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Mitch Steffens is on his way. The quick, hard-driving sophomore who started practicing with the varsity in the sixth grade just added "All-American" to the record he is writing for himself as one of Wadena-Deer Creek's best wrestlers. The Wadena-Deer Creek 112-pounder is coming off a sixth-place finish in the National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships held March 24-28 at Virginia Beach, Va. Steffens earned All-American status by placing in the huge tournament's top eight with a 4-3 record.
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Dane Hoffman claimed top honors in the discus Tuesday at the Little Amik I track and field indoor meet. Hoffman tossed the discus 124-10 and added some luster to his day by putting the shot 42-8.5 for a fourth-place finish. Teammate Jordan Jacobson was fourth in the discus with a 109-11.5. Neil Janson and Isaiah Toedter were also double placers for the Wolverines. Janson ran seventh in the 1,600 with a 5:12.55 and took eighth in the 800 with a 2:22.25. Toedter reached the finals of the big 55 dash event and placed 12th with a 7.42.
Peter Tranvik's wife was kidding him Monday night after he returned from his first full practice. It seems that some of those tennis muscles needed toning. The Bertha man takes over the reins of a very young Wadena-Deer Creek tennis team this spring after a 14-year absence from the coaching ranks. Tranvik, a minister at the Clarissa Bible Church, is a former Duluth Denfeld tennis coach who led the Hunters for 11 seasons. With Tyler Garcia the only senior in their ranks, the Wolverines are in the middle of a rebuilding project. Garcia saw action at No. 1 doubles and No.
Wadena superheavyweight Justin Isaacson and 178-pounder Dewayne Steward earned a trip to the Upper Midwest Tournament over the weekend with a pair of victories in the Region IV Golden Gloves Tournament at the Wadena Armory. Friday's action starts at 7 p.m. while Saturday's finals begin at 11 a.m. The national tournament is set in Little Rock, Ark. Isaacson decisioned rugged Judd Worley of St. Cloud in Friday's opening round and then topped St. Cloud's Eric Lamb on Saturday.
Track & Field Little Amik I (Girls' Team Results) 1) Bagley/Fosston 87, 2) Park Rapids Area 78, 3) Hibbing 68, 4) International Falls 57.50, 5) Wadena-Deer Creek 53, 6) Roseau 51, 7) Greenway 41, 8) Nevis 38, 9) Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 32, 10) Virginia, 11) Pequot Lakes 23.50, 12) Thief River Falls 19, 13) Northome-Blackduck Bulldog 14, 14) United North Central 13, 15) New York Mills 12, 16) Deer River/Northland 8, 17) Mountain Iron-Buhl 2 (Boys' Team Results) 1) International Falls 101, 2) Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 82, 3) Hibbing 69, 4)Pequot Lakes 62, 5) Thief River Falls 54, 6) Ba
The Verndale School Board may be changing the district's strategic plan after a lengthy debate on the subject at Monday's monthly meeting. New board member Jeremy Schwartz asked his fellow board members if the public should be involved in working up a new plan. Questions for the public would have to be developed. The board decided to hold a retreat to study the question Monday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m.
Wadena Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shirley Uselman will be blowing the whistle at 1 p.m. sharp Saturday, April 3, at Toby's Hill to start the annual Easter Egg Hunt. When the whistle blows an estimated 600 children from ages 1-10 will begin to pluck 13,000 plastic candy-filled eggs from three different locations near the hill, which is located in the Wadena Softball Recreation Complex and on the corner of Second Street Southwest and Olmsted Avenue. The kids will hunt by 1-3, 4-6 and 7-10 age groups.
The Verndale Pirates have a new head coach and a competitive Park Region Conference schedule to challenge them in 2010. Tim Seaton has turned the head reins over to Dan Johnson, a 1994 Verndale graduate, who has been back at his alma mater for five years. Johnson has his work cut out for him.
Matt Parker will be looking for plenty of pitching this spring as his Verndale Pirates look at seven doubleheaders over a eight-week season. The new head coach of the Pirates has 13 players out led by seniors Clay Cottrell and Colby Schmidt. Cottrell, a starter since his freshman year, will be moving out from behind the plate to share some of the pitching load.
A rebuilding year is on tap for the Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams. "We have a very young group of kids," WDC head coach Patty Berg said. The early coaching strategy has been to let them find their own events. The second phase will be to help them develop their skills.