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The Verndale Pirates blew off an opening week loss to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross Friday by crushing a young Ashby team 44-8 on soggy night for football. The victory evened Verndale's record at 1-1 going into a big road trip to Bertha. Mike Mahlen's senior-dominated team amassed 24 first half points and added 14 in the second half for a commanding 38-0 lead in the steady rain. Matt Willis hit paydirt on runs of 21 and 26 yards.
Wadena-Deer Creek hockey players will be using facilities at Long Prairie's Expo Arena this winter on a temporary basis. The June 17 tornado that went through Wadena left pieces of the Wadena Community Center scattered over a wide area and created the need for a new facility. The local high school hockey teams had been renting ice time in the facility since it opened in 1985. Wadena city officials declared a 180-day moratorium on building at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Volleyball Nevis 25-25-25, Verndale 7-11-17 Teresa Moenkedick 7 digs Kayla Graba 4 digs, 4 kills, 2 service aces Megan Richter 1 solo block, 1 block assist Kaitlyn Richter 1 dig, 4 kills, 2 service aces, 6 set assists Ashley Richter 5 digs, 3 kills Jordanna Schluttner 2 digs, 1 block assist Elizabeth Johnson 1 dig, 1 block assist, 2 kills, 1 service ace, 7 set assists.
Cross County Pelican Rapids Invitational (Boys) Park Rapids 53, West Central Area 64, Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 73, Wadena-Deer Creek 91, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 98, Breckenridge/Campbell-Tintah 158, Pelican Rapids 158 WDC: Will Eliason, 9th, 19:25.31; Neil Janson, 13th, 19:49.13; Zach Bernu, 16th, 20:00.53; Joey Pate, 27th, 20:54.54; Brody Wangsness, 35th, 21:47.86 First: Bryon Shuldt (Nevis) 16:57.63 (Girls) Park Rapids 22, West Central Area 64, Hawley-Ulen/Hitterdal 81, Breckenridge/Campbell-Titah 91, Pelican Rapids 93 WDC: Charley Cantell, 2nd, 17:03.42; Emma Schmitz, 9th, 17:33.92 Fi
Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom was surprised on the first day of school Tuesday morning. Along with other school administrators, teachers and support staff, she has been in rehearsal for a far-from-typical 2010-2011 school year for the last 11 weeks. On Tuesday morning, the curtain went up for the first time. "What surprised me was how smoothly it went," Dahlstrom said. Not only did the school function normally, it didn't experience the large population drop some had feared.
Shelley Glenz saw her Verndale Pirates make it two in a row Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over Swanville. Ashley Richter, Kaitlyn Richter, Teresa Moenkedick and Kayla Graba combined for 25 digs as the Pirates defeated the Tigers 25-19, 25-23 and 25-18 on the Verndale court. Kaitlyn Richter and Elizabeth Johnson combined for 19 set assists. Verndale 25-25-24-16-15, Eagle Valley 20-14-26-25-13 Teresa Moekedick and Megan Richter both had 12 digs while Kaitlyn Richter and Elizabeth Johnson combined for 23 assists in a tough five-set victory over the Rebels. Kayla Graba had a big night at
Mike Mahlen knew before the season that his Verndale Pirates were going to have to play strong football from the get-go.
The highly-touted Park Rapids Panthers shook off cold and windy playing conditions Tuesday to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0. The Panthers were straight set winners in six of the seven matches. Macy Hartman gave Park Rapids' Alyssa Carlson a battle at No. 1 singles by winning the second set 6-2. Carlson came back for a 7-5 victory to win the match 2-1. Park Rapids 7, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Singles 1- Alyssa Carlson (PR) def. Macy Hartman (WDC) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 2- Bailey LaCoursire (PR) def. Haley Anderson (WDC) 6-3, 6-3 3- Christina Smith (PR) def.
Courtney Volkmann came up with nine ace serves and Brittney Noon recorded 14 kills as Wadena-Deer Creek opened the season with a 3-0 victory on their new home court. Playing their first varsity contest at WDC Elementary, the Wolverines scored 19 aces as they cruised to victories of 25-7, 25-11 and 25-7 over Pine River-Backus. Volkmann also led the top-rated Wolverines with 22 assists. Rachel Craig was tough at the net with eight blocks. Courtney Volkmann had five blocks. Hope Theisen led a dominating WDC defensive effort with 11 digs.
A senior-dominated Wadena-Deer Creek football team got off to a winning start Friday as Jacob Wegscheid cashed in on a Nolan Johnson fumble recovery for a 19-13 victory over Park Rapids. Head coach Tom VanErp opened the 2010 season with 19 upperclassmen on his team. The team put a rough stretch behind itself last October when it snapped a 23-game losing streak by beating West Central Area in the final game of the regular season. "I thought our defense played real well, as did the offense," VanErp said. "We need to do a better job of taking care of the football.