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 girls basketball team snapped its four game losing streak in a big way with a 56-28 victory over the Bertha-Hewitt Bears on Dec. 13 in Wadena. The Wolverines had dropped its four previous contests, falling to Hawley, New York Mills, Parkers Prairie and Verndale.
Eight different Prairie Centre Blue Devils found the back of the net and Mackenzie Och stopped all nine shots she faced as the Blue Devils throttled Morris Area/Benson Area 11-0 for their third straight win on Dec. 11 at the Lee Community Center. Allie Lemke recorded a hat-trick, while Shelby Otte scored a pair of goals for the Blue Devils in the win.
A pair of third period goals helped the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines erase a two-goal deficit and force a 3-3 overtime tie with Northern Lakes in a Mid-State Conference boys hockey game on Dec. 11 at the Breezy Point Arena. Max Phillips tallied in the first period and his second goal of the game, late in the third period forced overtime, helping the Wolverines pick up the tie with the Lightning. Justin Dykhoff scored for the Wolverines as well in the third period.
The Lake of the Woods Bears scored three straight goals in the third period and held off Wadena-Deer Creek in the closing seconds of the third period to earn a 4-3 non-conference boys hockey victory on Dec. 7 at the Wadena Ice Arena. Jackson LeBrasseur scored two third period goals, including a short-handed goal which held up as the game-winning goal for the Bears. Blake Ferris and Kajun Krause added goals as well for the Bears, cancelling out a strong effort from the Wolverines top line of Max Phillips, Colby Schertler and Lleyten Pettit.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines rallied late but dropped a 65-60 decision to New York Mills in the final game of the Park Region Conference Girls Basketball Showcase on Dec. 8 in New York Mills. Madalyn Erp led the way for the Eagles with 25 points. She hit eight of nine free throws in the victory, many of them in the closing minutes as the Eagles staved off a late surge from the Wolverines.
The Wolverines used a strong second half to surge past the Bertha-Hewitt Bears 72-47 in a Park Region Conference boys basketball game on Dec. 11 in Bertha. The Bears trailed the Wolverines by three at the half, but the Wolverines took control in the second half, holding Bertha-Hewitt to just 16 points.
There is something about playing in the friendly confines of your own home arena. Kylee Hopp felt right at home on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 when the Prairie Centre Blue Devils earned a pair of wins over Detroit Lakes 3-0 and Crookston 4-3 in overtime at the Wadena Ice Arena. Hopp tallied six goals in the two games, single-handedly helping Prairie Centre to its fourth and fifth wins, while snapping a two-game losing streak. Hopp scored the game-winning and game-sealing goals against Detroit Lakes and scored the game-winning goal in overtime with Crookston.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines returned to the mat with a home duel against the Border West Buccaneers on Dec. 7 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary gymnasium. The Wolverines improved their score, despite falling 55-21. The Wolverines picked up four victories in the defeat, but a short-handed line-up led to several forfeits, stretching out the difference in the final score. The Wolverines won four of the eight matches that took place during the duel.
The Little Falls Flyers broke open a 3-0 game with a four goal third period as they handed the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines a 7-0 defeat in boys hockey on Dec. 6 in Little Falls. Nicholas Stevens tallied a pair of goals, while Gabe Hirsch, Matt Filippi, Mason Doble, Devon Young and Ryan Buckallew added single goals in the win. Little Falls scored one short-handed goal, a power play goal and killed off four Wadena-DC power plays.
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling season opened with a 52-15 defeat at the hands of New York Mills on Dec. 4 in New York Mills. The Wolverines picked up a pair of victories from Jayson Young and Cody Wheeler, as well as a forfeit victory in the defeat. Young picked up the victory over Derrik Wegscheid at 138. He was victorious by a 5-0 decision.