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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Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball head coach Kevin Tumberg wanted the ball in senior Noah Ross’s hands. His senior delivered with a clutch 3-pointer in the closing seconds, which sparked a 7-0 run, helping the Wolverines stun Staples-Motley 85-8- on Dec. 8 in Wadena. “I thought that thing was so long, so I was happy when it went in,” Ross said of his go-ahead 3-pointer. “It felt good. I kind of struggled in our first game, but it really felt good to come out and put up a big number.”
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team was hoping to bounce back from a tough loss to New York Mills when they traveled to Wheaton to take on Border West in a dual meet on Dec. 7. While the Wolverines had a better night on the mat, they were edged out by the host team 42-33.
Landon Johnson and six other goal scorers helped the Little Falls Flyers hand the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines their first loss of the season on Dec. 7 in boys hockey action at the Wadena Ice Arena. Johnson tallied twice as the Flyers cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Wolverines. It snapped a four game winning streak for the Wolverines, who were averaging eight goals a game entering the contest.
Veronica Schwartz and Faith Alberts lifted Parkers Prairie to a 58-40 road victory over Wadena-Deer Creek in girls basketball action on Dec. 7 at the Wadena Elementary School. Schwartz led all scorers with 20 points, while Alberts finished with 16 points in the victory for the visitors.
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team suffered a 54-23 dual meet defeat in its Park Region Conference opener when they squared off with the New York Mills Eagles at the Wadena-DC High School on Dec. 5. The Wolverines were coming off a big opening victory when they defeated Barnesville, however, didn’t have things on their side when they squared off with New York Mills.
The offensive woes continued for the Prairie Centre Blue Devils when they were edged out by the Minneapolis Blades 5-1 at the Parade Ice Arena in Minneapolis on Dec. 5 in girls hockey. The Blue Devils are averaging just 1.86 goals per game and have scored just three goals in their four game losing streak, dropping their mark to 2-5-0 on the season.
The offensive barrage continued for the Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team when the steamrolled Morris/Benson Area 8-1 on Nov. 5 in Morris. Max Phillips scored twice while Preston Warren added a goal and four assists to lead a very balanced scoring attack. The Wolverines had seven players record goals in the convincing road win, their fourth straight to start the season.
It wasn’t a masterpiece but the Wadena-Deer Creek girls basketball team captured a key Park Region Conference 39-27 victory over the Verndale Pirates in its conference opener in Verndale on Dec. 5.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines moved to 3-0-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season when they walloped the Ely Timberwolves 12-5 in a non-conference boys hockey game on Dec. 2 at the Wadena Ice Arena.
Five players finished in double figures as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines picked up their first win of the season with a 62-39 non-conference girls basketball victory at home on Dec. 1 against the Bagley Flyers. The Wolverines kept the Flyers grounded throughout the contest, racing out to a 33-19 lead in the first half and never looking back. It was a strong effort after a tough loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle just 24 hours prior.