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The Verndale Pirates were not able to stand up to 2009 Class A state playoff stalwart Nevis Tuesday night losing 25-7, 25-11, 25-17. Nevis took third in the Class A state tournament last year and have jumped off to a 5-0 start. The loss dropped Verndale to 2-3. Teresa Moenkedick and Ashley Richter combined for 12 digs while Elizabeth Johnson and Kaitlyn Richter combined for 13 assits. Kayla Graba tied Kaitlyn Richter for kill leader with four.
Charley Cantrell is hitting her stride as a cross country runner. The Wadena-Deer Creek junior took second in the varsity girls' race Monday as the annual Pelican Rapids Invitational was run at Birchwood Golf Course. Recruited off the WDC track and field team for her distance running skills by cross country head coach Terry Olson, Cantrell has placed 15th in the season opener at Morris, 10th in the WDC Invitational and second at Pelican. Her 17:03.42 time edged Park Rapids' Alex Pederson for runner-up honors. Pederson ran a 17:05.19.
The return of Brett Favre is supposed to have Minnesota fans frothing at the mouth but the Mississippi Marvel has not played enough football this year to regain his 2009 form. Let's give Mr. Fantastic until January to have his team looking like a Super Bowl contender. The Twins may not have the American League Central Division crown in their pocket but they sure have their rivals from the Windy City worried. The Chicago White Sox had a 3 1/2 game lead on the Twins at the All-Star break in July. They went into the break riding an impressive eight-game winning streak.
Wet turf is supposed to "even the playing field," but that was not the case last Friday when Tom VanErp's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines hosted Staples-Motley. "We 'unevened' it by fumbling seven times," VanErp said. The Cardinals parlayed those miscues into a 38-0 victory on a night which saw both teams play football in a steady rain.
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