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(Atlantic) Four players were named  unanimous selections to the First Team Hawkeye Ten All Conference Baseball team released today.


The four included; Junior Pitcher Chris Forbes, of Kuemper, Senior infielder, Brady Thies, of Denison, and outfielders, Junior Logan Nolting, of Kuemper and Senior Blake Esbeck, of Atlantic.


The others named to the first team include pitchers; Alec Forbes, Junior, Glenwood, and David Ratigan, Junior, Harlan. Catchers; Zach Osborn, Senior, Harlan, and Freshmen catcher, Austin Simmons, Lewis Central. Infielders; Senior, Ben Bruck, Harlan, Carter Ludwig, Junior, Kuemper, and Senior, Eric Scott,Lewis Central. Junior outfielder; Mitch Bowden, of Glenwood was also named to the first team. .


Second team selections include; Pitchers, Josh Bruck, Senior, Harlan, Dakota Woods, Junior, Clarinda, and sophomore, Corey Bertini, of Glenwood. Catchers; Zach Powers, Junior, Creston, and Kray Lukehart, Junior, Atlantic. Infielders; Robert Lyons, Junior, Denison, Jake Deages, Junior, Harlan, Senior, David Hicks, Kuemper ,and Senior, Ethan George, Lewis Central. Outfielders; Nick Leinen, Junior, Red Oak, Junior, Tyler Jensen,  Glenwood, and Kolby Hilgenberg, a Junior, Kuemper. Utility players; Nate Kramer, senior, Lewis Central, Nathan Haley, Sophomore,Creston, and Senior, Grant Stiver, from Glenwood.


Honorable Mention: Atlantic-Chad Christensen (Jr.) and Austin Conrad (Sr.), Clarinda-Jeremiah Haug (Sr.)  and Logan Wilham (Sr.), Creston-Cole Crawford (So.),Harlan-Denny Kramer (Sr.), Red Oak-Tanner Johnson (Jr.), Shenandoah-Jackson Baker (So.) and Zac McCoy (Jr.).


Harlan and Glenwood tied for the conference title with 15-3 records, Atlantic finished third at 14-4, Kuemper was fourth with an 11-7 conference record and Lewis Central was fifth at 10-8. Creston finished sixth with an even 9-9 record, and the balance of the conference included; Denison, 8-10, Clarinda, 5-13, Shenandoah, 3-13, and Red Oak, 0-18.


July 30, 2012


(Clinton) The 2012 Iowa High school Baseball Coaches Association All-Series teams have been released. The four teams consisting of the small and large school west and small and large school east will square off at Clinton's Ashford University Field August 2-5.


Below is the 2012 Rosters: 


Small Schools West Squad:


Pitchers:   JD Nielsen – Martensdale St. Mary’s, Kendall Hazel – Sgt. Bluff-Luton, Josh Turner  – Ogden, Brennan Manfull – Ballard.    Catchers:   Zeb Noel – Martensdale St. Mary’s,  Dylan Lower – Lawton Bronson.   Infield:   Cole Chapin – Treynor, Austin Vaske – Bishop Garrigan, Ben Bruck – Harlan, Noah Pickard – North Polk, Tyler Spencer – ADM.   Outfield:  Zach Cross – Nevada, Tyler Osborn – DM Christian, Jalen Henningsen – Alta-Aurelia, Ryan Deuel – I-35. Utility:  Gage Reis – Coon Rapids-Bayard.    Coaches:   Sheldon Card (Head Coach)-Pleasantville, Mitch Krumwiede – ADM, Jon Heydon – Coon Rapids-Bayard.


Small Schools East Squad:


Pitchers:   Calvin Mathews – Davis County, Josh Martsching – Davis County, Richard England – Centerville, John Bloom – East Marshall.   Catchers:   Jake Stenberg – Benton Community,       DJ Fulton – Northeast.   Infield:   Nate Steger – Beckman, Kyle Whitman – Maquoketa Valley, Ozzie Adams – Clear Lake, Craig Konrardy – Waterloo Columbus, James Perez – Hampton-Dumont.  Outfield:   Jake Greco – North Fayette, Tanner Truesdell – Clear Lake, Robbie Anstoetter – Beckman, Jake Adams – Mason City Newman.    Utility:  Dakota Wolken – East Marshall.   Coaches:  Seth Thompson (Head Coach) – Clear Lake, Dan Stepan – Turkey Valley, Todd White – Davis County, Tony Adams (Honorary) – Mason City Newman.


Large Schools West Squad:


Pitchers:  Andrew Clemen – WDM Dowling, Tyler Peyton – Dallas Center-Grimes, Will Gormally – Ft. Dodge, Luke VanderMaten – Ft. Dodge.   Catchers:   Jeff Pullen – West DM Valley, Kyle Carnahan – Marshalltown.   Infield:   Alex Crowl – CB Lincoln, Cody Brenner – Johnston, Brock Daniels – SE Polk, Garrett Fort – Ankeny, Nate Kramer – Lewis Central.   Outfield:        Zach Coppola – WDM Dowling, Nick Smith – Indianola, Paul Jacobson – SC Heelan, Tony Myers – SC Heelan.   Utility:   Dynas Doud – Dallas Center-Grimes.   Coaches:   Byron Peyton (Head Coach) Dallas Center-Grimes, Toni Danti – Dallas Center-Grimes, Andy Osborn – SC Heelan.


Large Schools East Squad:


Pitchers:  Jake Stolley – Linn-Mar, Alex Steines – Dubuque Senior, Colby Sorenson – North Scott, Alex Hayden – Cedar Rapids Kennedy.   Catchers:   Zach Isakson – Charles City,     Brandon Sheeder – Pleasant Valley.  Infield:   Derick Vaughn – Waterloo West, Tyler Willis – Waverly-Shell Rock, Jordan Ely – Grinnell, Devon Jacobus – CR Kennedy, Connor Grant – Dubuque Senior.   Outfield:   Ryan Lehmann – Western Dubuque, Tyler Morrison – West Delaware, Ryan Kemp – Keokuk, Ryan Duncan – Iowa City High.    Utility:   Ryan Siems – Iowa City West.       Coaches:   Mike Morrison (Head Coach) – West Delaware, Rob Wood – Pleasant Valley, Tim Felderman – Dubuque Senior.



July 30, 2012




(Des Moines) The Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament wrapped at Saturday with the championship games in all Classes.


Martensdale-St. Mary's captured the Class 1A title with a 1-0 win over Mason City, Newman Catholic. In Class 2A, Dyersville, Beckman Catholic took home the title with a 3-1 win over North Polk, Alleman. In Class 3A, it was Dallas Center-Grimes over Decorah 13-0, and Ankeny shut out Fort Dodge 10-0 in 6-innings to win the Class 4A State Tournament Title.



