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Exira-EHK Meets Coon Rapids-Bayard for 5th Time in Regional Semi

(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 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 Aiming for Top 5 Team Finish, Topham Eyes 4th Straight Individual Title

(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 8 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.

2nd Round High School Football Playoff Pairings


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 

Big 2nd and 3rd Quarters Propel Exira-EHK Into Round Two

(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...



Football Playoff Scores for October 29th

Playoff Scores for Wednesday October 29, 2014


Class 4A

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 0 Lewis Central 42


Class 3A

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


Class 2A

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

Westwood over Audubon in First Round of the Playoffs

(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

Riverside's Brink to Compete at State for 3rd Straight Year

(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.

Area First Round Playoff Matchups, Wednesday, October 29th




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


Class A

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 


Class 1A

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


Class 2A

4-5 Kuemper Catholic @ 8-1 Clarinda


Class 3A

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


Class 4A

4-5 Abraham Lincoln @ 8-1 Lewis Central


Impressive Rushing Attack Leads Clarinda into Playoffs as District Champs

(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

Ground Attack Leads Clarinda into Playoffs as District Champ

(Clarinda) Clarinda not only leads Class 2A in rushing yardage this season, but noone else in their class is within 600 yards for 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 teh 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

Copic On to State for Exira-EHK XC

(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.

Panthers Open Playoffs With Familiar Opponent

(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

Regional Volleyball Scores from Tuesday, October 28th


Class 1A

Region 2

#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


Region 3

#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


Region 4

#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


Class 2A

Region 2

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


Region 3

#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


Region 4

#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 Volleyball Posts 2nd Straight Postseason Sweep

(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. 

As Playoffs Arrive, Exira-EHK No Stranger to Big Stage

(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

Vaunted Griswold Rushing Attack Heads to Logan-Magnolia in First Round

(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


AHSTW Vikings Hit Playoffs on a High Note

(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-Casey/CAM's Billheimer In State Cross Country Field

(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


Senior Laden Sidney Hosts Exira-EHK Wednesday

(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 Sweeps Atlantic in Regional Volleyball Quarterfinal

(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 

Regional Volleyball Scores from Monday, October 27th


Class 3A

Region 1

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


Region 2

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

Class 4A

Region 1

Carroll over Denison-Schleswig 25-18, 24-26, 25-15, 25-12

Spencer over Storm Lake 25-21, 25-10, 25-15


Region 2

Perry over Ballard 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15

Carlisle over DM Hoover 25-17, 25-9, 25-8


Region 3

Creston over Glenwood 26-24, 26-16, 21-25, 25-13

Norwalk over Winterset 25-15, 25-20, 25-16


Class 5A

Region 1

CB Thomas Jefferson over SC West 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-12


Fremont-Mills Hungry to Advance Following Back-to-Back First Round Exits

(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 Gearing Up For 12th Playoff Appearance

(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 Opposes Lenox in 1A Regional Volleyball

(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


Nodaway Valley Boys Look for Top Four Finish at State

(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-Bayard Enters Playoffs Confident and Fully Focused on Lenox

(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

Sports Spotlight Football Rankings

Class 4A
1-Dowling Catholic (8-1) 
2-Cedar Rapids Washington (9-0)
3-Bettendorf (9-0)
4-West Des Moines Valley (8-1)
5-Waukee (8-1)
6-Ankeny (7-2)
7-Linn-Mar (Marion) (8-1)
8-North Scott (Eldridge) (7-2)
9-Ankeny Centennial (7-2)
10-Southeast Polk (5-4)


Class 3A
1-Pella (9-0)
2-Bishop Heelan (Sioux City) (8-1)
3-Solon (8-1)
4-Carroll (8-1)
5-Cedar Rapids Xavier (6-3)
6-Humboldt (8-1)
7-West Delaware (Manchester) (8-1)
8-Dallas Center-Grimes (8-1)
9-Carlisle (7-2)
10-Clear Creek-Amana (7-2)


Class 2A
1-Clear Lake (9-0)
2-Spirit Lake (9-0)
3-Sioux Center (8-1)
4-North Fayette Valley (8-1)
5-Williamsburg (9-0)
6-Collins-Maxwell-Baxter (9-0)
7-Cascade (Western Dubuque) (8-1)
8-Hampton-Dumont (8-1)
9-Mediapolis (8-1)
10-Albia (8-1) 


