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Wadena-Deer Creek's Rachel Craig captured two firsts and Logan Meyer claimed one Tuesday in the Mid-State Conference Championships. Craig tossed the discus 97 feet and cleared the bar at five feet in the high jump. She also ran a fourth-place time of 17.30 in the 100 hurdles. Meyer dominated the shot put with a winning throw of 49-6. Pequot Lakes' Thomas Parker claimed second with a 46-3. Meyer also finished third in the discus with a 123-6.5. Charley Cantrell turned in a 5:36.87 time to take runner-up honors in the 1,600.
Hunter Arnold, Austin Samuelson and C.J. Jahnke all collected three hits Tuesday as the Parkers Prairie Panthers staged a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to edge Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 4-3. Jared Hoemberg went 2-3 with one run and one RBI in the loss. BHV's Ethan Bakken and Parkers' Trey Thompson both threw four innings out shutout ball. Bakken gave way to Dallas Ehrmantraut in the fifth after scattering seven hits.
Jake Rude and Kenny Sakry earned mound wins Thursday as the Wolverines swept Crosby-Ironton 13-3, 8-1 in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader. Ryan Redfield went 3-for-3, scored three times and drove in two runs in the opener. Jake Krause, Colter Pettit and Cory Tumberg combined for six hits and five RBIs. Jake Rude went 3-for-4 in Game 2 and scored twice. Derrick Rude drove in four runs.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Michael Wing shot a sizzling 71 Wednesday at the Headwaters to claim medalist honors in the Mid-Minnesota tournament. Bryan Silvers was eight strokes off Wing's pace with a 79. Tyler Fix and Duke Harrison came in with scores of 86 and 88.
The Pillager Huskies broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the seventh Tuesday as they edged Verndale 7-5 in Park Region Conference action. Danielle Johnson, Ally Hunstad and Hannah Horn all came up with two hits for Pillager and Kelsie Hanson drove in two runs. Kirsten Korfe went 2-for-4 with four RBIs in the loss. Lizzy Yungbauer doubled twice and drove in a run. Elizabeth Johnson went 2-for-2. Teresa Moenkedick scored twice. Hunstad walked three and fanned nine in gaining the pitching win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines claimed three of four singles matches Monday on the way to trimming Perham 4-3. Austin Korkowski, Drew Larson and Corey Pettow gave WDC victories in the top three singles matches. The Wolverines defaulted at No. 4 singles. Dennis Loeper and Mike Paavola teamed up for a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles over Jordan Cresap and Dillon Shields to clinch WDC's second straight dual win. WDC 4, Perham 3 Singles 1 Austin Korkowski (WDC) def. Randy Swanson (P) 6-1, 6-0 2 Drew Larson (WDC) def. Alphonsie Schoenberger (P) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 3 Corey Pettow (WDC) def.
Caitlin Volkmann went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Amanda Perkins notched the pitching win as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines handed Pine River-Backus a 10-5 loss. Perkins walked two and fanned seven in her complete game performance. Pine River-Backus hurler Autumn Ackerman issued nine walks while fanning one. Morgan Demars paced the Tigers at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Caroline Welsand came up with three hits and one ribbie while Tatum Sheley was 2-for-4. The victory gave the Wolverines a 9-7 record.
Jordan Wohlwend and Seth Hamman went 3-for-4 Sunday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers pounded the Dent Wildcats 8-1. Wohlwend collected a bases-loaded single in the sixth to drive in two runs. Hamann scored three times for the Shockers. Casey Johnson went 2-for-4 with one RBI and newcomer Jake Krause singled in Hamman in his first at bat for the Shockers. "It's good to see our youth have success early," WDC skipper Jayme George said.
Brad Stinar Flooring of Verndale has been given the job of replacing floor tiling in the Verndale School this summer by the District 818 board. The existing tile is believed to date back to the 1950s or 60s according to Verndale superintendent Paul Brownlow. Pladson Environmental of Minneapolis will be removing the asbestos-based tile right after the Fourth of July weekend. Pladson expects the asbestos project to take one to one-and-a-half weeks. Stinar expects to have the new tile laid in two weeks. The cost of the project will be covered by a health and safety levy.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board approved a list of comings and goings of teachers for the 2011-12 school year at its May 16 meeting. Acting on a leftover issue from the previous month's meeting, the board voted not to renew a contract with second-grade teacher Joan Goeden. Goeden had made her case at the April meeting, and the board at that time held a closed meeting and took the item off the agenda. Goeden said she understood from a conversation with Elementary Principal Louis Rutten that she would have the job of second-grade teacher next year due to the retirement of another second-gr