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Tri-Center Eyes Playoff Return


(Neola) After back to back playoff appearances to start off the John Tiarks era in Tri-Center, last year’s Trojan football team sputtered to just a 3-win season.

 

Coach Tiarks says the expectation is to get back in the playoffs and he realizes he may be in the minority with that line of thought. One of the reasons for optimism is the size of their offensive line. Coach John Tiarks says it’ll be the biggest he’s coached. Brandon Jensen, Adam McDermott, and Clayton Davis will be some of the big bodies up front.

 

Running behind them will be all new faces after Tri-Center’s top four rushers all graduated including 1st team all-state performer Ben Wellman who rushed for over 2,000 yards and averaged 8.3 yards per carry. Among those trying to fill the void will be Dillion Manhart.

 

Manhart ran for 97 yards last year on only 16 attempts. He’s also the team’s leading returning tackler with 97 stops as a sophomore.

 

Aiding the cause this season will be a handful of seniors that have come back out for football after a year or two away to focus on other sports. Among those are starting quarterback candidate Sam Sorenson along with Christian Pauley and Devin Heinen who look to split time at running back.  

 

Tri-Center's first game of the season is next Friday against Underwood. Their district slate features road games at MVOA, Westwood, Logan-Magnolia and Griswold. Home games in the playoff hunt include St. Albert, Audubon, and Riverside.

 

Click for the interview with coach John Tiarks

Harlan Preseason Focus: Rebuild Offense Line


(Harlan) The Harlan Community football team is reloading for the 2014 football season. The Cyclones directed by head coach Curt Bladt entering his 38th season must rebuild the entire offensive line that helped the Cyclone offense grind out 2,048 rushing yards for a season average of 4.4 yards per carry.

 

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Center Max Langenfeld is the only returning starter from last year’s District 1 championship team that bowed out with a loss to Heelan in the quarterfinals and to finish the season with a 10-2 record. Coach Bladt says replacing last year’s senior dominated team will be difficult.

 

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The Cyclones must also replace Quarterback Adam Juhl who passed for 1689-yards and 18-touchdown passes a year ago. Coach Bladt says currently Kyle Juhl is the front runner for that position.

 

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Coach Bladt says Juhl’s size is one reason he is currently the number one QB.

 

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The last time the Cyclones played in the dome was in 2011, but coach Bladt says they don’t talk about that or winning for that matter.

 

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Coach Bladts describes the district as wide open.

 

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The Cyclones will also have to replace tailback Nate Getty’s who averaged 5.9 yards a carry for a total of 1,470, and 16 touchdowns.

 

Harlan opens up against Denison/Schleswig on August 29.

 

Tom Robinson

August 20, 2014

Good Numbers for AHSTW Cross Country Teams


(Avoca) The AHSTW cross country program has more athletes out this year than ever before.

 

Coaches Ashley Maassen and Emily Lechtenberg are teaming up to lead the gropu. Coach Maassen says following their camp, they officially got practice started on August 11th.

 

The numbers are up from past years with 9 girls and 11 boys marking the first time they’ve been able to have a full boys and full girls team in the same year.

 

Coach Maassen says so far the two leaders on the boys side are Briar Clay and Cole Fischer with Sophie Cook and Josie Denning leading the charge for the girls team.

 

AHSTW’s first meet of the year will be Spetember 2nd at Logan-Magnolia. Until then, coach Maassen says the focus in practice is on building both speed and endurance. 

 

Click for the interview with coach Ashley Maassen

Big Senior Class Leads Griswold Football Team


(Griswold) After a couple of years of years as Griswold’s wingback, senior Caleb Schaaf will move from second fiddle to Griswold’s featured running back.

Schaaf averaged over 10 yards per carry last season finishing just short of 1,000 yards for the season. He despite not being the primary ball carrier, he led the team with a dozen rushing touchdowns. Coach Andy Everett admits Schaaf is very ready for an expanded role.

 

It’ll be an experienced offensive line for Griswold with likely four seniors and a junior starting up front. The group will feature Joe Schoning at center, Tyler Wyman, Treighton Oakleaf, and Anthony Lappe could all see some time at the guard positions, and a couple of big tackles in Trevor Elwood and Garrett Beebe.

 

Walker Mundorf will likely take over as the starting quarterback. He returns from an injury last season. Mason Boucher and Jordan Vetter are at the tight ends. Coach Everett describes Boucher as a great big tight end who gets off the ball well. Derek Kerkhoff and Jacob Dickinson are working out at fullback, and James Reynolds will play wing back. 

