(Denison) Harlan won seven events and finished second in three others to capture the team title at the Hawkeye Ten Conference North Division Relays at Denison Tuesday. The Cyclones scored 165.50 points, Atlantic was a close second with 154-points. The Trojans won five events and finished second in eight others.
Harlan won the 4x800, 1600-Meter Medley, 4x200, 4x100 and 4x400 meter Relays. The lone individual winner for the Cyclones was Luke Hall in the 100-meters with a winning time of 11.54.
Atlantic was strong in the field events and hurdle races. Alec Hayes and Joey Walker finished one-two in the high jump clearing 6-2 and 5-10 respectively. Senior Robbie Bodine topped the long jump field with a jump of 19-6. Freshman Gratt Reed and Sophomore Drake Roller finished one-two in the 110-high hurdles in 15.95 and 16.34 respectvely, and the Shuttle Hurdle Relay quad of; Reed, Roller, Brendan Holmes, and Robbie Bodine ran away from the rest of the field in a winning time of 1:03.01. Holmes and Roller also finished first and second in the 400 meter lows in times of 57.29 and 59.64.
(Atlantic) Harlan won seven events, Denison-Schleswig took four, Lewis Central three and Atlantic two as those four teams finished one through four at the Hawkeye Ten North Division Girls Track Meet in Atlantic Tuesday.
Despite a couple of handoff misfires the Harlan girls still topped the team field at Atlantic with 159 points. Denison-Schleswig was 2nd at 129 followed by Lewis Central third with 93, Atlantic fourth with 79, St. Albert 5th with 67 points and Kuemper Catholic 6th with 50.
Harlan had Allison Bruck sweep the hurdle events with a 17.43 in the 100 Meter Hurdles and 1:14.30 in the 400 Lows. Also claiming individual gold was Harlan’s Mikayla Evers in the Long Jump. Winning relays for the Cyclones included the 4X200, 4X800, Sprint Medley, and Shuttle Hurdle.
Denison-Schleswig’s wins came from Megan Ellerbeck in the open 100 and 200 plus Ellie Mendlik in the 800 and the team‘s 4X100 Meter Relay.
Lewis Central’s Kye Madsen swept the distance events with a time of 5:15 in the 1,500 and 10:59 in the 3,000. The Titans other victory came in the Shot Put from Asia Sockrider.
For Atlantic, which had standout Tiffany Williams sidelined with a sore knee, the highlights came in the field events with Alexis Brockman clearing 4-06 to top the field in the High Jump and Sidney Svoboda tossing 96-02 to win the Discus.
(Elk Horn) Tony Santisteban takes over as the head coach this season for the Exira-EHK boys track program. He'll have 18 athletes to work with in his first year.
Coach Santisteban points out Evan Wilson will be a leader in the distance events with Zach Kliefoth poised for a big year throwing. He also notes Brady Hansen has looked smooth in the High Jump and Hurldes thus far in practice.
The Spartans get their first taste of competition at the Audubon Earlybird Meet Tuesday afternoon. Other teams there include AHSTW, Audubon, Ar-We-Va, CAM, Griswold, Guthrie Center, Missouri Valley, Riverside, Tri-Center, Treynor, Underwood, and Woodbine.
(Greenfield) Thursday afternoon marks the first track meet of the year for the Nodaway Valley girls.
The Wolverines are under a new head coach this season as former assistant Brett Welsch takes the helm.
He says the group is trying to change the culture and has gotten off to a good, hard-working start to practice. He looks for big things from the runners who come back from last year’s state meet. Those returning with state experience include Destiny Scar, Sidney Hohertz, Kenna Lundy, and Katy Ehrsam.
Coach Welsch says a big key to the season will be avoiding injuries. They’ve avoided running laps inside to avoid the hard surfaces.
The squad will compete at a meet in Osceola Thursday and then host their home meet April 7th.
(Lake City) IKM-Manning and Coon Rapids-Bayard were among the local track teams that got their outdoor meet schedule started Monday night at the Chelsey Henkenius Earlybird Meet hosted by South Central Calhoun High School. No team scoring was kept in the co-ed meet.
IKM-Manning won five boys events: Sam Wegner in the 100 and 200, Austin Dahlgren took the 400, Trey Wiese in the 110 High Hurdles, and Cody Eischeid placed 1st in the long jump. Highlights for Coon Rapids-Bayard included four top two finishes: Brandon Riley 2nd in the 200 and long jump, Sam Obert winning the High Jump, and the Shuttle Hurdle placed 2nd.
On the girls side Payton and Shyanne Sporrer combined to win three individual events for IKM-Manning. Shyanne won the 800 and Payton took both the 1,500 and 3,000 meter runs. Coon Rapids-Bayard won two relays, the 4X100 and 4X200 plus Kelsey Winnett took first place honors in the shot put.
(Griswold) Griswold is one of about a dozen teams that will run at the Audubon Boys Early-Bird track meet Tuesday.
Three seniors will be key leaders for the Tigers with Hadley Ogg, Derek Kirchhoff, and Jordan Vetter all back. Kirchhoff, Ogg, and Vetter all ran on the Shuttle Hurdle relay team at state last year. Ogg was also in the 4X100 and 4X800, Kirchhoff ran in the 4X100 and 4X200 while Vetter was in both the 4X800 and Distance Medley Relay.
The squad is looking forward to kicking off their meet schedule at Audubon tuesday. Outside of the strong group of six seniors and big freshman class (10), the group doesn’t have any juniors and only six sophomores to round out the team.
(Lamoni) Southwest Valley, Shenandoah, and West Central Valley were among the area teams competing at the CO-ED Bruce Jenner Invitational at Graceland University in Lamoni Saturday.
Shenandoah won the boys meet with 108 points edging runner-up St. Joseph Central's 105. SW Valley placed in a tie for 3rd with 70 followed by West Central Valley in 5th with 44. There were eleven boys and eleven girls teams in the field. West Central Valley led the area girls teams with a 2nd place overall finish and Shenandoah was 3rd, the two teams were separated by just one point as West Central Valley totaled 87 and Shenandoah 86 team points. SW Valley was 6th with 36.
Among the best individual girls showings were wins from Kristin Culp, of West Central Valley in the 55 Meter Hurdles, Olivia McAtee in the 55 M Dash, Shelby Hunemiller in the 3,000, West Central Valley won the Distance Medley, Olivia McAtee the long jump and Grace Dupay, of West Central Valley, in the shot.
Boys winners were Tony Klocke, of SW Valley, in the 55 Meter Hurdles, Shenandoah in the 4X800, Shen's Logan Roberts in the 400, Shenandoah's Distance Medley, Colton Drake, of Southwest Valley, won both the High Jump and Shot Put.
(Avoca) AHSTW is less than one week away from their first boys track meet of the season. The Vikings have 28 athletes out for track, many of which are relatively inexperienced.
