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 boys hockey team hopes complete a rare feat when they open the Section 6A playoffs on Feb. 16. The Wolverines hope to defeat the Breckenridge/Wahpeton Blades for the fourth time this season. The Wolverines (10-14-1) earned the No. 8 seed and will take on Breckenridge/Wahpeton (8-14-0) in the playin round of the Section 6A playoffs. The winner will receive the right to play St. Cloud Cathedral in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team had its season come to a close during the Section 6A Tournament when they were defeated by Barnesville 48-15 in the Section 6A playin round in Underwood. While the team season comes to a close for the Wolverines, they will have opportunities to send individuals to state when they host the Section 6A Individual Tournaments in Wadena on Feb. 23.
Colby Schertler, Lleyten Pettit and Max Phillips each scored two goals as the Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team rolled to a 7-3 victory in its regular season finale on Feb. 11 at the Wadena Ice Arena. The two goals by Phillips gave the senior wing 100 for his career. The senior leads the team in scoring with 33 goals and 17 assists for a team high 50 points. He capped off a strong scoring night with a pair of third period goals, one of them coming on the power play.
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team closed out the regular season with a dual against Barnesville at the Wadena-DC Elementary school on Feb. 5. The meet was a potential playoff preview. The Wolverines were defeated by Barnesville 51-18 in their final regular season dual of the season. The Wolverines earned the No. 10 seed and will face Barnesville, who captured the No. 7 seed. The two teams will match up in the Section 6A Team Tournament on Feb. 12.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team quickly erased the memories from a loss to Fergus Falls with an 8-2 drubbing of Red Lake Falls on Feb. 9 at the Wadena Ice Arena. The Wolverines scored four even strength goals, three power play goals and a short-handed goal on its way to the 8-2 victory, snapping its four-game losing skid.
A balanced attack and an offensive outburst in overtime helped the Wadena-Deer Creek girls basketball team to a 65-56 overtime victory over Frazee in Frazee on Feb. 9. The Wolverines had three players finish in double figures with Kennedy Gravelle pacing the attack with 18 points. Ashley Adams finished with 15 points and Lauryn Gravelle added 13 in the win.
A rough first period prove to be too much for the Prairie Centre Blue Devils in the quarterfinals of the Section 6A playoffs when they suffered a 6-1 defeat to River Lakes at the Richmond Arena on Feb. 9. Kylee Hopp scored the lone goal for Prairie Centre in the first period, but River Lakes sandwiched that goal with a trio of goals and coasted to the win with a pair of goals in the second and a single goal in the third period.
Mike DeBrito scored three goals and the Fergus Falls Otters cruised to a 9-2 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a non-conference boys hockey game in Wadena on Feb. 8. DeBrito scored two first period goals and completed the hat-trick with a short-handed goal in the third period. Justin Dykhoff scored for the Wolverines in the second period, while Wyatt Murray picked up his first career varsity goal in the third period of the 9-2 defeat.
A strong start by the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels ultimately downed the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines at the Fargo Civic Center on Feb. 2. The Rebels raced out to a commanding lead and never looked back on its way to a 70-39 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek.
A final 8-1 run was enough for Pelican Rapids to pull away from the Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team on Feb. 1 at the Wadena-DC High School gymnasium. The game featured several runs, but it was Pelican Rapids’ who answered with the most timely run. Wadena-Deer Creek whittled a double-digit deficit down to five points with three minutes and 12 seconds to go in the game, but Pelican Rapids came back with eight of the final nine points to pull out the 65-53 win.