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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
The Wadena County Sheriff's Department and the Wadena Police Department are conducting community notification to inform the public that a level three sex offender has moved to Wadena. David Earl Whitaker, 27, took up residence on the 100 block of Bryant Avenue East commencing April 2. Court records indicate Whitaker used force in sexual contact with a juvenile. The purpose of community notification is to furnish information to enhance public safety and awareness.
Wadena's Kevin Harper, Cole Cottrell, John Johnson and Jose Perez earned trips to the Upper Midwest Tournament Friday and Saturday in Region IV action at the Wadena Armory. Harper was unopposed in his bid to return to the Upper Midwest at 114.
A referendum aimed at building a $2.5 million addition to the Verndale school could be in the future after the District 818 board voted to proceed Monday with preliminary plans suggested by representatives of R.A. Morton Construction. The addition would include a performance gymnasium and classrooms. Verndale presently has two gyms on opposite ends of the school building. Both are dated. The main gym was constructed in 1965.
Verndale Cook Manager Barb Brown and her kitchen staff will be taking steps to please more appetites after a session with the District 818 board Monday evening. Verndale's cooks have been experimenting with two entrées from time to time during the 2011-2012 school year.