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Carter Wright was a triple winner Saturday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines posted a 1-2 record in the Park Rapids Duals. The Wadena-Deer Creek 152-pounder defeated Deer River's Kacey Braford with an 8-0 major decision, then pinned Bemidji's Chance Hinrichs 1:51 before topping Park Rapids' Logan Johnson with a 6-0 decision. WDC's Mason Snyder was a double winner pinning Bemidji's Joe Hudson at 1:09 and Park Rapids' Tate Usher at 1:01 The Wolverines defeated Deer River 31-21 but lost to Bemidji 60-12 and Park Rapids 45-30. The next action for the Wolverines will be the Big Bear Tournamen
Mike Poncelet's Staples-Motley cagers took advantage of a slow start by Kevin Tumberg's Wadena-Deer Creek club Thursday night to post a 71-52 victory on the WDC court. The Wolverines, who were starting a five-game home stand, were held to just 16 points in the first half and went into the locker room trailing by 18. The Cards faced a different WDC club in the second half that came up with 36 tallies. Andrew Israelson proved to be the biggest scoring threat for Staples-Motley with 23 points.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines shook off a slow start to their 2015-2016 season Friday night by blitzing Bagley 61-42. Tori Ehlert saw her club improve to 1-4 behind a strong performance that saw them rack up 36 points in the first half and 25 in the second. Rylie Langer paced the scoring effort with 17 points. Rachel Schwartz netted 12 points and Casey Volkmann canned 11.
Jordyn Glenz achieved a scoring milestone Thursday night as she led the Verndale Pirates to 71-35 victory over Hillcrest before a partisan crowd. The Verndale senior poured in a game-high 23 points en route to passing the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career. Sarah Moenkedick netted 15 points for the Pirates. Shania Glenz had a double-double with 10 tallies and 10 boards.
Holt Truax picked up his 75th career victory and won the 182-pound weight class Saturday in the Dennis Kaatz Memorial Invite at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School. A state qualifier for his Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale team last year, Truax tacked up a tough 1-0 victory over Perham's Dylan Perrine in the championship match.
Kenzie Christianson and Mikayla Olson both scored a pair of goals Saturday as Prairie Centre blanked the Marshall Tigers 5-0 on their home ice. Kylee Hopp iced one goal in the win which lifted the Blue Devils to 4-3 on the season. McKayla Woods was credited with two assists. The shutout victory went to Angela Hanson who stopped 15 shots. The Blue Devils will host Morris/Benson Thursday at Long Prairie's Expo Arena. They host a formidable St. Cloud team Saturday. "We will have to be running on all cylinders to stay with that St.
Madelyn Zastrow sparked the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder with 19 tallies last Thursday as they rallied to beat Wadena-Deer Creek 47-39 on the WDC court. Rachel Middendorf and Taylor Kingston both score 10 points for the Thunder. Olivia Schwartz paced the Wolverines with nine points.
The Henning Hornets erased a 29-22 halftime deficit and went on to post a 48-44 victory over Verndale Friday night on the Henning court. "I thought we should have been up closer to 12-15 points at half instead it was 7, and they came out with some momentum and erased that lead pretty quickly." Verndale's Jordan Hinkle said. "It was hard to watch because I know we are capable of scoring the basketball more efficiently." The Park Region Conference duel saw the Hornets limit all eight Verndale scorers to single digits. Ethan Korfe and Mitchell Blaha led the Pirates with nine points each.
The Verndale school board cleared the decks for future business at their December meeting Monday by approving a master contract with the Verndale Education Association and certifying a new tax levy rate. Superintendent Paul Brownlow told the board the VEA ratified their end of the master contract earlier on Monday. After a hearing on the proposed budget and property taxes, the board certified a 2015 payable 2016 levy of two percent. Verndale business manager Brian Jacobson proposed the board consider the investment of $1-2 million dollars of school funds into certificates of deposit.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were not in the mood Friday night to play second fiddle for the third straight time. After bowing to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Verndale in their previous two games, Kevin Tumberg's club racked up 33 second half points in posting a 59-53 Park Region Conference win over Bertha-Hewitt on their home court. The Wolverines were coming off a flat note in a 65-34 loss to Verndale Tuesday night.