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 Wadena-Deer Creek bounced back from a tough 4-2 loss by rolling over Pequot Lakes in a contest of two of the top teams in Section 8AA. Jake Dykhoff was magnificent on the mound again for the Wolverines in blanking the previously undefeated Patriots. The Wolverines had just put up a lackluster performance against Sebeka in the prior contest, but came out of the gates with renewed energy for their section contest. It was also the seventh game in a seven day stretch for the Wolverines.
Mackenzie Carsten helped the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a split with the Pillager Huskies on May 14 in Wadena. Carsten shut down the Huskies in game one, helping the Wolverines to a 9-2 victory. However, Pillager gained a measure of revenge with a 2-1 win in extra innings in game two.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines continued their strong stretch of pitching and timely hitting with a 7-0 and a 4-3 doubleheader sweep of Pillager on May 10. Justin Dykhoff went the distance in game one. He scattered three hits when he blanked Pillager. He struck out eight and walked five batters.
On their home course, the Pelican Rapids Vikings earned top honors in the Section 6A Girls True Team Championships on May 10, earning a spot at the Class A True Team Championships in Stillwater, Minn. The Vikings were able to hold off a surging Osakis Silverstreaks team for the title. Pelican Rapids finished with 712.5 points, while Osakis came in second at 680.5 points. Wadena-Deer Creek finished fifth overall with a score of 579.5 points.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team showed they were the top of the field when the dominated the Section 6A True Team Championships in Pelican Rapids on May 10. The Wolverines won the event by 104.5 points, cruising to the Class A True Team Championships in Stillwater, Minn., on May 18 and 19.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Jake Dykhoff out-lasted Ottertail Central’s Brody Rochall as the Wolverines earned a 2-1 victory at Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus on May 9. The Wolverines walked-off on an RBI single by Isaac Witthuhn in the eighth, giving the Wolverines their eighth straight win.
A quick glance at the Wadena-Deer Creek baseball roster shows fans that Payton Rondesvedt is an eighth grader. What the New York Mills Eagles faced appeared to be a crafty veteran. Rondesvedt pitched well beyond his years when he pitched a complete-game two-hitter in a 5-1 victory over the New York Mills Eagles at Russ Jacobson Field in New York Mills on May 8.
The New York Mills softball team continued its dominant ways with a 4-1 and 11-1 doubleheader sweep of the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on May 8 in Wadena. The defending Class A Champions have now won 14 straight games, 21 dating back to last season and appear poised to make another run in 2018.
Walks and mistakes proved costly for the Wadena-Deer Creek softball team in a Park Region Conference doubleheader against Sebeka on May 4 in Wadena. The Trojans capitalized on multiple opportunities and earned a 13-3 and 11-0 sweep of the Wolverines. The Wolverines issued nine free passes in game one, which the Trojans took advantage of in the first game.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines continued their strong play with a 15-4 drubbing of Sebeka on May 4 in Sebeka. The Wolverines built on a one-run lead with a two-run sixth inning and an eight-run seventh, putting away the host Trojans. Lleyten Pettit earned the win on the bump. He allowed four runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked two batters. Noah Ross shut the door in relief for the save. He struck out two batters in two innings of relief.