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The 2012 spring planting season is wrapping up in west-central Minnesota, and a record corn crop is in the ground nationwide, according to Leaf River Ag Manager Scott Dau. As of May 17, Dau said about 90 percent of all planting is done in the Wadena area. Wheat and corn is sprouting, and farmers are putting in soybeans. "We're off to a very good start," Dau said. Farmers were not in such a good position last year in mid-May, due to a late spring. Dau heard a lot of concerns from farmers last year about their corn crops reaching full maturity.
Autumn Aeling scattered four hits over five innings as the Bertha-Hewitt Bears toppled Verndale 13-3 Tuesday in Park Region Conference fastpitch play. Aeling also had a big day at the plate going 2-for-3, driving in four runs and scoring once.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines ran their win streak to six games Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of Detroit Lakes. Kenny Sakry scattered five hits while striking out five as the Wolverines beat the Lakers 3-1 in the opener. All three WDC runs came in the third. Jake Rude went 3-for-3 with a double and scored a run. Jonathan Goeden went 2-for-2 and drove in a run. The Lakers were led at the play by J. Johnson, who went 2-for-2 and reached once on a walk. K.
Kevin Ross saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines shoot their best round of the season Monday in the Mid-State Conference tournament at Breezy Point. The Wolverines turned in a 384 team round for sixth place in the seven-team meet. The Detroit Lakes Lakers dominated the tournament with a team round of 294. Jacob Goeden was WDC's top golfer with an 85. Mitchell Swanson was 13 strokes off his pace with a 98. Wesley Janson, Konner Stueve and Adam Lund came in with rounds of 100, 101 and 102.
Craig Klawitter's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines staged a two-out, seventh-inning rally Monday to top Staples-Motley 11-10 and gain a split of their Mid-State Conference doubleheader in Wadena. Michaela Lehmkuhl swung a potent RBI bat for the Wolverines driving in six runs as she went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Paige Hartman shot an 89 Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines posted a team round of 399 for sixth place honors in the United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines. Hartman was 15 strokes off the winning pace set by Grand Rapids medalist Dani DelGrego. Her round was 13 strokes better than WDC's Hope Theisen, who was runner-up on the WDC squad with a 102. Casie Polman came in with a 103 while Amanda Kramer shot a 105, Gabi Ross fired a 107 and Heather Theisen carded a 109. Grand Rapids edged Pequot Lakes for top honors with a 337.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Mike Paavola and Drew Larson were double winners Monday as Wadena-Deer Creek suffered two tough losses to Park Rapids and Perham Monday in the Park Rapids triangular. Paavola beat Park Rapids' Nick Lopez 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles action and topped Perham's Jordan Cresap 6-0, 6-4. Larson won both of his No.
Logan Meyer won the shot put and took third in the discus Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines hosted the Mid-State Conference track and field meet under sunny skies. Meyer dominated the shot with a 53-7 toss. Park Rapids runner-up Cole Tretbar had a 43-11.5 effort.
Paige Hartman's 95 led the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Tuesday as they placed fifth in the eight-team Crosby-Ironton Invitational at Ruttger's Bay. Breanna Speed, Amanda Kramer and Kaitlin Warren brought in rounds of 105, 109 and 121 for the Wolverines who posted a team score of 430. Staples-Motley standout Emily Israelson took medalist honors wih a 79. Croby-Ironton Invitational Pequot Lakes 327 Grand Rapids 362, Staples-Motley 366, Cambridge-Isanti 387, WDC 430, Hibbing 460, Crosby Ironton 464, Aitkin 474 Speed, Hartman pace Wolverines at Whitetail Brenna Speed shot a 94 and Paige Ha
Caitlin Volkmann struck out a dozen and Michaela Lehmkuhl continued her torrid hitting as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines trumped Crosby-Ironton 8-6 and 23-8 Wednesday in a Mid-State twinbill. Volkmann was in complete charge over the first four innings of Game 1 before the Rangers touched her for two runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh. The Wolverines got to C-I hurler Kassandra Wiseley in the fourth for six runs and tallied two more in the seventh.