#12 Kuemper Catholic over Sergeant Bluff-Luton 16-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-23
#6 Sioux Center over Sheldon 25-13, 25-18, 25-13
Shenandoah over Chariton 25-13, 25-13, 25-10
#5 Red Oak over West Central Valley 25-11, 25-15, 25-16
#4 Bishop Heelan Catholic over Carroll 25-21, 25-14, 25-23
#8 LeMars over Spencer 25-7, 25-17, 25-11
#1 Harlan over Carlisle 25-5, 25-11, 25-11
#11 Dallas Center-Grimes over Perry 25-17, 25-17, 25-19
#15 ADM over Norwalk 25-22, 26-24, 25-21
Lewis Central over Creston 25-16, 25-20, 25-20
SC East over Thomas Jefferson 25-8, 25-12, 25-14
#7 Abraham Lincoln over SC North 25-5, 25-12, 25-11
4. West Fork
5. St. Edmond FD
6. Alta Aurelia
8. Tri Center
10. St. Albert CB
12. Central Elkader
15. West Marshall
3. Central Elkader
4. West Marshall
7. South Winneshiek
8. North Linn
11. St. Edmond FD
13. Newman Mason City
14. Colfax Mingo
2. Unity Christian
3. Garner Hayfield/Ventura
4. East Marshall
5. Western Christian
7. Red Oak
9. Sioux Center
12. Southeast Valley
13. Davis County
14. Louisa Muscatine
15. Northeast Goose Lake
5. North Polk
6. Western Christian
7. South Hardin
8. Mid Prairie
9. Woodbury Central
10. Red Oak
11. West Central Valley
13. DM Christian
14. North Fayette-Valley
15. Dike New Hartford
1. Mt Vernon Lisbon
6. Charles City
7. Center Point Urbana
9. Dallas Center Grimes
11. Vinton Shellsburg
12. Bishop Heelan
5. Assumption Davenport
8. Wahlert Dubuque
9. Bishop Heelan
10. Vinton Shellsburg
12. Mt Vernon Lisbon
1. Linn Mar
3. Cedar Falls
4. CR Prairie
5. Pleasant Valley
6. Dowling WDM
7. Valley WDM
8. Hempstead Dubuque
11. West Iowa City
12. Ft Dodge
13. Senior Dubuque
3. West Iowa City
4. Pleasant Valley
6. Ankeny Centennial
9. Roosevelt DM
10. Dowling WDM
11. Linn Mar
13. City High Iowa City
14. Southeast Polk
15. Hempstead Dubuque
(Carroll) Round 2 of the playoffs for all classes is coming up on Monday night. Among the Class 3A matchups is 9-1 Carroll hosting 7-3 Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
A stout defensive effort helped Carroll cruise into the 2nd round of the playoffs with a 40-14 win over ADM on Wednesday. The Carroll defense is averaging only 11.0 points per game allowed and has four shutouts. Coach Dennis McCartan says the group is very opportunistic and works well together with all eleven guys flowing to the football. Leading tackler Ben Wellendorf has been a force. He has 44 solo tackles, 48 tackle assists, 14 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries. Addison Ross and Kyle Christensen have combined for 9 interceptions. Overall the defense has forced 27 turnovers on the year, but will have their hands full with a Warrior offense that averages 43.6 points per game.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton advanced with a 42-28 win over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. They are led by junior Matt George who rushed for 1,679 yards during the regular season.
While Carroll’s defense has been their strength, the Tiger offense is no slouch at 34.9 points per game. In the first round, Carroll quarterback Addison Ross threw for a season high 308 yards and 4 TD’s. Ross ranks 4th in the state in passing yardage. His top target is Eli Cleaveland with 38 grabs for 663 yards on the year. Cleaveland snagged five catches for 110 yards and two scores in the first round. The team also racked up 217 rushing yards in their win over ADM on Wednesday.
Carroll and Sergeant Bluff-Luton have one common opponent. Carroll lost to Bishop Heelan Catholic 37-10. Sergeant Bluff-Luton fell short to Heelan 42-36.
Carroll coach Dennis McCartan
(Harlan) The Harlan boys cross country team heads to the state meet for a 2nd straight season. The Harlan girls return to Fort Dodge after a one year absence.
Harlan's boys team placed 9th at the state meet a year ago and hopes to improve on that finish. One thing the team is focusing on is getting off to a fast start. Coach Renkly says being there last year helps tremendously. He looks for front runners Michael Sciranko and Preston Burris to push for spots in the top 20-30.
The Harlan girls cross country team returns to the state meet for the first time since their 5th place finish in 2012. Cyclone coach Doug Renkly says the team has already run against one of the state’s elite programs when they finished as the runner-up to MOC-Floyd Valley in the state qualifying meet last week. They were able to compete in certain spots with one of the top teams in the state. His goal for the group at state is a top 10 finish, possibly top 8.
One of the strengths for the Cyclone girls is that they all push each other. Marissa Klindt leads the team followed by Mercedee Mayberry. Also included among the top five runners for Harlan are Baylee Hoegh, Kara Rueshenberg, and Kaitlyn Feldman.
Harlan coach Doug Renkly
(Elk Horn) Coming up Friday night on KSOM Exira-EHK will meet Coon Rapids-Bayard in a Class 1A Regional Volleyball Semi-Final.
The Spartans enter at 22-14, the Crusaders are 24-6. These two teams are no strangers, they’ve already met four times this season. Coon Rapids-Bayard won both the regular season and conference tournament in the Rolling Valley, but Exira-EHK did hand the Crusaders one loss in the double-elimination conference tourney. Coach Connie Wyatt says most of the matches they’ve played have been competitive. She comments on what it will take to advance to a regional final.
