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 Wolverines kicked off the 2017 volleyball season with a 3-1 (19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-19) victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots on Aug. 29 in Pequot Lakes. While the Wolverines started slow in game one, they put things together winning three straight games, closing out their season opening match.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team continued its road trip with a 7-0 defeat to Pierz on Aug. 29. Lindy Jones battled with Becky Langer, taking her to a tie breaking third set at No. 1 singles. Jones opened with a 6-2 win in the first set, before falling 2-6 in the second. However, she was defeated in the final set, 11-13.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country team kicked off the season with a seventh place finish at the annual Central Minnesota River Run at the Vintage Golf Course in Staples, Minn., on Aug. 28. Runners had to battle a warm day and a tough hilly course on their way to the finish line. After unseasonably cool weather during practices, the runners were greeted with warmer temperatures as the race began.
Wadena-Deer Creek Noah Ross kickstarted his senior campaign with a fifth place finish at the Central Minnesota River Run at the Vintage Golf Course in Staples, Minn., on Aug. 29. The senior runner crossed the finish line with a time of 17 minutes and 52.6 seconds, leading the way for the Wolverines, who finished seventh as a team.
After starting the season with a pair of tough tournaments, the Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team took to the road for its first dual meet of the season against the East Grand Forks Green Wave on Aug. 25.
The Wadena-Deer Creek tennis team played host to the annual Highway 10 Tennis Classic on Aug. 23, hosting some of the area’s top teams during the individual singles and doubles tournament.
The Wolverines kicked of the 2017 girls tennis season with a new leader at the helm. Jordan Cresap became the new head coach in the spring and is excited for the season and the future of the Wadena-Deer Creek Girls tennis team. Cresap said he values working hard and having a good attitude. “You can always come in, work hard and have a positive attitude and be coachable,” Cresap said. “That’s what we are all about.”
The Jordan Cresap era to the Wadena-Deer Creek tennis program kicked off with the annual Park Rapids Girls Tennis Invitational on Aug. 19 in Park Rapids, Minn. The Wolverines, returning three seniors along with a bunch of youngsters, finished eighth in the individual singles and doubles tournament.
A free youth football camp will be held at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Football practice fields on Aug. 10. The camp will feature former Minnesota Viking linebacker Walker Lee Ashley. Ashley was a member of the Vikings from 1983-1988 and returned after a short stint with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989.
After waiting out a more than three hour rain delay, the Midway Snurdbirds stamped its name into the Region 14C undefeated game with a 4-0 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers at a soggy Al Krueger Field on Aug. 5. Mother Nature spoiled what was supposed to be a busy night of 14C baseball as rain deluged Perham and Deer Creek. However, field crew members worked at fervorous pace getting the field ready so one of the winner’s bracket games could be played.