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Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom was surprised on the first day of school Tuesday morning. Along with other school administrators, teachers and support staff, she has been in rehearsal for a far-from-typical 2010-2011 school year for the last 11 weeks. On Tuesday morning, the curtain went up for the first time. "What surprised me was how smoothly it went," Dahlstrom said. Not only did the school function normally, it didn't experience the large population drop some had feared.
Shelley Glenz saw her Verndale Pirates make it two in a row Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over Swanville. Ashley Richter, Kaitlyn Richter, Teresa Moenkedick and Kayla Graba combined for 25 digs as the Pirates defeated the Tigers 25-19, 25-23 and 25-18 on the Verndale court. Kaitlyn Richter and Elizabeth Johnson combined for 19 set assists. Verndale 25-25-24-16-15, Eagle Valley 20-14-26-25-13 Teresa Moekedick and Megan Richter both had 12 digs while Kaitlyn Richter and Elizabeth Johnson combined for 23 assists in a tough five-set victory over the Rebels. Kayla Graba had a big night at
Mike Mahlen knew before the season that his Verndale Pirates were going to have to play strong football from the get-go.
The highly-touted Park Rapids Panthers shook off cold and windy playing conditions Tuesday to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0. The Panthers were straight set winners in six of the seven matches. Macy Hartman gave Park Rapids' Alyssa Carlson a battle at No. 1 singles by winning the second set 6-2. Carlson came back for a 7-5 victory to win the match 2-1. Park Rapids 7, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Singles 1- Alyssa Carlson (PR) def. Macy Hartman (WDC) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 2- Bailey LaCoursire (PR) def. Haley Anderson (WDC) 6-3, 6-3 3- Christina Smith (PR) def.
Courtney Volkmann came up with nine ace serves and Brittney Noon recorded 14 kills as Wadena-Deer Creek opened the season with a 3-0 victory on their new home court. Playing their first varsity contest at WDC Elementary, the Wolverines scored 19 aces as they cruised to victories of 25-7, 25-11 and 25-7 over Pine River-Backus. Volkmann also led the top-rated Wolverines with 22 assists. Rachel Craig was tough at the net with eight blocks. Courtney Volkmann had five blocks. Hope Theisen led a dominating WDC defensive effort with 11 digs.
A senior-dominated Wadena-Deer Creek football team got off to a winning start Friday as Jacob Wegscheid cashed in on a Nolan Johnson fumble recovery for a 19-13 victory over Park Rapids. Head coach Tom VanErp opened the 2010 season with 19 upperclassmen on his team. The team put a rough stretch behind itself last October when it snapped a 23-game losing streak by beating West Central Area in the final game of the regular season. "I thought our defense played real well, as did the offense," VanErp said. "We need to do a better job of taking care of the football.
Charley Cantrell broke the top 10 while Neil Janson placed 21st Tuesday in the annual Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational at Whitetail Run. Cantrell, a first-year harrier, placed ninth in the varsity girls race with a time of 17:17.89. Manon Gammon-Deering of Little Falls took top honors with a 16:35.79.
Volleyball Wadena-Deer Creek 25-25-25, Pine River-Backus 7-11-7 Courtney Volkmann 4 kills, 4 digs, 9 ace serves, 22 set assists, 5 blocks Hope Theisen 11 digs Brittany Noon 14 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks, 1 ace serve Caitlin Volkmann 7 digs Kelsi Crawford 3 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks Avery Jackson 1 kill, 6 digs, 5 ace serves Mandy Perkins 5 digs, 4 ace serves Rachael Carlisle 3 kills, 1 dig, 1 block Rachel Craig 1 kill, 1 dig, 8 blocks Emily Miron 2 kills, 3 blocks Verndale 25-25-25, Swanville 19-23-18 Teresa Moenkedick 7 digs Kayla Graba 2 ace serves, 4 kills, 8 digs Megan Richte
Photo by Brian Hansel Katie Rae Fiemeyer posed for a cell phone picture on her first day of school in Patti Isaacson's pre-school room in Wadena. Headstart and pre-schoolers have class rooms in the former St. Ann's Catholic Elementary School this year.
A flock of 2011 school buses have made a timely landing in Wadena. Eight 77-passenger Internationals and two 14-passenger Chevrolets are on the line and awaiting their drivers for the 2010-2011 school year. Wadena-Deer Creek transportation director Tim Wohlert will have 20 buses in his charge by the time the school year begins. The 10 new buses are all leased from Hoglund Bus and Truck of Monticello.