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Ten United North Central wrestlers won their matches Tuesday as the Warriors posted a 61-18 victory over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale. The Raiders won seven of their matches by forfeit. Devin Dean, Zack Waln, Holt Truax and Charlie Nienaber posted victories for the Raiders at 113, 152, 182 and 195. The Raiders will compete Friday and Saturday in the Big Bear Invitational at Cass Lake. United North Central 61, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 18 106 Isaac Tellers (UNC) dec.
Six Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers won forfeit victories Saturday as the Wolverines edged Deer River 39-36 to go 1-2 in the Park Rapids Invitational. The Wolverines lost a 37-25 decision to Bemidji and a 57-6 decision to Park Rapids 56-6. Three WDC wrestlers won two of their three matches. Tyler Wheeler was a double winner at 152, Blaine Snyder won twice at 160 and Isaac Malone won a pair at 195. The Wolverines will compete in the Big Bear Tournament Friday and Saturday in Cass Lake. Park Rapids Invitational Bemidji 37, WDC 25 106 Nate Golden (Bem) dec.
Preston Riewer pumped in 27 points as the Bertha-Hewitt Bears hung on for a 64-56 win over Verndale in a Park Region Conference game. Jordan Fretham also carried a big share of the scoring load for the Bears with 20 points. The difference in the game boiled down to free throws. The Pirates were whistled 21 times and the Bears made it hurt by canning 19 of 30 foul shots.
Shania Glenz and Jordyn Glenz both contributed double figure scoring numbers Friday as the Verndale Pirates pushed their record to 3-0 with a 52-34 victory over Bertha-Hewitt. The Park Region Conference clash saw the Glenz sisters combining for 29 points. Elyssa Kern and Sarah Moenkedick teamed up for 16 points. The Pirates shot 38 percent from the field. Hannah VanHale led the Bears with 14 points and Rumor Stokes chipped in with 12.
Former Wadena-Deer Creek standout Blake Connell gunned in 26 points Thursday to lead Staples-Motley to an 86-52 win over the Wolverines. Zack Hofmann, Andrew Israelson and Nathan Schimpp canned 17, 13 and 12 points for the Cards who dropped in eight treys and converted on 42 percent of their floor shots. Alex Carlson paced the Wolverines with a season-high 18 points.
Jessica Bird collected two goals and two assists Friday night as the 18th-ranked Moose Lake Rebels edged Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 5-4. Ashlee Helseth notched the first two goals for the Blue Devils in the second period and earned an assist on a goal by Katelyn Barthel in the third period. McKayla Woods scored with one second left to make it a one-goal game at the final buzzer. Kenzie Christianson had a pair of assists for the Blue Devils. Asia Gobel backed up Bird with two goals.
No matter how they do the rest of the season the Minnesota Vikings have turned a corner with first-year head coach Mike Zimmer at the wheel. There has been nothing smooth about their turn and the engine must be out of tune because we have all seen a few plays backfire. How could it be smooth when their best player has spent more time in court than he has on the field? Adrian Peterson played only one game before his season came to an end in September.
Brandon Klipping scored four times Saturday as the Red Lake Falls Eagles soared to a 5-1 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. The Wolverines, who entered the game averaging better than six goals a game, ran into Bailey Schmitz, who kicked out 23 of WDC's 24 shots. The Wolverines were trailing 3-0 in the second period when Mike Behl found the net with a short-handed goal at the 12:10 mark.
The state-ranked Hawley Nuggets built a 37-14 halftime lead and then held Wadena-Deer Creek at bay in the second half Thursday night to claim a 68-42 victory on the WDC court. Mira Ellefson led the Nuggets with 17 points while Olivia Olson netted 14. The Nuggets canned 26 of their 51 field goal attempts for a 51 percent average. The Nuggets, who entered the contest ranked second in Class AA basketball, improved their record to 4-0. The Wolverines got 10 points for Rylie Langer and another 1 from Jennifer Craig.
A blitzkrieg of work crews, equipment and materials has restored the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway which brings an average of 48 trains a day through Wadena and its neighboring communities. More than 100 BNSF employees and private contractors worked night and day last week to clear wreckage and debris replace tracks and restore service. BNSF is now faced with the task of determining the cause of a Dec. 1 derailment of 32 cars on a section of track four miles northwest of Wadena. The cars which derailed included empty tankers and freight cars carrying sugar and sugar products.