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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
Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers Mitch Steffens and Tony Reurink joined Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale standouts Dillon Card and Colin Turchin as Section 6A reps to the Class A state wrestling tournament last Saturday at West Central Area High School. Steffens took runner-up honors at 113 losing a tough 6-4 decision to New York Mills' Shane Novak. Both wrestlers have been ranked in the state by the Guillotine since before the season began. Novak was Class A's No. 1-ranked 113-pounder as of Feb. 24. Steffens was the state's No.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers held the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to 16 points in the second half Tuesday night in rallying for a 49-46 Mid-State Conference victory on the Wadena court. The Wolverines controlled the first half 30-28 but shot just 33 percent from the field, relying heavily on three-pointers from Evan and Andrew Van Erp to stay in the game. Both VanErps dropped in four of their five treys in the first half. Evan finished with 24 points while Andrew scored 17. Only for WDC players contributed to the scoring.
Three Tigers scored in double figures Tuesday as Nevis topped Verndale 60-54 on the Nevis court. Taylor Chase gunned in 20 points for the Tigers while Jacob Keranen tacked up 13 and Gavin Becker scored 10. The Tigers were sharp from three-point range connecting on seven of 14 attempts for an excellent 50 percent clip. Dallas Ehrmantraut claimed scoring honors for Verndale with 18 points. Aaron Denny chipped in with 10. The Pirates were five of 17 from three-point land for a 29 percent average. The victory gave Nevis a 12-13 record. The Pirates ended their regular season with a 7-17 record.
Mattie Lueck pumped in 34 points Friday night as the Pequot Lakes Patriots whipped Wadena-Deer Creek 80-69 in a Mid-State Conference season finale. The Patriots grabbed a 36-20 halftime lead over the Wolverines who played Park Rapids Thursday night in Wadena. Both teams scored freely in the second half with the Wolverines holding a 49-44 edge. Emily Miron celebrated her conquest of the 1,000-point career scoring mark Thursday with a 37-point effort against the Patriots.