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Wadena-Deer Creek senior Steven Erckenbrack will end his high school wrestling career on the mats at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in the Class A Individual Tournament after earning a second place finish in the Section 6A Individual Tournament at 170 pounds. It was a tough road for the senior, but he overcame a loss in the finals to win the true second spot, securing his spot at state with his 31st win of the season.
With a chance at the Park Region Conference title going by the wayside, the Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team was hoping to right the ship and snap a four game losing streak when they faced off with New York Mills on Feb. 23 . The Wolverines had three players finish in double figures as they returned to .500 with a 62-51 victory over the Eagles, which snapped their four game skid.
The Park Rapids Area Panthers handed the Wadena-Deer Creek girls basketball team their seventh straight loss with an 80-54 victory on Feb. 20 in Park Rapids. The Wolverines closed out the regular season with a 7-18 record overall and a 1-6 record against Section 8AA opponents.
Jackson Savoie and Blake Perbix scored twice and the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders cruised to a 15-0 Section 6A quarter final victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud on Feb. 20. The Crusaders, the No. 1 seed and fourth-ranked team in Class A, put up seven goals in the first and seven in the second, earning the shutout win over the Wolverines.
The Verndale Pirates made a concerted effort to attack inside against the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines and it paid off as the Pirates ran away with a 71-57 Park Region Conference boys basketball game on Feb. 20 in Verndale.
Being the first to do something is usually a daunting task, but that’s not the case for Bel Snyder, Wadena-Deer Creek’s first female varsity wrestler. While Snyder is new to varsity competition, the senior is no stranger to the wrestling world. She grew up around the mats and is following in footsteps of many family members. Her father wrestled, her brother is on the current team and she has cousins that are also involved with wrestling.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team will be at home for the first round of the Section 6A playoffs when they open on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Wadena Ice Arena. The Wolverines (14-9-2) will open with a very familiar foe when they square off with Breckenridge/Wahpeton. The Wolverines swept the season series from the Blades, winning the first game 7-2 in Breckenridge, while besting the Blades 7-5 in Wadena.
The short-handed Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling team had the Breckenridge Cowboys on the rope, but a pair of late pins and a forfeit allowed the Cowboys to upend the Wolverines 42-39 in the Section 6A Team Tournament in Underwood on Feb. 13. Both teams won seven matches, but the Cowboys were able to pick up more points by gaining one more six-point victory than the Wolverines.
The Menahga Braves continued their run to perfection with a 71-29 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a Park Region Conference girls basketball game on Feb. 13. The Braves used a balanced attack, rushing out to a 52-16 first half lead and cruising in the second half to the road win.
The Wadena-Deer Creek boys basketball team was hoping to build upon its win over Menahga when they squared off with Section 8AA rival Hawley at the Fargo Civic Center on Feb. 10. The Nuggets used big performances from Noah Glad, Jayden Carlisle and Gunnar Lawson to pick up a 57-50 victory over the Wolverines. Glad paced the Nuggets with 22 points, while Carlisle ended with 16, while Lawson added 12.