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Wadena Public Works Director Dan Kovar is looking for interest in rekindling a local horseshoe pitching league. Kovar said the city has a horseshoe court at the Wadena softball complex that has not had use for the last four years. "We're doing maintenance on the area and it's just sad to see it sitting there not being used," Kovar said. "We're wondering if there is any interest?" Wadena had a long history with horseshoes before the league broke up.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will put a mixture of youth and experience on the course this season as they tackle their 2015 boys' golf schedule. Returning players from last year's squad include seniors Wade Piper and Matthew Quincer, juniors Jack Goeden and Jordan Kern and freshman Thomas Quincer. Gone from the ranks is Jacob Goeden, who just missed a Class AA state tournament berth by shooting a two-day round of 165 in Section 6 play. WDC head coach Kevin Ross saw Kern pick up his game considerably last year and then play a lot of summer golf.
Missy Tabery will put an experienced Wadena-Deer Creek girls' golf team on the links this spring. In addition to junior Jessica Langer, Tabery will have letterwinners in sophomores Gabi Ross, Jess Rondestvedt and McKayla Woods. "All four have varsity experience," said Tabery, who feels her veterans will be greatly improved over last year. "All four have power and are smart. That helps with the short courses we play and to think around the course. They all have the capability to keep it in the 90s.
Wadena boxers will be in action Saturday as the Region IV Golden Gloves boxing tournament is held at the Wadena Armory. Boxing will begin at 7:30 p.m. Joining the Class A and novice boxers will be fighters from Red Lake, Leech Lake, Hibbing, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, White Earth, Verndale and two St. Cloud clubs. Wadena Class A boxers include Blake Herron (132), T.J. Steward (152), Ry Denzel (165) and Trent Petro (178).
The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders took a deep dive into the Section 6A playoffs last season and with seven starters returning, it looks like they might be getting ready for another plunge. The 2014 Raiders won 13 of their 21 games and played five playoff games before being ousted by section champion New York Mills in a 3-2 ballgame. "We are looking for another good year," BHV co-head coach Dan Johnson said. "We have a couple of tough positions to fill as Kirstin Korfe did quite a bit of pitching for us last year and hit for a high average.
April promises to be an interesting month for Mike Yeo and his Minnesota Wild. There can be little doubt that Devan Dubnyk is the big reason why. Back in January, the Wild were going nowhere with 25-year-old Darcy Kuemper and 37-year-old Niklas Backstrom splitting time in goal. After losing six games in a row the Wild gambled a third round pick in the 2015 draft and got Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes.
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.
Wadena firemen join Wadena County sheriff Mike Carr and Tri-County Health Care EMTs in rescuing the driver of a damaged 2006 Chrysler Pacific Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Bryant...
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.