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Tom VanErp's Wadena-Deer Creek cagers left their best basketball at home Dec. 29 as they fell to the Fergus Falls Otters 43-33 in the Otter Holiday Classic. "We didn't play with a lot of energy for most of the game," VanErp said. "We missed many easy shots, especially early in the game." The Wolverines were rusty after a 12-day layoff. They connected on only one of their 13 three-point shots on the new Kennedy Secondary court and made just 11 of their 47 field goal shots for a 23.4 percent clip.
A Fergus Falls crew on a three-game winning streak out-shot Wadena-Deer Creek 50-13 Tuesday night to post an 8-1 victory in Long Prairie. Six different players scored goals for the Otters. Mitchell Swanson broke up a Fergus shutout in the second period when he scored with assists from Christian Berg and David Najjar. FF 2 3 3 - 8 WDC 0 1 0 - 1 First Period FF: Cody Ward (unassisted) 8:26 FF: Cole Sonstebo (Casey Ward) 14:30 Second Period FF: Joe Nathe (Casey Ward) 4:30 FF: Bradie Wahlgren (Cody Briese, Peter Gaustad) 5:31 WDC: Mitchell Swanson (Christian Berg, David Najjar) 8:
Skylar Schwab will grow up hearing a fantastic story. Tri-County Hospital's first baby of 2011 arrived Jan. 1 and the baby girl was given her name for an amazing episode that occurred seven months ago. Skylar's mother, Samantha, was in the third month of her pregnancy when a twister roared over the Troy Manselle farm two miles southwest of Bluffton on the afternoon of June 17. Skylar's parents, Samantha and Gene, and Samantha's cousin, Manly Beach, were in the house when they saw the twister approaching.
Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 62, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 38 WDC: Emily Miron 16 points, 12 rebounds Caitlin Volkmann 12 points Avery Jackson 10 points Kelsi Crawford 10 points WDC now 8-1 Verndale 57, Browerville 50 V: Teresa Moenkedick 18 points Elizabeth Johnson 10 points Boys' Hockey Fergus Falls 8, Wadena-Deer Creek 1 WDC: Mitchell Swanson 1 goal; Christian Berg, David Najjar 1 assist Girls' Hockey Fergus Falls 6, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Viking fans will always remember 2010 as the year the wheels fell off -- but take heart, we are not alone. Some teams have had fantastic seasons. Other clubs are just wondering what went wrong. Last year, the Vikes were in the penthouse. This has just not been their year. You can say it started in August when Brett Favre had to be coaxed into camp like a donkey with carrot (or a lot of lettuce) held just in front of his nose. Camp had barely started when we started hearing about Percy Harvin's migraines.
A farmer near Henning was looking out a window of his home one night during a full moon recently and realized one of his fields was "crawling." He knew what the four-legged invaders were and before he was done he had counted 24 of them. Whitetail deer and wild turkey are pretty bold this winter as the snow amounts increase. Both can be a problem for livestock growers. DNR wildlife manager Rob Naplin of Park Rapids has been monitoring snow depths. Snow in the forested country around Park Rapids is around one foot. The snow depth in the Wadena area has been near eight inches.
The winter sports season has brought some coaching and spectator problems for Verndale superintendent Paul Brownlow. After a considerable amount of discussion, the District 818 school board voted to give Brownlow the green light to hire an extra C-squad basketball coach should the need arise this winter. Brownlow has had no hard and fast rules to go by when coaches have asked for help. Board member Denise Braemer argued against the decision and voted no to the motion. The school board also heard from Brownlow about an unruly basketball fan which he had to temporarily ban from the building.
Rachel Peters iced five goals in the final period Tuesday as Marshall topped the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils 6-1 Tuesday in Round 2 of the Schwan Cup Tournament in Blaine. The red-hot Peters was held scoreless for the first two periods and the two clubs entered the third period with the Tigers clinging to a 1-0 lead. Hanna Peterson gained a playmaker by assisting on three of Peters' goals.
Cody Christensen and Skyler Swier both iced a pair of goals Tuesday as the Luverne Cardinals trounced Wadena-Deer Creek 8-4 in the Willmar Bus Cup. The Cards out-shot the Wolverines 17-4 in the first period and out-scored them 5-1. The Wolverines rallied to out-shoot Luverene 16-8 in the second period and 14-11 in the third. Christian Berg stopped Luverne's string of five straight goals with a power play shot at the 14:50 mark.
WDC volleyers win first state title The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were absolutely perfect in 2010 as they captured their first Class AA state volleyball championship. Sue Volkmann's veteran squad posted a perfect 30-0 record leading up to their third straight state tournament, then blitzed the competition at the Xcel Energy Center Nov. 14-16 by winning nine straight matches. So outstanding was the team that they only lost two matches all season long.