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.
- Member for
- 4 years 1 month
Too much firepower and a strong defensive effort helped the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team to a 25-15, 25-14 and 25-10 victory over the Pillager Huskies on Oct. 4 in Wadena. Kennedy Gravelle finished with 12 kills, while Ashley Adams added 11 to help overpower the visiting Huskies.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team returned to the win column with a 25-11, 25-14 and 25-19 victory over the Breckenridge Cowgirls on Oct. 2 in Wadena. It was a strong bounceback victory after falling to New York Mills in straight sets. The Wolverines now have won four of their last five games, moving their record to 8-7 on the season.
The last time West Central Area/Ashby and Wadena-Deer Creek squared off on the gridiron, the Knights needed a stop on a 2-point conversion try to hold off the Wolverines. In the playoff rematch, a late stop wasn’t needed as the Knights controlled from the opening whistle, cruising to a 52-6 victory over the Wolverines on Sept. 21 in Barrett, Minn. Isaiah Sykora passed for two touchdowns, while five different running backs found the end zone in the convincing win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team returned to the win column for the second straight match when they disposed of Verndale 25-23, 14-25, 25-20 and 25-23 on Sept. 20 in Wadena. The victory gave the Wolverines their second win in Park Region Conference play and moved them to 2-1 against conference foes.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team squared off with a pair of Mid-State Conference rivals when they battled with Staples-Motley and Crosby-Ironton on Sept. 18 in Wadena and Staples. The Wolverines were edged by the Cardinals 5-2 and 4-3 by the Rangers in a pair of close duals. The Wolverines grabbed two singles points in their match with Staples-Motley. Grace Hinojos won in straight sets over Rose Han at No. 1 singles. She won 6-0 and 7-5.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys cross country running team found itself up towards the front when competing at the Bagley Invitational on Sept. 18 in Bagley. The Wolverines did not let the quick turnaround affect them when they earned a third place finish and two runners inside the top 10.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country running team had a quick turnaround after competing at the Ada-Borup/Norman County Booster Invitational. The Wolverines traveled to Bagley to become familiar with the Section 8A Championship course at the Twin Pines Golf Course.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines went on the attack and picked up the 25-18, 25-22 and 25-21 over Detroit Lakes on Sept. 18 in Detroit Lakes. The two former Mid-State rivals squared off with the Wolverines going on the attack and gaining momentum on the key points. Kennedy Gravelle led the Wolverines with 13 kills, while Ashley Adams and Kylee Hopp added six.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Payton Rondestvedt made his first career varsity start at quarterback a memorable one. The freshman quarterback tossed two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Wolverines cruised to a 34-6 victory over United North Central in Wadena on Sept. 14. The strong offensive start from Rondestvedt, coupled with an outstanding performance on defense helped the Wolverines get their first win, snapping a two-game skid to start the season.
The Ottertail Central Bulldogs wasted little time in jumping on the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, scoring 23 first half points and cruising to a 50-6 victory at the Don Seipkes Field in Henning on Sept. 7. Nick Van Erp threw three first half touchdowns, while Sam Fisher rushed for a score and added a kickoff return for another.