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The Barnesville Trojans won 10 of 14 weights and scored three victories by forfeit in a 47-21 dual meet victory Dec. 9 over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale. Coach Mike Barthels saw Nick Bennett (152), Dillon Card (171), Andy Bounds (189) and Colin Turchin (285) rack up victories for the Raiders.
Monty Johnson saw the stars align over Wadena this summer. M State-Wadena's dean of students had been looking at storm clouds out his window all day June 17 and had been part of the decision to delay the Summer of Fun parade that evening when the sirens went off in Wadena. Like many others, Johnson headed for the safety of the basement in his home on Seventh Street -- one block west of the campus. When Johnson emerged from his basement shortly after 5 p.m., he found he was standing at Ground Zero.
Boys' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 54, Pine River-Backus 35 Jordan Reed (WDC) 25 points; Josh Sherman (WDC) 10 points Girls' Basketball Detroit Lakes 46, Wadena-Deer Creek 36 Courtney Volkmann (WDC) 11 points Boys' Hockey Prairie Center 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 3 Girls' Hockey Morris-Benson 6, LPGE-WDC 0 Sarah Holm (BD) 44 saves
Boys' Basketball Bertha-Hewitt 59, Verndale 43 Matthew Fretham (B-H) 26 points; Zack Meidinger (V) 19 points Girls' Basketball Pine River-Backus 68, Verndale 40 Elizabeth Johnson, Teresa Moenkedick (V) 11 points
Verndale's Dan Kneisl has earned a place on the Class Nine-man All-State football team for the 2010 season for his defensive line play. Kneisl joined Lanesboro's Jake Reed as a first-team choice. Other Pheasant North Conference players to make the all-state team were Underwood quarterback Dalton Jampsa and linebacker Brett Collins and Bertha-Hewitt defensive back Jared Hoemberg. Hillcrest's Zach Taylor was received honorable mention. Nine-man All-State Football Team Offense QB: Dalton Jampsa, Underwood; Jordan Suhonen, Cromwell RB: Aaron Olson, Ada-Borup; Evan Schindele, Stephen-Argyle
Jordan Hinkle has taken the helm of the Verndale Pirates this season with all but one of his starters on the roster. Hinkle and his coaches are introducing a new system to the Pirates that will depend on consistency and discipline. The club was kicked around last year winning just two of 26 games and going winless in the Park Region Conference. Seven of Verndale's varsity cagers are seniors including sharpshooting guard Zack Meidinger who averaged 20 points a game.
Brianna Seebold scored a hat trick and Emily Payne collected four assists as the Detroit Lakes Lakers skated past Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 7-3 Tuesday in a Mid-State Conference match. Callie Johnson chipped in with two goals and two assists for the Lakers who built a 4-0 lead before the Blue Devils broke into the scoring column in the third period. Sam Killian iced two unassisted goals for the Blue Devils while Katelyn Peters scored one.
Three Bertha-Hewitt players scored in double figures Tuesday as the Bears topped Verndale 50-42 in their season opener. Arei Stokes chalked up 16 points while Christine Moenkedick scored 12 and Morgan Kapphahn chipped in with 10. Lizzy Yungbauer and Teresa Moenkedick both scored 12 points for Verndale. Yungbauer scored all of her game points on three-pointers. Jordan Schluttner pulled down 10 rebounds for the Pirates. BERTHA-HEWITT (50) A. Stokes 16, M. Kapphahn 10, K. VanDenhuevel 4, T. Schwantz 3, D. Mikkelson 5, C. Moenkedick 12.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines flashed their defensive skills Tuesday night as they held Staples-Motley in check for a 47-34 victory. "It was a great defensive game," WDC head coach Keith Ferris said after watching his squad reel off their third straight victory. "Both defenses played very physical." Ferris felt the Wolverines prevailed because of their ability to score in transition and hold the Cards to just 14 points in the second half on their home court. Courtney Volkmann and Rachel Craig sparked WDC in the second half scoring 20 of the team's 24 points.
Bob Tubandt is beginning to pay a price for the success of his boxing program. The popular Wadena coach had 30 kids show up on the first night of practice for the 2010 season. He put all of them through the wringer and then two nights later waited to see which ones would show back for a second helping. They all showed up. Tubandt can only grin, shake his head and be grateful. "I think they believe the program is a good program and they just want to be part of it," Tubandt said. The Wadena Golden Gloves Boxing Club's first card is Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Wadena Armory.