Monthly Archives: November 2013

More pictures from the Madrigal dinner

Here are some of my favorite photos that I shot during the Madrigal Dinner dress rehearsal.

As a fan of history, I was excited to attend the rehearsal to see these students all garbed in medieval dress. The dinner was also fantastic.

 

 

 

 

Students of the Wolf Point High School music department, dressed in medieval-era clothes, welcomed guests into the education center of First Lutheran Church, which had been transformed into a medieval feast hall complete with a castle background and banners hanging from the ceiling.

After guests found their seats, Devon Northington, portraying the jester, read from his scroll and proclaimed the feast fit for queen and king. The choir welcomed the arrival of the king and queen,. After the king and queen, played by David Hopson and Alissa Smith, arrived on the stage, members of the royal court made their way down the aisle, bowing to guests along the way.

These were the opening moments of the 30th annual Wolf Point Madrigal Dinner, held Nov. 22-23. The event was directed by Lynne Monson and accompanimened by Sharon Kolstad.

Madrigal Dinner is intended to recapture the spirit of the Yule celebrations of the Elizabethan era. The dinner included traditional songs that are performed at madrigal dinners, such as the Wassail Song and the Boar’s Head Carol. Throughout the evening, several ballads were sang by the choir.

After the performers sang The Blessing, servers brought a dinner, comprised of barbeque pork wings, vegetable kabobs and fresh rolled brots. The servers also served apple tarts for dessert.

In addition to the songs and food, guests were treated to a comedy, titled May the Farce Be With You. The story was about the jester teaming up with a group of heroes, known as The Knights of the Golden Farce, in order to stop Halley’s Comet. During the play, the audience sang along as the group performed Deck the Halls With Wows of Halley as a dragon, played by Kailey Williamson, danced with one of the characters on stage.

In addition to playing the dragon in the play, Williamson, a senior, helped with serving the food and greeting the guests. She also was responsible with getting the younger students ready for their roles.

“It can be hectic, but it is a lot of fun,” Williamson said.

Aeryn Martin, a freshman, was one of the Knights of the Golden Farce. In preparation for her role, Martin, as well as the other students portraying the knights, rehearsed their mannerisms and lines to make sure they were ready.

“All of the lines are [constantly] running through our heads,” Martin said.

Besides the play, there was also a short skit titled Medieval Help Desk near the beginning of the dinner that featured Northington and Steven Remington.

After the recessional, the choir bid everyone farewell and walked to the back of the room. Monson thanked everyone for coming and invited them to sing Joy to the World with the choir.

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Madrigal Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Students of the Wolf Point High School music department, dressed in medieval-era clothes, welcomed guests into the education center of First Lutheran Church, which had been transformed into a medieval feast hall complete with a castle background and banners hanging from the ceiling.

After guests found their seats, Devon Northington, portraying the jester, read from his scroll and proclaimed the feast fit for queen and king. The choir welcomed the arrival of the king and queen,. After the king and queen, played by David Hopson and Alissa Smith, arrived on the stage, members of the royal court made their way down the aisle, bowing to guests along the way.

These were the opening moments of the 30th annual Wolf Point Madrigal Dinner, held Nov. 22-23. The event was directed by Lynne Monson and accompanimened by Sharon Kolstad.

Madrigal Dinner is intended to recapture the spirit of the Yule celebrations of the Elizabethan era. The dinner included traditional songs that are performed at madrigal dinners, such as the Wassail Song and the Boar’s Head Carol. Throughout the evening, several ballads were sang by the choir.

After the performers sang The Blessing, servers brought a dinner, comprised of barbeque pork wings, vegetable kabobs and fresh rolled brots. The servers also served apple tarts for dessert.

In addition to the songs and food, guests were treated to a comedy, titled May the Farce Be With You. The story was about the jester teaming up with a group of heroes, known as The Knights of the Golden Farce, in order to stop Halley’s Comet. During the play, the audience sang along as the group performed Deck the Halls With Wows of Halley as a dragon, played by Kailey Williamson, danced with one of the characters on stage.

In addition to playing the dragon in the play, Williamson, a senior, helped with serving the food and greeting the guests. She also was responsible with getting the younger students ready for their roles.

“It can be hectic, but it is a lot of fun,” Williamson said.

Aeryn Martin, a freshman, was one of the Knights of the Golden Farce. In preparation for her role, Martin, as well as the other students portraying the knights, rehearsed their mannerisms and lines to make sure they were ready.

“All of the lines are [constantly] running through our heads,” Martin said.

Besides the play, there was also a short skit titled Medieval Help Desk near the beginning of the dinner that featured Northington and Steven Remington.

After the recessional, the choir bid everyone farewell and walked to the back of the room. Monson thanked everyone for coming and invited them to sing Joy to the World with the choir.

