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Photo by Brian Hansel Two whitetail deer feed on a bale of green alfalfa Tuesday afternoon in Otter Tail County. The bale was placed near a woodlot to give the deer easy access. Artificial feeding efforts are still under way by many sportsmen as the month of March begins.
Boys' Basketball Detroit Lakes 92, Wadena-Deer Creek 53 WDC: Jordan Reed 21 points Nevis 55, Verndale 47 V: Zack Meidinger 21 points
The No. 4-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will host No. 5-ranked Pelican Rapids Thursday in a 7 p.m. South Sub-Section 8AA playoff game. The Wolverines are 19-5 while the Vikings are 19-7. The two clubs met Dec. 21 in Pelican Rapids with WDC posting a 49-48 comeback victory. The winner of the WDC-Pelican Rapids playoff game will face No. 1 Pequot Lakes, No. 8 Frazee or No. 9 Park Rapids in a 7 p..m. game Saturday on the court of the highest remaining seed. The other side of the South Sub-Section 8AA bracket will see No. 2 Hawley hosting No. 7 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and No.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Jared Wegscheid, Tony Reurink and Dylan Anderson along with Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Colin Turchin all qualified for the Class A state individual wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The three WDC wrestlers will all be making their first trip to state while Turchin will be making his third in a row. The Class AA individual tournament will be held Friday and Saturday. Class A State Individual Wrestling Tournament (First Round Pairings-Friday, March 4) 140 - Jared Wegscheid (Wadena-Deer Creek) 32-5 vs.
Jon Hinrichs saw his Hawley Nuggets hit their stride in the second half Tuesday night and rack up a 67-49 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. The Nuggets and the Wolverines went into the half tied at 26-all. Hawley dropped in the first six points of the second half and dominated the scoring 41-23. "We didn't handle their press very well early in the second half," WDC head coach Tom VanErp said. "Give the Nuggets credit, they shot very well in the second half." Devon Pekas, a 6-5 sophomore center, led the Nuggets with 18 points. The Nuggets also got 16 points from 6-4 forward Luke VanHavermaet.
Jordan Hunstad converted on a free throw shot with 3.7 seconds left Tuesday night to give Pillager a 63-62 Park Region Conference victory over Verndale. Hunstad hit five treys en route to scoring a team-high 21 points for Pillager. Cole Hunstad chalked up 18 points. Dustin Motschenbacher pumped in 25 points for the Pirates while Dallas Ehrmantraut and Zack Meidinger both canned 14. PILLAGER (63) A. Holbrook 5, B. Feist 6, M. Doss 3, A. Obermiller 8, J. Hunstad 21, C. Hunstad 18, I. Jacobson 2.
Norm Gallant and his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines fell to a powerhouse in the section tournament. The Border West Buccaneers chalked up nine victories Saturday in notching a 42-21 championship victory over Wadena-Deer Creek in the Section 6A Team Tournament. The top-seeded Bucs won the first five matches in their showdown with the second-seeded Wolverines to take a 24-0 lead. WDC head coach Norm Gallant credited the Bucs with a great job of wrestling.
Three Verndale cagers scored in double figures as the Pirates trounced Laporte 60-36 Tuesday night in non-conference cage action. Elizabeth Johnson tallied 15 points while Lizzy Yungbauer netted 13 and Jordy Schluttner scored 10. The Pirates are seeded No. 9 in the Section 5A West playoffs and will travel to Menahga Monday for a 7 p.m. game with the eighth-seeded Braves. VERNDALE (60) L. Yungbauer 13, E. Johnson 15, K. Richter 8, J. Schluttner 10, M. Richter 3, A. Richter 4, T. Moenkedick 7. Totals: 18/3 15-18 60 LAPORTE (36) E. Johnson 2, Holly Machado 4, K. Corson 2, V.
The Bertha-Hewitt Bears did a good job of holding senior guard Courtney Volkmann in check Tuesday night but her kid sister was trouble. Caitlin Volkmann came up with 13 points and five steals as the Wolverines toppled the Bears 55-42. The Wolverines grabbed a 28-17 halftime lead and with nine players contributing to the scoring held off Bertha-Hewitt in the second half with a 27-25 scoring edge. Melissa Moenkedick led the team with 10 rebounds. Brittany Kimber led the Bears with 16 points.
Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 55, Bertha-Hewitt 42 WDC: Caitlin Volkmann 13 points B-H: Brittany Kimber 16 points Morgan Kapphahn 11 points Verndale 60, Laporte 36 V: Elizabeth Johnson 15 points Lizzy Yungbauer 13 points Jordy Schluttner 10 points Boys' Basketball Hawley 67, Wadena-Deer Creek 49 WDC: Jordan Reed 18 points Ryan Redfield 14 points Pillager 63, Verndale 62