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Probationary elementary teacher Joan Goeden walked into Monday's District 2155 school board meeting shell-shocked by a resolution on the agenda to terminate her position. She walked out with a fighting chance. Goeden, a 10-year substitute teacher in the WDC system, was supported by several of her fellow teachers in her bid to retain her job.
The Wolverines pushed the Gobblers in singles action Monday before losing their second straight home match of the season. WDC's Dennis Loeper and Mike Paavola pushed their Aitkin counterparts, Alex Anderson and Jack Reeves, to three sets. Loeper won his first game 6-4 but then lost 6-0, 6-1. Paavola was a 6-3 winner in his first match before bowing 6-2, 6-4. Austin Korkowski was forced to default his match with No. 3 singles foe Lyle Nyberg. Korkowski won the first game 6-3 but lost the second 6-2. The Wolverines tasted success at No.
Tyler Fix shot a 171 Tuesday and Wednesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed 12th in the 17-team Pequot Lakes Invitational. Fix shot a team-best round of 90 Tuesday at The Pines and shaved nine strokes off his game Wednesday to record an 81 at The Preserve. Michael Wing backed up Fix with rounds of 91 and 85 for a 176. Bryan Silvers dropped 16 strokes off Tuesday's round of 97 to finish with a 178. Rounding out the WDC scoring in the two-day event were Nick LeTourneau with a 197, Jacob Goeden with a 199 and Duke Harrison with a 200. The Wolverines shot a team round of 719.
Jared Hoemberg drove in five runs as the Bertha-Hewitt Raiders swept Menahga Tuesday by identical 5-2 scores. Hoemberg went 2-for-4 with a home run and three ribbies in Game 1.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Rachel Craig, Courtney Volkmann and Kelsi Crawford have decided to keep their volleyball skills close to home. The three WDC seniors are joining Wayne Chadwick's Bemidji State University volleyball program for the 2011-2012 season. The WDC trio was part of an undefeated squad last fall that brought a Class AA state championship back to the community for the first time. The Beavers played Division II volleyball in the tough Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
Rachel Craig captured two firsts and Logan Meyer won his fourth straight shot put title Thursday in the Rainmaker Invitational at Staples. Craig put the shot 33-9.5 and won the high jump by with a personal best effort of five feet. Craig took second in the discus with a toss of 91-9 and was runner-up in the 100 hurdles with a 17.46. Meyer's 46-11 throw won the shot put. He placed third in the discus with a 111-3.50. Taking individual seconds for the Wolverines were Charley Cantrell, Sarah Craig, Emma Schmitz, Courtney Dumpprope, Autumn Jahnke, Brody Wangsness and Will Eliason.
When the June 17 tornadoes hit eastern Otter Tail County and left a long, deep scratch on Wadena, they left behind anguish, destruction and millions of dollars worth of damage. The need to cope with the disaster led to the birth of the Wadena-Otter Tail Long Term Recovery Committee. Insurance did not meet the full needs of many tornado victims, according to WOTLTR caseworker Wendy Molstad. Others had no insurance, period.
Steve Riewer's return to the high school coaching ranks could not have gone better for the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale skipper as his Raiders swept a Park Region Conference doubleheader from Pillager Tuesday at Verndale. The Raiders, who were playing their first baseball games together after combining their programs in the off-season, edged the Huskies 6-5 in the opener when a 9-3-2 play by Cody Yungbauer, Ethan Bakken and Jared Hoemberg nailed a sliding Conner Uselman at the plate to end the game.
Kevin Harper made a decision a few years ago that has taken him a long way, and it will soon propel him even further. The 16-year-old boxer will be part of a 32-man field that competes for the 114-pound National Golden Gloves title April 25-30 in Indianapolis, Ind. Harper, who lives north of Bluffton, attends high school in New York Mills and competes with the Wadena Boxing Club, took top honors in the Upper Midwest Regional last Sunday in Walker by decisioning 21-year-old South Dakota fighter Mark Pogorelski.
Region IV's Kevin Harper defeated Mark Pogorelski of Region II at Northern Lights Casino in Walker last Sunday to claim his first berth in the Golden Gloves National Tournament. The 114-pound Wadena fighter is now qualified for a trip to Indianapolis, Ind. April 25-30. "He was hungry," Wadena Boxing Club coach Bob Tubandt said.