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The Verndale school board approved the master contract with support staff Monday in their November meeting. Among those benefitting from the contract will be non-certified custodial, secretarial, education assistants, food service employees, bus drivers, the school's computer applications helpdesk support and the athletic director.The contract will cover the years between 2013 and 2015. The board tabled the contracts for business manager, 5-12 principal and K-4 principal at the recommendation of Verndale superintendent Paul Brownlow. "We haven't had enough time to meet with the negotiations
Noah Thompson scored three times behind a huge line Friday as the Underwood Rockets crushed Verndale's state playoff hopes with a 30-12 victory in the Section 4, Class Nine-man championship game at the Fargodome. The top-seeded Pirates, who lost only one regular season game and out-scored their other nine opponents 349-86, saw Dylan Kalenze slip into the end zone on Underwood's first offensive possession in the game for a four-yard TD conversion. The early 6-0 lead proved to be a huge psychological edge for the second-seeded Rockets, who lost a 14-13 overtime contest to Verndale in the sec
The Browerville Tigers withstood 29 kills from Shania and Jordyn Glenz Thursday night to win the South Sub-Section 5A title at Pierz. Crystal Pearson led the Tigers with 29 kills and 37 digs, Pearson was backed up at the net by Kendra Buchta who came up with 15 kills and five ace blocks. The loss stopped Verndale's bid for a section title and a state berth after three straight sub-section victories. The Pirates saw their season end at 22-10.
Jil Fiemeyer, Ann Pate and Wayne Perkins were the top three vote-getters Tuesday in the Wadena-Deer Creek school board race. Fiemeyer, a first-time candidate for the board, had 1,587 votes with 18 of the district's 21 precincts reporting. Pate edged Perkins for the second spot gaining 1,454 votes to Perkins' 1,381. Vince Hinojos, another first-time candidate, made it a close four-way race by securing 1,264 votes. Fiemeyer, a communications specialist at Tri-County Health Care, is a native of Wadena and the mother of three.
Farm machinery operators bring in the corn harvest Monday afternoon on a field west of Wadena along Highway 29.
Shania and Jordyn Glenz combined for 40 kills and Sarah Moenkedick recorded 27 digs Friday as the Verndale Pirates advanced to third round action in the Section 5A volleyball tournament by topping Upsala 3-1. The Pirates claimed the opener 25-22 but the Cardinals evened the match with a 25-21 victory. The Pirates won a tough 25-22 victory in Game 3 and edged Upsala 25-21 in Game 4. The Pirates had a strong night defensively.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed seventh and eighth respectively Friday in Section 8A cross country competition at Twin Pines Golf Course near Bagley. The Wolverines failed to qualify anyone for state but WDC head coach Mike Brunsberg and assistant coach Terry Olson rated it as the team's "best overall performance of the season." "Hats off to the three seniors who ran their final race — Tristin Godel, Brody Wangsness and Brianna Rosenthal," Brunsberg said. "Godel and Wangsness turned in their best season times.
The second-seeded Frazee Hornets ousted third-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek from the South Sub-Section 8AA playoffs last Friday with a 3-1 victory on the Frazee court. The Wolverines claimed the first match 25-15 but saw the Hornets come back for three straight victories of 25-12, 25-23 and 25-17. Kennady Barlund was Frazee's kill leader with 19 while Whitney Janu added 10. Hailee Oswald went 27 of 29 at the serving line while Maddison Oswald recorded 42 assists. The victory gave the Hornets a 19-10 season mark and propelled them into the South Sub-Section 8AA finals against No.
James Kveton and Dillon Card teamed up with a shutout-minded defense Saturday to lift the Verndale Pirates into the Section 4 championship game. Kveton converted on touchdown runs of three and four yards and led the Pirates with 15 stops. Card carried 16 times for 126 yards, scored on a 13-yard run and hit Zach Johnson with a 32-yard aerial as the Pirates blanked Brandon-Evansville 26-0. "Our defense really played well," Verndale head coach Mike Mahlen said. "It was a very, very hard-hitting game, very physical." The victory gave the No.
Mitch Messman and the Holdingford Huskers crushed Wadena-Deer Creek 47-0 last Tuesday in a Section 6AA quarterfinal game. Messman scored three times on runs of one, 21 and 10 yards and logged a game-high 126 yards on just eight carries. The defending Section 6AA champs scored five rushing touchdowns and added two through the air as Austin Gerads found Taylor Nitz on 11 and 33-yard hookups. The No. 7 Wolverines were led on the ground by Josh Brink who rushed eight times for 20 yards.