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Dalton Jampsa rallied Underwood from a 6-0 deficit with a touchdown run and a TD pass to beat Verndale 22-6 Tuesday night in Section 4, Class Nine-man playoff action. Verndale head coach Mike Mahlen considered playing conditions to be some of the worst he has ever seen. "It ranks right up there in the top four," Mahlen said after watching his team finish its season in a blizzard. Zack Meidinger gave Verndale the early lead on the wet and snowy field when he broke loose on a 78-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Jampsa brought the Rockets right back and capped the drive with a slick
Wadena-Deer Creek sophomore Macy Hartman has been named to the Mid-State Conference tennis team. The WDC singles player qualified for the Section 8A individual tournament this year. Earning honorable mention was WDC senior singles player Haley Anderson. Park Rapids: Alyssa Carlson, Bailey LaCoursiere, Karly Dickinson, Allie Girtz; Staples-Motley: Andrea Koskiniemi, Emma Koskiniemi, Mikayla Wing; Crosby-Ironton: Jessica Lundstrom; Pequot Lakes: Tricia Villella, Kaycee Nelson; Wadena-Deer Creek: Macy Hartman; Detroit Lakes: Joelle Langworty, Tess Hamre Honorable mention: Perham: Hannah Brenk
The 2010 National Football League season has been a frustrating one for Minnesota fans and that frustration has a face -- it wears a scratchy beard. Quarterback Brett Favre had to practically be dragged into camp. The guy was 40 years old at the time and has had a colorful career. He is coming off a sensational year and his team has the talent to go to the Super Bowl but Favre likes playing footsie with Zygi Wilf and Brad Childress.
After dealing firearm deer hunters two bad hands in a row, Mother Nature may be dealing them a good one this fall. The abundance of unharvested row crops that plagued deer hunters for the last two years will not be a big factor in eastern Otter Tail and Wadena Counties this November. University of Minnesota extension specialist Doug Holen in Fergus Falls believes hunters will be much more likely to see deer because of the progress of the harvest. "If you want to take last year and this year as far as corn harvest we are on the opposite ends of the spectrum," Holen said.
Sue Volkmann and her coaches knew last November that their Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team was going to be one of the best in the state this fall. The Wolverines had reached the state tournament two years in a row and they had a veteran team coming back. The Class AA state consolation trophy they had earned in the 2009 tournament in St. Paul was just a harbinger of the success they expected in 2010. Those dreams were jolted on June 17 when a tornado roared over Tim and Sue Volkmann's farm northwest of Bluffton.
Football Section Quarterfinals Breckenridge 42, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Otter Tail Central 12, West Central Area 0 Barnesville 2, Parkers Prairie 0 (forfeit) East Grand Forks 14, Staples-Motley 6 Pelican Rapids 27, United North Central 0 Bertha-Hewitt 28, Osakis 0 Underwood 22, Verndale 6 Thief River Falls 20, Perham 14
The fourth-seeded Verndale Pirates will open West II Sub-Section 5A volleyball play Thursday hosting No. 5 Menahga in a 7 p.m. game. The winner of the Verndale-Menahga game squares off in a 7 p.m. game Friday with No. 1-ranked Bertha-Hewitt at Bertha. In the other semifinal match Friday, No. 2 Sebeka will host the winner of No. 3 Browerville and No. 6 Eagle Valley at 7 p.m. The huge Section 5A tournament will see 25 teams vying for a berth in the state tournament. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa is the top-rated team in the other West Sub-Section match.
Indoor ice has been on the mind of many people in the Wadena community since last June when an EF4 tornado distributed pieces of the arena all over the west side of town. Monday night, the District 2155 school board approved a motion to provide the Wadena-Deer Creek and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek hockey teams with transportation for the 2010-11 school year. The motion comes just one week after the Wadena City Council unanimously approved a plan by the Wadena Hockey Association and the Wadena Community Center to put an inflatable tent over the existing community center ice rink
Emma Schmitz finished 13th and Neil Janson placed 18th Monday in the Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Golf Course. Schmitz ran a 15:48 in the girls' varsity race. Teammate Evelyn Kumano placed 86th with a time of 23:17. Lake of the Woods' Victoria Alexander won the race with a 14:42. Park Rapids' Lydia Lutz was nine seconds off the winning pace with a 14:53.00. Perham's Cassie Beseman placed third with a 15:21 and paced her Yellowjackets to a team victory. Neil Janson paced the WDC boys' team with a time of 18:06.31. Joey Pate was 17 places behind Janson with a time of 18:42.25.