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 Wolverines struggled to slow down Staples-Motley’s Claire Wolhowe as she led the Cardinals to a 57-49 victory on Nov. 28 in Staples in the girls basketball season opener for both teams. Wolhowe finished with 27 points, leading all scorers and willing her Cardinals to the victory. She did most of her damage from the free throw line, hitting 14 of her 16 attempts at the line. She hit just six shots from the field, while taking 23 on the night.
One might think that a trip to the state volleyball tournament would lead to a tough start on the hockey rink for Prairie Centre’s Kylee Hopp. However, it has been just the opposite. Hopp tallied her third and fourth goals of the season, helping the Blue Devils to a 3-2 win over the Marshall Tigers on Nov. 21 at the Red Baron Arena in Marshall, Minn.
The Prairie Centre Blue Devils opened the season with a split, defeating Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 4-1 on Nov. 16 before falling to Luverne 5-3 on Nov. 18 in their first two games of the season. On Nov. 16 the Blue Devils started quickly with two first period tallies, before adding a pair in the third period to seal the victory. Lupita Mora, Gabby Olson, Anna Nedoroscik and Kylee Hopp found the net for the Blue Devils.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team started out quickly, but ran into too much power from Bethlehem Academy’s Mary Campbell when they were defeated 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 in the Class A third place game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Nov. 11.
There will be a welcome home ceremony for the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. The welcome home for the Wolverines will take place at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Commons. The public is welcome to attend the event to welcome home the Wolverines on their state tournament appearance. There will be refreshments at the event.
Wadena-Deer Creek head volleyball coach Sue Volkmann saw a lot of her 2010 state championship team in the defending state champion Mayer Lutheran when the two teams squared off in the Class A semifinals on Nov. 10. The Crusaders, who are a senior-laden team, like the 2010 state champions were, defeated the Wolverines 25-22, 25-13, 25-22 to advance to the Class A Championship.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines completed the first step by winning their Class A quarterfinal match with the Ada-Borup/Norman County West Cougars on Nov. 9 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The fourth-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines came out ready to attack in their Class A quarterfinal volleyball match, sweeping Ada-Borup/Norman County West 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 on Nov. 9 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
After some nervous moments, the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team settled in and accomplished its goal of capturing the Section 6A Championship and securing a berth at the Class A State Tournament. The Wolverines found themselves down one set and trailing in the second set. They went on a late run and took control of the match, securing a 3-1 victory over Underwood.
The Wadena-Deer Creek high school hosted a send off celebration for the Wadena-DC volleyball team, who will be making their seventh appearance at the state volleyball tournament. The Wolverines earned the trip with a 3-1 victory over Underwood in the Section 6A Championship game.