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Latest Sports Stories Archives for 2014-03

Riverside Boys Soccer Loaded for 2014


(Oakland) 9 of the 11 starters return for the Riverside boys soccer that qualified for last year's state tournament.

 

The group not only brings back a lot of players from last year's state berth, but also a lot of confidence. Head coach John Thomas says this was the year that he expected his team to have a great season. They are led by three seniors who all signed letters of intent to go to Midland next year. That trio is Malachi Dillon, Dave Anderson, and Tanner Ford.

 

Coach Thomas says the experience was a reason they did well last year and looks for more of the same this year. They'll open up with Harlan on Thursday and coach Thomas lists the Cyclones along with Tri-Center, Thomas Jefferson and Underwood among the top area teams this season. They'll face two of those teams right away in the first two games of the season. 

 

Click for the preseason comments from Riverside coach John Thomas

Bylund and Fliflet Lead Young Group of Audubon Girls Golfers


(Audubon) The Audubon Girls Golf Team is getting set for their first competition of the season which will be on their home course next Friday. The Wheelers are coming off a 2013 season that finished with the whole team qualifing for the state tournament.

 

Only two golfers are back from that squad though with Sudie Bylund and Faith Fliflet set to lead the way this year. Bylund has placed in the top ten at the state tourney in each of the last two years while Fliflet has the potential to get to state as an individual this year according to head coach Paul Lynch. Beyond those two, it will be an entirely new varsity lineup for the defending Western Iowa Conference champs.

 

Coach Lynch says sophomore Jorja Weitl has the ability to make a name for herself. Outside of Bylund and Fliflet she's the lone golfer with any returning experience as two freshmen and a first year sophomore round out the squad.

 

Click for the interview with Audubon coach Paul Lynch

Is WNBA Next? Christofferson Reflects on ISU Career and More


(Ames) It's been nearly a week since Hallie Christofferson's incredible Iowa State women's basketball career came to an end. The Cyclones were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the first round by Florida State Saturday.


Hamlin native and former Exira star Hallie Christofferson has had some time to reflect on her career and admits she exceeded even her own expecations. She finished her four year run in Ames as the 6th highest scorer in Cyclones women's basketball history. Several of her other career marks rank in the top 10 in ISU's record books. 

 

She points to a combination of hard work, coaching, and having a good support group as big keys to her success. It's been quite a story to go from the Class 1A high school level to the Big 12 in college. She was twice named first team all-conference. 

 

The WNBA Draft is held in mid-April. Christofferson says if given the opportunity to play professional basketball in the U.S. she'll take it. There's also the possibility of playing oversees. From what she has heard from scouts it's tough to tell exactly what her draft stock might be however, Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly stated in a radio show early this year that she is capable of playing professionally. 

 

Click for the interview with Hallie Christofferson

CAM Girls Track Team Very Young


(Anita) 9 girls are out for track and field at CAM. That group includes mostly freshmen. CAM girls track coach Zeli Rasmussen says the team has not practiced outside very often, but they've been working on a lot of endurance and weight training.


Alyssa Kragelund is the lone senior, her goal is to advance to state in the throwing events after narrowly missing out last year. Mackenzie Schwenke, who will miss some time early on with an injury, is the lone junior while Lindsay Dinkla and Mackenzie Cross make up the group of sophomores.


CAM will run at Nodaway Valley April 8th. Coach Rasmussen says she expects to see strong hurdling performances this year.

 

Click for the comments from CAM coach Zeli Rasmussen 

New Regime for Harlan Boys Track and Field


(Harlan) For the first time in many, many years someone other than Ken Carstens is the head coach of the Harlan boys track team.


Harlan graduate Sam Brummer is taking things over for the retired Carstens. His expectations for the team are very simple, saying he wants them to always compete. Competing against good teams, he says, is the only way to get better.

 

Harlan took a limited number of runners to the South Dakota meet and also competed at Buena Vista last week with a win in the 4X800 being one of the highlights. They found a lot of younger runners that can help the team. 


Coach Brummer says the overall numbers are up...to about 40 kids out. Many of the newcomers are in the distance events which coach Brummer thinks may be a strength of the team. 


Harlan has pushed Glenwood in the conference the last couple of years. Don't be surprised to see that again. Coach Brummer says they've already seen good things from Lewis Central and Kuemper Catholic in the field events plus Creston has a lot of good distance events returning. Harlan's next time on the track will be the Hawkeye 10 North Division Meet at Kuemper Catholic.

 

Click to listen to the interview with Harlan coach Sam Brummer

 

 

Audubon Boys Track Teams Starts Final Season Under Coach Monahan


(Audubon) Audubon boys track coach Bob Monahan will hang it up after this season. Monahan has already announced his retirement and says after 36 years he is ready to move on to something else.

 

As far as the team he'll coach in his final year he says they have nice numbers with about 25 out for track.


The Wheelers have some runners back with state meet experience. Colby Rattenborg has qualified in the past in a variety of events. Trevor Smith qualified last year in the 800 and Lucas Smith-Petersen also returns.


Audubon sent a small portion of their team to the Buena Vista Indoor meet last weekend and coach Monahan was pleased with the outcome. They placed 5th in the Shuttle Hurdle and Rattenborg won the long jump.

 

Audubon will welcome several teams to their home meet next week. Audubon's early bird meet will be held April 1st.

 

Click here for the interview with Audubon coach Bob Monahan 

Christofferson Adds Another Postseason Honor to the List


(Ames) Iowa State senior Hallie Christofferson was named a WBCA All-Region 5 nominee for the 2013 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team Tuesday. Christofferson was one of seven players selected from the region.

 

Christofferson, a forward from Hamlin, Iowa, had another breakout season for the Cyclones, leading the team in scoring with 18.4 points per game. She also averaged 7.2 rebounds while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. Christofferson is also among the top free throw shooters in the country at 87.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Christofferson scored in double figures in 29 of Iowa State’s 31 games, including 16 games with 20 or more points. She posted eight double-doubles and shot better than 50 percent from the field in 14 games en route to being named to the All-Big 12 First Team.

 

The selection committee will determine the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team from the 52 candidates on the All-Region teams.

 

Region 5
Nina Davis, Baylor
Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State
Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State
Chelsea Gardner, Kansas
Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma
Asya Bussie, West Virginia

 

 

Iowa State University

Press Release

Versatile Athletes Lead Exira-EHK Boys Track Team


(Elk Horn) Practice is underway for the track squad at Exira-EHK.


The boys tracksters have about 22 participants for this year according to head coach Terry Weisenborn. And in that group they have some very good athletes.

 

Coach Weisenborn lists Drew Peppers and Jake Paulsen as two key leaders. The team has two seniors in Zach Petersen and Joe Harris. Younger runners with an opportunity to contribute include Martin Olsen, Nelson Zach, Brady Hansen and more.

 

Coach Wisenborn says it’s a little soon to identify what the strengths of this versatile group might be, but says he there are kids who look good in both sprint and distance settings.


The Spartans will participate in the newly formed Rolling Valley Conference which should bring a higher level of competition. Their first meet is one week away at Audubon on April 1st.

 

Click for the interview with Exira-EHK coach Terry Wiesenborn
 

Roster Size Nearly Doubles for Riverside Boys Track


(Oakland) Two new co-head coaches take over the reigns of the Riverside Boys Track program this year.

 

Football coach Mitch Rice and Cross Country coach Alex Oliver will team up to lead a deep group.

 

Coach Oliver says they'll have about 35 athletes out. He expects a mix of newcomers and key returners to be among the standouts, listing Brady Ryun, Tim Brink, Kyle Myers, and Luke Freeman in that category.

 

The Bulldogs goal will be to try and carry the momentum from last fall's football playoff qualifcation and cross country state meet experience into this spring.

 

Riverside's 1st time out is just over one week away on April 1st at Audubon.

 

Click for the interview with Riverside co-coach Alex Oliver

Nodaway Valley Boys Track Led By Large Group of Seniors


(Greenfield) Practice is underway for the Nodaway Valley boys track season with the first meet looming next week.

 

A week from Friday will be the first boys track competition of the season for Nodaway Valley. 23 athletes make up the squad led by veteran head coach Darrell Burmeister.

 

Seniors TJ Bower, Mason Clarke, Caleb Mueller, Zach Brewer, Jayden Erlandson, and Baley Shantz. Coach Burmeister looks for a strong 4X100 and 4X200 meter relay team.

 

Coach Burmeister says they'll be a balanced team capable of scoring points in a lot of events. He says there are some young runners who can make an impact.

 

Three state cross country qualifiers will make up the bulk of the distance events. They are all underclassmen with sophomore Heath Downing, plus freshmen Brayten Funke and Shane Breheny.

 

Nodaway Valley's first meet will be April 4th at Winterset.

 

Click here for the interview Nodaway Valley coach Darrell Burmeister

Atlantic Girls Basketball Coach Resigns


(Atlantic) Atlantic Girls Basketball Coach Casey Pelzer announced via twitter that he has resigned his position.

 

Pelzer tweeted this morning, “I have resigned from head girls’ basketball. I want to thank all my former players for everything they have done. It has been a great experience. I also wanted to thank the current players and I wish them nothing but the best.”

 

March 24, 2014

Hallie Christofferson Has Played Her Last College Game


(Ames) It's all over for Hallie Christofferson at Iowa State. The two time 1st team all-conference selection saw her career come to an end Saturday when #10 seed Florida State bested 7th seed Iowa State 55-44 in the first round of the NCAA Women's National Tournament. 

 

Christofferson scored 13 points on 4-10 shooting from the field and 5-7 from the foul line. With the 13 points the Hamlin native pushed her career total to 1,700 ranking 6th in program history. The Exira graduate scored in double-figures in 40 of her final 43 games. Christofferson's final numbers for her senior season look like this...a team leading 18.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and over one blocked shot per game. She hit 46.1% of her shots from the floor and 87.7% at the free throw line.

 

Iowa State's season comes to an end at 21-11. They started 15-0 but finished just 6-11 including three straight losses to close the season.

 

 

Weekend Track and Field Recap


(Area) A slew of area track teams got their seasons rolling over the weekend with several indoor meets being held. Central College, Graceland, South Dakota, and Buena Vista were among the colleges and universities hosting indoor competition. You can view complete results from those events by clicking below to follow the internet link and/or download the PDF results.

 

Click for the Norm Herren (South Dakota) results 

 

Click for the Saturday results from the Buena Vista High School Meet

 

Click for the Friday results from the Buena Vista High School Meet

Christofferson, ISU Play in NCAA Tourney Today


(Ames) It's been an incredible four years for Hallie Christofferson at Iowa State and now the small town Exira- graduate will play on the big stage of the NCAA Tournament for the 4th straight time in her career. Any game could be the final game of a remarkable career that has far exceeded the expectations of many. Christofferson leads the 20-10 Iowa State women against 20-11 Florida State today at 3:00pm in a game that will air on KSOM. The senior is averaging 18.6 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game in over 32 minutes played per contest. She is shooting at impressive clips from the field (46.3%) and free throw line (88.3%).

