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The Henning Hornets crushed Verndale 25-8 in Game 1 Tuesday but had to battle in Games 2 and 3 to gain a 3-0 sweep over the Pirates. Verndale fell 25-21 in Tuesday's second game and pushed the Hornets into volleyball's edition of overtime in Game 3 before the stubborn Pirates lost 27-25. Kaitlyn Richter and Elizabeth Johnson both recorded 10 set assists.
Macy Hartman was a repeat winner Monday in Section 8AA competition at the Grand Forks Tennis Center. Hartman was WDC's lone winner as the sixth-seeded Wolverines lost a 6-1 decision in team tournament played to third-seeded Crookston. WDC's No. 1 singles player defeated Michelle Stahlecker 6-1, 6-4. Hartman was a 6-4, 6-2 winner in Section 8A Individual play over Thief River Falls' Tayler Genereux. The victory gave Hartman a shot at second-seeded Abby Ness of Roseau Saturday in Grand Forks. Section Team 8A Playoffs Crookston 6, WDC 1 Singles 1- Macy Hartman (WDC) def.
Emma Schmitz finished 26th and Neil Janson placed 41st Thursday in the Perham Invitational at Arvig Park. Schmitz ran a 16:39.61 in the girls' varsity race. Fergus Falls' Haylie Zenner won the race with a 15:07.30. Runner-up honors went to Moorhead's Taylor Janssen of Moorhead who ran a 15:11.72. Rounding out the Top Five in the 73-girl race were Little Falls' Maria Hauer (15:47.56), Moorhead's Avery Selberg (15:52.72) and Detroit Lakes' Abby Ullyoll (15:55.43). Janson ran an 18:27.62 in the boys' varsity field of 88 runners. The Wolverines placed 11th as a team.
Dalton Jampsa and the Underwood Rockets ground down the Verndale Pirates last Friday for a 32-0 Pheasant North Conference victory at Underwood. Already missing two of their starters, Matt Willis and Jerdan Steiner, the Pirates lost two more in the Underwood game. Zack Meidinger was hobbled by an ankle sprain and Colton Moyer left the game in the first half. Jampsa hit Ben Woodmann with 65- and 25-yard touchdown passes and scored himself on a nine-yard run. The Underwood quarterback was an impressive 7-of-8 through the air for 172 yards.
It has been a nice change this fall to see farmers busy bringing in their crops. There were soybean-laden semis chasing by our place on their way to the elevator all day last Saturday. There are a lot of brown cornfields ready to be combined as soon as the beans are done. Unless the Heavens open up and deluge us with rain the harvest could be done by the first week of November. Sportsmen have more in common with the farming set than farmers might think. There are those of us who do not own a combine, a semi or an acre of land who root for the farmer to get his crops out.
Tornado recovery will be the focus of the 2010 United Way fund drive in the Wadena area. A portion of the income from this year's drive has been budgeted specifically for tornado relief. Agencies such as The Salvation Army and the Wadena-Verndale Food Shelf that had a huge impact with services in the tornado aftermath have been pledged larger amounts than they have received in previous years.
Volleyball Wadena-Deer Creek 25-25-25, Crosby-Ironton 8-11-16 Henning 25-25-27, Verndale 8-21-25 Teresa Moenkedick 7 kills Megan Richter 1 kill, 2 blocks Kaitlyn Richter 5 kills, 10 set assists Ashley Richter 10 kills, 2 blocks Jordanna Schluttner 1 kill, 1 block Elizabeth Johnson 2 kills, 10 set assists Tennis Section Team Playoffs Crookston 6, WDC 1 Singles 1- Macy Hartman (WDC) def.
Volleyball Henning 25-25-27, Verndale 8-21-25 Teresa Moenkedick 7 kills Megan Richter 1 kill, 2 blocks Kaitlyn Richter 5 kills, 10 set assists Ashley Richter 10 kills, 2 blocks Jordanna Schluttner 1 kill, 1 block Elizabeth Johnson 2 kills, 10 set assists Tennis Section Team Playoffs Crookston 6, WDC 1 Singles 1- Macy Hartman (WDC) def. Michelle Stahlecker (C) 6-1, 6-4 2- Riley Erickson (C) def.
Bette Johnson has joined the Wadena Pioneer-Journal full time as an advertising representative. Johnson, who started part-time with the Pioneer Journal in June following the tornado, has extensive sales experience. She was a sales representative for KWAD/KNSP and Superstation K106 from 1998-2002. She then worked for Mortgages On Main for seven years. She has also worked as a broker for American Mortgage and Equity Consultants. Bette will have been married to PJ sales rep Randy Johnson for 40 years in November. The couple lives in rural Bertha.
Wednesday was a big day in the history of Wadena-Deer Creek School District as board chairwoman Ann Pate signed a settlement resolution with Riverport Insurance Services in the office of Minnesota state attorney general Lori Swanson. The $40,861,324 settlement has been four months in the making after a June 17 tornado left the Wadena-Deer Creek Senior and Junior High in ruins.