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Wadena-Deer Creek's Heather Theisen finished in a tie for 52nd place Wednesday by carding a second round score of 98 in the Class AA state golf tournament at The Ridges of Sand Creek. Theisen, who was making her first trip in a state golf tournament, shot a two-day total of 184 to tie Breck's Amelia Simonds. She was tied for 30th after the first day of competition with an 86. "It was a very hilly challenging golf course and Heather was very exhausted the second day," WDC Head Coach Missy Tabery said.
Blaine Cooper and Jacob Goeden shattered 88 of 100 targets Saturday as Wadena-Deer Creek placed 22nd in the State Clay Target Tournament at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. Cory Webb and Reid Miller backed up the team co-leaders with scores of 86 and 85. Chris Hahn shot a 69. The Wolverines shot a team round of 416. Buffalo took top honors in the 24-team tournament with a 489. Kurt Potter of the Bison had the only perfect 100 score in the team competition. Three Buffalo shooters, Max Hartman, Zach Berg and Dylan Weber all shot scores of 99.
A plethora of new business dominated the Verndale school board's agenda Monday night as they held their first post-school year meeting at the school's media center. Monday's meeting saw the board handle 21 items of new business, including the hiring of four new teachers and the transfer of one teacher. The board's workload mirrored the many signs of change in the Wadena County school, which launched a $5.795 million construction project last October.
Kevin Tumberg's Post 171 crew recovered from a drubbing in Game 1 to gain a split with Walker/Nevis June 9 on the Wadena diamond. Brett Byer and Marcus Woods sparked an 18-2 rout in Game 1 as they both went 3-for-4, scored three times and combined for three RBIs. Gavin Becker went all the way on the hill. Becker walked five and fanned three but only surrendered four hits. "We did not come ready to play in Game 1," Tumberg said. "We were flat and made a lot of mistakes that cost us the game. We did not hit the ball real well until our last few at-bats/ We have to give Walker credit.
A field of 24 teams competed Friday at Whitetail Run Golf Course in the ninth annual Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverine Scramble. The team of Jeff Browne, John Burns, Randy Tappe and John Paulson won a playoff with the team of Sarah Tabery, Ryan Coyle, Kacy Kachelmyer and Laura Sundal. Both teams finished with 60 in the 18-hole event. The team of Joe Schmidt, Doug Schmidt, Larry Pulju and Corby Pulju placed third.
Tristan LeComte went 3-for-3 and scored three runs as the Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion gained a split with Staples June 1 in a season-opening twinbill. Staples broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh to win the first game 4-3. LeComte's big game triggered a 13-2 Wadena victory in Game 2. Post 171 out-hit Staples 7-5 in the opener. Jake Krause homered and went 2-for-3. Zac Schertler and Thomas Brekke also collected two hits for WDC. Mark Kossan went six innings on the mound for Staples to gain the win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board approved the 2014-2015 budget at their June meeting Monday night in the Robertson Theatre. Expenses of the general fund, which is the largest of the district's funds, were pegged at $10,694.256 while revenues came in at $10,702,563 putting district coffers $8,307 in the black. Earlier this spring the general fund budget was projected to operate at a deficit of $160,000. "We did get a little bit of additional revenue from the legislature at the end of the session," WDC Superintendent Lee Westrum said.
Heather Theisen qualified for the Class AA state golf tournament Wednesday by carding a two-day total of 173 in the Section 6AA tournament at Sartell's Blackberry Ridge. Theisen made the cut on Tuesday with a 93. She shaved 13 strokes off her first 18 holes on Wednesday land in a three-way playoff. Paige Hartman was just one stroke off Theisen's pace in Tuesday's first round. McKayla Woods, Jess Rondestvedt and Gabi Ross were also in the hunt for a second day of golf. Woods and Rondestvedt both fired rounds of 95. Ross shot a 97. Jessica Langer shot a 112.
Marcus and Michael Riewer combined to throw a five-hitter Sunday as the Bertha Blazers trounced Frazee 10-0 in a seven-inning game at Bertha. Michael Riewer went 2-for-2, scored twice and drove in three runs for the Blazers. Austin Selvey drove in a pair of runs.
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale senior Justin Gordon placed fifth in Class A high jump competition in the state track and field meet Friday and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul. Gordon reached 6-3 along with Tri-City United's Kelly Nordling, who placed sixth overall. The winning jump was turned in by Chisholm's Jaustin Culbert 6-8. Gordon's jump was the top performance by any Section 6A high jumper. "Justin did well," BHV Head Coach Jeff Moore said. "He barely missed at 6-5.