July 30, 2012




Meagan Streyffeler Martensdale-St. Marys SR OF

Madison Douglas Lenox JR INF

Emma Michels Martensdale-St. Marys SR P

Hailey Sweet Martensdale-St. Marys SR INF

Emma Ferin Martensdale-St. Marys JR OF

Rachel Smith Exira-EHK FR P

Adalina Morales Corning SR C

Sami Borland Lenox SR INF

Haley Seuferer Southeast Warren SO C

Jill Vanderhoof Villisca JR C

Amber Longabaugh Corning SR INF

Kylah Schumacher Martensdale-St. Marys FR INF

Spencer Williams Southeast Warren SR INF

Megan Doubleday Mount Ayr SR OF

Madi Hall Southeast Warren JR OF

Katie Barker Lenox SR OF

Stacey Mortensen Exira-EHK SR INF

Ashli Walker Walnut SO P

Sheri Schaaf Villisca SR INF

Allison Wilson Southeast Warren SO OF

Kelsey Roberts Corning SR INF


District Coach: Todd Verwers - Martensdale-SM


2A Southwest


Lynsie Sievertsen IKM-Manning SS SR

Alex Snyder Treynor CF SR

Hailey Hellstrom Missouri Valley CF JR

Hallie Still Woodbury Central P FR

Kate Killinger Treynor C JR

Jody Hagedorn IKM-Manning P JR

Malory Christiansen Tri-Center P JR

Bailey Holtz Westwood CF JR

Madison Keysor Treynor P JR

Lindsey Brown MVAO UTL SR

Lexi Binder Lawton-Bronson P 8th

Ashlynn Blenner Ridge View SS SO

Lacey Vokt Audubon SS SR

Keely Steffen Woodbury Central SS 8th

Renee Choquette Westwood UTL SO

Liz Kottich Tri-Center 1B SR

Hallee Linhart Central Decatur C FR


Class 3A


Kendall Bosch Esterville LC Sr. P/IF

Tarah Hunt MOC/Floyd Valley sr. OF

Jessica Hildebrands George Little Rock/CL sr. OF

Emily Kirchner Estherville LC Sr. OF

Jensen Boger OA-BCIG So. IF

Nicole Ewoldt Boyden-Hull-Rock Valley Jr. OF

Cheyenne Wilcke OA-BCIG So. C

Kassidy Van Voorst Boyden-Hull-Rock Valley Sr. 2nd

Monserrat Figueroa Boyden-Hull-Rock Valley Jr. C

Moriah Bohlman Kuemper Jr. UTIL

Paige Krause Spirit Lake Jr. SS

Cassidy Wilcke OA-BCIG Sr. P/IN

Kelsey Ackerman George-Little Rock Jr. 1st

Lexi Ackerman George-Little Rock/CL Jr. C

Brook Jacobsma MOC/FV Jr. 3rd

Mackenzie Holmes Atlantic Jr. 3rd












(Treynor) Two longtime Treynor coaches received national honors earlier this week. Gail Hartigan, Head Girls Basketball and Track Coach and former Volleyball Coach was inducted into the National Coaches Association Hall of Fame Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota. Treynor Assistant Girls Basketball Coach Jo Ellen Travis was named Assistant Coach of the year.


Gail Hartigan, 59, became the 13th coach in Iowa girls basketball history and first female to win 600 games last winter. Her current win-loss record is 601-156. In her 31-year career, Hartigan led her teams to 13 Iowa High School Girls State Tournaments.


 As Treynor’s Head Track Coach her teams have won 19-Western Iowa Conference Track titles.


Hartigan’s win-loss record in volleyball is equally impressive. The former Head Coach finished her career with a 490-112 win/loss record from 1991 to 2006. Twelve of her teams qualified for the State Volleyball Tournament.


Jo Ellen Travis is also the Head Softball Coach and led Treynor to a Class 2A State Tournament Title on July 20. The honor of Assistant Coach of the Year is based of years of service, team records and accolades, and community involvement.


July 27, 2012


Class 1A Semi-Finals:


Martensdale, St. Mary’s 8 Bishop-Garrigan, Algona 3 (8)

Newman, Catholic, Mason City 7 Lisbon 3


Class 2A Semi-Finals:


Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 6 Kuemper, Catholic, Carroll 3

North Polk, Alleman 2 Davis County, Bloomfield 1


Class 3A Semi-Finals Today


(34-2) Dallas Center-Grimes 12  (35-10) Epworth, Western Dubuque 2

(27-10) Decorah vs (35-10) Bishop-Heelan, Catholic, Sioux City-2:00 p.m.


Class 4A Semi-Finals tonight


(41-2) Ankeny vs (34-9) Valley, West Des Moines (34-9) – 6:00 p.m.

(35-7) Fort Dodge vs (33-6) Cedar Rapids, Kennedy (33-6) – 8:00 p.m.


1st Team

Adalina Morales, Corning

Vicki Kordick, Martensdale-St. Marys

Lauren Tilley, Wayne

Brooke Brommel, I-35

Jenna Sandquist, I-35

Madison Douglas, Lenox

Hailey Sweet, Martensdale-St. Marys

Paige Jones, Nodaway Valley

Breannan Banks, Wayne

Olivia Sulentic, I-35

Meagan Streyffeler, Martensdale-St. Marys

Emma Ferin, Martensdale-St. Marys

Bethni Johnson, Nodaway Valley

Shania Austin, Wayne

Ella Akin, Corning

Caitlin Weeks, I-35

Emma Michels, Martensdale-St. Marys

Breanna Fortune, Wayne

Brittany Mease, I-35

Liz Moore, Pleasantville

Emily Bellon, Wayne


2nd Team

Hallie Linhart, Central Decatur

Haley Seuferer, SE Warren

Katrina DeVore, Martensdale-St. Marys

Brittany Binning, Central Decatur

Jordan Williamson, I-35

Sami Borland, Lenox

Nicole Shutt, Martensdale-St. Marys

Sara Kerber, Nodaway Valley

Spencer Williams, Southeast Warren

Sadie Greene, Central Decatur

Madison Walston, Bedford

Mackenzie Barton, Corning

Katie Barker, Lenox

Amanda Perrigo, Mount Ayr

Allison Wilson, SE Warren

Laren Hensley, Lenox

Elizabeth Gerdes, Martensdale-St. Marys

Shelbie Greene, Mount Ayr

Paige Daughton, Mount Ayr

Rochelle Means, East Union

Kylah Schumacher, Martensdale-St. Marys



(Des Moines) The 2012 Harlan Cyclone baseball team came out on top 27 times and fell short 8 times in a season that came to an end yesterday (Tuesday) in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament. The Cyclones finished the year with a 12-1 loss against Epworth, Western Dubuque at Principal Park in Des Moines in the state quarterfinals.

Things went well for the Cyclones in the top half of the first inning when Ben Bruck and Jake Daegas each walked and Zach Osborn delivered a two out RBI single that scored Bruck to give the Cyclones a 1-0 lead early on. After that though, it was virtually all Western Dubuque as the Bobcats scored 12 unanswered runs and won via the ten run rule in five innings. Western Dubuque wasted little time to break out of the 1-0 deficit as they picked up eight hits and seven runs in the first inning. The big first inning was a sign of things to come for the Bobcats who blasted Harlan pitching for 14 hits and scored two runs in the 2nd, one in the 3rd, and two more in the 4th.


After the game Harlan coach Steve Daeges said he felt the team exceeded expectations this year and commented on his four seniors.


Click to listen


The Cyclones graduate Ben Bruck, Zach Osborn, Josh Bruck, and Denny Kramer, but they will return eight players with state tournament experience.


Martensdale-St. Marys 8 Treynor 2

Bishop Garrigan 3 North Tama 1


(Maryville) A southwest Iowa native will be enshrined into the Northwest Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.


He played high school football at Cumberland-Massena before becoming a three time first team all-conference performer, that’s Randy Euken, who played for the Bearcats from 1971-1974. Jim Redd was Euken’s offensive line coach and says they knew they had someone good when they landed Euken.


In 1972 Euken helped lead Northwest Missouri State to their first conference championship in 20 years. They also won the conference title during Euken’s senior season of 1974. Coach Redd refers to Euken as a coach on the field and says it’s rare for an offensive lineman to receive this high of an honor.