 

Defensively coach Everett says things are looking really good defensively and the special teams will get a boost with freshman kicker Alex Dollen.

 

Griswold went 4-5 and narrowly missed the playoffs last year in an extremely competetive district that saw Logan-Magnolia also end up on the outside looking in. 

 

Click for the interview with Griswold coach Andy Everett

Stanton Hopes to Keep Rich Volleyball Tradition Alive


(Stanton) Thirty-one players are out for volleyball at Stanton. The Viqueens are coming off of an impressive 37-6 campaign in 2013.

 

With 31 girls out plus three managers, that leaves less than a handful of girls in the entire school that are not a part of the program. Head coach Jody Druivenga says the numbers are great (and sometimes overwhelming) She says the coaching staff is pleased with the hard work and effort so far in practice.

 

The squad will be led by seven seniors, four of which were major contributors last season, but Stanton must replace eight seniors from a year ago including all-stater Carmen Subbert who was 2nd in Class 1A in kills.

 

Heidi Vanderholm and Haley Weis are the top two returning hitters on the team. They tallied 136 and 83 kills last year, respectively.

 

Coach Druivenga says she leaves the team goals open to the players, but says getting back to state is in the back of everyones minds. She believes hard work can lead you to wherever you want to get.

 

Stanton will scrimmage several other area teams at Red Oak on Thursday before heading to the Atlantic clinic on Saturday. Their first match of the year is Tuesday, August 26th, at Nishnabotna.

 

Click for the interview with coach Jody Druivenga

CAM Football Looking to Improve on 4-6 Season


(Anita) A season ago the CAM football team averaged over 40 points per game, but had just 4 wins to show for it.

 

CAM football coach Joe Wollum says defense will be a major priority this year after giving up 51.7 points per game in 2013.

 

 

Coach Wollum says a lot of the inflated defensive numbers are due to their fast pace offensively. They’d still like to play fast this year unless they find out it hurts their defense too much.

 

The leader on both sides of the ball will be senior Trace Ticknor. He’s entering his fourth season as a starter on both sides and will make a major impact on games, especially on defense where's he's been among the team's leading tacklers for three straight years.

 

 

Offensively Trace Ticknor (1,850 yards passing 22 TD’s, rushing: 674 yards 17 TD’s) will be playing his fourth different position in four years. He’s gone from offensive line to fullback to quarterback and now as a senior will be the team’s starting running back. He makes room for his brother Drew to start at quarterback. 

 

Rounding out the starting offense will be Brandon Flathers at center with Levi Lank and Keagan Hosfelt at the guards. Hosfelt is a three year starter as a junior. Jared McKee and Connor Bell at the tight ends. Austin Williamson whose been a tight end and offensive lineman in the past at fullback.

 

Fremont-Mills and East Mills look to duke it out for the top spot in the district with tradition rich teams such as Lenox, CAM, Stanton and Sidney fighting for the remaining spots. Not to be counted out are Nishnabotna and Essex. 

 

Click for the comments from CAM coach Joe Wollum

 

Atlantic Football Team Continues to Progress in Preparation for Opener at Clarinda


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Football team will continue tuning up this week for their August 29 opener at Clarinda. First year Atlantic Head Coach Eric Waldstein brings a whole new offensive scheme into the system this year and he is impressed with how much the team was able to get done last week in practice.


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Waldstein admits they have introduced a lot of new things to the team this year including the way they practice.

 

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Coach Waldstein admits they are getting a pretty good idea of where people are going to play in some cases.

 

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Coach Waldstein says they will probably have a few players going both ways.
 

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The Trojans ran through a mini-scrimmage Saturday morning. They will hold an intra-squad scrimmage this Friday, August 22, at Trojan Bowl. Details and times will be released later this week.

Audubon Shooting for 3rd Straight Postseason Berth


(Audubon) With a good year in 2014, the Audubon football team could do what no other Wheeler squad has ever done. That’s make the playoffs three years in a row. The red and white has seen the postseason just a half dozen times in their history. Those playoff appearances have come in 1977, ’89, ’98, ’99,  2012 and 2013.

 

It won’t be easy to get back though as the defending district champion Wheelers are set to contend in a loaded district with Logan-Magnolia, St. Albert, Audubon and Griswold all in the top 10 of the Omaha World-Herald's Western Iowa preseason A/1A/2A rankings. The district also includes returning playoff qualifiers Riverside and Westwood. Rounding out the group are two teams moving down a class, MVAO and Tri-Center.

