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Spring sports are quickly approaching

Norm Gallant, Activities Director, WDC SChools

Although you might not be able to tell here in central Minnesota, spring sports are right around the corner here at Wadena-Deer Creek High School. The end of February marks the end of winter activities and usually brings warmer temperatures and longer days. In 2014, it looks like we will have to settle for two out of the three, as at the time of this writing. The temperature is still stuck right around zero.

I'd like to acknowledge some great individual accomplishments made by WDC students this winter. Last Friday night against Frazee WDC Senior Hope Thiesen drained a three-pointer to become the ninth girls' basketball player in WDC history to score 1,000 points for her career. Hope has been a standout not only on the basketball court, but also the volleyball court and the golf course. She is also an excellent student and leader. She, along with senior Issac Laughlin were named WDC Arts, Athletics, and Academic (AAA) Award winners.

On Saturday, WDC senior Devin Barthel finished his wrestling career standing on the awards podium at the State Tournament. The 145-pound Barthel won the Section 6A Tournament and finished in 6th place at the Class A Wrestling Tournament. Devin finishes his career with a 77-60 career record. He put together a string of great matches after being seeded third in the section tournament to advance to State and make it all the way to the semi-finals.

Earlier this winter, the WDC One-Act Team continued their string of fine performances by winning the sub-section title and finishing out of the state tournament with a third-place finish in Sectional competition. Senior Wesley Janson was named All-Conference in hockey, as was Junior Morgan Zeise in Girls Hockey. The Robotics team has also been building and is currently in the midst of their annual competition, as are FCCLA, BPA, Speech, Knowledge Bowl, Band, and Choir. It's definitely a busy time of year.

Monday March 10 will mark the beginning of the Softball and Track seasons for our students. Baseball, as well as Boys and Girls Golf, will begin a week later on March 17. Students are reminded that they need to make sure they have a current physical on file, MN State High School League (MSHSL) paperwork, WDC Activity paperwork, and their sports fee paid prior to the beginning of practices.

Sports physicals are good for three years and are typically done in grades 7 and 10. These need to be set up through the student's health care provider. MSHSL paperwork needs to be completed once per year. Students who have completed this paperwork during the fall or winter season are covered for the spring. The same is true for WDC athletic paper work. Fees need to be each season and are $30 for students in grades 7-8 and $50 for students in grades 9 through 12. All paperwork and fees can be taken care of with Activities Assistant Mary Fix at the High School office. Waivers are available if the fee is a hardship.

Craig Klawitter returns as the head softball coach, as does Kyle Dykhoff (Baseball), Missy Tabery (Girls Golf), and Kevin Ross (Boys Golf). The Track and Field team will be led by Marc Reynolds. Reynolds has served as Terry Olson's assistant the last three seasons. Olson will serve as an assistant this year with the program.

The first baseball and softball games are slated for April 8, with the first outdoor track meet scheduled for April 10. Hopefully, Mother Nature is kinder and gentler to us than last year, but signs are pointing toward another extended winter. Keep your web browser set to either the WDC Website or our Mid-State Conference site for the latest cancelations and reschedules during what is always a busy spring season. Until then, think Spring! And, keep the parkas handy!