Among some of the top prospects for this year are Lee Whyte and Terry Shannon. The team should have a good group of 800 Meter runners as well with three of the four members from last year’s 4X800 back.
Overall as a team they’ve set their sights on Underwood as a team they’ll see at a lot of meets that they want to compete well against.
AHSTW will be among several local teams at the Audubon early bird meet on Tuesday.
(Elk Horn) Two-time state champion wrestler Evan Hansen, of Exira-EHK, will compete in an all-star event next month.
The 200 match winner has been selected for Team Iowa in the Wrestling USA/Cliff Keen Athletic 2015 Dream Team Classes. The event at Independence High School features the state of Iowa's top seniors at each weight class against a field of nationally ranked wrestlers from across the country.
Hansen is ranked 16th nationally and is set to take on #7 Kollin Moore, of Norwayne, Ohio on April 11th. Below you can follow the link to the complete release from The Predicament and also listen to an interview with Hansen's high school coach Rick Anderson.
(Elk Horn) Exira-EHK will rely heavily on a trio of seniors this spring in track and field.
Four year varsity contributors Jen Neville and Grace Hoflen appear poised for big seasons. Neville was a state qualifier last year in the 200, 400, and 4X800. Hoflen joined her on that 4X800 meter relay.
Classmate Rachel Smith returns to track this season after a couple of years away. She'll throw the discus for the Spartans and coach Ross Blake says it appears she hasn't missed a beat.
Emily Copic, a state cross country qualifier, should lead a solid group of distance runners. She was also on the 4X800 at state a year ago along with Neville and Hoflen.
Coach Blake says he and his staff have been impressed with junior Rose Anderson and freshman Sophia Peppers. Each are getting into the full swing of practice following a layoff at the end of a very successful basketball season.
(Anita) CAM boys track coach Brian Fogleman has been pleased with the way things have gone for his track team early this spring. The team has been able to be outside for the most part for practices.
He looks for the throwing events to be a strength of this year's team. Keagan Hosfelt, Drew Ticknor, Trace Ticknor, and Austin Chester all return and will compete for the top two spots in the shot put and discus.
A lot of the running events are still to be determined, but the team should benefit from the return of Connor Bell who was out for golf last year. Others who expect to see a lot of aciton in the running events are Marcus Daugherty, Thomas Hensley, and Nick Holste.
(Audubon) Audubon’s streak of three straight state golf tournaments may be in jeopardy with just four golfers on the team this season.
Audubon graduated a very strong senior class and is left with only two players with varsity experience.
This year’s version of the Wheeler girls golf team will be led by Georgia Weitl. Alexis Fabian joins Weitl as the only varsity returners from last year. Coach Paul Lynch admits they may not compete as a full team early in the season depending on how the newcomers develop.
Coach Lynch says last week they were able to spend a lot of time out on the course, this week appears less likely to see outdoor practice opportunities.
(Audubon) The strength of the Audubon boys track team appears to lie in the hurdles this season. The Wheeler’s return two members of last year’s state place winning shuttle hurdle relay and bring in a deep group of promising freshmen.
Trevor Smith is the lone senior on the 16-man roster. Smith ran in three events at the 2014 State Track Meet.
Mitchell Nelsen and Jake Mulford are the two remaining members of last year’s Shuttle Hurdle Relay team. They lead an impressive group of eight juniors. Nelsen ran at state last year in both the 110 Meter High Hurdles and was on that Shuttle Hurdle Relay which placed fifth.
Jake Mulford was on the Shuttle Hurdle, 4X100 and Distance Medley at last year’s state meet. He’s already gotten his season off to a good start with a 19th place showing in the 60 Meter Dash at Buena Vista Friday night. He also joined highly touted freshmen Nolan Smith, Tyler Riebhoff, and Josh Lange on the Shuttle Hurdle which placed 4th.
Two of those three freshmen will join Nelsen and Mulford on the Shuttle Hurdle this year once the squad is in full force. Smith placed 7th out of 44 runners in the 60 Meter High Hurdles at Buena Vista last weekend. Fellow freshman Joseph Zaiger looks to have strong year in the throwing events according to coach Monte Riebhoff.
The group must replace some key pieces from a season ago. 2014 graduate Colby Rattenborg placed 2nd in the Long Jump at state last year. He and Dylan Jensen were both members of the 5th place Shuttle Hurdle Relay. The team also must replace Riley Jones who ran on the state qualifying 4X100 and Distance Medley Relay teams.
Audubon will host an Early Bird Meet Tuesday, March 31st.
(Pella) Several area teams got their first taste of competetion under their belts over the weekend. Many of those teams were at the 26-team Central College Indoor Meet on Saturday.
Among the area teams competing in Pella this weekend were ADM, Panorama, Atlantic, Shenandoah, and West Central Valley.
ADM led the local teams with 22 points, which tied for 8th. Panorama finished 10th with 21 points. Hawkeye 10 foes Atlantic and Shenandoah were seperated by just half a point, placing 14th and 15th respectively. West Central Valley's 5 points earned them 21st place.
(Atlantic) One meet down and already a personal best for one Atlantic girl track athlete.
The Trojans competed Saturday at the Central College indoor meet in Pella and Junior Tiffany Williams finished second in the 3,000 in a time of 10:54.00 which is fifteen seconds faster than her personal best at the state track meet a year ago. Williams finished 11th overall in a time of 11:11.54.
Coach Iekel says the second highlight of the day was the 4x400 team of Lexi Fruend, Page Henderson, Alyssa Siggins and Tiffany Williams. The four finished sixth in a time of 4:36.
(File Photo: Williams at State Cross Country meet)
Williams also placed in the 400-meters in a time of 1:05.
It was a good start for our team,” stated Iekel. “Almost every runner was entered three events and it was good to see them in competition.”
The official results of the meet will be released later.
(Atlantic) Atlantic Head Coach Alan Jenkins says it was a good start for the Atlantic Boys Track team at the Central College Indoor track meet Friday.
Alec Hayes and Joey Walker finished in the top seven in the high jump out of 53 competitors. They cleared 6-00 and 5-10.00 respectively and Robbie Bodine finished 8th in the long jump with a jump of 19-01.00.
Coach Jenkins says the 4x200 meter relay team’s third place finish was impressive.
“Robbie Bodine got us off to a great start and two freshmen Grat Reed and Dillon Sonntag ran great second and third legs and Brendan Holmes had a fantastic anchor leg and caught a couple people at the finish line,” stated Jenkins.
“This race is something that we will build on and it was a great race for those four runners.”
The same quartet finished 6th in the 4x400 meter relay anchored by freshman Dillon Sonntag in a time of 53.10.
“Dillon Sonntag’s split was maybe the highlight of the night and Brendan Holmes also ran a high 53,” said Jenkins. “Just like in the 4x200 Holmes really competed and caught a couple of runners and that is what you want in the 400 and we got that out of those four guys in this race.”
