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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Wadena-Deer Creek’s Payton Rondestvedt made his first career varsity start at quarterback a memorable one. The freshman quarterback tossed two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Wolverines cruised to a 34-6 victory over United North Central in Wadena on Sept. 14. The strong offensive start from Rondestvedt, coupled with an outstanding performance on defense helped the Wolverines get their first win, snapping a two-game skid to start the season.
The Ottertail Central Bulldogs wasted little time in jumping on the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, scoring 23 first half points and cruising to a 50-6 victory at the Don Seipkes Field in Henning on Sept. 7. Nick Van Erp threw three first half touchdowns, while Sam Fisher rushed for a score and added a kickoff return for another.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team rebounded from its first loss with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 victory over the Bertha-Hewitt Bears in Wadena on Sept. 6. “We knew they have been down a bit and coming off our last game, we played a little slow, but it was good enough to win,” Wadena-DC head coach Sue Volkmann said. “We did get to work on somethings that we have been trying to work on in practice and it’s good to do it against other competition, so that really helps.”
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Abby Motschenbacher continues to climb up the ladder for the Wolverines. The senior cross country runner started the season with a third place finish in Morris and followed it up with a second place finish at the Johanna Olson Invitational on Sept. 6 at the Whitetail Run Golf Course.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Lucas Hinojos is very familiar with the cross country course at the Whitetail Run Golf Course. After all, it’s the junior runners home golf course. His familiarity with the course helped him realize when the time was to close the gap and make his move. He surged from the middle of the field to a fourth place finish at the annual Johanna Olson Invitational on Sept. 7.
For the third straight time to start the season, the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team faced an opponent from Section 8AA. However, this time, the tides were turned on the Wolverines when the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels out-lasted the Wolverines in five, 25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 25-21 and 15-9 on Sept. 4 in Wadena.
Whether he has the ball or not, Parkers Prairie’s Travis Yohnke impacts the game. The standout running back helped the Panthers to a 14-0 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in their season-opening football game in Parkers Prairie on Aug. 31. Yohnke played a big role in sparking a ground attack that wore down the Wolverines throughout the night and changed the game on defense as well, slowing down the attack.
For much of the night, it appeared the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team was going to be a trivia answer to the question, who lost the first game in Perham’s new high school gymnasium? However, the Wolverines rallied and stunned the Yellowjackets 5-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23, 17-15 to spoil the home opener on Aug. 30 in Perham. “This is an amazing feeling, especially with that comeback that we had,” Wadena-Deer Creek’s Ashley Adams said. “Nothing compares to this feeling right now.”
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines kick off the new season with a pair of tough tests when they open the season with Parkers Prairie on Aug. 30 in Parkers Prairie. The season-opening road contest will be a stiff test for the Wolverines. Parkers Prairie returns with several key players from last year's team that finished with a 4-5 record, but earned a 41-20 victory over the Wolverines in last year's season-opener.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team took one of its biggest leaps as a growing program when they earned its first win of the 2018 season on Aug. 29 in Wadena. The Wolverines knocked off the defending Section 8A champions by sweeping four singles matches, earning a 4-3 victory over the Roseau Rams. The Wolverines were inching closer to its first win, playing some of the tougher teams on their early strong schedule to close matches, yet just couldn’t push through until their match against the Rams.