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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Perham senior Ashley Hokanson was once intimidated by the pole vault. On Saturday, she became a two-time Minnesota Class 1A champion in the pole vault and the new state record holder at Hamline University. Hokanson won the title when she cleared 11 feet, 9 inches, but she continued to raise the bar. She eventually cleared 12-7 to set the record. She tried to clear 12-10 but was unable.
Wadena-Deer Creek senior pitcher Justin Dykhoff is in a zone unlike any other. Dykhoff completed his third no-hitter in four starts as the Wolverines defeated Park Rapids Area 5-0 on April 25 in Wadena. “It felt as good as it has all year, it was the best it ever has,” Dykhoff said after the game. “I have never been in it like this and everything is working.”
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Justin Dykhoff continued his dominance of Pillager when he pitched his second no-hitter of the season against the Huskies on April 18. The Wolverines cruised to a 7-0 victory behind the senior’s 12 strikeout performance.
The Perham Yellowjackets struggled to overcome Minneapolis North’s speed and pace in the opening minutes when the Polars ran out to an 18-2 lead on its way to a 62-46 victory in the Class AA boys basketball semifinals at the Target Center on March 22.
When the Henning Hornets hit 33 points to extend their first half lead to 17 points on Spring Grove, the crowd chanted 33 in honor of Jacob Quam. Quam would have been proud of his team’s effort as they cruised to the Class A Championship game with a 33-point, 67-34 victory over Spring Grove at the Target Center on March 22. “We found out that we won by 33 points and that was his number,” Henning’s Sam Fisher said. “We know he is still with us.”
North Woods senior Cade Goggleye said to himself that he was going to make the shot. He took the inbounds pass and sent a dagger through the hearts of the Ada-Borup Cougars with a last second 3-pointer, lifting the Grizzlies to a 57-55 victory over Ada-Borup in the Minnesota Class A semifinals at Target Center in Minneapolis. It wasn’t the first time that Goggleye hit a late shot. He hit a buzzer beater in 2017. He was asked which shot he will remember more and he said it was this one.
Henning head coach Randy Misegades got after his team at the half when Christ’s Household of Faith’s McCalleb Alleman hit buzzer-beater 3-pointer, cutting the Henning lead to one. The Hornets received the message as they clamped down on the Lions, securing a 63-56 Class A quarterfinal victory on March 21.
Mason Miller made his presence felt in a big way during the Class A Quarterfinals at Williams Arena. The 6-foot, 8-inch Ada-Borup forward finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds, helping the Cougars to a 49-39 victory over the Cromwell-Wright Cardinals on March 21.
Longtime Perham wrestling head coach Robb Moser knew it was time. The long-time coach announced his resignation, which was accepted by the Perham-Dent School Board on March 18 during its meeting at Perham High School.
The Perham Yellowjackets used a 14-4 run to start the second half and kept the pressure on when it picked up a 73-58 victory over Redwood Valley during the Class AA Quarterfinals at Williams Arena on March 20. The Yellowjackets (30-1) used a dominant performance on the interior, getting the Cardinals (16-12) into foul trouble early. The Yellowjackets held a 36-21 edge on the glass and a 15-3 edge on the offensive boards.