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October has traditionally been a lousy month for the Minnesota Vikings. For some reason the month that shouts "football" has long been a rough one for the boys in purple. But the Vikings may be in position to start turning some heads in October this year. Yep, it's possible. November could see the Vikings riding a five-game winning streak as Thanksgiving approaches. That would certainly give Mike Zimmer and Company something to be thankful for. The Vikings have road games coming up at Detroit, Chicago and Oakland. They also have a home game with St. Louis. Will they win them all?
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines fell to 2-3 in the Park Region Conference Friday as they lost to Sebeka in three games, 25-12, 26-24, 25-20. The Trojans won for the fourth time in a row and boosted their conference record to 4-1. Casey Volkmann and Ashley Adams both collected 10 set assists. Volkmann combined with Ellie Miron for 15 kills and teamed up with Lauren Soroko for 23 digs. Kennedy Gravelle led the Wolverines with seven blocks. The Wolverines have another Park Region Conference home date Oct.
Mack Jones tossed three touchdown passes Thursday as the Verndale Pirates notched their first shutout of the season by downing Laporte 38-0. Jones was on target with TD passes to Ethan Orlando, Zach Johnson and Mac Schluttner that covered 69, 16 and 55 yards. The Verndale quarterback hit on three of his five flings for 140 yards. Jones did not throw an interception. Taylor Willis also had a big night for the Pirates. Willis started the second half scoring with a 37 yard punt return.
Shania Glenz came up with 24 kills and Jordyn Glenz added 22 as the streaking Pirates topped Park Region Conference foe Henning on their home court Friday night. The Pirates squeaked out a 25-24 win in Game 1 and a 25-22 victory in Game 2. The Hornets dug in for a 25-19 victory in Game 3.
Toby Wood and Hannah Vorderbruggen led the way last Thursday as the Wadena-Deer Creek cross country teams placed ninth and 13th in the Perham Invitational at Arvig Park. Wood paced the WDC boys with a 43rd place time of 17:57. Vorderbruggen ran a 20:38.8 in placing 25th. Medalist honors went to Bemidji's Caleb Appleton with a 16:16.6 and Sadie Hamrin with an 18:56.4. Sparked by Appleton's strong finish the Lumberjacks took first in the boys' meet with 48 points. Perham was first in the girls' meet with 52 points.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines topped New York Mills 7-0 Thursday in their first Section 8A team tennis match. The Eagles forfeited all three doubles matches to the Wolverines and gambled on winning the four singles matches. The strategy backfired as Whitney Eickhoff, Abby Westrum, McKayla Woods and Jess Rondestvedt scored straight set victories over Robyn Harper, Mallory Weber, Mikaila Honer and Kiera Radniecki. WDC 7, NYM 0 Singles 1 Whitney Eickhoff (WDC) def. Robyn Harper (NYM) 6-0, 6-1 2 Abby Westrum (WDC) def. Mallory Weber (NYM) 6-0, 6-1 3 McKayla Woods (WDC) def.
Cody Seedorf punched in three touchdowns and Wes Olson scored twice Thursday night as the Otter Tail Central Bulldogs closed out the regular season with a 64-12 win over Wadena-Deer Creek. The victory kept the Bulldogs in the unbeaten ranks and dropped the Wolverines 0-8. The Bulldogs racked up 44 points in the first half as Seedorf scored on runs of four, five and 28 yards and Olson caught a 20-yard touchdown pass before running for a 16-yard TD.
Seventh-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek tangles with second-seeded Breckenridge Tuesday in a 6 p.m. Section 6AA football game at Breck. The winner of the WDC-Breckenridge game will play the third-seeded Pillager or sixth-seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in a 7 p.m. game Saturday at the home of the higher seed. Verndale wades into Section 4, Class Nine-man action Tuesday with a 6 p.m. home game against fifth-ranked Brandon-Evansville.
The Verndale school board took a trip to Costa Rica in spirit Monday night courtesy of Spanish teacher Amy Ashbaugh. Ashbaugh sketched the itinerary of a trip she wants to lead in March to the Central American country more than 2,500 miles south of Verndale. The board never actually left the school's media center but after some comments and questions they gave the trip their approval. Ashbaugh is a veteran of many overseas trips.
Josie Beachy, MaKayla Melvin and Brianna Schwantz pulled out singles victories Thursday to lift Perham over Wadena-Deer Creek 4-3 in Wadena. "It was a nice showing against a Perham team with a good group of seniors while the Wolverines have zero seniors," WDC head coach Scott Woods said. Abby Westrum held her ground against Julia Pearson at No. 2 singles. Westrum lost the first match 4-6 but bounced back for a pair of 6-4 victories. The Wolverines claimed two of the three doubles matches. Jess Rondestvedt and McKayla Woods rallied from a 6-4 defeat in No.