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The Otter Tail Central Bulldogs won eight of the first nine weights Tuesday to claim a 47-27 mat decision over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at Henning. Two-time state qualifier Anthony Kern returned to action for the Raiders at 126 and broke up OTC's string of victories by pinned James Holen in one minute. The Raiders claimed four of last five matches. Ethan Kimber turned the tide at 170 with a 7-2 decision over Noah Minten. After Holt Truax won by forfeit at 182, Hayden Truax pinned Kevin Tierney in 40 seconds at 195 and Charlie Nienaber pinned R.J.
Luke Althaus scored a hat trick Thursday in leading the Sauk Rapids Storm to a 5-2 win over Wadena-Deer Creek on the Sports Arena East ice. Landon Kobluk and Althaus put the Storm up 2-0 in the first period as the Sauk Rapids skaters out-shot the Wolverines 10-6. The Wolverines matched the Storm with eight shots and tied the game at 2-2. Austin Sutherland iced a power play goal with an assist from Mike Behl 2:50 into the period.
Four Parkers Prairie cagers scored in double figures Thursday as the Panthers overwhelmed Verndale 76-59. The Panthers, who have won six of their seven games this season, held a 39-20 halftime lead over the Pirates. Jordan Hinkle's team rallied to out-score the Panthers 39-37 in the second half. Skylar Meiners led the Panthers with 15 points while Andrew Johnson and Jacob Thoennes netted 14 points each and Grant Yohnke canned 12.
The first round of the two-game season series between Park Region Conference rivals Verndale and Henning went to the Pirates Thursday night as they pulled out a 53-52 victory on Henning's court. The seesaw contest saw the Hornets leading 29-26 at the half. Elyssa Kern dropped in the front end of a one-and-one with 20 seconds left to give the Pirates a 53-51 advantage.
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board certified a final levy of $1,215,172 at their December meeting Monday in the Robertson Theatre. The levy amount is 12.7 percent lower than actual levy payable in 2014 of $1,391,889. Business manager Brian Jacobson presented a Truth in Taxation report that reflected a $310,128 decrease in the voter approved referendum because of an increase in state aid for Local Optional Revenue (LOR). The statewide program went into effect in August and gives districts an opportunity to levy operating dollars on the Referendum Market Value tax base.
The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels jumped out to a 43-17 lead at the half Thursday night in cruising to a 65-32 win over Wadena-Deer Creek. The Rebels used a balanced scoring attack and a pressure defense to take charge of the game midway through the first half.
Rachel Klosterman scored twice as the River Lakes Stars skated past the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils 6-2 Friday at Long Prairie's Expo Arena. The Stars fired 47 shots at LPGE/WDC goalie Angela Hanson over the three periods of play out-shooting the Blue Devils 18-2, 17-8 and 12-5. Abigail Ecker opened the scoring in the first period with an unassisted goal at the 4:30 mark.
Ten United North Central wrestlers won their matches Tuesday as the Warriors posted a 61-18 victory over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale. The Raiders won seven of their matches by forfeit. Devin Dean, Zack Waln, Holt Truax and Charlie Nienaber posted victories for the Raiders at 113, 152, 182 and 195. The Raiders will compete Friday and Saturday in the Big Bear Invitational at Cass Lake. United North Central 61, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 18 106 Isaac Tellers (UNC) dec.
Six Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers won forfeit victories Saturday as the Wolverines edged Deer River 39-36 to go 1-2 in the Park Rapids Invitational. The Wolverines lost a 37-25 decision to Bemidji and a 57-6 decision to Park Rapids 56-6. Three WDC wrestlers won two of their three matches. Tyler Wheeler was a double winner at 152, Blaine Snyder won twice at 160 and Isaac Malone won a pair at 195. The Wolverines will compete in the Big Bear Tournament Friday and Saturday in Cass Lake. Park Rapids Invitational Bemidji 37, WDC 25 106 Nate Golden (Bem) dec.
Shania Glenz and Jordyn Glenz both contributed double figure scoring numbers Friday as the Verndale Pirates pushed their record to 3-0 with a 52-34 victory over Bertha-Hewitt. The Park Region Conference clash saw the Glenz sisters combining for 29 points. Elyssa Kern and Sarah Moenkedick teamed up for 16 points. The Pirates shot 38 percent from the field. Hannah VanHale led the Bears with 14 points and Rumor Stokes chipped in with 12.