The Spartans are not afraid to take on a team that’s already beaten them three times this year. Exira-EHK advanced to the regional semi-finals with a 25-22, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20 win over Adair-Casey on Tuesday. The Spartans moved on thanks to a very good serving night.
Exira-EHK served 95.7% with 15 aces in Tuesday’s win. Brenna Juelsgaard’s 89 aces this year ranks 5th in Class 1A. Grace Hoflen leads the team with 218 kills. Freshman Sophia Peppers is tops on the team with 222 digs.
Exira-EHK coach Connie Wyatt
(Griswold) The Griswold girls head to the state cross country meet and will compete in the Class 1A field where coach Jeff Topham says there are nine really good teams. Coach Topham says Pekin, Pocahontas, Griswold, South Winneshiek, Central Elkader, Panorama, West Marshall, Underwood, and Emmetsburg all bring strong squads and believes the field is as strong as he’s ever seen it.
Rebekah Topham is going for a 4th straight state title. No other runner in any class has ever done that. Topham not only has won three titles, but she’s had the top time for any class in two of the last three years. Coach Jeff Topham who says injuries have prevented her from being at her peek, and says it's no guarantee she'll win again. Gwynne Wright from Pekin who ran 14:46 at the state qualifying meet will be the big challenger.
Everything Griswold has done all season all long has been based on what will help them the most for Saturday’s competition. They've rested several key runners throughout the season to be at their best at the end of the year.
Last year they scored over 200 points (7th place) at the state meet and coach Topham thinks they will lower that this year. Coach Topham says he’d be happy with a top 5 team finish. Rebekah’s goal is to win the race, outside of that coach Topham looks for Alyx Flippin to finish in the top 25, Leah Lappe in the top 35 Alyssa Wyman in the top 40, and Anna Young in the top 50.
Cedar Falls @ Cedar Rapids, Washington
Cedar Rapids, Kennedy @ Bettendorf
Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines vs Ames at Williams Stadium
Iowa City, West @ Linn-Mar, Marion
Johnston @ Valley, West Des Moines
Lewis Central @ Ankeny
North Scott, Eldridge @ Pleasant Valley
Southeast Polk @ Waukee
Carlisle @ Washington
Gilbert @ Dallas Center-Grimes
Newton @ Pella
Norwalk @ Creston
Sergeant Bluff-Luton @ Carroll
Solon @ West Delaware, Manchester
Waverly-Shell Rock @ Xavier, Cedar Rapids
Webster City @ Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
Albia @ Clarinda
Beckman Catholic, Dyersville @ Cascade, Western Dubuque
East Sac County @ Spirit Lake
Hampton-Dumont @ Collins-Maxwell/Baxter
Mount Vernon @ North Fayette Valley
New Hampton @ Union, La Porte City
Sioux Center @ Clear Lake
South Tama County, Tama @ Williamsburg
AHSTW, Avoca @ St. Edmond, Fort Dodge
Central Decatur, Leon @ Van Meter
Dike-New Hartford @ West Branch
Hinton @ IKM-Manning
North Cedar, Stanwood @ South Winneshiek, Calmar
Panorama, Panora @ Regina, Iowa City
South Central Calhoun @ Saint Ansgar
Western Christian, Hull @ West Lyon, Inwood
AGWSR, Ackley @ Nashua-Plainfield
B-G-M, Brooklyn @ Gladbrook-Reinbeck
Denver @ Maquoketa Valley, Delhi
Earlham @ Montezuma
Lisbon @ Pekin
Van Buren Community @ Mount Ayr
West Sioux, Hawarden @ Logan-Magnolia
Westwood, Sloan @ Woodbury Central, Moville
Coon Rapids-Bayard @ Newell-Fonda
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton @ Lamoni
H-L-V, Victor @ Janesville
Harris-Lake Park @ West Bend-Mallard
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn @ Glidden-Ralston
Melcher-Dallas @ Fremont-Mills, Tabor
Northwood-Kensett @ Central, Elkader
Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction @ Don Bosco, Gilbertville
(Sidney) Exira-EHK junior quarterback Brady Hansen had a hand in four touchdowns as the Spartans won big over Sidney in the first round over Sidney 54-20.
Brady Hansen tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another to help lead Exira-EHK into the 2nd round of the playoffs. Exira-EHK jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of 3-and-outs from their defense and a pair of key fourth down conversions on offense. The scoring began with a Brady Hansen 25-yard TD strike to Jared Hansen who made a nice run after the catch to find the end zone five minutes into the game. Less than four minutes later Exira-EHK added on to their 7-0 advantage with a Brady Hansen QB sneak from a yard out. Sidney rallied back to make a game of it late in the first as a Jacob Cain pick-six from 42 yards out got Sidney on the board and then Cain caught a middle screen and darted 23 yards on a 3rd and long to even the game at 14-all, which would stand through one quarter.
Exira-EHK took control in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, scoring 41 unanswered, before Sidney added a touchdown late. Jacob Paulsen caught two 2nd quarter TD passes from Brady Hansen on plays of 41 and 17 yards. The running game took over in the 2nd half as Martin Olson scored on a 50 yard run on the Spartans first series of the 2nd half. Jared Hansen posted TD runs from 72 and 3 yards out in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. A Drew Buckholdt 5 yard TD scamper early in the 4th started the running clock.
Exira-EHK took advantage of three turnovers on the night. They recovered an onside kick early in the game, plus got interceptions from Noah Pettepier and Lucas Schwery. Sidney lost two starters throughout the game to injuries which didn't help their cause.
The Cowboys season ends at 7-3. Exira-EHK continues into the 2nd round with a win-loss mark of 8-2. Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen met with the media afterwards...