Class 1A
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)
6-IKM-Manning (9-0)
7-West Lyon (Inwood) (8-1)
8-North Cedar (Stanwood) (8-1)
9-Dike-New Hartford (7-2)
10-Hinton (8-1)


Class A
1-Maquoketa Valley (Dehli) (9-0)
2-Logan-Magnolia (9-0)
3-Montezuma (9-0)
4-Pekin (9-0)
5-Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8-1)
6-Mount Ayr (8-1)
7-Nashua-Plainfield (8-1)
8-AGWSR (Ackley) (8-1)
9-Woodbury Central (Moville) (8-1)
10-Bedford (8-1)


Class 8-Player
1-Don Bosco (Gilbertville) (9-0)
2-Janesville (9-0)
3-Fremont-Mills (Tabor) (9-0)
4-Central (Elkader) (9-0)
5-H-L-V (Victor) (8-1)
6-Glidden-Ralston (9-0)
7-Coon Rapids-Bayard (8-1)

8-Turkey Valley (Jackson Junction) (8-1)
9-Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire (8-1)
10-West Bend-Mallard (8-1)

First Round Playoff Pairings Released



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 Gets in With Convincing Win over Tri-Center

(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. 





Week 9 High School Football Scores


Ames 55 Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 6

Lewis Central 45  Des Moines, Roosevelt 7

Ankeny Centennial 52 Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 6

District 1
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 42 
Denison-Schleswig 41 
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 34 LeMars 20 a
Spencer 55 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 54

District 2
Carroll 14 at Greene County 0

Humboldt 28 Perry 19 
Algona 56 
Storm Lake 7
Webster City 60 Boone 42

District 8
Creston 63 at Atlantic 28
Dallas Center-Grimes 45 
Glenwood 16 
ADM, Adel 35 Harlan 30 
Bondurant-Farrar 30 Winterset 13 

District 7
Albia 42 Clarke, Osceola 13
Baxter 37 
Centerville 0 
Davis County, Bloomfield 25 Keokuk 13
North Polk, Alleman 42 PCM, Monroe 20  

District 8
Clarinda 42 Southeast Valley 6
East Sac County 54 Red Oak 14

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 38 Shenandoah 7  

District 1
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

District 8
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

District 1
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  

District 8
Pleasantville 71 
Clarinda Academy 6
Earlham 76 Martensdale-St. Marys 33 
Bedford 28 Nodaway Valley 20 
Mount Ayr 79 
Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 0

District 1
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 

District 7
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

District 8
East Mills 46 Sidney 12
Fremont-Mills, Tabor 68 Essex 12
Lenox 68 CAM, Anita 22
Nishnabotna 42 
Stanton 40

Regular Season Volleyball Scores from Thursday, October 23rd


Boone 25-25-25, Perry 14-16-16
Carroll 25-25-17-25, A-D-M, Adel 20-21-25-20

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 24-21, Sioux City, East 22-8
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 25-25-13-25, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 15-15-25-20

Harlan 25-25-25, Clarinda 8-12-10

Lewis Central Class 4A Girls State Qualifying Meet Results

Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. Johnston 31

2. Urbandale 38

3. Dowling Catholic 63

4. SC East 135

5. Lewis Central 147

6. SC West 161

7. Thomas Jefferson 216

8. SC North 225

9. Abraham Lincoln 226


Girls Individual State Qualifiers

1. Jordyn Kleve, Johnston

2. Elyse Prescott, Urbandale

3. Jessica McKee, Johnston

4. Vivian Broderick, Dowling Catholic

5. Trina Moreno, Urbandale

6. Julia Noah, Urbandale

7. Hannah Thomas, Dowling Catholic

8. Maddy Bradley, Johnston

9. Sara Ness, Johnston

10. Anna Toot, Johnston

Lewis Central Class 4A Boys State Qualifying Meet Results

Boys Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance) 

