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The goal for Wadena-Deer Creek’s Mikaela Malone was to advance to the finals in the 100 meter dash at the Class A Championships. The ninth grade sprinter took care of that one day one when she qualified with a time of 12.95, which allowed her to advance in the deep field at Hamline University.
One was good, but two was better for Jonathan Pantages, Chase Domier, Bereket Loer and Hunter Hawkins when the Wadena-Deer Creek relay teams brought home not one, but two Class A Championships on June 9 at Hamline University. “This is what we came here to do and we did it,” Loer said. “It feels great.”
It may not have been the finishing spot she wanted but Wadena-Deer Creek senior Ellie Miron capped off a stellar career with a ninth place finish in the discus throw at the Class A Championships at Klas Field at Hamline University on June 8.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Nick Lund changed the momentum of the game with a single to right. His first hit of the game scored two runs and sparked a five-run inning which helped DGF capture the Section 8AA Championship over Wadena-Deer Creek 6-5 in Park Rapids, Minn. Lund’s two-run single was followed by a two-run double from Taylor Irwin and an RBI single by Carter Kohler when the Rebels erased a 4-0 lead.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will have eight athletes competing in seven different events at the Class A Championships at Hamline University on June 8 and 9. Ellie Miron, Mikaela Malone and Kennedy Gravelle will be joined by Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Hunter Hawkins, Chase Domier and Isaac Hale will be representing the Wolverines at the state meet.
It was an old fashioned duel between the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines with a spot in the Section 8AA Championship on the line in Park Rapids on June 5. However, it was timely hitting and an unfortunate break that hurt the Wolverines as the Rebels earned a 2-1 victory.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team stamped its name into the Section 8AA Winner’s Bracket final with a pair of wins over Perham, 8-7, and Frazee, 5-1, on May 31 at Krueger Field in Perham.
Jake Dykhoff started and Justin Dykhoff finished it off when the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened Section 8AA play with a 7-0 victory over Ottertail Central on May 30 in Wadena. The brothers combined for a one-hitter in blanking the Bulldogs. It was Wadena-DC’s third victory over their conference rival.
Wadena-Deer Creek senior Jake Dykhoff has been named one of the finalists for the annual Minnesota Mr. Baseball Award. The finalists are selected by a panel of high school and college coaches, as well as professional scouts. Athletic and character attributes as well as season accomplishments were considered by award voters. The award finalists represent the finest senior players in the state.
The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team closed out the regular season on the losing end of a 19-11 slugfest with Sauk Centre in Wadena on May 24. The Mainstreeters broke open a 7-7 game with a 12-run seventh inning and held off a small rally from the Wolverines in the bottom of the inning for the win.