Playoff Scores for Wednesday October 29, 2014
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 0 Lewis Central 42
ADM, Adel 14 Carroll 40
Greene County 7 Creston 31
Knoxville 13 Dallas Center-Grimes 28
Spencer 0 Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 34
Winterset 6 Carlisle 27
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 20 Clarinda 35
Madrid 26 IKM-Manning 56
OA-BCIG 26 Hinton 50
Ogden 14 AHSTW, Avoca 46
Underwood 12 Van Meter 34
Colfax-Mingo 7 Mount Ayr 63
Earlham 32 Bedford 26
Griswold 20 Logan-Magnolia 49
Westwood, Sloan 29 Audubon 0
Ar-We-Va, Westside 20 Glidden-Ralston 56
East Union, Afton 20 Fremont-Mills, Tabor 53
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 54 Sidney 20
Guthrie Center 12 Newell-Fonda 33
Lenox 20 Coon Rapids-Bayard 56
Stanton 38 Lamoni 56
(Audubon) Westwood evened out the series with Audubon with a 29-0 shutout win Wednesday night in a Class A opening round football playoff game at Audubon. The two met in week seven and the Wheelers came from behind to win 32-20, but it was a different story on Wednesday night.
The Rebels set the tone early marching 65 yards on their game opening drive to take an 8-0 lead following the two-point conversion. Quarterback Hunter East capped the drive with a five yard TD run. East would score twice more on runs of 10 and 34 yards to take a 22-0 lead in the middle of the third quarter. The final tally for the Rebels came early in the fourth when Drew Anderson broke loose for 34 yards to extend the score to 29-0 after the PAT.
Westwood rolled up 389 yards on 65 plays. Sixty-four of them were rushing plays. Hunter East finished the game with 221 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns. Anderson carried the ball 24 times for 111 yards and one touchdown.
Audubon finished with 103 total yards with 67 yards on the ground, and 36 through the air. Jake Mulford carried the ball 13 times for 34 yards. Trevor Smith had 15 yards on eight carries and finished the night 3-10 passing for 36 yards.
The Wheelers end the season with a 7-3 record. Westwood now 7-3 advances to the second round on Monday night.
Click here to listen to Audubon Co-Head Coach Shawn Birks postgame comments
October 29, 2014
(Oakland) The Riverside Bulldogs will be represented this weekend at the state cross country meet by junior Tim Brink.
Getting to the state meet is something Brink intended to do from the very start of the season. Brink placed 36th last year with a time of 17:40. He was 51st as a freshman. Brinks ran to a 5th place finish at the state qualifying meet at Panorama.
As a team Riverside placed 4th at state last year and 3rd the year before. The Bulldogs missed qualifying as a team this year by just three points.
7-2 Exira-EHK @ 7-2 Sidney
7-2 Lenox @ 8-1 Coon Rapids-Bayard
5-4 East Union @ 9-0 Fremont-Mills
3-6 Stanton @ 8-1 Lamoni
7-2 Guthrie Center @ 6-3 Newell-Fonda
5-4 Ar-We-Va @ 9-0 Glidden-Ralston
5-4 Harris Lake Park @ 7-2 Boyer Valley
6-3 Westwood @ 7-2 Audubon
5-4 Griswold @ 9-0 Logan-Magnolia
6-3 Earlham @ 8-1 Bedford
6-3 Colfax-Mingo @ 8-1 Mount Ayr
7-2 Ogden @ 7-2 AHSTW
6-3 Madrid @ 9-0 IKM-Manning
6-3 OA-BCIG @ 8-1 Hinton
3-6 Underwood @ 6-3 Van Meter
4-5 Kuemper Catholic @ 8-1 Clarinda
5-4 ADM @ 8-1 Carroll
4-5 Greene County @ 7-2 Creston/O-M
5-4 Winterset @ 7-2 Carlisle
4-5 Knoxville @ 8-1 Dallas Center-Grimes
4-5 Abraham Lincoln @ 8-1 Lewis Central
(Clarinda) Clarinda not only leads Class 2A in rushing yardage this season, but noone else in their class is within 600 yards of the Cardinals rushing productivity.
2nd year head coach Mark Schilb's spinner back offense has been executed this season to the tune of 3,459 yards and 46 touchdowns. The team averages 8.1 yards every time they run the football.
Clarinda will see a familiar Kuemper Catholic team in the first round of the playoffs. The Cardinals beat the Knights 34-13 in Week 7. Clarinda posted an average margin of victory in district play of 37.6. Kuemper Catholic was their closest call, they shook off a slow start to win by 21 points.
Jett Kettwick leads the team in rushing with 928 yards on 81 attempts. Luke Strong's 781 yards and Jacob Degase's 610 have rounded out a balanced attack. The three have combined for 40 of the team's 46 rushing scores. The team is also passing the ball better than they did early in the season. After starting the year 0-7 passing with three picks, they made a change to Jacob Degase who has thrown 14/26 completions for 354 yards 6 TD's and 0 picks.
The only thing keeping Clarinda from a 9-0 record was their Week 3 loss to AHSTW 12-8. Kuemper Catholic comes in with a 4-5 overall record. The defending state champs haven't beat a team with a district record yet this year.
Clarinda coach Mark Schilb interview
(Elk Horn) Exira-EHK sophomore Emily Copic will compete in the state cross country meet for a 2nd straight year. Copic advanced to the state meet with a 7th place run at the Panorama qualifying site last week.
Exira-EHK cross country coach Terry Weisenborn...
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Copic placed 46th individually with a time of 16:23 a year ago in Fort Dodge. Having the experience from last year’s meet will be a huge bonus.
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The 1A girls portion of the state cross country meet starts at 2:00p.m. A video interview with Copic following her state qualifying meet performance can bee seen in our sports archive.
(Creston) Creston/O-M meets Greene County in a rematch of a non-district Week 4 game. Creston/O-M prevailed in the regular season 23-7 but Panther coach Brian Morrison maintains it won’t be easy this time around.