Euken helped paved the way for a 1,000 yard rusher three straight years and tried out for the Atlanta Falcons where Coach Redd recalls that Euken had the opportunity to play in a couple of exhibition games.


A ceremony will be held November 2nd at the JW Jones Student Union Ballroom to honor this years Hall of Fame Class that includes six athletes and two conference championship teams.


Click for the interview with coach NWMSU assistant coach Jim Redd


(Cedar Rapids) The 1989 National Softball Coach of the Year will not have his contract renewed at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School. Larry Niemeyer, who has won 2,091 games in his career tell the Des Moines Register that he was told ‘the school needed a change in philosophy.’ Niemeyer began his career at Adel where he won a state championship in 1970 before going on to Cedar Rapids Jefferson where he added three more state championships. Niemeyer’s 2,091 wins is a national record. He began his career in the 1960’s and has coached in 19 state tourneys. In addition to softball, Niemeyer amassed over 900 career wins as a basketball coach and also coached championship teams in cross country and track.


1st Team

Lucas Blum, Walnut*

Tyler Jacobsen, Exira-EHK*

Trevor Collins, Iowa Christian Academy

Nolan Parker, Exira-EHK

Aaron Brown, Orient-Macksburg

Dylan Parker, Exira-EHK

Cole Palmer, Adair-Casey

Sawyer Ocheltree, Adair-Casey

Ty Johnk, Walnut

Tanner Brown, CAM

Dayton Rasmussen, Exira-EHK

Alex Magnani, Orient-Macksburg


2nd Team

Josh Johnson, Glidden-Ralston

Jarrad Cavin, CAM

Jared Ploen, Walnut

Zach Hemmingsen, Walnut

Spencer Smith, Exira-EHK

Drew Cable, Walnut

T.J. Rude, Iowa Christian Academy

Zach Himmelberg, Exira-EHK

Trevor McKee, CAM

Austin Grimm, Iowa Christian Academy

Jordan Thompsan, Orient-Macksburg


Honorable Mention

Jordan Wheatley, Adair-Casey

Alex Umbaugh, Adair-Casey

Austen Stevens, Walnut

Alex Cheers, Orient-Macksburg

Jesse Johnson, Orient-Macksburg

Chanz Davidson, Orient-Macksburg

Jacob Caviness, Orient-Macksburg

Michael Holste, CAM

Zach Muggenberg, Glidden-Ralston

Tory Beger, East Greene



Class 1A

Rachel Smith, Exira-EHK,

Adalina Morales, Corning

Amber Longabaugh, Corning

Jill Vanderhoof, Villisca

Stacey Mortensen, Exira-EHK

Ashli Walker, Walnut

Sheri Schaaf, Villisca

Kelsey Roberts, Corning


Class 2A

Lynsie Sievertsen, IKM-Manning

Alex Snyder, Treynor

Hailey Hellstrom, Missouri Valley

Kate Killinger, Treynor

Jody Hagedorn, IKM-Manning

Malory Christiansen, Tri-Center

Madison Keysor, Treynor

Lacey Vokt, Audubon

Liz Kottich, Tri-Center


Coach of the Year-Pat Dalton, Tri-Center


Class 3A

Mackenzie Holmes, Atlantic

Moriah Bohlmann, Kuemper Catholic


Class 4A

Katlin Briley, Creston

Madison Frain, Creston

Haylee LeMasters, Creston

Taylor Schaben, Harlan

Kelsey Croghan, Harlan

Allie Martinez, Lewis Central

Karly Olsen, Winterset

Taylor Benshoof, Winterset

Shelby Pieper, Denison-Schleswig


Coach of the Year-Mike McCabe, Creston


(Denison) With a 3-2 win over Carroll, the Harlan Cyclones return to the Class 3A State Baseball Tournament for the 2nd straight year.


Harlan got good nights at the plate from Ben Bruck, Derek Leinen, and Nate Gettys plus quality pitching from Zach Osborn and Ben Bruck to eliminate Carroll in the Class 3A Susbtate Final last (Wednesday) night in Denison. Ben Bruck went 4-4 with two RBI’s, Derek Leinen went 3-3 with two runs scored, and Nate Gettys finished 1-1 with two walks and one run scored. Starting pitcher Zach Osborn threw the first five innings and held Carroll to two runs on four hits, two walks, and two hit batters. Ben Bruck allowed three walks and no hits over the final two innings and goes down as the winning pitcher.


Harlan scored first when they mounted a two out rally in the second inning. Sophomore Derek Leinen reached on an infield single, Josh Bruck bunted for a hit, Nate Gettys walked, and Ben Bruck delivered an RBI single to plate the games first run. The game stood at 1-0 in Harlan’s favor until the fifth inning when Carroll plated each of their runs. Steven Dreesman drove Will Norgard and Anthony Beyerink to give Carroll a 2-1 advantage. Harlan’s response came in the sixth when Leinen reach on a walk and saw teammates Nate Getty’s Ben Bruck and Denny Kramer all collect base hits to reclaim the lead at 3-2. Needing one run to keep their season alive, Carroll put their lead off man aboard in the 7th inning but Harlan catcher David Ratigan was able to throw out Anthony Beyerink trying to steal second. The next two batters went down in order for a 1-2-3 seventh inning.


27-7 Harlan advances to the Class 3A State Tournament where they finished as the runner up last year. Carroll bows out at 19-14.


(Decorah) Former CAM and Luther wrestler Garrett South had a unique style of wrestling, but he did it his way, and his way landed him in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame next March.


Luther Head Coach Dave Mitchell speaks highly of his former student athlete who was a 2005 graduate of Luther College. Mitchell says South’s induction into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame is a huge honor, and he is excited for Garrett, his family, and the Luther Wrestling program.


Mitchell says his competitiveness mixed in with unique style was a recipe for success and admits South was one of those guys that did his time in the practice room, but live wrestling was his thing.


South, a Cumberland native, was a four-time national qualifier, earning All-American honors three times, placing fourth at 157 pounds in 2003 and was the national runner-up at 165-pounds in 2004. As a senior he captured the 165-pound national championship, placed second at the University of Northern Iowa Open and placed seventh at the Midlands Championships. South went undefeated against NCAA III opponents that year.


Mitchell says Garrett South’s career record of 127-32 with 58-pins stands as one of the five best records in Luther College history.


Coach Mitchell says South put academics first. He was named a NWCA Scholar All-American three times and CoSIDA Scholar All-American twice. He was awarded and NCAA postgraduate Scholarship and was named the Iowa Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the year.


Garrett South will be inducted on Thursday, March 14, 2013, prior to the 2013 NCAA III National Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, March 15-16.


