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Keith Ferris saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines beat Crosby-Ironton's Rangers at their own game Tuesday night and post a 46-39 Mid-State Conference win. The conference victory was WDC's first this season despite the fact that the Wolverines have a 9-3 record overall. Two of WDC's three losses are to conference foes Detroit Lakes and Staples-Motley, who share top honors in the Mid-State. The Rangers came into Wadena Tuesday night sporting the lowest defensive point average in the conference. Randy Swanhorst's C-I cagers have only allowed an average of 42.1 points a game this season.
Dillon Card and Colin Turchin took top honors in their respective weight classes Friday as Mike Barthel's Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders placed fifth in the eight-team Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguar Invitational. Card won the 182-pound title by scoring a 3-1 overtime decision against BBE's Dillon Knutson, the sixth-ranked wrestler in the state.
Jessica Gapinski had three goals and one assist Tuesday as the Park Rapids Panthers completed a season sweep of the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils with an 8-1 Mid-State Conference victory. Morgan Zeise scored the first goal in the Wadena Arena for the Blue Devils at 15:40 of the second period. Sarah Holm and Angela Hanson combined for 36 saves in the loss. Bailey Moore kicked out 18 shots for the Panthers. The Panthers won for the fourth time in five games and improved their record to 8-7.
A cool shooting night hurt Tom VanErp's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Tuesday as they suffered a 62-56 road loss to Mid-State Conference foe Park Rapids. The Wolverines managed to convert on just 13 of their 35 free throw shots for a cool 37 percent.
Kirstin Korfe and Teresa Moenkedick tacked up 20 points apiece Tuesday as the Verndale Pirates tripped Swanville 58-53. The Pirates have won three of their last five games and have a 5-7 record at the midway point in their season. Marssa Evans gunned in 25 points for the Bulldogs while Tiffany Barthel contributed 14. Following a Jan.
Dallas Ehrmantraut pumped in a game-high 21 points while adding eight assists and six steals Tuesday in leading Verndale to a 64-47 Park Region Conference victory over New York Mills. Aaron Denny backed Ehrmantraut up with a double-double. The Verndale post scored 17 points and added 12 rebounds. Speedy guard Marcos Gomez contributed 15 points toward the victory. Big Adam Snelgrove led the Eagles with 17 points while Charlie Peeters canned 15. The victory left the Pirates with a 2-2 PRC mark and a 3-7 record overall. NEW YORK MILLS (47) C. Dunrud 3, C.Peeters 16, K. Norton 2, A.
The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders dominated the upper weights and claimed five victories by forfeit Thursday in a 47-29 dual victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. The Raiders won four of the last five matches as Nick Bennett, Dillon Card, John French and Hunter Truax racked up 23 points to WDC's three. The Wolverines claimed four of the first six matches with Tristin Godel, Sam Waln, Devin Barthel and Josh Lawson notching victories that gave WDC a 20-12 advantage. Two state-ranked wrestlers, WDC's Mitch Steffens and BHV's Colin Turchin, did not compete. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 47, Wadena-Deer Cr
Wadena-Deer Creek Head Boys' Hockey Coach Chris Holman can tell you exactly what it feels like to be checked from behind. "You don't even know where you are for a second," Holman said. You might be carried off the ice on a back board like WDC junior Christian Berg was in a Jan. 3 game at Fergus Falls. You might also end up in a spinal cord trauma ward like Jack Jablonski. The Benilde-St. Margaret junior varsity skater had his spinal column dislocated when he was checked from behind by a Wayzata player in a Dec. 30 game.
Steve Techam was elected chairman of the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board following a reorganizational meeting on Jan. 9 at the WDC District Office. Techam is a retired teacher who lives near Deer Creek. Techam replaces Ann Pate, who will now serve as vice chair. John Moenkedick was elected to serve as clerk while Pete Hayes was elected treasurer. Pate has been on the school board since 2003. Moenkedick and Wayne Perkins have served since 2007.
A 17-year-old Sebeka girl was killed Monday when the 1992 Pontiac Bonneville she was driving collided head-on with a Freightliner semi-truck on Highway 71 in Red Eye Township, four miles north of Sebeka. Whitney R. Pajari, 17, was traveling north when her car crossed the centerline at 10:51 a.m. and struck the semi driven by Dale D. Bain, 48, of Wadena.