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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.
Wadena-Deer Creek eighth-grader Emma Schmitz continued to shine Saturday as she placed 90th in the Swain Invitational at Enger Park in Duluth. Schmitz, who did not start the season running against varsity competition but quickly transitioned, placed 90th with a 17:31 time.
Teresa Moenkedick had 18 digs and five kills as the Verndale Pirates claimed a tough 3-1 victory Tuesday night over New York Mills. Shelley Glenz saw her Verndale volleyers dominate the first game 25-4. The Eagles turned the tables in Game 2 to gain a 26-24 victory. After the Pirates won a 25-15 decision in Game 3, Eagles gave them another tussle before losing a 28-26 squeaker. Megan Richter backed up Moenkedick with four kills and also added six blocks and seven digs. Jordanna Schluttner and Ashley Richter combined for 19 digs and four aces serves.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines captured three of four singles matches and added a doubles win Tuesday to edge West Central Area 4-3 for their third victory of the season. Macy Hartman, Haley Anderson and Paige Hartman notched singles victories for the Wolverines. Macy Hartman tacked up a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Nicole Anderson at No. 1 while Anderson topped Jasmyn Smith 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 and Paige Hartman defeated Sarah Frisch 6-2, 6-1 in the No, 3 match. WDC's No.