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Craig Klawitter is out to lead his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to their sixth straight winning season on the softball diamond this spring. The veteran skipper saw his Wolverines win 13 of their 20 games last year and place third in the Mid-State Conference after two straight championships. Inexperience will be WDC's biggest problem as they wade into the 2010-2011 season. The club had only four players back that played varsity ball last year.
Senior guard Courtney Volkmann earned honorable mention on the Class AA All-State team for the 2010-2011 girls' basketball season. Volkmann was second on the team in scoring with 279 points. She led the team in assists and steals with 95 and 74 respectively. Volkmann was also chosen to the Mid-State Conference team along with Emily Miron, the team's top scorer (336) and rebounder (201).
Wadena-Deer Creek lineman Nolan Johnson will play football this fall for the M State-Fergus Falls Spartans. Johnson, who is 5-10, 200 pounds, played on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Wolverines last fall. "Nolan was one of our leaders both on and off the field," WDC head football coach Tom VanErp said. "He is a very fierce competitor." Johnson was a team captain in his junior and senior years. He earned the Wolverine Award for his attitude.
Melissa Tabery has six letterwinners back this season for a run at the Mid-State Conference title. The Wadena-Deer Creek girls' golf coach will have senior Kelsey Browne, juniors Amanda Kramer and Breanna Speed, freshmen Heather Theisen, Ella Harrison and Paige Hartman to anchor her squad. The rest of Tabery's team will be made up of junior Jenna Ludovissie, sophomore Jackie Imsande, freshman Hope Theisen and eighth-grader Rachel Wing. The Wolverines placed third in the Mid-State last year.
Charley Cantrell and Logan Meyer came out strong Tuesday by claiming firsts in the Little Amik I track and field meet on the Bemidji State University campus. Cantrell set the winning pace in the 800 run with a time of 2:39.49. "She's in good shape and she did very well," WDC head coach Terry Olson said. "She's kind of picking up with she left off last fall." Cantrell was one of Olson's top cross country runners last fall before hurting her arm playing football. Meyer won the shot put with a toss of 47-5.75.
Kyle Dykhoff has his sights set on a Mid-State Conference crown this spring after leading Wadena-Deer Creek to a 10-9 diamond record last year. The third-year head coach saw his 2010 Wolverines break even against Mid-State Conference teams winning six of their 12 games. The Wolverines have just four seniors on the roster giving their seven juniors a lot of chances to play. "The seniors we have will be big contributors but the juniors and sophomores will be getting a lot of playing time," Dykhoff said. Seniors on the club include pitcher-third baseman Derrick Rude, shortstop-pitcher Colter
It will be a whole new ballgame for Verndale baseball this spring as the Pirates join former rival Bertha-Hewitt in the same dugout. The two schools are combining their baseball programs to become the Raiders and head coach Steve Riewer returns to high school baseball for the first time in more than a decade. Riewer has 23 players from the top four grades of the two schools on his team. Seniors include Ethan Bakken, Ed Blashack, Jared Hoemberg, Nick Jasmer, Dustin Motschenbacher, Shane Ollila. Josh Olson, Austin Selvey and Cody Yungbauer.
Five Wadena boxers claimed victories and two advanced to the Upper Midwest Tournament as the Wadena Boxing Club hosted the Region IV Boxing Tournament Saturday at the National Guard Armory. Super heavyweight Jose Perez and 114-pounder Kevin Harper advanced through their weight classes unopposed. Both boxers will now fight in the Upper Midwest Tournament against champions from Regions I, II and III. The Upper Midwest is set for April 9-10 at Northern Lights Casino in Walker. Saturday's fights are slated for a 7 p.m. start. Sunday's action begins at 1 p.m. Wadena's T.J.
A "Swing Into Spring" baseball skills clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-6 will begin Tuesday, March 29 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary gym. Tuesday night sessions will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and outdoor clinic sessions will begin as soon as weather permits. Contact Wayne Dykhoff at 631-4238 or 639-1470 for more information.
Region IV Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament 114 Finals Kevin Harper (Wadena) won unopposed 132 Finals Nate Rubin (Brainerd) dec. Blake Herron (Brainerd) 141 Finals Rondale Hubbert (FF) RSC John Johnson (Wadena) 2nd Round 152 Semifinals T.J. Steward (Wadena) dec. Brenden Feller (St. Cloud) Jesse Wannamacher (FF) dec. Matt Carlson (White Earth) Finals Wannamacher (FF) dec. Steward (Wadena) 165 Finals Shane Kern (Detroit Lakes) RSC Sean Zauhar (St. Cloud) 1st Round 178 Finals Nick Soliah (FF) dec.