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 cross country running teams made it a clean sweep when they captured the titles at the Deer River/Northland Invitational at Blueberry Hills Golf Course in Deer River, Minn. It was a strong day for the Wolverines winning both races and capturing 14 of the 30 top 10 ribbons given out throughout the day.
It was a marquee matchup with two of the area’s top volleyball teams squaring off and the match did not disappoint when the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines outlasted Park Rapids Area 18-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 15-6 on Sept. 25 in Park Rapids Area.
The West Central Area/Ashby Knights took advantage of the numbers game and used their depth to wear down the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, spoiling homecoming with a 28-20 victory on Sept. 22. The Knights ground attack came up with a late drive, extending the lead to a two-possession game. However, the Wolverines battled back when Jake Dykhoff rushed in from 6 yards out, cutting the lead to eight points. However, the onside kick was recovered by the Knights sealing the game.
The sixth-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team needed a spark when it was down 1-0 and trailing in the second set against rival Verndale on Sept. 22. That spark came from Ellie Miron. Miron rattled off five straight kills, turning the momentum and changing the direction of the second set. The Wolverines eventually wore down the host Pirates, defeating Verndale 17-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-11 in front of an energized crowd in Verndale.
It’s been a struggle for the Wadena-Deer Creek tennis team to stay healthy during the 2017 season. The injury or illness bug continues to affect the Wolverines and it played a role when the Wolverines were defeated by Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Upsala/Swanville, 4-3. The Wolverines took three of the four singles matches, but lost the two doubles matches they competed in and had to forfeit at No. 3 doubles, enabling LGPE/U/S to pick up the road win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek cross country running teams got their first look at the Section 8A Championship course when they competed in the annual Bagley Invitational on Sept. 20 at the Bagley Golf Course. It was a strong day for both programs when they cracked the top 10. It was the highest finish for the Wadena-DC boys team when they finished third overall, while the girls team finished 10th.
It was tough sledding for the Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team when the competed in Staples-Motley on Sept. 19 against Staples-Motley and Crosby-Ironton. The Wolverines were hit by illness and then suffered an injury during the match. The shorthanded Wolverines suffered 6-1 defeats to Staples-Motley and Crosby-Ironton.
The sixth-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines wasted little time in games one and three on their way to a 25-7, 25-22 and 25-11 victory over the Detroit Lakes Lakers at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School on Sept. 19. The Lakers struggled with the Wolverines fire power during the first and third game. Casey Volkmann led the way for Wadena-Deer Creek with 22 kills. Ellie Miron added seven kills, while Kennedy Gravelle finished with five kills.
Quarterback James Clark and running back Zach Floyd pack a potent 1-2 punch in the backfield for United North Central. The duo finished with six total touchdowns, lifting the host Warriors to a 42-12 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Sept. 15 in Menahga, Minn.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Tennis team has battled adversity all season long. From low numbers to injuries the Wolverines seemed to have incurred it all during the season. The one thing that had eluded them was getting a win. That changed on Sept. 14 when the Wolverines picked up their first win with a 4-3 victory over Parkers Prairie in Wadena during the Wadena Triangular. It also marked the first win for head coach Jordan Cresap, who took over the team this year as head coach.