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AHSTW's 10 Game Regular Season Win Streak on the Line Friday

(Avoca) Friday night on KSOM2 it’s AHSTW opposing Audubon. The Vikings return a wealth of experience from last season’s dome team that finished 12-1.


Coach Davis Pattee says despite playing against Audubon twice last year it’s hard to get a scouting report on a team in week 1.



The Vikings are looking for several players to step up and fill the shoes of 8 key seniors especially the two of the leading rusher who graduated Kyle Bauerkemper and Austin Fink.



Cain Francois, Terry Shannon, and Dustin Engel will all see more carries this season. Plus starting quarterback Nathan Herbst returns after rushing for 921 yards last season.


AHSTW hasn’t lost a regular season game since falling short to Logan-Magnolia in Week 8 of 2012. 


Click for the interview with AHST coach Davis Pattee

Seven Letter Winners Back for CAM Volleyball

(Anita) CAM will open up the volleyball season Thursday against Coon Rapids-Bayard.


Coach Zeli Rasmussen’s group loses only one senior from last year’s two-win squad. They are excited to start the 2014 season.


Tierney Sothman and Mackenzie Schwenke are the lone seniors on the team. Coach Rasmussen says they've been good leaders on and off the court. In all, the team returns seven letter winners plus a few newcomers that will make an impact. Among those players is Lindsay Dinkla, Rachel Riker, Felicity Jackson, Grace Hansen, Shalyn Smith, and Katie Aupperle. 



Coach Rasmussen says Coon Rapids-Bayard is a strong opponent out of the gate. The Crusaders won 19 matches last season.  The two teams meet Thursday night in Coon Rapids. 


Click for the interview with coach Zeli Rasmussen

Spartan Football Not Lacking in Talent Despite Key Losses to Graduation

(Elk Horn) Defending 8-Player runner-up Exira-EHK is chomping at the bit to get the 2014 season underway.


The group has a lot to replace from a year ago and are eager to get things started. They oppose Nishnabotna (1-8 in 2013) on the road Friday night.


Multiple all-district and all-state performers graduated, but the cupboard isn’t bare. The headliner returning is quarterback Drew Peppers who rushed for 42 TD’s and over 2,000 yards last season. Guys like Jared Hansen and Martin Olson will be plugged into starting roles in the backfield. Both averaged over 8.5 yards per carry in reserve roles last year.


Jake Paulsen was a big standout in their scrimmage with Guthrie Center last week, according to Coach Tom Petersen. The team may look to stretch the field this year with big targets like Paulsen, Lucas Schwery, and Brady Hansen.


Coach Petersen says communication is key in week 1 when you don’t know as much about what your opponent. 


Click for the interview with Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen

Area Volleyball Scores from Tuesday, August 26th

A-D-M, Adel 21-21, Carlisle 8-5
A-D-M, Adel 21-21, Knoxville 16-13
A-D-M, Adel 21-21, Newton 17-18
Alta/Aurelia 25-18-25-25, OA-BCIG 16-25-22-11
Ankeny Christian Academy 25-25-27, Van Meter 22-18-25

Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 21-21, A-D-M, Adel 17-10

Moravia 25-25-25, Orient-Macksburg 13-10-16

Oskaloosa 24-10-15, A-D-M, Adel 22-21-11

River Valley 25-25, West Harrison 6-13

Stanton 16-25-22-25-15, Nishnabotna 25-17-25-19-13

Atlantic Cross Country Time Trial Results

(Atlantic) The line-ups are set for the Atlantic Cross Country teams opening meet at Glenwood on Saturday.


Atlantic Head Coach Paul Iekel held time trials Tuesday, and Ryan Hawkins came in as the number one runner on the boys side with a time of 18:31 seconds. Phoenix Shadden grabbed the second spot with a time of 18:36, Carter Cox third, 19:32, Marshall McDermott, fourth, 20:02, David Thomsen, fifth, 20:03, Zach Brooks, Sixth, 20:13 and freshmen Cale Pellett rounded out the varsity roster with a seventh place finish in a time of 20:18.


Tiffany Williams led the Trojan girls with a time of 15:22, Savannah Sorensen finished second in a time of 17:07, Karly Monson was third, 17:10, Alexis Brockman, fourth, 17:22, Ashleigh Waltz, fifth, 17:23, Allie Siggins, sixth, 17:43, and Erin Sauegling rounded out the seven team roster in a time of 17:53.


Tom Robinson

August 27, 2014  

Tri-Center Boys Cross Country Sets Sights on State Meet

(Neola) The Tri-Center boys cross country team is expecting big things this season.


The group has 17 athletes out for cross country which coach Dennis Jarrett says is the most he’s had in eight years at the helm.


The team has doubled in numbers from a year ago. They’ll be lead by Christopher Jarrett and Dion Coffey, but their strength is their overall depth.  After near misses in each of the last few years, the Trojans are pushing for a state berth this season.


