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Wolverines have one senior back from 18-10 team

Senior Hope Theisen will be a key player for this year's Wadena-Deer Creek girls' basketball team.

Keith Ferris finds himself with a single senior this season as he takes his Wolverines into their 2013-2014 schedule.

The Wadena-Deer Creek girls' basketball coach led his team to an 18-10 mark last year and saw them reach the South Sub-Section 8AA finals against eventual section champ Pelican Rapids before losing a 54-44 decision. The Wolverines carried a seven-game winning streak into the Pelican game which included a 41-36 victory over ninth-ranked Hawley.

Senior Hope Theisen is the only starter back from the 2012-2013 team.

"Hope will have to be the rock for us this year," Ferris said. "I know she will be a great leader and help develop our young athletes."

Juniors on the team are Jennifer Craig and Carrie Nelson.

Craig played behind three other posts last year and Ferris considers her very coachable.

"She isn't afraid to take it hard to the basket," Ferris said. "If you tell her to do something she will work as hard as she can until she gets it right."

Nelson took the season off last year but has already impressed Ferris with her work habits.

"I know she will be able to help us this year by her competitiveness and willing to work hard," Ferris said.

Rounding out the candidates for varsity duty are junior Desiree Isola; sophomores Rylie Langer, Mikaela Nordlund, Olivia Schwartz, Madison Barthel, Lydia Lindquist, Kendra Evans and Ayanna Doll; freshmen Katie Peterson and Rachel Schwartz and eighth-grader Casey Volkmann.

Ferris regards Staples-Motley, Detroit Lakes and Pequot Lakes as top contenders in the Mid-State Conference this year. Staples-Motley won the conference last year with a perfect 10-0 mark. Pequot was runner-up in the conference with a 6-4 record.

Ferris tabs Pelican Rapids, Hawley and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton as Section 8AA contenders.

The Wolverines are scheduled to open the season at home Tuesday with Staples-Motley.