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The AYP (Adequete Yearly Progress) strategy is working in Verndale. Under the federal government's No Child Left Behind program, all public schools must show that students are making the grade in math and reading. Graduation and attendance rates are also watched. If AYP standards are not being met, the school must execute a plan to see that they are met. Principal Justin Sperling informed the Verndale school board at their October meeting Monday night that the district is one year away from not having to create another school improvement plan.
Brenda Finch of the SonRise Christian School near Bluffton spent her summer getting a great "tornado tan." Finch, a teacher and administrator at the rural Bluffton school, had to spend most of her summer helping to put the 30-year-old school back together. That "tornado tan" she picked up is a lot like a "farmer's tan," according to Finch. It is not the kind you get at the beach. When you are clearing brush and tree limbs you have to dress for it. Many of the trees around SonRise are stripped, twisted and broken.
Henry David Thoreau, the famous American author of the 19th century, said, "It takes two to speak the truth -- one to speak, and another to hear." The firearms deer hunting season that begins Saturday is treated like Mardi Gras by people in these parts. Families get together, old buddies get together. It is a great time. It is time to dust off those old stories of hunts gone by and perhaps embellish them with a few touches of your own.
Emma Schmitz made a strong bid for a trip to the Class A state cross country meet last Friday in the Section 8A Cross Country meet at Bagley. The Wadena-Deer Creek eighth-grader finished 11th in the field of 125 runners with a time of 16:06.22. The Top 10 finishers in the race qualified for the state meet. Lake of the Woods' Victoria Alexander won the race with a 15:16.37.
The top-seeded Bertha-Hewitt Bears ended the season for Verndale Oct.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines dealt with a long-standing rival Friday night to earn a berth in the South Sub-Section 8AA championship match. Playing their final match of the season on their new home court at WDC Elementary, the Wolverines kept their perfect record intact by topping the Perham Yellowjackets 25-16, 25-17, 25-15. The victory gave the Wolverines a 28-0 record and propelled them into a Thursday match with the Fergus Falls Otters, 15-11. "A lot of kids stepped up and I thought the whole team played well," WDC head coach Sue Volkmann sad. Brittney Noon chalked up 12 kills and
Perham will host a South Sub-Section 8AA championship match Thursday between top-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek (28-0) and No. 2-ranked Fergus Falls (15-11). WDC and Fergus Falls have not met this season but both clubs had played Detroit Lakes. Sartell, Rocori, St. Cloud Cathedral and Sauk Rapids. The Wolverines enter Thursday's match with back-to-back playoff victories over Pequot Lakes and Perham. The Otters have defeated Detroit Lakes and Hawley. The winner of Thusday's 7 p.m. match will advance to play the North Sub-Section 8AA champ, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton or Crookston, at 7 p.m.
Cole Edwards scored two of Breckenridge's six rushing touchdowns Tuesday night as the Cowboys eliminated Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 6AA playoffs with a 42-0 victory. Playing in snow and wind, the top-ranked Cowboys settled for a 16-0 halftime lead over the Wolverines as Ryan Voss and Preston Kappes scored on runs of three yards and one yard. The Cowboys exploded for 26 points in the second half as Stephen Erlandson scored from 11 yards out, Cass Edwards scored from six and nine yards out and Cole Praus went in from the 11. The undefeated Cowboys were a 48-7 winner over WDC Oct.
Dalton Jampsa rallied Underwood from a 6-0 deficit with a touchdown run and a TD pass to beat Verndale 22-6 Tuesday night in Section 4, Class Nine-man playoff action. Verndale head coach Mike Mahlen considered playing conditions to be some of the worst he has ever seen. "It ranks right up there in the top four," Mahlen said after watching his team finish its season in a blizzard. Zack Meidinger gave Verndale the early lead on the wet and snowy field when he broke loose on a 78-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Jampsa brought the Rockets right back and capped the drive with a slick