The Panthers come at 7-2, their lone losses are to Dallas Center-Grimes and Clarinda. Creston/O-M comes in on a good note having posted 63 points against Atlantic in Week 9. Alex Nielsen had a banner day with 298 yards and 4 TD’s through the air. Bryce Briley caught three of those balls for 163 yards and two scores. Running back Chase Shiltz carried 12 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns. Nielsen also tallied 82 yards rushing with another TD on the ground. On the season, the Panthers have had one of the more potent offenses around. Nielsen ranks 2nd in the state in passing yardage while as a team the Panthers have rushed for 1,778 yards.
Greene County is just 4-5, but three of those losses have been decided by one possession, including just a one-point loss to district runner-up Humboldt. They also played Carroll tough last week in a 14-0 loss.
Creston is making their 14th playoff appearance in school history. They have five postseason wins to their credit.
Creston coach Brian Morrison interview
#8 Gehlen Catholic over Kingsley-Pierson 25-20, 25-28, 25-14
Westwood over Boyer Valley 25-22, 16-25, 25-18, 18-25, 16-14
#11 Fremont-Mills over Sidney 25-10, 25-15, 21-25, 22-25, 15-10
Ar-We-Va over Woodbine 25-22, 25-17, 25-12
#6 Grand View Christian over Martensdale-St. Marys 25-10, 25-11, 25-10
Murray over Mount Ayr 25-16, 17-25, 25-14, 22-25, 16-14
Griswold over Lenox 25-9, 25-15, 25-17
Stanton over Bedford 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-16
#3 Janesville over AGWSR 25-10, 25-14, 25-12
Ankeny Christian over Colo-Nesco 25-17, 25-23, 25-12
Coon Rapids-Bayard over Guthrie Center 25-20, 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 15-13
Exira-EHK over Adair-Casey 25-22, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20
Lawton-Bronson over MVAO 25-14, 25-13, 25-16
Tri-Center over Missouri Valley 22-25, 25-18, 18-25, 26-24, 15-10
Unity Christian over Alta-Aurelia 25-8, 25-10, 25-11
Hinton over #14 Ridge View 27-25, 25-14, 25-19
#6 South Central Calhoun over Audubon 25-12, 25-11, 25-9
Manson NW Webster over St. Edmond 28-26, 23-25, 25-16, 25-17
Treynor over IKM-Manning 25-18, 25-18, 25-16
St. Albert over Underwood 25-12, 25-22, 25-16
#11 Woodward-Granger over Central Decatur 25-13, 25-9, 25-17
SW Valley over Earlham 25-23, 26-24, 25-23
Pella Christian over DM Christian 25-17, 25-10, 25-27, 25-23
#5 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont over Pleasantville 25-13, 25-13, 25-9
(Griswold) The Griswold Tigers made quick work of Lenox Tuesday night in a regional quarterfinal matchup. Griswold swiftly punched their ticket into the regional semi-finals with a 25-9, 25-15, 25-17 sweep.
Griswold got of to an 8-0 lead int he first set and rarely trailed in the match. Their only deficits came when it was 6-5 in the 2nd. Griswold reclaimed the lead at 9-8 and never looked back.
Melodie Anstey had a big first set and finished with a team high 12 kills. Freshman Sydney McLaren came on in the 2nd set and added 11 kills to her season tally. Marlia Rossell led the teams in assists with 25 and ace serves with 6. Morgan Godwin finished the night with 13 digs.
Griswold improves to 21-9 on the year. This marks the 2nd straight season that Griswold has advanced to a regional semi-final. Lenox, who waves goodbye to 7 seniors, ends their 2014 campaign at 6-18.
(Exira) Over the past four seasons the current Exira-EHK senior class has compiled a record of 39-6 with four playoff appearances including two trips to the UNI-Dome.
The Spartans will take that playoff experience on the road tonight to match up with fellow 7-2 team Sidney. Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen says Sidney is a well coached team with a lot of recent success.
Exira-EHK lost two of their final three games to close out the regular season, but did win their week 9 game against Kingsley-Pierson 61-26. They lost to Newell-Fonda big on a night when they lost their star quarterback Drew Peppers to an injury. The following week against Boyer Valley, they gave the district champs a run for their money, but eventually lost 40-33. The Spartans completed 4/5 passes last week for 119 yards, 2 TD’s and no picks. Coach Petersen hopes to take advantage of the passing game tonight. Jacob Paulsen caught all four passes and both touchdowns.
Exira-EHK and Sidney are no strangers to playoff football. Sidney is making their 3rd straight playoff appearance and have gone 31-8 over the last four years. Exira-EHK’s seniors have been in the playoff every year of their high school careers and have compiled a win-loss mark of 39-6.
Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen interview
(Griswold) The Griswold Tigers will make their 7th playoff appearance in school history when they travel to Logan-Magnolia Wednesday night.
Griswold not only qualified for the playoffs, but heads in with some momentum having defeated Riverside 68-32 in Week 8 and Tri-Center 50-28 in Week 9. Tiger head coach Andy Everett says with the kids they have the team has really over achieved this season.
The Tigers average 388 rushing yards per game and have two 1,000 yard backs in Caleb Schaaf and Derek Kerchhoff. They've accomplished a very rare statiscal feat over the last two weeks of the season by having multiple 200 yard rushers in back to back games. Derek Kerchhoff and Jacob Dickinson each topped the 200 yard mark in the Riverside win wile Kerhhoff and Schaaf combined to do so in Week 9. The Griswold offensive playbook is not known for it’s depth and complexity, but coach Everett says this season they’ve been able to run all plays effectively.
