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 Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team hosted one of the top teams in Section 6A when they welcomed the Ottertail Central Bulldogs to the Wadena-DC Elementary School. The Bulldogs showcased why they are one of the favorites to capture the team title in Section 6A when they earned a 69-6 victory over the host Wolverines.
Strong defense and a break out second half helped the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 60-42 victory over Bertha-Hewitt in a Park Region Conference boys basketball game in Wadena on Dec. 12.
The scoring drought and losing streak came to a halt for the Prairie Centre Blue Devils when they won back-to-back games, defeating Crookston and dismantling Morris Area/Benson Area 12-1 on Dec. 12 in Long Prairie. It was the second straight win for the Blue Devils, who were on a scoring drought during its four game losing streak. They have since exploded with six goals against Crookston and 12 in their most recent performance against MBA.
Marissa Thompson and Paige Thompson give the Hawley Nuggets a lethal duo on the basketball court and the sisters delivered when they defeated the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 70-47 in a non-conference girls basketball game in Hawley on Dec. 12.
Shane Donovan’s six point night and a four-goal third period outburst helped the Northern Lakes Lightning to a 10-4 Mid-State conference boys hockey victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at the Breezy Point Ice Arena on Dec. 12. The defending Mid-State Conference champions broke open a two-goal game with the lamplighting third period. The Lightning currently sit behind Detroit Lakes in the standings.
Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball head coach Kevin Tumberg wanted the ball in senior Noah Ross’s hands. His senior delivered with a clutch 3-pointer in the closing seconds, which sparked a 7-0 run, helping the Wolverines stun Staples-Motley 85-8- on Dec. 8 in Wadena. “I thought that thing was so long, so I was happy when it went in,” Ross said of his go-ahead 3-pointer. “It felt good. I kind of struggled in our first game, but it really felt good to come out and put up a big number.”
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team was hoping to bounce back from a tough loss to New York Mills when they traveled to Wheaton to take on Border West in a dual meet on Dec. 7. While the Wolverines had a better night on the mat, they were edged out by the host team 42-33.
Landon Johnson and six other goal scorers helped the Little Falls Flyers hand the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines their first loss of the season on Dec. 7 in boys hockey action at the Wadena Ice Arena. Johnson tallied twice as the Flyers cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Wolverines. It snapped a four game winning streak for the Wolverines, who were averaging eight goals a game entering the contest.
Veronica Schwartz and Faith Alberts lifted Parkers Prairie to a 58-40 road victory over Wadena-Deer Creek in girls basketball action on Dec. 7 at the Wadena Elementary School. Schwartz led all scorers with 20 points, while Alberts finished with 16 points in the victory for the visitors.
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team suffered a 54-23 dual meet defeat in its Park Region Conference opener when they squared off with the New York Mills Eagles at the Wadena-DC High School on Dec. 5. The Wolverines were coming off a big opening victory when they defeated Barnesville, however, didn’t have things on their side when they squared off with New York Mills.