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Matt Parker will be looking for plenty of pitching this spring as his Verndale Pirates look at seven doubleheaders over a eight-week season. The new head coach of the Pirates has 13 players out led by seniors Clay Cottrell and Colby Schmidt. Cottrell, a starter since his freshman year, will be moving out from behind the plate to share some of the pitching load.
A rebuilding year is on tap for the Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams. "We have a very young group of kids," WDC head coach Patty Berg said. The early coaching strategy has been to let them find their own events. The second phase will be to help them develop their skills.
Craig Klawitter saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines accomplish much more than he expected last spring on the softball field. To repeat as Mid-State champs they might have to do it again. "Everyone in our conference should be better than last year," said Klawitter, who saw his Wolverines post a 12-0 mark in the Mid-State. Park Rapids and Perham finished second and third. The Wolverines won 17 of their 20 games in repeating as conference champs.
Boys' Basketball Class A State Tournament Sebeka 75, Mesabi East 51 Joey Cuperus 22 points, 7 rebounds Cody Pulju 21 points Next: Sebeka vs. Ellsworth, 2 p.m., Friday, Target Center-Minneapolis
Black smoke pours from inside the Minnesota Department of Transportation Truck Station on Industrial Drive in Wadena Thursday evening. Law enforcement and fire personnel were called out at approximately 6:15 p.m. The fire started in a plow truck, although the cause is not known, according to Wadena Fire Chief Dean Uselman. The truck had not been driven in approximately one week. The truck is almost a total loss and the building sustained heavy smoke and heat damage, Uselman said. The office has moderate water damage. The building did not appear to have been broken into, he said.
Wadena-Deer Creek sophomore Mitch Steffens won his first four matches this week in the National High School Coaches Association Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. Competing for Team Minnesota, Steffens pinned New Jersey's Ian Henry at the 5:03 mark in his tournament opener. He followed that victory up by pinning Colt Grace of Alabama at the 5:31 mark. Steffens decisioned Georgia's Zach Young 5-1 and Pennsylvania's James Elphick 4-2 to reach the semifinals where he lost a 9-0 decision to New Mexico's Eric Montoya. The loss dropped him into the consolation bracket.
T.J. Steward, Travis Petro, Dewayne Steward, Trent Petro and Justin Isaacson will be representing Wadena in the Class A portion of the Region IV Golden Gloves boxing tournament Friday and Saturday, March 26-27 at the Wadena Armory. T.J. fights at 152 while Dewayne boxes at 178. Travis and Trent Petro box at 165 and heavyweight respectively. Isaacson is a super heavyweight. Joining the Wadena team will be fighters from Brained, Fergus Falls, White Earth, Detroit Lakes, St.
Wadena-Deer Creek activities director and math teacher Brian Silbernick is leaving for a dean of students job at Holdingford High School. Silbernick will round out the school year at Wadena-Deer Creek before moving onto Holdingford, Minn., which is just 18 miles southwest of his hometown of Little Falls, with his wife, Lisa. The 50-year-old Silbernick has worked in District 2155 for four years. Prior to that he worked in the Big Lake school district.
The Wadena-Deer Creek 2155 School Board approved capital improvements of $195,000 and budget reductions of $428,080 Monday evening for the 2010-11 school year. Capital requests for technology came to $134,800 and included the purchase of 94 computer systems at $620 per unit for a total of $58,280. The computers will replace models purchased in 2003.
Taylor Bienusa, Logan Meyer, David Najjar and Trenton Wollenburg of the Wadena-Deer Creek boys' hockey team will participate in the Advanced Minnesota Hockey Spring Festival April 13-16 at the Plymouth Arena. Bienusa, Meyer and Najjar will all play with the Advanced 17 team. WDC head coach Dan Savoie has been chosen to serve as head coach for the Advanced 16 team, of which Wollenburg will be a part. The Spring Festival leads up to the Boys Advanced 16 and 17 Final 54 Tournament which is slated for April 23-25 in Plymouth. Savoie will start out with 65 kids in the festival and must cut his