Phoenix Shadden finished fourth in the 3200 and Jackson Eden was 5th in the 800 in a time of 2:11 and 10th in the 1600 in 5:09.
“I am really pleased with the way Phoenix Shadden competed and got himself in the race in the field of 26-runners,” said Jenkins. “And then Jackson Eden had a top five finish in the 800 for a freshmen that was really impressive especially running with some potentially sub-2:00 minute 800 runners.”
Robbie Bodine, Grat Reed and Drake Roller finished 9th, 10th, and 12th place respectively in the finals of the 55-meter High Hurdles.
Atlantic’s next meet will be the Hawkeye Ten Conference North Division Relays, March 31 at Denison.
(Storm Lake) The Glenwood and Harlan boys track teams each won three events at the BVU Elite Indoor track meet in Storm Lake Friday.
For Harlan; Nick Hough won the 800-meters, (2:10.35), the foursome of Marcus Klein, Andrew Mumm, Jacob Feldman, and Caleb Rasmussen won the 4x400 in a time of (3:37), and Hough, Mumm, Feldman, and Levi Preston captured the 4x800 meter relay title in a time of (8:31.39). Luke Hall finished 5th in the 60-meters, (7.51), and 4th in the 200, (24.57). Michael Sciranko was 5th in the 1600, (5:04.15), Curtis Schnack 8th in the 400, (56.73), and the Cyclones finished 2nd in the 4x200, (1:36.47), 5th in the sprint medley and Marcus Klein, was 2nd in the long jump, (19-10). Jon Bieker and Curtis Schnack finished 4th and 6th respectively in the shot put.
For Glenwood, the 4x200, (1:36.45) and the 4x60 meter shuttle hurdle relay, (35.74), teams finished first and Dane Kruse won the 60 meter hurdles in a time of (8.60). The Rams also finished second in the 4x400, and were 4th in the 4x800. Blaine Clark finished 3rd in the 60 meter hurdles, in a time of (8.70), Josh Lee was 8th in the 60 meters, (7.62), Brogan Weddum and Kyle Grudle finished 2nd and 7th respectively in the 400 meters in time of (53.05), and (56.38), and Maverick Decker was 3rd in the 200, (23.82). Cody Buresh was 8th in the high jump, (5-06), Jon Vanscoy, 7th in the long jump, (19-02) and Nate Serrano, finished 8th in the shot put, (43-02.25).
In other events; Miles Rupiper, of Kuemper won the high jump, (6-02), Cole Eischseid, was 4th, (5-08), and Gage Gunnerson of Kuemper, finished 7th in the 200, (25.68).
Austin Dahlgren and Dylan Bradley, of IKM/Manning finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the 400 meters in times of (54.84) and (55.42). The Wolves were 5th in the 4x400 meter relay in a time of (3:47.45), and 8th in the 4x800. (9:47.78).
Freshman Nolan Smith of Audubon finished 7th in the 60 meter hurdles in a time, (9.57), and Jake Mulford, Tyler Riebhoff, Josh Lange, and Nolan Smith were 4th in the 4x60 shuttle hurdle relay in a time of (38.34).
(Storm Lake) The Harlan girls won two events at the Buena Vista Elite Indoor Track meet in Storm Lake Friday.
Asia Kloewer topped the field in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.87 and the Cyclones 4x200 meter relay finished first. The team consisting of Kassidy Craig, Courtney Scheffler, Asia Kloewer and Mikayla Evers out ran the competition in a winning time of 1:50.93. Mikayla Evers was 3rd in the 400 in 1:07.26, Marissa Klindt, 5th in the 800 in 2:43.14, and Allison Bruck and Scheffler finished 5th and 6th respectively in the 60 meter hurdles. The Cyclones finished 8th in the 4x400, 3rd in the 4x800 and 4th in the 4x60 shuttle hurdle relay. Addison Ferry was 6th in the shot put.
Glenwood won the 4x60 meter shuttle hurdle relay in a time of 1:08.00, finished second in the 4x400 meter relay in a time of 4:24.06 and Courtney Magnussen, was 6th in the 60-meters. Linaea Konfirst, was 5th in the shot put, and Molly Dean tied for fourth in the high jump.
Denison/Schleswig freshman Ellie Mendlik won the 1500 meters in 5:31.47, and the 4x200 meter relay finished 7th.
In other events; Jessica Singsank, of IKM/Manning finished 3rd in the High jump and Sydney Obermeier, of Audubon finished tied for 8th. Katie Tigges, of Kuemper was 4th in the long jump.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic girl’s golf team returns four of the five starters from last year’s Class 3A State Championship team. The Trojans must fill two big spots after losing Brooke Fletcher and Bailey Walter to graduation. Fletcher is on the golf team at William Penn and Bailey Walter is playing golf and volleyball at NIACC.
Atlantic Head Coach Kathy Hobson says junior Erin Olsen and Sophomore Brooke Newell lead the list of returning players.
“Erin Olsen will have to step into a leadership role as a junior,” stated Hobson. “She is coming off an excellent State Tournament last year particularly that second day when she shot just four over par. She led us to our 20-stroke lead at the end, and is coming back strong. Brooke Newell is stronger this year and is a very good competitor.”
The other two returning letter winners include Sarah Fixmer and McKenna Denbeste.
“Both these players had the opportunity to gain some state tournament experience as freshman and I think everybody is looking forward to the opportunity,” said Hobson.
Mary Hayes, a sophomore will round out the five.
Coach Hobson says this team will have a target on their back and must stay focused if they expect to compete for another state title.
“On top of the list has to be competing for that state title again,” said Hobson. “Its’ going to be very important to stay focused and accept the idea that everybody going to bring their “A” game when they compete against us.’
Atlantic opens at home against Kuemper on April 7 at the Nishna Golf Course.
(Atlantic) Ten players received letters at the annual Atlantic Boys Basketball Banquet Thursday night.
The letter winners included: Seniors: Joey Walker, Kyle Kruegar, Tristen Benn, Derek Cook and Nick Podhajsky. Juniors: Ryan Hawkins, Kyle Nelson, Brendan Holmes. Sophomore: Garrett Franken. Freshman: Scott Leonard.
“This is a group of guys that went from 8th place in the conference to tied for second this year,” stated Atlantic Head Coach Alan Jenkins. “That’s a pretty remarkable turnaround from the same athletes on the floor. We were the number one seed in our district that included Glenwood, Creston, and Harlan. There is a computer ranking system out there that ranks all the teams in 3A and our pod of four was ranked the second toughest in the state.”
The Trojans were fourth in the conference in scoring, first in steals, third in rebounding, and had the second fewest turnovers of any team in class 3a.
“I think that says a lot about the team that we were,” said Jenkins.
Ryan Hawkins earned first team all-conference honors and Garrett Franken and Joey Walker were second team selections. Hawkins was also a third team all-state INA.
