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Six seniors will lead the fortunes of the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders this season as they go after the Park Region Conference title. The Raiders are coming off a 14-9 season that saw them winning nine of their 12 PRC games. BHV upperclassmen this year will be Preston Riewer, Dillon Card, Michael Kramer, Donnie Warren and newcomer Travis Kramer. Riewer's versatility gives the Raiders a player who can pitch, play short and catch. In Card, the Raiders have a proven pitcher and shortstop.
Nine Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale athletes racked up Top 10 individual finishes Saturday as the Raiders opened their season in the Lion's Track and Field Invitational at Bemidji State University. Individual leaders for the Raiders in the indoor meet included Courtney Templin, Erica VanDenheuvel, Taylor Shamp, Rumor Stokes, Collin Morris, James Follmer, Tyler Weiss, Brett Jansen and Sam Moore. Templin qualified for the finals of the 60 dash with a seventh-place time of 8.81. Templin improved her time in the finals with a sixth-place effort of 8.77.
The fortunes of the Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team will be in the hands of a strong group of juniors this spring - with a talented freshman thrown in to boot. "We will be a young team but we do have planters with a lot of varsity experience, WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff said.
Mike Kenney's Wadena-Deer Creek trapshooting team has grown to 51 just three years after it began. Kenney has 17 of last year's gunners back including Cordell Webb, Jake Goeden, Ryan Grendahl, Drew Killian and Reid Miller, who helped the Wolverines qualify for their first-ever Minnesota State High School League tournament last spring. "With the high number of shootings, improvements made at the range and the new indoor dry fire practice technology, competition looks to be fierce for the high gun," Kenney said. The Wolverines placed third in the conference last year.
As their pitching goes, so go the Minnesota Twins in 2015, so what kind of strategy do rookie manager Paul Molitor and rookie pitching coach Neil Allen have in mind? When Ron Gardenhire was managing the Twins he once admitted he did not know that much about handling a pitching staff. He left most of the decisions to pitching coach Rick Anderson. This might be a sensible strategy but it should be noted that it never got the Twins to the World Series. The Twins showed they could produce runs last year but they also showed they could also give them up.
One year after taking runner-up honors in the Park Region Conference and True Team meets, the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders are at a crossroad. Park Region Conference Coach of the Year Ken Miller has 22 girls out to help him balance the loss of 12 members of his 2014 squad. Eight BHV athletes were named all-conference, nine qualified for the Section 6A meet at Moorhead State and Kasey Willis, who is assisting Miller this season, qualified for state with a runner-up finish in the 300 low hurdles. The Raiders have an all-conference and section favorite back in the triple jump with the return
A flock of wild turkeys hunted for acorns in the yard of a rural residence on State Highway 210 south of Deer Creek last Tuesday afternoon. Mild spring weather and...
Battle Lake basketball player Andrew VanErp was incorrectly identified in the March 12 issue of the Pioneer Journal.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Autumn Jahnke performed with the all state dance team Saturday in Wayzata. A field of 250 girls were selected to perform. WDC's Kristyn Ament was also chosen for...
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board is keeping a weather eye on St. Paul as spring rolls around this year. With the state legislature in session and the possible recipients of a $1.9 billion tax surplus still being decided, the WDC school board is taking a cautious approach toward their 2016 preliminary budget and the 2015-2016 school calendar. Monday's meeting saw the WDC administration roll out a preliminary budget with general fund revenues of $10,691,081 and expenses of $10,490,961.