Football Holds Awards Ceremony

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The Wolf Point junior high and high school football teams held their awards ceremony Nov. 19 in the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School multipurpose room, five weeks after their final game of the season.

The ceremony featured desserts provided by parents and players.

The ceremony began with coach Scott Vandall honoring four of the junior high players with awards: Cole Grandchamp, Most Valuable Teammate; Leslie Hawk, Most Improved Player; Quinn Whitmus, Mr. Hustle; and Ty Nelson, Rookie of the Year.

After Vandall was finished, coach Bruce Knerr spoke about working to get a Letterman’s Program at Wolf Point for all the sports.

Knerr gave several awards to high school members of the team: Owen Lepper and Wesley Weeks, Rookies of the Year; Cam Quincy, Top Lineman; Josh Berger, Most Inspirational; Logan Flynn, Horizon Award; David Hopson, Mr. Hustle Award and Silver Wolf Award; Tukker Toavs, Man of Steel Award; and Hayden Hanks, Most Valuable Teammate.

Knerr asked the seniors, who are graduating in the spring, not to forget about the team as their younger teammates will be representing them on the field next year. He also reminded the seniors that they will be representing Wolf Point throughout their lives.

Knerr acknowledged the team’s managers: Kailey Williamson, Danielle Vermette and Stormy Knerr.

“I can’t thank them enough for the hard work they do,” Knerr said.

Knerr presented the varsity players their home jerseys. He said he and the other coaches will be working with the school to establish a Letterman’s program for all sports.

Knerr presented home jerseys to the following varsity players: Toavs, Hopson, Garrett Pronto, Trent Wemmer, Steven Remington, Devon Hughes, Paul Nygaard, Aaron D’Ambrosio, Dalton Hafner, Tyson Bridges, Quincy, Trevor Hamilton, Michael DeWitt, Austin Juve, Logan Flynn, Terrell Hamilton, David Knerr, Ty Nygaard, Lepper, Weeks, Jordan Clarke, Kenny Boos, Adam Weinberger and Brady Babb.

As he handed out jerseys, he mentioned that colleges have been scouting several senior players.

In addition to the high school awards, several players received district and national honors. Quincy, Bridges, Hopson, Knerr and Hanks were selected for the District 2B Football All-Conference Second Team.

Babb, Stormy Knerr, David Knerr, Kenny Boos, Lepper, Paul Nygaard, D’Ambrosio and Remington received Academic All-State Awards. To receive this honor, players and managers must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Knerr announced that Hopson was selected as a player for the upcoming all-star game while Toavs and Wemmer were picked as alternates. The cost to send the players to Malta is a flat fee of $500 and the football team is planning a fundraising event in the future.

Knerr thanked the parents for a good year and mentioned he and coaches Vandall, Brent Boitano, Walker Weeks, Jeff Whitmus and David D’Ambrosio would be getting things started for next year. He asked parents to help keep their children on the “straight and narrow” path.

Students deck the halls…I mean lobby

One of the cool things about working at a small town newspaper is you never know what kind of photo opportunities will present themselves, especially during the holiday season.

This past Monday I went to Wolf Point High School to get a couple of last-minute quotes for a story I was working on for Thursday’s issue of the Herald News.

As I was waiting for wrestling practice to begin, an angelic voice over the intercom – I won’t say who so as not to embarrass the individual – reminded the student council that they needed to get the lobby to decorate the hallway for the holidays. I raced back to the office in freezing temperatures and grabbed the camera off my desk in order to get some photos of the students decking the halls.

I love the Christmas season, it always puts me in a good mood. However, I really like seeing students get into the spirit of the season and decorate their halls.

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One of the first people I stumbled across was Sierra Hanks stapling stockings underneath the window of the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School lobby office. Hanks, a student council member and a member of the Lady Wolves volleyball team, also helped with setting up the Christmas tree in the middle of the lobby.

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Christean Holen hangs an ornament on the Christmas tree in the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School lobby. Holen was one of the several members of the student council and Lady Wolves volleyball team who took some time out of her afternoon to decorate the halls.

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Shelby Hanks tries to untangle the lights before placing them on the tree. Hanks is also a member of student council and the Lady Wolves volleyball team – I’m a sensing a trend here – who took a chunk of time out of her day to decorate.

 

Wolf Point And Poplar Volleyball Players Selected For All-Conference Teams

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Although the season was over for both the Wolf Point and Poplar high school volleyball teams, the accolades continued to roll in.

Members of the Wolf Point Lady Wolves and Poplar Lady Indians varsity volleyball teams were picked for the 2013 District 2B Volleyball All-Conference Teams.

Wolf Point senior and Lady Wolves’ captain T’Elle Evans was selected for the All-Conference First Team. Joining her will be Cassidy Bummer, Plentywood; Megan Dailey, Glasgow; Abby Dalby, Glasgow; JoLynn Reyling, Glasgow; Darby Schye, Malta and Lindsey Wangerin, Plentywood.

