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Minnesota Nine-man All-State Football Team Offense QB: Drew Olsonawski (Kittson Co. Central), Trenton Bleifus (Grand Meadow); RB: Austin Maanum (CGB), Jason Montoyne (CGB), Landon Jacobson (Grand Meadow), Niko Anderson (Lanesboro); WR-E: Lance Ruebke (Ada-Borup), Drew Janke (South Ridge), Line: Isaac Tangen (Grand Meadow), Luke Syverson (Win-E-Mac), Max Kollar (Underwood) Defense
Former Wadena-Deer Creek cross country and track and field standout Hannah Toedter has capped her cross country career at Hamline University by being named the team's Most Valuable Runner. Toedter, a state meet qualifier and six-year cross country letterwinner for the Wolverines, led her team in four of six races this fall and earned Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) All-Conference honors. Toedter was 14th at the MIAC Conference meet with a personal record time of 23:32.
Eric Blaha poured in 21 points as the Verndale Pirates topped Menahga 73-53 Friday in a Park Region Conference tilt. The Pirates won the first half hands down out-scoring the Braves 49-19 on the Verndale court. Marcos Gomez canned 16 points for the Pirates while James Kveton hit double figures with 11. The Pirates made 57 percent of their floor shots.
Jordyn Glenz scored 14 of her 16 game points in the second half Friday as the Verndale Pirates edged Pine River-Backus 49-43. The Verndale standout dropped in five of her second half field goals and made four of nine free throw attempts to rally the Pirates from a 24-22 halftime deficit. The Pirates finally took the lead with six minutes remaining in the game.
Seven different Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato skaters iced goals Friday night as the Dragons held off a determined Wadena-Deer Creek comeback for a 7-5 victory. The Dragons put 52 shots on goal against WDC's Wesley Janson. The Wolverines countered with 20 shots on goal against Braeden Wahl. The Dragons spoiled a good scoring night by WDC's Mike Behl who picked up his first hat trick of the year.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were deluged by 13 three-point shots Friday in a 68-48 Mid-State-Conference loss to undefeated Pequot Lakes. The Patriots made nine of their treys in the first half as they built a commanding 40-20 lead. "After playing a difficult first half we played a solid second half but just could not overcome the early deficit," WDC head coach Jason Mielke said.
Heather Theisen scored 13 points and Rylie Langer added 11 as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines fell to Perham 68-44 Saturday night at Perham. The Wolverines trailed by only five at the half, 20-15. Perham came alive in the second half out-scoring the Wolverines 48-29. Carrie Nelson pulled down eight rebounds for the Wolverines while Theisen grabbed six. Staples-Motley 83, WDC 20 The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines ran into a buzzsaw Dec. 3 in their season opener with Mid-State foe Staples-Motley.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Devin Barthel claimed two victories Saturday in the Park Rapids Duals. The 152-pounder defeated Mitchell Kwilinski of Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/United 5-2 and edged Park Rapids' Justin Dravis 2-1. WDC's other victory was a 6-0 win at 170 over Park Rapids' Zack Hocking. The Wolverines lost to Little Falls 84-0, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/United 78-3 and Park Rapids 48-6. Little Falls 84, WDC 0 106 Leo Wilczek (LF) won by forfeit 113 Lance Rutten (LF) won by forfeit 120 Jacob Biermaier (LF) won by forfeit
An overtime goal by Ashley Helseth lifted the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils past Marshall 3-2 in overtime Saturday at Expo Arena in Long Prairie. Helseth's winning goal was rifled past Marshall goalie Morgan Morrill on the low stick side at the 4:28 mark. McKenzie Christianson and Kathryn Benney also scored goals for the Blue Devils. Picking up assists were Helseth, Christianson, Zara Einerwold, Abigail Ecker and Morgan Zeise. The Blue Devils out-shot the Tigers 47-27.
The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders managed a 49-24 victory over West Central Area before bowing to Barnesville 42-34 in a wrestling triangular last Friday at Barrett. Anthony Kern, Justin Gordon, Marshall WIllis, Zach Waln, Holton Truax, Nick Bennett, Hayden Truax, Dillon Card and Dalton Baker racked up victories as the Raiders topped WCA.