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 Justin Dykhoff delivered on the mound and at the plate as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines handed the Perham Yellowjackets a 6-0 defeat at Krueger Field on May 21 in Perham. A day after picking up the save in a 4-3 extra inning victory, Dykhoff pitched a complete-game four hitter, helping the Wolverines cap off a 19-1 regular season and snap Perham’s 16 game winning streak.
The Perham Yellowjackets used a pair of big innings and a no-hitter from pitcher Katie Johnson in picking up an 11-1 Section 8AA first round playoff victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at Arvig Park on May 21.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team secured its best finish in school history at the Class A True Team Championships at Pony Stadium in Stillwater on May 18.
A late rally helped the Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team to a 4-3 extra inning victory over the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels on May 20 in Dilworth. Colby Schertler erased a 2-0 deficit with a two-run double in the seventh inning, sending the game to extra innings. It was part of his two hit afternoon as he led the Wolverines from the top spot of the line up.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team secured the Park Region Conference title with a 10-4 victory over Ottertail Central on May 17 in Battle Lake. The Wolverines put up runs in six of the seven innings on their way to the convincing road win. Justin Dykhoff led the surge at the plate. He connected for a pair of home runs. He hit a solo shot in the third and connected for a two-run shot in the sixth inning. He finished with three hits and four runs batted in.
The Wadena-Deer Creek softball team built up an early lead and held off the Bagley Flyers for a 6-5 victory in its regular season finale in Bagley on May 16. The Wolverines used a three-run second inning and scored two more in the fifth and held on as Bagley rallied for three in the fifth and a late run in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Wolverines late.
It was a tight battle at the top but it was Pillager coming out in front with 153 points for the Park Region Conference title on May 15. The Wadena-Deer Creek girls track and field team came in third place with 104 points, while Ottertail Central was second with 105 points in the congested field at the top. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale finished in fourth place with 77 points, while United North Central came in fifth with 49 points.
It was a great tune-up for the Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team when they secured the Park Region Conference Championship on May 15. The Wolverines edged out Ottertail Central for the title as they prepare to make their third straight appearance at the Class A True Team State Championships in Stillwater on May 18.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team continues to add to its historic run when they blanked Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale on May 14 in Wadena. The 7-0 victory was the Wolverines ninth shutout of the season and their 15th win of the season. The Wolverines are 15-1 overall after the Park Region Conference victory and are on the verge of locking up the Park Region Conference title. The Wolverines have allowed just 16 runs in their 16 games and have outscored opponents 125-16 during the season.
It was an old fashioned pitcher’s duel when Wadena-Deer Creek’s Payton Rondestvedt and New York Mills Derin Gaudette battled it out under the lights at Elmer Becker Field in Deer Creek on May 10. Gaudette was effectively wild in picking up the 1-0 victory for New York Mills and handed Wadena-Deer Creek its first defeat of the season. Gaudette went six and 1/3 and allowed two hits. He struck out four and walked five batters. Logan Small recorded the final two outs with a pair of strikeouts for the save.