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The Breckenridge Cowboys capitalized on four Wadena-Deer Creek errors Tuesday to hand Kyle Dykhoff's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines a 3-2 loss on the local diamond. Casey Materi, who had two of Breck's eight hits, drove in Zack Hegge with the game-winning run in the sixth inning. Walker Busse and Preston Kappes out-dueled Derrick Rude and Kevin Tumberg in the windy conditions. Busse worked the first four frames and struck out four while surrendering three hits and two walks. Kappes walked two and fanned five in his relief role. The WDC hurlers did not allow an earned run.
Craig Klawitter's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were guilty of seven errors in their season opener Tuesday as they fell to Breckenridge 12-11. The winning Cowgirls had to give a big assist to the wind as WDC hurler Steph Hahn was touched for only one earned run. Hahn did not allow a walk while fanning five. The Wolverines out-slugged the Cowgirls 16-14 but Breck was able to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to break an 11-all tie.
Amos Schmidt set the winning pace in both the 110 and 300 hurdles Tuesday as the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders kicked off their outdoor track and field season at the Wild Oats Open in Fergus Falls. The 2009 Class A state qualifier ran the 110 in a time of 17.83 and took the 300 with a 54.94 effort. Rosalyn Johnson also stood out for the Raiders as she took third in the 110 hurdles with an 18.37 and third in the 300 hurdles with a 54.94, just ahead of teammate Dezarae Weekley who took fourth with a 56.99. The Raiders scored a pair of fourths in the relays with the BHV boys team running a 1:
Wadena boxers DeWayne Steward and Justin Isaacson lost their bouts in the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament last Friday and Saturday at Northern Lights Casino in Walker. Steward was decisioned by St. Paul's Robert Brant in a 178-pound fight. Isaacson lost to Minneapolis boxer Aaron Green by decision in the superheavyweight division. Steward received the Upper Midwest's Sportsmanship trophy for his effort against Brant, the No. 1-ranked boxer in the nation at 178. Region 4 boxers winning titles were Brainerd's Nate Rubin at 132 and Fergus Falls' Jesse Wannemacher at 152.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers shut out Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0 Tuesday in a spring gale on the WDC courts. Peter Tranvik's Wolverines went down in straight sets in their season opener but there was no head-hanging after the meet. "They were satisfied with their play, they took a lot of games to deuce," Tranvik said. The Wolverines have been working on ground strokes since the beginning of practice.
Tennis Staples-Motley 4, Wadena-Deer Creek 3 Singles 1 Austin Hirschey (SM) def. Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 2 Taylor Garcia (WDC) def. Matt Spar (SM) 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-1 3 Cory Pettow (WDC ) def. Dale Vogt (SM) 6-2, 6-3 4 Zach Norenberg (WDC) def. Colton Paskwitz (SM) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles 1 Grant Longbella-Shane Suess (SM) def. Kevin Jensen-Matt Green (WDC) 6-1, 6-3 2 Robin Melse-Nick Johnson (SM) def.
Softball Breckenridge 12, Wadena-Deer Creek 11 WP- B. Wilson; LP- Steph Hahn Hahn gave up 1 earned run Megan Popp 3-4 2 runs, 2 RBIs, triple Leah Dykhoff 3-5 2 runs Amanda Perkins 3-4 2 runs 1 RBI WDC committed 7 errors Sebeka 8-3, Verndale 3-0 Baseball Breckenridge 3, Wadena-Deer Creek 2 Sebeka 7-4, Verndale 0-6 Tennis Detroit Lakes 7, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Singles 1 Therius Galdino (DL) def. Michael Paavola (WDC) 6-0, 6-3 2 Jesse Myer (DL) def. Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-1, 6-1 3 Isaac Fondrick (DL) def. Taylor Garcia (WDC) 6-2, 6-2 4 Tanner Duncan (DL) def.
Baseball Verndale 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 Pine River-Backus 5 3 3 0 0 - 11 Winning Pitcher: Andy Davidson Losing Pitcher: Dustin Motschenbacher Mike Hejhal 1-3, 1 run Wadena-Deer Creek 2, Otter Tail Central 1 WP- Kevin Tumberg; LP- Jeff Hamann Tumberg 15 strikeouts, RBI single in 7th Softball Game 1 Verndale 8, Parkers Prairie 6 WP- Jenny Swenson Heather Hejhal 3-4 3 runs, 3 SB; Swenson 6 strikeouts Game 2 Verndale 9, Parkers Prairie 8 WP- Swenson Jamie Kern 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Tom Paper has seen a strong scrap metal market react positively to an early spring. The Wadena Hide & Fur owner has seen his scrap metal business go from good to hectic in recent days. Some types of high grade scrap metal have been selling for $180 a ton. The scrap metal business saw $300 a ton prices in 2008 before the recession turned 2009 into a poor year for selling scrap. What a more bullish market has meant for Tom Paper and his brother, Rich, is a lot of customers at their U.S. Highway 10 business on the northwest side of Wadena.