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 Fairmont connection of Garrett Myren and Dustin Schultz gave the Cardinals the spark they were looking for when the Cardinals defeated Perham 29-14 in the Class AAA semifinals at US Bank Stadium on Nov. 17. Perham marched down field with the game’s opening drive, but Myren and Schultz turned the momentum with a fourth-down touchdown pass for 32-yards and sparked the Fairmont offense in the first half.
Perham/New York Mills/Henning junior diver continued her climb up the ladder when she finished 11th at the Class A Championships, which concluded on Nov. 16 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Fischer entered the final round of competition in 13th place, but climbed up two spots to finish 11th overall, which was her career best finish in her two years at the state’s biggest meet.
A pair of Perham seniors have signed to compete on the North Dakota State University Track and Field teams during the early signing period. It was announced by the official Twitter accounts of the NDSU Track and Field teams on Nov. 15 Covington helped lead the Yellowjackets to three cross country state championships and is an all-state runner for Perham.
The Perham football team continues its season on the state’s biggest stage when they take on Fairmont at 4:30 p.m. at US Bank Stadium on Nov. 17. The Yellowjackets and the Cardinals play after the conclusion of the other semifinal which is between Pierz and Rochester Lourdes.
Perham/New York Mills/Henning junior diver Dena Fischer continued her outstanding season during the opening day of the Class A swimming and diving championships at the University of Minnesota on Nov. 14. The diver advanced through the first round of diving and the semifinals by finishing 13th overall and will now compete in the finals on Nov. 16 at the Aquatics Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The Perham Activities Department announced they are putting a fan bus together for Perham’s Class AAA semifinal game with Fairmont on Nov. 17 at US Bank Stadium. The cost to ride the bus is $30 and does not include the cost of the game ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at Ticketmaster. If interested, contact Tanya Beachy at email@example.com by noon on Thursday.
Perham girls basketball coach T.J. Super has introduced an event that will showcase the Perham girls basketball program. Jacket Madness begins at 4 p.m. at the Hive. Super said it’s an event he has thought about hosting the event for a couple of years, but with the new gymnasium and facilities, he felt it was a good time to crank it up.
Facing a methodical offense, the Perham Yellowjackets wanted to strike early and often. They accomplished that feat when they went 66 yards on the game’s opening play and never looked back when they defeated the Two Harbors Agates 48-17 in the Class AAA quarterfinal at Don Adamson Field in Brainerd on Nov. 10. “We can score very fast and methodically down the field,” Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said. “I thought it was really good and impressive of the kids. I’m just so proud of them.”
The Perham football team was outside, embracing the cold at the start of the week for the first time in six years. The Yellowjackets advanced to the Class AAA Tournament with a 42-28 victory over East Grand Forks and will square off with Two Harbors, who defeated Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 26-18, in the Section 7AAA Championship.
The Perham boys cross country team held the No.1 ranking all season long and the Class A Championships on Nov. 3 was their crowning moment. The Yellowjackets shouldered the expectations like it was any race and had a mic drop moment as described by Perham head coach Jeff Morris when they ran away with their seventh overall title and second consecutive championship at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.