After going winless last season and with a coach making his head-coaching debut, many Wolverines' fans weren't sure what to expect when Wadena-Deer Creek opened the boys' basketball season at Pelican Rapids Friday night.
What they got was the Wolverines' first victory over the Vikings since the final game of the 2009-2010 regular season.
Wadena-Deer Creek outscored Pelican Rapids 11-6 in overtime to claim the 72-67 win.
"I was very proud of these guys tonight," said new head coach Kevin Tumberg, a former Wolverine himself. "After the way last season ended up, the boys knew they needed to work hard to get things headed in the right direction and tonight we took a huge step that way. We still have a lot of things to work on and correct, but any time you can get a big road game win we'll take it!"
Tanner Horn and Alex Carlson scored 16 points apiece to lead the Wolverines' offense.
Wyatt Fitzsimmons recorded a season-opening double-double by scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Noah Ross contributed 13 points and Jack Goeden had team highs in steals (8) and assists (6).
"Having four different players score double digits was huge for us," Tumberg stated. "If we continue to share the ball throughout this season we are going to have a lot of success."
Wadena-Deer Creek shot 84 percent (16-19) from the free throw line.
Oakley Kress and Logan Knorr both scored 16 to pace the Vikings. Jacob Gottenborg added 10 points.