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Photo by Brian Hansel Senior tight end Kyle Booth nabs a pass during a Verndale football practice. Booth is one of 14 seniors on this year's team.

Verndale team looks lighter, quicker

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With a team dominated by 14 seniors the future is now for Mike Mahlen's Verndale Pirates.

Minnesota's winningest high school coach has had the talent to reach the Class Nine-man state tournament the past two years in a row. They lost to eventual state champ Houston in 2008 and state runner-up Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley last November.


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