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Members of the Wadena-Deer Creek girls golf team competed at the Vintage Golf Course in Staples on May 17. The Wolverines did not field a complete team, yet had three members of their team competing in the event.
The North Sub-Section 6AA fastpitch softball matchups have been announced and begin on Friday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m. Osakis earned the No. 1 seed and will open play with Ottertail Central. Pequot Lakes earned the No. 2 seed and will host Wadena-Deer Creek in Pequot Lakes. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale is the No. 3 seed and will host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. Staples-Motley earned the No. 4 seed and will take on Perham in Staples at 4:30 p.m. in Staples.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Trap Shooting team kept its grips on first place in the conference after another strong shooting week in week three. The Wolverines put together a pair of 25 straights, one of them from seventh grader Carson Kern. Chris Hahn had a 25 straight as well, recording a perfect score in that round by hitting all 25 targets.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines pushed just enough across, extending their winning streak to nine games with a 3-1 victory over Park Rapids Area in Wadena on May 15. Andrew McCullough scattered nine hits, while allowing a single run. He struck out two batters, but did not factor in the decision. Jake Dykhoff picked up the win in relief. He closed out pitching an inning and 2/3. He struck out all five batters he faced.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys and girls golf teams traveled to the Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids for the annual Mid-State Conference golf meet on May 15. It was a clean sweep for the Detroit Lakes Lakers with the boys finishing with a score of 302, while the girls captured the title with a score of 318. The Wadena-Deer Creek girls fired a 371 for fifth place, while the boys came into the clubhouse with a round of 394, finishing fifth as well.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls golf team competed in back-to-back meets in Fergus Falls and Staples-Motley on May 12 and May 13. The Wolverines earned a seventh place finish at the Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls, before finishing ninth at the Cardinal Invitational at the Vintage Golf Course in Staples.
With one swing of the bat, Wadena-Deer Creek’s Justin Dykhoff woke up their slumbering offense with an eventual game-winning two-run home run, lifting the Wolverines to a 3-2 victory over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale on May 12. “It was a great baseball game. It was quick for the most part,” Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Kyle Dykhoff said. “The pitchers threw strikes and the guys put the ball in play, defense made plays and it was a clean, crisp baseball game.”
The regular season came to a close for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines when they suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Pequot Lakes, 18-2, and Park Rapids Area, 11-0, on May 11 in Wadena. Against the Patriots, they broke the game open with nine runs in the first and eight in the second, cruising to the win. Ashley Lehmkuhl, Kyla Ness, Sarah Moen and Courtny Warren recorded hits, while Moen and Warren scored the lone runs.
How do you follow up a no-hitter? You throw a complete game one-hitter. That’s what Wadena-Deer Creek’s Jake Dykhoff did in his first start after striking out 17 and throwing a no-hitter. Dykhoff fanned 14 in helping the Wolverines earn a key 7-0 victory over Pequot Lakes on May 11.
It can all unravel in a blink of an eye and it did to the Wadena-Deer Creek fastpitch team on May 10 when they squared off with Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale in Verndale. The Wolverines were cruising through six innings, staking themselves to a 4-1 lead and then the seventh inning happened. The Raiders capitalized on three straight errors and Haley Youngbauer delivered the game-winning run with an RBI single to left, allowing the Raiders to earn a season sweep of the Wolverines with a 5-4 victory.