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Rachel Craig and Logan Meyer earned Most Valuable Player awards for the 2011 Wadena-Deer Creek track and field season. The two athletes also received the Best Field awards. Other awards went to Sydney Greenwaldt and Jeff Webb (Most Improved), Shane Blessing and Will Eliason (Coaches Award), Charley Cantrell and Neil Janson (Best Track), Sarah Craig and Shane Motschenbacher (Gold Baton), Emma Schmitz and Zach Bernu (Extra Effort) and Sydney Greenwaldt, Sam Bernstetter and Brody Wangsness (Most Personal Bests).
Jake Krause launched a two-run walk-off home run Saturday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers whipped the Bertha Blazers 12-1 in eight innings. Krause, who was making his first plate appearance for the Shockers, also recorded his first wood bat home run. The Shockers erased a 1-0 Bertha lead in the fourth when Jamie Nordlund homered to left.
A 15-run third inning explosion carried the Wadena-Deer Creek Post 171 Legion team to a 19-3 victory over Walker Tuesday in four innings. Jake Rude slugged a two-run homer for WDC while Matt Larsen clubbed a solo shot for Walker. Rude drove in three runs and scored a pair for WDC. Jake Krause and Cory Tumberg combined for four hits, four runs and five ribbies. Larsen went 2-for-2 in the loss. Jonathan Goeden went the first three and earned credit for the win.
The 2011 Minnesota State Track and Field competition is in the books and Wadena-Deer Creek's Logan Meyer has a medal. The WDC junior threw the shot 50-6 in Friday's Class A event at Hamline University in St. Paul to take sixth place in a field of 16. Meyer was appearing in the state meet for the first time after winning the Section 6A shot put title June 2 in Moorhead with a personal best toss of 51-10.
Adam Snelgrove fired a three-hitter Thursday as top-ranked New York Mills ousted fifth-ranked Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 5-0 in the second round of Sub-Section 6A action . Jared Hoemberg doubled for the Raiders while Dallas Ehrmantraut and Dustin Motschenbacher both singled. The Raiders ended their season with a record of 10-11. BHV 0 3 2 N.Y. Mills 5 6 0 WP- Adam Snelgrove. LP- Dallas Ehrmantraut
Paige Hartman earned herself a spot in the Section 8A girls' golf tournament Thursday by firing a 93 in sub-section play at Detroit Lakes. Hartman's round was six strokes better than runner-up Ella Harrison who fired a 99. Amanda Kramer and Hope Theisen both came in with a 104. Sydney Schissel carded a 114 and Kelsey Browne shot a 115 in her final round with the club. Kate Smith paced Detroit Lakes with a medalist round of 78. The Lakers dominated the meet with a 331.
Wadena-Deer Creek standout Rachel Craig placed in the top six in three of her four events but failed to make the jump to state.
Tyler Fix and Michael Wing shot rounds of 85 and 89 Thursday in the Section 8AA golf tournament at Long Bow Golf Course in Walker. The two Wadena-Deer Creek golfers came up short in their bid for a state trip along with teammates Bryan Silvers and Nick LeTourneau who shot rounds of 92 and 98. Detroit Lakes took top team honors and DL's Karter Smith claimed the medalist title.
Peter Gaustad and the Fergus Falls Otters turned the lights out for Kyle Dykhoff and his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Saturday as they posted an 11-0 South Sub-Section 8AA playoff victory at Legion Field. Gaustad struck out 10 WDC batters and walked one en route to claiming the five-inning victory. The Fergus Falls righty surrendered just one hit -- a lead-off single to David Najjar in the top of the fourth -- and gave the Otters their second consecutive shutout playoff victory.
Just one year ago, Wadena-Deer Creek's Logan Meyer did not see himself competing in a state track and field meet. He had broken his throwing hand and the shot putting load was being carried by teammates Dane Hoffman and Jordan Jacobson. The three-sport athlete showed a dramatic improvement right away this season when he tossed the shot 47-5.75 feet to win the Little Amik I shot put title. It was his personal best by four feet. WDC throwing coach John Crandall knew he had a gem when he saw Meyer throw the shot 46 feet right off the bat this season.