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Thomas Riitters was chosen as Verndale's 5-12 principal by the Verndale School Board Wednesday evening and will officially start his new position July 1. Riitters, 38, has been Dean of Students at Little Falls for the last five years and has a principal's license. Prior to taking an administrative position at Little Falls, Riitters was a physical education instructor. "He is going to bring a lot of energy to the position," Verndale principal Paul Brownlow said. Riitters will be replacing Justin Sperling, who resigned in May to take an administrative position at Motley.
There are half a dozen major league teams having good Junes. There is nothing surprising about that. What is surprising, given their lousy start, is that the Minnesota Twins are one of them. How can a team with so many crippled players be having a good June after a terrible April and a pathetic May? When they beat defending American League champ Texas on Sunday to win their ninth game in 12 June outings, they matched their victories for the entire month of April. Chalk up a lot of the credit up to those hungry minor leaguers.
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.