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The District 818 school board made plans at their regular May meeting Monday night to move quickly on the task of replacing principal Justin Sperling. The board will be reviewing applications for the position the evening of June 6, the deadline date for applications. Interviews are scheduled for June 13 with the possibility of a second round of interviews being held June 20. Verndale superintendent Paul Brownlow had 16 applications for the job as of May 23 and he expressed an interest in having a new 5-12 principal on board by the June meeting.
Hope Theisen fired a 98 in leading the Wadena-Deer Creek girls to a fifth-place finish in the United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines. Paige Hartman brought in a 103 for the Wolverines while Amanda Kramer carded a 109, Ella Harrison shot a 111 and Jenna Ludovissie posted a 139. Staples-Motley's Emily Israelson shot a 76 for medalist honors. Wolverines place fifth in Mid-State Hope Theisen's 96 led the way as the Wolverines finished fifth in the six-team Mid-State Conference meet at the Headwaters in Park Rapids. WDC's Amanda Kramer also came under the century mark with a 99
Wadena-Deer Creek's Rachel Craig captured two firsts and Logan Meyer claimed one Tuesday in the Mid-State Conference Championships. Craig tossed the discus 97 feet and cleared the bar at five feet in the high jump. She also ran a fourth-place time of 17.30 in the 100 hurdles. Meyer dominated the shot put with a winning throw of 49-6. Pequot Lakes' Thomas Parker claimed second with a 46-3. Meyer also finished third in the discus with a 123-6.5. Charley Cantrell turned in a 5:36.87 time to take runner-up honors in the 1,600.
Hunter Arnold, Austin Samuelson and C.J. Jahnke all collected three hits Tuesday as the Parkers Prairie Panthers staged a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to edge Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 4-3. Jared Hoemberg went 2-3 with one run and one RBI in the loss. BHV's Ethan Bakken and Parkers' Trey Thompson both threw four innings out shutout ball. Bakken gave way to Dallas Ehrmantraut in the fifth after scattering seven hits.
Jake Rude and Kenny Sakry earned mound wins Thursday as the Wolverines swept Crosby-Ironton 13-3, 8-1 in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader. Ryan Redfield went 3-for-3, scored three times and drove in two runs in the opener. Jake Krause, Colter Pettit and Cory Tumberg combined for six hits and five RBIs. Jake Rude went 3-for-4 in Game 2 and scored twice. Derrick Rude drove in four runs.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Michael Wing shot a sizzling 71 Wednesday at the Headwaters to claim medalist honors in the Mid-Minnesota tournament. Bryan Silvers was eight strokes off Wing's pace with a 79. Tyler Fix and Duke Harrison came in with scores of 86 and 88.
The Pillager Huskies broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the seventh Tuesday as they edged Verndale 7-5 in Park Region Conference action. Danielle Johnson, Ally Hunstad and Hannah Horn all came up with two hits for Pillager and Kelsie Hanson drove in two runs. Kirsten Korfe went 2-for-4 with four RBIs in the loss. Lizzy Yungbauer doubled twice and drove in a run. Elizabeth Johnson went 2-for-2. Teresa Moenkedick scored twice. Hunstad walked three and fanned nine in gaining the pitching win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines claimed three of four singles matches Monday on the way to trimming Perham 4-3. Austin Korkowski, Drew Larson and Corey Pettow gave WDC victories in the top three singles matches. The Wolverines defaulted at No. 4 singles. Dennis Loeper and Mike Paavola teamed up for a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles over Jordan Cresap and Dillon Shields to clinch WDC's second straight dual win. WDC 4, Perham 3 Singles 1 Austin Korkowski (WDC) def. Randy Swanson (P) 6-1, 6-0 2 Drew Larson (WDC) def. Alphonsie Schoenberger (P) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 3 Corey Pettow (WDC) def.
Caitlin Volkmann went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Amanda Perkins notched the pitching win as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines handed Pine River-Backus a 10-5 loss. Perkins walked two and fanned seven in her complete game performance. Pine River-Backus hurler Autumn Ackerman issued nine walks while fanning one. Morgan Demars paced the Tigers at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Caroline Welsand came up with three hits and one ribbie while Tatum Sheley was 2-for-4. The victory gave the Wolverines a 9-7 record.
Jordan Wohlwend and Seth Hamman went 3-for-4 Sunday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers pounded the Dent Wildcats 8-1. Wohlwend collected a bases-loaded single in the sixth to drive in two runs. Hamann scored three times for the Shockers. Casey Johnson went 2-for-4 with one RBI and newcomer Jake Krause singled in Hamman in his first at bat for the Shockers. "It's good to see our youth have success early," WDC skipper Jayme George said.