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 Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team is used to everyone giving them their best effort during the regular season. Now, the target is squarely on the back of the No. 1 seed in the North when the Wolverines open Section 6A play on Oct. 26 in Wadena. The Wolverines will open with either Park Christian or Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal in the first round of the playoffs. Those two teams square off on Oct. 23 in a play-in game at Park Christian High School.
The Wadena-Deer Creek football team has momentum on its side when they begin the Section 6AA playoffs on Oct. 24. The Wolverines are coming off a pair of victories which helped them secure the No. 6 seed for the quarterfinals.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country team was looking to build momentum in its final meet of the season when they competed in the Park Region Conference on Oc.t 17 at Blueberry Pines Golf Course in Menahga. The Wolverines earned third place overall, finishing with 84 points. United North Central won the meet with 19 points, while Ottertail Central came in second with 49 points. Pillager came in fourth place, followed by Pine River-Backus.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines are hitting their stride as they prepare for the Section 8A Championships on Oct. 27 in Bagley. The Wolverines finished second at the annual Park Region Conference Championships on Oct. 17 at Blueberry Pines Golf Course in Menahga, Minn.
It was a fitting end to the home season for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines when they swept the Menahga Braves 25-17, 25-14 and 25-14, finishing a perfect season against Park Region Conference opponents on Oct. 17 in Wadena. The Wolverines improved their season mark to 19-4 overall and 7-0 in conference play, capturing the Park Region Conference Championship.
It was a growing year but the Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team made some giant strides during the 2017 season, which came to an end in the Section 8A quarterfinals when they were defeated by Perham/New York Mills, 5-2, on Oct. 12 in Fargo, N.D.
After participating in one of the toughest tournaments in the state, the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team realized they needed to make a change. The early returns show that the move paid off when the Wolverines defeated the Sebeka Trojans, 25-15, 25-16 and 25-7 on Oct. 12 in Wadena.
It’s been a busy stretch for the Wadena-Deer Creek cross country running teams. The Wolverines competed at the annual Harrier Invitational on Oct. 5 and then competed at the annual Swain Invitational on Oct. 7 at the Enger Park Golf Course. The tournament featured many teams competing in the Class A race with 29 complete teams in the boys race, while 25 complete teams competed in the girls race.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team faced its toughest test to date when they competed in the Midwest Fall Classic at St. Michael-Albertville on Oct. 6 and 7. The Wolverines opened pool play with the eighth-ranked Class AAA team in Hopkins. Hopkins defeated Wadena-DC 25-12 and 25-19. The Wolverines found success in their second game against Class AAA Buffalo when they defeated them in three games, 25-22, 14-25 and 15-11.
The Pillager Huskies used a dominant ground attack and wore down the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, handing them a 40-0 defeat in Pillager on Oct. 6 in Midwest District Blue Division football action. Dylan Loftis rushed for a pair of touchdowns and eclipsed the 100-yard mark when he finished with 128 yards on 16 carries. The Huskies finished with 298 yards on the ground, while amassing 404 yards of total offense.