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Ryan S. Clark, Published September 09 2010

Minnesota preps: Wadena-Deer Creek winning in adversity

No one knew, at first, just how the season would start for Wadena-Deer Creek’s athletic teams.

So far it has been a pretty good start. WDC’s volleyball team won the school’s first home athletic event with a 3-0 win over Pine River-Backus.

“There were a lot of people there and it was different,” said W-DC volleyball coach Sue Volkmann. “In the new gym, everyone is close on the floor.”

The new gym Volkmann referred to is the elementary school gym.

The old gym, which was at the

high school, was destroyed in the tornado that swept through the town in June.

Maintenance workers were able to make the elementary gym feel like home.

They brought over the volleyball team’s banners, put them in the new gym and provided an intimidating atmosphere.

The school will install bleachers in the coming weeks but for now, fans are bringing lawn chairs to the games.

Volkmann credited a portion of her team’s victory to the football team – which opened the season with a 19-13 win on the road against Park Rapids Area.

The football team finished 1-8 last season and did not grab a win until the last regular-season game. WDC is gunning for win No. 2 Friday at home against Staples-Motley.

As for volleyball, it looks to mirror last season when it finished 30-5 en route to an appearance in the state tournament.

“That was such a big win for our football team,” Volkmann said. “It got things started on the right foot. It brings excitement to the town with both our teams getting off to a good start.”

Food, football, fireworks

at Moorhead High

Think Moorhead’s football home opener starts at 7 p.m.?

Guess again.

The game might start at 7 p.m., but the party starts at 5 p.m. with a pre-game tailgate party. People in Moorhead have been excited for football since January when Kevin Feeney was hired as the Spuds’ head coach.

The party they have planned is proof. The game is going to open with a coin-toss that will reunite former Spuds football coaches Jim Gotta, Craig McComb, Dan Kostich, Steve Connelly and Rick Eidsness at the

50-yard line.

At halftime, the NDSU band is slated to perform. If that isn’t enough, at the end of the game there’s going to be a fireworks show.

There’s going to be a gathering at the Moorhead American Legion after the game.

Yes, even with all that going on, there’s going to be a game.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548 or at rclark@forumcomm.com