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Jeff Moore is building his Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders from a collection of younger track and field talent this spring. The head boys' track and field coach saw two of his athletes qualify for the Class A state meet last year. High jumper Justin Gordon celebrated his last year of high school competition by taking fifth at Hamline University. Gordon barely missed 6-5 and ended up at 6-3. Samuel Moore qualified for his first state meet as an eighth-grader last year. Moore qualified for state with a 142-6 toss in the discus.
• The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders managed to out-hit defending Section 6A champ New York Mills 8-5 Thursday but still ended up on the short end of a 9-6 score. Playing their first road game of the year in a cold and ferocious northwest wind, the Raiders were led at the plate by Jordyn Glenz, who drove in three runs and collected three hits. Sydney Weniger rapped out two doubles and drove in a pair of runs.
How serious will the loss of Ervin Santana be to the Minnesota Twins? To fall back on an old adage - time will tell. Santana tested positive for steroid use last week and earned himself an 80-game suspension from major league baseball.
Kevin Harper and Trent Petro donned black Region IV Golden Gloves championship jackets Saturday night after they qualified for advancement to the Upper Midwest boxing tournament. The Region IV showdown...
Wadena Public Works Director Dan Kovar is looking for interest in rekindling a local horseshoe pitching league. Kovar said the city has a horseshoe court at the Wadena softball complex that has not had use for the last four years. "We're doing maintenance on the area and it's just sad to see it sitting there not being used," Kovar said. "We're wondering if there is any interest?" Wadena had a long history with horseshoes before the league broke up.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will put a mixture of youth and experience on the course this season as they tackle their 2015 boys' golf schedule. Returning players from last year's squad include seniors Wade Piper and Matthew Quincer, juniors Jack Goeden and Jordan Kern and freshman Thomas Quincer. Gone from the ranks is Jacob Goeden, who just missed a Class AA state tournament berth by shooting a two-day round of 165 in Section 6 play. WDC head coach Kevin Ross saw Kern pick up his game considerably last year and then play a lot of summer golf.
Missy Tabery will put an experienced Wadena-Deer Creek girls' golf team on the links this spring. In addition to junior Jessica Langer, Tabery will have letterwinners in sophomores Gabi Ross, Jess Rondestvedt and McKayla Woods. "All four have varsity experience," said Tabery, who feels her veterans will be greatly improved over last year. "All four have power and are smart. That helps with the short courses we play and to think around the course. They all have the capability to keep it in the 90s.
Wadena boxers will be in action Saturday as the Region IV Golden Gloves boxing tournament is held at the Wadena Armory. Boxing will begin at 7:30 p.m. Joining the Class A and novice boxers will be fighters from Red Lake, Leech Lake, Hibbing, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, White Earth, Verndale and two St. Cloud clubs. Wadena Class A boxers include Blake Herron (132), T.J. Steward (152), Ry Denzel (165) and Trent Petro (178).
The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders took a deep dive into the Section 6A playoffs last season and with seven starters returning, it looks like they might be getting ready for another plunge. The 2014 Raiders won 13 of their 21 games and played five playoff games before being ousted by section champion New York Mills in a 3-2 ballgame. "We are looking for another good year," BHV co-head coach Dan Johnson said. "We have a couple of tough positions to fill as Kirstin Korfe did quite a bit of pitching for us last year and hit for a high average.
April promises to be an interesting month for Mike Yeo and his Minnesota Wild. There can be little doubt that Devan Dubnyk is the big reason why. Back in January, the Wild were going nowhere with 25-year-old Darcy Kuemper and 37-year-old Niklas Backstrom splitting time in goal. After losing six games in a row the Wild gambled a third round pick in the 2015 draft and got Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes.