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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Former Minnesota Viking great Ted Brown will be in Wadena on Thursday, June 13 for a youth football event prior to the June Jubilee parade. James Kern will be hosting a punt, pass and kick event for kids in Kindergarten through eighth grade as well as a meet and greet with the Vikings legend. The event is set to start at 5:15 p.m. at Burlington Northern Park, across from the SuperOne parking lot in Wadena. If interested in pre-registering for the event, text James Kern 218-831-1400.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines had something to prove on the final day of the Class 1A Championships at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Wadena-Deer Creek junior Cooper Folkestad missed the Class A Championships by two inches in 2018. After winning the Section 6A Championships, he improved his personal best and earned a fourth place finish at Hamline University in St. Paul. “It feels amazing. I was two inches away last year,” Folkestad said. “I think that I really made a mark and I think I can do it again next year.”
Throughout the Section 8AA playoffs, the Perham Yellowjackets have been accustomed to putting up crooked numbers on their opposition. The big inning and the big fly helped the Yellowjackets to a 9-5 Section 8AA Championship victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at Krueger Field on June 6. Dawson Stevens’ three-run home run to left centerfield gave the Yellowjackets the lead for good in the sixth inning. It was the third of three home runs by the Yellowjackets in the win.
Wadena-Deer Creek boys golfer Kade Woods ended his season on a strong note at the Section 8AA Championships at the Bemidji Town and Country Club on June 4. The Wadena-DC sophomore cut 11 strokes off of his day one score on day two. He finished the second day with a round of 84, which put him in 34th place overall. He finished the two-day event with a total of 179.
With their backs against the wall, the Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team came up with a pair of superb team pitching performances when they won a pair of elimination games over Hawley and Breckenridge on June 4 in Perham. Justin Dykhoff and Lleyten Pettit combined to blank Hawley 3-0 in the first elimination game and the trio of Payton Rondestvedt, Pettit and Josh Dykhoff shut down Breckenridge 4-0 in game two.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines started the long way back through the Section 8AA playoffs after suffering a 4-3 defeat to Breckenridge on May 30 at Matt’s Field. After facing adversity for the first time in the playoffs, the Wolverines bounced back with a 5-3 victory over Pequot Lakes. The Wolverines suffered their second loss of the season when Breckenridge rallied for a 4-3 victory with three sixth inning runs.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers took its first step in defending its Section 8AA Championship after jumping out to a 20-stroke lead on the field at the Bemidji Town and Country Club on June 3. The Lakers hold the 20-stroke edge on Crookston and Roseau. The Lakers opened with a day one total of 311, while Crookston and Roseau came into the clubhouse with a round of 331. Fergus Falls was fourth with a 337, followed by Pequot Lakes with a 340 and Warroad with a 366 to round out the team field.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Mikaela Malone will be returning to the Class A Championships after earning a spot in a pair of events at the Section 6A Championships on May 31 in Fergus Falls.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team captured third place at the Section 6A Championships on May 31 in Fergus Falls. The strong team performance was keyed by two first place finishes from the 800 and 1600 meter relay races as well as several individual finishes.