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It is fairly clear from the lack of playing time that Ron Gardenhire is giving his stars down in Florida that he figures he has a pat hand this season. Why look at guys that you know have major league talent? Well, there is a reason. As Detroit's Magglio Ordonez recently said, spring training is not about putting up big numbers, it is getting comfortable at the plate. Gardy's comfort level must be pretty high because he is giving his stars plenty of time to come out.
The question of "what do you do with Kurtis Moody?" loomed large for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines last Thursday in their South Sub-Section 8AA playoff opener with Pequot Lakes. The 6-4 senior was trouble all right. He scored a game-high 22 points in a 65-41 victory. But he was not the big reason. "It was one of those games where we were going to let those guys not named Moody or (Tomas) Parker shoot those jump shots and they made them," WDC head coach Tom VanErp said. The Patriots canned eight of their 15 three-pointers for an unbelievable 53 percent.
Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom has been chosen to receive the Kay E. Jacobs Memorial Award by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). The award recognizes Dahlstrom's leadership and involvement provided to MASA and other educational organizations by an administrator with five or less years of administrative experience. Dahlstrom joined District 2155 in the summer of 2008. "I am very honored to receive this award," Dahlstrom said. Dahlstrom has been instrumental in rebuilding trust with the community since arriving in Wadena.
Brian Jacobson made his first presentation last week amid polite laughter at the Verndale School Board meeting. "I have never done a presentation in under 15 minutes before," Jacobson joked as he sat down with the board as the district's new business manager. Jacobson, who was the representative of Carlson Highland Accounting Firm for several years, was hired by the district in December. Jacobson will be taking over Lois Gould's bookkeeping duties at Verndale but he will also be helping with projecting budgets.
Nick Tobkin canned seven treys in a 27-point effort as the top-seeded Perham Yellowjackets trounced the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 65-34 Friday in the regular-season finale for both clubs. On a night when the Wolverines presented nearly $6,000 to the Zach Gabbard Fund on behalf of the school and the fans, the Yellowjackets showed why they were ranked No. 1 in the South Sub-Section 8AA playoffs. Gabbard, a junior forward on the Perham squad, collapsed on the court during a Jan. 20 in a game at Glyndon.
Six of seven Wadena boxers claimed victories Saturday night before a capacity crowd at the Wadena National Guard Armory. Veteran Golden Glover T.J.
Pequot Lakes' Emily and Mattie Lueck were a double dose of poison for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Saturday as they combined for 47 points in a 69-60 South Subsection 8AA semifinal win. Emily tallied a game-high 30 points and also dished out six assists. Mattie had a double-double with 17 points and 14 boards.
Four Eagle Valley players scored in double figures as the Rebels held off a second half comeback by Verndale to post a 69-65 West Sub-Section 5A playoff win Monday night in Clarissa. Playing for the second straight time in just three days, the Rebels won the first half 39-28 but the Pirates rallied to out-score them 37-30 in the second half. Luke Mock led the Eagle Valley scoring attack with 18 points. Verndale senior Zack Meidinger made his last appearance on a high school hardcourt a memorable one with 33 points.
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Colin Turchin finished in the top four and three Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers racked up two matches apiece Friday and Saturday at the Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament. Turchin, who entered his third straight state tournament as the No. 2-ranked heavyweight in Class A, wrestled five times and finished up in the third-place match with Minneota's Josh Van Overbecke. The tall, rangy Overbecke pinned Turchin at the 3:59 mark. Turchin had a great Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
It could have been a situation where the refs were breaking in new whistles, but whatever the case the free throw had a big effect on the outcome of Friday's rematch between two Mid-State powerhouses. Class AA's seventh-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots evened a score with the Wolverines in notching a 69-56 victory.