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So where will Ron Gardenhire be taking his Minnesota Twins this season? The American League's Manager of the Year in 2010 has another good team to run but how good is the question. As the Twins gather in Fort Myers to find some answers some fans are full of trepidation. Justin Morneau never played after a July 7 collision in Toronto left him with a concussion.
Seven of 10 Wadena fighters claimed victories Saturday night at the Wadena Armory. Matt Umland opened with a decision over 72-pound foe Derek Dolezal of Willmar. Charles Carpenter made his ring record 1-0 with a decision over St. Cloud's Joe Jaye in a 139-pound fight. Julie Jackson stopped Willmar's Amanda Larson in a 110-pound bout. After Leech Lake's B.J. Gotchi defeated St. Cloud's David Hayde in a super heavyweight fight, Wadena's Neil Janson made his ring debut against teammate Kevin Harper in a 115-pound fight.
Wrestling Section 6A Team Tournament Wadena-Deer Creek 49, Breckenridge 21 103 Conrad Kondos (B) dec. Sam Waln (WDC) 9-4 112 Tristin Godel (WDC) maj. dec. Jack Heideman (B) 10-0 119 Devin Barthel (WDC) pinned Mark Erickson (B) 1:03 125 Josh Lawson (WDC) won by forfeit 130 Zach Bernu (WDC) won by forfeit 135 Jordan Rentz (WDC) dec. Jesse Differding (B) 4-2 140 Jared Wegscheid (WDC) won by forfeit 145 Jacob Wegscheid (WDC) dec. Josh Pederson (B) 10-3 152 Jacob Ludovissie (WDC) dec.
Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom is one of two finalists for the superintendent's position in Red Wing, Minn. The Red Wing School Board has trimmed the list of finalists from five to two.
Eric Waln was the only Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale grappler to win two matches Tuesday as the Raiders lost to Border West 64-11 and Breckenridge/Campbell-Tintah 47-30 in the Border West Triangular. Waln won a 22-6 technical fall over Border West's Matt Costello and pinned BCT's Michael Whitney with just one second left. Also scoring victories for the Raiders were Justin Gordon (103), Jackie Swenson (112), Andrew Cihlar (125), Tyler Lamb (130), Kasey Horn (135), Dakota Finck (140) and John French (215). Border West buried BCT 63-12 to win the triangular.
Pequot Lakes' Alex Palm came up with two goals and two assists Thursday night as the Patriots skated past the Blue Devils 7-3 at Breezy Point. Katelyn Peters and Katelyn Barthel scored first period goals for the Blue Devils and Kylee Damm added a second period goal. Halley Maas had two assists for the Blue Devils and Brooke Umland was credited with one. Sarah Holm stopped 44 shots in goal for the Blue Devils. "I thought we played better tonight and went to the net hard," Blue Devils head coach George Behl said.
The Nevis Tigers held Art Schluttner's Verndale girls to a season-low 26 points Tuesday night as they won a 61-26 decision for their fourth straight victory. Megan Norby and Riley Hanson tallied 19 points each in the victory. Betsy Hjelseth chipped in with 11 points. Kaitlin Richter was Verndale's top scorer with nine points. The Tigers improved to 12-8 while the Pirates dropped to 6-13. NEVIS (61) P. Walters 3, R. Hanson 19, K. Becker 1, M. Hjelseth 6, B. Hjelseth 11, M. Norby 19, O. Toft 2. Totals: 24 13-22 61 VERNDALE (26) L. Yungbauer 2, E. Johnson 2, K. Richter 9, J.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Isaac Lustila overpowered Casey Krieger of KMS for the 171-pound championship Saturday in the Big Ole Tournament at Alexandria. Lustila, who usually wrestles at 189 for the Wolverines, pinned Casey Krieger of KMS at the 5:38 mark. WDC's Jared Wegscheid and Tony Reurink earned runner-up finishes. Wegscheid lost to KMS standout Jordon Rothers 5-0 in the 140-pound finals. Reurink challenged Frazee's Rick Brandt for top honors in the 215 bracket but fell 7-0 in the finals.
The streaking New York Mills Eagles reeled off their 11th straight victory Tuesday night in handing the Verndale Pirates a 70-60 Park Region Conference loss. The Eagles had to wear the Pirates down in the second half. The two clubs went into the half tied at 35-all. Adam Snelgrove had 21 points for the Eagles. Isaiah Bauck and Tristan Huwe both added 14. Dallas Ehrmantraut and Zack Meidinger paced the Pirates with 17 points apiece. NEW YORK MILLS (70) T. Wegscheid 4, I. Bauck 14, E. Tumberg 4, T. Huwe 14, S. Imsande 9, A. Snelgrove 21, F. Peeters 4. Totals: 23 22-25 70 VERNDALE (60) A.
Caleb Janson's double-double sparked the Pierz Pioneers in a 71-61 victory over the Wolverines Tuesday night on the Wadena Elementary court. Janson pulled down 19 rebounds to go along with 17 points. The Pierz guard netted 13 of his 17 game points in the second half as the Pioneers out-pointed the Wolverines 36-35. Brandon Meyer and Andy Leidenfrost also had big nights for Pierz scoring 16 and 14 points apiece. The Pioneers shot 50 percent on the WDC court. The Pioneers held a 35-26 lead at halftime. Jordan Reed was WDC's top gunner with 15 points.