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The Verndale Pirates are going after big game this winter as they shoot for their third straight Park Region Conference title. Art Schluttner saw his club fight their way to the North Sub-Section 5A championship game last March and win 25 of their 29 games. Not only were the Pirates undefeated in Park Region Conference play, their 25 wins set a record for the girls' basketball program. Schluttner is not hurting for talent.
Angela Hanson kicked out 44 of Fergus' 45 shots on goal Thursday night as Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek topped Fergus Falls 3-1 at the Wadena Community Arena. LPGE/WDC's Abby Ecker put the game's first goal on the board 5:46 into the first. Hanson surrendered a goal to Fergus' Abby Moxness 6:01 into the first period but blocked 15 of Fergus' 16 shots. The Otters kept peppering Hanson with shots in the second period but it was Ally Ecker who pushed the puck past Fergus goalie Katie Shelstad at the 15:40 mark. Abby Ecker and Zara Einerwold were credited with the assists.
Now that Adrian Peterson is going to be a spectator for the rest of the 2014 season, perhaps the rest of the National Football League's corporate liabilities will get the idea and shape up. Roger Goodell put his foot down last week and suspended the Minnesota star for the rest of the 2014 season without pay. He is not eligible for reinstatement until April, 2015. Peterson was a shoo-in for enshrinement at Canton until early September when Texas authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.
A city crew decorates the streetlights of downtown Wadena Tuesday, Nov. 18.
McKayla Woods scored two goals for Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Nov. 11 in a 4-1 win over Morris/Benson. The goals were incorrectly credited to Eliza Gould.
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.