 

The Wheelers aren’t completely depleted by graduation, but the losses of Riley Jones, Colby Rattenborg, Lucas Smith-Peterson, Matt Fett, and Dylan Jensen won’t be easy to replace. Jones was a workhorse back last year averaging over 20 carries per game. The power rusher ended up with 25 of Audubon’s 31 rushing TD’s.  Smith-Peterson and Rattenborg combined for 53 of Audubon’s 83 pass receptions on the season. Include 2013 grad Chase Petersen in that group and only one player with double digit receptions from last year is back (Drew Christiansen 12 catches for 176 yards). 

 

Audubon also loses defensive standouts Dylan Jensen and Matt Fett. They were two of the key cogs in Audubon’s string of four shutouts in five games at the end of last season. Jensen’s 123 tackles led the squad. Fett was 2nd on the team with 89 stops, including 16 for loss. Each had four sacks.

 

The good news is dual-threat quarterback Trevor Smith returns for his third year as the signal caller. Smith has been consistent with is numbers the last two years, throwing for over 1,000 and rushing for over 400 each of the last couple of seasons. Jake Mulford should see more work in the backfield this season. As a backup to Jones last year, Mulford totaled 571 yards on 101 carries and 5 TD’s.

 

Mulford also had 4 interceptions on the defensive side of the ball last year. Matthew Smith-Peterson is the leading returning tackler for coach Dustin Christensen’s ‘D’. He racked up 82 tackles in 2013. Smith-Peterson will also likely play a much bigger role offensively this season.

 

Audubon’s season opener is against AHSTW. Of the Wheeler's three losses in 2013, two of them were to the Vikings.  That game will air on KSOM2.

 

Additionally, Wheeler football will air on 96.5 KSOM in Weeks 3 and 6 when they host Griswold and Riverside respectively. 

 

Click for the interview with co-coach Dustin Christensen

Adair-Casey Hoping to Re-Load Instead of Re-Build


(Adair) To say this year’s version of the Adair-Casey Bombers will be eager to prove themselves might be an understatement. This season's senior class has gone a combined 31-6 over their careers with a pair of district titles, but some view new district foes such as Coon Rapids-Bayard, Glidden-Ralston, or Murray to be district powers. The new grouping also includes Guthrie Center moving down from Class A, along with NE Hamilton, Ankeny Christian Academy, and East Union.

 

The tempered expectations from some are because the Bombers must replace six key seniors including the state’s all-time leading rusher in Clayton Plowman, Traeton Jensen who threw for 24 TD’s and ran for 18 more, offensive line anchor Chris Draman, and leading sackman Logan Dinkla.

 

What they do have returning is a pair of great athletes Charlie Terry and Emmitt Wheatley. Terry is a bruising running back that coach Chris Bireline describes as just as strong as Plowman. 11 of Terry’s 49 carries a season ago went for scores and he averaged 11.0 yards per attempt. Additionally, Terry averaged 22.8 yards per catch on his 22 receptions. Wheatley, a state track medalist can help the Bombers in a variety of ways. A season ago. Wheatley’s 26 catches for 588 yards and 13 scores all ranked in the top five in the district. The former cross country standout is also valuable in the backfield (26 carries for 230 yards) and as a return man (20 total returns for 425 yards and 1 TD). 

 

In addition to all of the losses to graduation, the Bombers will also be replacing coach Wade Anderson on the sidelines. The signal-caller stepped down at the end of last year following 10 seasons as the head coach of his alma-mater. Taking over is another Bomber alum, Chris Bireline. Bireline has been in or around the program as either a player, volunteer, or assistant coach for over ten years. 

 

Click for the interview with coach Chris Bireline

Omaha World-Herald Western Iowa Football Preseason Rankings


Class 4-A/3-A
1. Sioux City Heelan, 14-0
2. Carroll, 8-3
3. Harlan, 10-2
4. Sioux City East, 7-4
5. Sioux City North, 4-6

 

Class 2-A/1-A/A

1. Logan-Magnolia, 5-4
2. Carroll Kuemper, 14-0
3. CB St. Albert, 10-1
4. Clarinda, 4-6
5. IKM-Manning, 4-5
6. A-H-S-T-W, 12-1
7. Audubon, 9-3
8. OA-BCIG, 4-5
9. Red Oak, 3-7
10. Griswold, 4-5

 

Eight-Man

1. Fremont-Mills, 7-3
2. East Mills, 8-3
3. Exira-EHK, 12-1
4. Boyer Valley, 7-4
5. Coon Rapids-Bayard, 8-4

Solon Man Who Sent Letters to IC Regina Administration Pleads Guilty


(Solon) After sending threatening letters about the Iowa City Regina Football team, a Solon man has plead guilty to charges of third-degree harrassment and interference with officials acts. The Omaha World-Herald says 44-year-old Daniel Stone accepted a plea deal Thursday, August 14th. 
 
