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Tom Van Erp wants to see how his team fares without a gorilla on its back this season. The Wolverines snapped a 23-game losing streak in the regular season finale with West Central Area last October. The 1-7 team then gave No. 1-ranked Crosby-Ironton all they wanted a few nights later in the Section 8AA playoffs before falling 35-21. VanErp has eight of his 11 defensive starters back.
Keeping an upward momentum going will be one of the goals of this year's Verndale volleyball team. The Pirates took a good shot at .500 last season in their first season under Shelley Glenz and finished 13-15-1. They also won four of their five Park Region Conference games and rose from sixth to fourth in the final PRC standings.
With a team dominated by 14 seniors the future is now for Mike Mahlen's Verndale Pirates. Minnesota's winningest high school coach has had the talent to reach the Class Nine-man state tournament the past two years in a row. They lost to eventual state champ Houston in 2008 and state runner-up Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley last November. Now Mahlen is going after a fourth straight section crown with a team that is top-heavy with upperclassmen, but also a team that lacks last year's stable of returning starters. The Pirates have five starters back on offense.
Pete Tranvik will be filling the singles ranks with his four most experienced players as he takes over the Wadena-Deer Creek girls' tennis program. Tranvik, a former tennis coach at Duluth Denfeld, coached the WDC boys' tennis team last spring. He inherits a girls' squad that is long on numbers but short on experience. Senior Haley Anderson is back to play No. 1 singles for the Wolverines. "She has a nice stroke," Tranvik said. "She's a real steady hitter." Anderson will be pushed for the No. 1 singles spot by sophomore Macy Hartman.
The Wolverines managed to score two victories Monday in the Sauk Centre Quadrangular. Sauk Centre blanked the Wolverines 7-0 but Macy Hartman notched victories for WDC in 6-1 losses to Benson and Parkers Prairie. WDC's No. 2 singles player defeated Benson's Sara Rajewsky 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), (7-1). The third set between the two players was a 12-point tie breaker. Hartman was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Parkers' Jakki Sjobeck. Sauk Centre Quadrangular Sauk Centre 7, WDC 0 Singles 1- Laura Hintzen (SC) def. Haley Anderson (WDC) 6-2, 6-2 2- Kady Buschette (SC) def.
More than 30 boys and girls competed in the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition Aug. 18 in Wadena. Jordan O'Kane of Wadena won the 6-7 girls' division with a total of 26-6. Tess Johnson of Wadena won the 8-9 class with a 67-11 score. Wadena's Allison O'Kane won the 10-12 competition with a combined distance of 110-2. Wadena's Josh and Justin Dykhoff won the boys' 6-7 and 8-9 competition with combined distances of 113 feet and 132-1. Mack Jones of Wadena racked up 198-10 in winning the 10-11 division. Deer Creek's Jacob Manselle went 197-4 in the 12-13 competition.
Ryan Denny held the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers to just four hits Saturday and helped the Bertha Blazers to a 4-3 victory in Region 14C play. The loss finished the season for the Shockers and propelled the Blazers into the region championship game where they clubbed Carlos 11-3. The Shockers jumped out to 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Jordan Wohlwend was hit by a pitch and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Jamie Nordlund. The Blazers came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first as Marcus Riewer doubled, Michael Riewer singled and Pat Riewer doubled. The Shockers tied the gam
Now that the 2010 Minnesota Vikings are finally in the same state perhaps we can look forward to some football. Two big pieces tumbled into Minnesota recently as Brett Favre and Percy Harvin arrived in camp. Favre has earned the ire of a lot of Minnesota fans -- and even more fair weather fans -- with his months of procrastination. Mississippi must be a beautiful place because it took three Minnesota players -- Ryan Longwell, Jared Allen and Steve Hutchinson -- to bring Favre back to the land of purple-faced, helmet-wearing, pot-bellied football fanatics. At a time when the U.S.
A new bus garage facility was the main subject of discussion Monday night at the August meeting of the Wadena-Deer Creek school board. The board approved the conversion of a district-owned storage facility on Deerwood Avenue to a bus garage by Mark Stone Construction. Once completed, the storage facility will be insulated and heated and will provide an office for transportation director Tim Wohlert. Buses will be washed and serviced at the facility. The cost of remodeling will be in the neighborhood of $120,000. The school will employ a fleet of 20 buses in the coming school year.