1. Johnston 29

2. Dowling Catholic 39

3. Urbandale 90

4. Thomas Jefferson 116

5. SC North 140

6. Abraham Lincoln 180

7. SC East 197

8. Lewis Central 212

9. SC West 235


Boys Individual State Qualifiers

1. Ryan Schweizer, WDM Dowling Catholic

2. Patrick Bose, Johnston

3. Drew Hershey, Johnston

4. Eldon Warner, Thomas Jefferson

5. Ben Renner, Johnston

6. Michael Westphal, Urbandale

7. Skyler Reisberg, Dowling Catholic

8. Ben Poss, Johnston

9. Jack Fink, Dowling Catholic

10. Matt Fraizer, Dowling Catholic

Kuemper Catholic Class 3A Girls State Qualifying Meet Results

Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. MOC-Floyd Valley 60

2. Bishop Heelan Catholic 64

3. Harlan 84

4. Spencer 87

5. Spirit Lake

6. Shenandoah/Essex 187

7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 201

8. Glenwood 203

9. Denison-Schleswig 211

10. LeMars 223

11. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 230

12. Kuemper Catholic 341


Girls Individual State Qualifiers

1. Ellie Mendlik, Denison-Schleswig

2. Caroline Ascherl, MOC-Floyd Valley

3. Sammy Blum, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley

4. Olivia Hamilton, Spencer

5. Tess Lord, Bishop Heelan Catholic

6. Marissa Klindt, Harlan

7. Kelsey Lang, MOC-Floyd Valley

8. Jaycee Vander Berg, MOC-FLoyd Valley

9. Mercedee Mayberry, Harlan

10. Sara Bauermeister, Spencer

Kuemper Catholic Class 3A Boys State Qualifying Meet Results

Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. Bishop Heelan Catholic 56

2. Harlan 76

3. MOC-Floyd Valley 102

4. Denison-Schleswig 134

5. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 140

6. Glenwood 145

7. Kuemper Catholic 146

8. Spirit Lake 151

9. Storm Lake 235

10. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 275

11. LeMars 280

12. Spencer 304


Boys Individual State Qualifiers

1. Alec Pavone, Bishop Heelan Catholic

2. Josef Rogers, Denison-Schleswig

3. Ben Eastman, Bishop Heelan Catholic

4. Michael Sciranko, Harlan

5. Ryan Maris, Spirit Lake

6. Preston Burris, Harlan

7. Alec Harrington, Spirit Lake

8. Chandler Hagen, Kuemper Catholic

9. Carter Foughty, MOC-Floyd Valley

10. Miles Scott, Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Perry Class 3A Girls State Qualifying Cross Country Meet Results

Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. Gilbert 32

2. Winterset 84

3. Humboldt 90

4. Dallas Center-Grimes 113

5. Atlantic 153

6. Creston 157

7. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 201

8. Algona 239

9. Madrid 243

10. Boone 248

11. ADM 261

12. Webster City 272

13. Perry 368



Girls Individual State Qualifiers

1. Grace Gibbons, Gilbert

2. Tiffany Williams, Atlantic (photo from Atlantic meet)

3. Carly Rahn, Gilbert

4. Karli Rastetter, Gilbert

5. Lexi Smith, Dallas Center-Grimes

6. Dianna Slight, Boone

7. Maria Mostek, Creston

8. Layken Gurwell, Winterset

9. Maddie Kampen, Humboldt

10. Dominque Fleming, Winterset

Perry Class 3A Boys State Qualifying Cross Country Meet Results

Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. Gilbert 36

2. Algona 59

3. Dallas Center-Grimes 72

4. Winterset 127

5. Webster City 156

6. Creston 178

7. Humboldt 205

8. Boone 210

9. ADM 260

10. Atlantic 264

11. Perry 281

12. Madrid 306



Boys Individual State Qualfiers

1. Wesley Greder, Gilbert

2. Thomas Pollard, Gilbert

3. Cooper McDermott, Creston (pictured at Atlantic meet)

4. Jay Wolfe, Creston

5. Nathan Stumme, Algona

6. Bradley Richard, Gilbert

7. Peter Hollinger, Algona

8. Alex Thompson, Dallas Center-Grimes

9. Owen Whitham, Gilbert

10. Loren Shellabarger, Algona

Panorama Class 2A Girls State Qualifying Meet Results

Girls Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. North Polk 58

2. Red Oak 76 (first ever state appearance)

3. West Central Valley 82

4. Greene County 93

5. Eagle Grove 131

6. Interstate-35 151

7. Clarion-Goldfield/Dows 188

8. Southeast Valley 198

9. Clarinda 214

10. Roland-Story 235

11. Southeast Iowa 291



Girls Individual State Qualifiers

1. Amelia Lesher, North Polk

2. Shelby Hunemiller, West Central Valley

3. Kate Walker, Red Oak

4. Jana Willard, Eagle Grove

5. Abbey Harris, West Central Valley

6. Gillian Stanley, West Central Valley

7. Sophie Blanchard, North Polk

8. Paige Shirley, Red Oak

9. Kenzie Alberts, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows

10. Nikki Graber, Red Oak

Panorama Class 2A Boys State Qualifying Meet Results


Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. Red Oak 54

2. Shenandoah 62

3. Southeast Valley, Gowrie 97

4. North Polk 104

5. Eagle Grove 111

6. West Central Valley 189

7. Roland-Story 192

8. Greene County 201

9. Clarke 249

10. Interstate-35 258

11. Woodward-Academy 322

12. Clarinda 333

13. Clarion-Goldfield 336

14. Southwest Iowa 437



Boys Individual State Qualifiers

1. Austin Feller, Shenandoah-Essex (pictured)

2. Joe Blake, Shenandoah-Essex

3. Logan Lerette, Red Oak

4. Carter Asche, Eagle Grove

5. Austin Smith, North Polk

6. Nate Hoyt, Shenandoah-Essex

7. Westen Rolenc, Red Oak

8. McCauley King, Eagle Grove

9. Spencer Warehime, Southeast Valley

10. Rylan Heffernan, West Central Valley

Ridge View Class 1A Girls State Qualifying Meet Results

Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. Pocahontas Area 34

2. Emmetsburg 70

3. St. Edmond 87

4. Missouri Valley 93

5. Alta-Aurelia 132

6. West Lyon 250

7. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 259

8. Logan-Magnolia 264

9. Woodbine 275

10. Hinton 314

11. MMC 314

12. Boyer Valley 326

13. Sioux Central 328

14. Lawton-Bronson 340

15. Gehlen Catholic 359

16. West Sioux 364

17. North Union 396


Girls Individual State Qualifiers

1. Alexis Cook, Missouri Valley

2. Grace Meyer, Pocahontas Area

3. Elle Ruffridge, Pocahontas Area

4. Faith Meyer, Pocahontas Area

5. Riley Mayer, St. Edmond

6. Megan Maaske, Woodbine

7. Hannah Dugdale, Missouri Valley

8. Audrey Kolacia, St. Edmond

9. Hailey Putnam, West Sioux

10. Ashley Overberg, Emmetsburg

Ridge View Class 1A Boys State Qualifying Meet Results

Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. St. Edmond 51

2. Alta-Aurelia 74

3. Emmetsburg 122

4. Boyer Valley 128

5. Unity Christian 149

6. West Lyon 169

7. MVAO 2017

8. Logan-Magnolia 208

9. South O'Brien 230

10. Manson NW Webster 250

11. Ridge View 267

12. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 305

13. Hinton 361

14. Woodbine 386

15. Westwood 421

16. Gehlen Catholic 434

17. Lawton-Bronson 452


Boys Individual State Qualifiers

1. Andy Taverna, Sibley-Ocheyeden

2. Riley Bauer, North Union

3. Jacob Hamilton, St. Edmond

4. Zach Ambrose, Boyer Valley

5. Harrison Mayer, St. Edmond

6. Lucas Gallardo, Emmetsburg

7. Michael Swanson, Alta-Aurelia

8. Nick Grandstaff, Emmetsburg

9. Dalton Demers, Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids

10. Ben Aberson, South O'Brien 


Panorama Class 1A Girls State Qualifying Meet Results


Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)

1. Griswold 74 Coach Jeff Topham *

2. Panorama 77

3. Underwood 118

4. Exira-EHK 138

5. IKM-Manning 145

6. Earlham 153

7. South Hamilton 194

8. St. Albert 214

9. Adair-Casey/CAM 282

10. SW Valley 288

11. East Union 300

12. Treynor 315

13. Audubon 331

14. Tri-Center 347

15. AHSTW 398

16. Mount Ayr 427

17. Bedford 443

18. Riverside 464

19. Van Meter 513


*Interview conducted prior to official scoring announcement


Girls Indivual State Qualifiers

1. Rebekah Topham, Griswold (pictured)

2. Karley Larson, Underwood

3. Payton Sporrer, IKM-Manning

4. Devyn Kemble, Panorama

5. Kristen Weber, Earlham

6. Alyx Flippin, Griswold

7. Emily Copic, Exira-EHK Coach Terry Weisenborn

8. Emma Harper, East Union

9. Hannah Appleseth, Panorama

10. Jacey Martin, St. Albert


Panorama Class 1A Boys State Qualifying Meet Results


Team Scoring (Top 3 Advance)


