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Dave Cresap's Perham Yellowjackets started their hunt for a fourth straight Section 8AA championship with a convincing 75-38 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night on the Perham hardcourt. The top-seeded Yellowjackets dominated the eighth-seeded Wolverines in the first half 45-16. Four Perham players scored in double figures led by Nick Bahls with 18. Tyler Glines had 16 points while Hunter Salathe scored 14 and Sam Muer netted 13. Dylan Dumpprope and Jared Reinitz led the scoring for WDC with 11 and 1 points respectively.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Devin Barthel joined Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Dillon Card and Anthony Kern in earning medals Saturday at the Class A state individual wrestling tournament. Barthel, who was making his first and only appearance in the state tournament at St. Paul's Xcel Center, went 2-0 in Friday's opening rounds. Barthel defeated Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's Nicholas Meyer 9-4 in the first round at state. The victory gave Barthel a shot at Park Rapids' Justin Dravis in Round 2. Barthel defeated the freshman 8-6 with a takedown in overtime.
Verndale junior Dillon Card has been selected as a Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA) Academic All-State recipient for the 2013-2014 season. Card's accomplishment will be recognized at the state wrestling tournament Feb. 27-Mar. 1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Card has qualified to compete in the state team wrestling tournament as a member of the Section 6A champion Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders. Card has also qualified to compete in the Class A state individual wrestling tournament. Triple main event set Saturday in Wadena
Eric Blaha led the way with a double-double Friday as Verndale topped Parkers Prairie 63-56 to end the regular season with a 20-5 record. The senior standout netted 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pirates who now take a four-game winning streak into post-season play. The Pirates will entertain the winner of the Bertha-Hewitt/Sebeka playoff game at 7 p.m. Thursday in Verndale. Mitchell Blaha also finished in double figures for Verndale with 14 tallies. The Pirates converted on 26 of 50 shots inside the three-point arc for a 52 percent clip.
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Devin Barthel was joined by six Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale wrestlers Saturday as he secured a trip to the Class A state individual wrestling tournament in St. Paul.
Sarah Moenkedick pumped in 21 points Friday as the Verndale Pirates ran their Park Region Conference record to 12-0 with a 65-58 victory Friday over Sebeka. Shania and Jordyn Glenz came up with 19 and 16 points respectively. The Pirates had a strong night at the free throw line where they canned 23 of 31 attempts. Jordan Lillquist scored a game-high 24 points for the Trojans. Heidi Olson netted 18. The Trojans held a 25-22 lead at the midway point but the Pirates dominated second half 43-33. Krista Dailey was Verndale's top rebounder with nine.
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Keith Ferris saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines shoot a cool 22 percent from the field on the Menahga court Monday night in a 64-45 loss to the Braves. Coming off a 70-55 victory last Thursday over Park Rapids, the Wolverines kept the game close for most of the first half until an eight-point run gave the Braves a 21-12 lead with just under six minutes to go. The Wolverines had a seven-minute stretch where they converted on just two free throw attempts. Menahga went into the half leading 31-19.
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board voted to dissolve a co-operative with Perham and drop boys' tennis this spring at Tuesday night's monthly meeting. "We have three boys out and they are eighth-graders," WDC Superintendent Lee Westrum told the board. Perham's numbers are also low. The board did not rule out the idea of bringing boys' tennis back if the numbers increase in the future.