Fall 1996

This article submitted by Molly Connors on 12/30/96.

This fall, both the boys and girls cross country teams made it to section competitions, but didn't advance to state.

The girls all ran personal records at the sub section meet to qualify for sections. The team took eighth, last in the section.

Only two seniors, Amanda Lieser and Emily Glenz, will graduate in the spring, so the team shouldn't be hurt too much by graduation.

The boys fared a bit better at sections, placing fifth of eight teams. This team will suffer losses of several graduating seniors. Dan Johnson, who repeatedly led the team this year, will return next year. Also, the junior high boys looked strong throughout the season, so look for eighth and ninth graders leading the pack next year.

In volleyball, the Bulldogs lost their last game, a playoff match, to Kimball. The team loses six seniors to graduation.

The Bulldogs football team ended the season in their second playoff game with a loss to Holdingford.

The football team ended their season with a 2-10 record. From the first game, the team was plagued with injuries. Not any injuries, but quarterback injuries. On the day of the first home game, a golf ball struck quarterback Tony Hoffman in the head during his P.E. class. During that night's game, David Hemmesch - who was quarterbacking - hurt his shoulder and Casey Meagher took over the quarterbacking job.

Jesse Spates quarterbacked the next few games, until he hurt his knee. Noah Bruntlett quarterbacked the Bulldogs for the rest of the season.

Vagle retires
(from football, anyway)

An era in Paynesville football ended in November when coach Virg Vagle resigned his position T the season's end.

Vagle played football in eighth grade and has been involved with the sport ever since. He volunteered for an assistant coaching position during his first year of teaching in Paynesville. In his second year, he was offered the head coaching position. He held the position for three decades and left the team with a 138-131-1 record.

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