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Class size became a subject of discussion Monday evening as the Verndale school board looked ahead to the 2015-2016 school year. The school's recent Kindergarten Roundup indicated that the Class of 2028 will start out with 34 students - but it did not exclude another eight who were not able to attend the roundup.
Sam Moore won the discus event last Tuesday as the Raiders tied for 11th in the boys' meet at the Little Amik Indoor at Bemidji State University. Jeff Moore's BHV boys scored 20 points to earn a tie with Bagley-Fosston. Bemidji dominated the boys' meet with 124 points. Otter Tail Central was a distant second with 49. Kenny Miller's BHV girls tied Pine River-Backus, Pillager and Bigfork for 15th with 10 points. Osakis was the meet champ with 85 points and Bemidji was second with 77. Sam Moore threw the discus 141 feet.
Jeff Moore is building his Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders from a collection of younger track and field talent this spring. The head boys' track and field coach saw two of his athletes qualify for the Class A state meet last year. High jumper Justin Gordon celebrated his last year of high school competition by taking fifth at Hamline University. Gordon barely missed 6-5 and ended up at 6-3. Samuel Moore qualified for his first state meet as an eighth-grader last year. Moore qualified for state with a 142-6 toss in the discus.
• The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders managed to out-hit defending Section 6A champ New York Mills 8-5 Thursday but still ended up on the short end of a 9-6 score. Playing their first road game of the year in a cold and ferocious northwest wind, the Raiders were led at the plate by Jordyn Glenz, who drove in three runs and collected three hits. Sydney Weniger rapped out two doubles and drove in a pair of runs.
Kevin Harper and Trent Petro donned black Region IV Golden Gloves championship jackets Saturday night after they qualified for advancement to the Upper Midwest boxing tournament. The Region IV showdown...
How serious will the loss of Ervin Santana be to the Minnesota Twins? To fall back on an old adage - time will tell. Santana tested positive for steroid use last week and earned himself an 80-game suspension from major league baseball.
Wadena Public Works Director Dan Kovar is looking for interest in rekindling a local horseshoe pitching league. Kovar said the city has a horseshoe court at the Wadena softball complex that has not had use for the last four years. "We're doing maintenance on the area and it's just sad to see it sitting there not being used," Kovar said. "We're wondering if there is any interest?" Wadena had a long history with horseshoes before the league broke up.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will put a mixture of youth and experience on the course this season as they tackle their 2015 boys' golf schedule. Returning players from last year's squad include seniors Wade Piper and Matthew Quincer, juniors Jack Goeden and Jordan Kern and freshman Thomas Quincer. Gone from the ranks is Jacob Goeden, who just missed a Class AA state tournament berth by shooting a two-day round of 165 in Section 6 play. WDC head coach Kevin Ross saw Kern pick up his game considerably last year and then play a lot of summer golf.
Missy Tabery will put an experienced Wadena-Deer Creek girls' golf team on the links this spring. In addition to junior Jessica Langer, Tabery will have letterwinners in sophomores Gabi Ross, Jess Rondestvedt and McKayla Woods. "All four have varsity experience," said Tabery, who feels her veterans will be greatly improved over last year. "All four have power and are smart. That helps with the short courses we play and to think around the course. They all have the capability to keep it in the 90s.