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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.
Now that the 2012 NFL regular season is over and the Minnesota Vikings have nowhere to play, the time seems right to take a look back at the blunders they made and pass some judgments. Everyone knows that hindsight is 20-20. Right off the bat it is pretty obvious that just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong. If you would have told someone the Vikes would be 3-13 in 2011 after the 2009 season they would have laughed at you. Who could guess that when Brett Favre threw that stupid pass back across the field in the NFC championship game that the Vikes had walked under a ladder.
Ryan Redfield showed his partiality for the WDC court again Tuesday night as he hit seven treys and scored 26 points in a 80-62 win over neighboring Verndale. Redfield has now scored 20 or more points in three straight home court games. Evan VanErp followed up two strong performances in the Otter Holidy Classic by scoring 25 points for WDC. Ben Birch did his job in the post with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Aaron Denny gave the Pirates 16 tallies while Dallas Ermantraut scored 14 points and Marcos Gomez netted 11. The Wolverines had a big 48-30 edge on the boards.
Emily Miron came up with 23 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks Friday in lifting Wadena-Deer Creek over Grand Rapids 61-45 in the Northwood Invitational. Caitlin Volkmann dropped in four of WDC's five treys to finish the game with 15 tallies. Hope Theisen and Melissa Moenkedick were solid in supporting role as they combined for 18 points and 15 boards. Kenzie Kane popped in 19 points for the Thunderhawks. The Thunderhawks took advantage of WDC miscues to keep themselves in the game in the first half.
Mitch Steffens and Tony Reurink both went 2-0 Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines finished third in the Detroit Lakes Triangular. Steffens saw action at 126 while Reurink wrestled at 220. Pequot Lakes-Pine River/Backus Road Crew took advantage of five forfeits to pin Wadena-Deer Creek 58-13. The Road Crew handed Detroit Lakes a 39-32 loss to grab top honors. The Lakers finished second by posting a 58-13 win over WDC. Steffens won two major decisions topping Nick Gravdahl of PLPRB 11-2 and Detroit Lakes' Nate Francis 10-0 as he improved his record to 14-2.
Teresa Moenkedick scored a season-high 40 points as the Verndale Pirates opened the new year with a 71-57 Park Region Conference victory over New York Mills. Kristen Korfe chipped in with 10 points. Ellie Rutten had a big night for the Eagles scoring 37 points. The Pirates are now 4-6 overall and 1-3 in the PRC. The Eagles are also 1-3 in conference play but 1-9 overall. NEW YORK MILLS (57) T. Kempenich 3, K. Kane 3, J. Esala 2, S. Honer 2, A. Barvels 2, A. Hendrickx 8, E. Rutten 37. VERNDALE (71) K. Korfe 10, J. Glenz 6, S. Moenkedick 8, J. Schluttner 3, K. Schmitz 2, E. Kern 2, T.
Cody McManigle of Wadena and Jesse Wannamacher of Fergus Falls will headline a double main event Saturday at the Wadena National Guard Armory. McManigle will meet Nate Rubin of Brainerd in a 140-pound bout. Wannamacher will square off against Clyde Willrich of Minneapolis. The second local boxing card of the season will have 12 bouts and will feature boxers from St. Cloud, White Earth, Minneapolis, Fergus Falls, Wadena, Brainerd and Leech Lake.
Jake Ahlgren's five-point night sparked Fergus Falls in a 10-5 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at the Fergus Falls Community Arena. The two clubs exchanged goals in the first period with Ahlgren, Bill Rodning and Devin Johnson icing goals for the Otters and Mitchell Swanson and Bridger Pettit scoring for the Wolverines. The Otters pulled away by scoring the first three goals of the second period. Ahlgren and Peter Gaustad had even-strength goals up by the time Sam Rausch rammed home a power play shot at the 4:55 mark.