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Kiley Smieja led a balanced Upsala attack with 14 points Friday night as the Cardinals rallied in the second half to beat Verndale 57-51. Art Schluttner's team took a 29-22 lead into the halftime locker room break but it was all Upsala in the second half as they shredded the Verndale defense for 35 points. Sara Herzog, Danica Cheney and Katlin Welinski backed Smieja up with 13, 11 and 10 points respectively. The Cards shot 42 percent from the field and were five of 10 on three-point shots. Sarah Moenkedick edged Shania Glenz as Verndale's scoring leader with 18 points.
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Tristin Godel has been named to the All Mid-State Conference wrestling squad. Godel took a 17-8 record into last week's Section 6A individual wrestling tournament and was regarded as WDC's best bet for advancement to the Class A state meet.
Put 32 cats in a sack, tie it shut and you pretty much have the National Football League. These cats were on the prowl recently at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where they were hunting for the talent they need at the annual scouting combine. More than 300 college football prospects ran, jumped, pressed, spun and did whatever they could to dazzle their prospective employers. These are not the kind of employers that have to see your degree and your grade point average.
Jordan Sales scored 18 points as Swanville defeated Verndale 65-44 Thursday to scoop up their fifth win in the last six games. Swanville improved to 13-9 on the season in handing the Pirates their fifth straight loss. Verndale closed out the regular season with a 10-15 mark. Tyler Evans netted 15 points in the victory and Austin Johnson pumped in a dozen. The Bulldogs went 21 of 30 at the foul line for a 70 percent average. Mac Schluttner was Verndale's top scorer with 17 points.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Carter Wright continued to surprise his competition Friday morning as he decisioned Section 7A’s Dan Nordean 7-1 in the Class A state wrestling tournament at St. Paul’s Xcel...
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board arranged to have a program placed in the budget for the coming school year that would give wings to a language arts curriculum called "Benchmark." After hearing a presentation at their January meeting by a language adoption committee represented by four WDC elementary instructors - Jodee Finn, Deb Andrews, Alyssa Morlock and Carol Tornquist - the board was receptive when WDC principal Louis Rutten introduced them to the curriculum of choice at last Tuesday's February meeting.
Maria Rutten poured in a game-high 29 points Friday as Perham prevailed 58-49 in an overtime tilt on Wadena-Deer Creek's court. The Wolverines led 22-20 midway through the contest and boosted their lead to eight with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Yellowjackets fought back to take a 46-41 lead with 43 seconds remaining. Carrie Nelson brought the Wolverines two points closer by hitting a pair of free throw shots. After Casey Volkmann deflected an inbound pass Kendra Evans was fouled and made both of her free throws to bring the Wolverines within one.
The Lake Park-Audubon Raiders rallied from a 28-24 halftime deficit Friday to hand Wadena-Deer Creek a 59-52 loss at Lake Park. Mitch Hall led the Raiders with 19 points while Lane Ulmer canned 11. Dacotah Mittag was WDC's top point man with 13 tallies. Tanner Horn and Jack Goeden netted 11 and 10 points respectively. The Raiders improved to 7-16. The Wolverines ended the regular season with an 0-26 record. The eighth-seeded Wolverines will square off with top-seeded Hawley Thursday in a 4 p.m.
A Class A state tournament berth was not necessarily in the cards for Wadena-Deer Creek's Carter Wright when he started wrestling Friday afternoon at Wheaton High School. Wright was only the seventh seed in 138-pound weight class when the Section 6A individual tournament began. Rather than let seedings and records bother him, Wright buckled down and wrestled. He squared off with second-seeded Marshall Willis of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale in his first match. Trailing 7-2 going into the third period, Wright pinned the BHV senior. His victory over Willis led him to a match with No.
Eighth-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek (0-26) faces No. 1-seeded Hawley (21-3) in a 7 p.m. South Sub-Section 8AA quarterfinal game Thursday at Hawley. Other 7 p.m. quarterfinal games in the south half...