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Now that the 2012 NFL regular season is over and the Minnesota Vikings have nowhere to play, the time seems right to take a look back at the blunders they made and pass some judgments. Everyone knows that hindsight is 20-20. Right off the bat it is pretty obvious that just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong. If you would have told someone the Vikes would be 3-13 in 2011 after the 2009 season they would have laughed at you. Who could guess that when Brett Favre threw that stupid pass back across the field in the NFC championship game that the Vikes had walked under a ladder.
Ryan Redfield showed his partiality for the WDC court again Tuesday night as he hit seven treys and scored 26 points in a 80-62 win over neighboring Verndale. Redfield has now scored 20 or more points in three straight home court games. Evan VanErp followed up two strong performances in the Otter Holidy Classic by scoring 25 points for WDC. Ben Birch did his job in the post with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Aaron Denny gave the Pirates 16 tallies while Dallas Ermantraut scored 14 points and Marcos Gomez netted 11. The Wolverines had a big 48-30 edge on the boards.
Emily Miron came up with 23 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks Friday in lifting Wadena-Deer Creek over Grand Rapids 61-45 in the Northwood Invitational. Caitlin Volkmann dropped in four of WDC's five treys to finish the game with 15 tallies. Hope Theisen and Melissa Moenkedick were solid in supporting role as they combined for 18 points and 15 boards. Kenzie Kane popped in 19 points for the Thunderhawks. The Thunderhawks took advantage of WDC miscues to keep themselves in the game in the first half.
Mitch Steffens and Tony Reurink both went 2-0 Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines finished third in the Detroit Lakes Triangular. Steffens saw action at 126 while Reurink wrestled at 220. Pequot Lakes-Pine River/Backus Road Crew took advantage of five forfeits to pin Wadena-Deer Creek 58-13. The Road Crew handed Detroit Lakes a 39-32 loss to grab top honors. The Lakers finished second by posting a 58-13 win over WDC. Steffens won two major decisions topping Nick Gravdahl of PLPRB 11-2 and Detroit Lakes' Nate Francis 10-0 as he improved his record to 14-2.
Teresa Moenkedick scored a season-high 40 points as the Verndale Pirates opened the new year with a 71-57 Park Region Conference victory over New York Mills. Kristen Korfe chipped in with 10 points. Ellie Rutten had a big night for the Eagles scoring 37 points. The Pirates are now 4-6 overall and 1-3 in the PRC. The Eagles are also 1-3 in conference play but 1-9 overall. NEW YORK MILLS (57) T. Kempenich 3, K. Kane 3, J. Esala 2, S. Honer 2, A. Barvels 2, A. Hendrickx 8, E. Rutten 37. VERNDALE (71) K. Korfe 10, J. Glenz 6, S. Moenkedick 8, J. Schluttner 3, K. Schmitz 2, E. Kern 2, T.
Cody McManigle of Wadena and Jesse Wannamacher of Fergus Falls will headline a double main event Saturday at the Wadena National Guard Armory. McManigle will meet Nate Rubin of Brainerd in a 140-pound bout. Wannamacher will square off against Clyde Willrich of Minneapolis. The second local boxing card of the season will have 12 bouts and will feature boxers from St. Cloud, White Earth, Minneapolis, Fergus Falls, Wadena, Brainerd and Leech Lake.
Jake Ahlgren's five-point night sparked Fergus Falls in a 10-5 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at the Fergus Falls Community Arena. The two clubs exchanged goals in the first period with Ahlgren, Bill Rodning and Devin Johnson icing goals for the Otters and Mitchell Swanson and Bridger Pettit scoring for the Wolverines. The Otters pulled away by scoring the first three goals of the second period. Ahlgren and Peter Gaustad had even-strength goals up by the time Sam Rausch rammed home a power play shot at the 4:55 mark.
The District 2155 school board will have a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Wadena-Deer Creek Schools offices on South Third Street. Board business will include establishing meeting dates, time and location, approving district depositories, delegating authority to conduct business, designating an official school publication, appointing an official representative for federal programs and setting the school board compensation rates for 2012. The board will also approve committee appointments for the coming year and hold the annual election of officers.
Give the Minnesota Vikings some credit - they have had a beneficial season -- not a Super Bowl season, not a playoff season, not even a respectable season, but the kind of season that can really help a team. What have Minnesota fans wanted for 51 years? That's right - a Super Bowl victory. They have tracked it like a Scud missile tracking a jet and they have been close, very close. Last Saturday's 33-26 victory over Washington broke a six-game losing streak but that is about all it did. When you are angling for a top college draft choice, victories are the last thing you really want.
The Verndale Pirates evened their Park Region Conference slate at 1-1 Thursday by topping Menahga 67-52 at Verndale. Dallas Ehrmantraut sparked the Pirates with 20 points and was tough at the line canning 11 of 13 free throw attempts. Aaron Denny pumped in 15 points and matched his offensive output with a whopping 17 rebounds and four blocked shots. Free throws dominated the up tempo game with the Pirates sinking 22 of 39 foul shots and the Braves hitting 18 of 35 attempts. The Pirates take a 2-5 record into the Christmas break. Jordan Hinkle's club will return to action Jan.