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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.
Wadena's four young boxers tasted defeat Saturday and Sunday in the Upper Midwest Boxing Tournament at Northern Lights Casino near Walker. Defending Upper Midwest champ Kevin Harper lost on a decision in the finals to 114-pound opponent Zoo Bangs of St. Paul. Wadena super heavyweight Jose Perez was decisioned by North Dakota boxer J.J. Moen in the championship match. Wadena's John Johnson and Cole Cottrell went down in semifinal action with Johnson losing a second round RSC to North Dakota 141-pounder Renam Garcia and Cottrell falling to St.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Mike Paavola placed third at the No. 2 singles Saturday in thge Park Rapids Invitational. Paavola topped Foley's Zach Kantor 2-6, 6-0, 10-8 and Soshida Ryoma of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6-2, 7-5. WDC No. 1 singles player Austin Korkowski was a straight sets winner over Park Rapids' Christ Shaw 6-2, 6-4. WDC No. 3 singles player Eliah Anderson defeated Park Rapids' Jeff Dickinson 2-6, 6-1, 10-6. Park Rapids Invitational Singles 1 Ty Misialek (EGF) def. Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-4, 6-0 Korkowski (WDC) def. Christ Shaw (Park Rapids) 6-2, 6-4 2 Mike Paavola (WDC) def.
David Najjar kept the tough Perham Yellowjackets at bay with the help of errorless defense Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines gained a split in their regular season opener. Najjar gave the Wolverines 5 1/3 innings on the hill in a 3-1 victory over Perham in Game 2. The WDC righty walked five and fanned five.
A cold air funnel was observed at 2:30 p.m. Saturday west of Dalton in Otter Tail County. Dalton is located 11 miles southeast of Fergus Falls. The funnel damaged property and downed some trees at the home of Mark and Carol Hanson two miles west of Dalton. The funnel was later observed moving east. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service, a cold air funnel is a small, relatively weak tornado that can develop from a small shower or thunderstorm when the air aloft is unusually cold.
A rural Deer Creek resident had something delivered to his mailbox Wednesday that is even more dangerous than a credit card application. A mail carrier opened a mail box on County Highway 73 to discover a handgun which had been reported stolen by the resident on Feb. 12. Just prior to the gun showing up in the mailbox, a suspect in the case was questioned by a detective with the Otter Tail County Sheriff's office. The reappearance of the gun was reported to the sheriff's office. The gun will be processed for evidence.
A fire that broke out in a utility room Monday morning at the Eastwood Inn of Wadena forced the evacuation of one resident and spread smoke into the adjoining Los Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant. Inn Owner Frank Qureshi said that three rooms were damaged. Wadena and Verndale firefighters were called to the inn at 7:45 a.m. and remained there for 2 ½ hours. The exact cause of the fire is unknown according to Wadena Fire Chief Dean Uselman. Qureshi has owned the property for two years. He said he will not know the dollar value of the damage until an insurance representative makes an inspection.