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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In what was a potential Section 6A playoff preview, the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines struck first with a 20-25, 25-17, 27-25 and 25-17 victory over Henning in Henning on Sept. 14. Casey Volkmann led the way for the Wolverines with a team high of 38 kills. Ellie Miron added 15 kills while Kennedy Gravelle finished with four kills.
It’s nice to have options and Wadena-Deer Creek junior setter Ashley Adams is becoming the beneficiary of that. The junior has plenty of decisions to make on who to pass the ball to and it was on display during the Wolverines 25-15, 25-13, 25-16 volleyball victory over Nevis on Sept. 12. “It’s a pretty awesome feeling when I give a perfect pass and set it up and my hitters just kill it,” Adams said. “It’s awesome.”
It was already a challenging day for the Wadena-Deer Creek cross country teams when they had to compete on a hilly course at the Long Prairie Country Club. However, when you add warmer than usual temperatures, it made the conditions even tougher. However, the Wolverines battled the conditions and despite the heat and hills, they had six runners achieve their personal best times during the event.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team took part in their first season tournament, earning a third place finish at Sauk Rapids on Sept. 9. The Wolverines went 3-1 overall, defeating Watertown-Mayer, Brainerd and Holdingford, while suffering their first loss of the season to St. Cloud Cathedral.
The Ottertail Central Bulldogs used a dominant ground attack, rushing past the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, 35-6, on Sept. 8 in Wadena. Nick Van Erp rushed for a pair of touchdowns, while Colton Kirschbaum, Ben Naddy and Austin Wensauer each rushed for a score as the Bulldogs rushed out to a 35-0 first half lead on the Wolverines.
The seventh ranked Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team wasted little time in its Park Region Conference opener on Sept. 7 when they disposed of Bertha-Hewitt, 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-11) in Bertha. The Wolverines improved their season mark to 4-0 and will compete in Sauk Rapids on Sept. 9 with their first tournament of the year.
The Wadena-Deer Creek football team kept the game close until midway through the fourth quarter with the Parkers Prairie Panthers in their 2017 season opener, before fading, 41-20. The Wolverines will face another strong opponent in their second time on the field when they take on Ottertail Central.
It was a close battle at the top but the depth of the Pelican Rapids Lakers helped them claim the annual Johanna Olson cross country meet at White Tail Run Golf Course in Wadena on Sept. 5. It was a picturesque day at the golf course for the event hosted by the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines. Along with with the clear skies, the temperatures and the course were perfect for the event.
A large field of 11 teams competed in the annual Johanna Olson 5K at the White Tail Run Golf Course in Wadena on Sept. 5. It was a picture-perfect scene on the course and the temperatures were perfect for running.
The Park Rapids Area Panthers earned a 7-0 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis on Sept. 5 in Park Rapids Area. The Wolverines welcomed back Abby Westrum at No. 2 singles. She had missed some time due to injury and her return allows the singles line-up to return to form. Westrum went three sets with Tori Hilmanowski, eventually dropping the match. Westrum was defeated 3-6, 7-6 and 7-10.