(Harlan) Both the Harlan boys and girls track teams posted “eye opening” performances at the Bob Prince Early Bird Invitational Track meet at the University of South Dakota Tuesday.
The Cyclones finished one-two in the 400-meter dash. Caleb Rasmussen topped 36-participants with an impressive early season time of 53.10. Marcus Klein was not far behind in 53.84, and Will Lansman finished fourth in a time of 54.81. Rasmussen also finished sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.43, and fifth in the high jump clearing 5-6.
Three Harlan runners finished in a pack behind two runners from Brandon Valley in the open 800. Andrew Mum finished third with a time of 2.08.87, Nick Hough, fourth, 2:09.34, and Jacob Feldman was fifth in a time of 2:09.88.
In other results; Lucas Kesterson was fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.75, 4x800 meter relay was second, 4x200 meter relay team finished fourth, Marcus Klein was eight in the Long Jump, and Dylan Ferguson and Curtis Schnack were fourth and fifth in the Shot Put.
Mikala Evers topped the Long Jump Field Tuesday with a 17-04.00 effort. Ever’s season best jump a year ago was 17-03.50 at an outdoor meet at Carroll in late April. Brenda Hopkins finished sixth overall in the same event with a jump of 14-06.00. Hopkins also finished fourth in the high jump, (4-08), and Kylee Hinz, was eighth. Gillian Streit, finished second in the Shot Put with a throw of 32-06.00.
The Harlan girls also performed well in the running events; Asia Kloewer was fourth in the 400-meters in a time of 1:02.33, Courtney Scheffler, fifth in the 60 meter hurdles in 10.18. The Cyclones finished seventh in the 4x800, and 4x400 meter relays, and sixth in the 4x200.
(Audubon) The Audubon Girls Basketball team is now under the direction of new head coach Darran Miller.
Miller takes over for Kim Subbert who resigned at the end of the season. Miller is an Audubon Alum from 1997 and played college basketball at Southwestern Community College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He has spent time as an assistant coach in Minnesota and the past couple of seasons as an assistant in Audubon. He's hit the ground running with a couple of team camps already lined up.
Audubon finished 13-9 last season. They'll return two of their top three scorers and graduate just two seniors.
(Harlan) The girls track team for the Harlan Cyclones got their first taste of competition this week when they went to an indoor meet in South Dakota. The Cyclones were part of the Bob Prince Early Bird Invite at the Dakota Dome on Tuesday.
Among the top performances were Mikayla Evers winning the long jump by over a foot, Asia Kloewer placing 4th in the 400 meter dash in 1:02.33, Allison Bruck 2nd in the 60 Meter Hurdles at 9.93, 3rd in the 4X200 in a time of 1:55.28, 3rd in the 4X800 in 10:41.93, Gillian Streit 2nd in the shot put and Brenda Hopkins 4th in the high jump.
(Anita) CAM Senior Trace Ticknor will be heading to Storm Lake this fall to be a member of the Buena Vista Beavers football team. That became official this morning as the four-year starter for CAM signed his letter of intent inside the CAM High School library.
As a junior quarterback, Ticknor was among the 8-Player state leaders with 39 total touchdowns. As a senior, he played more as a running back and led the team in rushing yardage. As a leader of the defense he finished 2nd on the team in tackles with 56.5. For his career he totaled 228.5 tackles, ranking either 1st, 2nd or 3rd on the team in that category all four years.
Ticknor says he liked the campus, players, and coaches after visiting. He picks Buena Vista over Simpson College in Indianola.
(Atlantic) Seven seniors were honored at Monday night’s Atlantic/CAM’s annual wrestling and awards banquet.
The seven seniors, all letter winners included; Marshall McDermott, Reid Nichols, Travis Petersen, Brandon Schmidtke, Skyler Svoboda, Tyler Thomas, and Austin Williamson.
Atlantic/CAM Head Coach Tim Duff says the seven seniors have a combined four-year dual record of 68-24, one trip to the State Dual Tournament, and one top eight finish in the State Individual Tournament.
The rest of the Letter winners include; juniors, Keegan Hosfelt and Tanner Mauk. sophomores, Carter Cox, Drake Roller, Colby Sorensen, Zac Stork, and freshmen, Kole Hansen and John McConkey.
Nichols, Williamson, Hosfelt, Cox, Roller, Stork, and Hansen all earned Trojan Heads.
Below are the award winners:
Top GPA per class:
Senior-Reid Nichols, 3.405
Junior-Clayton West, 3.41
Sophomore-Zac Stork, 3.455
Austin Williamson and Reid Nichols
Most Valuable Wrestler:
Hardest Worker Award:
Most Improved Wrestler Award:
Junior Varsity Competitor of the Year Award:
Rollin Dyer Fan of the Year Award:
Jeff and Shelli Christensen
The Trojans finished the season with a 17-4 dual record, sectional champions, Regional Dual runner-up, and District runner-up.
(Pictured Left to Right: Head Coach Tim Duff, Marshall McDermott, Reid Nichols, Travis Petersen, Brandon Schmidtke, Skyler Svoboda, Tyler Thomas, and Austin Williamson.)
(Anita) CAM Senior Trace Ticknor is expected to sign a letter of intent this morning to play college football.
Ticknor was a four year starter for the Cougars on offense and defense. As a junior, Ticknor was among the 8-Player state leaders with 39 total touchdowns. As a senior Ticknor led the team in rushing yardage and was 2nd on the team in tackles with 56.5. For his career he totaled 228.5 tackles.
We’ll have more information on Ticknor’s future plans coming up later on today.
(Audubon) Having fun and getting better are among the key priorities for an Audubon girls track team that has five seniors and 15 total athletes among the group.
The Wheeler girls are into their 2nd full week of practice and will send a handful of runners to the Buena Vista indoor meet this weekend.
Coach Pete Dammel lists some of the potential key members of the team will as Carly Johnston, Katie Konkler, Kiara Brannen-Sporrer, Ruby Johnson, Sidney Obermeier, possibly a couple of freshman, and more.
Some of those team members will head to Storm Lake for an indoor meet on Friday, where coach Dammel says the goal is to get the competitive juices flowing again.
Audubon will host their annual early bird meet on Thursday, April 2nd. 14 teams, mostly from the Western Iowa Conference, will be in attendance.