 

The winner of today's game at Hilton Coliseum plays #2 seed Stanford or #15 seed South Dakota Monday night.

Harlan Girls Track Team Somewhat Thin on Numbers


(Harlan) The Harlan girls track team has a busy schedule of indoor meets to get the season started. The Cyclones went to the Iowa State Indoor meet earlier this week and will finish their first week of competition with a trip to Storm Lake for the Buena Vista meet.

 

Coach Bill Hosack says Ashton Weyer in the shotput and Mickayla Evers in the longjump were some of the top performers. The Cyclones came away with a handfull of top ten finishes in Ames.
 

Coach Hosack admits the team does not have near the depth that they have had in recent years. Because of that, staying healthy will be a big key to the teams potential success this season. A mix of newcomers will combine with some of last year's holdovers to make big impacts in the varsity lineup.

 

Coach Hosack says Glenwood may be the favorite in the Hawkeye 10 Conference this year. He notes, however, don't count out the Cyclones.

 

Click to listen to the interview with Harlan coach Bill Hosack

 

 

Boys Track Results from ISU Indoor Meet


(AMES) Several area teams have already gotten their boys track season underway with indoor meets. Many of them competed at the ISU Indoor on Tuesday. Among the area teams in the field were Glenwood, St. Albert, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Lenox, ADM, Lewis Central, West Central Valley, and Panorama. Complete results from the meet can be viewed on the following link.

 

Click for the ISU Indoor Boys Track Results

Spring Sports Are Already Rolling...


(Ames) Now that boys basketball season is all wrapped up, the door is open for the spring sports season to get off and running. Speaking of running, the Iowa State High School Girls Classic was held Monday. Boys teams will compete at the indoor meet today.

 

Several area teams sent at least a portion of their girls track roster to compete Monday.  Teams represented in Ames from the KSOM/KS95.7 sports coverage area yesterday included: Griswold, Guthrie Center, ADM, Southwest Valley, Harlan, Thomas Jefferson, Lenox, Earlham and Panorama. The complete results can be found through the the Iowa State Athletics web page.

 

Click for the link to the Iowa State Indoor track results

Iowa Newspaper Association Boys Basketball All-State


Class 1A

1st Team

Kory Kuenstling, Senior, Dunkerton

Jeremy Deemer, Senior, Lamoni

Dalton Anderson, Senior, Newell-Fonda

Brandon Snyder, Senior, West Lyon

Riley Francis, Senior, Boyden-Hull

Chase Zaruba, Senior, Easton Valley

Elias Nissen, Senior, Springville

TJ Bower, Senior, Nodaway Valley

 

2nd Team

Logan Seiser, Senior, NE Hamilton

Elijah Kinseth, Senior, Belmond-Klemme

Cody Bauman, Senior, West Lyon

Kolton Greiner, Senior, Keota

Camden Kickbush, Junior, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Tyler Stumbo, Junior, Laurens-Marathon

Blake Wiltgen, Senior, LeMars Gehlen

Trenton Gosnell, Senior, Lone Tree

 

3rd Team

Thomas Fitzsimmons, Senior, Van Buren

Zach Pierce, Junior, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Dallas Nye, Senior, IMS

Mason Speer, Junior, Danville

Trevor Larson, Senior, Jesup

Paul Kaufmann, Junior, North Tama

Nic Lutmer, Junior, Central Lyon

Dalton Harms, Senior, Midland

 

Class 2A

1st Team

Casey Schlatter, Senior, Iowa Falls-Alden

Reed Tellinghuisen, Senior, East Sac County

Sam Amsbaugh, Senior, West Fork

Carson Parker, Senior, Dike-New Hartford

Haris Takes, Senior, Cascade

Erich Erdman, Junior, Forest City

Andrew Van Ginkel, Senior, Rock Valley

Duncan Ferch, Senior, West Marshall

 

2nd Team

Robby Burke, Senior, St. Edmond

Drew Cook, Junior, IC Regina

Cole Neary, Senior, Kuemper Catholic

Matt Baker, Junior, Albia

Cody Mason, Senior, MFL-Mar-Mac

Tyler Hetzler, Senior, Wilton

Jayden Johnson, Junior, North Cedar

Andrew O'Dennell, Senior, Sioux Center

 

3rd Team

Sam Brincks, Senior, Kuemper Catholic

Taylor Feenstra, Senior, Western Christian

Jacob Flathers, Junior, Treynor

Trevor Haaland, Senior, Osage

Sawyer Herman, Senior, Monticello

Jake Petzenhauser, Senior, South Central Calhoun

Colten Connely, Senior, Clayton Ridge

Steven Folkert, Senior, Van Meter

 

Class 3A

1st Team

Cordell Pemsl, Sophomore, Wahlert Dubuque

Trey Lansman, Senior, Harlan

Eli Dunne, Senior, Griswold

Miles Wentzien, Junior, Fort Madison

Spencer Haldeman, Junior, Epworth Western Dubuque

Nick Drucker, Senior, Dallas Center-Grimes

Levi Jansen, Sophomore, MOC-Floyd Valley

Kyle Bauer, Junior, Central Clinton DeWitt

 

2nd Team

Isaac Naaktgeboron, Junior, Pella

Cody Netusil, Senior, Carroll

Josh Carter, Junior, Dubuque Wahlert

Alec Henrickson, Junior, Spirit Lake

Mason Jensen, Senior, Ballard

Nate Woeste, Senior, Benton Community

Jake Velky, Junior, Waverly-Shell Rock

Tyler Borchers, Junior, LeMars

 

3rd Team

Matt Heitmann, Senior, Williamsburg

Jay Wolfe, Junior, Creston

Nate Cave, Senior, Harlan

Yach Deng, Senior, Storm Lake

Jaxon Heinz, Junior, Humboldt

Daric Laign, Sophomore, Chariton

Adam McDermott, Junior, CR Xavier

Spencer Davidson, Senior, Clear Lake

 

Class 4A

1st Team

Daniel Tillo, Junior, SC North

Michael Jacobsen, Junior, Waukee

Nicholas Baer, Senior, Bettendorf

Wyat Lohaus, Senior, IC West (Mr. Basketball)

Teyonte, Jenkins, Senior, DM North

Kyle Haber, Senior, Dubuque Senior

Cortez Seales, Junior, North Scott

Nick Jeffries, Senior, SE Polk

 

2nd Team

Jay Knuth, Senior, Johnston

Jay Schon, Junior, Ankeny Centennial

Allen Lazard, Senior, Urbandale

Terrance Bush, Senior, DM North

Cole Clearman, Senior, Bettendorf

Jordan Bohannan, Sophomore, Linn-Mar

Jalen Jones, Senior, Clinton

Jacob Olson, Senior, CR Jefferson

 

3rd Team

Lincoln Conrey, Junior, Waterloo West

Anthony Nelson, Junior, Waukee

Seth Bonifas, Senior, Dubuque Senior

Sam Straub, Senior, Ames

Kendall Jacks, Senior, Bettendorf

David DiLeo, Junior, IC West

Will Carius, Sophomore, Pleasant Valley

Luke McDonnell, Junior, Dubuque Senior

 

Sports Spotlight Boys Basketball Awards


Class 1A 1st Team All-State

G-TJ Bower, Senior, Nodaway Valley (Greenfield)
G-Brandon Snyder, Senior, West Lyon (Inwood)
G-Chase Zaruba, Senior, Easton Valley
F-Elias Nissen, Senior, Springville
F-Jeremy Deemer, Senior, Lamoni
C-Kory Kuenstling, Senior, Dunkerton

 

Class 1A 2nd Team All State
G-Riley Francis, Senior, Boyden-Hull
G-Luke Lyle, Senior, Keota
G-Colin Lane, Senior, Belmond-Klemme
F-Kyle Gritsch, Senior, B-G-M (Brooklyn)
F-Tyler Stumbo, Junior, Laurens-Marathon
C-Cody Cunard, Senior, Heartland Christian (Council Bluffs)

 

Class 1A Player of the Year: Brandon Snyder, Senior, West Lyon (Inwood)
Class 1A Coach of the Year: Ryan Olson, Lamoni

 

Class 2A 1st Team All State

G-Kyle Fopma, Senior, Western Christian (Hull)
G-Haris Takes, Senior, Cascade (Western Dubuque)
G-Andrew Van Ginkel, Senior, Rock Valley
F-Casey Schlatter, Senior, Iowa Falls-Alden
F-Reed Tellinghuisen, Senior, East Sac County
C-Sam Amsbaugh, Senior, West Fork

 

Class 2A 2nd Team All State
G-Matt Baker, Junior, Albia
G-Erich Erdman, Junior, Forest City
G-Cody Mason, Senior, MFL, Mar-Mac (Monona)
​F-Drew Cook, Junior, Iowa City Regina
F-Cole Neary, Junior, Kuemper Catholic (Carroll)
F-Blake Simmons, Junior, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
C-Robby Burke, Senior, St. Edmond (Fort Dodge)

 

Class 2A Player of the Year: Casey Schlatter, Senior, Iowa Falls-Alden
Class 2A Coach of the Year: Todd Arends, Sioux Center

 

Class 3A 1st Team All-State

G-Kyle Bauer, Senior, Central Clinton (DeWitt)
G-Nick Drucker, Senior, Dallas Center-Grimes
G-Spencer Haldeman, Junior, Western Dubuque (Epworth)
F-TJ Hockenson, Sophomore, Chariton
F-Miles Wentzien, Junior, Fort Madison
C-Cordell Pemsl, Sophomore, Dubuque Wahlert

 

Class 3A 2nd Team All-State
G-Levi Jensen, Sophomore, MOC-Floyd Valley
G-Jake Velky, Junior, Waverly-Shell Rock
F-Tyler Borchers, Junior, LeMars
F-Alec Henrickson, Junior, Spirit Lake
C-Trey Lansman, Senior, Harlan

 

Class 3A Player of the Year: Spencer Haldeman, Junior, Western Dubuque (Epworth)
Class 3A Coach of the Year: Kevin Kahler, Clear Lake

 

Class 4A 1st Team All-State

G-Kyle Haber, Senior, Dubuque Senior
G-Tayontae Jenkins, Senior, Des Moines North
G-Wyatt Lohaus, Senior, Iowa City West
F-Jay Knuth, Senior, Johnston
F-Daniel Tillo, Junior, Sioux City North
C-Nicholas Baer, Senior, Bettendorf

 

