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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Minnesota Hockey honored Wadena Hockey Club with its annual DICK'S Sporting Goods Grow the Game Award on May 20. The award is presented to two youth hockey associations each season in recognition of outstanding dedication to introducing youth in their community to the game of hockey.
It didn't take long for the Wadena-Deer Creek School District to fill its wrestling head coaching vacancy after the resignation of coaches Kyle Hagen and Norm Gallant. The Wolverines named Brian Roberts the new head coach of the Wolverines. Roberts, in a phone interview from a wrestling camp in Iowa, was very excited about the position and the future of Wadena-DC wrestling. "It's a lifelong dream. Since I was a young kid in sixth grade, I knew I wanted to be a head wrestling coach," Roberts said. "It feels pretty great to accomplish a lifelong dream."
It was a remarkable year for the Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams. The Wolverines captured a pair of state championships in two relay races, along with a pair of state medalists. The Wolverines were honored as well for their work on and off the track when head coach Marc Reynolds was named the Park Region Conference and Section 6A Track and Field Coach of the Year.
The Independence Day holiday brings busier lake accesses, and people will be hurrying to family gatherings and celebrations. It is important for all lake and river users to take a few minutes to clean, drain, dispose—every time.
Down to their final out, the Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team rallied for three runs and earned a 6-5 walk off victory over Park Rapids Area in game one of its doubleheader on June 27 in Wadena.
The goal for Wadena-Deer Creek’s Mikaela Malone was to advance to the finals in the 100 meter dash at the Class A Championships. The ninth grade sprinter took care of that one day one when she qualified with a time of 12.95, which allowed her to advance in the deep field at Hamline University.
One was good, but two was better for Jonathan Pantages, Chase Domier, Bereket Loer and Hunter Hawkins when the Wadena-Deer Creek relay teams brought home not one, but two Class A Championships on June 9 at Hamline University. “This is what we came here to do and we did it,” Loer said. “It feels great.”
It may not have been the finishing spot she wanted but Wadena-Deer Creek senior Ellie Miron capped off a stellar career with a ninth place finish in the discus throw at the Class A Championships at Klas Field at Hamline University on June 8.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Nick Lund changed the momentum of the game with a single to right. His first hit of the game scored two runs and sparked a five-run inning which helped DGF capture the Section 8AA Championship over Wadena-Deer Creek 6-5 in Park Rapids, Minn. Lund’s two-run single was followed by a two-run double from Taylor Irwin and an RBI single by Carter Kohler when the Rebels erased a 4-0 lead.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will have eight athletes competing in seven different events at the Class A Championships at Hamline University on June 8 and 9. Ellie Miron, Mikaela Malone and Kennedy Gravelle will be joined by Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Hunter Hawkins, Chase Domier and Isaac Hale will be representing the Wolverines at the state meet.