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The defending Section 6A champions started out of the gates strong with a 3-0 sweep of Pequot Lakes on Aug. 28 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School gymnasium. The Wolverines opened with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 win against the Patriots, securing their fourth straight win overall against their Class AA rival and former Mid-State Conference foe. Kennedy Gravelle finished with 12 kills, while Ashley Adams added five in the win. Madison Carsten finished with five as well.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team continued its road trip by participating in the Crookston Booster Tournament on Aug. 25 in Crookston. The Wolverines finished in eighth place overall in the tournament with four points. Hibbing captured the title with 27 points, while Moorhead was second with 25. Crookston and New London-Spicer tied for third with 19 points. Detroit Lakes rounded out the top five of the event.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team ran into one of the top teams in Section 8A when they traveled to East Grand Forks to take on the Green Wave. The Green Wave picked up a 7-0 victory over the Wolverines on Aug. 24. The Wolverines put up some close battles in singles action, but were unable to get any wins during the dual meet. Grace Hinojos was defeated by Jenna Dietrich in two close sets, 4-6, 3-6.
The defending Section 6A volleyball championship winning team, Wadena-Deer Creek, kicks off its new season on Tuesday, Aug. 28 when they host the Pequot Lakes Patriots at 7:30 p.m. at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School gymnasium.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team returned to the courts with the annual Highway 10 Tournament at Staples and Wadena on Aug. 23. The Wolverines finished tied for seventh as a team with Little Falls, but had several successes in the individual portion of the tournament. “(It was) another good day for Wadena-DC tennis on Wednesday. Madison Packer was a force at No. 2 singles,” Wadena-DC head coach Jordan Cresap said. “She is playing confidently, which is fun to watch.”
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team continued its busy start to the season with a pair of dual meets in Benson on Aug. 20 when they opened the dual meet schedule with matches against Parkers Prairie and Benson. The Wolverines were close in each dual meet, however, suffered a 4-3 defeat to Parkers Prairie and a 5-2 defeat to Benson. Against Parkers Prairie, the Wolverines dropped a pair of third sets, which enabled Parkers Prairie to pick up the narrow victory over the Wolverines.
The Bluffton Braves needed to win two games to secure a spot in the Minnesota Amatuer Class C Baseball Tournament and they did just that by knocking off Nimrod 7-4 on Aug. 10 and New York Mills 3-1 on Aug. 11, before falling to Midway in the Region 14C Tournament.
The American Legion baseball season ended with a blast for the Wadena-Deer Creek Post 171 baseball team. Jake Dykhoff's three-run home run in the seventh inning secured a 4-1 victory over New London-Spicer, giving Wadena-DC the consolation championship on Aug. 4 in Pelican Rapids.
The Bluffton Braves staved off elimination when they defeated the Wolf Lake Wolf Pack 4-1 on Aug 15 in Deer Creek during the Region 14C playoffs. It was a nice bounceback for the Braves, who were defeated by Midway in the second round. The Snurdbirds bounced the Braves, 6-2, in the second round. The Braves opened the tournament with a 5-1 victory over Nimrod.
The Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team used a pair of walk-off victories to get to the Minnesota Division II State Legion Tournament. However, it was Sauk Centre returning the favor as they earned a 4-3 extra inning win on Aug. 3 at Pelican Rapids in the opening round.