Class 4A 2nd Team All-State
G-Terrance Bush, Senior, Des Moines North
G-Anthony Carter, Senior, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
G-Cortez Seals, Senior, North Scott (Eldridge)
F-Michael Jacobson, Junior, Waukee
F-Nick Jeffries, Senior, Southeast Polk
C-Jay Schon, Junior, Ankeny Centennial

 

Class 4A Player of the Year: Teyontae Jenkins, Senior Des Moines North
Class 4A Coach of the Year: Chad Ryan, Des Moines North

Des Moines Register All-State Boys Basketball Teams


Class 1A

1st Team

Mason Speer, Junior, Danville

Brandon Snyder, Senior, West Lyon

TJ Bower, Senior, Nodaway Valley

Jeremy Deemer, Senior, Lamoni

Kory Kuenstling, Senior, Dunkerton

 

2nd Team

JJ Waddle, Senior, Ankeny Christian

Luke Lyle, Senior, Keota

Cody Cunard, Senior, Heartland Christian

Elias Nissen, Senior, Springville

Ethan Steinbronn, Junior, West Central Maynard

 

3rd Team

Trevor Larson, Senior, Jesup

Chase Zaruba, Senior, Easton Valley

Kolton Greiner, Senior, Keota

Zack Pierce, Junior, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Colton Kneip, Senior, LeMars Gehlen

 

Class 2A

1st Team

Haris Takes, Senior, Cascade

Carson Parker, Senior, Dike-New Hartford

Reed Tellinghuisen, Senior, East Sac County

Sam Amsbaugh, Senior, West Fork

Casey Schlatter, Senior, Iowa Falls-Alden

 

2nd Team

Erich Erdman, Junior, Forest City

Matt Baker, Junior, Albia

Drew Cook, Junior, IC Regina

Cole Neary, Senior, Kuemper Catholic

Taylor Feenstra, Senior, Western Christian

 

3rd Team

Kyle Fopman, Senior, Western Christian

Sawyer Herman, Senior, Monticello

Andrew Van Ginkel, Senior, Rock Valley

Kyle Smith, Senior, New Hampton

Robby Burke, Senior, St. Edmond

 

Class 3A

1st Team

Nick Drucker, Senior, Dallas Center-Grimes

Jake Velky, Junior, Waverly-Shell Rock

Spencer Haldeman, Junior, Western Dubuque

Trey Lansman, Senior, Harlan

Cordell Pemsl, Sophomore, Dubuque Wahlert

 

2nd Team

Alec Henrickson, Junior, Spirit Lake

Spencer Davidson, Senior, Clear Lake

Mason Jensen, Senior, Ballard

Miles Wentzien, Junior, Fort Madison

TJ Hockenson, Sophomore, Chariton

 

3rd Team

Drake Fuller, Senior, Bondurant-Farrar

Kyle Bauer, Senior, Central Clinton, DeWitt

Eli Dunne, Senior, Grinnell

Jay Wolfe, Junior, Creston

Matt Heitmann, Senior, Williamsburg

 

Class 4A

1st Team

Teyontae Jenkins, Senior, DM North

Wyatt Lohaus, Senior, IC West

Kyle Haber, Senior, Dubuque Senior

Jay Knuth, Senior, Johnston

Daniel Tillo, Junior, SC North

 

2nd Team

Jalen Jones, Senior, Clinton

Cortez Seales, Junior, North Scott

Michael Jacobson, Junior, Waukee

Jay Schon, Junior, Ankeny Centennial

Nicholas Baer, Senior, Bettendorf

 

3rd Team

Cole Clearman, Senior, Bettendorf

Terrance Bush, Senior, DM North

Nick Jeffries, Senior, SE Polk

David DiLeo, Junior, IC West

Ikenna Okwarabizie, Senior, SC East

Western Iowa Conference Boys and Girls All-Conference Teams


Girls

1st Team

Morgan Muhlbauer, IKM-Manning

Susie Bylund, Audubon

Kaylie Christensen, Treynor

Rachelle Housh, Missouri Valley

Kaylee Grote, Tri-Center

Tracy Purdy, Treynor

 

2nd Team

Kali Rasmussen, IKM-Manning

Danika Grobe, AHST

Allison Waters, Underwood

Nikki Paulson, Tri-Center

Abby Straight, Logan-Magnolia

Sheyenne Smith, Riverside

 

Honorable Mention

Baily Janssen, Missouri Valley

Gracie Myers, Treynor

Katelyn Schechinger, IKM-Manning

Haley Stueve, Missouri Valley

Haillie Anthofer, Audubon

Rachel Novotny, Riverside

Kirsten Lehan, Tri-Center

Kayla Kirchhoff, Griswold

Andy Nulle, IKM-Manning

Lea Crouse, Underwood

Joeana Healy, Logan-Magnolia

Callie Calfee, Treynor

Jaycie Schuman, AHST

Brooke Hansen, Griswold

 

Boys

1st Team

Sam Wegner, IKM-Manning

Austin Konsor, Underwood

Jacob Flathers, Treynor

Kyle Wagner, IKM-Manning

Trey Robinson, Treynor

Lee Whyte, AHST

 

2nd Team

Dillon Wills, Logan-Magnolia

Tyrel Peters, Griswold

Cody Eischeid, IKM-Manning

Steven Humphrey, Missouri Valley

Sam Sorensen, Tri-Center

Nick Paulsen, Treynor

 

Honorable Mention

Jake Starnes, Underwood

Justin Miller, Missouri Valley

Mitchell Nelsen, Audubon

Mitch Forrester, Underwood

Tanner Ford, Riverside

Steven Jacobsen, AHST

Jim Lake, Logan-Magnolia

Nick Guarino, Tri-Center

Colton Hacker, IKM-Manning

Jacob Maass, Griswold

Nolan Chapman, Treynor

 

Hawkeye Ten All-Conference Boys Basketball


1st Team
*Sam Brincks, Kuemper, 12
Cole Neary, Kuemper, 12
*Trey Lansman, Harlan, 12
Nate Cave, Harlan, 12
Tony Rew, Lewis Central, 12
*Jay Wolfe, Creston, 11
Gage Shatava, Glenwood, 12
Parker Eller, Denison, 11
*Unanimous

2nd Team
Adam Juhl, Harlan, 12
Gabe Ferry, Harlan, 12
Lincoln Rodenburg, Lewis Central, 12
Corey Bertini, Glenwood, 12
Spencer Pauley, Denison, 11
Makonn Anderson, Shenandoah, 10
Ryan Hawkins, Atlantic, 10
Ryan Leininger, Red Oak, 12

Honorable Mention
Alex Gunnerson, Kuemper, 12
Alex Drees, Kuemper, 12
Mitch Moran, Lewis Central, 11
Cole Thompson, Creston, 12
Alex Nielsen, Creston, 11
Jacob Lewis, Glenwood, 11
Nate Pardun, Denison, 12
John McGinn, St Albert, 12
Travis Miller, St Albert, 10
Jackson Baker, Shenandoah, 12
Joey Walker, Atlantic, 11
Jason McCall, Clarinda, 12

Boys State Basketball Tournament Scores from Saturday, March 15


Class 3A

Championship

Dubuque Wahlert 67 Central Clinton 57

 

Consolation

Waverly Shell Rock 65 Harlan 61

 

 

Class 4A

Championship

Iowa City West 57 WDM Valley 45

  

Consolation

Bettendorf 73 SC North 49

Boys State Basketball Tournament Scores from Friday, March 14th


 

Class 1A

Championship

West Lyon 60 #4 Dunkerton 32

 

Consolation

Belmond-Klemme 68 #9 Keota 53

 

Class 2A

Championship

#1 Western Christian 48 #3 West Fork 38

 

Consolation

#5 Treynor 53 #6 Cascade 49 OT

 

Class 4A

Semi-Finals

#2 Iowa City West 49 #3 Bettendorf 46

WDM Valley 53 #9 Sioux City North 49

 

Former Atlantic Coach to be Recognized as Hall of Famer Saturday Night


(Atlantic) Retired Atlantic boys basketball coach Steve Blazek is one of two high school coaches going into the Hall of Fame this year. He and former Spencer Coach Bob Haak will both be honored at halftime of the Class 4A Championship on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. 

 

The following is Blazek's bio from the State Basketball Program:

 

At Creston High School he lettered in four sports before attending Northwest Missouri State University and earning his undergraduate degree in 1974. A well-decorated career started at Newtown-Harris, MO with a three year stint that produced a 64-20 mark with a fourth place finish in the Missouri State Tournament in 1977. He then coached Fox Valley, Milton for two seasons and a 34-7 record before a five year stay at Sutherland, where his teams went 79-25. In the fall of 1984 he accepted a teaching and head basketball position at Atlantic. During a 29-year reign he guided the Trojans to a 354-219 mark in the rugged Hawkeye 10 Conference to run his career mark to 541-271 and tying him for 20th on the all-time win list. His Atlantic club finished third in the 2002 State Tournament. In his career he coached 10 conference championships and 10 teams into Sub-state He was selected twice to coach the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game. He and his wife, Tammy have raised daughters Amanda and Cortney and live in Lee's Summit, MO.

Harlan Runs into Buzz-Saw Dubuque Wahlert


(Des Moines) Any hopes Harlan had of earning a second straight trip to the Class 3A state championship game were wiped away in a hurry during the Cyclone's semi-final setback against powerhouse Dubuque Wahlert. #1 ranked Wahlert moved onto the finals with a convincing 67-36 win.

 

Wahlert got out to an 8-2 lead and never trailed. The Cyclones offense was limited by a stingy defense throughout the night. Trey Lansman carried the load with 13 of Harlan's 17 first half points. He'd made six of the team's seven field goals before the break. Harlan was held to just 26.9% shooting in the first half including 1-10 from 3-point range.

 

Wahlert led by 9 at halftime and the game was not close in the second half.  The 22-4 Golden Eagles began the third quarter on a 12-1 run to eliminate Harlan comeback hopes. They would outscore the Cyclones 22-8 in the third. Cordell Pemsl was a force in the paint with a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Jared Walker led the third quarter surge with a couple of deep 3's on his way to a game high 19 points.

 

It was a frustrating night across the board for the Cyclones. Trey Lansman scored 16 points, but was surrounded by defenders on each offensive touch holding him to 7-21 shooting before fouling out in the 4th. Harlan's next three highest scorers were held to just 2-18 shooting. 3rd ranked Harlan drops to 23-3 overall.

 

One year after squaring off in the state title game, Harlan and Waverly-Shell Rock will have a rematch in the consolation finals. 5th ranked Waverly-Shell Rock, the defending champs, come it at 22-4 after losing 56-54 to #7 Central Clinton, DeWitt in the semi's.

