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Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Amos Schmidt placed 16th in 300 hurdles prelim action June 10 at the Class A state track and field meet in St. Paul. Running on Hamline's nine-lane track, the BHV senior posted a time of 43.54. Schmidt was competing in the state track meet for the second year in a row in the 300 hurdles. His 2009 time of 42.02 gave him 11th place in state competition. Schmidt qualified for the state meet in the Section 6A meet June 3 at Minnesota State University Moorhead by running a runner-up time of 40.28.
Southwest Wadena looked like a war zone Thursday evening and Louise Ollie was glad to be one of the survivors. Louise and her husband, Bruno, built their home at 728 Irving Ave. Southwest in Wadena 46 years ago. They raised their family there and they were looking forward to a wonderful weekend with the arrival of their children, Sandy and Steve, and their families. Sandy and her parents took shelter in the basement and heard two sirens go off. As the tornado struck, Louise was hit in the head with a cement block. She needed medical attention but there was no transportation available.
(Section 8) Fosston (18-5) vs. (Section 7) Deer River (19-7) -- 10 a.m. June 17 at Chaska Athletic Park. Both teams are making first tournament appearances, the only teams among the 24-team tournament field to do so. Neither team has played any other competitor in the field. Fosston hitters are averaging .357 while Greyhounds pitchers have limited opposing hitters to .186. Seven of the 'Hounds 18 home runs have come from senior Cooper Wilson.
Preston Butler might have lost his girl but he has his brother back safe and sound. The seven-year-old baseball player was due for a big surprise Thursday morning when he went to bat during his little league game against, of all people, his brother -- Army Specialist Mitchell Kahlstorf. The plan was to have Preston lead off at bat for his team. While others distracted Preston's attention, Mitchell would stride onto the field and toss the first pitch. Rain on Thursday morning washed out the carefully laid plans but shortly after 9 a.m.
Dane Hoffman finished third and fourth in the weights last Thursday as he made his final grab for a spot in the Class A state track and field meet. Only the top two individual finishers in each event advance. Competing in the Section 6A meet at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Hoffman tossed the shot 44-10 for third and 144-8 for fourth in the discus.
Jayme George and his Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers packaged two victories around a loss to Bertha in weekend baseball action. The Shockers jumped the Vergas Loons 12-3 Friday as Travis George pitched a complete game. George struck out 11 while walking four and surrendering just five hits. Jayme George came up with a grand slam for the Shockers and finished the game with four hits and five RBIs. Jordan Wohlwend set the table by going 3-for-4 and drawing a walk.
Mark Hoge kept the Wadena-Deer Creek bats quiet and helped his own cause with three doubles and three RBIs as the sixth-ranked Crosby-Ironton Rangers stunned the third-ranked Wolverines 7-5 last Thursday in the Section 8AA tournament. Hoge went the distance on the bill and gave up only one run through the first five innings. He gave up four hits, walked four and fanned four. "The guys seemed really tense, playing not to lose, instead of to win," WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff said. Mark Hoge was backed up at the plate by Mike Hoge, who went 2-for-4, scored three times and drove in one run.
Wadena-Deer Creek standouts Stephanie Hahn, Sam Holweger and Leah Dykhoff have been named to the All Mid-State Conference softball team for the 2010. Earning honorable mention were WDC's Megan Popp and Amanda Perkins. Mid-State All-Conference Softball Team Detroit Lakes: Callea Butz, Amalea Branden, Brianna Seebold, Donna Wicker Park Rapids Area: Leeza Tostenson, Brie Warne, Shelby Weckwerth Wadena-Deer Creek: Stephanie Hahn, Sam Holweger, Leah Dykhoff Perham : Steph Miller, Kaila Formanek Staples-Motley: Abby Edin, Lonna Dumpprope Pequot Lakes: Brooke Serfling, Kayla Wangen Crosby
Was competing in his third straight state tournament on Amos Schmidt's mind when he started the 2010 track and field season? "It was," Schmidt said matter-of-factly Monday as he prepared for a workout at the Wadena High School track complex. The muscular athlete has followed up an appearance to the Class Nine-man state football playoffs and the Class A state wrestling tournament this year with an appearance at the Class A state track and field meet in St.