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 senior Abby Motschenbacher continues to climb up the ladder for the Wolverines. The senior cross country runner started the season with a third place finish in Morris and followed it up with a second place finish at the Johanna Olson Invitational on Sept. 6 at the Whitetail Run Golf Course.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Lucas Hinojos is very familiar with the cross country course at the Whitetail Run Golf Course. After all, it’s the junior runners home golf course. His familiarity with the course helped him realize when the time was to close the gap and make his move. He surged from the middle of the field to a fourth place finish at the annual Johanna Olson Invitational on Sept. 7.
For the third straight time to start the season, the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team faced an opponent from Section 8AA. However, this time, the tides were turned on the Wolverines when the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels out-lasted the Wolverines in five, 25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 25-21 and 15-9 on Sept. 4 in Wadena.
Whether he has the ball or not, Parkers Prairie’s Travis Yohnke impacts the game. The standout running back helped the Panthers to a 14-0 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in their season-opening football game in Parkers Prairie on Aug. 31. Yohnke played a big role in sparking a ground attack that wore down the Wolverines throughout the night and changed the game on defense as well, slowing down the attack.
For much of the night, it appeared the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team was going to be a trivia answer to the question, who lost the first game in Perham’s new high school gymnasium? However, the Wolverines rallied and stunned the Yellowjackets 5-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23, 17-15 to spoil the home opener on Aug. 30 in Perham. “This is an amazing feeling, especially with that comeback that we had,” Wadena-Deer Creek’s Ashley Adams said. “Nothing compares to this feeling right now.”
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines kick off the new season with a pair of tough tests when they open the season with Parkers Prairie on Aug. 30 in Parkers Prairie. The season-opening road contest will be a stiff test for the Wolverines. Parkers Prairie returns with several key players from last year's team that finished with a 4-5 record, but earned a 41-20 victory over the Wolverines in last year's season-opener.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team took one of its biggest leaps as a growing program when they earned its first win of the 2018 season on Aug. 29 in Wadena. The Wolverines knocked off the defending Section 8A champions by sweeping four singles matches, earning a 4-3 victory over the Roseau Rams. The Wolverines were inching closer to its first win, playing some of the tougher teams on their early strong schedule to close matches, yet just couldn’t push through until their match against the Rams.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Abby Motschenbacher started the new season off with the best race of her high school career at the Morris Invitational on Aug. 28. The rain delay did not slow her down as she earned a third place finish at the event. It was Motschenbacher’s second top three finish in her career and the best race she has ran, according to Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Michael Brunsberg. She finished with a time of 20 minutes and 49 seconds.
After a slight delay due to weather, the Wadena-Deer Creek boys cross country team hit the trails with a bang when they competed at the Morris Invitational on Aug. 28 in Morris, Minn.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team returned to dual meet action with a 6-1 defeat to Pierz at the Wadena Tennis Courts on Aug. 28. Madison Packer picked up the lone victory for the Wolverines. She defeated Val Gall in straight sets at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 7-5. “We ran into a very solid Pierz team,” Wadena-DC head coach Jordan Cresap said. “Packer continues to improve and put opponents on their heels.”