 

Click to listen to postgame with Harlan coach Mitch Osborn

 

Click for postgame with Harlan's Trey Lansman, Adam Juhl, and Nate Cave

 

 

Treynor Falls in Very Close Class 2A Semi-Final


(Des Moines) Treynor's 22 game win streak and chance at a state championship in boys basketball came to a halt Thursday afternoon. The Cardinals lost a neck and neck game with West Fork 51-46 in the semi-finals.

 

Treynor got off to a good start with a 6-2 edge in the first couple of minutes and the Cardinals led 14-12 through one. They'd extend the lead up to as many as six in the first half, but West Fork got a three point play and a layup in the final minute of the first half to slim Treynor's halftime edge to 26-25.

 

The second half brought little breathing room for either side. Neither team ever led by more than two throughout the third quarter. With the game tied at 39 early in the fourth, West Fork went on a 6-0 run and Treynor was playing catch-up the rest of the way. A Jacob Flathers basket in the lane with 49 seconds to go got Treynor within three, but the Cardinals never got closer.

 

Flathers was Treynor's only player in double figures, he scored 12 points. Trey Robinson had 9 points and 12 rebounds while Nick Paulsen and Nolan Chapman each added 8. Treynor shot just 2-13 from three point range in the loss.

 

The Cardinals drop to 24-2 overall on the season. They'll play 6th ranked Cascade in the consolation game on Friday at 11:45 am.

 

Click for the postgame with Treynor coach Scott Rucker

Atlantic Educator to be inducted into the Player's Hall of Fame


(Atlantic) An Atlantic teacher and former Forest City and Iowa State Golfer will be inducted into the Player’s Hall of Fame at the Jacobsen Building Friday night.

 

Kendra Henningsen, an Atlantic Middle School Reading Specialist, played high school golf at Forest City where she was a four time conference and district medalist. Kendra was also a two-time state champion. In 2003, she tied the state meet record for her low score of 36. She also qualified for the U.S. women’s Am in 2004.

 

“It’s very humbling and all that hard work paid off,” stated Henningsen in reaction to being inducted into the Players Hall of Fame. “There are a lot of great golfers that are inducted into the Player’s Hall of Fame, so it’s a great accomplishment.”

 

Henningsen admits she placed a lot of pressure on herself early in her career.

 

“My freshmen and sophomore years I had a lot of high expectations to be a state champion and I put way…too much pressure on myself my freshman year,” said Henningsen. “So that was a big learning experience about playing the game that I love, and playing for fun instead of putting pressure on myself to hit a certain score.”

 

Henningsen says during her sophomore year a teammate’s accomplishment motivated her to finish  out her career with back-to-back state championships.

 

“During my sophomore year one of my friends won a state championship so I made that my goal. I put that in my bedroom and looked at it every day,” explained Henningsen. “So I put in a lot of hard work in the off season, and a lot of morning practices and it worked out. I was able to win two state championships and I was very happy with that.”  

 

Kendra Henningsen went on to play college golf at Iowa State where she was named to the first team All-Academic team in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2007, Kendra won the Iowa Women’s Am.

 

She also played professionally with the Symetra Ladies Tour in 2010.

 

Kendra currently lives in Atlantic where she is a Middle School Reading Specialist. During her summers, Kendra is an instructor with the Atlantic Junior Golf program. She is married to Brad Henningsen and they are expecting twins this summer.

 

March 14, 2014

Boys State Basketball Tournament Semi-Final Scores from Thursday, March 13th


 

Class 1A

West Lyon 61 #9 Keota 40

#4 Dunkerton 53 Belmond-Klemme 49

 

Class 2A

#1 Western Christian 52 Cascade 46

#3 West Fork 51 #5 Treynor 46

 

Class 3A

#1 Dubuque Wahlert 67 #1 Harlan 36

#7 Central Clinton, DeWitt 56 #5 Waverly-Shell Rock 54

Treynor's 22 Game Winning Streak On the Line Thursday


(Treynor) The 5th ranked Treynor Cardinals are one game away from a chance at a boys state basketball tournament championship. Standing in their way is #3 West Fork. Tip-off is set for 3:45 Thursday.


If Treynor can make it to the finals it would be just their second time ever, with the first coming all the way back in 1972.This is Treynor's 5th appearance in the semi-finals. They've finished 4th in the state three times and runner up once. Thursday's game mark's West Fork's third semi-final game in the last four years. The Warhawks are the defending Class 2A runner up.


Each team has a long win streak going as they hit the semi's. West Fork's is at 14 games and Treynor's 22. Three of West Fork's top six scorers shoot 69% or better from the field including senior Sam Ambaugh who went off for 26 points in the first round win over West Marshall and is averaging 19.5 per game. Treynor on the other hand has just one player above 59%.
 

The winner will play either #1 Western Christian or #6 Cascade in the finals Friday night at 8:05pm. The consolation matchup is slated for 11:45 Friday morning.

Boys State Basketball Tournament Scores from Wednesday, March 12th


 

Class 4A

#2 Iowa City, West 69 #10 SE Polk 51

#3 Bettendorf 64 Urbandale 33

WDM Valley 42 #1 Dubuque Senior 41

#9 Sioux City North 75 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 65

Harlan Boys Meet Dubuque Wahlert in Semi-Finals Thursday


(Des Moines) #3 Harlan opposes #1 Dubuque Wahlert in the Class 3A Semi-Finals of the boys state basketball tournament tonight. The matchup pairs two of the most tradition rich teams in the state. Harlan has qualified for state 17 times, claiming two state titles. Wahlert has three state champpionships and a state record 26 appearances.

 

Both teams come in on the heels of impressive quarterfinal wins on Tuesday. Wahlert glided past Chariton 81-59 while Harlan zipped by Humboldt 64-44. During postseson play Wahlert has posted an average margin of victory of 16 points per game while Harlan has won all four contests by at least 20 points. Cyclone coach Mitch Osborn describes Dubuque Wahlert as a 'Loaded' team.

 

Click to listen

 

Coach Osborn says there isn't any one key scorer to focus on defensively like the Cyclones did in their win over Humboldt. Sophomore Cordell Pemsl and Junior Josh Carter each average over 15 points per game and all starters average over 8.5 for the Golden Eagles. With regular season wins over Class 4A semi-finalist Iowa City West and Class 3A semi-finalist Central Clinton on their resume, Wahlert may be the favorite, but at 23-2 overall Harlan is no slouch.

 

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One advantage that the Cyclones do have is experience. All five starters are seniors and four of them played key minutes on last year's state runner-up team. One of the leaders of that strong senior class is Trey Lansman.

 

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Lansman is coming off of a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots in the first round. He leads Harlan this year averaging 18.9 points per game. Nathan Cave contributes nearly 16 a night for the Cyclones. 

 

The winner gets either #7 Central Clinton or defending champ and 5th ranked Waverly-Shell Rock in Saturday's championship matchup.

Former Atlantic Basketball Standout Plays in NAIA National Tournament Thursday


(Branson, Missouri) Former Atlantic High School basketball player Dalton Franken is a starter on the Dordt basketball team that is playing in the first round of the NAIA Division II National Basketball Tournament tomorrow night.

 

Dordt will open up against William Penn at 9:15 p.m.  The winner of that game will play the winner of the Union and St. Thomas game.  

 

Dordt won the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular season title and finished with a  record of 28-5. Franken admits, they were picked to finish fifth in the conference in the preseason.

 

"People weren't really expecting much from our team and it has been a great feeling being part of something where everyone came together and competed as hard as we could everyday in practice and on game night," stated Franken. "It is rewarding to see all that hard work pay off, with the conference title and  a bid to the Nationals. We just hope we can continue that success."  

 

Franken received some high honors this season. He was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Freshman player of the Year and second team all-Conference. 

 

Dalton Franken averaged 15-points a game this season and shot nearly 48-percent from the field.

 

March 12, 2014

Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State Basketball


Class 1A

1st Team

Renee Maneman, Newell-Fonda

Caitlyn Riese, Colo-Neso

Taylor Hickey, Burlington Notre Dame

Claudia Larsen, Newell-Fonda

Paige Danner, Ar-We-Va

London Vais, Adair-Casey

Jasmine Demers, St. Mary's Storm Lake

Riley Kilbride, Burlington Notre Dame

 

2nd Team

Kate Patton, Murray

Carmen Subbert, Stanton

Shelby Hembera, Cedar Valley Christian

Shayla Dean, Colo-Nesco

Cassie Cullen, Lynnville-Sully

Macy Williams, Fremont-Mills

Victoria Leyh, Janesville

Madison Wood, Rockford

 

3rd Team 

Carleigh Paup, Paton-Churdan

Alecia Kimball, Dunkerton

Noreen Murrow, Harris-Lake Park

Steffi Cunard, Heartland Christian

Brittany Roby, Twin Cedars

Kameo Pope, Belle Plaine

Rylee Voss, English Valleys

Olivia Yutzy, IMS

 

Class 1A Coach of the Year- Kollin Alfred, Burlington Notre Dame

 

Class 2A

1st Team

Nicole Miller, North Linn

Olivia Godfrey, Panorama

Alissa Pollema, Western Christian

Jenna Lehman, Iowa City Regina

Alissa Brown, Jesup

Casey Miles, Hudson

Abbey Meyer, Cascade

Jamie Gesink, Western Christian

 

2nd Team

Ashley Williams, Lawton-Bronson

Haley Birks, South Central Calhoun

Ellen Gallagher, Woodbury Center

Elle Ruffridge, Pocahontas Area

Lauren Hedlund, Hinton

Morgan Muhlbauer, IKM-Manning

Allie Huss, St. Edmond

Kari Fitzpatrick, Edgewood-Colesburg

 

3rd Team

Kylie Ferguson, St. Albert

Elsa Anderson, DM Christian

Alex Yoerger, Hinton

Tasha Alexander, Eddyville-Blakesburg

Amanda Cartney, Hudson

Anna Yung, St. Edmond

Chelsey Lampe, Highland Riverside

Rachel Struve, South O'Brien

 

Class 2A Coach of the Year-Mike Sconsa, Cascade

 

Class 3A

1st Team

Alexis Conaway, MOC-Floyd Valley

Paige Greiner, Williamsburg

Andrea Larson, Mediapolis

Miranda Murphy, North Polk

Arika Wooldridge, Center Point-Urbana

Heidie Hillyard, Mediapolis

Kate Walker, Red Oak

Kassidy De Jong, Unity Christian

 

2nd Team

Tessa Anderson, Crestwood

Ashley Burrows, Bondurant-Farrar

Logan Anderson, Clear Lake

Emma Dau, Spirit Lake

Katie Landhuis, MOC-Floyd Valley

Kati Cassabaum, Nevada

Serena Parker, Shenandoah

Shelby Graves, Davis County

 

