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Jordyn and Shania Glenz combined for 28 kills Thursday night as Verndale swept Park Region Conference foe Menahga 3-0. The Pirates found themselves up against a salty Menahga squad in Game 1 but managed to pull out a 27-25 win. Verndale was a 5-18 winner in Game 2 and a 25-21 winner in Game 3. Megan Dougherty and Haley Stinar teamed up for 29 assists.
Elise Kallevig and McKayla Woods claimed a fourth-place finish Saturday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed sixth in the Mid-State Conference tennis tournament at Park Rapids. Kallevig and Woods, WDC's No. 2 doubles team, defeated Perham's Madison Olson and Sam Hemmsley 6-2, 6-3 in the first round. Fifth place finishers for the Wolverines included No. 2 singles player Whitney Eickhoff and No. 3 singles player Abby Westrum along with the No. 1 doubles duo of Erin Johnson and Sarah Moen. Eickhoff defeated Julie Pearson in the third round 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) 7-2.
Hannah Vorderbruggen's fourth place finish paced the Wadena-Deer Creek girls' cross country team Monday in the Pelican Rapids Invitational at Birchwood Golf Course. Vorderbruggen turned in a time of 17:17.02, less than five seconds off the third place time turned in by Frazee's Ellie Morgan. Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen won the girls' title with a 16:38.20 time.
Zac Schertler showed his versatility Friday night as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines topped United North Central 26-6 for their second decision in three games. Schertler rushed 21 times for a game-high 164 yards and hit on 10 of 18 pass attempts for 99 yards.
Casey Volkmann gave another strong all-around performance Thursday night as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines improved their record to 6-0 with a 3-0 win over Mid-State Conference foe Pequot Lakes. The WDC freshman displayed her skills all over the court as she contributed 11 kills, served six aces, collected eight blocks and eight digs and dished out five assists. The Wolverines squeaked out a 26-24 win in Game 1. They dominated the second game 25-15.
The final Saturday of summer will see people in Wadena dancing and walking for mental health awareness. "Life-Live It" organizers are aiming to increase awareness of mental health problems with their Dance-A-Thon and Walk-A-Thon running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School. Registration for the $25 per person events will begin at 9 a.m. with Corey Tackmann singing the National Anthem at 9:55 a.m. Registration forms, available to participants from the ninth grade and up, will be available at The Cyber Café.
The Verndale Pirates gained some sweet revenge Friday night as they tripped Underwood 14-13 under a big September moon. Squaring off for the first time since last November's Section 4, Class Nine-man championship game in the Fargodome, the Pheasant North rivals took it into overtime on the Underwood field. Dillon Card tossed two touchdown passes for the Pirates and Seth Zins added a pair of big extra points.
Noah Ross led Wadena-Deer Creek to a seventh place finish and Hannah Vorderbruggen took seventh individually Tuesday in the Johanna Olson Invitational at Whitetail Run. Ross ran a time of 19:45.42 for a 17th place finish against a 71-runner field. Konnor Stueve and Jimmy Kim took 28th and 29th with times of 20:11.93 and 20:21.40. Also finishing back to back for the Wolverines were Brody Wangsness and Isaac Hale who ran times of 23:42.52 and 23:55.24 for 56th and 57th place finishes. Park Rapids' Isaac Overmyer set the winning pace in the 5K run with a 16:55.68.
Three Wadena-Deer Creek singles players and one doubles team posted victories Friday as the Wolverines fell by identical 4-3 scores to Detroit Lakes and Crookston on the DL courts. WDC's Abby Westrum was a double winner in singles action beating Detroit Lakes' Stella Foltz 6-2, 6-2 and Crookston's Jaeden Lizakowski 6-4, 6-4. Maddy Hinojos went 1-1 for the Wolverines as she rallied from a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Detroit Lakes' Dani Unruh to beat Crookston's Allysa Fee 6-2, 6-0.
Kyle Lange rushed 18 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns Friday as he led the state-ranked Upsala/Swanville Patriots to a 42-8 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. Playing their first home game of the 2014 season, the unbeaten Cardinals racked up 20 first quarter points. The Patriots entered the halftime period with a 27-0 lead. They had 15 more points in the second half. Eight players had carries as the Patriots rolled up 312 yards on the ground. Timmy Valencia-Loudin backed up Lange with 61 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.