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Wadena-Deer Creek's Rachel Craig, Courtney Volkmann and Kelsi Crawford have decided to keep their volleyball skills close to home. The three WDC seniors are joining Wayne Chadwick's Bemidji State University volleyball program for the 2011-2012 season. The WDC trio was part of an undefeated squad last fall that brought a Class AA state championship back to the community for the first time. The Beavers played Division II volleyball in the tough Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
Rachel Craig captured two firsts and Logan Meyer won his fourth straight shot put title Thursday in the Rainmaker Invitational at Staples. Craig put the shot 33-9.5 and won the high jump by with a personal best effort of five feet. Craig took second in the discus with a toss of 91-9 and was runner-up in the 100 hurdles with a 17.46. Meyer's 46-11 throw won the shot put. He placed third in the discus with a 111-3.50. Taking individual seconds for the Wolverines were Charley Cantrell, Sarah Craig, Emma Schmitz, Courtney Dumpprope, Autumn Jahnke, Brody Wangsness and Will Eliason.
When the June 17 tornadoes hit eastern Otter Tail County and left a long, deep scratch on Wadena, they left behind anguish, destruction and millions of dollars worth of damage. The need to cope with the disaster led to the birth of the Wadena-Otter Tail Long Term Recovery Committee. Insurance did not meet the full needs of many tornado victims, according to WOTLTR caseworker Wendy Molstad. Others had no insurance, period.
Steve Riewer's return to the high school coaching ranks could not have gone better for the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale skipper as his Raiders swept a Park Region Conference doubleheader from Pillager Tuesday at Verndale. The Raiders, who were playing their first baseball games together after combining their programs in the off-season, edged the Huskies 6-5 in the opener when a 9-3-2 play by Cody Yungbauer, Ethan Bakken and Jared Hoemberg nailed a sliding Conner Uselman at the plate to end the game.
Kevin Harper made a decision a few years ago that has taken him a long way, and it will soon propel him even further. The 16-year-old boxer will be part of a 32-man field that competes for the 114-pound National Golden Gloves title April 25-30 in Indianapolis, Ind. Harper, who lives north of Bluffton, attends high school in New York Mills and competes with the Wadena Boxing Club, took top honors in the Upper Midwest Regional last Sunday in Walker by decisioning 21-year-old South Dakota fighter Mark Pogorelski.
Region IV's Kevin Harper defeated Mark Pogorelski of Region II at Northern Lights Casino in Walker last Sunday to claim his first berth in the Golden Gloves National Tournament. The 114-pound Wadena fighter is now qualified for a trip to Indianapolis, Ind. April 25-30. "He was hungry," Wadena Boxing Club coach Bob Tubandt said.
Whitetail Run Golf Course opened Monday for the 2011 golfing season. The 18-hole, 5,266-yard layout, located five miles north of Wadena on U.S. Highway 71, is a par-72 course. Manager Kevin Ross called the timing of the 2011 opener a typical one for the Wadena County course. Last year's March 18 opening was one of the earliest in the club's history. "Our greens came through the winter pretty good," Ross said. The course operates seven days a week from 8 a.m. until dark. Carts are in use but winter rules are in effect as conditions on the ground are still damp.
Wadena-Deer Creek veteran Bryan Silvers fired an 81 Wednesday to grab a piece of fifth place in the Detroit Lakes Invitational at Wildflower. Silvers tied Duluth Central's Brandon Adamski and Grand Rapids' Matt McClure. Silvers was helped in earning a 10th place finish for the Wolverines by teammates Michael Wing (97), Tyler Fix (86), Duke Harrison (101) and Nick LeTourneau (96). Duluth Central took top honors with a 325 while the Detroit Lakes Red grabbed second with a 329 and Staples-Motley took third with a 331.
The Verndale Pirates earned their first fastpitch victory of the season Tuesday in splitting a Park Region Conference twinbill with Parkers Prairie. Teresa Moenkedick and Jackie Swenson each collected two hits and Kristen Korfe scored twice as the Pirates evened their season record in Game 1 by topping Parkers Prairie 5-2. Kristen Korfe doubled and scored twice for the Pirates. Jenny Swenson went all the way for the Pirates for her first pitching win.
Logan Meyer, Rachel Craig and Keiann Steward led the way for Wadena-Deer Creek's track and field squads Tuesday in the Browne Invitational. Meyer racked up his third straight shot put title with a throw of 47-9 and added a first in the discus with a toss of 120-9. Craig put the shot 33-11 for top honors and followed that up with a second place toss of 99-4 in the discus and a third place time of 18.19 in the 100 hurdles. Steward ran a 14.7 in the 100 dash and picked up a third place finish in the 200 with a time of 28.91. Shaye Blessing had a strong meet with a runner-up finish of 6-6 in t