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So here we are in the major league club's historic 50th season playing before sellout and near-sellout crowds at fantastic Target Field. Joe Mauer has signed a long-term contract and the Twins have the biggest payroll in the history of the franchise. Detroit and Chicago are both legitimate threats and Minnesota's division lead has evaporated with half the season ahead. The 2010 season sure has a lot of potential for another nail-biting pennant race. By the time the sun sets on Independence Day the Minnesota Twins should have played half of their 2010 schedule.
Reed Oistad went 4-for-5, Jake Kiebe went 3-for-4 and Brandon Johnson drove in three runs June 25 as Detroit Lakes downed the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers 7-3 in a battle for first place in the Hi-10 League. Both clubs are 9-4 overall as the final month of regular season play begins. J.J. Truax collected three hits and drove in two runs for the Shockers. Chris Gilson went 7 1/3 innings to gain the mound win. Gilson walked four but struck out nine.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Kevin Tumberg has been named to the 2010 Section 8AA All-Section baseball team. Joining the WDC pitcher and second baseman on the all-section team were Fergus Falls' Boyden Lee and Peter Gaustad, Staples-Motley's Jordan Riewer and Gunner Johnson, Warroad's Brett Hebel, East Grand Forks' Bryce Frydenlund and Darrin Hager, Perham's Taylor Doll, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Dylan DeJong and Shawn Johnson and Roseau's T.J. Erickson.
A terrific fifth inning kick propelled the Wadena-Deer Creek Legion team to a 10-4 victory over Sebeka Monday night and gave Kyle Dykhoff's club a doubleheader split. Sebeka claimed the opener 6-3 as Paul Funk went the distance on the mound.
A pair of Wadena Minor Little League teams have qualified for the state tournament July 24-25 in Rosemount. The Wadena Blues and the Wadena Golds, which play in the Wadena Summer Recreation Program, took first and second place respectively last weekend at Perham to qualify for the trip. Henry Fitzsimmons and Noah Ross were named to the All-Tournament team from the Gold squad. Jake Dykhoff and Wyatt Hamann were named from the Blue squad.
Baseball (Friday) Detroit Lakes 7, Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers 3 (Saturday) Wadena-Deer Creek Shocker 9, Pelican Rapids 2 Average Joe Triathlon (Wadena Finishers) Chris O'Kane, 7th, 1:08.19 Corey Tabbert, 32nd, 1:16.39 Justin Rogge, 137th, 1:51.28
Sue Volkmann and her Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines received some great and well-timed news in the mail on Wednesday. Breakdown's Class AA state volleyball ratings arrived at the Volkmann farm Wednesday afternoon and when Sue's daughter, Courtney, a senior on this year's team and saw the No.
The Sebeka Trojans earned runner-up honors in the Class A state baseball tournament Saturday falling to Eden Valley-Watkins 7-4 in the title game at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Trojans held a 4-1 lead after two innings but the Eagles rallied with six runs over the next four innings. Kevin Kramer went 3-for-4 in the victory and drove in two runs. Matt Geislinger went 2-for-3 with two ribbies. Paul Funk went 3-for-4 in the loss. Geislinger improved his mound record to 12-0 with a five-inning relief effort behind starter Tyler Geislinger. Alex Brockpahler was hung with the loss.
The people at Pet Freaks are good at eliciting feedback from their customers. It is not unusual to hear a scream in the Wadena pet shop. The stock has a lot to do with that. It moves. "Matey" is a lovebird that co-owner John Jensen hand-fed from the time it was a chick. The bird flies about the shop freely and occasionally rides on Jensen's shoulder. But not everything flies around Pet Freaks.
The Farmers Market has been a hit with Wadena area residents for years. Locally raised produce has been sold directly to consumers each Thursday morning at Burlington Northern Park. The Farmers Market, which began June 18, will run into October. Led by Diane and Chuck Webb, the Friday market is an extension of Thursday's market in BN Park, with some significant differences. The Webbs own Gardens Gourmet and operate a farm on Highway 29 south of Deer Creek.