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Ray Gidlow's Staples-Motley Cardinals may be having troubles on the hardcourt this season but they are playing .500 ball in the Mid-State Conference. The Cards evened their Mid-State mark at 3-3 Tuesday night with a 61-49 win over Wadena-Deer Creek. The Cardinals are still looking for their first victory outside the Mid-State having lost all eight of their non-conference games. The Wolverines lost for the third straight time and fell to 1-5 in the Mid-State and 5-10 overall. Kyle Jansson and Seth Auger canned 15 points each in the winning effort.
Emily Miron collected a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday in leading the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 51-44 victory over the Breckenridge Cowgirls. "Our offense was like a roller coaster," WDC Head Coach Keith Ferris said. "We had our ups and downs." The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines led by eight at the half, 31-23, but surged ahead by 25 in the second half before the Cowgirls rallied behind a press to close the final gap to seven. Katrina Dahlgren led the Cowgirls with 17 points. The victory improved the Wolverines season record to 12-4.
The Staples-Motley Cardinals captured victories in nine of 14 weight classes Tuesday as they chalked up a 49-21 Mid-State Conference mat win over Wadena-Deer Creek. Tristan Wold pinned Staples-Motley's Jake Bendson at the 1:54 mark at 106 before the Cardinals won six straight matches. The Cards built a 40-12 lead before Tony Reurink topped David DeYonge 4-3 at 220 and Mason Lohmiller pinned Brandon Hosier at 1:51 in their 285-pound match. Three WDC grapplers go undefeated at Mahnomen Tristan Godel (106), Tony Reurink (195) and Mason Lohmiller (285) all posted 3-0 records Friday as the Wolv
The Pine River-Backus Tigers received 38 points and 12 boards from Nate Holm Tuesday night as they posted a 76-60 victgory over Jordan Hinkle's Verndale Pirates. Beau Howard canned 19 points in the victory while Zach Struss added 10. The Tigers shot 49 percent from the field on Verndale's home court. The Pirates gave the Tigers all they wanted in the first half and the two clubs went into the locker room knotted at 37-all. Dallas Ehrmantraut netted 24 points for Verndale while Travis Lollar came up with 14.
More than 200 Wadena fans were on hand Jan. 5 to see Joe Snyder defeat David Escamilla in a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) contest at the Riverview Convention Center in St. Cloud. Snyder earned the "Submission of the Night" in stopping his St.
Katelyn Barthel came up with two goals and Sarah Najjar had a four-point game as the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines cruised to an 8-2 victory Tuesday at Morris. The Blue Devils broke a short two-game losing streak while improving their season record to 5-12. Najjar had a goal and three assists.
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Dillon Card and Colin Turchin won their weight classes at 182 and 285 Saturday in the Parkers Prairie Invitational. Card decisioned Long Prarie-Grey Eagle's Lenard Bennett 4-2 for the 182-pound title. Turchin pinned Benson's Tyler Jensen at the 1:20 mark in their 285-pound match. BHV's Justin Gordon just missed a championship at 106 where he lost to Breckenridge/Campbell-Tintah's Conrad Kondos 11-3 in a major decision.
Albert Boldt, Taylor Geiser and Jose Perez notched ring victories Saturday as the Wadena Boxing Club hosted their January card at the National Guard Armory. Nine WDC boxers saw action on the card. Boldt stopped White Earth's Lee Bower in a 120-pound bout. Geiser racked up a decision in her fight with 125-pound foe Millicent Brown of McLaughlin, S.D.
Five Pelican Rapids players scored in double figures Monday night as the eighth-ranked Vikings trounced Wadena-Deer Creek 87-48 for their 10th victory in 13 games. The high-scoring Vikings grabbed a quick 11-0 lead on their home court and never looked back. The Vikes shot 53 percent from the field in the first half as they built a 52-27 halftime bulge. Luke Halbakken paced Monday's scoring barrage with 17 tallies. Ryan and Casey Bruggeman came up with 17 and 13 points respectively.