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 Prairie Centre girls hockey team opened the 2018-19 season with a 3-1 victory over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at the Long Prairie Expo Arena on Nov. 8. The Blue Devils continued their success against the Dragons with their second consecutive season-opening victory.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Bereket Loer and Lucas Hinojos finished their outstanding seasons at the Class A Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Nov. 4. The pair of Wadena-DC runners qualified for the championships as the top eight qualifiers outside of a team during the Section 8A Championships. It was Loer’s second career appearance at the championships, while Hinojos was making his debut at the event.
It was a fitting end for a successful cross country career for Wadena-Deer Creek’s Abby Motschenbacher. The senior captain for the Wolverines finished her season at the Class A Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Nov. 3. Motschenbacher finished her season with a 76th place finish. She finished with a time of 20 minutes and 19.3 seconds.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys cross country team continues to take the next step. The Wolverines were hoping to secure one of the two qualifying spots for the Class A Championships when they competed at the Section 8A Championships at the Twin Pines Golf Course in Bagley on Oct. 26. While they finished third, they were able to send two runners to state in the form of Lucas Hinojos and Bereket Loer. Last year, the Wolverines finished third and sent just one runner.
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Abby Motschenbacher was doing math down the final stretch of the Section 8A Championships at the Twin Pines Golf Course in Bagley on Oct. 26. The senior was trying to figure out if she qualified for the Class A Championships. “It felt really good knowing that I made it and it’s nice to finish off my senior year off going to state,” Motschenbacher said. “It feels really, really good that I was working towards something that happened.”
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines made quick work of Park Region Conference rival, Menahga, during the opening-round of the Section 6A playoffs in Wadena on Oct. 25. The defending section champions opened defense of their title with a 25-20, 25-11 and 25-10 victory over Menahga.
The ninth annual Black's Grove Mountain Bike and Trail race drew a large crowd of runners and bike riders as they took to the trails on Oct. 21 While it was a bit colder in the morning, the sun was shining bright for the competition throughout the day, which played a role in the conditions of the trail, according to Co-Race Director Thad Schulz.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines enter the 2018 Section 6A volleyball playoffs with a different role compared to a year ago. Last year, the Wolverines were the hunted and not the hunters as they captured the section championship. This year, the role is reversed as the Wolverines enter as the hunters.
The Osakis Silverstreaks struck early and often as they cruised to a 55-12 Section 6AA quarterfinal victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Oct. 23 in Osakis, Minn. The Silverstreaks scored on two of their first three plays from the line of scrimmage and built up the lead throughout the first half on their way to the win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek football coaching staff had a change in philosophy as the season wore along. The change has paid off during the final two weeks of the season, especially during its 42-13 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in Wadena on Oct. 17.