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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A pair of familiar teams squared off in the District 2 14-15 Babe Ruth Championships with Wadena-Deer Creek downing New York Mills Blue, 3-2, in the championship game. Wadena-Deer Creek will now play in the 14-15 Babe Ruth Non-Advancing State Tournament. They open on July 27 at 2 p.m. against the winner of a first round contest at New York Mills.
The New York Mills Millers earned the No. 1 seed as they begin defense of their Region 14C title from last year. The Millers were the top team in the Hi-10, finishing with a 10-4 record in league play, while finishing with an 8-2 record against Hi-10 opponents. They will be vying for one of two spots when the tournament kicks off on July 29 in Deer Creek and Perham.
Paynesville’s Spencer Imholte kept Wadena-Deer Creek off-balance in picking up a 2-0 victory and eliminating Wadena-DC from the District 6 American Legion Tournament. Paynesville staked Imholte to a lead in the first inning and he made it hold up, scattering six hits in the shutout effort. Wadena-DC had a pair of opportunities, but could not string enough hits together to get a run across or any sustained momentum against Imholte.
It went extra innings, but the Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team was able to sneak past Holdingford in the first round of the District 6 American Legion Tournament in Elrosa on July 20.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Babe Ruth baseball team finished second at the annual Timberline Baseball playoffs, earning a spot in the District 2 Tournament to be hosted by Sebeka and New York Mills. Wadena-Deer Creek was tripped up by New York Mills Blue in the championship game, 12-0. However, it capped off a strong week of play, finishing with a 3-2 record overall, dropping a pair of games to New York Mills Blue.
The Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team moved through the Sub-District with relative ease, defeating Sebeka once and Park Rapids Area twice. The three victories gave Wadena-Deer Creek the No. 1 seed and they will open play on July 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Elrosa, Minn., against Holdingford.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers continued to keep its grasps on second place in the Hi-10 league by splitting a doubleheader with the Bertha Blazers on July 16 in Bertha. The Shockers jumped ahead with a quick start in game one, winning, 5-1, before dropping a close one in game two, 3-0.
It was a tale of two games for the Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team when it completed a doubleheader sweep of Sebeka on July 5 at the Wadena-DC High School baseball field.
The Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team opened the week with a pair of wins over Staples-Motley on June 27, before rolling to a 9-1 win over Walker on June 28. Wadena-DC continues its stellar play against league opponents. They are undefeated against district teams with matchups against Sebeka and Park Rapids to close out the season before league playoffs and district playoffs at the end of July.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Babe Ruth team split a doubleheader with Sebeka on June 28, falling in extra innings, 8-6, before winning game two, 10-0. It was a back-and-forth affair in game one with Sebeka jumping ahead in the first on an RBI single by Kolby Kiser.