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Wolverines end four-game skid with 61-34 win over Nevis

Wadena Deer Creek's Matt Paulson (32) takes a first half jump shot.1 / 2
Photos by Brian Hansel. Crosby-Ironton's big Dan Hudrlik knocks Wadena-Deer Creek's Jeremy Sherman off balance after gaining control of a rebound in a Jan. 26 game at WDC Elementary.2 / 2
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Wolverines end four-game skid with 61-34 win over Nevis
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Four cagers scored in double figures Friday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines whipped the Nevis Tigers 61-34 to break a four-game slide.

Ben Birch pumped in 20 points while Ryan Redfield scored 14, Andrew VanErp netted 13 and Evan VanErp chalked up 12.

Birch also grabbed 14 of WDC's 33 rebounds.

Matt Gustafson led the Tigers with 13 points. Nevis sharpshooter Taylor Chase was held to just nine points.

"The story of the game was our defense," WDC Head Coach Tom VanErp said. "Jeremy (Sherman) and Matt (Paulson) did a great job of limiting Taylor's touches and good shots."

The victory gave the Wolverines a 6-11 record overall.

NEVIS (34)

M. Gustafson 13, G. Beckerleg 1, G. Becker 3, T. Chase 9, J. Keranen 8. Totals: 11/3 3-12 34

WADENA-DEER CREEK (61)

A.VanErp 13, R. Redfield 14, B. Birch 20, E. VanErp 12, M. Paulson 2. Totals: 16/8 5-5 61

Nevis 9 25 -- 34

WDC 28 33 -- 61

Fouls: Nevis 12; WDC 17

Crosby-Ironton 66,

Wadena-DC 48

The Rangers shot 52 percent from the field and 53 percent from three-point range Thursday in handing the Wolverines a Mid-State defeat.

Daniel Hudrlik and Michael Hoge led a balanced C-I scoring attack with 13 points apiece. Jacob Goodwin tacked up a dozen.

Ben Birch was WDC's scoring leader with 17 tallies and Evan VanErp added 13 points. The Wolverines canned a cool 33 percent of their floor shots.

Birch pulled down 11 of WDC's 31 boards.

The victory boosted Crosby-Ironton to 4-3 in the Mid-State Conference. The loss was WDC's third straight to a Mid-State foe and dropped the Wolverines to 1-5 in conference play with three conference games remaining.

CROSBY-IRONTON (66)

J. Goodwin 12, W.Goodwin 9, M.Hoge 13, C. Baker 6, B. Tesdahl 3, J. Reynolds 6, G. Van Horn 4, D. Hudrlik 13. Totals: 20/7 5-8 66

WADENA-DEER CREEK (48)

A. VanErp 2, R. Redfield 8, B. Birch 17, E. VanErp 13, M. Paulson 2, M. Laughlin 4, J. Salge 2. Totals: 16/2 8-14 48

Crosby-Ironton 35 31 -- 66

Wadena-Deer Creek 20 28 -- 48

Fouls: C-I 12; WDC 9

Brian Hansel
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