Class 2A the Player of the Year: Erich Erdmann, Senior, Forest City
Class 2A Coach of the Year:Scott Rucker, Treynor
G-Jake Velky, Senior, Waverly-Shell Rock
G-Levi Jansen, Junior, MOC-Floyd Valley
G-Adam Klein, Senior, Williamsburg
F-TJ Hockenson, Junior, Chariton
C-Tyler Borchers, Senior, LeMars
C-Cordell Pemsl, Junior, Dubuque Wahlert
G-Adam McDermott, Senior, Cedar Rapids Xavier
G-Jaxon Heinz, Senior, Humboldt
F-Josh Carter, Senior, Dubuque Wahlert
F-Isaac Naakteboren, Senior, Pella
F-Miles Wentzien, Senior, Fort Madison C-Spencer Pauley, Senior, Denison-Schleswig
Class 3A the Player of the Year: Cordell Pemsl, Junior Dubuque Wahlert
Class 3A Coach of the Year: Dave Irwin, LeMars
G-Chris King, Senior, Des Moines Hoover
G-Spencer Haldeman, Senior, Western Dubuque (Epworth)
F-Cortez Seals, Senior, North Scott (Eldridge)
F-Daniel Tillo, Senior, Sioux City North
F-Michael Jacobson, Senior, Waukee
C-Luke McDonnell, Senior, Dubuque Senior
G-Jordan Bohannan, Junior, Linn-Mar (Marion)
G-Brody Egger, Senior, Urbandale
G-Marlon Stewart, Senior, North Scott (Eldridge)
F-David Dileo, Senior, Iowa City West
F-Will Carius, Junior, Pleasant Valley
C-Javan White, Senior, Ames
Class 4A the Player of the Year: Daniel Tillo, Senior Sioux City North
Class 4A Coach of the Year: Courtney Henderson, Des Moines Hoover
(Joplin, Missouri) A former Atlantic High School Standout Track and Field athlete is gearing up for the outdoor track season at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri.
Tyler Hovey signed on with the Division II University following an outstanding Junior College Track and Field career at Iowa Central. While competing there Hovey was the 2014 Junior College National Champion in the Shot Put and placed fifth in the discus earning all-American honors. Hovey still holds the Iowa High School Class 3A State discus record with a throw of 187’9”.
Hovey said he was getting looks from a few schools during the indoor season at Iowa Central, but an MCL injury changed all that.
“I had to sit out for about eight-to-ten weeks so I didn’t have a whole lot of options. So I emailed a few schools and Missouri Southern State University called me and offered me a scholarship, so I headed to Joplin,” stated Hovey.
“My Coach Brian Allen is a nine-time all-American and I considered it a great opportunity to come down here.”
Hovey says he is working on becoming a more consistent thrower this outdoor season.
“I need to be more consistent with my big throws instead of one every five meets and that is what I am working on right now so I am hoping to improve in that aspect this outdoor season.”
Hovey’s best effort in the shot put is 57’ feet, his goal this spring is to throw it 60-feet, and he has come close to that mark during the Indoor season.
Missouri Southern State’s outdoor track season starts March 28.
(Pt. Lookout, MO) The NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament got underway this week. Four Iowa schools are in the tournament-Briar Cliff (Sioux City), Ashford (Clinton), Morningside (Sioux City), and Mount Mercy (Cedar Rapids).
Ricky Williams, of Riverside, plays for Briar Cliff. They took on the tournament's #8 overall seed Davenport (Michigan) and lost 68-66. Williams played just nine minutes but scored six points on 3-4 field goal shooting. Briar Cliff ends their year at 22-11.
Steve O'Neill, from St. Albert, is a senior at Morningside. The Mustangs are the #6 overall seed and beat Tabor (KS) 86-79 to improve to 28-4. O'Neill had 26 points.
Ashford and Mount Mercy each advanced as well. Ashford beat #12 Bethel (Indiana) 83-57 while #9 Mount Mercy topped Cal Maritime 64-61.
Class 1A West Central
Rachel Smith Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton
Sophia Peppers Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton .
Mara Burmeister Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton
Megan Maaske Woodbine
Carleigh Paup Paton-Churdan
McKenna Zanders Coon Rapids-Bayard
Julia Fleecs Glidden-Ralston
Madie Sorenson Adair-Casey
Zoey Dinkla Adair-Casey
Felicity Jackson CAM
Coach of the Year: Tom Petersen Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton
Callie Calfee Bedford
Macy Williams Fremont Mills
Fallyn Beemer Bedford
Nicole Shutt Martensdale St. Mary’s
Andrea McClary Fremont Mills
Autumn McDaniel Moravia
Deena Snyder Murry
Kendall Brown Moravia
Madison Gonseth Murray
Taryn Williams Fremont Mills
Kylah Schumacher Martensdale St. Mary’s Coach of the Year: Rod Williams – Fremont Mills
Hallie Linhart Central Decatur
Morgan Muhlbauer IKM-Manning
Kali Rasmussen IKM-Manning
Kayla Morgan MVAO
Paige Beacom St. Albert
Lydia Martin Central Decatur
Steffi Cunard Logan-Magnolia
Kayli Christensen Treynor
Jessi Campbell Panorama
Kristen Weber Earlham Coach of the Year: Derek Sonderland, Logan-Magnolia
Kate Walker Red Oak
Kati Cassabaum Nevada
Rachel Freland PCM, Monroe
Serena Parker Shenandoah
Maria Dentlinger Kuemper Catholic, Carroll
Grace Blomstedt Red Oak
Paige Hoiberg Gilbert
Sydney Nielsen Shenandoah
Courtney Van Houweling PCM, Monroe
Kayla Mobley Greene County
Coach of the Year: Kristin Meyer, Nevada
Claire Marburger Perry
Mariah Criswell Winterset
Gabie Doud Ballard
Kaleigh Haus Carlisle
Agatha Beier Carlisle
Deja Jackson Grinnell
Emily Knittel Ballard
Maggie Lowe Perry Coach of the Year: Kelly Anderson, Ballard
Tristan Beaulieu Bishop Heelan, Sioux City
Taylor Briley Creston
Taylor Frederick Harlan
Jordyn Moser Harlan
Kassidy Rieken LeMars
Jess Schaben Harlan
Megan Todd Bishop Heelan, Sioux City
Taylor Wagner Harlan Coach of the Year: Zach Klaassen, Harlan
Taylor Hickey Burlington Notre Dame 12
Brianna Wells Newell Fonda 12
Tori Hazard Janesville 10 Macy Williams Fremont-Mills 12
Rylee Voss English Valleys 12
Shayla Dean Colo-Nesco 12 Rachel Smith Exira Elk-Horn Kimbelton 12
Sarah Halse Central Lyon 12
Johanna Vaske Bishop Garrigan 12
Riley Kilbride Burlington Notre Dame 11
