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Taylor Budke's 17 points and Luke Halbakken's 14-point night carried Pelican Rapids to a 60-39 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Monday on the Wadena court. Ryan Bruggeman played an excellent floor game for the Vikings, dishing out 10 assists. The non-conference loss was the second in a row for the Wolverines and dropped their record to 4-5 overall. Tom VanErp's crew is 3-1 in Mid-State Conference action. Jordan Reed led the Wolverines with 14 points while Evan VanErp cracked the double figures barrier for the first time this year with 11 tallies.
Keith Ferris saw his bench come to the rescue Tuesday night as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines won their biggest victory of the 2010-2011 basketball season. The Wolverines bumped off Class AA powerhouse Pequot Lakes 81-75 in an overtime game at Pequot. The Patriots suffered their first loss in 14 games. "We played great as a team," Ferris said. "I was very pleased to see some of our younger players step up and contribute in a close victory." Emily Miron paced the Wolverines with 23 points while Hope Theisen added 13, Caitlin Volkmann scored 12 and Courtney Volkmann netted 10.
Wadena-Deer Creek sophomore Bridger Pettit scored his third hat trick of the season Saturday as the Wolverines snapped a six-game losing string by topping Kittson Central 7-2. Taylor Bienusa and Mitchell Swanson both collected a pair of goals for WDC. Bienusa and Trenton Wollenburg both had two assists. The Wolverines struck four times in the first period and never looked back.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board approved $236,000 as a starting figure for upcoming cuts in the budget at their January meeting Tuesday night in the Elementary Media Center. A final decision on the amount the district will cut must be approved by the board in February. The school district is anticipating a number of retirements at the end of the 2010-11 school year. According to WDC Business Manager Jerry Anderson, each retirement could save the district $15,000-$21,000. The budget cutting has been anticipated for more than a year. Last year, the school board made $428,080 in cuts.
Wrestling Staples-Motley 44, Wadena-Deer Creek 30 103 Sam Waln (WDC) pinned Austin Pogreba (SM) 1:59 112 Blake Miller (SM) dec. Devin Barthel (WDC) 8-2 119 Josh Lawson (WDC) pinned Josh Becker (SM) 4:50 125 Brady Killian (SM) won by forfeit 130 Tyler Pogreba (SM) maj. dec. Zach Bernu (WDC) 12-2 135 Jordan Heldman (SM) won by forfeit 140 Jordan Rentz (WDC) won by forfeit 145 Jared Wegscheid (WDC) pinned Tom Zoellner (SM) :59 152 Brent Lisson (SM) won by forfeit 160 Gavin Kadlec (SM) dec. Derrick Rude (WDC) 6-4 171 Brandon Flickinger (SM) won by forfeit 189 Blake Petrich (SM) maj.
Boys' Basketball Pelican Rapids 60, Wadena-Deer Creek 39 WDC: Jordan Reed 14 points Evan VanErp 11 points
Boys' Hockey Wadena-Deer Creek 7, Kittson Central 2 WDC: Bridger Pettit 3 goals, 1 assist Taylor Bienusa 2 goals, 2 assists Mitchell Swanson 2 goals Trenton Wollenburg 2 assists Dylan Isola 27 saves Wrestling Parkers Prairie Invitational Otter Tail Central 208, Park Rapids Area 166.5, Benson 166, Breckenridge/Campbell-Tintah 137.5, Pelican Rapids 125, Crosby-Ironton 91, Long Prairie/Grey Eagle 83, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 78, Parkers Prairie 62.5, Ortonville 22.5 103 1. Bryce Goff (BEN) Fall 1:50 2. Mat Malloy (C-I) 3. Dylan Schleske (OTC) Fall 3:20 4. Dakota Pixley (PR) 5.
Wadena dentist Heidi Reuter will be taking part in the Minnesota Dental Association's Give Kids A Smile program Feb. 4. Dr. Reuter, who has a clinic at 206 First Street Southwest, moved to Wadena last year. This will mark her sixth year with the "Give Kids A Smile" program. Each February, around 3,000 dental volunteers provide free dental care to children from low-income families. Parents should call 631-1487 for an appointment. Reuter will be seeing patients from 3-18 years old. Fillings, cleanings, X-rays and exams will be performed.
Nine Wadena-Deer Creek cagers contributed to the scoring Tuesday night as the Wolverines topped Park Rapids 59-40 in Mid-State Conference play. The Wolverines won their second Mid-State Conference game in a row and improved to 3-1 in conference play. Tom VanErp's team also climbed above the .500 mark for the first time this year with a 4-3 record. Jordan Reed and Josh Sherman were high pointers for WDC with 17 and 12 points respectively. Andy Waller led the Panthers with 11 points. WDC (59) E. VanErp 6, D. Cantrell 7, J. Sherman 11, R. Redfield 5, I. Toedter 5, J. Reed 17, M.
The Greenway Raiders scored four straight goals to erase a 3-2 WDC lead Friday night and posted a 6-4 victory over the Wolverines at the Expo Arena in Long Prairie. Goals by Matthew Stone, David Najjar and Taylor Bienusa put the Wolverines on top late in the second period. The Raiders then went on a four-goal tear as Eric Stefanich, Jayden Gangl, Zach Childs and Tyler Erickson found the net. A late power play goal by Logan Meyer stopped the Greenway streak. Greenway 1 2 3 - 6 WDC 1 2 1 - 4 First Period WDC: Matthew Stone (Mitchell Swanson) 6:42 G: Tyler Erickson (Zach Childs, B