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Jon Hinrichs saw his Hawley Nuggets hit their stride in the second half Tuesday night and rack up a 67-49 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. The Nuggets and the Wolverines went into the half tied at 26-all. Hawley dropped in the first six points of the second half and dominated the scoring 41-23. "We didn't handle their press very well early in the second half," WDC head coach Tom VanErp said. "Give the Nuggets credit, they shot very well in the second half." Devon Pekas, a 6-5 sophomore center, led the Nuggets with 18 points. The Nuggets also got 16 points from 6-4 forward Luke VanHavermaet.
Jordan Hunstad converted on a free throw shot with 3.7 seconds left Tuesday night to give Pillager a 63-62 Park Region Conference victory over Verndale. Hunstad hit five treys en route to scoring a team-high 21 points for Pillager. Cole Hunstad chalked up 18 points. Dustin Motschenbacher pumped in 25 points for the Pirates while Dallas Ehrmantraut and Zack Meidinger both canned 14. PILLAGER (63) A. Holbrook 5, B. Feist 6, M. Doss 3, A. Obermiller 8, J. Hunstad 21, C. Hunstad 18, I. Jacobson 2.
Norm Gallant and his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines fell to a powerhouse in the section tournament. The Border West Buccaneers chalked up nine victories Saturday in notching a 42-21 championship victory over Wadena-Deer Creek in the Section 6A Team Tournament. The top-seeded Bucs won the first five matches in their showdown with the second-seeded Wolverines to take a 24-0 lead. WDC head coach Norm Gallant credited the Bucs with a great job of wrestling.
Three Verndale cagers scored in double figures as the Pirates trounced Laporte 60-36 Tuesday night in non-conference cage action. Elizabeth Johnson tallied 15 points while Lizzy Yungbauer netted 13 and Jordy Schluttner scored 10. The Pirates are seeded No. 9 in the Section 5A West playoffs and will travel to Menahga Monday for a 7 p.m. game with the eighth-seeded Braves. VERNDALE (60) L. Yungbauer 13, E. Johnson 15, K. Richter 8, J. Schluttner 10, M. Richter 3, A. Richter 4, T. Moenkedick 7. Totals: 18/3 15-18 60 LAPORTE (36) E. Johnson 2, Holly Machado 4, K. Corson 2, V.
The Bertha-Hewitt Bears did a good job of holding senior guard Courtney Volkmann in check Tuesday night but her kid sister was trouble. Caitlin Volkmann came up with 13 points and five steals as the Wolverines toppled the Bears 55-42. The Wolverines grabbed a 28-17 halftime lead and with nine players contributing to the scoring held off Bertha-Hewitt in the second half with a 27-25 scoring edge. Melissa Moenkedick led the team with 10 rebounds. Brittany Kimber led the Bears with 16 points.
Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 55, Bertha-Hewitt 42 WDC: Caitlin Volkmann 13 points B-H: Brittany Kimber 16 points Morgan Kapphahn 11 points Verndale 60, Laporte 36 V: Elizabeth Johnson 15 points Lizzy Yungbauer 13 points Jordy Schluttner 10 points Boys' Basketball Hawley 67, Wadena-Deer Creek 49 WDC: Jordan Reed 18 points Ryan Redfield 14 points Pillager 63, Verndale 62
Norm Gallant's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines drew a rematch with rival New York Mills Tuesday night by ousting Breckenridge 49-21 in the Section 6A team tournament. The second-ranked Wolverines rang up nine straight victories over the Cowboys to guarantee themselves a shot at the third-ranked Eagles in the final four. The Wolverines will now meet New York Mills in a 1 p.m. semifinal match Saturday in Underwood. Border West will tangle with Barnesville in the other semifinal match.
Keith Ferris saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines win their first game in February Tuesday in beating Browerville 73-54. Emily Miron chalked up 18 points while Avery Jackson popped in 17. The Wolverines shot 52 percent from the field and hit on 10 of their 11 free throws for a 91 percent clip. Melissa Moenkedick grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Miron dished out five assists. The victory was WDC's first since Jan. 28 when they won their fifth game in a row by beating Staples-Motley 70-59.
Kalley Kragenbring scored a hat trick Saturday as Alexandria ousted Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 6A playoffs with a 10-1 win. The Blue Devils were out-shot 34-0 in the first period and 60-3 in the game. Halley Maas scored for the Blue Devils at the 8:20 mark in the third period with an assist from Hayli Toenyan. Sarah Holm took the net loss and Stephane Drown picked up the win. The Blue Devils, who had just one junior and five sophomores on their team of 22 underclassmen, ended the season with a 2-22 mark. Alexandria 10, LPGE/WDC 1 LPGE/WDC 0 0 1 - 1 Alexa
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines out-shot Morris/Benson 32-26 but lost an 8-5 decision Tuesday at Expo Arena in Long Prairie. The Storm were able to cash in on four of their 10 first period shots. Tyler Hansen racked up a hat trick in the period and Mac Beyer iced a solo goal. WDC's David Najjar scored the game's first goal just 37 seconds into the contest with assists from Logan Meyer and Trenton Wollenburg. Taylor Bienusa cut the Morris/Benson lead to a pair of goals when he iced a power play goal at the 1:47 mark of Period 2 on a feed from Colter Pettit.