3rd Team

Addie Oberman, NE Goose Lake

Nicole Burgin, Oelwein

Natalie Vance, Roland-Story

Kierstyn Bauer, Kuemper Catholic

Miles Ludwigs, Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Anna Kiel, Unity Christian

Megan Murphy, North Polk

Kennedy Salow, Center Point-Urbana

 

Class 3A Coach of the Year-Gary Richardson, MOC-Floyd Valley

 

Class 4A

1st Team

Jenna Bork, Bishop Heelan Catholic

Morgan Neuendorf, Waverly-Shell Rock

Claire Marburger, Perry

Dani Heritage, Dallas Center-Grimes

Jess Schaben, Harlan

Gabie Doud, Ballard

Deja Jackson, Grinnell

Taylor Frederick, Harlan

 

2nd Team

Mariah Criswell, Winterset

Megan Maahs, Western Dubuque

Rose Simon-Ressler, Western Dubuque

Jackie Foster, Charles City

Kirstin Martindale, Spencer

Rachael Edmundson, North Scott

Hayley Deutmeyer, CR Xavier

Jaciana Stowers, Davenport North

 

3rd Team

Michalyn Mohr, Marion

Amanda Brainerd, Central Clinton DeWitt

Emily Knittel, Ballard

Payton Keeney, Carlisle

Lakyn Boltz, Keokuk

Grace Redlinger, Washington

Megan Todd, Bishop Heelan Catholic

Maggie Lowe, Perry

 

Class 4A Coach of the Year-Bryan White, Carlisle

 

Class 5A

1st Team

Haley Lorenzen, Iowa City High

Blaire Thomas, Waterloo West

Dani Franklin, CR Washington

Grace Vander Weide, WDM Valley

Haley Fabor, Dowling Catholic

Becca Hittner, Dowling Catholic

Emily Clemens, Muscatine

Haley Puk, Waterloo West

 

2nd Team

Roichelle Marble, DM East

Jaali winters, Ankeny

Madi Agey, WDM Valley

Meredith Burkhall, DM Roosevelt

Amanda Ollinger, CR Jefferson

Kiera Washpun, Iowa City High

Makenzie Meyer, Mason City

Tanya Meyer, Sioux City West

 

3rd Team

Abby Penquite, SE Polk

Reilly Jacobson, Waukee

Katie Sommer, Linn-Mar

Mikaela Morgan, IC West

Molly Sanders, Ames

Aleena Hobbs, CR Washington

Courtney Joens, Iowa City High

Kate Letkewicz, Waterloo West

 

Class 5A Coach of the Year-Bob and Sharon Hanson, Dowling Catholic

 

Trey Lansman's Triple-Double Propels Harlan into Semi-Finals


(Des Moines) Harlan looked sharp in nearly all categories of the game in their 64-44 first round win over Humboldt Tuesday afternoon.

 

Perhaps the biggest factor in the win came from two players who combined for only two points and five shot attempts in the game. Nate Gettys and Eli Williams played great defense on Humboldt leading scorer Jackson Heinz. They face guarded him and held him over 13 points below his offensive average. Heinz managed just four points on 1-13 field goal shooting and 1-5 free throw shooting.

 

The Cyclones got off to a slow start and trailed 5-4 in the early going, but Will Lansman's offensive rebound and putback gave Harlan a 6-5 edge with 4:15 to go in the first quarter and the Cyclones never looked back. Trey Lansman made a case for an all-tourney nod with a dominant performance. The senior tallied 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots. He and fellow senior Adam Juhl contributed to a big 2nd quarter that saw the Cyclones more or less put the game away. Juhl scored 12 of his 15 points in the final five minutes of the first half. Trey Lansman had 11 of his 20 before the break as Harlan stretched the lead to double figures early in the 2nd quarter and led 34-15 by halftime.

 

The game was never in doubt in the 2nd half as Harlan claimed a 50-20 advantage midway through the third and never led by less than 20 the rest of the game. In addition to the big games from Trey Lansman and Adam Juhl, Nathan Cave tossed in 16 for a Harlan team that heads into the semi-finals with a 23-2 record and the #3 ranking in the state.

 

Harlan will play 21-4 and #1 ranked Dubuque Wahlert in the semi-finals on Thursday. We'll have the game on KSOM with the tip-off at 6:35pm.

 

Click here for the postgame comment from Harlan coach Mitch Obsorn

 

Click here for the postgame with senior Nate Gettys

 

Click here for the postgame with senior Adam Juhl

 

Click here for the postgame with senior Trey Lansman

Treynor Boys Win First Round State Tourney Game


(Des Moines) Big games by Trey Robinson and Jacob Flathers guided (24-1) Treynor into the Class 2A semi-finals at the boys state basketball tournament. The 5th ranked Cardinals advanced with a 61-53 win over North Cedar Tuesday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

 

Robinson and Flathers combined to shoot 13-15 from the field to collectively scored 37 points. The duo also contributed 20 rebounds as the Cardinals dominated the boards 29-13.

 

Treynor shot a blistering 73.3% in the first half to lead them to a 29-28 edge at the break. North Cedar attempted 29 threes and their 8 makes beyond the arc were enough to keep it close, but Treynor's rebounding edge was among a multitude of deciding factors.

 

In addition to the strong games from Robinson and Flathers, Nick Paulsen contributed a dozen points, six rebounds, and six assists.

 

The win is their 22nd in a row, they'll will play West Fork in the semi-finals on Thursday afternoon. West Fork is ranked 3rd with a record of 24-1. The other semi-final matchup pairs #1 Western Christian against #6 Cascade.

 

Click here for the postgame with Treynor coach Scott Rucker

 

Click here for postgame comments from Treynor junior Trey Robinson

Boys State Basketball Tournament Scores from Tuesday, March 11th


 

Class 2A

#3 West Fork 71 West Marshall 54

#5 Treynor 61 North Cedar 53

 

Class 3A

#1 Dubuque Wahlert Catholic 81 Chariton 59

#3 Harlan 64 Humboldt 44

#7 Central Clinton, DeWitt 69 MOC-Floyd Valley 67

#5 Waverly-Shell Rock 67 Grinnell 58

Iowa Newspaper Association Girls All-State Basketball Teams


Class 1A

First Team

Claudia Larsen, Newell-Fonda

London Vais, Adair-Casey

Caitlyn Riese, Colo-Nesco

Renee Maneman, Newell-Fonda

Paige Danner, Ar-We-Va

Taylor Hickey, Burlington Notre Dame

Jasmine DeMars, Storm Lake St. Mary's

Shelby Hembera, Cedar Valley Christian

 

Second Team

Carment Subbert, Stanton

Sylvia Amlie, Janesville

Kameo Pope, Belle Plaine

Macy Williams, Fremont-Mills

Shayla Dean, Colo-Nesco

Riley Killbride, Burlington Notre Dame

Kate Patton, Murray

Morgan Christner, New London

 

Third Team

Noreen Morrow, Harris Lake-Park

Cassie Cullen, Lynnville-Sully

Hattie Davidson, Northwood-Kensett

Madison Wood, Rockford

Andrea Hughsen, East Buchanan

Victoria Leyh, Janesville

Molly Cunard, Heartland Christian

Julia Gronenboom, North Mahaska

 

Class 2A

First Team

Alissa Brown, Jesup

Jamie Gesink, Western Christian

Kari Fitzpatrick, Edgewood-Colesburg

Nicole Miller, North Linn

Ellie Herzberg, Manson NW Webster

Ellie Ruffridge, Pocahontas Area

Olivia Godfrey, Panorama

Jenna Lehman, Iowa City Regina

 

Second Team

Alli Huss, St. Edmond

Ellen Gallagher, Woodbury Central

Haley Birks, South Central Calhoun

Casey Miles, Hudson

Abbey Meyer, Cascade

Morgan Muhlbauer, IKM-Manning

Kylie Ferguson, St. Albert

Anna Yung, St. Edmond

 

Third Team

Rachel Struve, South O'Brien

Channing Wunsch, North Butler

Brooke Wooten, Maquoketa Valley

Kayla Prosser, South Hardin

Alissa Pollema, Western Christian

Tasha Alexander, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont

Ashley Dumler, Dike-New Hartford

Hallie Linhart, Central Decatur

 

Class 3A

First Team

Arika Wooldridge, Center Point-Urbana

Miranda Murphy, North Polk

Andrea Larson, Mediapolis

Alexis Conaway, MOC-Floyd Valley

Kennedy Salow, Center Point-Urbana

Kassidy DeJong, Unity Christian

Paige Greiner, Williamsburg

Serena Parker, Shenandoah

 

Second Team

Heidi Hillyard, Mediapolis

Gracey Griglione, Interstate-35

Emily McDonald, MOC-Floyd Valley

Shleby Graves, Davis County

Emma Dau, Spirit Lake

Kate Walker, Red Oak

Ashley Burrows, Bondurant-Farrar

Miles Ludwigs, Sergeant Bluff-Luton

 

Third Team

Nicole Burgin, Oelwein

Krista Bousema, Sheldon

Logan Anderson, Clear Lake

Addie Oberman, NE Goose Lake

Kaely Hummel, Cherokee

Jessica Anderson, Crestwood

Katie Landhuis, MOC-Floyd Valley

Megan Murphy, North Polk

 

Class 4A

First Team

Claire Marburger, Perry

Rose Simon-Ressler, Western Dubuque

Jess Schaben, Harlan

Jenna Bork, Bishop Heelan Catholic

Dani Heritage, Dallas Center-Grimes

Gabie Doud, Ballard

Mariah Criswell, Winterset

Taylor Frederick, Harlan

 

Second Team

Megan Maahs, Western Dubuque

Kirstin Martindale, Spencer

Michalyn Mohr, Marion

Morgan Neuendorf, Waverly-Shell Rock

Hayley Deutmeyer, CR Xavier

Agatha Beier, Carlisle

Megan Todd, Bishop Heelan Catholic

Evan Hundley, North Scott

 

Third Team

Mariah McPortland, Boone

Amanda Brainerd, Central Clinton, DeWitt

Jinaya Houston, Davenport North

Mikayla Larson, Des Moines Hoover

Deja Jackson, Grinnell

Maggie Low, Perry

Jessica Holterhaus, Pella

Taryne Shull, Mount Pleasant

 

Class 5A

First Team

Hailey Lorenzen, Iowa City High

Blaire Thomas, Waterloo West

Audrey Faber, Dowling Catholic

Haley Puk, Waterloo West

Emily Clemens, Muscatine

MaKenzie Meyer, Mason City

Dani Franklin, Cedar Rapids Washington

Tanya Meyer, Sioux City West

 

Second Team

Reilly Jacobsen, Waukee

Jaali Winters, Ankeny Centennial

Amanda Ollinger, Cedar Rapids Jefferson

Kiera Washpun, Iowa City High

Madi Agey, West Des Moines Valley

Roichelle Marble, Des Moines East

Meredith Burkhall, Des Moines Roosevelt

Aleena Hobbs, Cedar Rapids Washington

 

Third Team

Madison Wood, Cedar Falls

Morgan Martin, Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Annie Penquite, SE Polk

Becca Hittner, Dowling Catholic

Katie Sommer, Linn-Mar

Mikaela Morgan, Iowa City West

Grace Vander Weide, West Des Moines Valley

Myah Mellman, Mason City

 

Harlan Boys Open State Tourney Run against Humboldt


(Des Moines) 3rd ranked Harlan opposes unranked Humboldt Tueday afternoon in a Boys Class 3A State Tournament game we'll have for you on KSOM.


