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 Park Rapids Area Panthers handed the Wadena-Deer Creek girls basketball team their seventh straight loss with an 80-54 victory on Feb. 20 in Park Rapids. The Wolverines closed out the regular season with a 7-18 record overall and a 1-6 record against Section 8AA opponents.
Jackson Savoie and Blake Perbix scored twice and the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders cruised to a 15-0 Section 6A quarter final victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud on Feb. 20. The Crusaders, the No. 1 seed and fourth-ranked team in Class A, put up seven goals in the first and seven in the second, earning the shutout win over the Wolverines.
The Verndale Pirates made a concerted effort to attack inside against the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines and it paid off as the Pirates ran away with a 71-57 Park Region Conference boys basketball game on Feb. 20 in Verndale.
Being the first to do something is usually a daunting task, but that’s not the case for Bel Snyder, Wadena-Deer Creek’s first female varsity wrestler. While Snyder is new to varsity competition, the senior is no stranger to the wrestling world. She grew up around the mats and is following in footsteps of many family members. Her father wrestled, her brother is on the current team and she has cousins that are also involved with wrestling.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team will be at home for the first round of the Section 6A playoffs when they open on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Wadena Ice Arena. The Wolverines (14-9-2) will open with a very familiar foe when they square off with Breckenridge/Wahpeton. The Wolverines swept the season series from the Blades, winning the first game 7-2 in Breckenridge, while besting the Blades 7-5 in Wadena.
The short-handed Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team had the Breckenridge Cowboys on the rope, but a pair of late pins and a forfeit allowed the Cowboys to upend the Wolverines 42-39 in the Section 6A Team Tournament in Underwood on Feb. 13. Both teams won seven matches, but the Cowboys were able to pick up more points by gaining one more six-point victory than the Wolverines.
The Menahga Braves continued their run to perfection with a 71-29 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a Park Region Conference girls basketball game on Feb. 13. The Braves used a balanced attack, rushing out to a 52-16 first half lead and cruising in the second half to the road win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team was hoping to build upon its win over Menahga when they squared off with Section 8AA rival Hawley at the Fargo Civic Center on Feb. 10. The Nuggets used big performances from Noah Glad, Jayden Carlisle and Gunnar Lawson to pick up a 57-50 victory over the Wolverines. Glad paced the Nuggets with 22 points, while Carlisle ended with 16, while Lawson added 12.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team closed the season with momentum on its side with a 9-1 victory over Red Lake Falls at the Cardin-Hunt Arena in Red Lake Falls on Feb. 10. The Wolverines broke open the game with a dominant second period, scoring four goals, while outshooting the Eagles 20-2. Wadena-Deer Creek continued to fire shot after shot at the Red Lake Falls netminder, amassing 44 shots on goal to just 12 from the Eagles.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team did just enough to earn a 63-55 victory over the upset-minded Menahga Braves on Feb. 9 at the Wadena-DC High School gymnasium. The Wolverines gutted it out as the Braves came at them with a big run to start the second half, but the Wolverines stemmed the tide, eventually closing it out at the free throw line in the closing minutes of the game.