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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Being the first to do something is usually a daunting task, but that’s not the case for Bel Snyder, Wadena-Deer Creek’s first female varsity wrestler. While Snyder is new to varsity competition, the senior is no stranger to the wrestling world. She grew up around the mats and is following in footsteps of many family members. Her father wrestled, her brother is on the current team and she has cousins that are also involved with wrestling.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team will be at home for the first round of the Section 6A playoffs when they open on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Wadena Ice Arena. The Wolverines (14-9-2) will open with a very familiar foe when they square off with Breckenridge/Wahpeton. The Wolverines swept the season series from the Blades, winning the first game 7-2 in Breckenridge, while besting the Blades 7-5 in Wadena.
The short-handed Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team had the Breckenridge Cowboys on the rope, but a pair of late pins and a forfeit allowed the Cowboys to upend the Wolverines 42-39 in the Section 6A Team Tournament in Underwood on Feb. 13. Both teams won seven matches, but the Cowboys were able to pick up more points by gaining one more six-point victory than the Wolverines.
The Menahga Braves continued their run to perfection with a 71-29 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a Park Region Conference girls basketball game on Feb. 13. The Braves used a balanced attack, rushing out to a 52-16 first half lead and cruising in the second half to the road win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team was hoping to build upon its win over Menahga when they squared off with Section 8AA rival Hawley at the Fargo Civic Center on Feb. 10. The Nuggets used big performances from Noah Glad, Jayden Carlisle and Gunnar Lawson to pick up a 57-50 victory over the Wolverines. Glad paced the Nuggets with 22 points, while Carlisle ended with 16, while Lawson added 12.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team closed the season with momentum on its side with a 9-1 victory over Red Lake Falls at the Cardin-Hunt Arena in Red Lake Falls on Feb. 10. The Wolverines broke open the game with a dominant second period, scoring four goals, while outshooting the Eagles 20-2. Wadena-Deer Creek continued to fire shot after shot at the Red Lake Falls netminder, amassing 44 shots on goal to just 12 from the Eagles.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team did just enough to earn a 63-55 victory over the upset-minded Menahga Braves on Feb. 9 at the Wadena-DC High School gymnasium. The Wolverines gutted it out as the Braves came at them with a big run to start the second half, but the Wolverines stemmed the tide, eventually closing it out at the free throw line in the closing minutes of the game.
The Prairie Centre Blue Devils knew they had an uphill battle heading into their Section 6A quarterfinal girls hockey game with the Willmar Cardinals on Feb. 18. The Cardinals had already beat the Blue Devils twice during the season by matching 4-0 defeats.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will begin Section 6A wrestling competition against a very familiar foe when they take on Breckenridge on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Underwood. The Wolverines dropped their lone dual this year with Breckenridge. The Cowboys defeated the Wolverines, 42-27, in their previous match up in Wadena.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team was hoping to gain some separation at the top of the Park Region Conference standings when they hosted the Pillager Huskies and avenge their only conference loss. Yet, it was the Huskies who gained the upper hand on the Wolverines with a 67-64 victory over the Wolverines, creating a logjam at the top of the standings. Pillager sits in first at 9-2 overall, while Wadena-DC is now 8-2. Henning sits a game back at 6-3 in the standings.