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The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines saw their fastpitch season end in a high-wind flurry of runs Tuesday as they gained a split in Section 8AA Final Four play at Frazee. Playing in a huge wind that damaged property all over west central Minnesota, the Wolverines shocked No.
Colter Pettit scattered six hits and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines topped Pelican Rapids 4-1 Thursday for the fifth straight win. Ryan Redfield went 2-for-3 with a triple, scored a run and drove in a run. David Najjar doubled and drove in two runs. Kyle Moench also doubled. Brady Morgan and Kraig Nelson both had two hits for the Vikings. Pettit worked six innings before giving way to Christian Berg. Pettit walked only one while fanning five to gain the win.
Kathryn VanDenheuvel won the high jump and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's 4x100 relay team took top honors Thursday in the Park Region Conference Championships at Sebeka. VanDenheuvel cleared the bar at 4-10. The Raiders won the 4x100 with a time of 54.75. Hannah Barrett posted a second place time of 17.80 in the 100 hurdles.
The Verndale Pirates were ousted from the Sub-Section 6A softball playoffs Tuesday as Brandon-Evansville rallied to score four runs in the top of the seventh and win 8-5. The Chargers strung together four hits in the seventh, including a run-scoring triple by Kinsley Randt. Hannah Olson went 4-for-4 and scored three times in the No. 3 position. Chelsey Pizel drove in a pair runs for Brandon-Evansville. Teresa Moenkedick led the Pirates at the plate by going 2-for-2, scored twice and driving in one run.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Michael Wing shot an 82 Monday for sixth place honors in the Mid-Minnesota Championship at The Legacy. Pequot Lakes' Levi Espeland came up with a 74 to shade Staples-Motley's Nick Forsberg by a single stroke for top honors. Bryan Silvers shot an 85 for the Wolverines while Tyler Fix and Nick LeTourneau shot 88s, Duke Harrison brought in a 101 and Jacob Goeden recorded a 111. Staples-Motley won team honors with a 399.
Tanner Wegscheid went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs as New York Mills rallied to shade Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 16-14 Tuesday in a Park Region Conference slug fest. The Eagles scored five times in the top of the seventh inning to erase a 12-11 deficit. The Raiders were guilty of nine errors while the Eagles committed four. "We did a lot of things well but we played just horrible defense," BHV skipper Steve Riewer said. Ethan Bakken drove in four runs for the Raiders while Austin Selvey went 2-for-4 in his lead-off position, scored four times and drove in three runs. The Eagles out-hit the
Hope Theisen shot a 97 Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines tied Crookston for ninth in the Detroit Lakes Invitational. Breanna Speed turned in one of her best performances of the season with a 99. Ella Harrison, Paige Hartman, Sydney Schissel and Amanda Kramer came in with scores of 101, 103, 104 and 107. Staples-Motley star Emily Israelson was the medalist with a 78.
Wadena-Deer Creek's pitching ace was on Tuesday and that was bad news for the Sebeka Trojans. Derrick Rude fired a four-hitter Tuesday as the Wolverines edged the Trojans 2-1. "He threw very well and the defense played pretty well behind him," WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff said. "It takes him a few innings to get loose. If you get to Derrick you are going to have to get to him in the first two innings." The Wolverines scored the winning run when two Sebeka outfielders collided as they went after a ball hit into the gap. Both WDC runs in the game were unearned.
Rachel Craig made history Friday as she claimed victory in all four of her events at the TDS Twilight meet in Pequot Lakes. Craig won the shot put with a 33-4.5 and the discus with a toss of 92-10.5. The WDC senior went 4-6 to win the high jump and ran a 17.12 in the 100 hurdles. "In all of the years I have been here that has never happened," WDC head coach Terry Olson said. Olson also heaped praise on junior shot putter Logan Meyer, who broke the records of his father, Loren, his coach, John Crandall and Crandall's son, Aaron, who qualified for state in the shot.
The District 818 school board made plans at their regular May meeting Monday night to move quickly on the task of replacing principal Justin Sperling. The board will be reviewing applications for the position the evening of June 6, the deadline date for applications. Interviews are scheduled for June 13 with the possibility of a second round of interviews being held June 20. Verndale superintendent Paul Brownlow had 16 applications for the job as of May 23 and he expressed an interest in having a new 5-12 principal on board by the June meeting.