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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.
Class A Quarterfinals Thursday's Games Caswell Park-Mankato (Section 2) New Ulm Cathedral (22-3) vs. (Section 5) Barnum (23-2) at 11 a.m. -- The Greyhounds of New Ulm Cathedral are making their 11th tournament appearance, having won titles in 1993-95, 2003, 2005 and 2007. This year the Greyhounds scored 164 runs on 221 hits and they have a team batting average of .325. Sophomore Amy Eckstein bats .493 for New Ulm Cathedral and had 27 RBI on 34 hits. Junior pitcher Kasey Bode, who went 17-2 on the mound this season, struck out 136 and has an ERA of 1.18.
Mary Ludovissie understands a tough truth -- not all communities grow but all communities change. In the days of large families, the halls and classrooms of St. Ann's Catholic School in Wadena were filled with students. After Thursday's final day of school, they are empty. Just as country schools were forced to close for economic reasons, St. Ann's has closed after being part of the Wadena community for 107 years. Ludovissie and her family live outside of Verndale now and she works at St. Frederick's Catholic Church in Verndale.
The owners of Fleet Supply are planning to take a short trip. Rich and Carol Taggart will be moving their business from its present location at 949 Jefferson Street North to the former Pamida building at 801 Jefferson Street North this fall. "It just looked like a good move for us," Rich Taggart said.