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 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.
Preston Warren and Justin Dykhoff each tallied twice, helping the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines win their home opener 5-3 over Becker/Big Lake in non-conference boys hockey at the Wadena Ice Arena on Dec. 1.
The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder hit from the free throw line in the closing minutes, holding off a surging Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team on Nov. 30 in the season opener for both teams. The Thunder earned a 55-47 victory led by Blake Fossland and Gabe Abraham. Fossland finished with a game high of 21 points, while Abraham finished with 17 points.
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team raced out of the gates earning a 41-34 victory over the Barnesville Trojans in their season-opening dual meet in Barnesville on Nov. 30. It was a stern test for the Wolverines against a perennially tough Trojan squad. The Trojans are expected to be a darkhorse to contend for the Section 6A title, returning 10 section place winners and a state qualifier.
Taylor Kingston led the way early, but it was clutch baskets inside from Rachel Middendorf which helped the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder hold off and spoil the home opener for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 54-51 on Nov. 30.
Two power play goals provided the difference when Mound Westonka skated away with a 3-1 victory over Prairie Centre at the Sauk Centre Ice Arena in a non-conference girls hockey game on Nov. 29. The Blue Devils took just four penalties in the game, but the Mound Westonka White Hawks made them pay, scoring two power play goals in the deciding second period.
The Scott Woods era began with a convincing win for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines when they spoiled the 2017-18 home opener for the Breckenridge/Wahpeton Blades on Nov. 28 in Wahpeton. Jake Dykhoff recorded the hat-trick, while Max Phillips found the net twice in the 7-2 victory for the Wolverines. Phillips found the twine twice, but also handed out three helpers in the win, finishing with a team high of five points.