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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Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion head coach Ron Schertler said Jake Dykhoff has the green light when he is on the base paths. The graduated senior took advantage by swiping third and scampering into home on the errant throw helping Wadena-DC capture the Northeast Substate Division II Championship with a 5-4 victory over Pierz on July 28 in Ely, Minn.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Jake Dykhoff will continue his baseball career with the North Dakota State University Bison. “(It was) overwhelming. It was crazy, all the text messages from different coaches and they were constantly on you,” Dykhoff said. “There were a couple that I had so many texts that I forgot to respond. They just keep on you and it was overwhelming and that’s why I’m happy to make a decision.”
It was a tale of two games for the Wadena American Legion baseball team in the opening day of the Northeast Substate playoffs in Nashwauk and Marble on July 25. Their opening round 2-1 walk-off victory featured a lot of drama, while their second round 11-3 drubbing of Taconite did not. The pair of victories puts Wadena in the winner’s bracket final where they will take on Pierz with the right to play in the championship game.
The Bluffton Braves cleared the logjam in the middle of the Hi-10 with two convincing road victories over the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers and the Perham Pirates on July 21 and 22. Dustin Geiser shut the door on Wadena-Deer Creek for a complete game win, while it was Kevin Tumberg slowing down the Pirates with a complete game of his own.
The Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team advanced to the Northeast Division II Substate Tournament when they finished their playoff run with a victory over Park Rapids Area, before falling to Pierz on July 21 in Park Rapids.
Minnesota Hockey honored Wadena Hockey Club with its annual DICK'S Sporting Goods Grow the Game Award on May 20. The award is presented to two youth hockey associations each season in recognition of outstanding dedication to introducing youth in their community to the game of hockey.
It didn't take long for the Wadena-Deer Creek School District to fill its wrestling head coaching vacancy after the resignation of coaches Kyle Hagen and Norm Gallant. The Wolverines named Brian Roberts the new head coach of the Wolverines. Roberts, in a phone interview from a wrestling camp in Iowa, was very excited about the position and the future of Wadena-DC wrestling. "It's a lifelong dream. Since I was a young kid in sixth grade, I knew I wanted to be a head wrestling coach," Roberts said. "It feels pretty great to accomplish a lifelong dream."
It was a remarkable year for the Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams. The Wolverines captured a pair of state championships in two relay races, along with a pair of state medalists. The Wolverines were honored as well for their work on and off the track when head coach Marc Reynolds was named the Park Region Conference and Section 6A Track and Field Coach of the Year.
The Independence Day holiday brings busier lake accesses, and people will be hurrying to family gatherings and celebrations. It is important for all lake and river users to take a few minutes to clean, drain, dispose—every time.
Down to their final out, the Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team rallied for three runs and earned a 6-5 walk off victory over Park Rapids Area in game one of its doubleheader on June 27 in Wadena.