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 Wolverines got the looks they wanted, but they just couldn't get them to drop in a 57-50 defeat to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Nov. 29 at the Wadena-DC high school gymnasium. The Wolverines shot 26 percent from the field and were 23 percent from beyond the arc in the loss. They hit on seven of their 30 3-point attempts and were just 11 of 37 from inside the 3-point line. Wadena-DC head coach Kevin Tumberg said he wasn't very disappointed or frustrated with the loss. He said they were able to do a lot of great things in the game.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Rhythmettes kicked off the new season when they competed at the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Dec. 1. Wadena-DC head coach Beth Motschenbacher said the first meet is always a little anxious for everyone. "The coaches are anxious because we want to see the scores and what needs improvement," Motschenbacher stated in an email. "The dancers are because this is their first go on an unfamiliar gym floor. For some dancers, their first ever dancing on a gym floor."
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team had little time to think about its first loss of the season when they had to relace the skates to take on the Ely Timberwolves on Dec. 1. The Wolverines were coming off a 3-1 defeat to Proctor from the night prior, but cruised to a 6-1 victory over Ely in Ely. It's the second time this season the Wolverines amassed six goals and they are 2-0-0 in those games. The top line of Max Phillips, Colby Schertler and Lleyten Pettit continued to produce. Phillips tallied three goals, while Schertler and Pettit each found the net once.
The Dennis Kaatz Memorial Wrestling Tournament brought some of the area's top wrestlers to the Wadena-Deer Creek High School gymnasium on Dec. 1. The event lived up to its billing with Thief River Falls claiming the team title with 213.5 points. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville finished second with 207 points. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River finished third, followed by Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie in fourth and United North Central in fifth. The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines finished the tournament in ninth place with 47 points.
The Prairie Centre girls hockey team used a two-goal third period outburst to snap its three-game losing streak and pick up its first Mid-State Conference win with a 2-1 victory over Northern Lakes at Breezy Point Arena on Nov. 27. Kylee Hopp found the twine twice in the third period, helping the Blue Devils to the road victory. Hopp added to her team lead in goals and points with the tallies in the victory. The senior has six goals and seven points on the season.
The top line of Lleyten Pettit, Colby Schertler and Max Phillips set the tone as the Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team picked up a convincing 6-3 victory over Breckenridge/Wahpeton on Nov. 27 at Sterns arena in Wahpeton, N.D. The trio combined for 10 points with five goals and five assists in the season-opening win. The Wolverines scored two goals in each period and built up a big lead before the Blades tried to comeback with three in the third period.
Staples-Motley used a big second half from Jenna Dvorak and Alix Peterson to upend the Wadena-Deer Creek girls basketball team 64-61 on Nov. 27 in Wadena. Peterson and Dvorak led the Cardinals in scoring with 19 and 17 points respectively, spoiling the home-opener and coaching debut of Jordan Cresap.
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.