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The Verndale Pirates still had plenty of gas left in the tank Friday as they clobbered Wadena-Deer Creek 68-42 just one night after beating Underwood. Mitchell Blaha tallied 19 points on the Verndale court while James Kveton netted 14 and Ethan Korfe pumped in 10. "I thought in the first half it looked like we were playing our third game this week. Our defense was okay, but we failed to finish some easy looks around the rim," Verndale head coach Jordan Hinkle said. "The second half we found a little spark after a few minutes and it all stems from our defense.
Lydia Irons and Lydia Rutten were too much for Art Schluttner's Pirates Thursday night as they propelled New York Mills to a 66-56 Park Region Conference win at Verndale. The loss was the first this year for the Pirates who went to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the PRC. Irons pumped in 17 points and Rutten canned 16 as the Eagles won the scoring battle in both halves of the PRC duel. Sidney Imsande and Ellie Rutten combined for 19 points in the victory.
Mason Snyder, Colton Knudson and Isaac Malone earned two victories apiece Friday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed fourth in the Mahnomen Cougar Duals. Snyder started a string of four straight WDC victories in a 42-36 win over first round foe Crookston. The 106-pounds pinned Crookston's Cameron Hulst in a time of 1:53.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines gave up 41 second half points Friday in bowing to Verndale 68-42 in a non-conference basketball game on the new Verndale court. Tanner Horn led the Wolverines with 14 points. Alex Carlson tacked up nine. Mitchell Blaha tallied 19 points on the Verndale court while James Kveton netted 14 and Ethan Korfe pumped in 10. "We played well in stretches of this game but when a team goes through stretches of not scoring for five to six minutes it is going to be hard to stay in games," WDC head coach Jason Mielke said.
Five players scored in double figures Friday as red-hot Park Rapids breezed past Wadena-Deer Creek 66-24 in a Mid-State showdown on the WDC court. The Panthers won for the seventh straight time and improved to 8-2. Their last loss was Dec. 13. The Panthers are locked in a race with Pequot Lakes for the Mid-State crown. Pequot is undefeated in conference play while the Panthers are 3-1. Gabie Johnson was high-pointer for the Panthers with 18. Megan Grimes and Katie Klein tied with 14 points apiece. Madison Wagner and Hope Johnson gave the Panthers 13 points apiece.
John Karboviak scored four goals and Alex Donaldson and Alex Vagle combined for eight assists Saturday as Kittson County Central pummeled Wadena-Deer Creek 12-1. Karboviak gave the Bearcats all the goals they needed in the first period by finding the net twice. He added final two goals in the third period. The Wolverines found themselves trailing 5-0 before Jarrett Pettit scored at 12:45 of the second period with assists from Mike Behl and Austin Sutherland. Bill Thorsteinson and Dalton Klegstad played big supporting roles for the Bearcats. Thorsteinson had two goals and three assists.
John Karboviak scored four goals and Alex Donaldson and Alex Vagle combined for eight assists Saturday as Kittson County Central pummeled Wadena-Deer Creek 12-1. Karboviak gave the Bearcats all the goals they needed in the first period by finding the net twice.
Wadena's Trent Petro earned the decision Saturday in defeating St. Cloud's Avery Miller in a four-round main event fight at the Wadena National Guard Armory. "Trent started slow but kept getting stronger," WDC boxing coach Bob Tubandt said. Rayne Denzel was also a winner for Wadena as he scored a decision over 160-pound foe Jackson Knapp of St. Cloud. Diego Bojoquez boxed for the first time under the Wadena banner and lost a close decision to Leech Lake's James Robinson at 125. Verndale's Matt Umland also lost a close decision in his 115-pound fight with Leech Lake's Ronnie Hulleh. St.
A chilly yet sunny Saturday in early January brought a small band of nature lovers to Glendalough State Park. DNR Parks and Trails naturalist Ben Eckhoff shared insights and facts with the group as they trooped around Sunset Lake on the western edge of the 2,761-acre Otter Tail County park. The hikers found the tracks of many of the park's inhabitants in the light snow cover, including deer, rabbit, fox, voles and squirrels.
Five different players scored goals Saturday as the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils downed Luverne 5-2. The Blue Devils started strong on the Wadena ice scoring three times in the first period. McKayla Woods opened the scoring with goal at 1:07. Ashlee Helseth and Brooke Ostendorf were credited with assists. After Morgan Zeise scored an unassisted goal at 9:12 Helseth iced a goal at 14:22 assisted by Kenzie Christianson and Abigail Ecker. "We had a strong start scoring three goals in the first," WDC head coach Scott Woods.