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Girls' Basketball Class A State Tournament Parkers Prairie 54, Southwest Minnesota Christian 50 Sari Noga 20 points, 16 rebounds Micaela Noga 14 points Next: Parkers Prairie (27-2) vs. Barnum (29-2) at Target Center, Friday, 2 p.m.
Boys' Basketball Section 5A Isle 57, Barnum 49 Sebeka 68, Nevis 48 Next: Section 5A Championship, Isle vs. Sebeka at Crosby-Ironton, Friday, 7 p.m. Section 6AA New London-Spicer 87, Albany 62 Staples-Motley 57, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 43 Next: Section 6AA Championship, New London-Spicer vs. Staples-Motley at St. Cloud State, Friday, 6:30 p.m. Section 8AA Crosby-Ironton 53, Hawley 46 Thief River Falls 60, East Grand Forks 55 Next: Section 8AA Championship, Crosby-Ironton vs. Thief River Falls at Bemidji State, Friday, 7 p.m.
Clay Cottrell is going to be looking at a lot of blue water in the coming years. The Verndale senior has been accepted to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. The Navy's successful recruitment of Cottrell was gained at the expense of another famous military academy -- the U.S. Army Academy at West Point, N.Y. Cottrell received appointments to both institutions through Eighth District Representative James Oberstar. Along with his parents, Mike and Beth Cottrell, Clay visited both academies before choosing the Navy.
Tom VanErp's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines ended the regular season on a winning note last Friday with a 69-60 victory over Pelican Rapids. Scott Syverson led the way with 23 points and a 10-for-10 night at the foul stripe. Jordan Reed checked in with 20 points. Randy Nelson and Kevin Tumberg came up with 11 and 10 points respectively. The Wolverines shot 47 percent from the field as a team, canned six of 15 treys and went 15 of 21 at the foul line. "I thought we controlled the tempo and we shot well," VanErp said.
Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling coach Norm Gallant saw his three state entries gain a lot of experience last week at the Class A state wrestling tournament. Mitch Steffens posted WDC's only victory of the tournament in the 112-pound wrestlebacks.
Sierra Benning pumped in 25 points as the seventh-ranked Eagle Valley Rebels ousted 10th-ranked Verndale from the Section 5A playoffs with a 64-44 victory. The Rebels were 15 of 19 from the free throw line. Danielle Pratt netted 15 for the Rebels. Trista Finck came up with 15 points in the loss. The Pirates ended the season with a 5-21 record. VERNDALE (44) L. Yungbauer 1, T. Finck 15, E. Johnson 9, J. Schluttner 2, A. Richter 2, A. Wendt 8, C. Collison 7. Totals:15/1 11-20 44 EAGLE VALLEY (64) B. Salathe 4, T. Egeness 8, D. Pratt 15, C. Long 4, S. Benning 25, B. Schumann 6, C.
It was one and out for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines as they ran into a red-hot Pequot Lakes team in the Section 8AA tournament. Emily and Mattie Lueck led the way with 21 and 18 points respectively Thursday as the Patriots ousted Wadena-Deer Creek with a 60-57 cage win at Pequot. The seventh-seeded Wolverines went into the halftime locker room dead even with the second-seeded Patriots, 30-30.
Marlin Aho and Derek Pihlaja both canned 25 points as the Menahga Braves eliminated Verndale from the Section 5A playoffs Monday with an 87-67 victory. Tom Gruchow chipped in with 17 points for the sixth-ranked Braves, who improved to 15-10 and earned a second round matchup with Nevis. The loss ended 11th-ranked Verndale's season at 2-24. Caleb Burczyk was high point man for Verndale with 20 points. Zack Meidinger contributed 16 in the loss. MENAHGA (87) M. Aho 25, M. Tolkkinen 1, B. Skoog 6, D. Pihlaja 25, T. Gruchow 17, B. Junes 2, S. Dormanen 9. Totals: 26/6 17-33 87 VERNDALE (67) J.
It looks like a bit of rain has fallen on the Minnesota Twins even before their 2010 opener at Target Field. Joe Nathan, one of the best relievers to ever pitch for the Twins, has a muscle tear in his right elbow and the All-Star closer is in for a long, tough ordeal -- whether he plays or not. Nathan, 35, also happens to be the oldest pitcher on the staff this year so logic suggests that the Twins had better start looking for a new fireman -- even if he can come back and pitch somewhere down the road. The Twins have more options than most teams because they happen to be in a year where the
Four Wadena Golden Glovers claimed victories last Saturday in a 12-bout card at the Wadena National Guard Armory. Wadena's Trent Petro gained a split decision his 175-pound fight with Detroit Lakes' Shane Kern. Kira Ollila made her ring debut for Wadena and was able to stop Detroit Lakes' Letesha Anderson in a 135-pound bout. Sam Davidson made short work of Brainerd's Jackson Hinge in his first boxing match.