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It was slam, bang, boom Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened their 2012 softball season with a 21-3, five-inning rout of the Bertha-Hewitt Bears. The Wolverines ended the game in five innings with an 11-run explosion in the fifth. Avery Jackson, Morgan Lugert and Sam Killian all collected two hits as the Wolverines out-hit the Bears 13-3 on the Bertha softball field. Jackson doubled, scored twice and drove in three ribbies. Lugert crossed home plate three times and drove in two runs.
Baseball lovers really go for statistics because they can say so much about a ballgame. But the secret to the Minnesota Twins this season is not to be found in something as innocuous as a boxscore. After last year's 63-99 season a good share of their fans had doubts about the Twins. What happened? The Twins had won the American League Central Division title in 2010 and had drawn 3.2 million fans to their new ballpark.
With just one of his top six golfers back from last year Wadena-Deer Creek Boys' Golf Coach Kevin Ross will have plenty of decisions to make before the 2012 season opens. Hard-working sophomore Jacob Goeden is the only returning starter from last year's squad. Five of WDC's golfers are first-timers. "I think there will be a lot of rotation in the Top 6 and the junior varsity," Ross said. Jacob Salge is the team's only senior. Tony Reurink, Mitchell Swanson and Creedan Dunrud are juniors. Sophomores on the squad along with Goeden are Wesley Janson, Cole Koehnicke and Jess Perala.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls' golf team will be mixing youth with experience this season as they shoot for a strong 2012 season. Anchoring the team will be returning letterwinners Amanda Kramer, Breanna Speed, Paige Hartman, Ella Harrison and Hope Theisen. Past letterwinner Heather Theisen is also back with the team. Kramer and Speed are the only two seniors on the team. Hartman, Harrison and the Theisen sisters are sophomores. Hartman was the most successful golfer on Missy Tabery's team last year as she capped her season by qualifying for the Section 8AA tournament.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School District has dealt with the effects of an EF4 tornado, now they have to prepare for a flood. The "flood" will come in the form of 635 Apple iPad 2 tablet computers for use this fall by WDC faculty and students in the new secondary school. The plan is for faculty members to receive their iPads within the next couple weeks so they can become acquainted with them. Students will be issued iPads and iPad cases when the school year begins. The advantage is that iPads can be updated with new curriculum.
A Wisconsin farm boy who has kept his finger on the pulse of U.S. agriculture for the last half century paid a visit to Wadena Tuesday. Nationally-syndicated television and radio broadcaster Orion Samuelson was the guest speaker at Minnesota Valley Irrigation's Open House at the Elks Lodge. Samuelson's familiar voice resonated in the packed confines of the Elks Lodge as he shared his insights and his humor. Samuelson created the nationally-syndicated television program "U.S. Farm Report" and hosted it for 30 years making him a broadcasting icon.
Wadena Boxing Coach Bob Tubandt will be sending five of his Class A boxers into the ring March 30-31 when the Region IV tournament is held at the Wadena Armory. Putting their boxing skills to the test will be Kevin Harper, John Johnson, T.J. Steward, Cole Cottrell and Jose Perez. Harper is the defending Upper Midwest champ. Tubandt called his 114-pounder from New York Mills a "good, tall, straight" boxer in the ring. Johnson is also a New York Mills boxer who saw action in last year's region tournament. Johnson will be boxing at 141. "He's a much improved boxer," Tubandt said.
Terry Olson's Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams start tuning up for spring Tuesday when they travel to the Little Amik I meet at Bemidji State. Olson is short on numbers as the 2012 season gets under way with 10 boys and 13 girls on his two squads. While this does not bode well for WDC's ability to stock relay teams it does not spell a lack of individual talent. The WDC boys will boast one of the most accomplished Class AA throwers in the state in senior Logan Meyer.
Kyle Dykhoff and his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines are going after the Mid-State Conference crown this spring. Coming off a third place finish in the Mid-State the Wolverines are in striking distance of defending conference champ Perham as the season begins. Both teams will have senior-dominated lineups. Another team in the mix will be Detroit Lakes. The Wolverines split with the Lakers last year. "We're finally to the point now that they know they can play with everyone," Dykhoff said. The Wolverines have six seniors on their 2012 squad.
Broadcasting icon Orion Samuelson will be the guest speaker at Minnesota Valley Irrigation's Open House Tuesday at the Elks Lodge in Wadena. Samuelson is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. Samuelson is most widely known for hosting the "U.S. Farm Report" from 1975-2005. He is currently co-host of "This Week in Agribusiness" and the three-minute daily "National Farm Report."