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 seventh ranked Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team wasted little time in its Park Region Conference opener on Sept. 7 when they disposed of Bertha-Hewitt, 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-11) in Bertha. The Wolverines improved their season mark to 4-0 and will compete in Sauk Rapids on Sept. 9 with their first tournament of the year.
The Wadena-Deer Creek football team kept the game close until midway through the fourth quarter with the Parkers Prairie Panthers in their 2017 season opener, before fading, 41-20. The Wolverines will face another strong opponent in their second time on the field when they take on Ottertail Central.
It was a close battle at the top but the depth of the Pelican Rapids Lakers helped them claim the annual Johanna Olson cross country meet at White Tail Run Golf Course in Wadena on Sept. 5. It was a picturesque day at the golf course for the event hosted by the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines. Along with with the clear skies, the temperatures and the course were perfect for the event.
A large field of 11 teams competed in the annual Johanna Olson 5K at the White Tail Run Golf Course in Wadena on Sept. 5. It was a picture-perfect scene on the course and the temperatures were perfect for running.
The Park Rapids Area Panthers earned a 7-0 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis on Sept. 5 in Park Rapids Area. The Wolverines welcomed back Abby Westrum at No. 2 singles. She had missed some time due to injury and her return allows the singles line-up to return to form. Westrum went three sets with Tori Hilmanowski, eventually dropping the match. Westrum was defeated 3-6, 7-6 and 7-10.
Last year, the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels knocked off the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines from the Section 8AA volleyball playoffs. This year, the two rivals squared off in the third match of the regular season. While the stakes weren’t as high, it was the Wolverines sweeping the Rebels, 3-0 (25-18, 28-26, 25-21), improving to 3-0 on the season.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines hung with the Parkers Prairie Panthers until they ran out of steam in the fourth quarter when the Panthers pulled away for a 41-20 victory on Sept. 1 in Wadena during the 2017 football season opener.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines blasted their way to a 2-0 start, sweeping the Perham Yellowjackets in a rematch of last year’s section quarterfinal volleyball match on Aug. 31 in Wadena. “I thought we came out really fired up and played really well,” Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Sue Volkmann said. “Then, we didn’t have a flow to the game after that. We kind of did the things we needed to do to win and it all came together in the end.”
A shorthanded roster is always tough to work with, but when you add a pair of injuries it makes it harder to compete. That’s the dilemma facing the Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team. The Wolverines returned to the court against state-ranked Roseau on Aug. 30, suffering a 7-0 defeat. The Wolverines and the Rams played four singles matches while the Wolverines forfeited the doubles portion of the event.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines kicked off the 2017 volleyball season with a 3-1 (19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-19) victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots on Aug. 29 in Pequot Lakes. While the Wolverines started slow in game one, they put things together winning three straight games, closing out their season opening match.