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Wolverines looking for big leap forward on the bases

Kyle Dyhoff sees plenty of talent.

The first-year head coach inherits a Wadena-Deer Creek team that sported a 1-17 record when the season ended last year.

"Last year's disappointing season does not reflect what type of team we are," said Dykhoff, who played for the Wolverines and then joined the Minnesota Community and Technical College-Fergus Falls where he both played and served as an assistant coach under Kent Bothwell. "I'm really excited for this season because of all the talent this team has. Our goal is to have a better than .500 record this season. We are looking to surprise a lot of teams this season and even in the playoffs."

The Wolverines have 10 seniors in the fold. Matt Hagen will handle shortstop and will also get work on the mound. Allen Uselman is tabbed for third base while Dean Harrison will at first. Joey Peters will also see duty in the infield along with junior Cody Redfield.

Seniors in the outfield will be Cole Lugert, Michael Mast, Brandon McMangile, Josh Sweere and Tyler Savaloja. Joining them will be junior Ryan Nelson.

Gannon George is regarded as one of the team's hurlers along with junior Kevin Tumberg, sophomore Derrick Rude and freshman Ryan Redfield.

Vying for playing time behind the plate will be junior Tyler Wohlwend, sophomore Taylor Bienusa and freshman Jake Rude.

Perennial powerhouse Perham is expected to field another strong in Section 8AA along with Detroit Lakes.

"Both towns have great programs and seem to reload every year," said Dykhoff, who will be assisted this year by Dirk Schulz.