Hattie Davidson Northwood-Kensett 12 Carleigh Paup Paton-Churdan 11
Rachel Mercer Kingley-Pierson 11
Sarah Matus Springville 12
Lysandra James Lynnville-Sully 12
Kaitlyn Johnson Van Buren-Keosauqua 12
Shelby Hembera Cedar Valley Christian 12
Alecia Kimball Dunkerton 11 Callie Calfee Bedford 12
Sarah Dreckman MMC (Marcus) 11
Madison McGregor Rockford 10 Madie Sorenson Adair-Casey 9
Olvia Barrett GMG 12
Shelby Reicks Turkey Valley 10
Coach of the Year Dick Jungers, Newell-Fonda
Nicole Miller North Linn 12
Jamie Gesink Western Christian 12
Kari Fitzpatrick Edgewood-Colesburg 12
Kassidy DeJong Unity Christian 12
Gracey Griglione I-35 (Truro) 10
Haley Birks South Central Calhoun 12
Elsa Anderson Des Moines Christian 12
Anna Kiel Unity Christian 11
2nd Team Morgan Muhlbauer IKM-Manning 12
Julia Groenenboom North Mahaska 12
Anna Yung St Edmond, Fort Dodge 12
Chelsey Lampe Highland, Riverside 12
Hallie Linhart Central Decatur 12 Steffi Cunard Logan-Magnolia 12
Kailey Burke Hinton 11
Faith Troshynski Manson-NW Webster 11
Beth Atwood Pekin (Packwood) 11
Lindsey Koch Hudson 12
Katie Lindeman Grundy Center 11
Gabby Reyerson West Marshall 11
Maddie Boer North Linn 12
Carolyn Trumm Cascade 12
Kelsey Pretz Columbus 12
Olivia Verhulst Dike-New Hartford 12
Coach of The Year- Brian Wheatley, North Linn
Elle Ruffridge Pocahontas Area 10
Arika Wooldridge Center Point-Urbana 11
Andrea Larson Mediapolis 12
Kati Cassabaum Nevada 11 Kate Walker Red Oak 12
Heidi Hillyard Mediapolis 12
Emma Dau Spirit Lake 12 Serena Parker Shenandoah 12
Amber Schubert Sergeant Bluff-Luton 12
Kaely Hummel Cherokee, Washington 11
Karlee Grabau Crestwood, Cresco 12
Blair Klostermann Beckman, Dyersville 12 Maria Dentlinger Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 12
Rachel Freland PCM, Monroe 12
Abby Stephenson Nevada 10
Kaye Faber Clear Lake 12
Allison Platte Mount Vernon 12
Faith Meyer Pocahontas Area 10
Madison Sickles Crestwood, Cresco 12
Ellie Friesen Osage 9
Jill Vander Plaats Sioux Center 12
Jessica Speake Hampton-Dumont 11
Mackenzie Rogers Mediapolis 9
Lexy Koudelka Nevada 9
Coach of the Year - Kristin Meyer, Nevada
Class 4A 1st Team
Claire Marburger Perry 12 Jess Schaben Harlan 12
Gabie Doud Ballard 11 Taylor Frederick Harlan 11
Megan Maahs Epworth, Western Dubuque 11
Rose Simon-Ressler Epworth, Western Dubuque 12 Mariah Criswell Winterset 12
Payton Keeney Carlisle 12
Deja Jackson Grinnell 12
Jacionna Stowers Davenport North 10
Grace Berg Indianola 9
Jinaya Houston Davenport North 10
Emily Knittel Ballard 12
Agatha Beier Carlisle 10
Tristan Beaulieu Sioux City Heelan 12 Taylor Wagner Harlan 12
Hali Hilligas Charles City 12
Kaleigh Haus Carlisle 12
Katie Vander Molen Pella 10
Maggie Lowe Perry 12
Kelsi Phipps Mount Pleasant 12
Karli Rucker Eldridge, North Scott 10
Samantha Fritz Fairfield 10 Jordyn Moser Harlan 11
Coach of the Year - Zach Klaassen, Harlan
Class 5A 1st Team
Haley Faber Dowling Catholic 12
Mackenzie Meyer Mason City 11
Riley Jacobson Waukee 11
Meredith Burkhall DM Roosevelt 12
Grace Vander Weide Valley 12
Mikaela Morgan Iowa City West 12
Rachel Hinders Johnston 11
Ashley Joens Iowa City High 9
Becca Hittner Dowling Catholic 11
Stephanie Botkin Cedar Rapids Kennedy 12
Molly Sanders Ames 12
Lela Sellers Cedar Rapids Kennedy 11
Adrienne Boettinger Cedar Falls 12
Ashton Donels Southeast Polk 11
Dani Craig Iowa City West 12
Carlie Littlefield Waukee 10
Chrislyn Carr Davenport West 9
Annabel Graettinger Muscatine 12
Hannah Fuller Valley 10
Taryn Knuth Johnston 10
Kennedy Childers Dowling Catholic 12
Kennedy Kracht Urbandale 12
Lana Lindstrom Pleasant Valley 11
Courtney Joens Iowa City High 11
Jackson Lamb, Nodaway Valley
Steve Horan, Heartland Christian
Keegan Wederquist, East Mills
Jake Carey, Paton-Churdan
Noah Juergensen, Paton-Churdan
Emmitt Wheatley, Adair-Casey
Jacob Cain, Sidney
Jake Paulsen, Exira-EHK
(Des Moines) Each year during halftime of the Class 4A championship game at the Iowa High School Boys' Basketball Tourney, Hall of Fame awards are presented to coaches and players who excelled in Iowa's prep basketball history. To be eligible for consideration, coaches must have served ten years in Iowa High Schools, while players must have graduated at least ten years ago.
Current Harlan head coach Mitch Osborn is among three coaches being inducted this year. Osborn's bio from the state tournament program reads as follows:
'An all-around athlete at Walnut High School, Mitch earned his B.S. degree from Northwest Missouri State University and his Master's Degree from Drake University.With 633 victories and an 82.7 win percentage, he is sevenths on Iowa's all-time win list and the youngest coach in state annals to reach the 300, 400, 500, and 600 win plateaus. He has completed is 31st season and 18th at Harlan, where he has a 367-84 mark. With career stops at Elk Horn-Kimballton and Pomeroy-Palmer, he has coached teams to a state record 18 appearances with a 16-2 record in opening games. His 1994 Pomeroy-Palmer team and the 2004 and 2006 Harlan teams won state championships and he also had five runner-up teams. A six-time winner as Coach of the Year, he was a 2008 National Finalist as High School Coach of the Year. As Activities' Director he leads a strong and balanced program. He recently coordinated the $1.7 million renovation to the football and track venue. He is a frequent speaker at Iowa schools on "The Harlan Way" of sharing multiple sport athletes. He is also an auctioneer and lends his skills to churches and charities in the area. He and his wife Nancy have raised three sons-Joel, Kevin, and Zach.'
Osborn joins Claude Struve, of Sheldon, and Jeff Vanderloo, of SC East as Hall of Fame coaches. Greg McDermott (Cascade), Hurl Beechum III (DM North), Darian Devries (Aplington), Dean Oliver (Mason City), and Ben Jacobson (SC East) make up this year's group of Hall of Fame players.
