Sept. 29. The Yellowjackets raced in the gold race and finished in 13th place as a team, losing the tiebreaker with Minnetonka. Edina captured the team title when they finished with 154 points. Olathe North of Kansas came in second with 163 points. Wayzata was third, followed by Dowling Catholic and Madison West in fifth.
The Perham Yellowjackets football team used a 28-point second quarter to bury the Thief River Falls Prowlers 49-18 at Lowell T. Swenson Field on Sept. 21 in Thief River Falls.