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Norm Gallant and the Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling program go back 18 years. Gallant was an assistant coach for his first seven years in the program. Since that time he has been the head man. At Monday's October meeting of the WDC school board, Gallant announced he will be phasing himself out of the wrestling program this year. Gallant and Uptown Cafe owner Kyle Hagen, a former New York Mills wrestling standout, will share head coaching duties for the 2015-2016 season. Hagen will lead the Wolverines next season.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Hannah Vorderbruggen earned Mid-State All-Conference honors Monday at Long Prairie with a sixth place time of 21:41. The WDC girls finished fifth in the seven-team meet with 120 points. Park Rapids edged Detroit Lakes 41-42 in the battle for first. Abby Motschenbacher placed 12th for the Wolverines with a time of 22:01.
Mike Mahlen's Verndale Pirates made Underwood play four quarters of football Saturday before falling to the Rockets 30-22 in a Section 4, Class Nine-man showdown. The fourth-seeded Rockets kept their unbeaten record intact and earned a return trip to the Fargodome by weathering a good effort by the Pirates, who were missing star halfback Mitchell Blaha. Mahlen said Blaha re-injured his shoulder in last Tuesday's victory over Brandon-Evansville. "We didn't have our best running back and that hurt," Mahlen said. A 15-yard touchdown run by Underwood's Dylan Kalenze was all the scoring either
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?
Travis Miranowski scored three times and flirted with the century mark Tuesday in leading No. 2-ranked Breckenridge to a 50-8 victory over No. 7 Wadena-Deer Creek. The Section 6AA playoff game on Breck's home field was decided in the first half as the Cowboys put up six of their seven touchdowns. Miranowski scored on runs of two, five and 23 yards. Carson Yaggie found Ashton Hegge on a 34-yard route, Treyton Hought went in from five yards out and Zach Petersen scored on a two-yard carry. The Wolverines opened their scoring in the second half.
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.