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Jessica Bird collected two goals and two assists Friday night as the 18th-ranked Moose Lake Rebels edged Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 5-4. Ashlee Helseth notched the first two goals for the Blue Devils in the second period and earned an assist on a goal by Katelyn Barthel in the third period. McKayla Woods scored with one second left to make it a one-goal game at the final buzzer. Kenzie Christianson had a pair of assists for the Blue Devils. Asia Gobel backed up Bird with two goals.
No matter how they do the rest of the season the Minnesota Vikings have turned a corner with first-year head coach Mike Zimmer at the wheel. There has been nothing smooth about their turn and the engine must be out of tune because we have all seen a few plays backfire. How could it be smooth when their best player has spent more time in court than he has on the field? Adrian Peterson played only one game before his season came to an end in September.
Brandon Klipping scored four times Saturday as the Red Lake Falls Eagles soared to a 5-1 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. The Wolverines, who entered the game averaging better than six goals a game, ran into Bailey Schmitz, who kicked out 23 of WDC's 24 shots. The Wolverines were trailing 3-0 in the second period when Mike Behl found the net with a short-handed goal at the 12:10 mark.
The state-ranked Hawley Nuggets built a 37-14 halftime lead and then held Wadena-Deer Creek at bay in the second half Thursday night to claim a 68-42 victory on the WDC court. Mira Ellefson led the Nuggets with 17 points while Olivia Olson netted 14. The Nuggets canned 26 of their 51 field goal attempts for a 51 percent average. The Nuggets, who entered the contest ranked second in Class AA basketball, improved their record to 4-0. The Wolverines got 10 points for Rylie Langer and another 1 from Jennifer Craig.
A blitzkrieg of work crews, equipment and materials has restored the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway which brings an average of 48 trains a day through Wadena and its neighboring communities. More than 100 BNSF employees and private contractors worked night and day last week to clear wreckage and debris replace tracks and restore service. BNSF is now faced with the task of determining the cause of a Dec. 1 derailment of 32 cars on a section of track four miles northwest of Wadena. The cars which derailed included empty tankers and freight cars carrying sugar and sugar products.
Hunter Larson pumped in 26 points Friday as the undefeated Pequot Lakes Patriots overpowered Wadena-Deer Creek 63-32 in a Mid-State Conference game on the WDC court. Gage Westlund netted 12 points in the victory. As a team, the Patriots shot 57 percent from the field. Alex Carlson, who is averaging 13 points a game for the Wolverines, was WDC's leading scorer with 12 points. Only five WDC players contributing to the scoring as the Wolverines shot 29 percent from the floor. "Pequot Lakes had a good shooting night and we again struggled from the field," WDC head coach Jason Mielke said.
Austin Rudquist and Austen Schwartz combined for 34 points Friday in leading Menahga to a 56-46 Park Region Conference victory over Verndale. The two clubs played to a 22-22 draw in the first half. James Kveton was Verndale's scoring leader with 14 points. The loss dropped Verndale to 1-1 in conference play and 1-2 overall.
The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder erased Wadena-Deer Creek's 23-20 halftime lead Friday in posting a 50-41 victory on their home court. Madelyn Zastrow led the Thunder with 18 points while Carolyn Dinkel scored 13. Jennifer Craig was WDC's top scorer with 10 points. The loss dropped the Wolverines to 0-2. Keith Ferris will lead his WDC cagers against Hawley in a 7:15 p.m. contest Thursday. The Wolverines will then have a week to prepare for a Dec.
Shania Glenz tallied 20 points Thursday as the Verndale Pirates kicked off their 2014-2015 season with a 60-42 victory over Park Region foe Pillager. Jordyn Glenz and Sarah Moenkedick also scored in double figures with Glenz netting 12 points and Moenkedick contributing 11. The defending Park Region Conference champs, who have not lost a conference game since Jan. 10, 2013, played airtight defense in the first half, holding the Huskies to only 11 points.
The Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons hit the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines with five first period goals Friday in a 7-5 victory on the WDC rink. The Dragons were on fire in the first period as they unleashed 21 shots and scored three power play goals. Jared Peterson opened the scoring 3:51 into the game with a power play goal. Orrin Grangroth scored a second power play goal at 4:03. After Michael Behl came up with a short-handed goal at 4:51 with an assist from Jarrett Pettit, the Dragons got their third power play goal from Troy Ryynanen at 7:11.