Evans, Dalby and Dailey were also All-State Selections.

Wolf Point senior setter Sarah Hafner, junior Mariah Weeks and Poplar senior Tomee Escarcega made the All-Conference Second Team. Joining them will be Khloe Krumwiede, Glasgow; Kelsey Kuehn, Malta; Larimie Scheffel-mear, Malta; and Nicole Wangerin, Plentywood.

The Wolf Point Lady Wolves’ varsity volleyball team competed in the 2013 Montana 2B Volleyball District Tournament Nov. 1-2 in the Wolves’ Den where they faced Poplar, Glasgow, Plentywood and Harlem.

They finished fourth overall would advance to the northern divisional tournament in Malta, Nov. 7-9. Joining the Lady Wolves will be Glasgow, Plentywood and Malta.

Although they did not win the district championship, the Lady Wolves were proud of the way they performed on the court. Evans, the captain of the Lady Wolves’ varsity team, said the team played some of their best games of the season during the tournament. That reminded me of what the coach once said “the real season doesn’t start until districts.”

Just a sidebar here, covering the Lady Wolves volleyball team was one of my favorite beats to cover during my tenure at the Wolf Point Herald. Both Elle and Weeks were fun to watch on the court and Hafner was a stellar setter. Writing about the team helped me learn more about the game – not only the rules and positions but also the jargon and ins and outs of the game.

Seventh-Grade Basketball Loses To Frontier, Defeats Plentywood

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The seventh-grade Wolf Point girls’ basketball team competed in a jamboree, Nov. 16, hosted by the Frontier Mustangs at the Wolf Point High School.

In the first game, Wolf Point was defeated by Frontier, 41-20. The Lady Wolves only played five girls, due to injury and ineligibility issues, in the match against the Mustangs.

Frontier was able to dictate the pace in the first half establishing a halftime lead of 21-5. Hailey Brunelle, Lauren Crawford and Laressa Dale scored points for the Lady Wolves in the first half of the game.

In the second half of the game, Wolf Point was outpaced by Frontier 20-15 dropping the contest by a final score of 41-20. Leading the way for Wolf Point in the game was Abby Juve with 12 points. Brunelle scored five points; Crawford had two points and Dale made one to cap the team’s scoring.

In game two of the jamboree, Wolf Point rebounded from the loss to defeat the Plentywood Lady Cats, 34-6.

Strong defense and rebounding allowed the Lady Wolves to build a 16-4 half-time lead. In the first half, Wolf Point was paced by the inside-outside duo of Juve and Brunelle who scored four and 12 points, respectively.

The Lady Wolves held the Lady Cats to only one field goal in the second half behind strong team defense to win with a final score of 34-6.

Brunelle led her team with 20 points while Dale made eight and Juve scored six.

Coach Stacey Summers said the team played well considering they only had a total of five players competing in the jamboree. She added that the less-experienced players stepped up this past weekend and will benefit from the experience on the court.

The seventh-grade team won’t have to wait too long to face the Lady Wildcats on the court. Wolf Point will travel to Plentywood for a jamboree Nov. 23.

 

Eighth-Grade Goes 0-2 At Jamboree

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The Wolf Point eighth-grade girls’ basketball team returned to their home court to play in the jamboree hosted at Wolf Point, Nov. 9.

In the first game, the Wolves played one of their cross-town rivals, the Glasgow Scotties. Both teams played a close game until Glasgow slipped into the lead. The Lady Wolves were able to tie the score at the end of the second half. After an exciting double overtime between the two teams, the Scotties defeated the Wolves, 32-30.

Jaki Harada, Sierra Summers and Savannah Wozniak led their team in offense by scoring eight points apiece. Ayanna Archdale contributed two points to her team’s score.

Gillian Medicine Cloud, who scored four points, was selected as the top offensive player of the game for Wolf Point. Harada, Summers and Archdale, who made an impact on offense, were selected as the top defensive players of the game.

Coach Melissa Cromwell noted the team had some foul trouble early in the game, but they played a great overall defensive game. Despite the loss to Glasgow, she was pleased with the team stepping up and playing well under the boards.

In the second game, an already exhausted Wolf Point team played the Plentywood Lady Wildcats. After two exciting halves, Plentywood defeated Wolf Point, 24-21.

Summers was the only Lady Wolf to score in the double digits with 10 points, while Harada made four and Medicine Cloud scored three. Archdale and Wozniak scored two points each.

Summers was picked as the Wolves’ top offensive player of the game against the Lady Wildcats. She, along with Harada and Wozniak were all voted the top defensive players.

Cromwell noted the Wolves were able to gain some offense later in the game, but fell short.

The eighth-grade Wolves will next play at the jamboree hosted by Frontier, at Wolf Point, Nov. 16.