The girls team has just seven runners out and only two of them are returners from last year.


The team starts the season September 2nd at Logan-Magnolia. 


Click for the interview with coach Dennis Jarrett

Griswold Benefits from Nodaway Valley Scrimmage, Will Host Bedford in Week 1

(Griswold) The Griswold Tiger football team is just days away from getting their 2014 season started.


Coach Andy Everett and the Tigers will take on Bedford at home on Friday night. The Tigers went 4-5 last year while the Bulldogs finshed 1-8, but both teams are looking for bigger things in 2014. 


Now some teams view non-district games as building blocks for a successful district run, but that’s not the case at Griswold. Coach Everett says they are, 'All in.'



The Tigers held a scrimmage with Nodaway Valley last week and things went well. The two squads went head to head for about an hour and a half with starters and backups both getting repetitions. 



Coach Everett says first year starting quarterback Walker Mundorf ran the offense really well during the scrimmage. Mundorf missed all of last season with an injury. 


Click for the interview with coach Andy Everett

Audubon Football Team Opens at AHSTW Friday

(Audubon) The Audubon football team will put their 7 game regular season win streak on the line Friday night when they open their season with AHSTW, a team that's won 10 straight regular season games.

Friday's matchup between the Wheelers and the Vikings will air on KSOM 2. Audubon will be led offensively this season by senior Trevor Smith, entering his third season as the starting quarterback. Co-Head coach Sean Birks describes Smith as a key asset in that position.


Three of Smith's top four targets from last year are gone. This year juniors Mitchell Nelsen and Tristan Stephens along with freshman Josh Lange will see the bulk of the wide receiver duties while Drew Christensen and Lake Hacker will play at the tight ends.


Jake Mulford is the leading returning rusher on the team. He'll step into a starting role this season after averaging 5.7 yards per carry as the backup last season. Coach Birks says Mulford put in a ton of time to improve this summer.


Matt Smith-Petersen as the backup running back and Derek Nielsen at fullback will also see a lot of time in the backfield. Audubon opens up against an AHSTW team that has defeated them three times in the last two years.


Audubon held their scrimmage last Friday. Coach Birks says they were able to get some day type reps and come out of the scrimmage healthy which were two of their main goals. Friday's matchup against AHSTW kicks off at 7:00. Cory Maassen will have the broadcast on KSOM2.  


Click for the interview with co-head coach Sean Birks



IGHSAU Pre-Season Volleyball Rankings

Class 1A

  1. Holy Trinity Catholic
  2. Janesville
  3. Central Lyon
  4. Grandview Christian
  5. LeMars Gehlen Catholic
  6. Tripoli
  7. Guthrie Center (23-7 last year)
  8. Don Bosco
  9. New London
  10. Algona Bishop Garrigan
  11. Turkey Valley
  12. Northwood-Kensett
  13. Springville
  14. Fremont-Mills (22-5)
  15. Murray

Class 2A

  1. Dike-New Hartford
  2. Western Christian
  3. Unity Christian
  4. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
  5. Grundy Center
  6. St. Albert
  7. South Central Calhoun
  8. Wapsie Valley
  9. Des Moines Christian
  10. West Branch
  11. Treynor
  12. Hudson
  13. Sumner-Fredericksburg
  14. Woodward-Granger
  15. Jesup

Class 3A

  1. Solon
  2. Mount Vernon
  3. Iowa Falls-Alden
  4. Independence
  5. Red Oak
  6. Nevada
  7. Mediapolis
  8. Kuemper Catholic
  9. West Liberty
  10. Beckman Catholic
  11. Algona
  12. Union
  13. Davis County
  14. Forest City
  15. MOC-Floyd Valley

Class 4A

  1. Harlan
  2. West Delaware
  3. Indianola
  4. Marion
  5. Bishop Heelan Catholic
  6. Clear Creek-Amana
  7. LeMars
  8. Lewis Central
  9. Charles City
  10. CR Xavier
  11. Waverly-Shell Rock
  12. Boone
  13. Pella
  14. Webster City
  15. Mount Pleasant

Class 5A

  1. Ankeny Centennial
  2. Ankeny
  3. Dowling Catholic
  4. Bettendorf
  5. IC West 
  6. Pleasant Valley
  7. Waukee
  8. Abraham Lincoln
  9. Linn-Mar
  10. Johnston

Exira-EHK Volleyball Team Very Deep

(Elk Horn) Exira-EHK will get the 2014 volleyball season underway Saturday when they compete at the Missouri Valley Tournament.


The Spartan volleyball team returns a lot of experience as they head into the new season. Head coach Connie Wyatt says six key seniors are back. 



Grace Hoflen is among those seniors back in the lineup, she ranked 2nd on the team last year with 140 kills. Also back is senior Brenna Juelsgaard who led the group with 412 assists last year while ranking 2nd on the squad in digs.


