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The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team followed up their 2010 Class AA state championship season with their fourth straight trip to the state tournament in St. Paul. Sue Volkmann's volleyers placed fourth in the eight-team tournament - defeating Visitation 3-2 in the opening round before falling to top-ranked Marshall 3-1 and Jordan 3-0. The Wolverines ended the season with a 27-6 record. WDC junior middle hitter Emily Miron was named to the all-state tournament team.
Carlson Highland presented a 2011 financial audit to the Verndale School Board Dec. 19 that indicated the fund balance will continue to grow. The report showed a growth of $350,919 in the general fund and $24,981 in the food service fund. The increases were partially offset by a $19,796 drop in the debt service balance fund and a $1,719 decrease in the community education fund.
Ice fishing has been a difficult sport for some this winter as unusually mild temperatures prevail in west central Minnesota. Houses have already gone down on Otter Tail County lakes like Buchanan and Dead. The Grant County Sheriff's Office reported that five fish houses went down Tuesday - one day after a terrific wind and temperatures near 50 degrees. There are several ways to turn your fish house into the Titanic during a warm Minnesota winter. One of the best ways is to pretend that no problem exists.
Art Schluttner's Pirates took third place in the Verndale Christmas Tournament Tuesday with 66-20 trouncing of Pillager. The Huskies shot an icy 21 percent from the field. Teresa Moenkedick led the Pirates with 28 points while Kristen Korfe added 10. The victory ended a five-game slide by the Pirates.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Mitch Steffens took third and Sam Waln claimed sixth Saturday at the Big Bear Tournament in Cass Lake. Steffens decisioned Willmar's Nate Mittag 7-4 in the 113-pound third place match. Waln lost a 5-3 overtime decision to Willmar's Austin Miles at 120. The Wolverines placed 24th in the 32-team wrestling extravaganza with 52 team points.
Five Wadena Golden Glovers won their bouts Saturday night before a packed house at the Wadena National Guard Armory. Neil Janson and Cole Cottrell at 120 and 165. Janson out-punched Detroit Lakes' Jesus Guayardo for a second round RSC and Cottrell used his left to pummel Detroit Lakes' David Misheski for a first round RSC. Wadena's John Johnson went three rounds with St. Cloud's Jordan Lemieur to gain a decision. Albert Boldt tangled with White Earth's Lee Bower and both boxers landed solid punches. Boldt won by decision.
Caitlin Volkmann hit four treys on an 18-point scoring night and Emily Miron came up with a double-double as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines topped the state-ranked Pelican Rapids 62-57 in their final game before the Christmas break. The Vikings entered Tuesday's tilt ranked No. 9 in the Class AA state basketball poll. "Pelican is a very good team," WDC Head Coach Keith Ferris said in praising the Vikings. "The win was definitely a team effort. It was nice to see the girls come together in a tight game." Miron netted 14 points and collected 11 rebounds in the post.
Ryan Redfield continued to find the WDC court to be a good shooting site Friday in the Wolverines defeated Staples-Motley 54-50 Friday for their first Mid-State Conference win of the season. Redfield, who scored hit six treys and scored 23 points in WDC's home opener with Pine River-Backus, led the Wolverines again scoring 20 points, including nine off three-pointers. "He had a great week," WDC Head Coach Tom VanErp said. "He shot the ball really well. It was good to see him get on track.
Alex Palm had a hat trick and Madison Galligan kicked out 16 shots Tuesday night as the Pequot Lakes Patriots blanked Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0. Sarah Holm stopped 31 shots for the Blue Devils. LPGE/WDC 7, Pequot Lakes 0 First Period PL: Alex Palm (Stephanie DeGrote) 1:52 PL: Megan Snyder (Kaylen Eggena) 8:44 Second Period PL: Palm (Mariah Reed) 6:00 PL: Eggena (Mandy Carlson) 14:39 Third Period PL: Reed (Erika Monson) 2:17 PL: Palm (Snyder, Reed) 7:06 PL: Carlson (Palm) 15:14 Saves Sarah Holm (PL) 31; Madison Galligan (PL) 16 Park Rapids 10 LPGE/WDC 0 Je
Four players scored in double figures as the Eagle Valley Rebels topped the Verndale Pirates 65-57 for third place honors in the Parkers Prairie tournament. Tate Benning led the Rebels with 14 points while Luck Mock netted 13, Jero Nelson pumped in 12 and Tyler Oftedahl scored 10. The Rebels had 41 chances from the free throw line but connected on just 21. Dallas Ehrmantraut canned 26 points for Verndale while James Kveton added 12. Both players hit three treys. EAGLE VALLEY (65) L. Riedel 7, Tyler Oftedahl 10, T. Bailey 2, T. Benning 14, D. Meyer 3, J. Nelson 12, L. Mock 13, J.