Harlan coach Mitch Osborn says Humboldt is a team led by the play of their guards. Jaxson Heinz is the team's leading scorer for a group that collectively shoots over 40% from three point range.


Harlan is coming off of a state runner up finish as the number 8 seed last year. With the bulk of that group back, some viewed this year as one where Harlan would have a better opportunity to win it all. Coach Osborn maintains a one game at a time approach, but says it's a loaded field. He looks at Dubuque Wahlert as the favorite with Waverly-Shell Rock and MOC-Floyd Valley as other tough contenders.


Tip-off is slated for 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.

 

Click for the pregame comments from Harlan coach Mitch Osborn

#5 Treynor Paired up with Unranked North Cedar in Boys Class 2A First Round


(Des Moines) Treynor will make their 13th appearance at the boys state basketball tournament Tuesday when they take on 21-4 North Cedar.


It's the Cardinals first trip to state since their 23-2 campaign in the 2010-11 season. Treynor rides a 21 game win streak into the tournament and holds the #5 ranking.  In Class 2A only 3 other ranked teams qualified for the tournament. Jacob Flathers, Nick Paulsen, Trey Robinson, and Nolan Chapman lead a balanced attack for the Cardinals with all four of the teams leading scorers averaging between 9.6 and 12.5 points per game. Robinson's 64.1% from the field is among the best in the tournament field.
 

Treynor plays a North Cedar team making their 5th boys state basketball tournament trip and their 4th in a row. The Knights however, have failed to advance past the first round in each of the last two seasons. They've won only 1 state tournament game in their history and it came in 2011. This season half of the Knight's losses have come to fellow Class 2A state qualifier, #6 Cascade, the other two losses are to Mount Vernon and Iowa City Regina.
 

The game is scheduled to tip at 12:15pm.

Boys State Basketball Tournament Scores from Monday, March 10


Class 1A

#9 Keota 56 #10 Easton Valley 47

West Lyon 72 #2 Newell Fonda 57

#4 Dunkerton 50 East Mills 38

Belmond-Klemme 56 #3 Lamoni 55

 

Class 2A

#1 Western Christian 76 Albia 53

#6 Cascade 56 South Hamilton 40

Hawkeye Ten All-Conference Girls Basketball


First Team

Jess Schaben, Junior, Harlan*

Kate Walker, Junior, Red Oak*

Serena Parker, Junior, Shenandoah*

Kylie Ferguson, Senior, St. Albert*

Taylor Frederick, Sophomore, Harlan

Taylor Wagner, Junior, Harlan

Paige Beacom, Sophomore, Lewis Central

Kierstyn Bauer, Junior, Kuemper Catholic

 

Second Team

Jordyn Moser, Sophomore, Harlan

Kye Madsen, Sophomore, Lewis Central

Grace Blomstedt, Junior, Red Oak

Maria Dentlinger, Junior, Kuemper Catholic

Sydney Nielsen, Junior, Shenandoah

Bailey Starner, Senior, Glenwood

Halie Darrow, Junior, Glenwood

Janny Bair, Senior, Clarinda

 

Honorable Mention

Lexi Spielman, Senior, Lewis Central

Dana Doebelin, Senior, Lewis Central

Blake Bergren, Senior, Red Oak

Katie Tigges, Junior, Kuemper Catholic

Logan Ehlers, Freshman, Shenandoah

Sydney Gutschenritter, Senior, Glenwood

Allison Wettengel, Junior, St. Albert

Jaedra Moses, Junior, Clarinda

Jenna Taylor, Sophomore, Creston

Natalie Mostek, Junior, Creston

Valerie Johnson, Senior, Denison-Schleswig

Erin Olsen, Sophomore, Atlantic

 

Sports Spotlight Girls Basketball All-State Teams


Players of the Year

Class 1A-Renee Maneman, Newell-Fonda

Class 2A-Nicole Miller, North-Linn

Class 3A-Alexis Conaway, MOC-Floyd Valley

Class 4A-Claire Marberger, Perry

Class 5A-Haley Lorenzen, Iowa City High

 

Coaches of the Year

Class 1A-Kenny Weed, Bedford

Class 2A-Bryan Alfredson, Woodbury Central

Class 3A-Todd Rogers, Mediapolis

Class 4A-Bryan White, Carlisle

Class 5A-Tracy Dailey, SE Polk

 

Class 1A

 

1st Team

G-Paige Danner, Senior, Ar-We-Va (Westside)
G-Taylor Hickey, Junior, Burlington-Notre Dame
G-Renee Maneman, Senior, Newell-Fonda
F-Carmen Subbert, Senior, Stanton
F-London Vais, Senior, Adair-Casey

C-Shelby Hembera, Junior, Cedar Valley Christian (Cedar Rapids)

 

2nd Team

G-Kate Patton, Senior, Murray
G-Carleigh Paup, Sophomore, Paton-Churdan
F-Jasmine Demers, Senior, St. Mary’s (Storm Lake)
F-Kameo Pope, Senior, Belle Plaine
C-Noreen Morrow, Senior, Harris-Lake Park
C-Caitlyn Riese, Senior, Colo-Nesco

 

Class 2A

1st Team

G-Nicole Miller, Junior, North Linn (Troy Mills)
G-Jamie Gesink, Junior, Western Christian (Hull)
G-Alissa Pollema, Senior, Western Christian (Hull)
F-Alissa Brown, Senior, Jesup
F-Jenna Lehman, Senior, Iowa City Regina
C-Ellen Gallagher, Senior, Woodbury Central (Moville)
Special Injury Mention-Ellie Herzberg, Senior, Manson-NW Webster

 

2nd Team

G-Alli Huss, Senior, St. Edmond (Fort Dodge)
G-Casey Miles, Senior, Hudson
G-Elle Ruffridge, Freshman, Pocahontas Area
F-Morgan Muhlbauer, Junior, IKM-Manning
F-Ashley Williams, Senior, Lawton-Bronson
C-Lauren Hedlund, Senior, Hinton

 

Class 3A

1st Team

G-Paige Greiner, Senior, Williamsburg
G-Miranda Murphy, Senior, North Polk
F-Alexis Conaway, Senior, MOC-Floyd Valley
F-Kassidy DeJong, Junior, Unity Christian (Orange City)
F-Arika Wolldridge, Sophomore, Center Point-Urbana
C-Andrea Larson, Junior, Mediapolis

 

2nd Team

G-Ashley Burrows, Senior, Bondurant-Farrar
G-Megan Murphy, Senior, North Polk
F-Miles Ludwigs, Senior, Sergeant Bluff-Luton
F-Serena Parker, Junior, Shenandoah
C-Haley Birks, Junior, South Central Calhoun
C-Addie Oberman, Junior, Northeast (Goose Lake)

 

Class 4A

1st Team

G-Jenna Bork, Senior, Bishop Heelan (Sioux City)
G-Dani Heritage, Senior, Dallas Center-Grimes
G-Morgan Neuendorf, Senior, Waverly-Shell Rock
F-Mariah Criswell, Junior, Winterset
F-Claire Marburger, Junior, Perry
C-Jess Schaben, Junior, Harlan

 

2nd Team

G-Agatha Beier, Freshman, Carlisle
G-Deja Jackson, Junior, Grinnell
F-Gabie Doud, Sophomore, Ballard (Huxley)
F-Jackie Foster, Senior, Charles City
F-Jenna Taylor, Sophomore, Creston
C-Megan Maahs, Sophomore, Western Dubuque (Epworth)

 

Class 5A

1st Team

G-Roichelle Marble, Senior, Des Moines East
G-Grace Vander Wiede, Junior, West Des Moines Valley
F-Aubrey Faber, Junior, Dowling Catholic
F-Danielle Franklin, Senior, Cedar Rapids Washington
C-Blair Thomas, Senior, Waterloo West
C-Haley Lorenzen, Senior, Iowa City High

 

2nd Team

G-Madi Agey, Senior, West Des Moines Valley
G-Emily Clemons, Senior, Muscatine
G-Makenzie Meyer, Sophomore, Mason City
F-Tanya Meyer, Senior, Sioux City West
F-Haley Puk, Senior, Waterloo West
C/F-Meredith Burkhall, Junior, Des Moines Roosevelt

Double Feature: First Volleyball, Now Basketball, Harlan Girls Pull Off Championships


(Des Moines) Jess Schaben led Harlan with 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots as #1 Harlan capped off an undefeated season with a four point win over #8 Western Dubuque in the Class 4A title tilt. It's the Cyclones first girls basketball state championship in school history.

 

After an extremely close and competetive first half, Harlan stretched a three point halftime lead up to as many as 13 in the second half. Harlan's defense allowed only four points in the third which helped them appear to take control of the game. The double-digit edge would be shortlived though as right when Harlan looked like they were going to turn a close game into a rout, Western Dubuque stormed back with a 17-4 run to tie the game at 50 with 1:22 to play. Harlan needed just ten seconds of game clock to respond. They called a timeout and set up a play for Elle Kloewer to lob a long inbounds pass into Jess Schaben who finished from the right block. Schaben shot 10-11 from the field in the win. In addition to Schaben's big late basket, Ellie Kloewer went 2-2 and Taylor Wagner hit 1-2 from the free throw line in the final minute. Meanwhile Western Dubuque had three offensive rebounds in the last :45 to give them some chances, but they went 0-2 from three-point range and just 1-3 on free throws in that span. Wagner's free-throw with 12 seconds left pushed the lead up to four to seal it.

 

After losing a heartbreaker in the championship game a year ago and returning the bulk of their key team members, Harlan was widely considered a title contender heading into the year. A dominant regular season brought even more people on board with the concept of Harlan being a team to beat. The series of lopsided wins would come to an end at the state tournament though as Sophmore Jordyn Moser delivered a game winning shot in the first round against, the Cyclones survived a great challenge from up and comer Carlisle in the semi-finals, and hung on to beat a scrappy Western Dubuque team Saturday night.

