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’s Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Chase Domier and Hunter Hawkins have qualified for the annual Hamline Elite Meet which is on April 27 at Hamline University in St. Paul. The meet is by invitation only and the 800-meter relay team becomes the second set of athletes from Wadena-Deer Creek to qualify for the event. Sutton Lohmiller competed at the Hamline Elite Meet in 2015. Lohmiller competed in the shot put.
Whether it is inside or outside, the Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team has been dominant. The Wolverines captured their fourth straight meet when they won the Frostbite Invitational on April 24 at Pequot Lakes. It was the team’s first time outside for a competitive meet this season. The boys ran away with the competition when they finished with 186 points, 55 points better than second place Pequot Lakes. Pillager was third, followed by Osakis and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys golf team headed outdoors for their first competition when they competed at the Detroit Lakes Earlybird golf meet at the Lakeview Golf Course in Detroit Lakes on April 25. Brainerd captured the team title by seven strokes over Detroit Lakes. Brainerd finished with a 271, while Detroit Lakes came in with a 278. Wadena-Deer Creek finished the event with a team score of 361.
The Wadena-Deer Creek softball team continued it’s high scoring ways in a doubleheader with Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale on April 24 in Bertha. However, the Wolverines earned a split as the Raiders rallied for a 16-8 victory in game one, but the Wolverines bounced back to take game two 8-5. Thirteen runs in the final two innings proved to be the Wolverines undoing in the first game with Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale. The Raiders scored four in the fifth and nine in the sixth, pulling away for the 16-8 victory.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team kickstarted the new season with a 15-4 victory over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale on April 24 in Bertha. The Wolverines broke things open with crooked numbers in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
The weather is finally starting to turn and golfers are getting anxious to head back outside and kick off the 2018 golf season at area courses. Whitetail Run Golf Course manager Kevin Ross said they are hoping to open on Thursday or Friday of this week after the extended winter has delayed their usual opening.
It was a long wait, but in the end it was worth it for the Wadena-Deer Creek softball team. The Wolverines cruised to a 15-0 victory over the Staples-Motley Cardinals on April 23 in Wadena. The Wolverines wasted little time in starting the new season with a bang as they scored five runs in each of the first two innings, before adding three in the third and two in the fourth to end the game by the mercy rule.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team has found its comfort zone competing inside. The Wolverines captured their third straight indoor meet when they ran away with the title in Foley on April 20. The Wolverines finished with 97 points, 32 points better than the next closest competitor, Glencoe-Silver Lake and Pierz. St. Cloud Tech was fourth and Foley rounded out the top five.
There wasn’t much that intimidated former Minnesota Twin Justin Morneau during his 14-year playing career. However, Morneau faced one of his more daunting tasks when he was the keynote speaker for Tri-County Health Care’s Men’s Night Out at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School on April 16. Morneau, who was the American League Most Valuable Player in 2006, was making his public speaking debut at the annual event.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team has found themselves at home at the Gillett Recreation Center in Bemidji, Minn. They have competed at the venue three times this year during the indoor season and have won two of the three meets, including the Bemidji Relay which took place on April 12. Their second straight win came by the narrowest of margins. The Wolverines edged out the Bemidji Lumberjacks for the title by one point. Wadena-DC finished with 59 points, while Bemidji ended with 58.