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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Kristin Trosvig scored three goals and assisted on another as the Alexandria Cardinals earned a 6-1 victory over the Prairie Centre Blue Devils on Jan. 9 in Long Prairie. Trosvig scored a short-handed goal and two power play goals as the Cardinals took control of the game with their play on special teams.
A return to conference play brought good fortune to the Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team. The Wolverines snapped their two-game skid with a 66-58 victory over Menahga on Jan. 9 in Menahga. The Wolverines are 5-6 overall, but 3-1 in Park Region Conference after the victory. The Wolverines spread the scoring out in the victory.
Collin Ginnaty scored four times, three of them in the third period, helping the Detroit Lakes Lakers to an 8-2 Mid-State Conference boys hockey victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in Wadena on Jan. 9. The Lakers used a big night from their special teams in the win. They scored two short-handed goals and three power play goals. They allowed just one power play goal in five opportunities and killed off a five-minute major in the first period.
The Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets broke open a close game with three goals in the second and four in the third, cruising to an 8-0 victory over the Prairie Centre Blue Devils on Jan. 6 at the Sauk Centre Ice Arena. The Blue Devils struggled to get on track against the Class AA opponent on Saturday when they mustered just 17 shots on goal, while the Bluejackets attacked the net with 43 shots on goal.
Lily Peterson’s strong shooting lifted the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 67-51 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a non-conference girls basketball clash in Wadena on Jan. 8. The Rangers win snapped a two-game winning streak for the Wolverines in a battle between former conference mates. Peterson connected on five 3-pointers and was 8 of 13 from the field. Karli Nelson finished with 15 points in the win. She hit two 3-pointers in the game and was 66 percent from the field.
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team returned to the mats with a home triangular with Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids. Both times the Wolverines came up short, falling by a point to each Fergus Falls 34-33 and Pelican Rapids 37-36 in exciting dual meet action at the Wadena-DC High School gymnasium.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team was hoping to build on its non-conference victory over Frazee when they returned to Park Region Conference action Jan. 4 in Pillager. However, the Huskies stymied the Wolverines, handing them a 63-47 defeat. The loss moves the Wolverines to 2-1 in conference play and knocks them to 4-5 overall. The Wolverines fell behind in the first half and could not get on track when the Huskies built up a 33-20 first half lead.
The extended lay off did not slow down the Prairie Centre Blue Devils when they returned to the ice with a 7-1 drubbing of Morris Area/Benson Area in Benson on Jan. 4 in non-conference girls hockey action. The victory completed a season sweep of the Storm, which the Blue Devils outscored the Storm 19-2 in the two games.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team entered the night with possession of the Highway 71 Cup, however, almost let it slip out of their hands. The Wolverines built up a 4-0 lead midway through the third period only to see the Park Rapids Area Panthers storm back, cutting the deficit to one. Yet, the Wolverines held off the surging Panthers, securing the cup for the second straight season.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team has yet to find the perfect mix of offense and defense, the second half of its 74-59 victory over Frazee, maybe an indication of what could happen when that takes place. The Wolverines slowed down the Hornets in the second half, building up a double-digit lead on its way to a 74-59 victory over the Frazee Hornets at the Wadena High School gymnasium.