Griswold is 5-4 going into the playoffs while Logan-Magnolia is 9-0. This is a rematch of a Week 7 contest that Logan-Magnolia won 48-16. Griswold has scored 118 points in two games since that loss. When asked about if a shootout favors his team he responded by saying, "They are pretty good, I doubt it's going to be a shootout, we are just going to go do the best we can."
Griswold coach Andy Everett interview
(Avoca) AHSTW opposes Ogden Wednesday in a Class 1A first round playoff matchup. Both teams enter at 7-2.
AHSTW enters the playoffs on a roll, the Vikings have won four straight games and they’ve won them in dominant fashion. Last year’s semi-finalist has posted an average margin of victory of over 45 points (54-9.5) in their final four games.
The strong surge to end the regular season was capped off by a 75-6 thumping of West Monona. The defense forced a season high 9, yes 9 turnovers. Cain Francois had two interceptions and Adam Kiesel recovered a pair of fumbles. The Vikings also threw for better than 220 yards in the win. QB Nate Herbst has not thrown an interception since the Week 5 loss to IKM-Manning. He has 9 TD's compared to only 2 picks on the season. Seven of his TD passes have come on the current four game winning streak. His favorite target in Week 9 was Terry Shannon who posted an impressive four grabs for 216 yards and three scores.
AHSTW will see a high powered Ogden offense that averages 39.2 points per game over the course of the season and leads Class 1A in total yards with an average of 450 per game. Coach Davis Pattee says his group has seen a lot of good competetion this year, but noone as balanced as Ogden. The Bulldogs have over 4,000 yards this season with over 2,200 on the round and around 1,800 passing.
AHSTW is making their 8th straight playoff appearance. AHSTW’s two losses are to 7-2 Audubon and 9-0 IKM-Manning. Ogden’s two losses are to 6-3 South Central Calhoun and 9-0 Ft. Dodge St. Edmond.
AHSTW coach Davis Pattee
(Adair) Adair-Casey/CAM’s Cale Billheimer will run in his first state cross country meet. The Sophomore qualified with a 9th place finish at Panorama last Thursday.
Head coach Dave Sanders explains Billheimer has improved all season long. He’s gone from top 15 finishes to top 10 and now at the end of the year some top 5 performances. A big highlight came at the end of the regular season when he won the Rolling Valley Conference championship.
Coach Sanders says Billheimer qualifying for the state meet was no surprise given the to runners he’d been competing with late in the year. The Class 1A Boys field will run at 2:30 in Fort Dodge on Saturday.
Adair-Casey/CAM coach Dave Sanders interview
(Sidney) The Sidney Cowboys host the Exira-EHK Spartans in a first round playoff game that will air on KSOM Wednesday. Both teams finished the regular season with 7-2 overall marks.
Sidney coach Donnie Sears says his team needed to, "Pick up some spirits", following their Week 9 loss to East Mills. The game had no bearing on Sidney's playoff positioning, but a 46-12 against a non-playoff qualifier in East Mills is not the taste you want in your mouth entering postseason play.
Sidney has used a balanced rushing attack to replace the production of last year's all-state back Chris Osborn. This season the carries are divided up fairly evenly between Erick Rodriguez, Blane Moreland, and Michael Coates. Rodriguez leads the team with 784 yards and averages 7.1 yards per carry with 12 TD's. They all have between 80 and 110 attempts.
A big strength for Sidney throughout the season has been their ability to come through in the clutch. The Cowboys have had two games come down to the final seconds and they came out on top in both. In Week 5 they beat CAM 47-46 on a game winning 36-yard field goal from Rodriguez. In Week 8 they survived against Nishnabotna 33-32, thanks to a defensive stand at the end of the game.
Sidney is very senior oriented, with 7 starters on offense and 7 on defense being in their final year of eligibility. This group of seniors has gone 31-8 in their careers and is making their third straight playoff appearance. The Cowboys have only missed the playoffs one time in the last eight years, however, Wednesday night will mark just their 2nd home playoff game in that span.
Sidney coach Donnie Sears interview
(Red Oak) Red Oak extends its’ record to 31-7 after sweeping Atlantic in a Regional Quarterfinal Volleyball match at Red Oak Monday night.
The Tigers jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the first set and cruised to a 25-10 victory. That momentum carried into the second set. The Tigers jumped out to a 20-2 lead before closing it out 25-4. The Trojans kept it close early in the third set for a awhile before the Tigers got their offense flowing again outscoring Atlantic 20-4 to win 25-8.
Grace Blomstedt, Red Oak’s, 6-2 Middle hitter, ended the night with 16-kills in 20-attempts. Sierra Athen had nine kills and Angela Mahoney and Dana Mardsen had a dozen each. But it was the Tigers serving that stood out in the match last night. The
Tigers were 70-74 with seven aces. Dana Mardsen and Makayla LeRette led the way going 13-13 and 12-13 respectively.
Red Oak will match up against West Central Valley Thursday night. The Wildcats topped Saydel, 25-20, 25-12, 20-25, and 25-15.
October 28, 2014
Kuemper Catholic over East Sac County 28-26, 25-15, 25-21
Sergeant Bluff-Luton over Chedrokee 20-25, 25-20, 25-10, 25-19
Sioux Center over MOC-Floyd Valley 25-15, 25-9, 25-10
Sheldon over Spirit Lake 25-17, 25-13, 25-20
Shenandoah over Clarinda 25-14, 25-19, 25-13
Chariton over Clarke 25-11, 25-15, 25-18
Red Oak over Atlantic 25-10, 25-4, 25-8
West Central Valley over Saydel 25-20, 25-12, 20-25, 25-15
Carroll over Denison-Schleswig 25-18, 24-26, 25-15, 25-12
Spencer over Storm Lake 25-21, 25-10, 25-15
Perry over Ballard 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15
Carlisle over DM Hoover 25-17, 25-9, 25-8
Creston over Glenwood 26-24, 26-16, 21-25, 25-13
Norwalk over Winterset 25-15, 25-20, 25-16
CB Thomas Jefferson over SC West 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-12
(Tabor) Two teams with very different recent histories will collide in Tabor Wednesday night for an 8-Player first round playoff game. Host Fremont-Mills makes their 4th straight playoff appearance while visitor East Union makes just their 3rd trip overall and first since 2009. The Knights are 37-5 (and have won a state title) in the last four years while East Union is just 13-25 in that span.
