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Mitchell Blaha canned 24 points as the Verndale Pirates returned to the .500 mark by dominating the Hancock Owls 82-44 Friday on the Verndale court. The Pirates played a stingy defensive game in the first half and limited the Owls to only 19 points. Jordan Hinkle's club shot 43 percent from the field and hit on six of 16 three-point attempts. The Pirates shot an excellent 85 percent at the foul line making 18 of 22 shots. Mac Schluttner and James Kveton backed up Blaha with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Ethan Kimber and Holt Truax added to their laurels Friday as they captured individual championships in the New London-Spicer Invitational. Kimber defeated Glencoe-Silver Lake's Dalton Kosek at the 2:43 mark in the 160-pound title match. The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale sophomore also celebrated the 75th pin of his prep career in the seven-team meet. Truax won the 170-pound championship in a round robin format. The Raiders placed fourth in team competition with 130.5 points. Earning runner-up honors were BHV's Devin Dean at 113 and Zack Waln at 145.
Heidi Olson scored 22 points Friday as the Sebeka Trojans handed the Verndale Pirates a 51-45 setback in a Park Region Conference game. The Trojans made seven of their 15 three-point shots for 45 percent. The PRC tilt saw the two teams tied at 22-all after one half of play. Verndale's Sarah Moenkedick led all scorers with 24 points. The Pirates were 16 of 71 from the field for a weak 23 percent average. The Trojans won for the seventh straight time to improve to 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the PRC.
New faces appeared in the Wadena City Council meeting room last Tuesday but an old problem was nipping at their heels. Mayor George Deiss and council members Deb Wiese and Bruce Uselman, who were voted into leadership roles in November, will join re-elected council member Don Niles and council member Gillette Kempf in a scrap the city is having with the Wadena County Humane Society. Wadena's new mayor likes the chemistry of the new Wadena City Council. "I think it is going to be a good group for the city of Wadena.
Four Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers posted 2-0 records Thursday night as the Wolverines gained a split in the Otter Tail Central Triangular. Chase and Tristin Godel, Tyler Wheeler and Steve Erckenbrack were all double winners for the Wolverines who beat Prairie Valley 40-27 before losing to Otter Tail Central 54-18. Chase Godel pinned Prairie Valley's Carter Rokes at the 1:52 mark of their 120-pound match and decisioned Mark Hendricks of Otter Tail Central 4-2.
C.J. Borleis chalked up 19 points and Connor Davich added 14 as Pequot Lakes bombed Wadena-Deer Creek 66-30 Friday in a Mid-State Conference game. "Pequot Lakes dominated the game from start to finish," WDC head coach Jason Mielke said.
Four players hit double figures as the New York Mills Eagles topped Wadena-Deer Creek 71-45 Friday night on the WDC court. The victory stopped a two-game slide by the Eagles and gave them a 7-4 season record. The Wolverines are still looking for their first win. Lydia Rutten poured in 18 points for the Eagles while Ellie Rutten canned 17, Rhiana Roberts netted 16 and Lydia Irons scored 11. The Eagles shot 58 percent from the field. The Wolverines had 10 players contribute to the scoring. Jennifer Craig led the offense with 11 points.
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek goalie Angela Hanson was pelted with 52 shots Thursday night as Detroit Lakes notched a 5-2 win over the Blue Devils in a Mid-State Conference match. The Mid-State leaders out-shot the Blue Devils 18-3, 20-4 and 14-8 en route to the fifth straight conference win. Gretchen Norby's Lakers improved to 12-5-1 overall. Kenzie Christianson gave the Blue Devils an early 1-0 lead by scoring a goal 2:29 into the first period.
A first period hat trick by Zach Tarczon set the tone as the Fergus Falls Otters whipped Wadena-Deer Creek 8-0 Saturday afternoon at the Wadena Hockey Arena. Rylie Sheridan and Ryan Smith both came up with two goals and one assist. Jack Angus stopped 11 shots in the victory. Toby Wood kicked out 42 shots. "This was the best team we have faced this year," WDC head coach Chris Holman said. "We were no match for their size and speed." The Otters, who are ranked 14th in the Class A state poll, improved to 11-4-3. The Wolverines, who have lost four straight, dropped to 5-12.