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The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders will be aiming for the high side of .500 this spring as they toss a young team at the competition. Graduation cost Steve Riewer seven of his nine starters. The Raiders go into 2012 with just three seniors on the roster. "Realistically, I hope to finish above .500 for the season," Riewer said. "We will need to play good defense and keep our opponents from putting up big numbers if we are going to compete." Pitching will be what it's all about for the Raiders. Junior Dallas Ehrmantraut will be called on to fill the No. 1 starting role on the hill.
Logan Meyer overcame strong competition from Ada-Borup's Brian Blasey Tuesday in claiming his second straight shot put championship at the Little Amik II meet in Bemidji. The Wadena-Deer Creek senior, who devoted himself to training for the shot put during the winter season, put the shot 50-9.
Brett Brockpahler's first fastpitch outing of the season would have to go under the heading of a rough cut gem Monday as the Sebeka junior led the Trojans to a 13-4 victory at Verndale. Brockpahler mixed 11 strikeouts with her six walks. She only surrendered four hits and threw five straight shutout innings. The game saw Dan Johnson's Verndale club bounce back from a three-run Sebeka first with two runs in their half of the inning.
It is beginning to look like Wadena-Deer Creek will not have a boys' tennis team this spring. A minimum of 10 players are needed to fill the four singles and three doubles spots. WDC Tennis Coach Pete Tranvik has had seven players at some of the practices and four at others. The season opener with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle was scheduled for last Monday. That match was postponed until April 12. The tennis ranks are not only thin ones at WDC this spring. Terry Olson does not have the track and field numbers he would like to see. Participation in some fall and winter WDC sports was also low.
The Minnesota Vikings are less than two weeks away from one of the most crucial college drafts in the 52-year history of their team. The Vikes have been spiraling downward since the 2009 season for a variety of reasons. They had a terrific offense that year led by veteran quarterback Brett Favre.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines are trying to rebuild their tennis team this spring but the problem is not inexperience, it is a shortage of players. Coming off a year that saw them jump to the No. 6 seed in the section playoffs, the Wolverines find themselves hurting for numbers in the varsity ranks. "We are looking at building the tennis program for the high school," WDC Head Coach Pete Tranvik said. "Other athletic directors in our conference are aware of our situation and are willing to let us try to rebuild the program so it does not go under." Senior Austin Korkowski is set at No.
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale freshman Dillon Card placed third in the 23rd annual National Wrestling Tournament March 28-April 1 in Virginia Beach, Va. Card, who qualified for his first Class A state tournament this winter, won six of his seven 182-pound matches. Card pinned Sal DeSantis of Rhode Island twice in times of 2:52 and 2:10, Jake Atkins of Alabama in 54 seconds and Rick Stewart of Washington at the 1:03 mark. He decisioned David Showunmi of New Jersey 1-0 and edged Thomas Alcaro of Pennsylvania 2-1 in two overtimes.
The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders controlled the weather and the scoreboard Thursday as they opened their 2012 season early with a 4-2 victory over the Nevis Tigers. Thursday's prep opener at Anderson Field in Verndale was moved up by mutual agreement from its originally scheduled date of May 4. Dallas Ehrmantraut racked up the mound win with help from Preston Riewer in the fifth and Nick Brown in the seventh. Ehrmantraut scattered three walks and one over his four frames while striking out five. Riewer did a good job of long relief fanning two of the six batters he faced.
The Menahga Braves erupted for five runs in the bottom of the first inning Thursday en route to a 9-3 Park Region Conference victory over the Pirates. Patricia Haataja went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Alicia Ahlf also drove in two runs. Tarah Cleveland and Jenny Skoog combined for two hits. Cleveland and Beth Tormanen both scored twice for the Braves. Kirstin Korfe went 2-for-3 in the loss. Menahga 9, Verndale 3 Verndale 020 010 0 - 3 6 1 Menahga 500 400 x - 9 8 2 WP: Brandi Carlson; LP- Kirstin Korfe