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Pioneers bury Wolverines 93-38

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Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

Preston Weber and Caleb Janson had big nights Tuesday as the paced the Pierz Pioneers in a 93-38 trouncing of Wadena-Deer Creek.

Weber canned five treys en route to a game-high 23 points. Janson was right on his heels with 22 tallies to go along with a whopping 21 rebounds. Jess Kasper was also in double figures with 12 points.

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The Wolverines were hamstrung by the absence of point guard Evan VanErp who suffered an ankle injury Monday in practice. Ben Birch and Ryan Redfield led the team with 13 and 10 points respectively.

The Pioneers took a 40-point lead into the locker room at halftime.

"We were overwhelmed with Pierz's size and speed," WDC Head Coach Tom VanErp said. "Their pressure defense created many turnovers leading to easy baskets."

The Pioneers forced 34 turnovers and clicked on 49 percent of their field goal shots. Pierz controlled the boards 44-26 and came down with 21 offensive rebounds.

The Wolverines have home games Tuesday and Friday with Pine River/Backus and Staples-Motley.

Sauk Centre 85

WDC 57

The Mainstreeters got scoring from 11 players Friday night in handing Tom VanErp's Wolverines a 28-point road loss in their season opener.

Ben Birch scored 19 points and Evan VanErp added 18 for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, who fell to the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters 85-57 Friday in a non-conference game.

Ryan Redfield tallied 12 points for W-DC, which didn't have an answer for Sauk Centre's Patrick Knoblauch, who led all scorers with 24 points.

Patrick Knoblauch and Travis Rieland did most of the scoring damage for Sauk Centre. Knoblauch poured in 24 points while Rieland added 19. Nick Adams hit double figures with a 10-point effort.

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