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If Jerry Kill and his coaching are not careful they are going to find themselves coaching a University of Minnesota football team that actually earns some heavy respect in the Big Ten. Starting Sept. 27 with a 30-14 victory over Michigan, the Gophers beat Northwestern 24-17 and Purdue 39-38 before losing a 28-24 decision to Illinois. They opened their November schedule by smashing a good Iowa team 51-14.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will have 11 juniors on the ice this winter as they work on improving a 4-21-1 mark. Juniors include forwards Dylan Phillips, Jacob Johnson, Mike Behl, Thomas Brekke, Jarrett Pettit, Elijah Schmidt and Drew Killian, goalies Reid Miller and Toby Wood and defensemen Austin Sutherland and Mitchell Janson. Tyler Winkels is one of the team's two seniors. Winkels will split time between forward and defenseman.
Kait Ryynanen scored four goals Friday night as Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato trounced Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 9-1. The Dragons also received a pair of goals from Kailey Spreiter. Abby Ecker notched a goal for the Blue Devils at the 7:19 mark of the second period. The Blue Devils, 1-2, host Fergus Falls in a 7 p.m.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will be earning every victory they rack up this season as they tackle the tough Mid-State Conference with a young squad. "Having lost all five starters and 90 percent of the scoring from last year's team we will need to have several players step in to new roles and we continue to try and compete in the very tough Mid-State for another season," WDC head coach Jason Mielke said. Mielke led the Wolverines to a 6-21 record last year in his season as head coach.
Jordan Hinkle and his Verndale Pirates are looking down court this season as they seek to build on a great 2013-2014 season. The Pirates won 20 of their 25 games and placed second in the Park Region Conference with a 10-2 mark.
Hannah Vorderbruggen won the Terry Olson Award last Monday as the Wadena-Deer Creek cross country team honored its 2014 athletes. The Olson Award goes to the harrier who best exemplifies the "joy of running." Vorderbruggen shared the Marathon Award with Briana Malone, Tiffany Meeks and Noah Ross for perfect attendance. Gabi Ross earned the Gabi, Gabi, Gabi Award for sportsmanship and team support. Isaac Hale and Abby Motschenbacher were named WDC's Most Improved runners. Vorderbruggen, Motschenbacher, Ross and Konnor Stueve earned Mid-State Conference Honorable Mention. Stueve, Ross, J
Five different players contributed to the scoring Friday as the Willmar Cardinals foiled Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 5-0 at the Willmar Civic Center. Playing in their first game of the season under new head coach Scott Woods, the Blue Devils were only able to muster 10 shots on goal against the hometown Cards. The Blue Devils limited the Cardinals to a single goal by Shelby Schneider in the first period. Goals by Jordan Sankey, Hannah Kobienia and Riley Schneider broke the game open in the second period.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Rhythmettes have their sights set on a Dec. 6 season opener at Detroit Lakes. The dance line team has already had four weeks of practice and put on a fundraiser performance so they would appear to be more than ready. But unlike other sports where practices consist of coaches running the show and athletes honing their skills through repetitive drills and established plays, dance line athletes have to come up with their own choreography.
Norm Gallant sees another growing year on tap for the Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team. The WDC head coach saw his team struggle last season. A dual victory over Crosby-Ironton in late January was their only foray into the win column. "We expect to improve a lot from last year and throughout the season," Gallant said. "We will still be a young squad. We are going to be looking for some younger kids to step into the lower weights." Leading the way for the Wolverines will be senior lettermen Isaac Malone, Austin Koljonen and Tristin Godel.