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State legislators might have put themselves in a better position to be re-elected this fall, but many Minnesota school districts will be looking for money after the state voted to delay $2 billion in school payments. One of the districts affected by the delay could be Wadena-Deer Creek District 2155. District 2155 borrowed $2 million in aid anticipation bonds last August when the state decided on a 27 percent shift, or delay, in payments to school districts. The special legislative session that ended Monday night in St. Paul once again shifted payments to a future date.
The District 2155 school board was given glimpses of the future Monday night at its May meeting. With high school commencement just 11 days away, the board looked at futuristic topics that ranged from a high tunnel greenhouse to credit requirements for high school graduation. The board approved a one-year leave of absence for secondary art teacher Jim Formanek and the resignations of special needs teacher Margaret (Mo) Smith and para-professional Mike Holzer. Smith has been with the district for more than 30 years.
Callie Butz picked up to pitching victories Tuesday as the Detroit Lakes Lakers topped Wadena-Deer Creek 4-0 and 3-2 in a Mid-State Conference twinbill. Butz struck out seven, walked three and surrendered only two hits in Game 1. Hanna Inairo went 2-for-2 and scored twice. Lexie Hoemberg and Kelly DeFoe both singled for WDC. DeFoe took a no-hitter into the seventh in Game 2 when the Lakers strung together four hits and rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Hahn was brought in to relieve DeFoe and gave up two more hits to suffer the loss.
A 16-hit barrage Saturday was followed by a four-hit effort Sunday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers split their weekend games with Frazee and Midway. Travis George went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two walks, four runs and four RBIs in a 25-6, seven-inning victory over Frazee. Jordan Wohlwend also had a good day at the plate going 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs and two RBIs. Jamie Nordlund clubbed a home run for the Shockers and drove in three runs. Seth Hamann made his two hits and three walks count as he drove in three runs and scored three himself. Eric Blom and J.J.
Tyler Fix and Michael Wing shot rounds of 78 and 79 Tuesday at the Mid-State Conference Tournament in Detroit Lakes. The Wolverines placed fourth in the six-team tournament at the Detroit Country Club with a team round of 334. Detroit Lakes won the tournament with a 295, seven strokes better than Staples-Motley's 302. Detroit Lakes' Karter Smith carded a medalist round of 70. WDC's Bryan Silvers shot an 87 while Bryce Pazdernick turned in a 90, Tyler Heinzen shot a 99 and Isaiah Bauck fired a 104.
Christine Moenkedick tossed a four-hitter and a five-hitter Tuesday in leading Bertha-Hewitt to a Park Region Conference sweep over Verndale. Moenkedick went the distance in Game 1 walking three and fanning six. The Bears broke away from the Pirates with two four-run innings in the fifth and sixth. Corrina Tindal went 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Dane Hoffman and Charley Cantrell racked up all-conference honors Tuesday in the Mid-State Conference track and field meet at Park Rapids. Hoffman put the shot 45-11 as the Wolverines took sixth in the boys' meet. The senior standout also took second in the discus with a toss of 136-4. Cantrell continued her brilliant sophomore season by winning the 1,600 with a 5:30.10. Rachel Craig placed in three events for WDC. Craig earned second in the shot put with a 33-4 effort. She ran the 100 hurdles in 17 seconds flat for third place honors.
Drew Larson managed a victory at No. 3 singles Tuesday but the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were still out-muscled by the Aitkin Gobblers 6-1. Larson defeated Tyler Michaletz 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. The Gobblers won the other five matches in straight sets. Aitkin 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 1 Singles 1- Nick Sundholm (A) def. Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-0, 6-0 2- Alex Anderson (A) def. Zach Norenberg (WDC) 6-0, 6-1 3- Drew Larson (WDC) def. Tyler Michaletz (A) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 4- Lyle Nyberg (A) def. Kevin Jensen (WDC) 6-0, 6-1 Doubles 1- Gabe Browning-Kevin Hughes (A) def.
Kayla Krause captured all-conference honors Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed third in the six-team Mid-State Conference Tournament at the Detroit Country Club. Krause carded an 86 to tie Staples-Motley's Kelly Haagenson. Staples-Motley's Emily Israelson and Detroit Lakes' Matty Tschider tied for top honors with rounds of 81. Amanda Kramer shot a 98 for the Wolverines.
Matt Parker's Verndale Pirates committed 15 errors Tuesday in suffering two 10-0 losses to Bertha-Hewitt in a Park Region doubleheader. Isaac Schmitz had two hits for the Pirates in Game 1. Bertha-Hewitt hurler Dakota Aeling earned the win and Dustin Motschenbacher took the loss. Patrick Riewer spun a one-hitter in Game 2. Dallas Ehrmantraut was saddled with the loss. Nate Bart collected Verndale's only hit. The Pirates dropped to 4-9 on the season. "Our pitchers did their jobs tonight.