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 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.
The Perham/New York Mills/Henning swimming team concluded a busy week with a dual meet on Sept. 20 in Park Rapids Area. The Yellowjackets swam in different events compared to swimming in their usual events. It gave the team an opportunity to change things up as the season goes along. Park Rapids Area finished with 125 points, while Perham/NYM/Henning finished with 58 points in the dual meet.
During Eryn Moser’s tenure as head coach she has preached balance. Once again, that balance was on display as they used it to snap Pelican Rapids’ eight game winning streak and extend their own to eight straight with a 25-20, 27-25, 23-25 and 25-13 victory over Pelican Rapids on Sept. 20 in Pelican Rapids. The Yellowjackets had three players in double digits for kills with Lily DeBoer and Rachel Muer leading the way with 12 each, while Laura Alstadt added 11.
The Perham/New York Mills/Henning swimming team suffered a narrow defeat against Thief River Falls on Sept. 17 in Thief River Falls. The Prowlers edged out the Yellowjackets 88-82 in the close meet that went down to the wire. “The two teams are fairly evenly matched and we ran a close meet, with the spread between scores never higher than six points,” Perham/NYM/Henning coach Jensen Maiden said. “It made for some really fun races.”
The Perham/New York Mills swimming and diving team tested themselves at the Park Rapids Panther Invitational on Sept. 15 in Park Rapids. The Yellowjackets finished sixth overall, while Sauk Centre captured the team title.