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Sue Volkmann's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened their 2014 campaign with a victory last Tuesday as they swept a three-game set with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 25-6, 25-17, 25-20. The Thunder were unable to generate much offense against the Wolverines as Sam Manselle and Lauren Soroko dug out 22 shots and Danyel Post came up with six blocks. Carrie Nelson, Casey Volkmann and Jennifer Craig combined for 15 kills. The Wolverines will go after defending Mid-State champ Detroit Lakes Thursday night in Detroit Lakes.
Dillon Card used the arsenal at his command Thursday night in leading Verndale to a 45-6 season-opening victory on a wet Hancock field. Card, a fourth-year starter at quarterback, never crossed the goal line himself but four of his teammates did in a game that saw the Pirates score in all four quarters. Colter Ehrmantraut had a big game on both sides of line. Ehrmantraut ran for 144 yards on 12 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 25 and 24 yards.
Seniors Maddy Hinojos, Elise Kallevig, Erin Johnson, Macy Folkestad and Tabby Baker will help new head coach Katrina Wahlin provide leadership for the Wadena-Deer Creek tennis team this season. Hinojos is tabbed to played singles while Folkestad swings between singles and doubles.
Aug. 21 • A complainant reported someone had visited his property during the night and left a light on in his shed. Nothing was missing but the complainant wanted the incident documented and wanted to let law enforcement know that people were out snooping around. • Law enforcement received a theft complaint from a woman who believed her mother had taken her checkbook and written a check on an account which had been closed for about 18 months.
With the Vikings on track for their Sept. 7 season opener at St. Louis it might be a good time to take a stab at how they might fare. The Vikings are coming off a miserable season which saw them get off to a terrible start thanks to a defense that leaked like the Titanic. It cost Leslie Frazier his job only one year after he had taken the Vikings to the playoffs as a wild card team.
The Verndale Pirates made it two in a row Thursday night as they swept three games at Pine River-Backus. Jordyn Glenz collected 15 kills with help from a 20-assist night from Haley Stinar and a 16 set assist night from Megan Dougherty. The Pirates had a strong attacking night with Shania Glenz and Sarah Moenkedick and Jordan Carr combining for 22 kills. Stinar led the Pirates in digs with 11 while Shania Glenz chipped in with eight. The Pirates open at home Thursday against Swanville. Verndale 3, Pine River-Backus 0 Alexys Thompson 5 kills, 1 block, 4 assists Shania G
Whitetail Run Men's Club Champion Dale Finck 150 Runner-up Joe Schmidt 152 Third Place Steve Brown Ladies Club Champion and Handicap Champion Gloria Bullock Runner-up Konnie Zimmerman Gold Division Champion Arv Burton Runner-up Ed Blazek and Ben Tellers Fourth Place Doug Schmidt and Gordy Macklem First Flight Champion Scott Pettit Runner-up Dan Sartell and Tom Komppa Second Flight Champion Will Domier and Al Eiswald Third Place Denny Rude and Scott Gustafson Senior and Handicap Champion Ken Bullock shooting 70
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls' tennis team split a triangular at Sauk Centre Saturday, downing Parkers Prairie 6-1 and dropping a 5-2 decision to Sauk Centre. The win over Parkers Prairie marked the first win of the season for the team and the first in the career of new WDC head coach Katrina Wahlin. Jess Rondestvedt and Abby Westrum led the way with two victories on the day.
The Verndale Pirates came oh, so close to another state tournament trip last fall. With the memory of a heartbreaking 13-12 Section 4, Class Nine-man championship game loss to Underwood 10 months behind them, the Pirates have 46 players trying out for the 2014 campaign. Verndale head coach Mike Mahlen has 14 seniors on his club. Big Dillon Card (225) is back as the club's starting quarterback for the fourth year.