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 returned to the mat with a home duel against the Border West Buccaneers on Dec. 7 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary gymnasium. The Wolverines improved their score, despite falling 55-21. The Wolverines picked up four victories in the defeat, but a short-handed line-up led to several forfeits, stretching out the difference in the final score. The Wolverines won four of the eight matches that took place during the duel.
The Little Falls Flyers broke open a 3-0 game with a four goal third period as they handed the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines a 7-0 defeat in boys hockey on Dec. 6 in Little Falls. Nicholas Stevens tallied a pair of goals, while Gabe Hirsch, Matt Filippi, Mason Doble, Devon Young and Ryan Buckallew added single goals in the win. Little Falls scored one short-handed goal, a power play goal and killed off four Wadena-DC power plays.
The Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling season opened with a 52-15 defeat at the hands of New York Mills on Dec. 4 in New York Mills. The Wolverines picked up a pair of victories from Jayson Young and Cody Wheeler, as well as a forfeit victory in the defeat. Young picked up the victory over Derrik Wegscheid at 138. He was victorious by a 5-0 decision.
The Verndale Pirates used a stifling defense and a big night from Morgan Glenz as they picked up a 43-31 Park Region Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek on Dec. 4 in Wadena. Glens led all scorers with 17 points. She scored 12 of her 17 in the second half, helping the Pirates pull away in the second half.
Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball head coach Kevin Tumberg said the team was frustrated with the outcome of its game with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in their season-opener. The Wolverines let those frustrations out on Staples-Motley when they rolled to an 82-51 victory over the Cardinals on Dec. 4 in Staples. Tumberg said the team felt they didn’t play to their abilities in the opening loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
In a game of runs, it was the final run that was key for the Wadena-Deer Creek girls basketball team when they defeated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 42-38 on Nov. 29 in Wadena. The Wolverines used a 16-0 run in the second half to get the lead back in the second half on the Thunder and it was a 6-0 run in the closing minutes that helped the Wolverines pick up their first win of the season and first of Jordan Cresap's head coaching career.
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.