Local sports highlights of 2013
WDC skaters have shining seasons
Mitchell Swanson and Bridger Pettit had big hockey seasons for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines. Swanson broke school records for goals scored (7) and points (8) in a single game Jan. 4 in a 10-5 win over Greenway. He tied Tanner Picht of Morris-Benson for the scoring leadership in the state. Swanson and Pettit also joined the 100-point club during the season. Pettit tied Swanson for points in a single game (8) on the same night Swanson hit the century mark in points. Pettit ranked fourth in the state in assists with 42.
Waln, Kern, Card, Truax compete at state
Wadena-Deer Creek's Sam Waln and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Anthony Kern, Dillon Card and Hunter Truax all qualified for the Class A state wrestling tournament. Card, who was ranked third at 182 entering the state tournament, reached the medal round and earned a fifth-place finish. Card was a repeat qualifier for state. Waln, Kern and Truax all made their first appearances.
WDC Junior Babe Ruth team wins state title
Wadena-Deer Creek's Junior Babe Ruth baseball team posted a 28-1 record and won the state championship under the leadership of Kyle Dykhoff. In the state tournament at Pelican Rapids, the WDC squad defeated Barnesville, Warroad and Melrose and took two of three games with Breckenridge, including a 2-1 decision in the title game.
Babe Ruth 13-15 team qualifies for state tourney
The Wadena-Deer Creek Babe Ruth baseball team earned a trip to the 13-15 state tournament. Zach Martin's club defeated Walker and New York Mills before losing to Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale and Frazee in District 2 play at New York Mills. The split boosted them into state as the district's No. 3 seed. WDC fell to Albany and Eden Valley-Watkins in state play at East Grand Forks.
Moenkedick sets new basketball scoring mark at Verndale
Verndale senior cager Teresa Moenkedick established a new career school scoring record with 1,544 points. Moenkedick had 28 points in a Feb. 19 victory over New York MIlls to eclipse Dick Finck's 1969 record of 1,492 points. On the same night Moenkedick passed Finck, the Pirates clinched their first Park Region Conference girls' basketball championship. Moenkedick received Park Region Conference MVP honors after the season.
Dailey advances to Class A state track and field meet
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Krista Dailey took runner-up honors in the Section 6A track and field meet and advanced to state with in the shot put. The junior standout put the shot 34 feet in section competition. Her 32-11.25 toss in the state meet at Hamline gave her 15th place at the state meet.
Goeden places third, WDC trap team seventh at state
Jacob Goeden took third place in the individual standings and the Wadena-Deer Creek trap team placed seventh in the Novice Division at the Minnesota Clay Target League State Tournament. Goeden broke 68 of the 75 targets to tie Staples-Motley shooter Tanner Fischer for second. Fischer won the a sudden death shoot-off when Goeden missed on the 12th target. It was the first season in competition for the WDC shooters.
Pirates lose heartbreaker to Rockets at Fargodome
The Verndale Pirates went down to the wire with the Underwood Rockets in the Section 4, Class Nine-man championship game Nov. 1 at the Fargodome. The Pirates were leading 12-6 as the Rockets lined up for the game's final play. Adam Creek hit Matt Biegler with a five-yard TD pass with no time left on the clock. LeRoy Hauge kicked the extra point. The Pirates dominated the first half and took a 12-0 lead into the locker room. The Rockets went on to play in their first Nine-man state championship game.
Schmitz competes in third straight state meet
Wadena-Deer Creek's Emma Schmitz competed in her third straight Class A state cross-country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Schmitz posted her second-best time in a state meet by posting a 16:03.6 to place 69th in a field of 174 runners.
Wolverines battle into section semifinals
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls' basketball team battled their way to the Concordia Fieldhouse court before losing 54-44 to Pelican Rapids in the Section 8AA semifinals. The Wolverines took a seven-game winning streak into the section semis which included upset victories over Frazee and top-ranked Hawley. Emily Miron had a double-double in the final game of her prep career scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
Harper makes second trip to national tournament
Kevin Harper represented Region 4 at the Golden Gloves National Boxing Tournament in Salt Lake City. Harper, who fought under the Wadena banner during the 2012-2013 boxing season, made his second trip to the national tournament and competed in the 114-pound weight class.