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Chuck Richards was clowning around Monday when he called Mike Pete of Pete's Nursery to "complain" about a Hazen apple tree he had bought. "Hey Mike, that apple tree you sold me doesn't have any apples," Richards groused. Tuesday morning the retired Wadena-Deer Creek teacher got up and found that the young tree had miraculously sprouted fruit -- and vegetables -- overnight. The "Miracle on King Avenue" was quickly explained.
The Wolverines made it a clean sweep in singles action Monday as they edged the Perham Yellowjackets 4-3 for their first victory of the 2010 season. Mike Paavola was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Scott Eickschen at No. 1 singles. Taylor Garcia won two hard-fought 6-4 decisions over Jordan Cresap at No. 2 singles. Drew Larson breezed past Brendan Lauer 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Zach Norenberg notched a 6-0, 6-2 win over James Hersch at No. 4 singles. The Yellowjackets owned the doubles posting three victories in straight sets. Wadena-Deer Creek 4, Perham 3 Singles 1 Mike Paavola (WDC) def.
Steph Hahn and Leah Dykhoff knocked the Crosby-Ironton Rangers for a loop Tuesday in leading Wadena-Deer Creek to a Mid-State Conference sweep. Hahn turned in a sterling performance as the Wolverines marched to a 13-2 victory in Game 1. The WDC right-hander fanned 11, walked one and surrendered only two hits. Dykhoff led a 14-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs. Backing Dykhoff up at the plate were Sam Holweger and Lexie Hoemberg. Holweger collected three hits in four trips, scored three times and drove in a two runs.
Wadena-Deer Creek veteran Tyler Fix carded an 87 Saturday as the Wolverines placed 13th in the Cardinal Invite at Staples' Vintage golf course. Bryan Silvers and Nick LeTourneau were right behind Fix with rounds of 90 and 97. Duke Harrison came up with a 105 while Jacob Goeden and Shane Perry notched rounds of 112 and 122. Nick Forsberg led the host Cardinals to a 324 runner-up finish in the meet with a medalist round of 75. Roseau took top team honors with a 317. Cardinal Invite (Top 5) Roseau 317, Staples-Motley 324, St. Cloud Cathedral 327, Shattuck-St. Mary 330, Princeton 334
Rachel Craig placed in the four individual events Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek girls' track and field team tied for third in the Hawley Booster Invitational. Craig took second in the high jump with a 4-8 effort and the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.51. The senior standout also took third in the shot put with a throw of 25-2.5 and fourth in the discus with a toss of 92-7. The Wolverines also got a first from their 4x800 relay team of Shaye Blessing, Emma Schmitz, Charley Cantrell and Hannah Toedter. The WDC team ran a winning 10:34.55 in the event.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers took turns smacking each other up Tuesday in a Mid-State doubleheader split. The Rangers handed the Wolverines their worst loss of the season in the opener as they racked up a 22-9 victory. Mike and Mark Hoge delivered three hits, a double and three runs apiece in the romp. Reed Olander crossed the plate five times and went 2-for-3. Brett Arneson collected two hits and a home run as he gained the mound win. Sophomore David Najjar started for the Wolverines and took the loss.
The Verndale Pirates beat up on New York Mills' Kendra McCall but they were baffled by Alexis Rankka Tuesday in a Park Region Conference split. The Pirates sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth and beat the Eagles 11-1 on the 10-run rule in Game 1. Lizzy Yungbauer singled in Crystal Haskin to cap a nine-run fifth. Jenny Swenson doubled in two runs for the biggest hit of the inning. Haskin had three hits in four trips, scored twice and drove in three runs. Brittany Kern went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Cash-strapped Minnesota may not have the money to build the Vikings a new football stadium but here is something you can take to the bank -- the popular NFL team is not going to sign a 40-year lease on Mall of America Field. If the financial burden is placed where it should be, the Vikings might have a shot at staying in Minneapolis. If not, well, how does the Los Angeles Vikings sound? The metro economy and the Minnesota Vikings will benefit the most from the stadium so let them pick up most of the cost.
Eric Wallgren's grand slam and 11 stranded runners gave the New York Mills Eagles a 10-3, 12-3 sweep of Verndale Tuesday in Park Region baseball action.