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The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will be able to put a nice combination of size, speed and shooting on the court this winter as they play their second full season under Head Coach Keith Ferris. The Wolverines won 20 of their 26 games last year - an immense improvement over their 10-15 season in 2009-2010. The price tag for the big turnabout was the loss of senior standouts Kelsi Crawford, Courtney Volkmann and Rachel Craig to graduation. Ferris enters the 2011-2012 season with just one senior on his club.
My wife and I have been without kids during our 32 years of marriage but we have never been without a dog. Six years ago we were looking for a dog and we chanced upon a yellow purebred lab which my daughter and I named King Titus. King was everything you would expect in a blockhead lab - clumsy, fun-loving, crazy to retrieve and friendly. We had only had him a couple of weeks when my son suggested I take him along pheasant hunting. That did not sound like a good idea to me at first.
Emma Lemke picked up five points with a two goals and a playermaker Friday as the Litchfield Dragons skated to a 5-2 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek in their season opener. The Blue Devils struck first when Morgan Zeise found the net in the opening period. The Dragons evened the score when Lemke took a feed from Kennedy Sommerfeld. Lemke picked up a goal and two assists in the second period as the Dragons grabbed a 4-1 lead.
It should be as clear as glass after last Monday's 45-7 loss to Green Bay that the Minnesota Vikings need some serious help on defense. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers exposed one of Minnesota's basic weaknesses by passing for four touchdowns. Only seven of Green Bay's 32 passes fell incomplete. It was a turkey shoot and the turkeys were in Minnesota's secondary. Corner Antoine Winfield is a great tackler but his season is over with a broken clavicle. Cedric Griffin is not the player he was before his two surgeries. Chris Cook will find it hard to cover receivers from a jail cell.
How good or how bad the 2011 firearm deer hunting season was for folks in central Minnesota is still in question. With official figures still on the way, the perception of many is that the deer migrated to some other state. Department of Natural Resources Assistant Wildlife Manager Rob Rabasco of Park Rapids is not so sure there is a shortage. Rabasco hunted 13 hours over a two-day period and never saw a deer.
The excitement of playing hockey again in Wadena is building right along with a new ice arena. On Monday, members of the Wadena Hockey Association who attend WDC School took advantage of the day off, to get on the ice. The same day the first steel beams went up on their new arena, 24 skaters spent three hours in Little Falls sharpening their skills for the upcoming season.
There is only one direction for George Behl and his Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils this season - up. The Blue Devils lost 20 of their 22 games, scored just 24 goals and were shut out 13 times. The lack of experience had just about everything to do with their problems.
Wadena-Deer Creek standouts Logan Meyer and Jacob Ludovissie have been selected to the All-Section 6AA football team for the 2011 season. Meyer made the team as a rusher while Ludovissie was chosen for his linebacker play. The Pierz Pioneers led the all-section voting with five players.
One year after they brought home a state championship, the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines earned fourth place honors in the Class AA state volleyball tournament. The Wolverines fell to Jordan 25-17, 26-24, 25-13 Saturday in the battle for third place. WDC Head Coach Sue Volkmann felt that losing the second set to Jordan was the decisive one in the three-game match. "We led 24-21 and we didn't put it away," Volkmann said. Kelsey Chambers led Jordan's comeback by putting down three kills. Chambers finished the match with 21 kills.
So where are they? That is what a lot of area deer hunters have been asking themselves during the nine-day firearm season. Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Greg Oldakowski has had more than one hunting party complain about the lack of whitetail deer around Wadena. "Back in October they were seeing a lot of deer on their trail cameras," Oldakowski said. Oldakowski does not pretend to know the reason for the lack of whitetails, although he was not surprised to hear of poor hunting on the first weekend.