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Is this a dream or are the Minnesota Twins actually interested in playing big league baseball again? Ron Gardenhire's teams generated a lot of excitement back in the days they were fighting for division honors every year. They were so much fun to follow that even in 2011, the year they finished 32 games out of first place, they still managed to pack more than three million fans into Target Field and claim the fourth-best attendance mark in the major leagues. The Twins everyone enjoyed have been on an extended vacation from big league baseball.
The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders scored 11 runs in the final two frames Friday to pummel Wadena-Deer Creek 14-2 in their regular season finale. The Wolverines trailed the Raiders 3-2 after five innings. Morgan Zeise and Ashley Peters both had two hits for the Wolverines. Zeise and Maddy Hinojos drove in runs in the fifth inning. BHV's Sydney Weniger, Cassie Cottrell and Jordyn Glenz combined for eight hits and eight RBIs in the victory. Casey Volkmann was hung with the loss.
Three Wadena people were involved in a collision in the rain Thursday afternoon on Highway 10 in Wadena. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Mark and Lucille Frieler, driving westbound in a 2003 Ford Escort, sustained non life-threatening injuries when they struck a 1999 Dodge Dakota, making a left turn into traffic. The Dakota was driven by Dick Persons, who came out of the crash with no apparent injuries.
Konnor Stueve, Brody Wangsness and Sutton Lohmiller picked up individual victories Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek boys claimed third place in the Mid-State Conference Championships at Detroit Lakes. Stueve set the pace in the 200 dash with a time of 24.25. Teammate Sam Kelderman ran a 24.56 for second place. Wangsness was unbeatable in the 110 hurdles as he ran a 16.26. Lohmiller topped the 50-foot mark with a toss of 50-2.5 in the shot put. Lohmiller also took fourth in the discus with a personal best throw of 122-6. Jimmy Kim made his mark in the 800 with a runner-up time of 2:05.28.
The red-hot Otter Tail Central Bulldogs improved their overall record to 16-1 Friday as the topped Kyle Dykhoff and his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 5-4 on the Battle Lake diamond. Nick Trosdahl went 1-for-3 with two runs and three stolen bases in the comeback victory. Six other OTC players also collected a hit in the win. Jake Dykhoff doubled for the Wolverines who came up with five hits in the loss. Lefty Jarret Werner went six innings, giving up only one earned run, to chalk up the mound win.
Blaine Cooper shattered 47 of 50 targets as the Wadena-Deer Creek trapshooters climbed into second place in Class 4A, Conference 3.Cooper broke all 25 targets in one of his rounds.Eleven shooters broke 40 targets or more as the Wolverines racked up 4,544 points for a season mark of 13,269.5.
Jordan Kern shot an 86 and three of his teammates carded career-best rounds Monday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed fourth in the last Mid-Minn Conference golf meet of the season. Kern's round left him one stroke away from all-conference honors. Shooting career-best rounds on the Cragun's Legacy course were WDC's Thomas Quincer (88), Dawson Lupkes (99) and Landon Blessing (148). Jack Goeden fired a 108 for the Wolverines. Staples-Motley's Andrew Israelson took meet and season medalist honors. Israelson carded a 69.
Brady Adams and Reid Miller opened with perfect rounds and followed them up by breaking 23 of 25 targets last Monday to lead the Wadena-Deer Creek trap team. Adams and Miller tied with 226.5 points. Josh Brink joined Adams and Miller with a 25-for-25 performance and finished the night one target off their pace to score 224 points. Blaine Cooper and Jake Manselle both shattered 24 targets for the Wolverines. The Wolverines added 4,549.5 points to their season total and took over third place in Class AAAA's Conference 3 standings with 8,725.5 points.
Austin Selvey singled in Mike Blom with two out in the bottom of the 11th Saturday to lift Bertha over Wadena-Deer Creek 7-6 in town team baseball play. Blom led off the inning with a single moved to second on Ethan Bakken's ground out and advanced to third on John Riewer's grounder. The Shockers rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 6-6 and send it into extra innings. The slugfest saw Jake Krause homering for the Shockers. Krause went 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs and two RBIs.
Jack Goeden came in with a team-best round of 92 Monday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines finished fifth in the Mid-State Conference tournament with a 423. Jordan Kern was six strokes off Goeden's pace when the tournament, played on a water-soaked course, wrapped up at Ruttger's Bay. Thomas Quincer and Dawson Lupkes shot rounds of 105 and 128 for the Wolverines. The Detroit Lakes Lakers dominated the field with a team round of 314. Mid-State Tournament Team Detroit Lakes 314, Crosby-Ironton 344, Staples-Motley 352, Pequot Lakes 359, Wadena-Deer Creek 423, Park Rapids 432 Individua