1. Nodaway Valley 48 Coach Darrell Burmeister

2. Tri-Center 109 Coach Dennis Jarrett

3. St. Albert 113

4. Riverside 116

5. Panorama 121

6. Ogden 121

7. Earlham 148

8. IKM-Manning 257

9. South Hamilton 258

10. AHSTW 292

11. Van Meter 357

12. Orient-Macksburg 373

13. Treynor 376

14. SW Valley 378


Boys Indivdiual Qualifiers

1. Trey Thompson, Ogden

2. Andrew Stumbo, Ogden

3. Shane Breheny, Nodaway Valley

4. Sam Bassett, Panorama

5. Tim Brink, Riverside

6. Christopher Jarrett, Tri-Center Click for interview

7. Brycen Wallace, Nodaway Valley

8. Mitchell Nelsen, Audubon (video interview below)

9. Cale Billheimer, Adair-Casey

10. Max Ross, St. Albert



Final Volleyball Rankings for Classes 3A, 4A, and 5A


Class 3A

1. Solon

2. Mount Vernon

3. Nevada

4. Independence

5. Red Oak

6. West Liberty

7. Mediapolis

8. Iowa Falls-Alden

9. Union

10. Sioux Center

11. Forest City

12. Roland-Story

13. Kuemper Catholic

14. North Polk

15. Shenandoah


Class 4A

1. Harlan

2. West Delaware

3. Marion

4. Charles City

5. Indianola

6. Bishop Heelan Catholic

7. LeMars

8. Clear Creek-Amana

9. Boone

10. ADM

11. Cedar Rapids Xavier

12. Lewis Central 

13. Creston

14. Dubuque Wahlert

15. Carroll


Class 5A

1. Bettendorf

2. Johnston

3. Ankeny Centennial

4. Ankeny 

5. Dowling Catholic

6. WDM Valley

7. Abraham Lincoln

8. IC High 

9. SE Polk

10. Cedar Rapids Prairie

Stars Must Align for Nodaway Valley to make Playoffs

(Greenfield) The Nodaway Valley football team needs a win and some help to make the playoffs for a 2nd straight year. 

A combination of a Nodaway Valley win over Bedford and a Pleasantville loss to Clarinda Academy would punch Nodaway Valley’s playoff ticket. Nodaway Valley comes into Week 9 at just 4-4 overall but have won three in a row. Standing in their way is a 7-1 Bedford team that has improved dramatically from last year’s one win season. Nodaway Valley also needs winless Clarinda Academy to upset 4-4 Pleasantville for a chance at the postseason. 
The Wolverines believe they can hold up their end of the bargain, but of course it won’t be easy against a quality Bedford team. Helping to lead Nodaway Valley’s late season surge has been great productivity in the running game. Brennan Weiland leads the district in rushing and has picked up over 800 yards on the ground in the last three weeks. 

Griswold Girls Go for 8th Straight State Trip

(Griswold) The Griswold girls cross country team will be seeking yet another berth into the state cross country meet when they run at Panorama later today. The Tigers won it all in 2012 and placed 7th last year in Fort Dodge. Three teams and ten individual qualify from each site today.  


Coach Jeff Topham says the main priority today is to advance. They aren't concerned with a team title, viewing this as a preliminary to the state meet on November 1st. There are a number of ranked teams competing in Panora including Panorama, Griswold, Underwood, and IKM-Manning. Coach Topham also says don't count out St. Albert. 


Griswold is led by three-time state champion Rebekah Topham. Outside of Topham as the meet favorite, number two runner Alyx Flippin is a contender to nab a top 10 spot. Leah Lappe is returning from an injury and is the Tigers number three runner and could make a push towards the top of the pack. Alyssa Wyman is coming off of a strong performance last weekend, but is battling injury. 5th runner Anna Young has consistently been a scoring runner for Griswold all year. 


Griswold coach Jeff Topham interview


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