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The No. 2 Staples-Motley Cardinals cruised past No. 7 Wadena-Deer Creek in straight sets Monday en route to a 7-0 Section 8A team tournament victory at Staples. WDC head coach Vicki Smith made changes in her lineup switching doubles players Molly Kraemer and Marie Hunt to No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Abby Wegscheid and Sarah Najjar teamed up at No.
Brittney Noon collected 15 kills and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines recorded 52 digs in a dominating 3-0 Mid-State Conference victory over Crosby-Ironton. Sue Volkmann saw her team win 25-5, 25-11 and 25-15. The victory helped the Wolverines complete their fifth straight perfect season in conference play. The state-ranked Wolverines improved their record to 18-3. Caitlin Volkmann paced a balanced defensive effort with 11 digs. Heather and Hope Theisen joined Avery Jackson with eight digs apiece.
A 15-year-old Dalton girl was killed and seven other people were injured in a Sunday morning collision at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 210 and Otter Tail County Highway 33 in Otter Tail County. Skylah Oksness was a passenger in a 1999 Buick Regal driven by Aimee Magnusson, 18, of Fergus Falls when it collided with a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice driven by Sasha Parker, 24, of Battle Lake at approximately 2:30 a.m.
Trying to put a happy face on the 2011 Minnesota pheasant hunting season is a job for Bozo the Clown - and even he might balk. A tough winter and a wet spring have conspired to make this year's pheasant hunting season a sad-looking one. The good news is that the pheasant population index is only down 64 percent from last year.
Sara Otto has found the shoes she likes. The 1995 Wadena-Deer Creek grad has been making a name for herself in local, state and world horseshoe pitching competition as a member the Bloomington Horseshoe Club. Otto is vice president of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota by day but when the working day is done, the pitching begins.
A gutsy fifth game carried the Verndale Pirates past Menahga's Braves 3-2 Tuesday night in a Park Region Conference contest at Menahga. The Pirates rallied from a 25-10 blowout in Game 1 to win 25-22, 25-23. The Braves won Game 4 26-24 but the Pirates dominated the fifth game 15-6. Setting the pace defensively for the Pirates were Teresa Moenkedick with 27 digs and Jordyn Glenz with 19. Jordanna Schluttner blocked 10 shots. Schluttner and Teresa Moenkedick combined for 23 kills.
The West Central Area Knights needed a sweep in doubles play to carry them past Wadena-Deer Creek 4-3 Tuesday in Barrett. Macy Hartman, Paige Hartman and Sarah Najjar posted singles victories for the Wolverines. Macy topped Jasmyn Sutton 6-1, 7-5 at No. 1 while Paige beat Carlie Loeks 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 at No. 2 and Najjar downed Krista Paulson 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 at No.
In the movie "Moneyball" Brad Pitt's character uses the silence he has just created by a club house tirade to describe losing. "That is what losing sounds like," Pitt says. If that is the case it has to be very, very quiet in the locker room at Winter Park this week. The Vikes are the fourth-best team in a four-team division and that does not bode well for the future employment of most of the players and all of their coaches. You can say that Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Percy Harvin are on solid ground but Donovan McNabb is not.
Freshman quarterback Dillon Card took charge Tuesday night scoring three touchdowns and passing for one more as the Verndale Pirates clubbed Hancock 36-14. Card hit receiver Dallas Ehrmantraut with a seven-yard in the first quarter to open the scoring. He later cashed in on runs of seven, eight and nine yards. Card hit on 13 of his 25 passes for 207 yards. Kory Stave caught four passes for 100 yards and Ehrmantraut grabbed five balls for 48. Colton Moyer hit the century mark in rushing logging 100 yards on 19 attempts. Moyer also scored on a two-yard plunge.
Neil Janson finished 83rd in varsity competition and Emma Schmitz won the JV meet Saturday in the 61st annual Swain Invitational at Enger Park in Duluth. Janson dropped 11 seconds from his time in the boys' 5,000-meter race to run a 18:35. Joey Pate was 125th in the varsity race with a 19:18 - an 18-second time drop. Schmitz knocked 32 seconds off her time in the JV race or a 16:53.