Coach Wyatt says overall it's a very talented team. She identifies several strengths of this year's team, including serving, blocking, and hitting.


The Spartans finished fourth in the conference last year and coach Wyatt is hoping for a higher finish this year, but notes the Rolling Valley Conference is much more competitive than the old Rolling Hills used to be. 


Click for the interview with coach Connie Wyatt

Des Moines Register Releases Preseason Football Rankings




1. W.D.M. DOWLING CATHOLIC (14-0): 2013 champ led by star QB Ryan Boyle

2. WAUKEE (10-2):Powerhouse offense can run and pass

3. C.R. WASHINGTON (6-4):One of the most experienced teams in 4-A

4. W.D.M. VALLEY (10-3):Elite all-state lineman John Raridon guides offense

5. BETTENDORF (10-3):Dual-threat QB Cyle Cox gained more than 1,600 yards

6. CEDAR FALLS (7-4):QB Trey Hansen is one of 10 starters back

7. AMES (11-1):Nine starters return from last year's squad

8. SOUTHEAST POLK (7-4):All-staters Deion Mikesell, Jake Marnin are back

9. PLEASANT VALLEY (11-1):Six all-conference players look for more success

10. DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD (4-5):A whopping 15 players have started


1. CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER (12-2): Last year's 4-A runner up dropped a class

2. DAV. ASSUMPTION (9-2): Outstanding defensive team returns 13 starters

3. PELLA (11-1): All-staters Garret Jansen, Seth Johnson, Noah Clayberg back

4. W. DELAWARE (9-2): Brent Lammers (2,100 yards of offense) leads attack

5. SIOUX CITY HEELAN (14-0): Defending state champ aims for repeat

6. HARLAN (10-2): Winner of a state-best 12 championships

7. DECORAH (11-1): Traditional power has won five state titles

8. WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK (7-4): Six players have started two or more years

9. GILBERT (8-4): Two 1,000-yard rushers in backfield

10. WASHINGTON (12-1): State runner up has 11 returning starters in lineup.


1. CLEAR LAKE (12-1): Brock Adams (1,478 yards passing) leads 3-A semifinalist

2. N. FAYETTE VALLEY (11-2): Josh Mackey, Derrick Kuehner: 3,200 yards rush.

3. SPIRIT LAKE (9-2): Eight athletes earned all-district honors last year

4. ALBIA (12-1): Talented group seeks to continue breakthrough

5. NEW HAMPTON (11-1): All-state Connor Frerichs leads 10 returning starters

6. SIOUX CENTER (10-3): State semifinalist has 14 starters back

7. HAMPTON-DUMONT (6-4): QB Cole Miller is a three-year starter

8. C. LYON/GEORGE-LITTLE ROCK (7-4): Ten starters returning, including QB

9. CASCADE (8-3): Derek Lieurance (2,251 passing yards) leads offense

10. MEDIAPOLIS (11-1): Four returning first-team all-district players


1. IOWA CITY REGINA (14-0): Seeking fifth straight state championship

2. WEST LYON (14-0): Last year's Class A champs move up a class

3. SOUTH WINNESHIEK (9-3): 12 starters back led by all-state Jordan Rommes

4. FORT DODGE ST. EDMOND (13-1): State runner-up looking for more success

5. EMMETSBURG (5-5): Traditional power has won nine state titles

6. ST. ANSGAR (7-3): Thirty upperclassmen lead veteran squad

7. WEST BRANCH (6-4): Lucas Lamont (1,517 yards passing) returns

8. HMS (HARTLEY) (4-6): Iowa recruit Brett Waechter leads powerful line

9. AHSTW (AVOCA) (12-1): Experienced team moves up from Class A

10. IKM-MANNING (4-5): 1,000-yard rusher Sam Wegner among 10 starters


1. MAQUOKETA VALLEY (DELHI) (11-1): Ryan Parmely rushed for 2,544 yards

2. C.B. ST. ALBERT (10-1): Traditional power dropped a class

3. GLAD.-REINBECK (9-3): All-state lineman Zach Pierce among 10 starters

4. NASHUA-PLAINFIELD (7-5): Three runners combined to gain 2,100 yards

5. AGWSR (ACKLEY) (9-2): Talented group has several three-year starters

6. LOGAN-MAGNOLIA (5-4): Ten players with starting experience return

7. LAWTON-BRONSON (7-4): Anteres Ashley rushed for 1,065 yards last year

8. LONE TREE (6-4): Good depth led by four first-team all-district picks

9. SOUTH O'BRIEN (10-2): Strong senior class; dropped from 1-A

