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Shelley Glenz saw her Verndale Pirates claim a 25-20 win in Tuesday's opener but the Menahga Braves had other ideas about the match. The Braves prevailed 33-31 in Game 2 and then went on to win the series with victories of 25-16 and 26-24. Verndale's Jordanna Schluttner and Kayla Graba combined for nine kills. Megan Richter had five solo blocks. Henning 25-25-25, Verndale 13-9-19 Teresa Moenkedick had a strong defensive game with 15 digs Sept. 16 but Henning prevailed 3-0 on Verndale's home court. Kayla Graba and Ashley Richter combined for 13 digs.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Neil Janson, Charley Cantrell and Emma Schmitz all placed in the Top 20 Tuesday at the Bagley Invitational. Janson paced the WDC boys with a 16th place of 18:21.70 Joey Pate, Will Eliason, Zach Bernu and Brody Wangsness finished 61st, 68th and 77th with times of 19:44, 19:45 and 20:40. Cantrell and Schmitz placed 12th and 13th in the girls' varsity race with times of 16:53.18 and 16:54.03. WDC was 11th in the 13-team boys' varsity race with 250 points. Thief River Falls dominated with a 28-point finish.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines continued to skip past the competition Tuesday night defeating rival Perham 3-0 for their ninth straight victory in 2010. Coming off their first victory in the Sauk Rapids Invitational, the state-ranked Wolverines whipped the Yellowjackets 25-18, 25-14, 25-8. Rachel Craig dominated the middle with 14 blocks while Emily Miron racked up nine and Rachael Carlisle added eight. Miron also had a good night on offensive with nine kills.
A lot of fans are worried about the Minnesota Vikings after their less-than-stellar start. There is a poll out that asks fans which NFL team's start has surprised them the most. Leading the pack is our Vikings. Do you suppose last year's Vikings were abducted by aliens? The pieces do not always fall neatly into place. The whole NFL season is off to a weird start. The Vikings and the Cowboys are 0-2. Teams like Houston, Tampa Bay, Miami, Chicago and Kansas City are 2-0.
Taylor Budke picked up 155 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns Friday night as the Pelican Rapids Vikings handed Wadena-Deer Creek a 20-6 loss. Budke scored on one and six-yard runs in the first half to give Pelican a 14-6 lead in the Heart O' Lakes Classic Conference game under the WDC lights. Shut out by Staples-Motley 38-0 in their home opener the week before, the Wolverines scored their first touchdown on their home field in the second quarter.
Pete Tranvik's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines celebrated their first victory of the year Tuesday as they edged New York Mills 4-3 on the local courts. The Wolverines earned a 2-2 split in singles play as Haley Anderson defeated Lauren Bach 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 in the No. 2 match and Paige Hartman topped Jen Maki 6-4 and 7-5 in their No. 3 contest. WDC's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams clinched the victory. Sarah Najjar and Ashley Carlson defeated Abby Salo and Vicky Selander 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.
District 2155's school board paved the way for a new school Monday night by approving a contract with Kraus-Anderson for $1,276,521 at Monday's board meeting. Under the agreement, the general contracting company will hire all sub-contractors for the job of replacing the senior high-middle school building which was destroyed in the June 17 tornado. The district has no official settlement with their insurance carrier, the Riverport Insurance Group, but negotiations are in progress.
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Volleyball Menahga 20-33-25-26, Verndale 25-31-16-24 Kayla Graba 2 ace serves, 4 kills, 1 solo block Megan Richter 1 kill, 5 solo blocks Kaitlyn Richter 4 set assists, Ashley Richter 1 ace serve, 1 kill, 2 set assists Jordanna Schluttner 2 ace serves, 5 kills, 2 solo blocks, 1 set assists Elizabeth Johnson 3 set assists Wadena-Deer Creek 25-25-25, Perham 18-14-8 Rachael Carlisle 7 kills, 4 digs, 8 blocks Rachel Craig 2 kills, 2 digs, 14 blocks Kelsi Crawford 6 kills, 6 digs, 1 block Courtney Volkmann 9 kills, 8 digs, 4 ace serves, 2 blocks, 27 set assists Brittney Noon 6 kill