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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Minnesota Hockey honored Wadena Hockey Club with its annual DICK'S Sporting Goods Grow the Game Award on May 20. The award is presented to two youth hockey associations each season in recognition of outstanding dedication to introducing youth in their community to the game of hockey.
Wadena-Deer Creek eighth-grader Payton Rondestvedt set the tone with a perfect first inning on the mound and the offense exploded in the bottom half, helping the No. 3 Wolverines cruise to a 5-1 victory over No. 5 Frazee to advance to the championship bracket semifinals of Section 8AA.
There wasn’t much that intimidated former Minnesota Twin Justin Morneau during his 14-year playing career. However, Morneau faced one of his more daunting tasks when he was the keynote speaker for Tri-County Health Care’s Men’s Night Out at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School on April 16. Morneau, who was the American League Most Valuable Player in 2006, was making his public speaking debut at the annual event.
The Perham Yellowjackets used a dominant defensive effort and a balanced offensive attack, advancing into the Section 8AA Championship game for the third straight year. The Yellowjackets took control early in the second half, pulling away for a 62-39 victory over the Osakis Silverstreaks at Moorhead High School on March 12.
The Perham boys basketball team overcame a slow start to cap off an undefeated regular season with a 59-54 victory over Pequot Lakes on March 2 in Pequot Lakes. The host Patriots gave the Yellowjackets a rude welcome when they raced out a 14-2 lead in the first half. However, the early shooting struggles gave way late in the first half and into the second half. The Yellowjackets closed out the first half with a surge, taking a 22-20 lead in to the break.
The Perham Yellowjackets secured their best finish in the Class AA wrestling tournament since 2008 when they finished fourth at the Class AA Championships at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on March 1.
Park Rapids Area goalie Kylee Pachel didn’t make many mistakes, but when she was called for a tripping penalty with three minutes and 25 seconds left, it was no surprise that she would make up for it. The junior goalie kicked aside 51 shots in helping the Panthers stun the Detroit Lakes Lakers 5-4 in the Section 8A quarterfinals at the Kent Freeman Arena on Feb. 8.
A second half run by the Frazee Hornets gave them a commanding 57-32 victory in a non-conference girls basketball game against Wadena-Deer Creek on Jan. 22 in Wadena. The Hornets closed the first half with a 6-0 run and opened the second half with a 20-2 run, securing the road win. Paige Oswald led the way for the Hornets, finishing with 17 points. Natalie Nudell added 13, while Paige Ziegler finished with 11.
Collin Ginnaty scored four times, three of them in the third period, helping the Detroit Lakes Lakers to an 8-2 Mid-State Conference boys hockey victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in Wadena Saturday. The Lakers used a big night from their special teams as well in the win scoring two short-handed goals and three power play goals. They allowed just one power play goal in five opportunities and killed off a five-minute major in the first period.
A day after getting shutout by a section opponent, the Detroit Lakes Lakers rebounded with a 3-1 victory over another, Crookston, by a score of 3-1 at Kent Freeman Arena Saturday afternoon. It was a nice bounceback for the Lakers after getting blanked by Warroad 6-0. They fell behind, but scored three straight goals, securing the win.