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Wadena-Deer Creek's Isaac Lustila overpowered Casey Krieger of KMS for the 171-pound championship Saturday in the Big Ole Tournament at Alexandria. Lustila, who usually wrestles at 189 for the Wolverines, pinned Casey Krieger of KMS at the 5:38 mark. WDC's Jared Wegscheid and Tony Reurink earned runner-up finishes. Wegscheid lost to KMS standout Jordon Rothers 5-0 in the 140-pound finals. Reurink challenged Frazee's Rick Brandt for top honors in the 215 bracket but fell 7-0 in the finals.
The streaking New York Mills Eagles reeled off their 11th straight victory Tuesday night in handing the Verndale Pirates a 70-60 Park Region Conference loss. The Eagles had to wear the Pirates down in the second half. The two clubs went into the half tied at 35-all. Adam Snelgrove had 21 points for the Eagles. Isaiah Bauck and Tristan Huwe both added 14. Dallas Ehrmantraut and Zack Meidinger paced the Pirates with 17 points apiece. NEW YORK MILLS (70) T. Wegscheid 4, I. Bauck 14, E. Tumberg 4, T. Huwe 14, S. Imsande 9, A. Snelgrove 21, F. Peeters 4. Totals: 23 22-25 70 VERNDALE (60) A.
Caleb Janson's double-double sparked the Pierz Pioneers in a 71-61 victory over the Wolverines Tuesday night on the Wadena Elementary court. Janson pulled down 19 rebounds to go along with 17 points. The Pierz guard netted 13 of his 17 game points in the second half as the Pioneers out-pointed the Wolverines 36-35. Brandon Meyer and Andy Leidenfrost also had big nights for Pierz scoring 16 and 14 points apiece. The Pioneers shot 50 percent on the WDC court. The Pioneers held a 35-26 lead at halftime. Jordan Reed was WDC's top gunner with 15 points.
Cody Bartkowicz sparked the Prairie Centre North Stars with four goals Tuesday in an 11-4 rout of Wadena-Deer Creek at Expo Arena. Prairie Centre's season-high scoring effort also included two goals apiece by Sean Colton and Nate Mettenburg. Cody Steward came up with four assists and one goal. Brady Schulztenberg had a playmaker. Bridger Pettit had a four-point night for the Wolverines with one goal and three assists. Taylor Bienusa, David Najjar and Mitchell Swanson also iced goals for the Wolverines.
Boys' Basketball Pierz 71, Wadena-Deer Creek 61 WDC: Jordan Reed 15 points Isaiah Toedter 12 points Evan VanErp 12 points New York Mills 70, Verndale 60 NYM: Adam Snelgrove 21 points Isaiah Bauck 14 points Tristan Huwe 14 points V: Dallas Ehrmantraut 17 points Zack Meidinger 17 points Girls' Basketball Nevis 61, Verndale 26 V: Kaitlin Richter 9 points Boys' Hockey Prairie Centre 10, Wadena-Deer Creek 4 WDC: Taylor Bienusa 1 goal, 2 assists Bridger Pettit 1 goal, 3 assists David Najjar 1 goal Mitchell Swanson 1 goal Colter Pettit 2 assists Jake Krause 1 assist
With District 2155 looking at its eighth straight year of cuts, school administrators have come up with an eye-catching proposal. According to WDC superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom, it may be possible this year to find the $236,000 they must trim through retirements and the sale of 55 acres of land. Six WDC teachers have indicated that they are interested in retirement at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
Mike Hoganson's Detroit Lakes girls stopped a four-game slide Tuesday by handing Wadena-Deer Creek's sizzling team a 50-46 Mid-State Conference loss. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the Wolverines and dropped the WDC club to 14-3 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-State. The Lakers were able to claim a regular season sweep of the Wolverines and pull into a conference tie with WDC. Hoganson's club has a lackluster 7-9 record overall. On a night when neither Courtney or Caitlin Volkmann figured in the scoring, guard Avery Jackson led the Wolverines with 12 points.
Five Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers claimed all-conference honors Saturday as the Wolverines placed second in the Mid-State Conference Tournament at Detroit Lakes. Jared Wegscheid improved his record to 22-3 by pinning 140-pound foes James Sipper of Crosby-Ironton, Brandon Dahring of Detroit Lakes and decisioning Austin Redemske of Staples-Motley 5-3. Jacob Wegscheid pinned Jarrett Nosal of Detroit Lakes at the 1:58 mark of their 145-pound match to make the Mid-State team.
Josh Spreiter scored twice and the Litchfield Dragons blitzed Wadena-Deer Creek with a 62-24 shot advantage Friday in a 9-2 victory. Dan Savoie used three different goalies against the Dragons.
Ellie Black was credited with three goals and two assists Thursday night as the Litchfield Dragons topped the Blue Devils in Long Prairie. Emma Lemke came up with two goals and one assist for the Dragons. Katelyn Barthel broke up Kati Hanson's shutout bid at the 12:39 mark of the second period.