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There will be a welcome home ceremony for the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. The welcome home for the Wolverines will take place at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Commons. The public is welcome to attend the event to welcome home the Wolverines on their state tournament appearance. There will be refreshments at the event.
Wadena-Deer Creek head volleyball coach Sue Volkmann saw a lot of her 2010 state championship team in the defending state champion Mayer Lutheran when the two teams squared off in the Class A semifinals on Nov. 10. The Crusaders, who are a senior-laden team, like the 2010 state champions were, defeated the Wolverines 25-22, 25-13, 25-22 to advance to the Class A Championship.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines completed the first step by winning their Class A quarterfinal match with the Ada-Borup/Norman County West Cougars on Nov. 9 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The fourth-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines came out ready to attack in their Class A quarterfinal volleyball match, sweeping Ada-Borup/Norman County West 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 on Nov. 9 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
After some nervous moments, the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team settled in and accomplished its goal of capturing the Section 6A Championship and securing a berth at the Class A State Tournament. The Wolverines found themselves down one set and trailing in the second set. They went on a late run and took control of the match, securing a 3-1 victory over Underwood.
The Wadena-Deer Creek high school hosted a send off celebration for the Wadena-DC volleyball team, who will be making their seventh appearance at the state volleyball tournament. The Wolverines earned the trip with a 3-1 victory over Underwood in the Section 6A Championship game.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Bereket Loer made his debut at the Class A Championships on Nov. 4 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Loer said it was an event that he was looking forward and was excited to compete on a designated cross country course. Loer used a late dash to the finish line, surpassing several runners on his way to an 82nd place finish overall.
With a late push to the finish line, Wadena-Deer Creek’s Bereket Loer grabbed the final spot and qualified for the Class A Cross Country Championships in Northfield, Minn., on Nov. 4. Loer, a sophomore, used a late surge, holding off one of his teammates, Lucas Hinojos, for the final individual spot at state. Loer finished the race with a time of 18:41.8. Loer becomes the first boys runner to qualify for state since Cory Asfeld qualified in 2006 and 2007.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines showcased their balance and dominant attack in a convincing 25-21, 25-14 and 25-15 victory over New York Mills in the Section 6A quarterfinals at Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls on Oct. 31. Casey Volkmann led the way with 19 kills, while Ellie Miron added 12 and Kennedy Gravelle finished with eight kills in the win. Gravelle helped lead a dominant block as well in the victory.
It was fitting for Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Howie Kangas to be at the helm on Oct. 24 when the Wolverines snapped a playoff drought that started in 1998. Kangas was the opposing sideline when the 19 year drought began in 1998 The Wolverines opened the playoffs with a convincing win over Roseau in 1998 and were the top seed in the region. However, they were upended by the Perham Yellowjackets, who were coached by Kangas at the time in the section semifinals.