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Trying to put a happy face on the 2011 Minnesota pheasant hunting season is a job for Bozo the Clown - and even he might balk. A tough winter and a wet spring have conspired to make this year's pheasant hunting season a sad-looking one. The good news is that the pheasant population index is only down 64 percent from last year.
Sara Otto has found the shoes she likes. The 1995 Wadena-Deer Creek grad has been making a name for herself in local, state and world horseshoe pitching competition as a member the Bloomington Horseshoe Club. Otto is vice president of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota by day but when the working day is done, the pitching begins.
A gutsy fifth game carried the Verndale Pirates past Menahga's Braves 3-2 Tuesday night in a Park Region Conference contest at Menahga. The Pirates rallied from a 25-10 blowout in Game 1 to win 25-22, 25-23. The Braves won Game 4 26-24 but the Pirates dominated the fifth game 15-6. Setting the pace defensively for the Pirates were Teresa Moenkedick with 27 digs and Jordyn Glenz with 19. Jordanna Schluttner blocked 10 shots. Schluttner and Teresa Moenkedick combined for 23 kills.
The West Central Area Knights needed a sweep in doubles play to carry them past Wadena-Deer Creek 4-3 Tuesday in Barrett. Macy Hartman, Paige Hartman and Sarah Najjar posted singles victories for the Wolverines. Macy topped Jasmyn Sutton 6-1, 7-5 at No. 1 while Paige beat Carlie Loeks 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 at No. 2 and Najjar downed Krista Paulson 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 at No.
In the movie "Moneyball" Brad Pitt's character uses the silence he has just created by a club house tirade to describe losing. "That is what losing sounds like," Pitt says. If that is the case it has to be very, very quiet in the locker room at Winter Park this week. The Vikes are the fourth-best team in a four-team division and that does not bode well for the future employment of most of the players and all of their coaches. You can say that Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Percy Harvin are on solid ground but Donovan McNabb is not.
Freshman quarterback Dillon Card took charge Tuesday night scoring three touchdowns and passing for one more as the Verndale Pirates clubbed Hancock 36-14. Card hit receiver Dallas Ehrmantraut with a seven-yard in the first quarter to open the scoring. He later cashed in on runs of seven, eight and nine yards. Card hit on 13 of his 25 passes for 207 yards. Kory Stave caught four passes for 100 yards and Ehrmantraut grabbed five balls for 48. Colton Moyer hit the century mark in rushing logging 100 yards on 19 attempts. Moyer also scored on a two-yard plunge.
Neil Janson finished 83rd in varsity competition and Emma Schmitz won the JV meet Saturday in the 61st annual Swain Invitational at Enger Park in Duluth. Janson dropped 11 seconds from his time in the boys' 5,000-meter race to run a 18:35. Joey Pate was 125th in the varsity race with a 19:18 - an 18-second time drop. Schmitz knocked 32 seconds off her time in the JV race or a 16:53.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines left a wake-up call for Bill Infanger's Osakis Silverstreaks last Friday in a 34-27 loss. The hard-working but still winless Wolverines grabbed a 27-26 lead over the undefeated, state-ranked Silverstreaks with just 1:27 to go. What happened next came right out of a B-movie.
The state-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines ran their winning streak on the volleyball court to an impressive 50 matches Tuesday night by sweeping Bertha-Hewitt 25-16, 25-8, 25-14 before an energetic crowd. The streak started in 2009 in the second round of the Class AA state tournament. It grew tremendously in 2010 as the Wolverines won 33 in a row and claimed the Class AA state title. The team picked up the pieces this season and has won 15 straight matches since opening the season Aug.
The ever-changing and always important dynamics of student enrollment has resulted in modest gain for Verndale. District 818 has passed both Browerville and Bertha-Hewitt in student enrollment. Verndale's administration counted 480 students on Sept. 19.