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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Parkers Prairie spoiled the 2017 Wadena-Deer Creek baseball home opener by putting up crooked numbers in four of the seven innings on its way to an 11-4 victory over the Wolverines on April 21. The inability to avoid the big inning ultimately hurt the Wolverines in their home opener. All 10 batters that came to the plate for Parkers Prairie recorded hits with Andrew Johnson, Levi Arnold and Harry Samueson recording two hits each.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Track and Field teams capped off a busy week with a third place finish for the boys and a fifth place finish for the girls at the annual Anderson-Cole Invitational in Perham on April 21. It marked the second straight meet in as many days for the Wolverines and coach Marc Reynolds said the team had different goals for this meet, compared to the meet they had the day prior in Pillager.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines made it a clean sweep at the Pillager Varsity Invitational on April 20 in Pillager, Minn. Both the boys and the girls teams finished with 180 points on their way to the title. The girls finished 23 points better than second place Pillager, who finished with 157 points. Pine River-Backus was third with 108 points, while Royalton came in with 86 points for fourth. Rounding out the top five was Upsala/Swanville with 85 points.
The small town of Henning has celebrated the life of 16-year-old Jacob Quam, a sophomore killed in a car crash last week, in many different ways. The basketball team placed a cross at the crash site and said a prayer. They wore team colors to Monday's funeral. Students at Underwood placed a "Pray for Jacob Quam" sign across a fence at a field. Others gathered at Henning High School to play several games of pickup basketball in honor of Jacob.
Jake Dykhoff delivered at the plate and on the mound, helping the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 1-0 victory over Pillager at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 18. “It was a well played baseball game,” Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Kyle Dykhoff said. “Anytime you play just over an hour is fun baseball.” Dykhoff outlasted Pillager’s Chris Ringler in earning the victory. Both pitchers went the distance, combining to allow nine hits.
Minnesota Viking wide receiver Adam Thielen returned April 2 to a familiar place from his high school playing days with the Detroit Lakes Lakers. The wide receiver was the keynote speaker at Tri-County Health Care’s Men’s Night Out at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School. Viking fans of all ages attended the event to hear Thielen tell his story about his road to the National Football League.
The Perham Yellowjacket girls basketball team has dubbed their team the cardiac kids for their knack of playing close games that go down to the wire. The Yellowjackets held true to the formula on Feb. 17, earning a 48-47 overtime victory over Verndale in Verndale.