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Wadena-Deer Creek's Ben Birch and Evan VanErp have been named to the All Mid-State Conference boys' basketball team for the 2011-2012 season. Detroit Lakes placed four cagers on the Mid-State team: Joe Mollberg, Rick Hutchinson, Brian Labat and Kirk McLeod. Named from the Pequot Lakes squad were Nevin Greer, Jordan Redmond and Logan Lange. Crosby-Ironton placed Caleb Baker and Michael Hoge. Grant Longbella was Staples-Motley's lone selection while Tyler McCollum was Park Rapids' all-conference pick. WDC's Ryan Redfield received honorable mention.
Evan VanErp trumped all scorers with 32 tallies Thursday night but the Hawley Nuggets prevailed on their home court 74-65 to advance in the South Sub-Section 8AA basketball tournament. The WDC junior dropped in five of his team's 10 three-pointers, three deuces and went 11-of-18 at the foul stripe. VanErp had 27 of his game points in the first half. The Wolverines went into the contest ranked sixth while the Nuggets took a No. 3 ranking into the game.
Leroy (BB) Kresien witnessed a sight on Sunday evening in Wadena that astonished the 86-year-old retiree. Kresien saw a line of mourners two blocks long for the visitation service of John Herr at the Johnson Memorial Home on Fourth Street Southwest. Kresien liked Herr from the day he hired Herr on his 21st birthday in 1969. Kresien later sold Herr his trash collection business, City Dray. "He worked 25 years with me," Kresien said. "He was a workaholic I guess. He was always on the job." Kresien and Herr got along well away from the job too.
Mitch Steffens became the first Wadena-Deer Creek wrestler to place at state in four years and Colin Turchin capped his final season with a third place finish Saturday in the Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. Steffens, making his first appearance at state since his sophomore year, cemented a good finish for himself in the 16-man Class A 113-pound bracket with a pair of impressive victories Friday.
State-ranked Perham warmed up for a second straight berth in the Class 2A state basketball tournament Friday by trouncing Wadena-Deer Creek 60-32 on the Concordia College court in Moorhead. Friday's game was originally slated to be played on the Perham court but both teams benefitted from a game at Concordia's Fieldhouse. The Yellowjackets, who are ranked second in the state, have a long way to go if they hope to successfully defend their Class AA state title. The second round of the South Sub-Section 8AA playoffs will be held at Concordia Saturday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Bailey Strand and the Pelican Rapids Vikings made a 28-19 halftime lead stand up Saturday night as they defeated the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 57-46 in South Sub-Section 8AA play at the Concordia Fieldhouse in Moorhead. Strand led all scorers with 19 points and did most impressive work at the free throw stripe where the sophomore standout was a perfect 10 for 10. Emily Miron led the Wolverines with 12 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. Hope Theisen and Avery Jackson also canned a dozen points and Theisen dished out six assists.
Four of six Wadena pugilists won their bouts Saturday night before a big crowd at the National Guard Armory in Wadena. Wadena 147-pounder Shane Motschenbacher employed quick combinations to gain a decision over Austin Schulz of Savage in the night's first contest. Both fighters scored a flurry of punches but it was Wadena's Robyn Harper who prevailed in a three-round decision over Ashley Rivera in their 100-pound match. Kira Ollila and John Johnson both scored victories in their 147-pound bouts. Ollila posted a decision over St.
Head Coach Craig Klawitter is inviting Wadena-Deer Creek girls interesting playing high school softball this spring to sign up for the team in his room at M State-Wadena. Practice starts for all 7-12 pitchers and catchers Monday in the WDC Elementary gym. Pink slips must be in before practicing. A practice schedule is posted on Coach Klawitter's door. WDC track & field and baseball practice also begins March 12.
The sixth-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will travel to the home court of the third-ranked Hawley Nuggets Thursday for a 7 p.m. South Sub-Section 8AA boys' basketball playoff game. The winner will advance to face Perham or Frazee at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Concordia College Fieldhouse in Moorhead. WDC and Hawley squared off once during the regular season with the Nuggets posting an 83-55 victory.
The Verndale School Board fielded a pitch from several of their teachers, learned about an efficiency program and reviewed a recent visit from ARTI Solutions at Monday's February meeting. As divergent as the three areas appeared they all came down one thing - a better educational experience in Verndale. "We never sit stagnant," Verndale Superintendent Paul Brownlow said. Math instructors Sheri Breuer and Chris Bounds and third grade teacher Rachel Johnson were on hand to ask the District 818 school board's help in filling a need by some Verndale students for more math help. Minnesota Depar