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Five Verndale cagers named all-conference

Five members of the Verndale Pirates were chosen for the All-Park Region Conference basketball team after a 25-4 season.

Art Schluttner won PRC and Section 5A Coach of the Year honors for guiding his Pirates to the best record in the program’s history. The Pirates repeated as PRC champs and fought their way to the sub-section championship game before falling to eventual state qualifier Browerville.

Verndale players earning all-conference laurels were Elyssa Kern, Jordyn and Shania Glenz and Sarah Moenkedick. Krista Dailey received all-conference honorable mention.

Kern was chosen the team’s Defensive MVP and the Hustle Award while Shania Glenz earned Offensive MVP honors as Verndale’s leading scorer and carried the club’s best three-point shooting average.

Dailey had the highest field goal shooting percentage, Moenkedick was the team’s top free throw shooter and Jordyn Glenz led the Pirates in rebounds.

Keila Schmitz received the Spirit and Most Improved awards.