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The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team squared off with a pair of Mid-State Conference rivals when they battled with Staples-Motley and Crosby-Ironton on Sept. 18 in Wadena and Staples. The Wolverines were edged by the Cardinals 5-2 and 4-3 by the Rangers in a pair of close duals. The Wolverines grabbed two singles points in their match with Staples-Motley. Grace Hinojos won in straight sets over Rose Han at No. 1 singles. She won 6-0 and 7-5.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys cross country running team found itself up towards the front when competing at the Bagley Invitational on Sept. 18 in Bagley. The Wolverines did not let the quick turnaround affect them when they earned a third place finish and two runners inside the top 10.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country running team had a quick turnaround after competing at the Ada-Borup/Norman County Booster Invitational. The Wolverines traveled to Bagley to become familiar with the Section 8A Championship course at the Twin Pines Golf Course.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines went on the attack and picked up the 25-18, 25-22 and 25-21 over Detroit Lakes on Sept. 18 in Detroit Lakes. The two former Mid-State rivals squared off with the Wolverines going on the attack and gaining momentum on the key points. Kennedy Gravelle led the Wolverines with 13 kills, while Ashley Adams and Kylee Hopp added six.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Payton Rondestvedt made his first career varsity start at quarterback a memorable one. The freshman quarterback tossed two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Wolverines cruised to a 34-6 victory over United North Central in Wadena on Sept. 14. The strong offensive start from Rondestvedt, coupled with an outstanding performance on defense helped the Wolverines get their first win, snapping a two-game skid to start the season.
The Ottertail Central Bulldogs wasted little time in jumping on the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, scoring 23 first half points and cruising to a 50-6 victory at the Don Seipkes Field in Henning on Sept. 7. Nick Van Erp threw three first half touchdowns, while Sam Fisher rushed for a score and added a kickoff return for another.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team rebounded from its first loss with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 victory over the Bertha-Hewitt Bears in Wadena on Sept. 6. “We knew they have been down a bit and coming off our last game, we played a little slow, but it was good enough to win,” Wadena-DC head coach Sue Volkmann said. “We did get to work on somethings that we have been trying to work on in practice and it’s good to do it against other competition, so that really helps.”
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Abby Motschenbacher continues to climb up the ladder for the Wolverines. The senior cross country runner started the season with a third place finish in Morris and followed it up with a second place finish at the Johanna Olson Invitational on Sept. 6 at the Whitetail Run Golf Course.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Lucas Hinojos is very familiar with the cross country course at the Whitetail Run Golf Course. After all, it’s the junior runners home golf course. His familiarity with the course helped him realize when the time was to close the gap and make his move. He surged from the middle of the field to a fourth place finish at the annual Johanna Olson Invitational on Sept. 7.
For the third straight time to start the season, the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team faced an opponent from Section 8AA. However, this time, the tides were turned on the Wolverines when the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels out-lasted the Wolverines in five, 25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 25-21 and 15-9 on Sept. 4 in Wadena.