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Kyle Dykhoff has his sights set on a Mid-State Conference crown this spring after leading Wadena-Deer Creek to a 10-9 diamond record last year. The third-year head coach saw his 2010 Wolverines break even against Mid-State Conference teams winning six of their 12 games. The Wolverines have just four seniors on the roster giving their seven juniors a lot of chances to play. "The seniors we have will be big contributors but the juniors and sophomores will be getting a lot of playing time," Dykhoff said. Seniors on the club include pitcher-third baseman Derrick Rude, shortstop-pitcher Colter
It will be a whole new ballgame for Verndale baseball this spring as the Pirates join former rival Bertha-Hewitt in the same dugout. The two schools are combining their baseball programs to become the Raiders and head coach Steve Riewer returns to high school baseball for the first time in more than a decade. Riewer has 23 players from the top four grades of the two schools on his team. Seniors include Ethan Bakken, Ed Blashack, Jared Hoemberg, Nick Jasmer, Dustin Motschenbacher, Shane Ollila. Josh Olson, Austin Selvey and Cody Yungbauer.
Five Wadena boxers claimed victories and two advanced to the Upper Midwest Tournament as the Wadena Boxing Club hosted the Region IV Boxing Tournament Saturday at the National Guard Armory. Super heavyweight Jose Perez and 114-pounder Kevin Harper advanced through their weight classes unopposed. Both boxers will now fight in the Upper Midwest Tournament against champions from Regions I, II and III. The Upper Midwest is set for April 9-10 at Northern Lights Casino in Walker. Saturday's fights are slated for a 7 p.m. start. Sunday's action begins at 1 p.m. Wadena's T.J.
A "Swing Into Spring" baseball skills clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-6 will begin Tuesday, March 29 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary gym. Tuesday night sessions will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and outdoor clinic sessions will begin as soon as weather permits. Contact Wayne Dykhoff at 631-4238 or 639-1470 for more information.
Region IV Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament 114 Finals Kevin Harper (Wadena) won unopposed 132 Finals Nate Rubin (Brainerd) dec. Blake Herron (Brainerd) 141 Finals Rondale Hubbert (FF) RSC John Johnson (Wadena) 2nd Round 152 Semifinals T.J. Steward (Wadena) dec. Brenden Feller (St. Cloud) Jesse Wannamacher (FF) dec. Matt Carlson (White Earth) Finals Wannamacher (FF) dec. Steward (Wadena) 165 Finals Shane Kern (Detroit Lakes) RSC Sean Zauhar (St. Cloud) 1st Round 178 Finals Nick Soliah (FF) dec.
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale heavyweight Colin Turchin placed third last Saturday at the Mental Aerobics Wrestling Tournament in Rochester. Wadena-Deer Creek 103-pounder Sam Waln posted a 2-3 record. United North Central's Jake Malone finished 1-2 in the 130-pound weight class. Wrestlers in the tournament came from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska as well as Minnesota. Individual results Sam Waln Waln dec.
Senior Jared Wegscheid has received Wadena-Deer Creek's Most Valuable Wrestler award for the 2010-2011 season. Wegscheid capped his season with a trip to the Class A state tournament. Wegscheid was 21-0 in dual meet competition and 32-7 overall. Senior Dylan Anderson earned the Most Improved award. The heavyweight won 25 of his 38 matches and led the team with 21 pins en route to a state tournament trip. Other awards went to Devin Barthel (Most Coachable) and Jordan Rentz (Most Dedicated). Tony Reurink earned the recognition for have the most takedowns, most major decisions and most wins.
Dan Savoie is stepping aside as Wadena-Deer Creek's head boys' hockey coach. Savoie recently wrapped up his fourth season at the helm. During his four years as head coach he had a record of 31-70-2. "I'm resigning as coach mostly for personal reasons," Savoie said. Savoie plans to continue as a sixth-grade teacher at WDC Elementary while he devotes time to earning a masters degree. Savoie has coached hockey for 15 years.
Terry Olson has always taken a "wait and see" approach and he is not about to change. Olson is firm believer that it is the competition that really shows a coach what they can do with their team. "It all depends on how your kids are running against them," Olson said, as he prepared for the Little Amik I Indoor at Bemidji State. The veteran coach stepped in to fill the head coaching job vacated by Patty Berg this winter.
It is fairly clear from the lack of playing time that Ron Gardenhire is giving his stars down in Florida that he figures he has a pat hand this season. Why look at guys that you know have major league talent? Well, there is a reason. As Detroit's Magglio Ordonez recently said, spring training is not about putting up big numbers, it is getting comfortable at the plate. Gardy's comfort level must be pretty high because he is giving his stars plenty of time to come out.