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Mike Mahlen's Verndale Pirates made the most of an extra week of practice Friday as they clubbed E.C.H.O. Charter 60-0 in their season opener. The Pirates held the Rockets to just 73 yards on the ground and 12 through the air for a total of 85. Mahlen's club racked up 480 yards of offense with Andy Bounds gaining 170 yards on just seven carries and scoring three touchdowns.
Wadena-Deer Creek's No. 2 doubles duo battled Monday in a 7-0 loss to Little Falls. Molly Kraemer and Marie Hunt won 6-4 before losing 6-2, 8-6 at No. 2 doubles to Mikayla Cottwalt and Katelyn Kanieski. Macy Hartman has been cleared to play and will be in the WDC lineup for the remainder of the season. Hartman, who was slated to play No.
Marty Charest ran for three touchdowns and passed for another Friday night as Otter Tail Central defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 35-6 in Henning. The Bulldogs held WDC running back Logan Meyer to 57 yards on 15 attempts after he opened the season by logging 175 yards. Meyer scored WDC's lone touchdown with 24 seconds left on the clock after a 32-yard pass from Evan VanErp to Matt Laughlin brought the ball down to OTC's eight. The Wolverines played shutout football in the first quarter for the second straight game. Wyatt Weber came up with a fumble to stop OTC's first drive at WDC's 15.
Brittney Noon and Emily Miron combined for 24 kills Tuesday night as the unbeaten Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines took three from Sebeka 25-15, 25-22, 25-15. The victory was the third of the year for the Wolverines and ran their unbeaten streak over the last three seasons to 38.
Summer break ended Tuesday as a new school year arrived for Wadena-Deer Creek's K-12 student body and the faculty. The first day's head count found 956 students within the walls of WDC elementary, junior high and senior high classrooms. While the opening day enrollment is 45 under last year's first day enrollment of 1,001, it fits neatly into the pre-school estimate of the WDC administration.
When the National Football League was in flower 40 years ago, one of the best teams of all was the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings were mentioned in the same breath with teams like Pittsburgh, Dallas, Oakland, Miami and Washington. A feeling of overwhelming confidence descended on their faithful fans. There was no team the Vikings could not play with in those days. They dominated the Central Division of the NFC and they played in four Super Bowls. Fast forward to the beginning of the 2010 season. The Vikes are coming off a 12-4 season behind aging Brett Favre.
Perfect weather touched Whitetail Run Tuesday as the Perham boys and the Little Falls girls ran away with team honors in the Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. Seven Perham boys placed in the Top 20 with Brady Speicher, Nick Carignan and Dalton Dahms finishing third, fourth and fifth with times of 17:33, 17:41 and 17:53. The strong showing gave the Yellowjackets a first place score of 24. Little Falls was a second with 67 points. Byron Shuldt of Nevis set the winning pace with a time of 16:36. Little Falls' Brad Zimney finished second with a time of 16:58.
A salty Park Rapids club handed the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines their second shutout loss in a row Tuesday in Mid-State Conference play. The Panthers were straight set winners all the way through singles and doubles competition en route to a 7-0 victory on the Park Rapids courts. The Wolverines started their fourth week of varsity play without Macy Hartman's racket in the lineup. Hartman, a 2010 section qualifier who is slated to become WDC's No.
Teresa Moenkedick had 18 digs and 17 kills as the Verndale Pirates lost to Swanville Tuesday in four matches that were decided by a total of 11 points. The Pirates nipped Swanville in the opener 26-24 but the Bulldogs came back to win 25-22, 25-21 and 26-24. Sarah Moenkedick dished out 16 set assists and contributed 16 digs.
The senior-dominated Moorhead Spuds provided Wadena-Deer Creek's defending state champion Wolverines with a strong test Thursday before bowing 3-1 in the season opener. The Spuds claimed the first game 26-24 but the Wolverines rallied to win 27-25, 25-22 and 25-23 to notch the match victory. "Nothing like jumping right into the fire to start the season," WDC Head Coach Sue Volkmann said. "The kids really held their composure during this tough match. Moorhead was predominantly seniors and our young kids filling new positions did very well.