1st Team All-State
G-Jamie Gesink, Senior, Western Christian (Hull)
G-Nicole Miller, Senior, North Linn (Troy Mills)
F-Kassidy De Jong, Senior, Unity Christian (Orange City)
F-Anna Kiel, Junior, Unity Christian (Orange City) F-Morgan Muhlbauer, Senior, IKM-Manning
C-Kari Fitzpatrick, Senior, Edgewood-Colesburg
Class 2A Player of the Year: Nicole Miller, Senior, North Linn (Troy Mills) Class 2A Coach of the Year: Jay Schuiteman, Unity Christian (Orange City)
2nd Team All-State
G-Chanda Zomermaand, Junior, Unity Christian (Orange City)
G-Hallie Linhart, Senior, Central Decatur (Leon)
F-Haley Birks, Senior, South Central Calhoun
F-Kailey Burke, Junior, Hinton
C-Elsa Anderson, Senior, Des Moines Christian
C-Gracey Griglione, Sophomore, Interstate 35 (Truro)
1st Team All-State
G-Elle Ruffridge, Sophomore, Pocahontas Area G-Kate Walker, Senior, Red Oak
F-Kati Cassabaum, Junior, Nevada
F-Heidi Hillyard, Senior, Mediapolis
C-Andrea Larson, Senior, Mediapolis C-Serena Parker, Senior, Shenandoah
Class 3A Player of the Year: Elle Ruffridge, Sophomore, Pocahontas Area Class 3A Coach of the Year: Kristin Meyer, Nevada
2nd Team All-State
G-Kaely Hummel, Junior, Cherokee
G-Mackenzie Rogers, Freshman, Mediapolis
G-Madison Sickles, Senior, Crestwood (Cresco)
F-Amber Schubert, Senior, Sergeant Bluff-Luton
F-Arika Wooldridge, Junior, Center Point-Urbana
C-Kaitlyn Volesky, Sophomore, Mount Vernon
1st Team All-State
G-Claire Marburger, Senior, Perry
G-Kaleigh Haus, Senior, Carlisle
F-Grace Berg, Freshman, Indianola F-Taylor Frederick, Junior, Harlan
C-Megan Maahs, Junior, Western Dubuque (Epworth) C-Jess Schaben, Senior, Harlan
Class 4A Player of the Year: Jess Schaben, Senior, Harlan Class 4A Co-Coaches of the Year: Bert Hanson, Indianola and Ron O’Brien, Davenport North
1st Team All-State
G-Mackenzie Meyer, Junior, Mason City
G-Grace Vander Weide, Senior, West Des Moines Valley
F-Meredith Burkhall, Senior, Des Moines Roosevelt
F-Reilly Jacobson, Junior, Waukee
F-Jacey Huinker, Senior, Southeast Polk
C-Aubrey Faber, Senior, Dowling Catholic
Class 5A Player of the Year: Meredith Burkhall, Senior, Des Moines Roosevelt Class 5A Coach of the Year: Chris Guess, Waukee
2nd Team All-State
G-Dani Craig, Senior, Iowa City West
G-Ashley Joens, Freshman, Iowa City High
F-Annabel Graettinger, Senior, Muscatine
F-Rachel Hinders, Junior, Johnston
C-Stephanie Botkin, Senior, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
C-Mikaela Morgan, Senior, Iowa City West
(Des Moines) Nodaway Valley simply met their match Monday morning at the Class 1A Boys State Basketball Tournament. Undefeated #1 seed Gladbrook-Reinbeck flexed their muscle early and often in an 80-57 quarterfinal victory.
Nodaway Valley never got comfortable early, trailing 12-0 in the game’s opening minutes and 17-3 at the end of the first quarter. Joe Smoldt and Camden Kickbush combined to go 7/9 from 3-point range in the first half as the Rebels zipped out to a 41-20 edge at the break. Things didn’t get any closer in the 2nd half as the Wolverines were outscored 25-10 in the 3rd and 14-11 in the 4th. Gladbrook-Reinbeck shot 54.9% from the field in the win and 50% (11-22) from three in the game. Smoldt finished with 31 points and Kickbush added 24.
Nodaway Valley was held to just 34.5% field goal shooting against a very good Gladbrook-Reinbeck defense. Jackson Lamb scored 19 points, Nate Venteicher 11, and David Schweitzer 10 in the loss.
Nodaway Valley graduates five seniors: Schweitzer, Nathan Andrews, Tanner Armstrong, Jake Baudler, and Garrett Herrmann. They finish the year at 19-7.
(Greenfield) Nodaway Valley makes their 6th state basketball appearance later today in a matchup with top seeded Gladbrook-Reinbeck. The game tips at 10:30 and we’ll have the call on KSOM.
It’ll be a tall order for Nodaway Valley taking on one of the two undefeated teams in the Class 1A field, but if anyone can do it, perhaps its the Wolverines, led by scouting enthusiast Darrell Burmeister, they’ve only lost one first round game in their previous six appearances. Gladbrook-Reinbeck has an impressive resume…they are the 2nd highest scoring team in the state, shoot over 50% from the field, have the 5th highest margin of victory average, and boast a win over Class 2A #1 seed Aplington-Parkersburg.
Jackson Lamb has shot Nodaway Valley into the state tournament with an average of 29 points per game in the postseason. A hard working supporting cast known as the ‘Stanley Steal Lunch Box’ crew surrounds Lamb for a Nodaway Valley team that has exceeded even their own expectations from the beginning of the season.
Despite a sluggish showing in the off season, Nodaway Valley started the regular season 10-0 before losing four straight games, all against good competition midway through the year. They appear to be playing their best basketball of the season right now as their only losses since that four game skid have come against fellow Class 1A State Qualifier Earlham and perennial 2A contender Kuemper Catholic.
Nodaway Valley is 8-5 all-time in state tournament games. They won it all in 2006, finished 2nd in 2005, 3rd in 2007 and 4th in 2012. Gladbrook-Reinbeck is making their first ever Boys State Tournament appearance.
(Des Moines) #1 Harlan made it look easy last night with a wire-to-wire 69-43 win over Carlisle in the Class 4A Semi-Finals.
Taylor Frederick impressed on the inside making 11/13 field goal attempts, finishing with 25 points. Taylor Wagner did the damage on the outside with 5/8 three-point shooting for 15 points. Jess Schaben, per usual, didn't have to score big to make an impact on the game. She did have seven points, but her main contributions came with her 14 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Harlan shot 53% from the field in the win while holding Carlisle to 27% shooting. A 24-11 2nd quarter edge stretched a three point 1st quarter lead to a 16 point cushion by halftime. The 2nd half was never close as the Cyclones win their 51st straight game. Harlan has held 15 straight opponents under 45 points.
They'll have a rematch with Western Dubuque in the state championship game on Saturday. Western Dubuque, which won 55-51 over Bishop Heelan last night is ranked #2. Both teams are 25-0.
(Des Moines) #2 Exira-EHK’s season came to an end with a semi-final loss to #11 Springville Thursday morning in the Class 1A Girls State Basketball Tournament. The Spartans fell behind big early and never led in the 68-57 loss.
