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 Yellowjackets opened the cover to the 2018 boys tennis season when they traveled to the Moorhead Spuds for their first dual meet of the season. It wasn’t just their first meet of the season, it was the second time they were outside for the year on April 19.
It was a day of celebration at Perham High School when six student-athletes announced their intentions to continue their athletic career at the next level on April 12 at the Perham High School. The signing day ceremony consisted of volleyball players Hannah Ekse and Gabby DeBoer, football players Zack Zajac and Tanner Knutson, cross country runner Chantelle Lysne and actor Ian Christenson. Sydney Bahls and Ben Winkels announced their decisions the following day.
Anglers in the area will have a new trophy to set their hooks on after the new Perham fishing team was announced at a school board meeting on April 11. The new team is in its early stages of formation, but will begin competition in June.
Ashley Hokanson, Sydney Bahls and Shalie Lipp give the Perham Yellowjackets track and field team a dominant lineup in the pole vault competition. The trio showcased that when they took three of the top-four spots in that event in Bemidji on April 12 at the Bemidji Relays.
North Dakota State University’s Athletics Director Matt Larsen addressed a contingent of Bison faithful about the school’s success, finances and the question of moving the football team to the Football Bowl Subdivision from the Football Championship Division during the annual Men’s Night Out event on April 10 at the Prairie Wind Middle School.
One Perham family has found a unique way to answer the question of what do you want to do today? Joe Wasche, his daughters and granddaughters decided to answer that question by working out as a family at Fitness First. The family approached Marie Hanson, owner of Fitness First, in January about working out as a family and it has since become a weekly habit.
The Breckenridge Cowboys held of the previously undefeated and No. 3 ranked Perham Yellowjackets in the second half, capturing the Section 8AA Championship for the second straight year with a 47-39 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets at the Memorial Auditorium at Concordia-Moorhead.
The Perham Yellowjackets used a dominant defensive effort and a balanced offensive attack, advancing into the Section 8AA Championship game for the third straight year. The Yellowjackets took control early in the second half, pulling away for a 62-39 victory over the Osakis Silverstreaks at Moorhead High School on March 12.
An 11-0 run in the first half was a sign of things to come for the No.3 ranked Perham Yellowjackets when they defeated the East Grand Forks Green Wave 83-63 in the Section 8AA quarterfinals at Concordia College on March 10. “We started out like gangbusters and then we let up and let them back into the game and it was a relatively close game at halftime,” Perham head coach Dave Cresap said. “I knew their pressure was going to come out and get us and we were going to attack down hill and we did.”
A second half run for the Perham Yellowjackets allowed the South Subsection’s No. 1 seed to pull away for a 49-27 victory in their Section 8AA boys basketball opener with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at the Prairie Wind Middle School on March 8. Jenson Beachy and Josh Jeziorski led the way for the Yellowjackets. Beachy finished with 22 points, while Josh Jeziorski finished with 17 points.