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 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.
The goal for Wadena-Deer Creek’s Mikaela Malone was to advance to the finals in the 100 meter dash at the Class A Championships. The ninth grade sprinter took care of that one day one when she qualified with a time of 12.95, which allowed her to advance in the deep field at Hamline University.
One was good, but two was better for Jonathan Pantages, Chase Domier, Bereket Loer and Hunter Hawkins when the Wadena-Deer Creek relay teams brought home not one, but two Class A Championships on June 9 at Hamline University. “This is what we came here to do and we did it,” Loer said. “It feels great.”
It may not have been the finishing spot she wanted but Wadena-Deer Creek senior Ellie Miron capped off a stellar career with a ninth place finish in the discus throw at the Class A Championships at Klas Field at Hamline University on June 8.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Nick Lund changed the momentum of the game with a single to right. His first hit of the game scored two runs and sparked a five-run inning which helped DGF capture the Section 8AA Championship over Wadena-Deer Creek 6-5 in Park Rapids, Minn. Lund’s two-run single was followed by a two-run double from Taylor Irwin and an RBI single by Carter Kohler when the Rebels erased a 4-0 lead.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will have eight athletes competing in seven different events at the Class A Championships at Hamline University on June 8 and 9. Ellie Miron, Mikaela Malone and Kennedy Gravelle will be joined by Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Hunter Hawkins, Chase Domier and Isaac Hale will be representing the Wolverines at the state meet.
It was an old fashioned duel between the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines with a spot in the Section 8AA Championship on the line in Park Rapids on June 5. However, it was timely hitting and an unfortunate break that hurt the Wolverines as the Rebels earned a 2-1 victory.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team stamped its name into the Section 8AA Winner’s Bracket final with a pair of wins over Perham, 8-7, and Frazee, 5-1, on May 31 at Krueger Field in Perham.
Jake Dykhoff started and Justin Dykhoff finished it off when the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened Section 8AA play with a 7-0 victory over Ottertail Central on May 30 in Wadena. The brothers combined for a one-hitter in blanking the Bulldogs. It was Wadena-DC’s third victory over their conference rival.