The team did battle back to within four points on multiple occasions in the 2nd half, but Springville responded every time. Springville scored the game’s first 16 points and held leads of 19-2 after one and 31-19 at the half. A 12-4 run for Exira-EHK to start the third quarter got the Spartans back to within four, but Springville answered back with a 7-0 run to stretch their advantage back to double digits. A pair of big threes from sophomore Mara Burmeister got the game down to four again late in the third quarter, but a Rylee Menster steal and lay-up for Springville at the end of the third quarter put the Orioles up by six heading into the fourth. They would score the first seven points of the 4th quarter to lead by double figures again, at 52-39, before the Spartans made one last comeback bid. Rachel Smith hit a deep three early in the fourth and Sophia Peppers scored 12 of her 18 points in the 2nd half to help keep Exira-EHK in the game for a while, but Springville opened things up late by easily breaking the Spartans full court pressure and getting easy baskets on the offensive end.
Menster and Sarah Matus each had huge 2nd halves for Springville, denying Exira-EHK’s comeback hopes. Menster deflected countless passes and her defense, which included 7 steals, often led to open lay ins. She scored 12 2nd half points and 18 in the game. Matus knocked down four three’s in the 2nd half and finished with 23 points. A pair of her 2nd half threes came following a technical foul on Exira-EHK for having too many players on the court. That was during a stretch that again saw Exira-EHK go from within four to down double-digits.
In addition to the 41 combined points from Matus and Menster, Mikayla Nachazel added a dozen points for Springville which shot over 58% from the field in the game. Nachazel and Menster are both freshman.
For Exira-EHK Peppers made a case for an all-tournament team nod. The freshman posted a 2nd straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. For the tournament she averaged 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two game. Mara Burmesiter scored 14 points and had five steals. Maggie Rasmussen posted 11 points and 10 rebounds while Rachel Smith had 10 points.
The Spartans will lose two vital seniors from a 25-1 team. Rachel Smith and Kennedy Madsen each graduate, both were multi-year starters. A strong core of three sophomores and two freshman that saw regular playing time will return along with senior-to-be Rose Anderson.
Springville improves to 23-3 and moves into the championship game to take on #7 Newell-Fonda. Defending runner-up (22-4) Newell-Fonda advance to the finals by beating defending champion Burlington Notre Dame 63-56 Wednesday night.
(State) Three new entrants into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Basketball Hall of Fame will be honored during halftime of the Class 4A State Championship game on Saturday. Janet Waterbury from Schaller, Norwalk's Jill Martin and Tri-Center, Neola's Wendy Ausdemore are the 2015 inductees.
Wendy Ausdemore played at Tri-Center, Neola from 2001 to 2005 and was named Miss Iowa Basketball in 2005. She was a two-time first-team all-state selection. She led Tri-Center to a runner-up finish in Class 2A in 2005, earning captain of the 2A all-tournament team. Ausdemore finished her career with 1,812 points and 886 career rebounds.
Ausdemore went on to play college basketball at the University of Iowa, twice earning third-team all-Big Ten honors and was a three-time academic all-conference pick. A three-year starter, Ausdemore played on three NCAA Tournament teams with the Hawkeyes. She finished her career ranked among Iowa's top 10 in career scoring, rebounding, assists and three-pointers.
(Des Moines) 2nd rated Exira-EHK meets #11 Springville in the Semi-Finals of the Class 1A Girls State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday morning. KSOM will have play-by-play coverage of the contest which tips at 10:00 a.m. in Des Moines.
The Spartans improved to 25-0 on the season with their 63-48 win over #4 Bedford Monday. 22-3 Springville advanced by upending #4 (23-2) Fremont-Mills 53-50. The Orioles led big early in that game and held off a late run by the Knights to advance. Two of Springville's three losses this season came to Class 2A Semi-Finalist North Linn. Their other loss came against Maquoketa Valley.
Each team is led by a balanced scoring attack. The Spartans have four players averaging at least nine points per game with Mara Burmeister, Rachel Smith, Sophia Peppers, and Maggie Rasmussen while the Oriole's have three in Mikayla Nachazel (12.0) Sarah Matus (11.8), and Rylee Menster (11.4). Menster shoots 58.2% from the field while Matus has drained 68 three-pointers on the year which ranks 2nd in the state.
The stakes are high Thursday as the winner moves on to see either defending runner-up Newell-Fonda or defending champion Burlington Notre Dame on Friday night in the championship game.
(Des Moines) #1 Harlan got a huge game from junior Taylor Frederick and shook off a slow start to beat #8 CR Xavier 54-31 last nigh tin the first round of the Class 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament.
Frederick Posted 27 points and 15 rebounds-going 11/12 from the free throw line and 8/16 from the field in the win. The Cyclone win streak hits 50 games and they are one step closer to securing back-to-back state titles. The team shot only 27% in the 1st half and held just a 21-14 halftime lead. They shot better than 52% in the 2nd half to outscore the Saints 20-9 in the 3rd and 13-8 in the 4th for the 23 point win. Harlan will have a rematch with Carlisle which they beat 45-42 in last year’s semi-finals The Wildcats are 22-2 and are ranked 4th in the state. They beat unbeaten Waverly-Shell Rock 56-50 in the quarterfinals. Carlisle is coached by Tri-Center alum and former Red Oak boys coach Bryan White.
Ames 64, Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 47
Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 58, Linn-Mar, Marion 54
Des Moines, Hoover 56, Ankeny Centennial 33
Iowa City, West 79, Cedar Rapids, Washington 50
North Scott, Eldridge 59, Bettendorf 41
Pleasant Valley 57, Clinton 32
Sioux City, North 47, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 46
Waukee 65, Valley, West Des Moines 47
(Des Moines) Nevada celebrated a victory that was a long time coming.
The seventh-ranked Cubs shot 55.6 percent behind young stars Lexy Koudelka and Clair Ausman and beat No. 9 Red Oak 54-38 in a first-round Class 3A game.
This is Nevada's first trip to state since 1968 and its first state tournament victory in 91 years. The last was a 26-17 win over Crawfordsville in the first round of the 1924 tournament, before it fell under the auspices of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
Koudelka, a 6-foot-1 freshman, hit 8 of 10 shots and scored 20 points. Ausman, a sophomore, made her first five 3-point shots and scored 17 points. She finished 5-for-6 from long range and 6-for-8 overall.
Junior Kati Cassabaum added eight points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two assists for the Cubs (22-3), who have no seniors.
Grace Blomstedt led Red Oak (20-5) with 14 points. Kate Walker, who'll continue her career at Bucknell, scored 11.
Nevada never trailed after running off 10 straight points to open a 13-4 lead. The Cubs led 28-19 at halftime, then broke the game open with a 13-3 run in the third quarter to go up 43-24. Four different players scored during that run, with Koudelka getting six points -- all in the lane.
Next up for Nevada is a semifinal date against top-ranked Mediapolis at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.