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Three Wadena-Deer Creek singles players and one doubles team posted victories Friday as the Wolverines fell by identical 4-3 scores to Detroit Lakes and Crookston on the DL courts. WDC's Abby Westrum was a double winner in singles action beating Detroit Lakes' Stella Foltz 6-2, 6-2 and Crookston's Jaeden Lizakowski 6-4, 6-4. Maddy Hinojos went 1-1 for the Wolverines as she rallied from a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Detroit Lakes' Dani Unruh to beat Crookston's Allysa Fee 6-2, 6-0.
Kyle Lange rushed 18 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns Friday as he led the state-ranked Upsala/Swanville Patriots to a 42-8 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. Playing their first home game of the 2014 season, the unbeaten Cardinals racked up 20 first quarter points. The Patriots entered the halftime period with a 27-0 lead. They had 15 more points in the second half. Eight players had carries as the Patriots rolled up 312 yards on the ground. Timmy Valencia-Loudin backed up Lange with 61 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.
Sue Volkmann's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines kept their unbeaten record intact with a 3-1 victory Friday against Mid-State Conference foe Detroit Lakes. The Wolverines came up short in Game 1 against the Lakers and lost a 25-23 decision. They turned the tables on the host Lakers in Game 2 winning a 25-19 decision. The Wolverines took the third game 25-14 and won the fourth game 25-18. Danyel Post had nine kills in the balanced attack while Casey Volkmann and Mikaela Nordlund combined for 11 aces. Volkmann teamed up with Autumn Jahnke to give the Wolverines 24 set assists.
Hannah Vorderbruggen took sixth Monday as the Wadena-Deer Creek girls' cross country team claimed fifth place honors in the Cardinal Invitational. Running on Staples' Vintage Golf Course, the Wolverines had a team score of 113 in the seven-team field. Park Rapids Area had four runners finish in the top 10 and won the meet with a score of 33. Detroit Lakes was second with 55. Abby Motschenbacher placed 18th for the Wolverines with a time of 19:00.93. Briana Malone and Tiffany Meeks ran 31st and 32nd with times of 20:24.58 and 20:29.74.
Men's Morning League (Aug. 27) Supernaturals Brown-Duncan 373, Caya-Burton 347, Carr-Waldahl 335, Breid-Kopponen 331, Schmidt-Uselman 320, Longie-Breuer 317, Wignall-Tellers 316, Olson-Adams 313, Priebe-Bender 285, Conzemius-Szczech 278 Legends Hoffman-Noon 385, Anderson-Olson 362, Domier-Macklem 339, Dahms-Winkels 336, Bounds-Mahlen 334, Nelson-Heilig 333, Moore-Ness 317, Aldeen-Tobin 311, Lein-Blazek 311, Palloch-Weisenbacher 310, Wirta-Rude 268
Zac Schertler tossed two touchdown passes and ran in a third TD Friday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened their football season with a 22-6 win over West Central Area. After the Knights grabbed a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a one-yard run by Kole Seifert, the Wolverines struck back for 14 second quarter points.
Dillon Card used the arsenal at his command Thursday night in leading Verndale to a 45-6 season-opening victory on a wet Hancock field. Card, a fourth-year starter at quarterback, never crossed the goal line himself but four of his teammates did in a game that saw the Pirates score in all four quarters. Colter Ehrmantraut had a big game on both sides of line. Ehrmantraut ran for 144 yards on 12 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 25 and 24 yards.
Sue Volkmann's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened their 2014 campaign with a victory last Tuesday as they swept a three-game set with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 25-6, 25-17, 25-20. The Thunder were unable to generate much offense against the Wolverines as Sam Manselle and Lauren Soroko dug out 22 shots and Danyel Post came up with six blocks. Carrie Nelson, Casey Volkmann and Jennifer Craig combined for 15 kills. The Wolverines will go after defending Mid-State champ Detroit Lakes Thursday night in Detroit Lakes.
Seniors Maddy Hinojos, Elise Kallevig, Erin Johnson, Macy Folkestad and Tabby Baker will help new head coach Katrina Wahlin provide leadership for the Wadena-Deer Creek tennis team this season. Hinojos is tabbed to played singles while Folkestad swings between singles and doubles.
With the Vikings on track for their Sept. 7 season opener at St. Louis it might be a good time to take a stab at how they might fare. The Vikings are coming off a miserable season which saw them get off to a terrible start thanks to a defense that leaked like the Titanic. It cost Leslie Frazier his job only one year after he had taken the Vikings to the playoffs as a wild card team.