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A mighty roar went up in the Verndale gym Monday night for Teresa Moenkedick, as the junior guard topped a milestone in leading her Pirates to a 71-43 Section 5A playoff victory over Eagle Valley. Moenkedick reached 1,000 career point mark in the second half and went on to tally 29 game points to propel the eighth-ranked Pirates into a Thursday game at No. 1 Upsala.
Third-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek will host sixth-ranked Frazee Thursday in the Southwest Sub-Section 8AA girls'basketball tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner will face either Pelican Rapids or Breckenridge Saturday on the Concordia College court in Moorhead at 8 p.m. Semifinal action is set at 8 p.n. March 6 on the Concordia court. The section finals will be held at 7 p.m. March 9 at Concordia.
Nancy Raimler and Judy Clare of Central Minnesota Education Research and Development Council (CM-ERDC) were on hand Tuesday night to put a face on the new business management team that will assist District 2155 in the future. The board approved hiring the St. Cloud-based operation to take over most of the duties performed by retiring business manager Jerry Anderson. Raimler and Clare will be joined by Tracey Fiereck. CM-ERDC is a joint powers organization of 75 school districts in central Minnesota.
There could be 630 Apple iPads in the future for Wadena-Deer Creek students and faculty. Technology Coordinator Aaron Johnson made his technology capital requests for the 2012-2013 school year and it included an iPad option with a total price tag of $350,000. Apple iPads would be cutting edge technology for use in the new secondary school this fall. Johnson noted that there is $288,274 of technology funds available but $62,000 in capital funding would have to be found for the iPad option. The iPad units would travel with the instructors and students.
The District 2155 school board approved a new maintenance building construction option Tuesday night which will take free up land for the new secondary school's storm shelter project. The existing 32x50 maintenance building, which is located near the tennis courts on the northwest side of the new secondary school, must be gone by April 15, according to Krause-Anderson project coordinator Chad Rettke. The new maintenance building will be constructed north of the tennis courts.
It was 9 p.m. on Feb. 12 when Dave Line and his friend, Derek Olson, were forced to take a cold plunge into Buchanan Lake. The two Wadena men were driving from the north end of the 963-acre Otter Tail County Lake to a new fishing spot on the south side, pulling their fish house behind Olson's Chrysler mini-van. According to Line, they had encountered an unseen pressure ridge.
Hunter Schneider came up with four goals and two assists Saturday in sparking the Willmar Cardinals to a 10-1 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek in a Section 6A play-in game at the Willmar Civic Center. The seventh-seeded Cardinals came out strong against the 10th-seeded Wolverines scoring seven first period goals. Schneider spearheaded the attack with three goals and one assist. Starting goalie Wesley Janson was replaced by Cory McManigle after allowing five goals. Janson kicked out 15 shots in his appearance.
Dallas Ehrmantraut scored 21 points and Aaron Denny came up with a double-double Tuesday as the Verndale Pirates stopped Sebeka 75-62 in Park Region Conference action at Verndale. Ehrmantraut backed up his double digit effort with eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Denny had 18 points and a team-high 10 boards. Carlos Gomez clicked for 10 points and Josh Gilb hit three treys for nine. Carlos Castro was high point man for Sebeka with 15 points.
Nine players contributed to the scoring as the Verndale Pirates parlayed a strong press into a 73-32 victory over Pillager Friday. "Early in the game we pressed and we were able to force a lot of turnovers," Verndale Head Coach Art Schluttner said. Halftime found the Pirates leading 44-18. Teresa Moenkedick paced the Pirates with 23 points while Kirstin Korfe scored 14 and Jordyn Glenz netted 10.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were unexpectedly derailed in Bertha Tuesday night on their way toward the Section 8AA playoffs. Arei Stokes gunned in 31 points as the Class A Bears upset the Class AA Wolverines 59-58 for the seventh win in their last eight games. Stokes' big game came just four nights after the 5-11 junior center senior wing had a record-setting 30-point performance in an 86-48 loss to state-ranked Upsala. Emily Miron had a double-double for the Wolverines with 24 points and 13 rebounds.