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Art Schluttner's Pirates played solid defense Friday night in tacking up a 48-34 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek on Verndale court. Verndale limited the Wolverines to 15 first half points and held them to only 19 in the second half. The Pirates won for the 13th time in 19 games as nine players chipped in with points. Sarah Moenkedick led the Pirates with 16 points and Elissya Kern scored 14. Katie Peterson led the Wolverines with 11 points.
The fifth-seeded Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders came up short Tuesday night in losing a 39-33 decision to fourth-seeded Border West in Section 6A team wrestling action. Squaring off on the West Central Area mat, the Raiders notched the first victory of the evening as Quinn Kern scored a 16-2 major decision over 106-pound foe Spencer Ellison. The Bucs won the next six weights on pins for a 36-4 lead. BHV turned the tables beginning at 152 where Zack Waln posted a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Eric Schwagel.
The Prairie Valley Nighthawks claimed nine of 14 weight classes last Tuesday as they ousted Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 6A team tournament with a 51-21 victory at Barrett. The eighth-seeded Wolverines gave up 24 points on forfeits to the ninth-seeded Nighthawks. Both teams forfeited at 138. Four WDC wrestlers notched victories. Alex Anderson stepped up at 126 and defeated Carter Rokes 14-10. WDC standout Tristin Godel made short work of Austin Carr in their 132-pound match achieving a victory by fall in just 38 seconds.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were two points shy Friday night in a strong bid for their first victory of the 2014-2015 basketball season. The Wolverines went toe-to-toe with Park Rapids in a Mid-State duel that ended in a 58-56 victory for the hometown Panthers. Jason Mielke's WDC team, which lost the bulk of their scoring to graduation last spring, got 16 points from Tanner Horn and 12 from Dacotah Mittag. Konnor Stueve and Alex Redfield dropped in eight apiece. The Wolverines kept the game close through both halves.
Griffin Chase, Gavin Becker and Courtland Chase were all in double figures Thursday night as the streaking Nevis Tigers toppled Verndale 54-42 in non-conference action. Griffin Chase pumped in a game-high 20 points while Becker added 18 and Courtland Chase scored 10. The Tigers had a good shooting night as they converted on 19 of 41 attempts for a 46 percent average. The Pirates found themselves trailing 26-17 at the half. The Tigers won for the fourth straight time after losing a 52-48 decision Feb. 3 to Pine River-Backus. The Tigers have only lost twice all season.
Paul Molitor may be turn out to be the most interesting guy the Minnesota Twins put in the ballpark this season. They say that no one buys a ticket to watch a manager but Molitor is going to rate some scrutiny. Baseball fans will remember him as a great player, but what sort of manager is he going to make? We have to face the fact that it will no longer be Ron Gardenhire out squaring off with the umps. When the Twins brought Molitor in last spring they already had plans for him beyond the 2014 season.
A 15-point scoring effort in the first half Friday led the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 48-34 loss on the Verndale court. The veteran Pirates took a 27-15 lead into the halftime break. They stayed on top in the second half by edging the Wolverines 21-19. The Wolverines shot 40 percent from the field as they hit on 14 of their 35 field goal attempts. The Pirates took 15 more field goal shots than the Wolverines but shot 32 percent. Art Schluttner's Pirates held WDC's Casey Volkmann to only two points. Volkmann netted 13 points Tuesday night in a 63-32 loss to Staples-Motley.
Kyle Sellner and Joshua Maucieri iced two goals apiece and Mitch Stangel stopped all 24 shots Saturday as No. 8 Northern Lakes eliminated No. 9 Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 6A hockey playoffs with a 5-0 victory at Breezy Point. Sellner notched the only goal of the opening period.
Verndale senior Dillon Card has signed a national letter of intent to play football with Division III Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Card is a 6-5, 225-pounder who has been selected to the Class Nine-man All-State team twice and was a conference MVP once. Card played quarterback and defensive end for the Pirates and helped them to back-to-back berths in the Section 4, Class Nine-man finals. Card is a four time all-conference choice and a four-time all-area pick. During his football career with the Pirates the four-time letterman passed for 3,200 yards and rushed for 3,500.
The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders settled for a split in the Breckenridge Triangular Thursday beating Breckenridge 55-21 but losing to Border West 37-36 on tie-breaking criteria. Border West took top honors in the triangular by adding a convincing 72-6 victory over the Cowboys. The Raiders won four of their matches against Breckenridge by forfeit. Scoring pins for the Raiders were Quinn Kern at 106, Devin Dean at 113, Zack Waln at 145, Holt Truax at 170 and Charlie Nienaber at 195. Border West won the first three matches against BHV but Kveton turned the tables at 126 with a pin.