Class 1A

Earlham 2 Coon Rapids-Bayard 0 (11 Innings)


Treynor 2 St. Albert 1 (Treynor's 3rd state qualifier and first since 2000)


Martensdale-St. Marys 8 Twin Cedars-Bussey 2


Class 2A

Kuemper Catholic 8 Clarinda 3 (Kuemper's third straight state appearance)


First Team

Rachel Smith, Exira-EHK

Ashli Walker, Walnut

Jasmine Ruckman, Orient-Macksburg

Emily Mitchell, Walnut

Stacey Mortensen, Exira-EHK

Payton Ball, Glidden-Ralston

Katie Weihs, Walnut

Josie Anzalone, Walnut

Katie Clarke, Adair-Casey

Erin Daugherty, CAM

Kristin Klocksiem, Glidden-Ralston

Anna Ewoldt, Glidden-Ralston

Second Team

Tara Gioun, Orient-Macksburg

Chansea Nelson, Exira-EHK

Jordan Bock, Glidden-Ralston

Haley Blum, Walnut

Macy James, Adair-Casey

Alex McAfee, CAM

Shannon Eads, Orient-Mackburg

Alyssa Becerra, Walnut

Ali Hosfelt, CAM

Claire Paulsen, Exira-EHK

Dakota Brockmann, Walnut

Honorable Mention

Robin Walhovd, Adair-Casey

Elizabeth Mulder, Adair-Casey

Jess Eblen, Adair-Casey

Shelby Roberts, Orient-Macksburg

Lisa Moss Orient-Macksburg

Crystal Patten, Orient-Macksburg

Michaela Schwenke, CAM

Kennedy Madsen, Exira-EHK


(Glenwood) In Class 3A District Final baseball last night in Glenwood it was the Harlan Cyclones winning the district title with a 7-3 victory over Glenwood. Harlan grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first inning when Zach Osborn hit a bases loaded single to center field. Glenwood answered right back in the bottom of the first with two run of their own and it appeared a back and forth game would follow. That turned out not to be the case as Harlan took control the rest of the way. The Cyclones took advantage of three walks and added two more hits in a four run third inning. After the big third inning each team would score one more run to make it a 7-3 final. Osborn finished with a three for four night driving in three runs. Cyclone third baseman Jake Daegas and shortstop Ben Bruck each collected two hits. David Ratigan pitched the win giving up three hits and two walks.


Harlan will play Carroll in substate on Wednesday. The contest will be held in Denison and the game will air on KSOM.


(State) In Class 1A and 2A baseball a win tonight will advance teams to the state tournament. Entering play this evening sixteen teams remain alive in each class. Tonight’s substate final games will whittle that down to an eight team state tournament field.

Class 1A games in this area include St. Albert against Treynor and Coon Rapids-Bayard taking on Earlham. 21-6 St. Albert is trying to advance to state for the second straight year with 29-4 Treynor standing in their way. The Cardinals of Treynor have won nine straight games entering the substate final against 5th ranked St. Albert, the very team that ended their season last year.

Also in 1A 26-8 Coon Rapids-Bayard goes toe-to-toe with conference nemesis Earlham. Earlham is 20-10 on the season. They’ve lost two close games against Coon Rapids-Bayard this year in West Central Conference play but they are coming off of a win over 9th ranked Van Meter.


Another game of note in Class 1A is two time defending state champion Martensdale-St. Marys. The 3rd ranked Blue Devils had their historic win streak snapped in their second game of the season and have lost five times this year, but they have also won 36 games and they take on 25-9 Twin Cedars-Bussey. The last team to win three straight Class 1A state titles was Norway, the inspiration from The Final Season movie. Norway won four in a row from 1981 to 1984


In Class 2A it is a pair of Hawkeye 10 teams matching up. 25-11 Kuemper Catholic goes against 11-18 Clarinda. Despite losing their final eight games of the regular season Clarinda rebounded in the District Tourney to eliminate Underwood and Tri-Center. Kuemper Catholic ousted OA-BCIG and East Sac County in the first two rounds. The Knights have come out on top in 11 straight games and have only given up a total of eight runs in that span. Kuemper defeated Clarinda in both games of their conference double header this season 2-0 and 7-1.



Carroll 5 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3

Harlan 7 Glenwood 3


Class 1A

Coon Rapids-Bayard 7, EHK-Exira 3
Earlham 3, Van Meter 2
Martensdale-St. Marys 9, Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 3
St. Albert, Council Bluffs 5, Logan-Magnolia 1
Treynor 4, Sidney 3


Class 2A

Clarinda 8 Tri-Center 3

Kuemper 5 East Sac County 1



Harlan 11 Red Oak 0

Glenwood 12 Creston 2

Carroll 1 Atlantic 0 Listen to the broadcast by following this link

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 4 Denison-Schleswig 1

Dallas Center-Grimes 13 Winterset 4

ADM 15 Webster City 8


(Denison) The Atlantic baseball team saw their 2012 baseball campaign come to an end in the first round of the district tournament with a 1-0 against Carroll on Friday night. The Trojans end the year with 19 wins and 11 losses.


Carroll senior Kevin Duhrkopf outdueled Atlantic senior Gunnar Blum to send the Tigers into the district final against Sergeant-Bluff Luton on Monday. Duhrkopf allowed only three hits while walking one and striking out four. Blum gave up one run on six hits and six walks. Blum’s seven strikeouts kept the game close as Carroll stranded  10 runners on base. The only run of the game came very early on. Carroll claimed a one run advantage in the top of the first when they compiled two walks and one hit. Steven Dreesman came home on a Hayden Ostrich single.


Atlantic’s lone hits came from Blake Esbeck and Kray Lukehart (pictured in a previous game).


(Coon Rapids) Shortstop Brett Carstens had two runs scored and a pair of RBI's while teammate Gage Reis struck out six batters in a three-hit shutout to lead Coon Rapids-Bayard past Audubon 4-0. The game went scoreless through the first four and a half innings but then Carstens was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth inning. Carsten's advanced to 3rd on two wild pitches and came home on a Brendan McAlister bunt. Coon Rapids-Bayard would add breathing room in the sixth inning when they took advantage of two Audubon errors and scored three runs.


Crusader Senior Gage Reis (pictured) was able to work out of trouble several times throughout the night. Audubon stranded eight baserunners during the course of the game.


The Wheelers fall to 14-11 and now turn their focus to 2013. Coon Rapids-Bayard is still alive in the tournament heading into the district final Saturday night against Exira-EHK.


Coon Rapids-Bayard 4, Audubon 0
EHK-Exira 11, CAM, Anita 0 (5 innings)
Earlham 11, Corning 0 (5 innings)
Logan-Magnolia 10, Walnut 0
Martensdale-St. Marys 7, Murray 0
Sidney 6, Nishnabotna 4
St. Albert, Council Bluffs 4, A-H-S-T, Avoca 0
Treynor 14, East Mills 2 (5 innings)
Van Meter 3, Madrid 1 


First Team

Madison Frain, Creston

Katlin Briley, Creston

Taylor Schaben, Harlan (pitching-->)

Kelsey Croghan, Harlan (catching-->)

Molly Bryan, Glenwood

Rachel Koch, Denison-Schleswig

Reann Cappel, Atlantic

Moriah Bohlmann, Kuemper Catholic

Gabi French, Red Oak

Allie Martinez, Lewis Central

Morgan Means, Lewis Central

Shleby Pieper, Denison-Schleswig

Shyanne Nelson, Denison-Schleswig

Haylee LeMasters, Creston

McKenna Henze, Glenwood


Second Team

Maddie Haines, Creston

Brianna Maitlen, Creston

Bri Nelson, Harlan

Jenna Hoch, Harlan

Carly Heese, Harlan

Abby Sonderman, Harlan

Jaelin Stanton, Glenwood

Chelsey Green, Denison-Schleswig

Mackenzie Holmes, Atlantic

Marissa Berns, Atlantic (Pictured)

Carly Hoffman, Kuemper Catholic

McKena Duffek, Lewis Central

Karyee Buch, Clarinda

Emily Beadle, Clarinda

Lindsey Hastings, Shenandoah


Honorable Mention

Taylor Briley, Creston

Cody Fineran, Denison-Schleswig

Jourdan Perkins, Shenandoah

Britney Rodgers, Glenwood

Bailey Starner, Glenwood

Mallory Allen, Lewis Central

Paige Stoaks, Red Oak

Alisha Hinzmann, Atlantic

Abby Thomsen, Kuemper Catholic

Jenny Bair, Clarinda






Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 6, Lewis Central 1
Dallas Center-Grimes 13, Ballard 3
Denison-Schleswig 8, Storm Lake 6
Harlan 12, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 0



(Atlantic) A 1986 Atlantic High School Graduate, Chad Proehl, will play on the PGA Tour in the John Deere Classic which tees off Thursday.