But as they say in the playoffs, everyone enters at 0-0. Coach Jeremy Christensen of Fremont-Mills isn't expecting a lopsided 1-vs-4 matchup that you sometimes see in the first round. The Knights after all, know they must bring their 'A'-game to avoid being upset in the first round like they have been each of the last two years.
Both teams are led by big running backs. Mike Ward, at 6'0" 210, has rushed for over 1,000 yards to lead East Union to their 5-4 mark this year. Fremont-Mills is unbeaten thanks in large part to their 6'2" 250 pound playmaker Spencer Phillips. Phillips leads the team in rushing yards, receiving yards, and tackles.
Both teams played in some close games that helped gear them up for the playoffs late in the year. East Union lost 24-20 against fellow playoff qualifier Guthrie Center in Week 7 and then beat out Adair-Casey for a playoff spot with an 80-48 win over the Bombers in Week 8. The good test for Fremont-Mills in Week 7 when they survived a scare against Lenox 24-22.
Fremont-Mills coach Jeremy Christensen
East Union co-head coach James Hardy
(Lenox) The Lenox Tiger football team heads into the playoffs just 15 points away from being undefeated. Lenox's 7-2 record includes close losses to both 8-1 Sidney and 9-0 Fremont-Mills. The close calls against the Cowboys (27-14 in Week 4) and Knights (24-22 in Week 7) give the team confidence they can play with anyone. They'll meet 8-1 Coon Rapids-Bayard in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday.
The seven wins for Lenox is their most in a season since their string of trips to the Dome from 2008-2010. A leading force among the resurgence has been 6'8" 215 pound junior Spencer Brown. Brown has been a nightmare for opposing teams on both sides of the ball. He leads the team in receiving with 32 catches for 530 yards and 9 TD's. Defensively he leads the state in sacks with 12 on the year. He's also blocked three punts in the last three weeks.
Coach Allen Dukes says the main point of emphasis will be to slowing Coon Rapids-Bayard lead back Zach Evans. Evans ranks 5th in the state in rushing yardage. After that the Tiger 'D' will have sophomore quarterback Brandon Riley to contend with, Riley has passed for over 500 and rushed for over 500 yards this year.
Lenox has missed the playoffs a year ago for the first time in eight seasons. They have a 22-10 playoff record in their 11 trips to date. Coach Dukes says they've never played Coon Rapids-Bayard in the over 20 years that he's been there. The Tigers are 4-1 away from home this year.
Lenox coach Allen Dukes interview
(Griswold) Tuesday night on KSOM 20-9 Griswold takes on 6-17 Lenox in the 2nd round of the Class 1A regional volleyball tournament. Prematch coverage is due up at a quarter 'til 7 with the first serve at 7:00 p.m.
It's been one of Griswold's best volleyball campaigns in several years. Tiger coach Jody Rossell commented the group's hard work throughout the year is something that has stood out to her about her team's 20-win season.
Coach Rossell admits they don't know a whole lot about Lenox, but notes they appear to be a strong defensive team. As for Griswold, they are led by a freshman, Sidney McLaren. She ranks #2 in the state in kills with 410 on the year. McLaren is averaging 4.88 kills per set.
The Tigers have a deep and talented supporting cast that includes eight seniors. Melodie Anstey is 2nd on the team in kills with 261. Setter Marlia Rossell has posted 683 assists on the year while Morgan is tops on the team with 389 digs. Rossell's assist total ranks 5th in the state for Class 1A.
Coach Rossell says they are a very even-tempered group and also notes last year's experience of advancing to the regional semi-finals should be helpful. The Tigers also have the benefit of their home crowd.
Griswold coach Jody Rossell interview
(Greenfield) Nodaway Valley Wolverine boys cross country team, owners of three perfect scores this season, will head to Fort Dodge this weekend for the state cross country meet.
Coach Darrell Burmeister has lofty expectations for his team, saying there are four teams that can win it, and listing his squad in the group.
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It's a group of athletes, commonly referred to as the Black Plague, that are totally committed to being strong distance runners. Heath Downing, Brycen Wallace, Shane Breheny, Brayten Funke, Skylar Rawlings, Nathan Venteicher, and Matthew Dickinson make up the varsity runners.
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Coach Burmeister revealed to the media after last Thursday's state qualifying meet that the team is dedicating their performance to school custodian Phyllis Eschelman, who is battling cancer. Eschelman is the aunt of varsity runner Brycen Wallace and has had three kids run for Nodaway Valley in the past.
The Class 1A boys portion of the state cross country meet will start at 2:30 Saturday at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.
(Coon Rapids) Coming up on Wednesday in the first round of the football playoffs, 8-Player District 7 runner-up Coon Rapids-Bayard will host 8-Player District 8 #3 seed Lenox.
The Coon Rapids-Bayard football team made it through the regular season with just one loss, a 50-38 setback against rival Glidden-Ralston. The Crusaders feel they ran out of time for their comback bid in that game. Coach John Kesselring refers to the contest as the best thing that's happened to them all season. He says the team's best practices came following the loss and believes their best football is still ahead of them.