 

Jess Schaben was named captain of the All-Tournament Team. She averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 4.3 blocks per game. Taylor Wagner was also selected to the All-Tourney squad. It's the second straight all-tournament team nod for each of those players. A welcome home ceremony will be held Sunday at 1:00 in the High School gym.

 

Click here for the postgame with Harlan junior Taylor Wagner

 

Click here for the postgame with Harlan junior Jess Schaben

 

Click here for the postgame with Harlan coach Zach Klaassen  

 

 

Girls State Basketball Tournament Scores from Saturday, March 8th


 

Class 3A

#1 MOC-Floyd Valley 63 #6 Unity Christian 57

 

Class 4A

#1 Harlan 55 #8 Western Dubuque 51

 

Class 5A

 #5 Dowling Catholic 66 #9 SE Polk 55

Girls State Basketball Tournament Scores from Friday, March 7th


 

Class 5A Semi-Finals

#9 SE Polk 54 #3 Waterloo West 45

#5 Dowling Catholic 49 #1 Iowa City High 44

 

Class 1A Championship

#3 Burlington-Notre Dame 57 #1 Newell-Fonda 54

 

Class 2A Championship

#2 Western Christian 79 #4 Hudson 55

 

Harlan Girls Advance Back to State Finals


(Des Moines) The Harlan girls are headed back to the state championship game for the 2nd time in the last 2 years. It hasn't been easy, but the Cyclones have downed North Scott and Carlisle in consecutive games to earn another shot at a title.

 

45-42 was the final in the semi-final win over Carlisle. Harlan rarely trailed in the game, in fact they led the entire second half. Carlisle though would trim Harlan's six point fourth quarter lead down to 1 in the final minutes, but never came up with the big shot to take the lead. It was on three seperate ocassions that Harlan's advantage was cut to a single point, but Carlisle's only lead in the entire game came at 27-25 with over three minutes to go in the first half.

 

Up by three in the final minute, Harlan fouled Carlisle on a three point attempt. The Cyclones had been attempting to foul Carlisle on the floor, but it was ruled in the act of shooting. Kaliegh Haus made two of three free throws to snug the score to 43-42 with 4.6 seconds left. Harlan was fouled immediately on the inbounds pass and Taylor Wagner calmly sank two free throws to extend the lead back to three points. Carlisle's long inbounds pass toward mid-court was knocked away before a desperation heave could be attempted and the Cyclones survived another close one, 45-42.

 

In addition to the clutch free throws, it was Wagner who got Harlan off to a good start with her three point shooting. She'd hit four three's in the game include three of them in the first quarter as Harlan led by as many at nine at one point and were up 21-13 after the first. Harlan's outside shooting cooled off the rest of the way though and Carlisle fought back within two by halftime.

 

The second half was like a chess match between the two head coaches, as Carlisle, despite trailing by four, tried to limit the number of possessions in the final five minutes. Harlan, with that four point cushion, was content to let them run as much clock as they wanted. The strategy nearly paid off for Carlisle as they had a handful of possession late where they could have tied or took the lead, but were unable to get closer than one point away.

 

Click here for the comments from Harlan coach Zach Klaassen

 

The incredible turnaround story of 6th ranked Carlisle comes to an end with a 21-6 record. That's 20, yes 20, more wins than they compiled a season ago. Head coach Bryan White, formerly the Red Oak boys coach, loses only one senior from the regular rotation.

 

Click here for the comments from Carlisle coach Bryan White

 

#1 Harlan improves to 24-0 and returns to the state championship game after losing by one in the final seconds in the title tilt last year. Their opponent this time around will be Western Dubuque. Western Dubuque won a low scoring game against Ballard 30-23 in the semi-finals.

 

Click for the comments from Harlan junior Taylor Wagner  

Christofferson Named First Team All-Big 12


(Ames) The Big 12 Conference announced their postseason awards today. On the list for the 2nd straight year is Hamlin native Hallie Christofferson as a first team selection. She is one of only three players in the league this year to be named first-team all-conference in back to back seasons.


Christofferson averaged 16.5 points per game during the regular season. She is shooting over 46% from the field and near 90% from the free throw line.

 

Iowa State finished the regular season at 20-9 overall and 9-9 in the Big 12 heading into the conference tournament in Oklahoma City.

Girls State Basketball Tournament Scores from Thursday, March 6th


 

Class 1A

#3 Burlington-Notre Dame 65 #2 Janesville 58

 

Class 2A

#4 Hudson 45 #2 Cascade 33

#1 Western Christian 69 #5 North-Linn 52

 

Class 3A

#6 Unity Christian 50 #2 Crestwood 41

#1 MOC-Floyd Valley 64 #4 Mediapolis 51

 

Class 4A

#1 Harlan 45 #6 Carlisle 42

#8 Western Dubuque 30 #7 Ballard 23

Markham, Central to Play in D-III National Tournament Friday


(Pella) Central College is heading to the NCAA Division III National Tournament this weekend.


Three southwest Iowa High School Alums are key members of the Central College Men's Basketball squad. Colby Taylor and Spencer Bakerink of Creston are both starters while Sam Markham of Atlantic comes off the bench. Markham says he's enjoying his first year on campus.


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Central was picked to finish last in the conference, yet they ended up winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles. Markham attributes a lot of the team's success to the hard work the team puts forth in practice.
 

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Markham and his Central teammates head to Wisconsin-Steven's Point for the first round of the NCAA Tourney this weekend. They'll play St. Olaf in the first round on Friday at 4:00pm. If things go as expected they'd take on #1 Wisconsin-Steven's Point in the 2nd round on Saturday at 7:00pm.
 

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Markham's role has changed several times throughout the season. He's gone from playing limited minutes to starting to rarely playing. Now that the postseason is here he's starting to see more minutes once again. On the season he is averaging 2.4 points per game in 10.3 minutes of play per game. 

 

Markham will be a guest on Atlantic Sports Saturday at 9:00 Saturday morning. You can catch the full interview with him at that time.

Rolling Valley Girls and Boys Basketball All-Conference Teams


Boys

 

First Team

Emmitt Wheatley, Junior, Adair-Casey

Drew Peppers, Junior, Exira-EHK

Sam Honold, Junior, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Jake Carey, Junior, Paton-Churdan

Jake Roden, Senior, West Harrison

Travis Freese, Senior, Ar-We-Va

Austin Stoelk, Junior, Ar-We-Va

 

Second Team

Michael Holste, Senior, CAM

Brandon Hagge, Junior, Ar-We-Va

Kyle Liechti, Senior, Ar-We-Va

Trevor Hachmeister, Junior, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Jake Bruggeman, Senior, Glidden-Ralston

Noah Juergensen, Sophomore, Paton-Churdan

Brad Staley, Senior, Charter Oak-Ute

Chase Bonsall, Senior, Boyer Valley

 

Girls

 

First Team

London Vais, Senior, Adair-Casey

Paige Danner, Senior, Ar-We-Va

Alyssa Kragelund, Senior, CAM

McKenna Zanders, Junior, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Megan Maaske, Junior, Woodbine

Morgan Straight, Sophomore, Boyer Valley

Rachel Smith, Junior, Exira-EHK

Carleigh Paup, Sophomore, Paton-Churdan

 

Second Team

Danni McCorkel, Senior, Adair-Casey

Erin Daugherty, Senior, CAM

Jenna Hausman, Sophomore, Ar-We-Va

Rylie Schlepp, Senior, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Dashia Nuzum, Junior, Woodbine

Anna Fleecs, Sophomore, Glidden-Ralston

Claire Paulsen, Senior, Exira-EHK

Crystal Sabus, Junior, Paton-Churdan

Ciera Carlson, Senior, Charter Oak-Ute

Harlan Girls One Win Away From 2nd Straight Appearance in State Finals


(Des Moines) Class 4A State Tournament Semi-Final basketball comes your way Thursday night on KSOM. Harlan and Carlisle square off for a trip to the finals.


A year ago at this time, Harlan was on their way to the Class 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament Championship game and Carlisle was looking to move on from a 1-22 season.


Fast foward to today and Harlan is one game away from returning to the state title game, a game they lost last year despite leading in the final ten seconds. Standing in their way of redemption is a Carlisle team with a new coach, a new freshman guard who leads the team in four different stat categories, and a compelling turnaround story.


#6 Carlisle is 17-6 this season and winners of 11 straight games. They dug out of a deep early hole to beat #4 Dallas Center-Grimes 53-48 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Harlan stayed undefeated with a win over #10 North Scott Tuesday, but it didn't come easy for the top ranked Cyclones who need a game winning shot from Sophomore Jordan Moser as time was running down.
 

It was just the 2nd game this season that Harlan failed win by less than 14. The last time it happened, Harlan won the next four games after that Harlan won by totals of 30, 18, 44, 22 points. Coach Zack Klaassen wouldn't mind if similar results follow Tuesday's close call against North Scott.
 

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With nearly all of the main contributors back from last year's runner up finish, it's been no secret that Harlan would be a state title contender this year.
 

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Pregame coverage is slated for 6:30 Thursday night on KSOM. Harlan and Carlisle tip-off at 6:45 with the winner to meet either #7 Ballard or #8 Western Dubuque in Saturday's championship game. Ballard upset #3 Davenport Assumption while Wesern Dubuque took down #2 Bishop Heelan Catholic in the first round

Girls State Basketball Tournament Scores from Wednesday, March 5th


 

Class 4A

#7 Ballard 55 #3 Davenport Assumption 45

#8 Western Dubuque 53 #2 Bishop Heelan Catholic 44

 

Class 5A

#3 Waterloo West 69 #7 DM East 57

#9 SE Polk 68 #2 WDM Valley 60

#1 IC High 68 CR Kennedy 34

#5 Dowling Catholic 62 #4 Waukee 56

 

Class 1A Semi-Final

#1 Newell-Fonda 65 #4 Colo-Nesco 34

Class 4A Boys State Basketball Tournament Pairings


Wednesday, March 12th

 

1:05pm

(20-3) Iowa City West vs (18-4) SE Polk

 

2:45pm

(22-1) Bettendorf vs (14-10) Urbandale

 

6:35pm

(22-1) Dubuque, Senior vs (15-8) WDM Valley

 

8:15pm

(21-3) Sioux City North vs (18-5) Cedar Rapids, Kennedy

Hallie Christofferson Scores 14 in Final Home Game of College Career


(Ames) Former Exira High School All-State Selection Hallie Christofferson scored 14 points in the final home game of her impressive career at Iowa State. Chistofferson shot 6-10 from the field and 2-4 from the free-throw line in a 70-54 home loss to #9 Baylor. 

 

The Hamlin native pushes her career scoring total to 1675. She ranks in the top-10 in Iowa State history in points, rebounds, field goals made, free-throw’s made, free-throw’s attempted, blocked shots, and free-throw percentage.