Proehl says he’s been very fortunate to have experienced as much as he already has in the game of golf. This will be the third John Deere Classic of his career.

Proehl says his next big goal is to play on the PGA Senior Tour.


Proehl won the 1985 Iowa High School state championship before going on to an All-American career at Grand View.


Click here for the interview with Chad Proehl



Class 1A

Martensdale-St. Marys vs LeMars Gehlen Catholic

Newell-Fonda vs Charter Oak-Ute

Earlham vs Marquette Catholic

Don Bosco vs Mason City Newman Catholic


Class 2A

Durant vs Denver

DM Christian vs Emmetsburg

Wayne vs Treynor

Van Meter vs Sumner-Fredericksburg


Class 3A

Solon vs Waukon

Estherville-Lincoln Central vs East Marshall

Bondurant-Farrar vs Davenport Assumption

Mid-Prairie vs Ballard


Class 4A

Clear Creek-Amana vs West Delaware

Indianola vs Winterset

Dallas Center-Grimes vs Bishop Heelan Catholic

Carlisle vs Washington


Class 5A

Ankeny vs Marshalltown

Ottumwa vs IC West

Pleasant Valley vs WDM Dowling

DM East vs Davenport West


(Walnut) If the Walnut Warriors don’t win tonight it will bring an end to an impressive program history that has featured several big wins and multiple trips to the state tournament.

It’s win or go home for all teams in Class 1A District Baseball tonight but for Walnut there’s even more on the line. Standing in the way of a date in the district finals is a 23-5 Logan-Magnolia team.


Walnut head coach Trey Brix's 15-6 squad will throw their ace Lucas Blum tonight. Blum, a senior, has struck out 127 batters and has a 0.63 ERA. Coach Brix says having Blum on the mound puts the rest of the team at ease.


The winner of this game moves on to the District Final at St. Albert on Saturday where they will oppose either AHST or 5th ranked St. Albert.


Click here for the interview with Walnut baseball coach Trey Brix


(Guthrie Center) Exira-EHK scattered 7-runs in four of the 7-innings to defeat Guthrie Center 7-3 Tuesday night in a Class 1A District quarterfinal at Guthrie Center. Exira/EHK Head Coach Tony Petersen called the team’s performance a blue collar effort.


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Nick and Drew Peppers hitting in the 8th and 9th spots in the batting order had productive nights at the plate, something that made Coach Tony Petersen smile after the game.


Click here to listen to Exira/EHK Head Coach Tony Petersen's comments


Nick Peppers finished the night 2-2 at the plate, one RBI and scored two runs. Drew Peppers went 2-3 and scored a run. Nolan Parker drilled a solo homerun and finished the night 2-4, with 2-RBI’s. Dayton Rasmussen (pictured below) and Zach Himmelberg finished the night 1-4, for the 20-3 Spartans.



Exira/EHK led 7-0 going into the bottom of the 7th, but the Tigers didn’t go down easy. They scored 3-runs on three hits and left a runner before bowing out.


Cale Crowder led the Bombers with a double and a single and Gaven McGivney and Jared Bair each singled for the Tigers.


Exira/EHK plays CAM Thursday night in a 1A District semi-final at Guthrie Center.


July 11, 2012


(Guthrie Center) Trevor McKee’s two run homer in the top of the sixth inning led CAM to a 7-3 win over Adair-Casey in a Class 1A District quarterfinal baseball game Tuesday night at Guthrie Center. The Cougars held a 5-3  lead when McKee hit the two run blast over the left centerfield fence.


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CAM Head Coach Dan Daugherty also points to the quick start and  the ability to answer the Bombers every score.


Click here to listen to Dan Daughtery's comment


Michael Holste finished the night with three hits and one RBI. Jared Cavin went 2-5 with an RBI, Trevor McKee was three for four, and Tanner Brown, and Matthew Williamson, each finished the night with a single for CAM, now 16-5 on the season.


Sawyer Ocheltree and Deven Lovell each hit a doubles for Adair-Casey.


July 11, 2012


Class 1A Baseball

A-H-S-T, Avoca 5, Griswold 1
Audubon 7, Ar-We-Va, Westside 1
CAM, Anita 7, Adair-Casey 3
Coon Rapids-Bayard 10, East Greene, Grand Junction 0 (6 innings)
Corning 9, Lenox 1
EHK-Exira 7, Guthrie Center 3
Earlham 10, Orient-Macksburg 4
East Mills 7, Fremont-Mills, Tabor 4
Logan-Magnolia 8, West Harrison, Mondamin 1
Martensdale-St. Marys 17, East Union, Afton 0 (4 innings)
Mormon Trail, Garden Grove 8, Mount Ayr 6
Murray 9, Lamoni 8
Nishnabotna 16, Villisca 6 (5 innings)
Sidney 12, Bedford 4
St. Albert, Council Bluffs 11, Riverside, Oakland 1 (5 innings)
Treynor 14, Stanton 4 (6 innings)
Van Meter 11, Iowa Christian Academy 0 (5 innings)

Walnut 5 Woodbine 2


Class 2A Baseball

Clarinda 8, Underwood 3
East Sac County 3, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 0
Gilbert 17, West Central Valley, Stuart 0 (4 innings)
Interstate 35, Truro 3, Des Moines Christian 2
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 12, OA-BCIG 1 (5 innings)
Tri-Center, Neola 2, Missouri Valley 0


Class 4A Softball

Indianola 2 Creston 1

Winterset 2 Glenwood 0


Class 5A Softball

DM East 15 CB Abe Lincoln 1


(Coon Rapids) Audubon moves on to the 2nd round of the Class 1A District Baseball Tournament with a 7-1 over Ar-We-Va on Tuesday.


The Wheelers jumped off to an early lead and were in control the entire game. Audubon leadoff batter Colby Rattenborg singled in the top of the first, advanced to second on a Blair Kerkhoff groundout, and scored on a Riley Jensen RBI bloop single to right field. The Wheelers kept the pressure on with three more runs in the 2nd to take a 4-0 lead. Riley Jones reached on a one out walk and Andy Hoffman and Kolton Jensen eached singled to load the bases. A Rattenberg sacrifice fly scored Jones while Hofmann and Kolton Jensen each scored scored on fly ball that was dropped in left field. With the early cushion, Audubon switched to Colby Rattenborg (pictured) on the mound after getting two scoreless inning of one hit ball from starter Andrew Irlmeier. Rattenborg would close the door on Ar-We-Va allowing just one run on one hit and three walks. Audubon’s lead ballooned to 7-0 before Ar-We-Va came through with their lone run on a bases loaded walk in the 4th.  Both teams went scoreless through the final three innings.


Eight of the nine Audubon starters reached base on the night and Wheelers picked up eleven hits.


Audubon is 14-10 overall this season and they will play again on Thursday.


