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Neil Janson advanced to the Upper Midwest and T.J. Steward won the Sportsmanship trophy as Wadena hosted the Region IV boxing tournament Friday and Saturday at the National Guard Armory. Janson was declared the unopposed Class A champion at 123. He will now see action in the Upper Midwest April 19-20 at the Palace Casino in Cass Lake. The Upper Midwest tournament will have boxers from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Central Minnesota and North Dakota squaring off.
Veterans Autumn Jahnke and Sutton Lohmiller both picked up third place finishes Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened their track and field season in the Paul Bunyan Classic at Bemidji State. Jahnke cleared the bar at 8-6, but was edged out of the top spot by Grand Forks Central's Grace Finney, who went 9-0 and Bagley-Fosston's Gina Balstad who also vaulted 8-6. The pole vault turned into a good scoring event for the Wolverines with Liz Peterson tying International Falls' Amy Auran for fifth with a vault of 7-6. Lohmiller made his mark in the shot put with a toss of 45-6.
Craig Klawitter has four starters back as he prepares for the April 8 start of Wadena-Deer Creek’s fastpitch season. The veteran head coach will be counting on Michaela Lehmkuhl, Victoria...
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Pitching is expected to buoy the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders this spring as they enter their fourth season under Steve Riewer. Riewer has five pitchers among his 11 returning lettermen which include seniors Eric Blaha, John French, Travis Eckel and Joe French, juniors Dillon Card, Preston Riewer and Matt Lipinski and sophomores Jordan Frethem, Mitchell Blaha, Zach Johnson and Ethan Korfe. Blaha, Card and Riewer return as the team's top three hurlers. "They are the three that logged almost all of our innings last year," Riewer said.
Seniors Wyatt Weber, Ricky Price and Isaac Laughlin will be anchoring the team this season as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines build their team around pitching and defense. Weber will give the Wolverines a veteran backstop. "Defensively he's huge," WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff said. "He's got a big arm." Price "has the potential to drive the ball" according to Dykhoff, who wants to employ his bat somewhere in the middle of the lineup.
Eric Blaha and Colter Ehrmantraut have been named Offensive and Defensive MVP of the 2013-2014 Verndale boys' basketball team. Blaha led the team in points (482), field goal percentage (59 percent) and rebounds (269). Blaha also earned Most Improved honors. Ehrmantraut was the team leader in steals (49). Will Kramer was voted Mr. Hustle and also earned the Pirate Award. Eric Blaha, Mitchell Blaha and Marcos Gomez received All-Park Region Conference recognition.
Six Wadena boxers will compete in Class A bouts in the annual Region IV Golden Gloves tournament Friday and Saturday at the Wadena National Guard Armory. Wadena's Class A entries include Neil Janson (114), Blake Herron (132), John Johnson (141), T.J. Steward (152), DeWayne Steward (165) and Joe Mench (178). In the Novice and Under Division Wadena's Elliot Stoll (220), Kara Collom (118) and Margaret Mahling (112) could see action according to Wadena boxing coach Bob Tubandt. Joining the Wadena team will be boxers from Detroit Lakes, St.
Wadena-Deer Creek girls' golf coach Missy Tabery will put a veteran team on the links this spring. The Wolverines will have five returning letterwinners on the team.
Can the Minnesota Twins muster enough talent to contend in the American League Central this year? The Twins open the season Monday in Chicago and logic is screaming a high-pitched "no-o-o-o" right now since Detroit, Cleveland and Kansas City won 27, 26 and 20 games more than the Twins did last year. On the other hand, this is baseball and we are in the season of hope, so why not indulge in some fantasy and see where it takes us? The Twins had added starting pitchers in each of the last two off-seasons so last year's lousy staff ERA was a fluke.