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The Pillager Huskies racked up their first two Park Region softball victories Tuesday as they swept Dan Johnson's Verndale Pirates 14-2 and 13-11. Carly Bell tossed a four-hitter for Pillager in Game 1. Bell allowed six walks but also fanned six. Bell, Hannah Horn and Caroline Razinski combined for five runs, five hits and seven RBIs. Jordyn Glenz was Verndale's top hitter with two safeties. Kirstin Korfe and Teresa Moenkedick surrendered 15 walks. The Huskies were just as patient at the plate in Game 2.
The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder racked up six victories in straight sets Tuesday en route to a 7-0 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. WDC singles players Mike Paavola and Shane Perry gave their No. 1 and No. 4 foes a run for their money. Both lost 6-1 in the first set but played tough tennis in the second set, losing 7-5. The Wolverines forfeited the No.
The hard-hitting Pequot Lakes Tigers swept Wadena-Deer Creek 9-8 and 13-3 Tuesday in Mid-State Conference softball play. Game 1 saw the Tigers push three unearned runs across the plate and grab a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The top half of Pequot's batting order banged out seven of their nine hits. Michaela Lehmkuhl hit her third home run of the season for WDC.
Logan Meyer won his second shot put title in two days Tuesday at the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Invitational. The Wadena-Deer Creek senior won the event with a toss of 50 feet. Meyer won the shot put in the Browne Invitational Monday with a toss of 51 feet. The 2011 state shot put qualifier showed his talent in the weights at Long Prairie with a second place fling of 126-9.5 in the discus. Earning runner-up finishes for the Wolverines were Emma Schmitz, Autumn Jahnke and Keiann Steward. Schmitz ran a 5:48.49 in the 1,600.
Wadena Golden Gloves superheavyweight Jose Perez will compete in the Golden Gloves National Tournament April 30-May 5 at Mesquite, Nev. The hard-hitting Perez is replacing North Dakota fighter J.J. Moen, Perez lost a split decision to Moen in their Upper Midwest championship fight March 15 at Walker's Northern Lights Casino. Also making the trip from Region 4 are Fergus Falls 123-pounder Sergio Garcia and 132-pounder Nate Rubin, who fights under the Brainerd banner.
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board approved a billboard campaign to encourage enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year Monday at their April meeting. With a brand-new secondary school just five months away from catering to students in grades 5-12, the board wants to put the word out as soon as possible. Billboard signs on Highway 10 west of Wadena and Highway 29 southwest of Wadena will sport pictures of the new secondary on Colfax Avenue. Open houses are set for Aug. 29. Classes begin Sept.
Michaela Lehmkuhl's monster game gave the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines a split with Perham Tuesday on the WDC diamond. The sophomore backstop went 4-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBIs as the Wolverines won the opener 10-5. "She has a nice swing, makes good contact and meets the ball in front of the plate, which is something we teach," WDC Head Coach Craig Klawitter said in praising Lehmkuhl. Caitlin Volkmann out-dueled Ashley Silbernagel to gain the pitching win. Volkmann walked six and surrendered seven hits but fanned eight. Silbernagel walked six and fanned four.
Adam Snelgrove banged out three hits, drove in two runs and gained the mound win Tuesday as the New York Mills Eagles crushed Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 11-1 in six innings. The Eagles were clinging to a 2-1 lead until the fifth when they pushed four runs across the plate. Chris Bushinger's club added five game-ending runs in the sixth. Four BHV pitchers allowed 12 walks. "We were able to hang with New York Mills as long as we pitched well and played defense," BHV Head Coach Steve Riewer said.
Brett Brockpahler walked six but fanned nine as the Sebeka Trojans out-lasted Verndale 8-4 Tuesday in a Park Region Conference contest. Brockpahler shut out the Pirates in six of the seven innings she pitched and beat the Verndale crew for the second time this season. The Pirates trailed 2-0 in the top of the fifth when Sydney Weniger led off a single. Elyssa Kern, Jordyn Glenz and Sarah Moenkedick drew walks and courtesy runner Brooke Holweg scored Verndale's first run. Kirstin Korfe reached on a fielder's choice when the Trojans went home to force Kern.
Logan Meyer won his third straight shot put title and Autumn Jahnke grabbed top honors in the pole vault Thursday in the Minnewaska Invitational. Meyer put the shot 50-3 giving the senior standout three winning tosses this season of more than 50 feet. Jahnke cleared the bar at 7-6 for her first victory in the pole vault.