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Shauna Maurer and Jessie Kandus netted 13 points Tueday night as the Pillager Huskies defeated Verndale 54-35. The Huskies also got 11 points apiece from Jackie White and Kaylie Hanson. Amber Wendt was Verndale's top shooter with eight points. Elizabeth Johnson scored seven. PILLAGER (54) K. Hanson 11, D. Johnson 4, J. White 11, A. Fletcher 2, J. Kadus 13, S. Maurer 13. Totals: 19/4 4-10 54 VERNDALE (35) L. Yungbauer 3, T. Finck 6, E. Johnson 7, J. Schluttner 5, T. Moenkedick 6, Amber Wendt 8.
Jordan Reed caught fire Friday and before the night was out, Wadena-Deer Creek High School had a new single game scoring leader. The 6-5 junior post tacked up 46 points as the Wolverines topped Crookston 85-63 before a partisan crowd. Reed broke a school record of 44 points set in 2004 by Michael Grieme. Reed connected on 20 of his 27 field goal attempts and went six for 10 at the foul stripe.
Three Ashby players hit double figures Tuesday night as the Arrows trumped Verndale 50-42 in a non-conference tilt at Ashby. The Arrows held the Pirates to just 12 points in the first half. The Pirates out-scored the host Arrows 30-29 in the second half. Zack Meidinger had a solid game for the Pirates as he hit five treys and led all scorers with 24 points. Caleb Burczyk came up with 11. The 8-10 Arrows were led by Jordan Lillemon's 14 tallies. Tanner Langlie canned 11 and big Riley Mickelson netted 10. The loss dropped Verndale to 1-19. VERNDALE (42) D. Ehrmantraut 3, D.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers ousted Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 6A playoffs Saturday with a 5-4 victory. Brianna Seebold had the hot stick as the Lakers grabbed a 4-0 lead before the Blue Devils got on the scoreboard. Seebold iced four goals and chipped in with one assist. The Blue Devils put just 13 shots on goal. Leah Dykhoff countered with two goals for the Blue Devils. Sam Killian and Cassie Behl also scored goals.
Four Wadena Golden Gloves boxers won their fights Saturday night before a packed house at the National Guard Armory. Patchrick Szathmary shook off the cobwebs of a two-year absence from the ring to defeat 178-pound foe Shane Kern of Detroit Lakes. Big Jose Perez used fast combinations to decision a fellow 15-year old, Dylan Windoski of Brainerd, in his first career fight.
Courtney Volkmann passed the 1,000-point mark Tuesday night as the streaking Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines edged Staples-Motley 60-55 Tuesday night for their fourth straight cage win. The junior guard went into the game with 991 career points and tacked up a season-high 25 to bring it to 1,016. Volkmann took a feed from her sister, Caitlin, and drained one her five three-pointers to reach the milestone in the first half.
Colin Turchin reversed a headlock and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale reversed a lead Tuesday night to nip Wadena-Deer Creek 36-33 in Section 6A team wrestling competition. The state-ranked Turchin scored a 36 second pin over Tyler Wohlwend to send the sixth-seeded Raiders past the third-seeded Wolverines and into Saturday's Section 6A semifinals at New York Mills. Mike Barthel's Raiders will face No. 2 seed New York Mills in a 1 p.m. Semifinal match. The Wolverines end their team wrestling season with an 8-9 mark. Norm Gallant's crew will go back into action Friday and Saturday, Feb.
Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 55, Pelican Rapids 40 Courtney Volkmann 10 pts, 3 assts Avery Jackson 8 pts 3 steals Emily Miron 8pts, 5 reb Kelsi Crawford 5pts, 8 reb, Rachael Carlisle 8 reb Hannah Toedter 8 pts Caitlin Volkmann 10 pts, 3 assts Rachel Craig 6 pts, 8 reb Verndale 47, Nevis 46 Trista Finck 14 pts Elizabeth Johnson 11 pts Teresa Moenkedick 10 pts Boys' Basketball Pillager 48, Verndale 44 Caleb Burczyk 14 pts Zack Meidinger 13 pts Boys' Hockey Red Lake Falls 5, Wadena-Deer Creek 1
Reading about the father who was arrested for punching a youth basketball commissioner at a sixth grade basketball tournament in Burnsville last weekend is a good wake-up call at this time of the year. We are in the time of the winter season when tournaments are under way and there is a bit more to be gained or lost by ref's quick whistle, a missed call, a coaching call and an athlete's split-second decision. Only the best, the healthiest or the luckiest can keep putting up threes, going for pins and shooting goals.
Wrestling Section 6A Team Tournament Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 36, Wadena-Deer Creek 33 Border West 63, Parkers Prairie 12 Barnesville 51, Breckenridge 27 New York Mills 42, Barnesville 24 Otter Tail Central 33, West Central Area 33 Parkers Prairie 42, Pelican Rapids 40 Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 60, Staples-Motley 55 Pillager 54, Verndale 35 Boys' Basketball Ashby 50, Verndale 43 Boys' Hockey Morris/Benson 4, Wadena-Deer Creek 3