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Dalton Klegstad's five-point game carried Kittson Central to a 10-1 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Saturday at the Hallock Ice Arena. Back-to-back games with Breckenridge-Wahpeton and a 210-mile bus trip took its toll on the Wolverines who managed just 14 shots on goal against Kittson Central goalie Tucker Cosley. "That's real tough when you have to play that much hockey but that's weather-related," WDC head coach Chris Holman said.
The Aitkin Gobblers used a 40-point first half to hand the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines a 74-39 cage loss Friday night in Wadena. Bailey Nordean gunned in 18 points for the Gobblers while Cassie Sandberg netted 13, Rebecca Jensen tallied 12 and Lisa Anderson scored 10. Hope Theisen was WDC's top scorer with 13 points. Olivia Schwartz and Jennifer Craig combined for 14 points. The Wolverines have a road game on tap Thursday with DGF and a home game slated for Friday with Bertha-Hewitt. AITKIN (74)
Devin Barthel notched a third place finish and Tristin Godel took sixth Saturday in the Heart O' Lakes and Mid-State Combined Tournament in Staples. Barthel edged Barnesville's Rylee Anderson 3-2 in the 145-pound weight class. Godel lost by forfeit to Staples-Motley's Gage Brown in the 120-pound bracket. The Wolverines scored 29 team points to take 13th place. Perham edged Frazee 207-204.5 for first place. The Wolverines will compete in the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Triangular Friday and the nine-team "Big Ole" Alexandria Invitational Saturday.
Anna Carman struck four times and Sara Carman kicked out 20 shots Friday as the Silver Bay Mariners blanked Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0 at the Expo Arena. Everly Bauck had a three-point game for Silver Bay with two goals and one assist. Angela Hanson blocked 30 shots for the Blue Devils who saw their record drop to 8-13-1. The Blue Devils host Northern Lakes Thursday in Wadena before traveling to Park Rapids Friday for their final regular season contest. Silver Bay 2 1 4 — 7 LPGE/WDC 0 0 0 - 0 First Period
Not everyone loves baseball but when the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan comes to town they always create a carnival atmosphere. This year's 54th Caravan took 13 players, five broadcasters and four coaches to more than 60 cities. These travelers logged more than 4,500 miles across the frozen tundra of the Upper Midwest.
The Verndale Pirates shook off a Thursday night loss to Upsala by clipping Park Region Conference foe Pillager 60-56 Friday. Four Verndale players finished the night in double figures with Sarah Moenkedick scoring 16, Elyssa Kern netting 15, Shania Glenz canning 11 and Jordyn Glenz tacking up 10. The Huskies kept the game close and trailed by a single point, 28-27, at the half. Gabby Martin, Carly Bell and Paige Leifermann scored 12, 11 and 10 points respectively. The victory gave the Pirates a 12-2 mark overall and a 7-0 record in the PRC. VERNDALE (60)
Mitchell Blaha shook off a light scoring night against Menahga Thursday by canning a game-high 23 points Friday in Verndale's 83-67 win over Pine River-Backus. Eric Blaha backed up his brother with 18 tallies. James Kveton and Marcos Gomez combined for 23 points. Jordan Hinkle's club converted on 44 percent of their treys by making eight of 18 attempts. The Pirates were also strong at the foul line where the made 15 of their 20 attempts for a 75 percent average. Zach Struss paced the Tigers with 16 points. Konrad Bueckers added 14 points.
Nine wrestlers claimed two victories apiece last Thursday and the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders won the Pelican Rapids Triangular. The Raiders opened the night with a 41-9 win over Staples-Motley. After Staples-Motley topped Pelican Rapids 43-34 with a victory in the heavyweight match, the Raiders trounced Pelican Rapids 62-16. Anthony Kern, Justin Gordon, Zack Waln, Ethan Kimber, Brady Baker, Nick Bennett, Andy Bounds, Dillon Card and Dalton Baker were double winners for the Raiders.
Mark Sanchez iced seven goals as the Achiever Academy Aces trounced Wadena-Deer Creek 12-0 Saturday at the Wadena Ice Arena. Victor Morgan scored five assists. Cory Sprague came up with a hat trick in the rout and Will Mix contributed a playmaker. Christian Palmquist stopped 13 WDC shots. The Wolverines will host Breckenridge/Wahpeton Friday night at 7 p.m. before traveling to Hallock to challenge Kittson Central Saturday at 2 p.m. Achiever Academy 6 2 4 - 12 Wadena-Deer Creek 0 0 0 - 0 First Period AA: Mark Sanchez (Victor Morgan) 1:28
Sarah Moenkedick, Jordyn Glenz and Elyssa Kern all scored in double figures Jan. 14 as the hot-shooting Verndale Pirates topped Hillcrest 73-24 for their 10th win in 11 games. Moenkedick paced the Pirates with 15 tallies while Glenz added 14 and Kern scored 12. The Pirates shot 68 percent from the field and 73 percent from the foul line. Megan Aasness gunned in nine points for the Comets. HILLCREST (24) M. Aasness 9, E. Royce 5, L. Tungseth 4, I. Hammer 6. Totals: 11 2-6 24 VERNDALE (73)