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Verndale principal and dean of students Justin Sperling is stepping down to take an administrative position in the Menahga school system. The District 818 School Board approved Sperling's resignation in a special meeting Monday night at Verndale. Sperling has been in the Verndale school district for six years as an elementary teacher and administrator. His wife, Gena, is a first-grade teacher in Verndale. "He's done an excellent job for us from a curriculum standpoint and meeting the academic needs of our students," Verndale superintendent Paul Brownlow said.
The Verndale Pirates surrendered a 9-1 lead Tuesday as they were swept by Park Region Conference foe Sebeka 17-15 and 8-2. The Pirates had an eight-run lead over Sebeka after the first two innings of Game 1 but saw the Trojans storm back behind the bats of Brett Brochpahler, Jessica Lindquist and Katie Huttunen. Brockpahler drove in five runs and collected a pair of hits. Lindquist went 3-for-5 as she drove in four runs. Huttunen went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Kirsten Korfe went 4-for-5 in the loss with four RBIs. Elizabeth Johnson, Jenny Swenson and Mara Kern all drove in a pair of runs.
Megan Vetsch fired a five-hit shutout in Game 1 and the Staples-Motley Cardinals completed a Mid-State Conference softball sweep of Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday in Staples. The Cardinals tacked up a 3-0 victory in the opener as Vertsch out-dueled WDC ace Amanda Perkins. Christina Wolden doubled for the Wolverines. Tripling for the Cards was Kelsey Zetah.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Charley Cantrell and Rachel Craig and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Kathryn VanDenheuvel racked up second place finishes Tuesday in the Section 6A True Team track and field meet in Glyndon. Cantrell was five seconds off the winning pace in the 1,600 run with a 5:41.6 and added a sixth place time of 2:42.10 in the 800. Craig put the shot 33-10 for her runner-up finish and took sixth in the discus with a toss of 89-5.5. The WDC senior was her team's top scorer in the true team meet with 116 points.
The Raiders scored three third place finishes Thursday in the Pillager Invitational. Heather Lipinski ran a 29.22 in the 200 dash, the BHV girls ran a 4:36.23 in the 4x400 and the BHV boys' 4x200 relay team posted a 1:40.10. Hannah Barrett gave the Raiders fifth place points in the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 18.51 and 52.77. The Raiders also racked up a fifth in the girls' 4x100 relay with a time of 57.04. Pillager Invitational Boys Pillager 148, Holdingford 105, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 81, Pine-River-Backus 62, Browerville/Eagle Valley 61, Brainerd JV 54, Pierz 37.5.
Michael Wing and Tyler Fix both carded an 81 Monday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines took 14th in a 19-team field at the Bemidji Invitational. Bryan Silvers brought in an 85 for the Wolverines while Nick LeTourneau fired a 90, Jacob Goeden shot a 93 and Tyler Heinzen chalked up a 102. Roseau claimed team honors with a 314.
Ella Harrison set the pace for her Wolverines May 5 as she carded a 100 in the windy Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational at Whitetail Run. Paige Hartman was two strokes off Harrison's pace with a 102 while Hope Theisen was three back with a 103. Breanna Speed's 108, Amanda Kramer's 111 and Jackie Imsande's 115 rounded out the WDC scoring. The Wolverines placed 10th in the 11-team invitational with a 413. Detroit Lakes and Alexandria both shot a team round of 342 but DL won the tiebreaker.
Cory Tumberg sparked a 17-hit attack Tuesday to give Wadena-Deer Creek a 12-2 victory in Game 1 and a split in a Mid-State Conference twinbill with Staples-Motley. Tumberg had four hhits and a pair of doubles in the opener while Jake Krause came up with two hits, including a double, and two runs. Derrick Rude went 2-for-4 in the win with a solo home run.
A summer remodeling program and personnel issues were on tap at the April 25 meeting of the Verndale School Board. Eight summer projects were outlined for the board by superintendent Paul Brownlow. The largest will be the removal of asbestos tile ($16,400) and the installation of new tile ($15,000) by Pladson Environmental of Minneapolis.
Hope Theisen carded a 101 Monday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed eighth in the Park Rapids Invitational at the Headwaters. Paige Hartman was two strokes off Theisen's pace while Amanda Kramer was seven.