In August of 2013 Iowa City Regina Administrators began receiving several letters stating the school's football coaches were providing student athletes with performance enhancing drugs. 
 
Stone reportedly had a list of demands in return for his silence on the matter, however an investigation showed his claims were false.
 
 

New Coach At Atlantic Getting a Chance to Evaluate Football Team


(Atlantic) The Atlantic football team is winding down their first week of practice and it's been a critical week as new head coach Eric Waldstein is getting to know the personnel and they are getting to know him.

 

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The team appears to have some good athletes at the skill positions but coach Waldstein says they lack size in the line.

 

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Coach Waldstein goes over the approach to the first week of practice.

 

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Atlantic's first game will be Friday, August 29th against Clarinda. The game will air on KS95.7FM. 

Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Teams


All State Super Team

Otis Roby, Twin Cedars

Sammy Lizarraga, CR Kennedy

Joseph Hietpas, Fairfield

Devin Raffensperger, IC West

Tyler Cropley, Bishop Heelan

Corey Bertini, Glenwood

Zach Daniels, CR Kennedy

Eric Willis, Waverly-Shell Rock (Player of the Year)

Spencer Halloran, West Fork

Robert Neustrom, SC North

Malique Ziegler, DM East

Spencer VanScoyoc, CR Jefferson

Jake Gervase, Davenport Assumption

Brandon Brittain, Van Meter

Logan Augustine, Urbandale

Eddy Kraber, Martensdale-St. Marys 

 

Class 1A

First Team

Kaden Wadle, Mason City Newman

Travis Havel, Don Bosco

Coy Moore, Twin Cedars

Hunter Embray, Twin Cedars

Luke Anctil, Martensdale-St. Marys

Corey Harrell, Twin Cedars

Josh Luna, Pleasantville

Garrett Saunders, Van Buren

Joe Burgmeier, Mason City Newman

Caylor Deeth, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Caleb Wichman, Underwood

Kyle Gritsch, BGM

Phil Zimmerman, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Elliott Conover, Remsen-St. Mary's

Trent Roose, North Mahaska

Brendan Matthias, Denver

 

Second Team

Zac Freese, BGM

Zeb Adreon, Pleasantville

Matt Wesselmann, Remsen-St. Mary's

Mike Connor, Woodward-Granger

Dustin Gordon, Lenox

Spencer Pingle, Underwood

Brady Heyeing, LeMars Gehlen

Jack Fitzgerald, Mason City Newman

Robby Laughlin, Van Buren

Joey Verstegen, Mason City Newman

Connor Woodward, Lisbon

Mitch Gibson, Montezuma

Lucas Hunt, LeMars Gehlen

Brett Carstens, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Tanner Foster, Martensdale-St. Mary's

Patrick Sheehey, Pleasantville

 

Class 2A

First Team

Cole Jackson, North Polk

Zach Hovick, Roland-Story

Tanner Poor, Wilton

Tanner Felton, Monticello

Grant Lang, North Polk

Trey Robinson, Treynor

Jordan Rommes, South Winneshiek

Riley Dixon, Iowa City Regina

Javin Drake, Wilton

Mitch Steger, Beckman Catholic

Brett Leshen, Albia

Jake Brinkman, IC Regina

Reed Smith, North Polk

Luke Farley, Waterloo Columbus

Connor Klostermann, Beckman Catholic

Payton Raso, IC Regina

 

Second Team

Korey Kuhlmann, MVAO

Trevor Schweinefus, South Winneshiek

Adam Ketelsen, Mt. Vernon

Adam Ries, IC Regina

Todd Carter, Wilton

Corey Peters, Hinton

Grant Schlitz, North Polk

Ben Clark, Roland-Story

Zach Forret, Van Meter

Skyler Beller, Hinton

Nick Braun, MMCRU

Haris Takes, Cascade

Hanke Crimmins, St. Edmond

Luke Eldred, Mt. Vernon

Ketzalli Dondiego, NE Goose Lake

Alex Muhlenburg, Roland-Story

 

Class 3A

First Team

Weston Shaw, Algona

Jake Voss, West Delaware

Cody Selig, Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Kolton Smith, South Tama