They've rebounded in a big way by outscoring their opponents the last two weeks 104-16. That includes a convincing 48-8 win over fellow playoff qualifier East Union in Week 9. Zach Evans ran wild with 229 yards and 4 scores. It was part of a huge rushing night overall as the Crusaders piled up well over 400 yards on the ground. Brandon Riley was a big part of the rushing night as well with 109 yards to his credit. On the season, Evans has over 1,600 yards and 23 TD's while Riley combined between the run and the pass has over 1,200 yards and 27 TD's. Neither are seniors.
The Crusaders will take on a 7-2 Lenox team that's been battle tested throughout the regular season. Coach Kesselring points out the Tigers haven't lost a game by more than two possessions all season. Their two losses are to Sidney and Fremont-Mills.
The new playoff system, with no sister districts and no brackets, has raised a lot of questions, but coach Kesselring points out one major benefit of the system is that there is no looking ahead.
Wednesday's matchup will be played in Coon Rapids. CR-B is making their 7th playoff appearance and 6th in the last 7 years. Lenox has made the playoffs a dozen times including 2008 when they won the state champioship.
Coon Rapids-Bayard coach John Kesselring interview
1-Dowling Catholic (8-1)
2-Cedar Rapids Washington (9-0)
4-West Des Moines Valley (8-1)
7-Linn-Mar (Marion) (8-1)
8-North Scott (Eldridge) (7-2)
9-Ankeny Centennial (7-2)
10-Southeast Polk (5-4)
2-Bishop Heelan (Sioux City) (8-1)
5-Cedar Rapids Xavier (6-3)
7-West Delaware (Manchester) (8-1)
8-Dallas Center-Grimes (8-1)
10-Clear Creek-Amana (7-2)
1-Clear Lake (9-0)
2-Spirit Lake (9-0)
3-Sioux Center (8-1)
4-North Fayette Valley (8-1)
7-Cascade (Western Dubuque) (8-1)
1-Iowa City Regina (8-1)
2-South Winneshiek (Calmar) (9-0)
3-St. Edmond (Fort Dodge) (9-0)
4-West Branch (9-0)
5-Saint Ansgar (9 -0)
7-West Lyon (Inwood) (8-1)
8-North Cedar (Stanwood) (8-1)
9-Dike-New Hartford (7-2)
1-Maquoketa Valley (Dehli) (9-0)
6-Mount Ayr (8-1)
8-AGWSR (Ackley) (8-1)
9-Woodbury Central (Moville) (8-1)
1-Don Bosco (Gilbertville) (9-0)
3-Fremont-Mills (Tabor) (9-0)
4-Central (Elkader) (9-0)
5-H-L-V (Victor) (8-1)
7-Coon Rapids-Bayard (8-1)
8-Turkey Valley (Jackson Junction) (8-1)
10-West Bend-Mallard (8-1)
Ames @ Urbandale
Ankeny Centennial vs Johnston at 8:00 - Ankeny Stadium
Ankeny vs Des Moines, Abraham Lincoln at 5:30 - Ankeny Stadium
Cedar Rapids, Jefferson @ Bettendorf
Cedar Rapids, Kennedy @ Muscatine
Clinton @ Cedar Rapids, Washington
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln @ Lewis Central
Davenport, Central @ Linn-Mar, Marion
Des Moines, East @ Valley, West Des Moines
Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines vs Indianola at Williams Stadium
Dubuque, Hempstead @ North Scott, Eldridge
Dubuque, Senior @ Cedar Falls
Fort Dodge @ Southeast Polk
Ottumwa @ Iowa City, West
Prairie, Cedar Rapids @ Pleasant Valley
Sioux City, East @ Waukee
ADM, Adel @ Carroll
Assumption, Davenport @ Solon
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley @ Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Charles City @ Xavier, Cedar Rapids
Epworth, Western Dubuque @ Waverly-Shell Rock
Fairfield @ Pella
Gilbert @ Humboldt
Greene County @ Creston
Independence @ Washington
Knoxville @ Dallas Center-Grimes
Newton @ Clear Creek-Amana
Norwalk @ Bondurant-Farrar
Spencer @ Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
Wahlert, Dubuque @ West Delaware, Manchester
Webster City @ Ballard
Winterset @ Carlisle
Aplington-Parkersburg @ Beckman Catholic, Dyersville
Center Point-Urbana @ Union, La Porte City
Central Lyon/George Little Rock @ Sioux Center
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows @ East Sac County
Estherville Lincoln Central @ Clear Lake
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll @ Clarinda
MOC-Floyd Valley @ Spirit Lake
Mid-Prairie, Wellman @ Albia
Monticello @ North Fayette Valley
Mount Vernon @ Mediapolis
New Hampton @ Anamosa
North Polk, Alleman @ South Tama County, Tama
PCM, Monroe @ Williamsburg
South Hardin @ Collins-Maxwell/Baxter
Southeast Valley @ Hampton-Dumont
West Burlington @ Cascade, Western Dubuque
Alburnett @ Regina, Iowa City
Bellevue @ Dike-New Hartford
Central Decatur, Leon @ Pella Christian
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont @ Panorama, Panora
Hudson @ North Cedar, Stanwood
Lake Mills @ South Winneshiek, Calmar
Madrid @ IKM-Manning
OA-BCIG @ Hinton
Ogden @ AHSTW, Avoca
Pocahontas Area @ South Central Calhoun
Sibley-Ocheyedan @ West Lyon, Inwood
Sigourney/Keota @ West Branch
Sumner-Fredericksburg @ Saint Ansgar
Underwood @ Van Meter
Western Christian, Hull @ Emmetsburg
Woodward-Granger @ St. Edmond, Fort Dodge
Akron-Westfield @ Woodbury Central, Moville
Belle Plaine @ Van Buren Community
Belmond-Klemme @ Gladbrook-Reinbeck
Bishop Garrigan, Algona @ AGWSR, Ackley
Colfax-Mingo @ Mount Ayr
Denver @ West Hancock, Britt
Earlham @ Bedford
Edgewood-Colesburg @ B-G-M, Brooklyn
Griswold @ Logan-Magnolia
Lone Tree @ Lisbon
North-Linn, Troy Mills @ Pekin
Pleasantville @ Montezuma
Wapsie Valley, Fairbank @ Nashua-Plainfield
West Sioux, Hawarden @ South O'Brien, Paullina
Westwood, Sloan @ Audubon
Winfield-Mt. Union @ Maquoketa Valley, Delhi
Ar-We-Va, Westside @ Glidden-Ralston
Clarksville @ Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction
Colo-Nesco @ Melcher-Dallas
East Union, Afton @ Fremont-Mills, Tabor
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton @ Sidney
Graettinger-Terril @ Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn
Guthrie Center @ Newell-Fonda
Harris-Lake Park @ Boyer Valley, Dunlap
Kee, Lansing @ Janesville
Lenox @ Coon Rapids-Bayard
Meskwaki Settlement School @ Central, Elkader
North Iowa, Buffalo Center @ West Bend-Mallard
Stanton @ Lamoni
Twin Cedars, Bussey @ Don Bosco, Gilbertville
Wayne, Corydon @ H-L-V, Victor
West Central, Maynard @ Northwood-Kensett
(Griswold) When they needed a win the most, the Griswold Tiger football team came through with one of their best performances of the year. They posted a playoff clinching 50-28 win over Tri-Center, improving to 5-4 overall.