Click here for the postgame interview with Audubon coach Shawn Birks


(Denison) An impressive 2012 season has come to an end for the Exira-EHK softball team. The Spartans finished up the year with a 6-1 loss to Class 1A #10 Charter Oak-Ute, bowing out of postseason contention with 20 wins and 6 losses. The dream of making the state tournament came up one game short.


Exira-EHK fell behind early on against a very good hitting Charter Oak-Ute lineup. The Spartans committed one of their three errors and also allowed three hits in the first inning to fall behind 2-0. The deficit expanded to 3-0 when Charter Oak-Ute had a batter hit by a pitch and come into score on the Bobcats fourth hit of the game. The biggest inning came in the 5th when Exira-EHK committed two errors and gave up two more hits including a two run homer by Nocole Dobernecker, the senior's 19th of the season. Charter Oak-Ute had grabbed a 6-0 lead before Exira-EHK came through with a run in the top of the 6th inning. Rachel Smith hit a one out double and then scored when the very next batter, Kennedy Madsen, also doubled. The Spartans would only score one run in the inning however despite getting three hits and sending seven batters to the plate.


Katelyn Liesinger pitched the win for CO-U going the distance and allowing 1 run on 5 hits with 0 walks and 2 strikeouts. Charter Oak-Ute committed two errors but Liesinger was able to work around them. Rachel Smith finishes her brilliant freshman season with 319 strikeouts. Smith takes the loss last night with six hits allowed, no walks, one hit batter, five strikeouts, and three defensive errors by the Spartans.


Exira-EHK loses one key senior. The Spartans will have a tough time replacing all-conference second baseman Stacy Mortensen, but they look forward to a bright future over the next couple of years with the majority of their 2012 starters being underclassmen.




Class 1A

Don Bosco 11 Lynnville-Sully 1 (6)

Martensdale-St. Mary's 8 Twin Cedars 4

Earlham 9 Corning 0

Charter Oak-Ute 6 Exira-EHK 1

LeMars Gehlen Catholic 4 Akron-Westfield 1

Newell-Fonda 14 MMC 1

Mason City Newman 6 Springville 2

Marquette Catholic 5 New London 1


Class 2A

Emmetsburg 3 Lake Mills 1

Wayne 7 Cardinal 1

Des Moines Christian 5 Madrid 0

Treynor 5 Westwood 0

Durant 6 Alburnett 0

Sumner-Fredericksburg 15 Central Springs 3 (4)

Van Meter 4 St. Edmond 1

Denver 2 BCLUW 1


Class 3A

Bondurant-Farrar 5 Atlantic 0

Davenport Assumption 3 West Burlington/Burlington Notre Dame 2

Mid Prairie 12 Clarke 6

East Marshall 12 Iowa Falls-Alden 2

Estherville-Lincoln Central 10 George Little Rock 0 (6)

Solon 10 Independence 0 (5)

Ballard 10 MOC-Floyd Valley 4

Waukon 5 Beckman Catholic 3 (8)


(Adel) Bondurant-Farrar defeated the Atlantic Trojanns 5-0 in a Class 3A Regional Final Softball game at Adel Monday night. The Lady Jays scored 5-runs on 6-hits, and committed no errors. Atlantic scored no runs on seven hits and committed three errors.


The Lady Jays scored two runs on one hit in the bottom of the first inning. Lead off batter Ashley Burrows singled, stole second base and scored on Bobbi Jo Burrows RBI single. Mariah Laven's sacrifice scored Bobbi Jo Burrows from third and the Lady Jays would never trail after that. Keely Bycroft singled and scored in the second, and Bondurant-Farrar scored two more insurance runs in the sixth to win 5-0.


Leah Tjepkes lead the Trojanns at the plate with two singles in three at bats. Reann Capple was one for three with a double, Marrisa Berns, Tiara Edleman, Alisha Hinzeman, and Mollee Welter each had singles for the Trojanns.


Cailey Schlenker pitched a seven hit shut out for the 35-7 Lady Jays. She struck out four batters and walked just one. Marissa Berns took the loss for the 23-19, Atlantic Trojanns. Berns struck out one batter, walked two and hit one.


Bondurant-Farrar will take on Davenport-Assumption in the first round of the Class 3A State Softball Tournament on Tuesday.  .


July 10, 2012


(Creston) Corning will oppose #2 Earlham tonight in Creston for a trip to the Class 1A state softball tournament. The two squads matchup in the Region 7 Final at 7:00 this evening.


Corning coach Allen Naugle says he's heard from other coaches that Earlham is very deserving of thier #2 ranking in Class 1A. Earlham senior Amber Logemann is the Class 1A leader in strikeouts this season, but coach Naugle says his team has seen dominant pitchers this season and will have opportunities to score.


For Corning it would be a first ever trip to the state softball tournament. The Red Raiders have had several close calls in the regional tournaments throughout the year. The volleyball and basketball teams each advanced the regional finals where they have seen their seasons come to an end.


Click here for the interview with Corning coach Allen Naugle 


Class 1A Region 7

Corning vs #2 Earlham


Class 1A Region 8

#10 Charter Oak-Ute vs Exira-EHK


Class 2A Region 7

#4 Van Meter vs St. Edmond


Class 2A Region 8

#13 Treynor vs Westwood


Class 3A Region 8

Atlantic vs #3 Bondurant-Farrar


(Atlantic) It’s been nearly a decade since an Atlantic softball has gotten out of a first round tournament game. The Trojanns not only won one game in the tourney, they came victorious in two games are heading to the Regional Finals Monday night in Adel.

The Atlantic Trojanns defeated Clarinda on Tuesday 15-5 in a regional quarterfinal, Friday night beating Red Oak 6-3. The Trojanns are just one game away from the state tournament.

Atlantic jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Tiara Edelman’s RBI single.

The Trojanns then put Red Oak at arms length in the bottom of the fourth with four runs on three hits to take a 5-0 lead. Alisha Hinzeman singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch, Molly Walter singled and scored, Leah Tjepkes was hit by a pitch and scored, and Reann CappelCappel plated the fourth run  on Marissa Bern’s RBI single.

The Trojanns final run came in the top of the sixth inning, Reann Cappel singled and scored on a wild pitch.

Red Oak didn’t go down easy. The Tigers plated three runs in the of the 7th on a Lexie Holmgren solo homerun, Grace Blomsted singled and Miranda Gowdy reached base on an error and scored on Gabi French’s two RBI double. But that would be it for the Tigers.

Marissa Berns pitched the win for Atlantic striking out 6, walking 2 and allowed two runs on four hits.

The (23-18) Trojanns advance to the Regional Finals at Adel on Monday night to take on Bondarant-Farrar.


July 6


(Coon Rapids) With a 4-3 win Exira-EHK eliminated Coon Rapids Bayard from postseason play in Class 1A Region 8.


In back-to-back nights Exira-EHK has played 20 innings and the Spartans have come away with two regional tournament wins. After defeating Walnut 11-6 in 10 innings on Thursday night the young Spartans took 10 innings to edge Coon-Rapids Bayard 4-3 on Friday. Exira-EHK never trailed in the game but saw their early 2-0 lead cut in half with a Coon Rapids-Bayard run in the 4th. After Exira-EHK extended the lead back to two runs in the top of the fifth inning CRB responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to knot things at three apiece. That’s where the game stood for the next four complete innings—a three-all dead lock. While Exira-EHK’s bats cooled off from the 6th through the 9th, Coon Rapids-Bayard had several chances that went awry. The Crusaders left the bases load in the 6th, had a runner caught stealing third base with no outs in the 7th, and left three runners on base in the 8th and 9th before going down in order in the 10th.

