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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.
Tom VanErp's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines completed a season sweep of Wadena County foes Monday night with a 66-57 victory over Sebeka. Coming off a hard-fought 66-64 win over Menahga Friday night, the Wolverines held the Trojans to just one offensive rebound in the first half and out-scored the host team 40-28. The Trojans came back in the second half to out-score the Wolverines 30-26. The Wolverines came out fast and grabbed a 10-2 lead. The team shook off its shooting woes on the road by shooting 51 percent from the field.
Bailee Englund and Alex Palm iced two goals apiece as Pequot Lakes trounced Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 7-2 Saturday in a Section 6A hockey match at Breezy Point. The Patriot out-shot the Blue Devils 54-17 and earned the right to advance to Alexandria Tuesday for a match with the top-ranked Cardinals. Katelyn Barthel gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period off feeds by Hayli Toenyan and Kylee Damm. Englund and Ines St.
The Bertha-Hewitt/Raiders racked up six impressive victories Tuesday in a 41-30 Section 6A team tournament loss to Border West. "It was the best complete dual that the Raiders have wrestled all year and we were close to winning the dual," BHV Had Coach Mike Barthel said. "I think that this showed everyone that the Raiders will be a force to reckon with next year." Justin Gordon posted a huge 6-4 decision over Border West standout Tracer Lee and Dakota Finck scored a pin at 145 to keep the Raiders in touch with the highly-touted Buccaneers.
The 10th-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will travel to Willmar Saturday for a 1 p.m. Section 6A boys' hockey tournament game with the seventh-seeded Cardinals. The winner of Saturday's game will face second-seeded Alexandria Tuesday in a 7 p.m. match at the Runestone in Alexandria. Eighth-seeded Prairie Centre hosts ninth-seeded Morris/Benson Saturday at 7 p.m. in Sauk Centre. The winner advances to face top-seeded Little Falls Tuesday at 7 p.m. Other quarterfinal games will see fifth-seeded St. Cloud Apollo traveling to fourth-seeded Sartell for a 7 p.m.
The eighth-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will meet the ninth-seeded Pelican Rapids Vikings at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Section 6A team tournament. The winner of the WDC-Pelican Rapids match faces top-seeded New York Mills Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Other matchups Tuesday will see No. 4 Border West hosting No. 5 Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at 7 p.m., No. 3 Breckenridge/Campbell-Tintah hosting No. 6 West Central Area at 7 p.m. and No. 2 Barnesville hosting the winner of No. 7 Otter Tail Central and No.
Minnesota was one of 10 states granted a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law Thursday in Washington, D.C. Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius was on hand at the White House for the announcement by President Barack Obama. Joining Minnesota in securing freedom from the 11-year-old act were Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. NCLB requires a state to give students in grades 3-8 an annual test in reading and math.
Some agricultural land prices on the Minnesota-Iowa border have been out of sight this year, ranging as high as $14,000 an acre, but Wadena County Assessor Lee Brekke has not seen those prices locally. Wooded and low cover acreages in Wadena County had surpassed tillable acreages before what is being called "The Great Recession" began three years ago. Wadena County had tracts that were selling for $1,200-$1,800 an acre according to Brekke.