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Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale heavyweight Colin Turchin placed third last Saturday at the Mental Aerobics Wrestling Tournament in Rochester. Wadena-Deer Creek 103-pounder Sam Waln posted a 2-3 record. United North Central's Jake Malone finished 1-2 in the 130-pound weight class. Wrestlers in the tournament came from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska as well as Minnesota. Individual results Sam Waln Waln dec.
Senior Jared Wegscheid has received Wadena-Deer Creek's Most Valuable Wrestler award for the 2010-2011 season. Wegscheid capped his season with a trip to the Class A state tournament. Wegscheid was 21-0 in dual meet competition and 32-7 overall. Senior Dylan Anderson earned the Most Improved award. The heavyweight won 25 of his 38 matches and led the team with 21 pins en route to a state tournament trip. Other awards went to Devin Barthel (Most Coachable) and Jordan Rentz (Most Dedicated). Tony Reurink earned the recognition for have the most takedowns, most major decisions and most wins.
Dan Savoie is stepping aside as Wadena-Deer Creek's head boys' hockey coach. Savoie recently wrapped up his fourth season at the helm. During his four years as head coach he had a record of 31-70-2. "I'm resigning as coach mostly for personal reasons," Savoie said. Savoie plans to continue as a sixth-grade teacher at WDC Elementary while he devotes time to earning a masters degree. Savoie has coached hockey for 15 years.
Terry Olson has always taken a "wait and see" approach and he is not about to change. Olson is firm believer that it is the competition that really shows a coach what they can do with their team. "It all depends on how your kids are running against them," Olson said, as he prepared for the Little Amik I Indoor at Bemidji State. The veteran coach stepped in to fill the head coaching job vacated by Patty Berg this winter.
It is fairly clear from the lack of playing time that Ron Gardenhire is giving his stars down in Florida that he figures he has a pat hand this season. Why look at guys that you know have major league talent? Well, there is a reason. As Detroit's Magglio Ordonez recently said, spring training is not about putting up big numbers, it is getting comfortable at the plate. Gardy's comfort level must be pretty high because he is giving his stars plenty of time to come out.
The question of "what do you do with Kurtis Moody?" loomed large for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines last Thursday in their South Sub-Section 8AA playoff opener with Pequot Lakes. The 6-4 senior was trouble all right. He scored a game-high 22 points in a 65-41 victory. But he was not the big reason. "It was one of those games where we were going to let those guys not named Moody or (Tomas) Parker shoot those jump shots and they made them," WDC head coach Tom VanErp said. The Patriots canned eight of their 15 three-pointers for an unbelievable 53 percent.
Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom has been chosen to receive the Kay E. Jacobs Memorial Award by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). The award recognizes Dahlstrom's leadership and involvement provided to MASA and other educational organizations by an administrator with five or less years of administrative experience. Dahlstrom joined District 2155 in the summer of 2008. "I am very honored to receive this award," Dahlstrom said. Dahlstrom has been instrumental in rebuilding trust with the community since arriving in Wadena.
Brian Jacobson made his first presentation last week amid polite laughter at the Verndale School Board meeting. "I have never done a presentation in under 15 minutes before," Jacobson joked as he sat down with the board as the district's new business manager. Jacobson, who was the representative of Carlson Highland Accounting Firm for several years, was hired by the district in December. Jacobson will be taking over Lois Gould's bookkeeping duties at Verndale but he will also be helping with projecting budgets.
Nick Tobkin canned seven treys in a 27-point effort as the top-seeded Perham Yellowjackets trounced the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 65-34 Friday in the regular-season finale for both clubs. On a night when the Wolverines presented nearly $6,000 to the Zach Gabbard Fund on behalf of the school and the fans, the Yellowjackets showed why they were ranked No. 1 in the South Sub-Section 8AA playoffs. Gabbard, a junior forward on the Perham squad, collapsed on the court during a Jan. 20 in a game at Glyndon.
Six of seven Wadena boxers claimed victories Saturday night before a capacity crowd at the Wadena National Guard Armory. Veteran Golden Glover T.J.