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The Wadena-Deer Creek cross country teams placed fourth last Tuesday in the Johanna Olson Invitational at Whitetail Run Golf Course. Hannah Vorderbruggen paced the WDC girls with a sixth place time of 21:55.59. Abby Motschenbacher challenged for a spot in the Top 10 with a 14th place time of 22:44.48. Emily Kain ran a 23:33.25 for 23rd place in the field of 76 runners. "What a difference a week made for the girls," WDC head coach Mike Brunsberg said.
Sue Volkmann saw her Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines manage only two wins in eight volleyball games Saturday in the Becker Tournament. The WDC volleyers opened the tournament by edging Minneapolis Washburn in a 27-25 thriller. The Millers rallied to win 25-15 in Game 2 and then nipped the Wolverines 15-13 in the tiebreaker. Casey Volkmann came up with 13 kills and four aces. Volkmann was 10 of 13 at the serving line. Lauren Soroko was credited with 13 assists. Jessica Langer led the the Wolverines in digs with eight.
Teddy Bridgewater may the first player in the history of the National Football League to be inducted directly into the Hall of Fame the way things are going. Do you think Christopher Columbus did something when he discovered the New World? Do you think Thomas Edison accomplished something when he created the electric light bulb?
Aaron Hrklicka scored twice in the first half Friday as undefeated United North Central shut down Wadena-Deer Creek 44-0 in WDC's home opener. Hrdlicka caught a 38-yard scoring pass from Tom Tellers for the game's first touchdown in the opening quarter. He scored again in the second quarter from nine yards out. Tellers, Kirby Hrdlicka, George Lausten and Caleb Puttonen also scored rushing touchdowns for UNC. The Warriors, who finished 0-9 last season, have out-scored their first three opponents 90-0. The Warriors out-gained the Wolverines 322-117.
Mike Mahlen's Verndale Pirates snapped back from their first loss of the season by defeating Bertha-Hewitt 30-8 Friday night in Bertha. Mitch Blaha broke off a 56-yard run in the second quarter to put the game's first points on the scoreboard. Blaha finished the night with 154 yards on 20 attempts. Mack Jones scored on one and 31 yard runs and Luke Weniger hit paydirt on a 10-yard carry. Jones was 5-for-6 throwing the ball for 68 yards. Blaha caught three of his passes for 40 yards. The Pirates dominated the running lanes out-gaining the Bears 298-144. Jones rushed 10 times for 59 yards.
Shelley Glenz saw her Verndale Pirates notch another victory Thursday night as they whipped the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 3-0 on their home court. Coming off a strong 3-0 victory Tuesday evening against Parkers Prairie, the Pirates once again followed the lead of their veterans as they walked past the Rangers 25-9, 25-10, 25-14. Ten Verndale players came up with digs. Jordyn Glenz, Sarah Moenkedick and Alexys Steege tied with nine apiece. Megan Dougherty kicked in with seven and Shania Glenz had six.
A strong Roseau squad routed Wadena-Deer Creek 6-1 Wednesday in the first dual meet of the season on the WDC courts. The Rams swept the singles winning three of the four matches in straight sets. Abby Westrum made Roseau's Josee Lundgren work for her victory at No. 2 singles by taking the second set 7-5. Lundgren triumphed 5-1 in the third set for a 2-1 edge. Jess Rondestvedt teamed up with Sara Moen to break up Roseau's bid for a shutout. The WDC duo won 6-1 before falling 7-5. The Wolverines claimed the tiebreaker 6-3. The Wolverines will compete in the Detroit Lakes Triangular Sept.
Noah Ross placed ninth with a time of 19:48.3 and Hannah Vorderbruggen took fifth with a 23:37.2 Monday as the Wolverines took third and fifth in the Staples-Motley Invitational. Toby Wood and Konnor Stueve backed up Ross with times of 20:39.1 and 20:52.7 for 17th and 19th place. Rounding out the WDC boys' team were Isaac Hale, Isaac Ries and Ryan Olson who placed 33rd, 38th and 58th with times of 22:23.5, 24:12.7 and 24:47.3. Aaron Johnson's winning time of 18:39 paced a Detroit Lakes team that took top honors with 23 points. Lydia Kantonen ran a meet-best 22:04 as Park Rapids edged Unite
The Perham Yellowjackets overcame an extraordinary night at the net by Casey Volkmann last Thursday in besting the Wolverines 3-1 on the WDC court. Wearing a partial face mask to protect her injured nose, Volkmann ruled the net with a career-best 29 kills. The WDC sophomore also kicked in with 15 digs and five ace serves. The visiting Yellowjackets rallied to take the opener 25-16 and walked away with the second game 25-14. The Wolverines turned the tables in Game 3 with a 25-22 decision. Perham pulled out a 26-24 win in Game 4. Thursday's win was the second straight for Perham.
The Bertha Blazers saw their 15-game winning streak end Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Cannon Falls in the Class C state tournament. The Bears were able to derail the Bertha Express behind a strong pitching performance by Keith Meyers. The Blazers were not able to score until the seventh inning as Meyers held the Bertha club to only three hits. Meyers went the distance for Cannon Falls.