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Jordan Hinkle has taken the helm of the Verndale Pirates this season with all but one of his starters on the roster. Hinkle and his coaches are introducing a new system to the Pirates that will depend on consistency and discipline. The club was kicked around last year winning just two of 26 games and going winless in the Park Region Conference. Seven of Verndale's varsity cagers are seniors including sharpshooting guard Zack Meidinger who averaged 20 points a game.
Brianna Seebold scored a hat trick and Emily Payne collected four assists as the Detroit Lakes Lakers skated past Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 7-3 Tuesday in a Mid-State Conference match. Callie Johnson chipped in with two goals and two assists for the Lakers who built a 4-0 lead before the Blue Devils broke into the scoring column in the third period. Sam Killian iced two unassisted goals for the Blue Devils while Katelyn Peters scored one.
Three Bertha-Hewitt players scored in double figures Tuesday as the Bears topped Verndale 50-42 in their season opener. Arei Stokes chalked up 16 points while Christine Moenkedick scored 12 and Morgan Kapphahn chipped in with 10. Lizzy Yungbauer and Teresa Moenkedick both scored 12 points for Verndale. Yungbauer scored all of her game points on three-pointers. Jordan Schluttner pulled down 10 rebounds for the Pirates. BERTHA-HEWITT (50) A. Stokes 16, M. Kapphahn 10, K. VanDenhuevel 4, T. Schwantz 3, D. Mikkelson 5, C. Moenkedick 12.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines flashed their defensive skills Tuesday night as they held Staples-Motley in check for a 47-34 victory. "It was a great defensive game," WDC head coach Keith Ferris said after watching his squad reel off their third straight victory. "Both defenses played very physical." Ferris felt the Wolverines prevailed because of their ability to score in transition and hold the Cards to just 14 points in the second half on their home court. Courtney Volkmann and Rachel Craig sparked WDC in the second half scoring 20 of the team's 24 points.
Bob Tubandt is beginning to pay a price for the success of his boxing program. The popular Wadena coach had 30 kids show up on the first night of practice for the 2010 season. He put all of them through the wringer and then two nights later waited to see which ones would show back for a second helping. They all showed up. Tubandt can only grin, shake his head and be grateful. "I think they believe the program is a good program and they just want to be part of it," Tubandt said. The Wadena Golden Gloves Boxing Club's first card is Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Wadena Armory.
A slow start in their season opener proved costly Tuesday night as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines lost a 52-37 decision to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. The Thunder opened a 13-3 lead in the first half and took a 29-12 advantage into halftime. The Wolverines were just four of 21 from the field in the first half. "It came down to our shooting percentage in the first half," WDC head coach Tom VanErp said.
The scoring skills of Joey Hanowski, Adam Dougherty and Luke Majerle led Little Falls to a 21-0 victory Tuesday night over Wadena-Deer Creek. Hanowski finished with four goals and three assists, Dougherty came up with a hat trick and four assists and Majerle scored a hat trick and assisted on one goal. Mike Anez had two playmakers for the Flyers with three assists in the first period and three more in the third.
Mitch Steffens earned a first at 119 and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed second Saturday in the Wolverine Invitational. Class A's sixth-ranked wrestler posted a 16-5 major decision over Thief River Falls' Austin Hjelle in the championship match. Four WDC wrestlers earned runner-up honors. WDC's Sam Waln was decisioned 6-2 by Badger-Greenbush-Middle River's Ryan Bergeron. Jared Wegscheid was defeated 5-2 by Thief River Falls' Holden Nelson at 140. Along the way Wegscheid tied two other wrestlers for the tournament's fastest pin with a fall at the 34-second mark.
I have owned gun dogs that are good at reminding me of a rule you always obey in upland hunting -- once you start out on a hunt you better not stop. That dog is not going to stop until it hits paydirt so if you do it is your own fault if the bird flushes wild. The Minnesota Vikings started building a Super Bowl team the year Childress arrived. Zygi and Mark Wilf were going to finally bring an NFL championship to Minnesota no matter what it cost. They went from 8-8 to 10-6 to 12-4 and then they lost their focus.
Boys' Hockey Little Falls 21, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Girls' Hockey Detroit Lakes 7, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 3 Boys' Basketball Long Prairie 52, Wadena-Deer Creek 37 Jordan Reed (WDC) 13 points, 11 rebounds Pine River-Backus 60, Verndale 58 Zach Meidinger (V) 26 points Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 46, Staples-Motley 37 Courtney Volkmann (WDC) 14 points, Rachel Craig (WDC) 13 points Bertha-Hewitt 50, Verndale 42 Lizzy Yungbauer (V) 12 points