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Mike Barthel's Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders gained a split with Bemidji and Alexandria Tuesday in the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Triangular. The Raiders lost a 41-35 decision to Bemidji before topping Alexandria 42-33. Seven Raiders posted victories in the loss to Bemidji. Andy Bounds, Dylan Koppendrayer and Colin Turchin won by forfeit at 189, 215 and heavyweight to bring the Raiders close after Bemidji built a 41-17 lead. Justin Gordon and Kasey Horn won major decisions at 103 and 125.
Ben Skoog and Markus Tolkkinen netted 16 and 15 points apiece as the Menahga Braves held off the Verndale Pirates 57-51 Tuesday in a Park Region Conference tilt. Zack Meidinger tallied 17 points for the Pirates who out-scored the Braves 29-23 in the second half. MENAHGA (57) T. Schwartz 6, S. Dormanen 3, M. Tolkkinen 15, B. Skoog 16, D. Hendrickson 3, T. Gruchow 7, K. Tyge 7. Totals: 19 19-31 57 VERNDALE (51) D. Ehrmantraut 9, D. Motschenbacher 7, I. Schmitz 2, K. Booth 4, R. Gronlund 8, T. Lollar 4, Z. Meidinger 17.
The Verndale Pirates jumped back on the winning track Tuesday night with a 44-42 victory over Ashby. The Pirates trailed the Arrows by a pair at the half, 19-17, but out-scored Ashby 27-23 down the stretch. Teresa Moenkedick paced the Pirates with 17 points. Megan Richter scored nine. Mackenzie Schmuck was Ashby's top scorer with 12 points. Haley Ness added 10. The victory ended a five-game slide by the Pirates and gave them a 4-11 season mark. VERNDALE (44) L. Yungbauer 5, E. Johnson 6, K. Richter 3, M. Richter 9, A. Richter 2, T. Moenkedick 17, J. Swenson 2.
Bryan Benson and Paul Kenney scored two goals apiece Saturday as the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles topped Wadena-Deer Creek 6-2 at Expo Arena in Long Prairie. The Eagles out-shot the Wolverines 28-11 in the first two periods and out-scored them 4-1. WDC's Bridger Pettit scored at the 6:39 mark with an assist from Taylor Bienusa. Mitchell Swanson scored the final goal of the game on a power play at the 15:20 mark. Trenton Wollenburg and Christian Berg earned assists on the play. Dylan Isola kicked out 31 shots for the Wolverines who were out-shot 37-18.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines shot 53 percent from the field Tuesday night as they racked up a 66-55 victory over rival Perham to run their winning streak to four games. Courtney Volkmann paced the Wolverines with 19 tallies. Caitlin Volkmann gunned in 13 points. Emily Miron contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Avery Jackson had a steady game with nine points and five steals. Katrina Moenkedick hurt the Wolverines inside with 18 points. Kaylan Huber scored 11 and Stacy Miller popped in 10. The Wolverines pushed their season record to 13-2.
McKenna Brand collected two goals and two assists Tuesday in sparking Park Rapids to a 12-0 Mid-State Conference victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek. Mady Vaudrin and Tayah Otterness also had a pair of goals for the Panthers. Skyler Houts started in goal for the Blue Devils and recorded eight saves. Sarah Holm kicked out 28 shots.
Three Wadena-Deer Creek cagers scored in double figures as the Wolverines completed a regular season sweep of the Staples-Motley Cardinals Tuesday night with a 55-50 victory in Wadena. Jordan Reed came off the bench to score 16 points. Scott Fillhouer contributed 13 points underneath. Evan VanErp returned to the lineup after a one-game absence to net 11 points. A scrappy first half of play gave Lynn Peterson's young Cardinals a 20-18 advantage at the midway point.
Boys' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 55, Staples-Motley 50 WDC: Jordan Reed 16 points Scott Fillhouer 13 points Evan VanErp 11 points S-M: Eli Beachy 16 points Menahga 57, Verndale 51 V: Zack Meidinger 17 M: Ben Skoog 16 points Markus Tolkkinen 15 points Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 66, Perham 55 WDC: Courntney Volkmann 19 points Caitlin Volkmann 13 points Emily Miron 13 points Verndale 44, Ashby 42 V: Teresa Moenkedick 17 points Wrestling BHV Triangular Bemidji 45, Alexandria 30 Bemidji 41, Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale 35 Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale 42, Alexandri
A second half blitz carried the Menahga Braves to a 65-49 Park Region Conference victory over the Pirates Tuesday on the Verndale court. The Pirates led 29-25 at the half but the Braves dominated the second half scoring 40-20. Nine Menahga players contributed to the scoring with Tarah Cleveland leading the pack with 18, Amelia Pho also hit double figures with 12 points. The Pirates had three players in double figures with Teresa Moenkedick scoring 14 and Lizzy Yungbauer and Elizabeth Johnson both canning 12. The Pirates hit on eight of their 10 free throws but shot just 23 percent from the