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Wadena-Deer Creek's Dane Hoffman tacked up two victories in the weights and Rachel Craig claimed one Tuesday at the Little Amik II Indoor. Hoffman, who earned Most Valuable honors in the track and field meet at Bemidji State, recorded a personal best in putting the shot 44-0.5. His 123-2.5 toss in the discus was almost six feet farther than Roseaurunner-up Tony Baker. Craig won the shot put with a personal-best 35-8.5 and in the process grabbed the runner-up spot in the shot on WDC's All-Time Top 10 Honor Roll. and went on to place in three other events as well.
Bob Tubandt recently found out he has a lot more people in his corner than he ever knew. The head man of the Wadena Boxing Club was recently chosen the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Coach of the Year. Tubandt's ties with boxing go back to 1959 when he started throwing punches. The end of his 10-year ring career was the beginning his coaching career. He won his first Upper Midwest Coach of the Year award in 1985 and has a Wadena team that packed the Wadena Armory for Saturday night fights four times this winter.
The annual Wadena Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday by the southwest softball fields.
Wadena boxers Justin Isaacson and Dewayne Steward will draw their opponents Friday morning for the two-day Upper Midwest Tournament at Walker's Northern Lights Casino. Both boxers are eligible for byes in the opening round unless they draw a first round foe. Isaacson, who has won the bulk of his 15 fights, could fight either Aaron Green of Minneapolis or Jared Guerrero of St. Paul in the super heavyweight division. "He's just a strong, come forward boxer," Wadena boxing coach Bob Tubandt said.
Track & Field Little Amik II Boys' Team Scores: 1, Bemidji 71½. 2, Roseau 63. 3, East Grand Forks 62. 4, Pillager 51½. 5, International Falls 50. 6, Pequot Lakes 46½. 7, Bagley/Fosston 37½. 8, West Marshall 34. 9, Frazee 31. 10, Cromwell 28. 11, Bigfork 26. 12, Wadena-Deer Creek 21. 13, Deer River/Northland War E. 18. 14, Thief River Falls 16. 15, Crookston 13. 16, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 10. 17, Clearbrook-Gonvick 9. 18, United North Central 8. 19, Park Rapids Area 7. 20 (tie), Warroad 6. 20 (tie), Nevis 6. 22, Northome-Blackduck 5.
The Panama Canal was a brand-new idea and Teddy Roosevelt was president of the United States in 1903 when St. Ann's Catholic Church opened a school in Wadena. While St. Ann's School lives on in the year 2010 with a good family atmosphere that offers students a lot of one-on-one with teachers and staff, the 107-year-old original building is slated to be demolished this summer, leaving only the addition which present-day St. Ann's students call their school. St.
Kyle Dykhoff will continue to build his Wadena-Deer Creek baseball program this spring with the help of a veteran group of upperclassmen. "We have a strong core with the seniors," Dykhoff said. "They have really shown that they want to win." The Wolverines will have good pitching and it only remains to be seen if they can avoid giving up that "big inning" to the competition. Last year's club allowed an average of 9.4 runs a game. "The thing that hurt us last year was the big inning.
Mitch Steffens has been chosen the MVP of the 2009-2010 Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team. Steffens qualified for his first state tournament by placing second at 112 in the individual section tournament.