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The Bertha-Hewitt Bears mauled Verndale pitching for six runs in the second in Tuesday en route to a 9-3 Park Region Conference softball win. Autumn Aeling drove in three runs for the Bears while joining Trenda Schwantz, Morgan Kapphahn and Hannah VanHale with two hits. Teresa Moenkedick led the Pirates with two hits in three trips to the plate. Verndale's cleanup hitter also scored once and drove in a run. Lizzy Yungbauer went 2-for-4. Christine Moenkedick chalked up the pitching win with three innings of help from Aeling.
Charley Cantrell captured two firsts while Rachel Craig and Logan Meyer each earned one Tuesday in the Hawley Booster Invitational. The Wadena-Deer Creek girls placed third in a nine-school field with 76 points. The WDC boys placed sixth with 23 points. Cantrell turned the 800 course in 2:30.63 and after the boys' 800 ran a 5:43.34 to win the 1,600. Craig placed in four events and won the shot put with a 35-5.5.
Kyle Dykhoff saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines split their third Mid-State Conference doubleheader in a row Tuesday at Pequot Lakes. Zach Logan went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as the host Patriots collected a come-from-behind 7-6, eight-inning victory in Game 1. Derrick Rude and David Najjar both went 3-for-4 in the loss.
Amy Nebosis and Megan Cole combined for four hits, two triples and five RBIs Thursday as the Eagles stormed from behind with a five-run sixth to defeat the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 12-10. Jenna Esala went 3-for-4 in the win and scored three times. Christina Wolden had a strong game for the Wolverines with two hits, three runs and two RBIs. Avery Jackson and Mogan Lugert combined for four hits, two runs and two RBIs. WDC's Amanda Perkins had a rough outing as she gave up 13 hits and nine walks.
Alec Griffith gained the mound victory Monday as Upsala-Swanville handed Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale a 6-3 setback. Griffith also had a pair of hits for the Patriots who won for the fourth time in six outings. Steve Riewer used five pitchers in the game and saw starter Jared Hoemberg take the loss. Austin Selvey went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for the Raiders, who dropped their second straight after opening the season with four straight wins. USA 012 011 1 -- 6 6 2 BHV 001 020 0 -- 3 5 2 Alec Griffith, Brock Cichon (6) and Welinski; Jared Hoemberg, Cody Yungbauer (3), D
Paige Hartman carded a 104 Tuesday in pacing Wadena-Deer Creek to a fifth-place finish in the Crosby-Ironton Invitational at Ruttger's Bay. Amanda Kramer and Ella Harrison tied for WDC runner-up honors with 105 rounds. Hope Theisen shot a 125 and Sydney Schissel brought in a 129. Kate Smith shot a medalist-winning round of 81 in pacing Detroit Lakes to a low round of 345. Pequot Lakes was 21 strokes off the pace.
Rachel Craig added more polish to an already lustrous senior season Thursday with two firsts, a second and a third in the John Reimer Invitational at Pillager. The WDC standout climbed to eighth on the team's All-Time Top 10 list with her winning 100-9 toss in the discus. She won the shot put with a 33-4 throw. Craig's 17.72 time in the 100 hurdles gave her runner-up honors behind Becker's Nikki Anderson, who ran a 17.40. Craig went 4-8 in the high jump. Emma Schmitz turned the 1,600 course in a winning time of 5:54.5.
Derrick Rude spun a pitching gem Tuesday as Wadena-Deer Creek won the first end of a Mid-State doubleheader at Detroit Lakes. The senior hurler scattered seven Laker hits and the Wolverines played errorless defense in a 4-1 victory in eight innings. "It was a great pitching performance from Rude backed by solid defense," WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff said. Rude walked three and fanned eight before Ryan Redfield came on with two out in the bottom of the eighth. Jake Rude and Redfield both went 2-for-4 for the Wolverines. Rude and Matt Laughlin drove in runs.
A 3-year-old decision not to hire a Wadena-Deer Creek graduate for a teaching position has come back to haunt the District 2155 school board. During a public comment period in the April 18 meeting, the board heard Maggie Jacobson and her father, Scott Pettit, voice their frustration about two different situations concerning Mike Jacobson. Jacobson was interviewed for a WDC elementary teaching position in spring 2008.
A four-run rally in Game 1 and six Verndale errors in Game 2 helped the New York Mills Eagles to a 6-5, 16-6 doubleheader sweep Tuesday over Dan Johnson's Pirates. The Pirates led the Eagles 5-2 going into the last of the seventh. With one out, Autumn Roberts, Jenna Esala walked, Megan Cole reached on an error, Micaela Lausten walked, Amy Nebosis singled and Brittany Lee delivered a two-run single to end the game. Cole, Lee and Roberts all had two hits. Cole joined Lee with two RBIs. Kirsten Korfe went 2-for-4 in the loss.