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/New York Mills girls tennis teams’ bid for a Section 8A Championship came to a close when they were defeated by East Grand Forks 7-0 in the Section 8A semifinals at Courts Plus in Fargo, N.D., on Oct. 11.
The Perham volleyball team made a slight lineup change during the week and a couple of key adjustments during the match helped the Yellowjackets earn a grueling 25-12, 25-21, 20-25, 21-25 and 15-13 victory over Hawley in Hawley on Oct. 11.
Perham’s Liz Birkeland reached the podium at the Class A State Track and Field meet last spring and the eighth grader hasn’t slowed down since. She added her first career Heart O’Lakes Conference Individual championship, helping the Yellowjackets to their 15th straight title at the Birchwood Golf Course in Pelican Rapids on Oct. 9. “It was great. When you got done with that big hill, you knew that you could do this because there were no more big hills,” Birkeland said of the final stretch of the race.
It took a late spurt but at the end it was Perham’s Brandon O’Hara who captured the Heart O’Lakes Conference individual title on the hilly Birchwood Golf Course in Pelican Rapids on Oct. 9. O’Hara, the fourth-ranked runner in the state, was running just behind West Central Area’s Jacob Bright. However, it O’Hara made a late move and captured the top spot with a time of 16 minutes and 36.5 seconds, helping Perham to its 17th straight HOL team title.
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.