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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Wadena-Deer Creek senior Jake Dykhoff has been named one of the finalists for the annual Minnesota Mr. Baseball Award. The finalists are selected by a panel of high school and college coaches, as well as professional scouts. Athletic and character attributes as well as season accomplishments were considered by award voters. The award finalists represent the finest senior players in the state.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team closed out the regular season on the losing end of a 19-11 slugfest with Sauk Centre in Wadena on May 24. The Mainstreeters broke open a 7-7 game with a 12-run seventh inning and held off a small rally from the Wolverines in the bottom of the inning for the win.
Perham’s Grace Minten delivered the big knock, the one that ultimately ended the season for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Perham Yellowjackets in the Section 8AA playoffs in Perham.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team split a pair of potential playoff previews on May 22 when they defeated Perham 2-0, before falling to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 2-1 in Wadena. Both games featured dominant pitching, but no one was more dominant than Wadena-DC senior Jake Dykhoff. The ace of the Wolverines and perhaps much of Northern Minnesota was locked in against the Yellowjackets.
In their final regular season tune-up, the Wadena-Deer Creek girls track and field team finished second at the Park Region Conference meet in Wadena on May 17. The Wolverines are now gearing up for the Section 6A subsectional event which will be held in Perham on May 24 at 4 p.m.
It was a windy afternoon but that could not slow down the Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team as they captured the Park Region Conference title at the Wadena-Deer Creek Track and Field on May 17. The Wolverines finished with 194 points, running away with the team title. Ottertail Central was second with 135 points, while Pillager followed in fourth with 160 points. Pine River/Backus rounded out the top five with 42 points.
The Wadena-Deer Creek closed out the regular season with a doubleheader split with the Menahga Braves at the Wadena softball field on May 17. The Wolverines won an explosive offensive contest in game one 13-8, while the Braves held off the Wolverines in a 5-4 victory in game two.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team secured the Park Region Conference with a 9-3 victory over Menahga on May 17 in Wadena. The Wolverines captured the conference title with a 13-1 record and hold a game edge on New York Mills. The Braves made the Wolverines work for it, putting some pressure on the Wolverines in the early innings, but the Wolverines out-lasted the Braves for the home win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek softball team held off a surging Swanville squad in the final inning on its way to a 9-8 victory at the Wadena softball field on May 15. The Wolverines erased a 5-2 deficit with a seven-run fourth inning and held on as Swanville rallied for two in the sixth inning and one in the seventh.
Fresh off a Jake Dykhoff complete-game shutout of Pequot Lakes, it was Justin Dykhoff’s turn for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines. Justin turned in a complete-game, helping the Wolverines to a 7-2 victory over Ottertail Central on May 15 in Battle Lake. Dykhoff scattered seven hits and allowed a pair of runs. He fanned six and walked one.