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Wyatt Samelson's 44-yard run capped a furious fourth quarter of scoring Saturday night and carried Parkers Prairie to a 26-14 victory over Verndale. Playing their third game in nine days, the Pirates were held scoreless for the first three quarters. "I think playing three games in nine days kind of caught up with us in that second half," Verndale Head Coach Mike Mahlen said.
Verndale's Teresa Moenkedick and Jordanna Schluttner combined for a whopping 39 kills but the Laporte Wildcats emerged the winner Tuesday night in a five-set series in Laporte. The Wildcats triumphed 25-18 in the opener of the seesaw volleyball battle. The Pirates took a 2-1 lead with back-to-back wins of 25-23 and 25-15. The Wildcats forced Game 5 with a 25-21 and held out for a 15-13 victory in the last contest. Moenkedick also came up with 25 digs and three aces. Schluttner had 16 kills and 12 blocks. Sarah Moenkedick set up 31 assists.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were held to 66 yards on the ground Friday night as they fell to United North Central 28-6 at Sebeka. Jeremy Nordick's Warriors concentrated on stopping WDC standout Logan Meyer and held the senior back to 39 yards on seven carries. With the running lanes pinched off, the Wolverines turned to the air and quarterback Evan VanErp hit Jeremy Sherman with a five-yard scoring pass to get WDC on the scoreboard in the second quarter. VanErp was 10 of 24 with his passing for 100 yards. Jake Meyer led the Wolverines with three catches for 39 yards.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Emma Schmitz placed 25th and Neil Janson finished 39th Thursday in the Perham Yellowjackets Harrier Classic Thursday at Arvig Park. Schmitz turned in a time of 16:54.62 in the girls' varsity 4K race. Fergus Falls' Haylie Zenner posted the winning time of 15:13.92. Rounding out the Top Five were Moorhead's Taylor Janssen with a 15:29.07, Park Rapids' Lydia Lutz with a 15:29.07, Pelican Rapids' Emily Bakken with a 15:36.57 and Roseau's Madeline Huglen with a 15:38.96. Moorhead won the girls' meet with four finishes in the Top 10.
The No. 2 Staples-Motley Cardinals cruised past No. 7 Wadena-Deer Creek in straight sets Monday en route to a 7-0 Section 8A team tournament victory at Staples. WDC head coach Vicki Smith made changes in her lineup switching doubles players Molly Kraemer and Marie Hunt to No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Abby Wegscheid and Sarah Najjar teamed up at No.
Brittney Noon collected 15 kills and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines recorded 52 digs in a dominating 3-0 Mid-State Conference victory over Crosby-Ironton. Sue Volkmann saw her team win 25-5, 25-11 and 25-15. The victory helped the Wolverines complete their fifth straight perfect season in conference play. The state-ranked Wolverines improved their record to 18-3. Caitlin Volkmann paced a balanced defensive effort with 11 digs. Heather and Hope Theisen joined Avery Jackson with eight digs apiece.
A 15-year-old Dalton girl was killed and seven other people were injured in a Sunday morning collision at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 210 and Otter Tail County Highway 33 in Otter Tail County. Skylah Oksness was a passenger in a 1999 Buick Regal driven by Aimee Magnusson, 18, of Fergus Falls when it collided with a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice driven by Sasha Parker, 24, of Battle Lake at approximately 2:30 a.m.
Trying to put a happy face on the 2011 Minnesota pheasant hunting season is a job for Bozo the Clown - and even he might balk. A tough winter and a wet spring have conspired to make this year's pheasant hunting season a sad-looking one. The good news is that the pheasant population index is only down 64 percent from last year.
Sara Otto has found the shoes she likes. The 1995 Wadena-Deer Creek grad has been making a name for herself in local, state and world horseshoe pitching competition as a member the Bloomington Horseshoe Club. Otto is vice president of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota by day but when the working day is done, the pitching begins.
A gutsy fifth game carried the Verndale Pirates past Menahga's Braves 3-2 Tuesday night in a Park Region Conference contest at Menahga. The Pirates rallied from a 25-10 blowout in Game 1 to win 25-22, 25-23. The Braves won Game 4 26-24 but the Pirates dominated the fifth game 15-6. Setting the pace defensively for the Pirates were Teresa Moenkedick with 27 digs and Jordyn Glenz with 19. Jordanna Schluttner blocked 10 shots. Schluttner and Teresa Moenkedick combined for 23 kills.