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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.
Wadena-Deer Creek junior Logan Meyer put the shot 50-6 in Class A competition Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul to take sixth place. Meyer qualified for his first trip to the state meet June 2 in Section 6A competition at Moorhead with a personal best throw of 51-10. Jack Fraser of LeSueur-Henderson, who entered the state meet with Class A's best qualifying throw, won the event with a toss of 55-0.25. Otter Tail Central sophomore Steffan Stroh, who placed second to Meyer in Section 6A competiton in Moorhead, took 12th with a 46-9.25.
The Minnesota Twins Playball Youth Clinic for area ballplayers ages 6-16 will be held at the Wadena Little League Field Saturday. The baseball and softball clinic is free of charge. In case of inclement weather, the clinic will be held in the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School gym. A clinic for 6-9 year old ballplayers will begin at 9 a.m. while the 10-16 clinic will follow at 10:30 a.m. The Wadena Youth Baseball Silent Auction featuring autographed Twins baseball items runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Four Wadena-Deer Creek golfers kept their season alive Thursday in the Sub-Section 8AA tournament at Detroit Lakes. Tyler Fix shot an 80 while Bryan Silvers and Michael Wing both carded 85. Nick LeTourneau advanced with a 92. Jacob Goeden shot a 92 as well but failed to make the cut. Duke Harrison recorded a 97. The sub-section qualifiers advanced to the Section 8AA tournament Thursday in Walker. Detroit Lakes' Carter Smith shot a 71 to take medalist honors.
Steve Riewer's Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders scored seven times in the fifth and sixth innings Tuesday en route to a 10-5 victory over Hawley in the Sub-Section 6A playoffs. Jared Hoemberg went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in one run in the victory. Matt Fretham scored twice and drove in two runs. Lead-off man Austin Selvey went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Hunter Lawson led the Nuggets at the plate going 3-for-4.
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.
Rachel Craig qualified for the Section 6A meet in four events Thursday at Pillager. Craig won the shot put and discus with throws of 34-7 and 96-5. The WDC senior placed third in the high jump by going 4-10. Craig was fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.64. Charley Cantrell and Emma Schmitz were runner-up finishers for WDC in the 1,600 and 3,200 races with times of 5:28.44 and 12:27.56. Autumn Jahnke and Shaye Blessing both qualified for section in the pole vault by earning second- and fifth-place finishes by clearing 7-0.
Austin Korkowski, Mike Paavola and Dennis Loeper were ousted from the Section 8A Individual Tournament May 26. In singles play, Korkowski lost in straight sets to East Grand Forks' Joel Ryan 6-0, 6-0. Loeper and Paavola were eliminated by Detroit Lakes' Isaac Fondrek and Jesse Meyer 6-3, 6-3.