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Good pitching by Derek Porozinski and Riley Massie kept Wadena Post 171's American Legion team at bay June 8 in a season-opening doubleheader. Porozinski went seven innings in the opener, fanning eight while giving up four hits and walking only two in a 2-1 victory. Joe Wallgren was equally tough for Wadena scattering nine hits, walking only one and striking out six. Massie supplied most of Park Rapids' offense with two hits and one run. Polozibski helped himself by going 1-for-3 and scoring a run. Wyatt Fitzsimmons was Wadena's top stick going 2-for-3.
Drew Killian, Blaine Cooper and Ryan Grendahl paced the Wadena-Deer Creek delegation Sunday as a field of 35 local shooters competed in the 2015 Clay Target State Championship Tournament at Alexandria. Killian tied for seventh overall by breaking 96 of 100 targets. Killian ran through all 50 of his targets in the first round. Cooper and Grendahl tied for 19th by breaking 95 of their 100 targets. The two shooters were joined by teammates Emily Astle, Reid Miller and Bryce Cooper with 25-for-25 days. Astle and Miller ended up breaking 92 of 100 targets.
A field of 88 players turned out last Friday for the Wolverine Scramble at Whitetail Run. The annual high school athletics fundraiser saw 17 of the 22 teams finishing under par. First place honors went to the foursome of Justin Matthiesen, Joe Schmidt, Corby Pulju and Ryan Browne with a team round of 60. The team of Missy Tabery, Jeff Halland, Tim Bjorge and Larae Bjorge tied the team of Scott Gustafson, Marty Wynn, Tracy Gustafson and Miles Torgerson for second place. Both groups came in with a round of 62. Next year's Wolverine Scramble has been set for June 11.
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board passed three resolutions at their Monday night meeting in Bluffton which could spell a new day for the boys' hockey program. Holding their June meeting in the quiet Otter Tail County community six miles northwest of Wadena, the board heard Wadena Hockey Association President Matt Lunde make a case for allowing Verndale to rejoin the WDC hockey cooperative. Lunde pointed out the 2010 tornado cost the association almost half its membership. According to Lunde, 26 of the association's 96 current players come from neighboring communities.
A five-run outburst in the top of the seventh carried New York Mills past Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 6-4 Thursday in the Section 6A baseball tournament at Legion Field in Fergus Falls. The two Park Region Conference clubs split two games during the regular season with the Eagles winning the first meeting 2-1 and the Raiders taking the second 6-5. The Raiders opened the scoring in the second when Zach Johnson singled and scored on walks to Matt Lipinski, Mack Jones and Mac Schluttner. Dustin Gaudette tripled to lead off the fourth for Mills and scored on Damon Tumberg's sacrifice fly. After the
I have always been much more interested what athletes do on the field, the court or the ice than what they do off of it. These are the places where great sports achievements really happen. Peterson was in jams long before last year's excessive punishment of his young son cost a season of football, a lot of income and the admiration of many football fans. Peterson seems to think he was treated shabbily by the NFL and the Vikings but there are others who would have liked to seen him kicked out of the league and into prison. In view of what did happen you have to say A.P.
Samuel Moore's trip to see a chiropractor two days before the Class A state track and field championships in St. Paul made quite a difference. The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale star tossed the discus 161-5 Saturday to take fourth place at Hamline University. It was a huge improvement on the 147-4 throw that enabled him to qualify for his second state trip nine days earlier in Moorhead. "I was pretty happy," Moore said Monday.
Isaac Stoll went 3-for-4 and scored twice Friday as the Dent Wildcats sacked Bertha 5-3 in town team baseball play. Bertha took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Dakota Aeling worked his way around the bases and scored on a two-out single by Mike Blom. The Wildcats came back in the bottom of the first with three runs. Andy Kratzke and Brandon Fritz singled in Brock Collins and Stoll. Kratzke stole home for the third run. The Blazers evening the score at 3-3 in the top of the third.