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The Otter Tail Central Bulldogs put the brakes on Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's eight-game winning streak Friday with a doubleheader sweep at Battle Lake. Sara Thieschafer singled in Maddie Hoekstra with the game-winning run in Game 1 as OTC pulled out a 3-2 victory in 10 innings. Hoekstra reached base on a walk with two out. Hoekstra stole second before Kenzie Woodman drew a walk. With Thieschafer at the plate, Hoekstra advanced to third on a wild pitch. Thieschafer laced a hit on a 2-1 count to give OTC the win. Jordan Carr fanned 11 and walked six in going the distance for the Raiders.
Preston Riewer, Dillon Card, Luke Weniger and Ethan Orlando sparked a 12-hit attack Friday as Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale crushed McGregor/Cromwell 10-2 in their annual meeting at Mills Field in Brainerd. Riewer had two hits, two runs and three RBIs in his leadoff spot. Card went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in the No. 3 spot. Weninger batted clean-up where he went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Orlando was 1-for-4 with two ribbies batting in the No. 6 spot in the order. Mac Schluttner pitched four frames to earn the mound win.
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Rumor Stokes won two jumping events and Samuel Moore earned two runner-up finishes in the weights Tuesday in the Section 6A True Team at Glyndon. Stokes captured long jump honors with a 15-8.25 and went 33-8.75 in the triple. The senior standout also took third for the Raiders in the 300 hurdles with a 52.32. Moore led the BHV boys' track and field team with second place toss of 44-2 in the shot put and a discus toss of 134-9. Other BHV athletes with standout performances included Courtney Templin, with a fourth place time of 1:02.79 in the 400 dash and Brett Janse
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys grabbed four firsts Tuesday en route to a sixth place finish in the Section 6A True Team meet. Two WDC relay teams took top honors. The 4x200 relay squad of Jonathan Pantages, Sam Kelderman, Konnor Stueve and Brody Wangsness set a winning pace of 1:37.75. Stueve and Kelderman teamed up with Jimmy Kim and Josh Brink to win the 4x400 with a 3:43.62. Staples-Motley challenged with a runner-up time of 3:43.81. Wangsness contributed first place points in the 110 hurdles by running a time of 16.51.
Pequot Lakes pitching limited Wadena-Deer Creek to only one run Friday in a Mid-State twinbill sweep on the Wadena diamond. Kathryn Miska fanned 12, walked three and allowed only one hit as the Patriots cruised to a 15-0 win in the opener. Laura Squires and Caitlyn Carkhuff combined for five hits, three runs and two RBIs in the victory. A 16-hit barrage in Game 2 propelled the Patriots to a 23-1 win in Game 2. Alex Kotaska and Hannah Zimmerman led the Pats with four hits, four runs and three RBIs apiece. Mackenzie Barthel and Morgan Zeise both had a pair of hits for WDC. Taya Salminen no
A pair of wild turkeys feed in a field Thursday morning along Highway 29 west of the Wadena city limits. One of the birds appears to be a crossbreed.
Marcus Riewer scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning Saturday as the Bertha Blazers edged Pelican Rapids 3-2 for their first victory of the town team baseball season. Riewer reached on an error to lead off the seventh. Jordan Riewer put down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second and Nate Meissner's flyout sent him to third.
Dillon Card and Luke Weniger combined for five hits, five runs and three RBIs Friday as they propelled Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale to a 15-7 victory over Lake Park-Audubon. Backing up BHV's No. 3 and No. 4 hitters were Mac Schluttner and Matt Lipinski. Schluttner went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run. Lipinski went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Ethan Korfe, Ethan Orlando and Donavan Warren all scored twice for the Raiders. Card worked the first four innings on the hill for BHV to gain the win.
A parent who had done her homework was granted an opportunity to present her case Monday night in Verndale School's Media Center. Having already met with Superintendent Paul Brownlow, Ashlee Erbin-Tupper appeared at the Verndale school board's May meeting to ask for a waiver for her son to sit for an assessment. "I understand that you have an early acceptance policy established and right now I am trying to get a waiver so that my son can sit for the assessment and have the determination to enter kindergarten based off what he scores on that assessment," Erbin-Tupper said. Erbin-Tupper's son
Samuel Moore had the winning discus throw and the runner-up shot put Thursday in the John Reimer Invitational at Pillager. The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale standout hurled the discus 152-6. Jake Langner of Holdingford came in second with a toss of 129-04. Moore dueled Becker's Dillon Radunz for top honors in the shot put. Moore's best throw traveled 45-6. Randunz tossed the shot 47-2. Brett Jansen was the BHV's other standout in the boys' field.