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Norm Gallant's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines drew a rematch with rival New York Mills Tuesday night by ousting Breckenridge 49-21 in the Section 6A team tournament. The second-ranked Wolverines rang up nine straight victories over the Cowboys to guarantee themselves a shot at the third-ranked Eagles in the final four. The Wolverines will now meet New York Mills in a 1 p.m. semifinal match Saturday in Underwood. Border West will tangle with Barnesville in the other semifinal match.
Keith Ferris saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines win their first game in February Tuesday in beating Browerville 73-54. Emily Miron chalked up 18 points while Avery Jackson popped in 17. The Wolverines shot 52 percent from the field and hit on 10 of their 11 free throws for a 91 percent clip. Melissa Moenkedick grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Miron dished out five assists. The victory was WDC's first since Jan. 28 when they won their fifth game in a row by beating Staples-Motley 70-59.
Kalley Kragenbring scored a hat trick Saturday as Alexandria ousted Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 6A playoffs with a 10-1 win. The Blue Devils were out-shot 34-0 in the first period and 60-3 in the game. Halley Maas scored for the Blue Devils at the 8:20 mark in the third period with an assist from Hayli Toenyan. Sarah Holm took the net loss and Stephane Drown picked up the win. The Blue Devils, who had just one junior and five sophomores on their team of 22 underclassmen, ended the season with a 2-22 mark. Alexandria 10, LPGE/WDC 1 LPGE/WDC 0 0 1 - 1 Alexa
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines out-shot Morris/Benson 32-26 but lost an 8-5 decision Tuesday at Expo Arena in Long Prairie. The Storm were able to cash in on four of their 10 first period shots. Tyler Hansen racked up a hat trick in the period and Mac Beyer iced a solo goal. WDC's David Najjar scored the game's first goal just 37 seconds into the contest with assists from Logan Meyer and Trenton Wollenburg. Taylor Bienusa cut the Morris/Benson lead to a pair of goals when he iced a power play goal at the 1:47 mark of Period 2 on a feed from Colter Pettit.
Jackie White canned 21 points Tuesday as the Pillager Huskies topped Verndale 66-47 in a Park Region Conference tilt. The Huskies blitzed the Pirates in the first half for a 42-18 lead at the midway point. Shauna Maurer had a double-double for the Huskies with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kaylie Hanson also had 14 points. Elizabeth Johnson was Verndale's only double figure shooter with 10 points. The Huskies held Teresa Moenkedick to nine points. VERNDALE (47) L. Yungbauer 7, K. Korfe 2, E. Johnson 10, K. Richter 5, J. Schluttner 7, M. Richter 4, A. Richter 3, T. Moenkedick 9.
Tanner Schwartz gunned in 21 points and Kasey Tyge canned 15 Thursday night as the Menahga Braves rallied past Wadena-Deer Creek 56-50. The Wolverines held Schwartz to a pair of threes in the first half as they grabbed a 28-15 lead. "We played two totally different halves at Menahga Thursday night," WDC head coach Tom VanErp said.
So where will Ron Gardenhire be taking his Minnesota Twins this season? The American League's Manager of the Year in 2010 has another good team to run but how good is the question. As the Twins gather in Fort Myers to find some answers some fans are full of trepidation. Justin Morneau never played after a July 7 collision in Toronto left him with a concussion.
Seven of 10 Wadena fighters claimed victories Saturday night at the Wadena Armory. Matt Umland opened with a decision over 72-pound foe Derek Dolezal of Willmar. Charles Carpenter made his ring record 1-0 with a decision over St. Cloud's Joe Jaye in a 139-pound fight. Julie Jackson stopped Willmar's Amanda Larson in a 110-pound bout. After Leech Lake's B.J. Gotchi defeated St. Cloud's David Hayde in a super heavyweight fight, Wadena's Neil Janson made his ring debut against teammate Kevin Harper in a 115-pound fight.
Wrestling Section 6A Team Tournament Wadena-Deer Creek 49, Breckenridge 21 103 Conrad Kondos (B) dec. Sam Waln (WDC) 9-4 112 Tristin Godel (WDC) maj. dec. Jack Heideman (B) 10-0 119 Devin Barthel (WDC) pinned Mark Erickson (B) 1:03 125 Josh Lawson (WDC) won by forfeit 130 Zach Bernu (WDC) won by forfeit 135 Jordan Rentz (WDC) dec. Jesse Differding (B) 4-2 140 Jared Wegscheid (WDC) won by forfeit 145 Jacob Wegscheid (WDC) dec. Josh Pederson (B) 10-3 152 Jacob Ludovissie (WDC) dec.
Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom is one of two finalists for the superintendent's position in Red Wing, Minn. The Red Wing School Board has trimmed the list of finalists from five to two.