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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Gavin Biegler’s second blast of the night was the biggest of his two home runs, lifting Perham to a 7-5 victory over Frazee/Vergas with a walk-off grand slam on July 13. The win snapped a three-game skid for the Pirates and gave them a key Hi-10/Countryside victory over the Loons.
The Perham Buzz had an extended break to lament a pair of losses to the Moorhead Blues before returning to the diamond against Alexandria on July 9. The extended break did wonders for the Buzz when they swept Alexandria at Krueger Field, 2-1 and 13-3. The Buzz showed they can win via a variety of wins with the sweep of Alexandria. The first game was an old fashioned pitcher’s duel, while game two was more of a slugfest for the Buzz.
A strong weekend of pitching and timely hitting helped the Perham Buzz capture the first ever KLN Classic Championship on June 23 and June 24 at Krueger Field in Perham. The Buzz used strong performances in all three wins when they disposed of Osakis, Park Rapids and Breckenridge. It was an old school duel between Perham and Breckenridge. Jace Kovash and Mitch Porter were locked in against each other. However, neither pitcher factored in the decision as it was Perham earning a 4-3 win in 10 innings.
The Perham Buzz American Legion Baseball team was hoping to build on its momentum from winning the KLN Classic when they hosted East Grand Forks for a pair of district games on June 25 at Krueger Field. However, it was East Grand Forks that gained some momentum as they swept the doubleheader 8-2 and 6-5.
The Perham Hot Shots wrapped up the high school shooting season at the Minnesota Clay Target Championships at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake, Minn., on Friday, June 22. The team finished the tournament with a score of 465 to finish in 23rd place overall. St. Michael-Albertville became the first repeat state team champion by scoring a 491. New Prague and Park Rapids both finished with 485 for second-place honors.
It was a tale of two games for the Perham Buzz when they traveled to Fergus Falls to take on Post 30 in District action. The Buzz opened with a convincing 8-1 victory, but were disposed of 10-5 in game two on June 19. Noah Rooney was sharp in the game one victory. The lefty needed just 90 pitches to shut down Fergus Falls. He scattered three hits and allowed just one run. He fanned five and walked three batters in the win.
The high school golf season came to a close for a pair of Perham girls golfers at the Class AA Championships at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn., on June 12 and 13. Mallory Belka and Allie King finished their season by making their first ever appearance in the championships. The duo made it a memorable one as well with Belka cracking the top 20 and King finishing in the top 45.
The Perham Buzz American Legion baseball team kicked off the 2018 season with a pair of road wins over Thief River Falls , 5-1 and 6-1, on June 12 in Thief River Falls. It was the first career wins for new head coach Jan-Erik Lindberg. Lindberg was named the head coach of the Buzz during the winter months after the resignation of Kyle Van Dyke.
The Perham pole vaulting trio of Ashley Hokanson, Sydney Bahls and Shalie Lipp pulled off a rare feat when all three of them competed at the Class A Championships on June 9 at Hamline University. Hokanson captured the championship, while Bahls came in fourth place and Lipp finished in 10th place. For Bahls, it was a nice end to a stellar career with the Yellowjackets. The senior was happy to reach the podium at the state’s biggest event.
Perham junior Ashley Hokanson continues to rewrite the school record book. In just her second year of competing in the pole vault she added the state’s top prize to her trophy case. Hokanson cleared 11 feet, seven inches to capture the Class A Championship. “I didn’t think I would ever win,” Hokanson said. “I just go out there and try to do my best. Winning is a treat.”