Griswold scored on their opening drive and never trailed. In fact they rarely led by less than two possessions. They would rush for seven scores on the night and never needed to attempt a pass. The team was forced into very few third and long plays and punted the ball just twice. Caleb Schaaf and Derek Kirchhoff led the ground attack with three scores each. Hadley Ogg added another, a fifteen yarder. Afterwards, Schaaf commented that the holes the offensive line created were, 'About two semi-trucks wide.' That's Treighton Oakleaf, Tyler Wyman, Joe Schoning, Cade Pelzer, and Anthony Lappe up front along with tight ends Mason Boucher and Jordan Vetter. Both Schaaf and Kerchhoff stormed for over 200 yards.
Tri-Center made a couple of momentum swinging plays to get back in the game, but never got any closer than eight points after the opening quarter. The bulk of the Trojans big plays came from Nick Schnitker who caught a 14 yard TD pass from Sam Sorenson and also posted 25 and 27 yard TD runs. In addition to a couple of key passes to Schnitker, Sorenson ripped off a 35 yard run on a scramble, and also caught a pass for 22 yards from Matthew Wellman on a trick play. Dillon Manhart broke off several strong runs including a 20 yarder, but Griswold's defense came through with enough stops to get the job done.
Defensive ends Mason Boucher and Anthony Lappe put pressure on the quarterback in obvious passing situations while linebackers Cory Greubel, Jacob Dickinson, and Wyatt Robinette had their names called early and often on tackles. Greubel also had a key fumble recovery on a botched shotgun snap early in the game.
Griswold will go into the district as the number four seed, but keep in mind the combined record of the teams they have lost to is 29-5. Tri-Center's year is done at 4-5. Coach John Tiarks commented afterwards that the group came a long ways from scoring only one touchdown during their entire 8th grade season. Tri-Center will return several starters and also hope to benefit from the addition of some newcomers next year.
Ames 55 Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 6
Lewis Central 45 Des Moines, Roosevelt 7
Ankeny Centennial 52 Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 6
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 42 Denison-Schleswig 41
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 34 LeMars 20 a
Spencer 55 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 54
Carroll 14 at Greene County 0
Humboldt 28 Perry 19
Algona 56 Storm Lake 7
Webster City 60 Boone 42
Creston 63 at Atlantic 28
Dallas Center-Grimes 45 Glenwood 16
ADM, Adel 35 Harlan 30
Bondurant-Farrar 30 Winterset 13
Albia 42 Clarke, Osceola 13
Baxter 37 Centerville 0
Davis County, Bloomfield 25 Keokuk 13
North Polk, Alleman 42 PCM, Monroe 20
Clarinda 42 Southeast Valley 6
East Sac County 54 Red Oak 14
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 38 Shenandoah 7
AHSTW, Avoca 75 West Monona, Onawa 6
IKM-Manning 38 Underwood 6
Missouri Valley 42 West Central Valley, Stuart 19
OA-BCIG 45 Treynor 7
Central Decatur, Leon 32 Van Meter 14
Woodward-Granger 12 Des Moines Christian 8
Interstate 35, Truro 27 Southwest Valley 22
Panorama, Panora 37 Woodward Academy 7
Logan-Magnolia 28 at Westwood, Sloan 12
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 32 Riverside, Oakland 6
Audubon 41 St. Albert, Council Bluffs 21
Griswold 50 Tri-Center, Neola 28
Pleasantville 71 Clarinda Academy 6
Earlham 76 Martensdale-St. Marys 33
Bedford 28 Nodaway Valley 20
Mount Ayr 79 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 0
Boyer Valley, Dunlap 44 Woodbine 8
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 68 Kingsley-Pierson 14
Ar-We-Va, Westside 34 River Valley, Correctionville 28
Newell-Fonda 92 West Harrison, Mondamin 19
Ankeny Christian Academy 44 Murray 15
Coon Rapids-Bayard 48 East Union, Afton 8
Glidden-Ralston 68 Northeast Hamilton, Blairsburg 6
Guthrie Center 99 Adair-Casey 66
East Mills 46 Sidney 12
Fremont-Mills, Tabor 68 Essex 12
Lenox 68 CAM, Anita 22
Nishnabotna 42 Stanton 40
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