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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.
Who was that guy? Sean McGuire tossed three touchdown passes and ran for a score as the Hillcrest Comets thumped Verndale 39-8 Friday at Mahlen Field. The Pirates gave up 26 first half points in their first home loss since Oct, 4, 2013. McGuire, a 190-pound junior, found Reggie Undseth on a 47-yard aerial in the first quarter. After Jordan Foss booted a 41-yard field goal McGuire targeted Chris Tungseth with a 41-yard TD pass. Kyler Newman kept the ball rolling with a 14-yard scoring run and Foss kicked a 31-yard field goal. McGuire went back into action in the third quarter.
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.
After making their season relevant again by winning six of 10 road games the Minnesota Twins are poised for a wild card run in September. No, you are not suffering from hallucinations; the Twins are actually back in the hunt. That is saying quite a bit for a team that played so poorly in July and early August. Not to mention a team with four straight losing seasons behind them. Can the Twins do it? Much depends on which Twins team shows up for the final month of the regular season.
Jess Rondestvedt battled her way to the championship round of the No. 2 singles round Wednesday in the Wadena-Deer Creek-Staples-Motley/Verndale Tennis Invitational. The WDC doubles player, who has previously been teamed with McKayla Woods at No. 1 doubles, posted wins over Perham 7-5, 3-6 (7-4) and Detroit Lakes 6-1, 6-4 before falling to the top-ranked player from Osakis 6-1, 6-0. Played on courts in Staples and Wadena, the invitational drew teams from St. Louis Park, Detroit Lakes, Perham, East Grand Forks, Osakis and Stewartville.
Noah Urman ran for one touchdown and passed for two more Friday night as the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder rolled to a 46-12 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. Urman hooked up with Matt Roe for a 30-yard touchdown pass to cap a 10-play, 65-yard march. Urman stung the WDC secondary again in the second quarter when he put the capper on a nine-play, 91-yard drive by hitting Nick Middendorf with a 29-yard scoring aerial. The Thunder kept the ball for eight plays and went 60 yards for their third touchdown of the first half.
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
The Kimball Express broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth Saturday evening to edge Nimrod 3-2 in the first round of the Class C state baseball tournament. The Express managed only five hits off Nimrod pitcher Gunner Johnson, who pitched nine innings and struck out 11 batters. Ben Johnson had the only two-hit game for Kimball. Johnson and Adam Beyer homered for the Express. The Region 14C runner-up Gnats pushed both of their runs across home plate in the third inning.