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The state-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines ran their winning streak on the volleyball court to an impressive 50 matches Tuesday night by sweeping Bertha-Hewitt 25-16, 25-8, 25-14 before an energetic crowd. The streak started in 2009 in the second round of the Class AA state tournament. It grew tremendously in 2010 as the Wolverines won 33 in a row and claimed the Class AA state title. The team picked up the pieces this season and has won 15 straight matches since opening the season Aug.
The ever-changing and always important dynamics of student enrollment has resulted in modest gain for Verndale. District 818 has passed both Browerville and Bertha-Hewitt in student enrollment. Verndale's administration counted 480 students on Sept. 19.
Wadena Hide and Fur has begun an 8-10 week construction project on their U.S. Highway 10 facility in Wadena. The business, which was started in 1946, is owned by Tom and Rich Paper. The Papers buy scrap iron, metals, pop cans, new steel and offer roll-off container services. Along with replacing the existing office facility, which was damaged in the 2010 tornado, Wadena Hide and Fur will be putting in a 70-foot certified truck scale. The EF4 tornado that hit Wadena in June 2010 went right over the Wadena Hide and Fur business complex.
Ice hockey appears to be alive and well in Wadena. The construction of a building around Wadena-Deer Creek's hockey facility is beginning and ice will be on the rink by the first week of December. "This is definitely something we need," Wadena Hockey Association Vice President Matt Lunde said. Hammers Construction of Perham will be putting up a 120 by 260 foot steel building on the site of the former Wadena Area Community Center.
Teresa Moenkedick had 40 digs and 28 kills as the Verndale Pirates went 0-3-1 Saturday in the Ulen-Hitterdal Tournament. The young Pirates managed to chalk up only one victory in pool play where they tied Norman County West by winning a 25-23 decision before losing 25-16. Sarah Moenkedick dished out 29 assists and 25 digs to go along with 11 blocks and four ace serves. Jordanna Schluttner also played a major role with 25 digs and 21 blocks. Jordyn Glenz came up with 23 digs. The Frazee Hornets claimed top honors in the Gold Division by topping the Underwood Rockets 2-1.
Fikret Saric of the STOMP Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) team in Wadena notched a TKO over Fergus Falls' Adam Schlepp in the first round of their weekend contest at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Saric stopped Schlepp at the 32-second mark in their 135-pound fight to even his career record at 4-4. Saric, who is known as the "Bosnian Beast" in MMA circles, lives in Fergus Falls but trains in Wadena. MMA competition combines the fighting arts of boxing, muay thai (Thai boxing), jiu-jitsu and wrestling into one. Saric has been training with Wadena Coach Joe Jasicki for three months.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots swept the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in straight sets Tuesday for a 7-0 win. The dual meet victory improved Pequot's season record to 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-State Conference. Pequot Lakes 7, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Singles 1 Kaycee Nelson (PL) def. Macy Hartman (WDC) 6-1, 6-1 2 Taylor Crocker (PL) def. Paige Hartman (WDC) 6-4, 6-1 3 Ellie Heggerston (PL) def. Abby Wegscheid (WDC) 6-0, 6-0 4 Lauren Bengtson (PL) def. Desiree Isola (WDC) 6-2, 6-0 Doubles 1 Tricia Villella-Haley Wiebolt (PL) def.
Gary Graham's Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder cashed in on a couple of short fields Friday night to hand the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines a 20-8 setback on their Homecoming Night. Ben Frieler hit paydirt on one- and two-yard runs for the Thunder and Sean Colten found enough running room for a 14-yard scoring scamper. Frieler finished the game with 141 yards on 25 carries. Logan Meyer led the Wolverines with 50 yards on 14 rushing attempts.
Brittney Noon collected 18 digs, 14 kills and seven blocks Tuesday night as the state-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines dominated the New York Mills Eagles 25-13, 25-12, 25-9 for their 47th straight victory. The Wolverines won their final two matches in the state tournament in 2009, went unbeaten in winning the Class AA state title in 2010 and improved to 12-0 in 2011 by defeating the Eagles. Sydney Schissel had a great night at the serving line going 29 for 29 with five aces.
It all came down to a tie-breaking tug-o-war Saturday and the Frazee firefighting team took the prize over Menahga's team in the annual Wadena Firefighters Rodeo. The two groups were tied for first with 34 points after four events. Hewitt and Perham were tied for second with 33. Verndale rounded out the densely packed field with 29. Frazee's team of Brad Billett, Jeremy Mitchell, Chad Mitchell and Nathan Matejka overpowered the Menahga team of Quade Mayer, Eli Jettmann, Troy Mayer and Josh Crider for first place. Both teams claimed two 10-point first place finishes.