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Viking fans will always remember 2010 as the year the wheels fell off -- but take heart, we are not alone. Some teams have had fantastic seasons. Other clubs are just wondering what went wrong. Last year, the Vikes were in the penthouse. This has just not been their year. You can say it started in August when Brett Favre had to be coaxed into camp like a donkey with carrot (or a lot of lettuce) held just in front of his nose. Camp had barely started when we started hearing about Percy Harvin's migraines.
A farmer near Henning was looking out a window of his home one night during a full moon recently and realized one of his fields was "crawling." He knew what the four-legged invaders were and before he was done he had counted 24 of them. Whitetail deer and wild turkey are pretty bold this winter as the snow amounts increase. Both can be a problem for livestock growers. DNR wildlife manager Rob Naplin of Park Rapids has been monitoring snow depths. Snow in the forested country around Park Rapids is around one foot. The snow depth in the Wadena area has been near eight inches.
The winter sports season has brought some coaching and spectator problems for Verndale superintendent Paul Brownlow. After a considerable amount of discussion, the District 818 school board voted to give Brownlow the green light to hire an extra C-squad basketball coach should the need arise this winter. Brownlow has had no hard and fast rules to go by when coaches have asked for help. Board member Denise Braemer argued against the decision and voted no to the motion. The school board also heard from Brownlow about an unruly basketball fan which he had to temporarily ban from the building.
Rachel Peters iced five goals in the final period Tuesday as Marshall topped the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils 6-1 Tuesday in Round 2 of the Schwan Cup Tournament in Blaine. The red-hot Peters was held scoreless for the first two periods and the two clubs entered the third period with the Tigers clinging to a 1-0 lead. Hanna Peterson gained a playmaker by assisting on three of Peters' goals.
Cody Christensen and Skyler Swier both iced a pair of goals Tuesday as the Luverne Cardinals trounced Wadena-Deer Creek 8-4 in the Willmar Bus Cup. The Cards out-shot the Wolverines 17-4 in the first period and out-scored them 5-1. The Wolverines rallied to out-shoot Luverene 16-8 in the second period and 14-11 in the third. Christian Berg stopped Luverne's string of five straight goals with a power play shot at the 14:50 mark.
WDC volleyers win first state title The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were absolutely perfect in 2010 as they captured their first Class AA state volleyball championship. Sue Volkmann's veteran squad posted a perfect 30-0 record leading up to their third straight state tournament, then blitzed the competition at the Xcel Energy Center Nov. 14-16 by winning nine straight matches. So outstanding was the team that they only lost two matches all season long.
Zack Meidinger connected on seven treys and scored 34 points Tuesday night but saw his Verndale Pirates lose a 74-57 decision to Browerville in the Eagle Valley Christmas Tournament. Ryan Gronlund pulled down six boards for the Pirates. Four players scored in double figures for Browerville led by Joe Gaida with 13. BROWERVILLE (74) J. Gaida 13, M. Heid 11, L. May 10, S. Christensen 10, S. Kellen 9, A. Wollenburg 6, M. Bravo 6, K. Petermeier 5, C. Thordowski 4. Totals: 29/1 13-31 74 VERNDALE (57) Z. Meidinger 34, D. Motschenbacher 8, D. Ehrmantraut 7, K. Booth 3, T. Lollar 2, I.
Jordan Reed kicked in with 22 points Friday in leading the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 66-39 victory over Lynn Peterson's Staples-Motley Cardinals. Isaiah Toedter, Josh Sherman and Ben Birch backed up Reed's offensive effort with 12, 10 and 10 points respectively. Toedter made all of his points on three-pointers. "We accomplished our pre-game goals of [taking] care of the ball," WDC head coach Tom VanErp said.
The Osakis Silverstreaks held off a furious comeback by the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders Tuesday to gain a 39-36 victory. The Silverstreaks were lead 39-21 with three events to go. A decision by Andy Bounds at 189 and pins by Dylan Koppendrayer and Colin Turchin at 215 and 285 gave the last three matches to the Raiders. Osakis 39, BHV 36 103 Trenton Coyer (O) pinned Albert Boldt (BHV) 3:30 112 Marshal Willis (BHV) pinned Garret Sunder (O) 1:32 119 Jackie Swenson (BHV) won by forfeit 125 Andrew Cihlar (BHV) won by forfeit 130 Kasey Horn (BHV) dec.
Four of six Wadena boxers won their fights Saturday night as Bob Tubandt's Golden Glovers opened their 2010-11 season at the National Guard Armory. Sam Davidson decisioned Fergus Falls' Seth Carpenter in their 165-pound bout. After Wadena's Chris Steward lost a hard-fought decision with Willmar's Elroy Zavala in a 120-pound match, Wadena boxers John Johnson and Albert Boldt racked up back-to-back victories. Johnson stopped St.