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What Minnesota Twins fans were looking for last season and what they got were two vastly different things. After winning the American League Central Division title two years in a row the fans thought the Twins were ready to make the jump to the next level. What few people saw was the word "disaster" written on the wall. The Twins lost 99 of 162 games for their worst season since 1986. Injuries are a fact of life for every major league baseball team but the 2011 season was a season-long train wreck. No fewer than 20 Minnesota players were sick or injured.
Wadena-Deer Creek fans got a taste of Andrew VanErp's talent on the hardcourt Friday night as the eighth-grader netted a team-high 21 points in a 67-51 victory over Park Rapids. VanErp started the game as an unlikely hero connecting on just one of his four free throw attempts in the first half. It turned out that VanErp was just warming up. Over the final 10 minutes of the game he canned four treys, one deuce and six free throws to ignite the Wolverines 41-23 second half scoring edge. Ryan Redfield also had a big game on his home court with 17 points.
Five Wadena boxers will travel to Savage, Minn. Saturday for a 12-bout card at Nelsen's Entertainment Center. Fighting under the Wadena banner will be 215-pounder Jose Perez, 122-pounder Albert Boldt, 139-pound Kirk Ollila, 145-pound John Johnson and 116-pound Kevin Harper. The card begins at 4 p.m. Bob Tubandt's Wadena Boxing Club will host their fourth card of the season Saturday, March 3, at the Wadena Armory. The 12-bout card will get underway at 7:30 p.m.
Superintendent Paul Brownlow's goals for Verndale students have not changed after Minnesota received a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements. President Barack Obama announced last week that Minnesota was one of 10 states selected for the special waiver which will free Minnesota public schools from six criteria which were imposed by the NCLB Act of 2001. "I'm the first guy that believes in accountability," Brownlow said. "I don't want to lose any accountability." NCLB in its present form is considered by some to be restrictive and punitive.
The ninth-seeded Pelican Rapids Vikings cashed in on four forfeits Tuesday to oust eighth-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 6A team tournament 42-29 on the New York Mills mats. Tristin Godel, Josh Lawson, Jacob Ludovissie, Isaac Malone and Tony Reurink notched victories for the Wolverines. Godel decisioned Dan Franco 4-2 at 106 while Lawson decisioned Robert Mazariagos 6-3 at 132. Malone surprised Alex Diaz with his a pin at the 5:43 mark of the final period in their 160-pound match. Ludovissie and Monson earned victories by forfeit.
Brody Gimberlin and Luke Schwarz had four-point games Tuesday as the Morris/Benson Storm toppled Wadena-Deer Creek 9-5 at the Benson Civic Center. The Storm piled up five up five first period goals to WDC's one and led 8-3 after two periods. Mitchell Swanson came up with a hat trick and one assist for the Wolverines. Bridger Pettit and Mike Paavola both collected one goal and one assist. David Najjar had a pair of assists while Jake Krause and Dylan Phillips chipped in with solo assists. The Wolverines ended the regular season with a 1-23 record.
Caitlin Volkmann hit a three from the top of the key early in Tuesday night's game with Browerville and made it look easy. The 5-8 junior guard proceeded to drop in four more and score a game-high 21 points as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines walked past the Tigers 67-40. Emily Miron and Avery Jackson backed up Volkmann with 14 and 10 points respectively. The Wolverines shot 46 percent from the field connecting on 23 of 50 floor shots. The Wolverines were also at home at the foul line canning 16 of 22 free throws.
Wadena's Kira Ollila, John Johnson and Cody McManigle triumphed Saturday in a 12-bout card before a capacity crowd at the Wadena Armory. Ollila defeated St. Cloud's Andrew Evans on a decision in a non-stop 149-pound bout. Johnson posted a decision over Grand Forks' Lupe Hernandez at 150. McManigle took on veteran McLaughlin, S.D. boxer Jacob Fox at 136 and pulled out a three-round decision.
Alicia Boe poured in 24 points as the Sebeka Trojans roughed up the Verndale Pirates 82-49 Tuesday night in Park Region Conference action at Sebeka. Jessica Lillquist was also on target for the Trojans with 19 tallies. Jasmine Titcomb tacked up 15 points. The Trojans shot a red-hot 56 percent from the field. Teresa Moenkedick and Kirstin Korfe paced the Pirates with 15 and 14 points respectively. The Pirates shot 45 percent from the floor. The loss dropped the Pirates to 5-6 in conference play and 9-13 overall. The Trojans improved to 19-4 overall and 11-0 in the PRC. VERNDALE (49) K.
Tate Benning pumped in 25 points and Logan Riedel added 20 Tuesday as Eagle Valley came up with a big second half in trouncing Verndale 75-53. Dallas Ehrmantraut and Travis Lollar answered for the Pirates with 19 and 10 points respectively. The Pirates shot a cool 35 percent from the field and made just five of their 26 three point shots for 19 percent. Halftime found the Pirates on top 32-30 but the Rebels caught fire in the second half and out-scored their guests 45-21. Eagle Valley went on a 24-4 run over the final six minutes of the game to ice the win.