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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.
Mitch Steffens is on his way. The quick, hard-driving sophomore who started practicing with the varsity in the sixth grade just added "All-American" to the record he is writing for himself as one of Wadena-Deer Creek's best wrestlers. The Wadena-Deer Creek 112-pounder is coming off a sixth-place finish in the National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships held March 24-28 at Virginia Beach, Va. Steffens earned All-American status by placing in the huge tournament's top eight with a 4-3 record.
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Dane Hoffman claimed top honors in the discus Tuesday at the Little Amik I track and field indoor meet. Hoffman tossed the discus 124-10 and added some luster to his day by putting the shot 42-8.5 for a fourth-place finish. Teammate Jordan Jacobson was fourth in the discus with a 109-11.5. Neil Janson and Isaiah Toedter were also double placers for the Wolverines. Janson ran seventh in the 1,600 with a 5:12.55 and took eighth in the 800 with a 2:22.25. Toedter reached the finals of the big 55 dash event and placed 12th with a 7.42.
Peter Tranvik's wife was kidding him Monday night after he returned from his first full practice. It seems that some of those tennis muscles needed toning. The Bertha man takes over the reins of a very young Wadena-Deer Creek tennis team this spring after a 14-year absence from the coaching ranks. Tranvik, a minister at the Clarissa Bible Church, is a former Duluth Denfeld tennis coach who led the Hunters for 11 seasons. With Tyler Garcia the only senior in their ranks, the Wolverines are in the middle of a rebuilding project. Garcia saw action at No. 1 doubles and No.