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Teresa Moenkedick had 18 digs and 17 kills as the Verndale Pirates lost to Swanville Tuesday in four matches that were decided by a total of 11 points. The Pirates nipped Swanville in the opener 26-24 but the Bulldogs came back to win 25-22, 25-21 and 26-24. Sarah Moenkedick dished out 16 set assists and contributed 16 digs.
The senior-dominated Moorhead Spuds provided Wadena-Deer Creek's defending state champion Wolverines with a strong test Thursday before bowing 3-1 in the season opener. The Spuds claimed the first game 26-24 but the Wolverines rallied to win 27-25, 25-22 and 25-23 to notch the match victory. "Nothing like jumping right into the fire to start the season," WDC Head Coach Sue Volkmann said. "The kids really held their composure during this tough match. Moorhead was predominantly seniors and our young kids filling new positions did very well.
Dale Finck and Gloria Bullock won top honors in Sunday's Whitetail Run Club Championships. Finck defeated his father, Dick Finck 4-2 in the men's championship finals. He reached the finals by topping Michael Wing in the first round and defeating Cory Pettit 2-up in the second round. Dick Finck made the finals by edging Kevin Stevens in Round 1 and Brian Hillesland in a 19-hole match in Round 2. Wing tripped Ken Bullock for consolation championship honors. Dale Zeise won both the men's handicap and senior championship competition. Bullock won the women's title 93-95 over Konnie Zimmerman.
Lars Ellefson of Park Rapids did the rugged Black's Grove Mountain Bike course in 1:02.11 Sunday under sunny skies. Tucker Hibbert of Pelican Rapids earned runner-up honors with a time of 1:04.09.
Emna Schmitz fnished 21st in the varsity girls' race and Neil Janson placed 31st in the boys' varsity field Monday during the Morris Invitaitonal at Pomme de Terre Golf Course. Schmitz, who placed 11th in the section meet last year and was a Mid-State Conference runner-up, turned in a time of 17:32. Janson opened his senior year of cross country running with a time of 19:42.
Head Coach Mike Mahlen has been looking at Verndale squads for more than 40 years and it has given him a few insights into what makes winners on the gridiron. "The biggest thing is that we have a little bit of an attitude," Mahlen said. Attitude, for the record, is just fine with Mahlen, who owned the state record for victories by a Minnesota high school coach until last year. Past Pirate teams have terrorized the competition with their size.
The strong Pierz Pioneers romped to a 7-0 tennis victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Wednesday at Pierz. Paige Hartman posted the only win for the Wolverines at No. 1 singles by defeating Tarynn Kasper 6-2 in the second set. The Wolverines have road matches slated for Sept. 6 and Sept. 8 at Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes. The Wolverines are set to host Little Falls Sept.
A new Minnesota state law that goes into effect at the start of the 2011-12 school year addresses the issue of concussions for youth athletes in the state. The law says that any coach or official who suspects an athlete (age 18 and under) is experiencing concussion symptoms must remove him or her from competition. That athlete cannot return to play until a health care provider gives written permission. Every coach and official also must go through online training to raise concussion awareness.
Ashton Dorris struck out 14 in hurling a two-hitter Saturday and leading the Mankato Mets past Bertha 6-0 in the Class C state baseball tournament. Nathan Haase had the only base hits for the Blazers. Ben Smith went 4-for-4 at the plate, scored twice and drove in one run. Josh Anderson drove in two runs for the Mets. The Mets had five doubles off Bertha pitching with Bertha collecting two. Alex Brockpahler started on the hill for Bertha but gave way to Pat Riewer in the fourth. The same two pitchers that held Fairfax to just two hits in an 8-2 Class C state victory Aug.
Wadena Airport Manager Tim Fowler has notions to plant and misconceptions to kill. Fowler has been an aerial applicator for eight years and a recent trip to southern Minnesota wrapped up his season. A specialist in applying fungicide and insecticide, Fowler quite literally understands aerial application from the ground up. "Flying is second," Fowler said. "Proper care of the chemicals is the most important part of it." Fowler would like to introduce local youth to the profession but he admits that the commitment takes time.