Matt Hoffmann, Dubuque Wahlert

Brett Slight, Boone

Logan Holtz, Center Point-Urbana

Sean Houston, Denison-Schleswig

Jacob Holub, Williamsburg

Bryce Grimm, CR Xavier

Brady Mayo, Bishop Heelan Catholic

Austin Gridley, Fairfield

Trent Bollman, Maquoketa

Sean Westendorf, Waverly-Shell Rock

Cole Baker, Dallas Center-Grimes

 

Second Team

Michael Starcevich, Centerville

Elijah Wood, Washington

Andy Lambert, Winterset

Brent Lammers, West Delaware

Zach Adrian, Davenport Assumption

Walker Breard, Washington

Mick Baker, Davenport Assumption

Grant Goeden, ADM

Dallyn Putz, West Delaware

Mitch Keeran, Clear Lake

Jake Velky, Waverly-Shell Rock

Cameron Baumann, Fairfield

Jake Hovden, Decorah

Grant Judkins, Pella

Will Whiton, Perry

Tyler Frideres, Algona

 

Class 4A

First Team

Matt Mullenbach, Waukee

Nick Gallagher, IC West

Robert Hansen, DM East

JT Sole, Cedar Falls

Cody Hyler, SE Polk

Joe Bappe, Ames

Blake Mahoney, DM Lincoln

Matt Hoeg, Waukee

Matt Albert, Bettendorf

Connor Sorge, WDM Valley

Luke Fegan, Waukee

Jared Deines, Cedar Falls

Colin Kreiter, North Scott

Tyus Adkins, IC West

Connor Enochs, DM East

JC Hatcher, Fort Dodge

 

Second Team

Tommy Dorton, Davenport West

Nick Nelsen, WDM Valley

Chris Comito, Norwalk

Austin Simmons, Lewis Central

Matt Cox, Bettendorf

David Fitzgerald

Mitch Crimmins, Dubuque Hempstead

Anthony Schneider, SE Polk

Jake Lewton, Dowling Catholic

Mason Downing, DM Lincoln

Eric Dempsey, Ames

Joe Rebik, Marshalltown

Manny Jeffery, Linn-Mar

Nate Schweers, Ankeny

Austin Clemens, Dubuque Senior

Ben Olson, Dowling Catholic

'Control What We Can Control' A Focus of Tri-Center Football Practices


(Neola) The main goal for the Tri-Center football team this season is to get back in the playoffs. Head coach John Tiarks says they are also trying to put more emphasis on improving at the freshman and junior varsity levels. 

 

Replacing Ben Wellman is an unenviable task that the Trojans are faced with. Wellman led the team on offense and defense a year ago and even broke a state single game rushing record. 

 

Coach Tiarks says the new district is strong. It includes St. Albert, Logan-Magnolia, Riverside, Audubon, Griswold, MVAO, and Westwood. The team only has three similar opponents from last year. 

 

Click for the comments from Tri-Center coach John Tiarks

Nodaway Valley Football Focused on Getting Better Everyday


(Greefield) Only 22 athletes are out for football at Nodaway Valley this season. For coach Steve Shantz it's a 2nd straight year of having to work around being very thin on numbers.  

 

Despite the low turnout, Shantz says he thinks they can put the people in place to be competetive in their district.  Nodaway Valley will play in Class A District 8 this season with Bedford, Clarinda Academy, Earlham, Martensdale-St. Marys, Mount Ayr, Pleasantville, and SE Warren. 

 

Nodaway Valley went 5-5 last year. The team won four of their last five regular season games to make the playoffs. In the first round they lost to Ogden 32-16.

 

Nodaway Valley will have to replace 8 seniors from last year including their leading rusher and top four receivers. 

 

Click for the comments with coach Steve Shantz

Audubon Opens Cross Country Practice Next Week


(Audubon) Monday, August 18th will mark the first day of practice for the Audubon Wheeler boys and girls cross country teams. Pete Damel is the new head cooach for the Wheelers, he takes over for long time head coach Bob Monahan. Monahan retired after over 30 years of teaching and coaching. 

 

Coach Damel says as of last spring about 18 athletes expressed intertest in being a part of the cross country program. That number includes boys and girls from grades 7-12. 

 

Some changes will be made to the practice schedule from last year. Coach Damel says practices once school start will be held after shool instead of in the morning. Overall the main emphaisis will be on having fun and getting better throughout the year.

 

Click for the interview with Audubon coach Pete Damel

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