During crunch time of a high stakes game it was a freshman who showed calm under fire. Winning pitcher Rachel Smith (pictured before the game with catcher Chansea Nelson) recorded seven of her eleven strikeouts over the final four innings.


Exira-EHK went 23-5 with a much more veteran group last season but lost in the first round of the regional tournament. This year, with only one senior on the roster, the squad has advanced all the way to the Regional Final.


Exira-EHK will take on Charter Oak-Ute for a trip to state on Monday. That game will be played in Denison and we will have the broadcast on KSOM.


Atlantic 17, Glenwood 9

Corning 15, Bedford 1
Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 5, Pleasantville 3
Nodaway Valley 15, Lenox 14
Martensdale-St. Marys 15, Wayne, Corydon 0


Nishnabotna 7, Shenandoah 6

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 3, Sioux City, North 0

Sioux City, North 4, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 0
St. Albert, Council Bluffs 16, Sidney 3 (5 innings)


Coon Rapids-Bayard 10, Glidden-Ralston 0 (5 innings)
Madrid 14, Southeast Webster-Grand, Burnside 4 (5innings)
Van Meter 1, ADM, Adel 0 (Played in Adel)
Dallas Center-Grimes 8, Perry 3




Class 1A

Corning 8 Essex/South Page 2

Stanton 6 East Mills 2


Lenox 5 Villisca 1

Earlham 14 Orient-Macksburg 0


Charter Oak-Ute 11 AHST 3

Woodbine 7 Ar-We-Va 2


Exira-EHK 11 Walnut 6 (10 innings)

Coon Rapids-Bayard 9 Glidden-Ralston 2


Class 2A

Alta-Aurelia 9 Ridge View 8

St. Edmond 5 Prairie Valley 4


IKM-Manning 8 Griswold 4

Van Meter 4 Panorama 0


Westwood 9 Woodbury Central 5

MVAO 2 Lawton-Bronson 1


Missouri Valley 5 Tri-Center 4

Treynor 4 Underwood 0


Class 4A

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 4 Denison-Schleswig 0


Norwalk 12 Chariton 4 (Norwalk vs Creston Saturday)


Perry 10 Carroll 9


Harlan 7 Lewis Central 0


Class 5A

SC East 8 Thomas Jefferson 3


(Harlan) Harlan defeated Lewis Central in the first round of the Class 4A Regional Tournament. The Cyclones made it look easy with a 7-0 victory improving to 31-9 overall.


Harlan Junior Taylor Schaben had a big night with two home runs at the plate and a six hit shutout in the pitchers circle. It was a welcome sight for Coach Toshia Kasperbauer and the Cyclones to see Schaben return after suffering an elbow injury at last weekend's tournament.


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Things got off to a good start for the Cyclones when Schaben led off the bottom of the first inning with homerun. Jenna Hoch singled in a run in the third and the Cylcones broke things open in the fourth with Schaben's three run homer. A Carly Heese (pictured) homerun in the fifth inning gave the Cyclones their sixth and seventh runs.


Lewis Central had opportunities offensively but stranded runners on base in five innings and hit into a 3-2-5 triple play in the fourth.


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15th ranked Harlan goes on to play 10th ranked Glenwood on Saturday in Glenwood for the regional semi-finals. Lewis Central, who will return all of their starters for next season, finishes with a 22-15 mark.



(Walnut) The game ended but nobody wanted to leave.


Exira-EHK put together a big inning late to end Walnut's softball season and complete the final game in Warrior softball history. The Warrior fans gave the team a standing ovation after a fantastic final season came to an end with a 11-6 loss in 10 innings.


Exira-EHK will move on to play Coon Rapids-Bayard on Friday while Walnut will go on to a sharing agreement with AHST beginning in the fall. Even winning coach Jana Smith of Exira-EHK would share afterwards that the win was bitter-sweet in a way.


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It's not often that the team who loses the game becomes the bigger story but with Walnut's proud tradition slipping away after Exira-EHK's seven run 10th inning, the emotions of the night were abundant. Here's coach Laci Grooms.


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Walnut ended the night with a chant of Warriors forever. A memorable final campaign had ended with 22 wins 12 losses and countless memories.


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Exira-EHK goes to 19-5 on the year going into their regional semi-final with 14th ranked Coon Rapids-Bayard on Friday. It'll be the first meeting between the two teams this year and we'll have the matchup on KSOM.







(Atlantic) The Atlantic Trojanns scored 15 runs on 20-hits Tuesday night in a 15-5 win over Clarinda in a Class 3A Regional Softball game at Atlantic.


Atlantic scored five runs in the fourth and 7-runs in the top of the seventh, and scattered one run in the first and two-runs in the fifth. The Cardinals scored a run in the first, two in the second, and another run in the sixth.


Atlantic started off slow, but the momentum gradually built throughout the game. The Trojanns gained a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Marissa Berns RBI double scoring Reann Cappel. Emily Beadle hit an RBI single for Clarinda in the bottom of the inning to tie it at 1-1.


The Cardinals gained a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning on a wild pitch and Emily Beadle’s RBI single. But, the Trojanns came roaring back in the top of the fourth with five runs on five hits including RBI’s singles from Bre VonWeyhe, Mackenzie Holmes, and Marissa Berns.


 The Cardinals made it a 6-4 game in the bottom of the fourth on Mackenzie Farlin’s RBI single, but that would be as close as they would come to the Trojanns the rest of the night.


Atlantic scored two more in the fifth and exploded with seven runs on six hits in the top of the seventh to seal the deal 15-5. Bre VonWeyhe, Mackenzie Holmes, Marissa Berns, Alisha Hinzeman, and Tiara Edleman all had RBI singles for Atlantic in that frame.


Eight of the nine Trojann players in the batting order made the laundry list of hits. Reann Cappel went 3-5, 2 RBI’S, Bre VonWeyhe, 2-5, 2-RBI’s, Mackenzie Holms, 3-5, 3-RBI’s, Marissa Berns, 3-5, 3-RBI’s, Tiara Edelman, 1-5, 1-RBI, Alisha Hinzeman, 2-5, 2-RBI’s, Mollee Welter, 2-5, and Leah Tjepkes (pictured)  hitting in the ninth spot finished the night a perfect 4-4 at the plate.


Atlantic takes on Red Oak Friday night in a Class 3A Regional Semi-final at Atlantic.


Click here to listen to Atlantic Head Coach Terry Hinzeman andTrojann pitcher Marissa Berns


July 4, 2012


Class 2A

Central Decatur 6 Nodaway Valley 0

Griswold 5 Audubon 4 (nine innings)

Missouri Valley 15 Logan-Magnolia 5

Lawton-Bronson 14 West Monona 1

Panorama 11 West Central Valley 5

Pleasantville 6 Pella Christian 4

Undewrood 11 St. Albert 1


Class 3A

North Polk 9 ADM 8 (8 Inn)

Atlantic 15 Clarinda 5

Ballard 12 Kuemper Catholic 0


(Griswold) It took nine innings but the Griswold Tigers picked up a comeback win to advance to the second round of the Class 2A Regional Softball Tournament.


The Griswold Tigers move on to play IKM-Manning after their 5-4 win over the Audubon Wheelers on Tuesday night.


