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The Wadena-Deer Creek boys golf team had its best meet of the season on May 1 at the Whitetail Run Golf Course in Wadena. The Wolverines posted their lowest score, finishing with a 376 during the Mid-Minnesota Conference event. The finish was good for fifth place. Pequot Lakes won the event as a team, while Staples-Motley was second. Crosby-Ironton followed in third place, while Pine River/Backus was fourth and in sixth place was Aitkin.
After the 8-3 loss to Perham, Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Tracy Jack hoped her softball team would get off to faster starts. The Wolverines made that wish come true when they earned a doubleheader sweep of Ottertail Central, 4-1 and 27-20, on May 1 in Battle Lake. The Wolverines scored runs in the first inning both games, helping them build early leads against the Bulldogs.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team scored runs in six of the seven innings as the bats came alive in a 13-3 victory over Menahga in Menahga on April 30.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Chase Domier and Hunter Hawkins entered the Hamline Elite Meet with the ninth fastest time in the 800m relay on April 27. The relay team put together their best performance of the season, finishing third place overall and breaking the school record, which was set in 2017.
The Perham softball team raced out to a 7-0 lead and held off a rally from the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in picking up an 8-3 victory in Wadena on April 27. It was the third straight win for the Yellowjackets, who have put on impressive displays at the plate during their first three games of the season. “I think it was a really good game. We had a lot of fun,” Perham’s Cierra Olson said. “We were pretty solid and it felt really good to play.”
With the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines needing a clutch hit, senior Noah Ross delivered a clutch two-out, run-scoring single, helping spark the Wolverines to a 5-1 victory over Staples-Motley on April 27 in Wadena. The Wolverines were struggling to get on track against Isaac Swendsrud until the late innings. The Wolverines had one run on just three hits in the first four innings, until they came alive in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Park Rapids Area Panthers out-lasted the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel in Park Rapids on April 27. The Panthers earned a walk-off 1-0 victory over the Wolverines in a Section 8AA clash.
The Wadena-Deer Creek softball team could not get on track against Park Rapids Area on April 26 in Park Rapids. The Panthers struck early and often when they cruised to a 15-0 non-conference victory over the Wolverines. The Panthers broke the game open with four runs in the second and put an end to the game with an eight-run fourth inning. Riley Michaelson earned the win in the circle. She allowed two hits and struck out three batters.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Chase Domier and Hunter Hawkins have qualified for the annual Hamline Elite Meet which is on April 27 at Hamline University in St. Paul. The meet is by invitation only and the 800-meter relay team becomes the second set of athletes from Wadena-Deer Creek to qualify for the event. Sutton Lohmiller competed at the Hamline Elite Meet in 2015. Lohmiller competed in the shot put.
Whether it is inside or outside, the Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team has been dominant. The Wolverines captured their fourth straight meet when they won the Frostbite Invitational on April 24 at Pequot Lakes. It was the team’s first time outside for a competitive meet this season. The boys ran away with the competition when they finished with 186 points, 55 points better than second place Pequot Lakes. Pillager was third, followed by Osakis and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale.