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The Verndale Pirates came back from a 7-4 loss to Park Region Conference foe Pillager Tuesday to earn a split with a 7-2 win. Shayla Hunstad held Pirates to one earned run through the first four innings. Ally Hunstad took over in the fifth and threw hitless relief. Jenny Swenson went the first five for Pirates walking one and fanning one. Teresa Moenkedick finished up and allowed one safety in her one inning of work. Crystal Haskin drove in two runs for Verndale with two hits.
Wadena-Deer Creek golfers Michael Wing and Bryan Silvers shot team low rounds of 81 and 83 Friday and Saturday in matches at The Pines of Grandview and The Preserve. Following Wing's 81 at The Pines were Silvers (96), Bryce Pazdernick (98), Nick LeToureau (103), Tyler Heinzen (104) and Duke Harrison (105). Silver's 83 round at The Preserve beat Wing by four strokes. Rounding out the scoring were Pazdernick (88), Harrison (95), LeTourneau (102) and Heinzen (104).
Mike Paavola notched Wadena-Deer Creek's lone victory at No. 1 singles Tuesday in a 6-1 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. Paavola was a 7-5, 6-2 winner over Brandon Roering. Drew Larson pushed Jed Johnson at No. 2 singles winning 6-4 after Johnson claimed the opener 6-1. Johnson prevailed for a 6-4 decision in the third set. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 1 Singles 1 Mike Paavola (WDC) def. Brandon Roering (LPGE) 6-2, 7-5 2 Jed Johnson (LPGE) def. Drew Larson (WDC) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 3 Roger Meade (LPGE) def. Joe Pate (WDC) 6-1, 6-1 4 Jeremy Walters (LPGE) def.
The Park Rapids Panthers pulled out a 3-2 squeaker in Game 1 but romped 12-6 in the nightcap Tuesday to sweep Wadena-Deer Creek in a Mid-State softball doubleheader. Megan Popp drove in both of WDC's runs in the first game with a bases-loaded hit in the sixth to put the Wolverines on top 2-1. The Panthers rallied to win in the seventh as a trap allowed two runs to score. Steph Hahn fanned nine and walked two in the loss.
Jeff Schafer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe covers his ears as a coal train roars through Wadena Monday morning. Regulations demand that trains sound their powerful horns as they approach city crossings. Schafer was running a railroad tie inserter at the Second Steet crossing in downtown Wadena.
One of the greatest sounds to a turkey hunter is a tom gobbling up a storm. It rates in the same class of thrill as a flock of bluebills screaming into the decoy set. That is the kind of thrill I was after a couple weeks back when I headed into the wood with an owl call. It had been blowing all day but around 7 the wind dropped and we suddenly had a quiet spring evening. Tom turkeys will not come to an owl call but if he hears the call he will let out with a gobble, giving away his location. The plan was perfect but the results that evening were strictly negative.
The Verndale School Board got the good news and the bad news in straight doses Monday night at its April meeting. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of St. Anthony Village, a school in a metro community with high property values that does not qualify for referendum aid, the Verndale district had gained $111,000 in state aid since last July because it does not have an operating levy. Verndale is one of only a handful of districts in the state to have this distinction.
Justin Sperling was promoted to the position of K-8 principal and district assessment coordinator Monday night at the April meeting of the District 818 School Board. Sperling, who has held the job of dean of students in Verndale during the 2009-10 school year, will step into his new position July 1. In other personnel moves, the board granted tenure to Kali Matthiesen (elementary education, 5-8 science), Sara Ross (elementary education K-6, birth-grade 3), Gena Sperling (elementary education K-6) and Shalom Ziegler (5-12 health/K-12 physical education, adaptive physical education). The boar
Girls' Golf Crosby-Ironton Invitational Kayla Krause (WDC), third, 85 Amanda Kramer (WDC) 108 Tennis Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 1 Singles 1 Mike Paavola (WDC) def. Brandon Roering (LP) 6-2, 7-5. 2 Jed Johnson (LP) def. Drew Larson (WDC) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 3 Roger Meade (LP) def. Joe Pate (WDC) 6-1, 6-1 4 Jeremy Walters (LP) def. Zach Norenberg (WDC) 6-1, 6-2 Doubles 1 Cody Warner-Zach Pesta (LP) def. Cory Pettow-Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-1, 6-4 2 Jake Atkinson-Cory Graves (LP) def. Matt Green-Kevin Jensen (WDC) 6-0, 6-2 3 Tim Dewey-Nick Jaskin (LP) def.
Tennis Minnewaska Area 7, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Singles 1 Dylan Huffman (M) def. Mike Paavola (WDC) 7-5, 6-3 2 Tanner Hutch (M) def. Taylor Garcia (WDC) 6-4, 6-3 3 Jacob Braaten (M) def. Drew Larson (WDC) 6-4, 6-3 4 Jackson Moore (M) def. Joe Pate (WDC) 6-4, 6-2 Doubles 1 Tanner Blair-Lars Meisher (M) def. Cory Pettow-Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-1, 6-2 2 Zach Busek-Christian Waage (M) def. Zach Norenberg-Kevin Jensen (WDC) 7-5, 6-0 3 Tony Krueger-Kris Daniels (M) def.