Griswold senior Rachel Denne scored the game winning run after she led off the inning with a single and scored all the way from first on a Jackie Rush bunt. After the throw to first based deflected off of Rush's helmet and into right field, Denne began her race for the plate and slid in ahead of the throw.


The extra innings game was a see-saw battle from the start. Audubon scored the games first run when Lacy Vokt reached on an error in the first and scored on a Marissa Haubrich RBI single.


Griswold took their first lead with a pair of runs in the third. Payton Rush and Alyx Flippin each singled and scored to lead 2-1. The lead grew to 3-1 in the fourth when Griswold's Hanna Willms led of the inning with a walk and came into score on a Payton Rush bloop single to shallow right field.


With Griswold up by two runs entering the sixth and Audubon down to their final six outs of the season the Wheelers stormed back with four consecutive hits to start the inning. Vokt, Kasey Porsch, M. Haubrich, and Tiffany Wittrock all singled in the three run sixt to give Audubon a 4-3 lead.


The Wheelers kept the momentum going by setting down Griswold in order in the sixth, but the Tigers rallied in the seventh. Larissa Backhaus led off the seventh with a walk, moved to second on a bunt, and advanced to third on a fly ball out to center field. Backhaus would score the game tying run on a J. Rush single to center.


After a scoreless eighth inning, Griswold set down Audubon in order in the top of the 9th thanks to a pick-off throw and a line drive double play. The solid defense late in the game led to Denne scoring the game winning run in the 9th.


Click here for the postgame interview with Griswold coach Peggy Hanson


Click here for the postgame interview with Audubon coach Eric Borkowski






Exira-EHK10 Adair-Casey 4 (Clinches conference championship, N. Parker HR)

Exira-EHK 16 Adair-Casey 1 (Beck Benton HR, Tyler Jacobsen WP, 8-0)


Boone 13, Bondurant-Farrar 4
ADM, Adel 15, Ballard 0 (4 innings)


Harlan 5, Lewis Central 3
Creston 14, Clarinda 6
Atlantic 10, Denison-Schleswig 5


Treynor 20, Riverside, Oakland 5 (5 inn)
Underwood 11, Griswold 6
Audubon 10, Missouri Valley 5

Tri-Center 16 AHST 2 (Austin Eckrich and Cameron Eckman each with HR, 5 RBI)

Bedford 10, Clarinda Academy 6

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 13, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 4

Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 2, Ar-We-Va, Westside 1 (WVC Tournament)
Lawton-Bronson 10, IKM-Manning 0
Kingsley-Pierson 5, West Harrison, Mondamin 4 (WVC Tourn.)


East Greene, Grand Junction 9, Orient-Macksburg 6
Orient-Macksburg 12, East Greene, Grand Junction 5 (Completion Of June 14 th Game)


Corning 9, Essex 1
Martensdale-St. Marys 9, Perry 8
Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 9, Nodaway Valley 3 (5 in. light malfunction)


Van Meter 13, Interstate 35, Truro 10 (Completed Suspended Game - 5/25)
Panorama, Panora 6, Coon Rapids-Bayard 4
Des Moines Christian 10, Pella Christian 0
West Central Valley, Stuart 15, Madrid 2



Creston 9, Clarinda 0
Glenwood 5, Shenandoah 0
Harlan 9, Lewis Central 3

Denison-Schleswig 11, Atlantic 7

Bishop Heelan, Sioux City 12, Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 0


Bondurant-Farrar 3, Boone 2 (9)

Underwood 3, Griswold 2
Missouri Valley 13, Audubon 5


Mount Ayr 9, East Union 0

Stanton 14, Nishnabotna 4
Villisca 13, Bedford 5

Winterset 1, Carroll 0 (11)
Winterset 12, Saydel 0
Winterset 9, Carroll 4 


(Denison) Gunnar Blum struck out 14 batters and cracked a two run homer as Atlantic downed Denison-Schleswig to improve to 17-8 overall and 12-4 in the conference.

The Trojan’s picked up a 10-5 victory over the Monarchs in Denison Monday night. Each team got on the board early with Gunnar Blum giving Atlantic a 2-0 lead with his homer in the top of the first inning only to see Brady Thies answer back with a two run homer of his own in the bottom of the first.


Atlantic kept the pressure on with a two out, two run rally in the second. Kray Lukehart got things started with a walk followed by Blake Esbeck and Chad Christensen with RBI singles. With Atlantic leading 4-2 in the bottom of the third Denison-Schleswig responded with one run in the third. Atlantic extended their lead to 6-3 with a three run fourth. Tyler Hovey began the fourth with a hit followed by a Christian Holzapfel double. Kray Lukehart walked and Blake Esbeck had an RBI single in the three run fourth inning. Denison-Schleswig kept the game close with a one run fifth but Atlantic put up another three run inning in the sixth to lead 10-4. Denison-Schleswig scored one more run in the fifth to make it a 10-5 final.


Blum earns the win for Atlantic on the mound. Blum, a senior lefty, moves to 4-2 on the year. He struck out 14 while allowing 7 walks and 4 hits. The losing pitcher was Tanner Petersen who struck out 11 runs and allowed five walks and six hits.


Denison-Schleswig drops to 12-15 this season. Atlantic stays alive in the Hawkeye 10 conference race with a key matchup against Glenwood slated for Thursday.


Region 7

East Mills 12 Fremont-Mills 2

Orient-Macksburg 10 CAM 0

Villisca 13 Bedford 5

Stanton 14 Nishnabotna 4

Essex/South Page 9 Sidney 0


Region 8

Walnut 7 Adair-Casey 4

Glidden-Ralston 13 Guthrie Center 1

AHST 8 West Harrison 0

Ar-We-Va 18 Boyer Valley 6



(Walnut) 20-11 Walnut squares off with 5-21 Adair-Casey in the first round of the Class 1A Regional Tournament on Monday. The Warriors finished the regular season by winning nine of their last ten games.


Even though Walnut has already topped Adair-Casey twice already this year, Coach Laci Grooms says it'll be hard to get by them a third time. The Warriors also need to make sure they don't look ahead to a third matchup with Exira-EHK on Thursday. The Spartans have a first round bye and await tonight's winner.


Walnut will try to repeat the success they had from last year's regional tourney. The Warriors went all the way to the regional finals. They finished last season with a 20-14 record. 


Click here for the interview with Walnut coach Laci Grooms


(Elk Horn) Exira-EHK will go for a Rolling Hills Conference baseball championship tonight (Monday). The Spartans need to win one of their two games in a doubleheader with Adair-Casey to clinch the RHC crown. A CAM loss at Glidden-Ralston tonight would also clinch the championship for Exira-EHK


If they get it done it will be the third time in their three year history. Coach Tony Petersen acknowledges Adair-Casey won't make it easy tonight. He points out that Adair-Casey has a higher team batting average than Exira-EHK.


The Spartans have won eight straight games. They also ended last year on an eleven game winning streak. Coach Petersen says the success is due to quality pitching, hitting, and defense.


Click here for the interview with Exira-EHK coach Tony Petersen


(Oakland) Riverside will take on 15-11 Woodbine in the first round of the Class 1A Regional Tournament this evening. The Bulldogs are hoping a good postseason can help put the regular season in the rear view mirror.


Riverside head coach Justin Williams says it was a tough regular season with several injuries and other things working against them.


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Despite the struggles over the past six weeks, Coach Williams still thinks the team can come together in the tournament.


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The team has proven tournament success in the past with a trip to the state tournament in 2009. And a regional finals appearance in 2010. Coach Williams says senior leadership has been showing as the tournament nears.