10. MOUNT AYR (8-3): Stars Kyle Dolecheck, Joe Ricker lead defense


1. FREMONT-MILLS (7-3): Spencer Phillips (1,687 rushing) leads veteran team

2. DON BOSCO (GILBERTVILLE) (14-0): Last year's state champ seeks a repeat

3. MMC (MARCUS) (10-2): Backfield returns two 1,000-yard rushers

4. JANESVILLE (8-2): Four players earned first-team all-district honors

5. CENTRAL (ELKADER) (6-5): Nathan Fitzgerald rushed for 1,236 yards

6. EXIRA-EHK (12-1): Drew Peppers is a two-time all-stater

7. NW-KENSETT (7-4): Key offensive athletes return for traditional power

8. EAST MILLS (8-3): Six athletes with starting experience are back

9. MELCHER-DALLAS (5-4): Everyone who played last year returns

10. GUTHRIE CENTER (4-6): Playing first year of eight-man football

Griswold Volleyball Team Aiming for New Heights

(Griswold) A very big senior class will lead the Griswold volleyball team in the their 2014 campaign. The team is coming off of an 11-15 season. Only two graduates are gone from that group.


Griswold won 7 of their last 11 games down the stretch last year before bowing out in the regional semi-finals to eventual state qualifier Stanton. Coach Jody Rossell and the Tigers would love to carry that momentum into this season.


The squad has set the bar extremely high for this season with coach Rossell saying they’ve been improving the last two years and want to improve again.


8 seniors will make up the bulk of the varsity rotation. Those seniors include Melodie Anstey, Jackie Rush, Kayla Kirchhoff, Katie Duggan, Marlia Rossell, Kinzey Nicklaus, Morgan Godwin, and Bethany Berg. Juniors Jessica Marshall and Reagan Whitehill will also play major roles this season.


Click for the interview with coach Jody Rossell

Iowa Association of Track Coaches Cross Country Team Rankings





Class 1A

  1. Pekin
  2. Pochahotnas
  3. Central Elkader
  4. South Winneshiek
  5. North Linn
  6. IC Regina
  7. Griswold
  8. Lynnville-Sully
  9. St. Albert
  10. Emmetsburg
  11. South Hamilton
  12. Durant
  13. Panorama
  14. Newman Catholic
  15. North Iowa

Class 2A

  1. Unity Christian
  2. Cascade
  3. Western Christian
  4. Monticello
  5. South Central
  6. North Fayette
  7. Greene County
  8. Davis County 
  9. East Marshall
  10. North Polk
  11. Roland Story
  12. Osage
  13. Mid-Prairie
  14. West Central Valley
  15. Northeast

Class 3A

  1. Decorah
  2. Gilbert
  3. Mt. Vernon/Lisbon
  4. Davenport Assumption
  5. MOC-Floyd Valley
  6. Pella
  7. Charles City
  8. Humboldt
  9. Vinton-Shellsburg
  10. Williamsburg
  11. Spencer
  12. Winterset
  13. CR Xavier
  14. Grinnell
  15. Dallas Center-Grimes

Class 4A

  1. Ames
  2. Johnston
  3. Pleasant Valley
  4. Dowling Catholic
  5. Linn-Mar
  6. Waukee
  7. IC West
  8. Ankeny Centennial
  9. Bettendorf
  10. Urbandale
  11. DM Roosevelt
  12. Muscatine
  13. CR Kennedy
  14. Iowa City High
  15. Dubuque Senior



Class 1A

  1. West Fork
  2. Denver
  3. Riverside
  4. Bellevue
  5. St. Albert
  6. Trinity Christian
  7. South Winneshiek
  8. Boyer Valley
  9. Bishop Garrigan
  10. Highland
  11. IC Regina
  12. St. Edmond
  13. MVAO
  14. Alta
  15. Pekin

Class 2A

  1. Unity Christian
  2. Monticello
  3. East Marshall
  4. Shenandoah
  5. Mid-Prairie
  6. North Polk
  7. OA-BCIG
  8. Northeast
  9. Albia
  10. Osage
  11. Tipton
  12. South Central
  13. Western Christian
  14. Dike-New Hartford
  15. Cascade

Class 3A

  1. Gilbert
  2. Decorah
  3. Algona
  4. Dubuque Wahlert
  5. Pella
  6. Mt. Vernon/Lisbon
  7. Center Point-Urbana
  8. Harlan
  9. Williamsburg
  10. Dallas Center-Grimes
  11. Boone
  12. Charles City
  13. Clear Creek-Amana
  14. Creston
  15. Grinnell

Class 4A

  1. CR Prairie
  2. Pleasant Valley
  3. Johnston
  4. Linn-Mar
  5. Ames
  6. WDM Valley
  7. Cedar Falls
  8. Dubuque Hempstead
  9. IC West
  10. DM Roosevelt
  11. Dowling Catholic
  12. Bettendorf
  13. IC High
  14. Waukee
  15. Dubuque Senior


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