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 New York Mills softball team continued its dominant ways with a 4-1 and 11-1 doubleheader sweep of the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on May 8 in Wadena. The defending Class A Champions have now won 14 straight games, 21 dating back to last season and appear poised to make another run in 2018.
Walks and mistakes proved costly for the Wadena-Deer Creek softball team in a Park Region Conference doubleheader against Sebeka on May 4 in Wadena. The Trojans capitalized on multiple opportunities and earned a 13-3 and 11-0 sweep of the Wolverines. The Wolverines issued nine free passes in game one, which the Trojans took advantage of in the first game.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines continued their strong play with a 15-4 drubbing of Sebeka on May 4 in Sebeka. The Wolverines built on a one-run lead with a two-run sixth inning and an eight-run seventh, putting away the host Trojans. Lleyten Pettit earned the win on the bump. He allowed four runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked two batters. Noah Ross shut the door in relief for the save. He struck out two batters in two innings of relief.
It was Jake Dykhoff in game one and Justin Dykhoff in game two as the Dykhoff duo shut down Parkers Prairie, helping the Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team to 7-1 and 3-2 sweep of Parkers Prairie on May 3 in Wadena. Jake Dykhoff toed the rubber in game one and went seven strong innings. He allowed one run and scattered three hits. He struck out 13 and didn’t walk a single batter when he made quick work of Parkers Prairie.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines got the last laugh in a back-and-forth affair with Parkers Prairie in game one, winning 7-6. They erased an early deficit in game two, earning an 15-8 win and a doubleheader sweep on May 3. Casey Volkmann worked her way on base with a bunt single, stole second on a delayed steal and moved to third on a wild pitch. On her break towards third, the throw went into the outfield, allowing Volkmann to score the winning run.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys golf team continued its season with the Mid-Minnesota Conference meet at Minnesota National Golf Course in Aitkin. The Wolverines carded a round of 408, finishing in seventh place overall. Pequot Lakes won the meet with a 343, finishing two strokes ahead of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, who came in at 345. Crosby-Ironton came in third place, while Pine River/Backus was fourth.
The Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams returned to action with another strong performance at the United North Central Warrior Invite on May 1. The boys team claimed the top spot with 199 points, while the girls came in second with 115 points. Pillager won the girls and came in second in the boys event.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys golf team had its best meet of the season on May 1 at the Whitetail Run Golf Course in Wadena. The Wolverines posted their lowest score, finishing with a 376 during the Mid-Minnesota Conference event. The finish was good for fifth place. Pequot Lakes won the event as a team, while Staples-Motley was second. Crosby-Ironton followed in third place, while Pine River/Backus was fourth and in sixth place was Aitkin.
After the 8-3 loss to Perham, Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Tracy Jack hoped her softball team would get off to faster starts. The Wolverines made that wish come true when they earned a doubleheader sweep of Ottertail Central, 4-1 and 27-20, on May 1 in Battle Lake. The Wolverines scored runs in the first inning both games, helping them build early leads against the Bulldogs.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team scored runs in six of the seven innings as the bats came alive in a 13-3 victory over Menahga in Menahga on April 30.