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 basketball team continues to struggle with consistency. A night after defeating Verndale 66-47, the Wolverines struggled to get things going against Crookston in a 65-52 defeat on Jan. 19.
Bereket Loer hit from the outside and poured in 27 points as Wadena-Deer Creek returned to the win column with a 66-47 victory over the Verndale Pirates at the Wadena High School gymnasium on Jan. 17. Loer was eight of 12 from the field and hit five of his six 3-point attempts to lead the Wolverines to the Park Region Conference victory. Cade Kapphahn finished in double figures as well with 10 points.
The Prairie Centre Blue Devils traveled to Willmar for a playoff rematch on Jan. 17. However, the results were vastly different than last season’s 2-1 defeat. The Cardinals busted the game open in the first period with five goals and cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Blue Devils. Bailey Olson led the way with three goals and three assists for the Cardinals, while Mya Monson finished with two goals and three assists.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls basketball team was hoping to return to the win column when they traveled to Sebeka on Jan. 15. The Wolverines were unable to snap their losing streak when they dropped a 57-51 decision. It’s the fourth straight loss for the Wolverines and dropped them to 3-11 overall. The Wolverines battled but could not slow down Maya Lake. She led the way with 26 points. She hit three 3-pointers for the Trojans in the win. Jayde Petersen added 13 points for the Trojans.
A four goal second period was more than enough for the Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team to snap their two-game skid with a 5-1 victory over Breckenridge/Wahpeton on Jan. 15 at the Wadena Ice Arena. Logan Robinson, Max Phillips, Colby Schertler and Lleyten Pettit each found the net in the win, with Phillips finding it twice. The goal support was more than enough for Josh Dykhoff, who stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced, yielding a goal in the first period.
The Northern Lakes Lightning prevented the Prairie Centre Blue Devils from securing a stranglehold of the Mid-State Conference when they defeated the Blue Devils 4-2 at the Todd County Expo Arena on Jan. 15. Both teams entered play sitting on top of the standings of the Mid-State Conference with the Blue Devils entering the game with a perfect 4-0 mark, while Northern Lakes was sitting right behind at 3-1.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team struggled to get its shots to drop in the first half and the Frazee Hornets ran away with an 88-60 victory over the Wolverines in Frazee on Jan. 15. The Hornets capitalized and built up a 25 point first half lead on the Wolverines. Despite the Wolverines playing a better second half, the deficit was too much to overcome as the Hornets earned the 28-point win.
Finding the back of the net is nothing new for Prairie Centre senior forward Kylee Hopp. However, there was something special about her goal against the International Falls Broncos on Jan. 12 at the Wadena Ice Arena. The goal, her eighth at the Wadena Ice Arena and 28th of the season, was her 100th career point for the the Blue Devils.
Minnesotans interested in being more actively involved in deer management can apply to serve on a Deer Advisory Committee that will help foster dialogue between the public and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "We're following through on the commitment we made this past summer in our statewide deer management plan, which calls for us to form this committee," said Paul Telander, wildlife section chief. "Committee members will play an important role in representing the breadth of deer management issues and discussing them with the DNR."
The Wadena-Deer Creek returned to the mats with a 42-15 defeat against Staples-Motley on Jan. 8 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School. Simon Snyder, Mason Snyder, Connor Dirks and Cody Wheeler picked up victories for Wadena-Deer Creek during the dual meet. Simon Snyder picked up the first win for the Wolverines with a fall at the three minute and 50 second mark of his match at 113 against Issiah Tabout.