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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After dropping the first three games of a six game homestand, the Wadena-Deer Creek girls basketball team has picked up back-to-back wins. They shut down the Bertha-Hewitt Bears, earning a 56-27 Park Region Conference victory on Jan. 30 in Wadena.
Erica Lieski ensured that Minneapolis would complete season sweep of Prairie Centre when she recorded the hat-trick, helping MInneapolis to a 3-1 victory at the Sauk Centre Ice Arena on Jan. 30. The Blue Devils were hoping to build on a 7-4 victory over Crookston and jump above the .500 mark. However, they continued their trend of picking up a win and dropping a game. The Blue Devils finish the regular season with a 12-13 mark, heading into Section 6A playoffs.
The fifth-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders showed the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines where they want to be as a program when they handed the Wolverines a 12-2 defeat the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud on Jan. 30. The Crusaders are a perennial contender in Class A hockey and are the heavy favorites to win Section 6A. The Crusaders have made eight state tournament appearances and have competed in three of the last four, finishing third in last year’s Class A Tournament.
Noah Ross finished with 21 points, leading the Wolverines to a 49-42 victory over the Bertha-Hewitt Bears on Jan 26 in Bertha. The win moves the Wolverines to 9-7 overall and 7-1 in the Park Region Conference. The Wolverines sit on top of the conference with a game looming with Henning on Thursday, Feb. 1 in Henning. The Hornets sit behind the Wolverines by a game in the standings, but the Wolverines won the previous matchup between the two teams when they defeated the Hornets 84-76.
After nine games at home, the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines took one of the longest road trips of the season, heading to Baudette to square off with the Lake of the Woods Bears in Baudette, Minn., on Jan. 27. The Wolverines rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring a pair of goals late in the third period, forcing overtime where nothing would be decided between the two teams as they skated to a 3-3 tie.
Kayla Sayovitz scored three times in helping the Prairie Centre Blue Devils capture a 5-0 victory over the Park Rapids Area Panthers on Jan. 23 in Wadena. The victory improves the Blue Devils to 11-11-0 on the season and 4-2 in the Mid-State Conference. The Blue Devils surged early and often against the short-handed and youthful Park Rapids Area team.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines hit late free throws and got timely stops on defense in picking up a 68-64 Park Region Conference boys basketball victory over New York Mills on Jan. 23 in Wadena. Noah Ross led the way with 37 points and hit eight free throws in the second half, helping Wadena-Deer Creek pull away from the Eagles.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team squared off with one of the top teams in Section 8AA when they took on the Breckenridge Cowboys in Breckenridge on Jan. 22. The defending Section 8AA champions defeated the Wolverines, 71-32, running their winning streak to 12 games with the win. Once again, the Wolverines were without two key starters in Bereket Loer and Jonathan Pantages, who were out due to injury.
A second half run by the Frazee Hornets gave them a commanding 57-32 victory in a non-conference girls basketball game against Wadena-Deer Creek on Jan. 22 in Wadena. The Hornets closed the first half with a 6-0 run and opened the second half with a 20-2 run, securing the road win.
Once the shots started falling, they didn’t stop for the Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball tea Jan. 16 when they rolled to a 102-81 victory over the Sebeka Trojans in a Park Region Conference battle.