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 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.
Travis George had himself a day on the mound and at the plate for the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers in their, 4-0, quarterfinal victory over Nimrod on July 30 in Deer Creek. George pitched a complete game shutout and drove in three of the Shockers four runs at the plate.
It was a perfect run for the Wadena-Deer Creek Junior Babe Ruth Baseball team, capturing the Minnesota State Non-Advancing State Tournament with a 7-1 victory over New York Mills on July 23 in Avon, Minn. It was only fitting that Wadena-Deer Creek defeated New York Mills in the championship. It was the seventh and final time the two teams met during the season. Wadena-Deer Creek ultimately edged them out, winning the final game and taking four of the seven games from New York Mills during the season.
A pair of familiar teams squared off in the District 2 14-15 Babe Ruth Championships with Wadena-Deer Creek downing New York Mills Blue, 3-2, in the championship game. Wadena-Deer Creek will now play in the 14-15 Babe Ruth Non-Advancing State Tournament. They open on July 27 at 2 p.m. against the winner of a first round contest at New York Mills.
The New York Mills Millers earned the No. 1 seed as they begin defense of their Region 14C title from last year. The Millers were the top team in the Hi-10, finishing with a 10-4 record in league play, while finishing with an 8-2 record against Hi-10 opponents. They will be vying for one of two spots when the tournament kicks off on July 29 in Deer Creek and Perham.
Paynesville’s Spencer Imholte kept Wadena-Deer Creek off-balance in picking up a 2-0 victory and eliminating Wadena-DC from the District 6 American Legion Tournament. Paynesville staked Imholte to a lead in the first inning and he made it hold up, scattering six hits in the shutout effort. Wadena-DC had a pair of opportunities, but could not string enough hits together to get a run across or any sustained momentum against Imholte.
It went extra innings, but the Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team was able to sneak past Holdingford in the first round of the District 6 American Legion Tournament in Elrosa on July 20.