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Mike Mahlen knew before the season that his Verndale Pirates were going to have to play strong football from the get-go.
The highly-touted Park Rapids Panthers shook off cold and windy playing conditions Tuesday to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0. The Panthers were straight set winners in six of the seven matches. Macy Hartman gave Park Rapids' Alyssa Carlson a battle at No. 1 singles by winning the second set 6-2. Carlson came back for a 7-5 victory to win the match 2-1. Park Rapids 7, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Singles 1- Alyssa Carlson (PR) def. Macy Hartman (WDC) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 2- Bailey LaCoursire (PR) def. Haley Anderson (WDC) 6-3, 6-3 3- Christina Smith (PR) def.
Courtney Volkmann came up with nine ace serves and Brittney Noon recorded 14 kills as Wadena-Deer Creek opened the season with a 3-0 victory on their new home court. Playing their first varsity contest at WDC Elementary, the Wolverines scored 19 aces as they cruised to victories of 25-7, 25-11 and 25-7 over Pine River-Backus. Volkmann also led the top-rated Wolverines with 22 assists. Rachel Craig was tough at the net with eight blocks. Courtney Volkmann had five blocks. Hope Theisen led a dominating WDC defensive effort with 11 digs.
A senior-dominated Wadena-Deer Creek football team got off to a winning start Friday as Jacob Wegscheid cashed in on a Nolan Johnson fumble recovery for a 19-13 victory over Park Rapids. Head coach Tom VanErp opened the 2010 season with 19 upperclassmen on his team. The team put a rough stretch behind itself last October when it snapped a 23-game losing streak by beating West Central Area in the final game of the regular season. "I thought our defense played real well, as did the offense," VanErp said. "We need to do a better job of taking care of the football.
Charley Cantrell broke the top 10 while Neil Janson placed 21st Tuesday in the annual Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational at Whitetail Run. Cantrell, a first-year harrier, placed ninth in the varsity girls race with a time of 17:17.89. Manon Gammon-Deering of Little Falls took top honors with a 16:35.79.
Volleyball Wadena-Deer Creek 25-25-25, Pine River-Backus 7-11-7 Courtney Volkmann 4 kills, 4 digs, 9 ace serves, 22 set assists, 5 blocks Hope Theisen 11 digs Brittany Noon 14 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks, 1 ace serve Caitlin Volkmann 7 digs Kelsi Crawford 3 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks Avery Jackson 1 kill, 6 digs, 5 ace serves Mandy Perkins 5 digs, 4 ace serves Rachael Carlisle 3 kills, 1 dig, 1 block Rachel Craig 1 kill, 1 dig, 8 blocks Emily Miron 2 kills, 3 blocks Verndale 25-25-25, Swanville 19-23-18 Teresa Moenkedick 7 digs Kayla Graba 2 ace serves, 4 kills, 8 digs Megan Richte
Photo by Brian Hansel Katie Rae Fiemeyer posed for a cell phone picture on her first day of school in Patti Isaacson's pre-school room in Wadena. Headstart and pre-schoolers have class rooms in the former St. Ann's Catholic Elementary School this year.
A flock of 2011 school buses have made a timely landing in Wadena. Eight 77-passenger Internationals and two 14-passenger Chevrolets are on the line and awaiting their drivers for the 2010-2011 school year. Wadena-Deer Creek transportation director Tim Wohlert will have 20 buses in his charge by the time the school year begins. The 10 new buses are all leased from Hoglund Bus and Truck of Monticello.
For a man who has been a fixture in Wadena for the last 50 years, Bob Tubandt had an unusual beginning. For the first 17 years of his life, Tubandt was a farm kid -- and that meant he grew up working. Tubandt watched his parents rise early to do farm chores, then head for their day jobs in town before returning in the evening to do more chores.
Fergus Falls' David Jensen captured top honors in the Black's Grove River Crossing Mountain Bike Race Sunday at Black's Grove. Jensen posted a time of 1:16:58 in the first annual race which covered a 12-mile course. Corey Cogan-Cisek of Minneapolis was the top female rider with a 1:30:15. Along with the 18 riders who competed in the 12-mile race, there were four riders in the ride through the park and seven riders who participated in the kids' race. Black's Grove River Crossing Mountain Bike Race Results 1. David Jensen 1:16:38 Fergus Falls 2. Brandt Elson 1:19:55 Breezy Point 3.