 

Christofferson was one of three seniors with area ties to start for the  Cyclones Tuesday as IKM-Manning grad Ashley Hagedorn and Panorama alum Elly Arganbright both earned a starting nod on senior night.

 

Iowa State finishes the women's basketball regular season with a 20-9 record and 9-9 in the Big 12. 

Survive and Advance: Unbeaten Harlan Girls Stay Alive


(Des Moines) Defending state runner-up Harlan won a close one over 10th ranked North Scott to move into the Class 4A semi-finals.The Cyclones had to erase a seven point halftime deficit to keep their season alive.

 

Sophomore Jordyn Moser was the hero for Harlan last night in the Cyclones 1st round state tournament win. With the game tied at 50 in the closing seconds, Moser stepped up and drained a perimeter shot to give Harlan a 52-50 lead. North Scott called a timeout with .6 seconds left but their inbounds pass was knocked away before they could attempt a desperation heave and #1 ranked Harlan survived the scare.

 

Jess Schaben came through with a big night for the Cyclones posting 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots. Moser and Taylor Wagner each scored 13 points in the win. Harlan led by one after the first quarter but they were outscored by eight points in the 2nd quarter to trail 30-23 at halftime.  The Cyclones overcame that deficit in the third quarter and held a one point lead heading into the fourth.  Harlan never trailed in the final quarter, but did allow North Scott to tie it at 50 with 1:34 to play. North Scott had a chance to take the lead in the final minute but was called for an offensive foul setting up Moser’s game winning shot.

 

Harlan was able to make up for one of their lowest scoring first halves of their season by hitting 5-7 from three point range in the 2nd half and shooting 50% from the floor after the break.

 

They'll play at 6:45 on Thursday in the semi-finals. Harlan will take on 6th ranked Carlisle. Carlisle, coach by former Red Oak boys coach Bryan White, upended #4 Dallas Center-Grimes 53-48 in the quarterfinals.

 

Click here for the comments from Harlan girls coach Zach Klaassen

Girls All-Pride of Iowa Conference Basketball Teams


1st Team

Madison Walston, Senior, Bedford

Fallyn Beemer, Sophomore, Bedford

Hallie Linhart, Junior, Central Decatur*

Lydia Martin, Junior, Central Decatur

Gracey Griglione, Freshman, I-35*

Slye Richardson, Freshman, I-35

Nicole Schutt, Junior, Martensdale-St. Marys*

Paige Daughton, Senior, Mount Ayr

Josie Clarke, Freshman, Nodaway Valley

Paige McElfish, Freshman, Nodaway Valley

Kennedy Core, Junior, Pleasantville

Haley Seuferer, Senior, SE Warren

 

2nd Team

Emily Weed, Sophomore, Bedford

Kate Havens, Senior, Central Decatur

Brittany Malone, Senior, East Union

Riley Morris, Freshman, I-35

Emily Murphy, Junior, Martensdale-St. Marys

Riley Dunn, Senior, Martensdale-St. Marys

Brook Rychnovsky, Senior, Mount Ayr

Tess Shields, Freshman, Mount Ayr

Josie Carter, Junior, Nodaway Valley

Trisha Kunze, Sophomore, Pleasantville

Raelyn Meling, Junior, SE Warren

Sydney Maynes, Senior, SW Valley

Emily Bellon, Senior, Wayne

Breanna Fortune, Senior, Wayne

Girls State Basketball Tournament Scores from Tuesday, March 4th


 

Class 2A

#1 Western Christian 66 Des Moines Christian 53

 

Class 3A

#2 Crestwood 54 #8 Bondurant-Farrar 41

#6 Unity Christian 60 #3 Clear Lake 35

#1 MOC-Floyd Valley 69 #12 Center Point-Urbana 42

#4 Mediapolis 61 #5 Williamsburg 43

 

Class 4A

#1 Harlan 52 #10 North Scott 50 (Jordyn Moser GW Shot)

#6 Carlisle 53 #4 Dallas Center-Grimes 48

 

 

Defending Runner-Up Harlan Boys Heading Back to Wells Fargo Arena


(Council Bluffs) Harlan heads to the Class 3A Boys State Basketball Tournament with a 22-2 record. The Cyclones downed Glenwood 54-29 in Monday's Sub-State Final at Abraham Lincoln High School.

 

Harlan got out to a 13-2 first quarter lead but saw the Rams battle back to make it a five point game by halftime. Harlan pushed the lead back up to 15 heading into the fourth quarter and put it away in the final frame.

 

Nathan Cave shot 7-10 from the field and led the team with 19 points. Adam Juhl with a dozen and Trey Lansman with 11 were also in double-figures. Gabe Ferry contributed in several categories with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals, and 3 assists.

 

Harlan coach Mitch Osborn says the team didn't play their best offensive game, but had plenty of defense to get the job done. He describes first round opponent Humboldt as a team with good guard play. Humboldt beat Carroll 70-62 to get to state.

 

One year after making a surprise run as the #8 seed to the state championship game, Harlan is the #1 seed in the tournament this year. They'll play Humboldt at 3:45 on Tuesday, March 11th.

 

Click here for the comments from Harlan coach Mitch Osborn

Class 1A, 2A, and 3A Boys State Basketball Tournament Pairings


Class 1A

 

Monday, March 10th 

 

10:30am

24-1 Keota vs 21-2 Easton Valley

 

12:15pm

25-0 Newell-Fonda vs 20-5 West Lyon

 

2:00pm

25-1 Dunkerton vs 22-3 East Mills

 

3:45pm

25-0 Lamoni vs 22-3 Belmond-Klemme

 

Class 2A

 

Monday, March 10th

 

6:35pm

24-0 Western Christian vs 17-7 Albia

 

8:15pm

21-3 South Hamilton vs 21-3 Cascade

 

Tuesday, March 11th

 

10:30am

23-1 West Fork vs 20-4 West Marshall

 

12:15pm

23-1 Treynor vs 21-3 North Cedar

 

Class 3A

 

Tuesday, March 11th

 

2:00pm

21-3 Chariton vs 20-4 Wahlert Catholic, Dubuque

 

3:30pm

22-2 Harlan vs 16-7 Humboldt

 

6:35pm

21-3 Central Clinton, DeWitt vs 19-5 MOC-Floyd Valley

 

8:15pm

21-3 Waverly-Shell Rock vs 17-7 Grinnell

 

 

Treynor Boys Knockout Kuemper Catholic En Route to State Tourney


(Atlantic) The Treynor Cardinals won their 21st straight game and advanced to the state tournament in the process with their 56-51 triumph over Kuemper Catholic Monday night in front of a roaring, packed house in Atlantic.

 

Kuemper Catholic appeared to be taking control of the game late in the first half when they extended the lead to double figures. Kuemper led 25-13 with 4:35 to go in the 2nd quarter, but Treynor stormed back with a strong flurry at the end of the half to tie things up at 25.

 

The second half was a battle all the way through. Nick Paulsen hit a layup and a then aleft-corner three-pointer early in the third to give the Cardinals the 30-25 lead forcing Kuemper Catholic to play from behind nearly the entire second half.

 

Treynor missed some key free throws down the stretch, but got enough defensive stops and key rebounds to hold off the Knights comeback charge. Freshman Trey Castle eventually sealed it by hitting two free throws with 3.9 seconds left. The free throws came after Kuemper Catholic missed an open three that would have tied it up. 

 

Treynor was led by Nolan Chapman with 17 while Jacob Flathers and Nick Paulsen each added 13. The Cardinals are now 23-1 on the season.

 

Kuemper Catholic, who finished 3rd at state a year ago, ends up at 19-5. Cole Neary scored 16 points. Kuemper Catholic graduates 11 seniors.

 

Click here for the comments from Kuemper Catholic coach Tyler Edwards

 

Click here for the postgame with Treynor coach Scott  Rucker

Boys Basketball Area Substate Scores From Monday, March 3rd


 

Class 2A

 Treynor 56 Kuemper Catholic 51

 

Class 3A

Humbolt 70 Carroll 62

Harlan 54 Glenwood 29

Girls State Basketball Tournament Scores From Monday, March 3rd


 

Class 1A

 

#4 Colo-Nesco 38 #6 Lynnville-Sully 34

#1 Newell-Fonda 73 Bedford 37

 

#2 Janesville 58 #11 Rockford 46

#3 Burlington Notre Dame 90 #8 Adair-Casey 50

 

Class 2A

 

#3 Cascade 43 #15 Manson-NW Webster 21

#4 Hudson 85 #14 Woodbury Central 74

 

#5 North-Linn 57 #12 South Central Calhoun 49

 

 

Highest Scoring Team in Class 1A Eliminates Adair-Casey Thanks to 37 Point 3rd Quarter


(Des Moines) Third ranked Burlington Notre Dame elimated 8th rated Adair-Casey in the first round of the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament Thursday afternoon. Burlington Notre Dame used a big 2nd half to cruise into the semi-finals with a 90-50 win.

 

Adair-Casey trailed by 11 at halftime, but was held scoreless over the first 3:25 of the 2nd half. Burlington Notre Dame's offense on the other hand was scoring points left and right. They put up 37 points in the quarter to build their lead. Burlington Notre Dame had a 21-4 surge to start the third and the game was not close the rest of the way.

 

Taylor Hickey led the explosion for Burlington Notre Dame in the 2nd half with 15 of her game high 27 after the break. Courntey Coffin had all 10 of her points in the 2nd half, and Riley Killbride added 16 for the game.

 

London Vais contributed 23 for the Bombers, who wave goodbye to three key seniors. London Vais, Danni McCorkel, and Anna Mulder all graduate for Adair-Casey. Three sophomore starters return for the Bombers with Shelby Sorenson, Zoey Dinkla, and Emma Ferguson. Also back for next season is key reserve, sophomore Miranda Plowman.

 

Adair-Casey's season ends with 23 wins and 4 losses. Burlington Notre Dame improved to 22-3 heading into their semi-final matchup with #2 (24-1) Janesville. Janesville won a fairly close ballgame with Rockford 58-46.

 

Click here for the postgame comments from Adair-Casey coach Cory Bartz

Remarkable Career of Hallie Christofferson to be Celebrated During Final Home Game Tuesday


(Ames) Hamlin native Hallie Christofferson will play the final home game of her illustrious Iowa State career Tuesday night when the (20-8, 9-8) Cyclones meet 9th ranked Baylor.


It's been quite a ride for all-american candidate. Coming from small-town Exira High School, Christofferson made an immediate impact as a freshman. Her first year in Ames she started 27 of the team's 33 games. Her 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game earned her Big 12 All-Freshman team honors.
 

As a sophomore Christofferson became a double digit scorer for the Cyclones and cracked the starting lineup in 26 out of 31 games. Christofferson led ISU in scoring  in 7 games a sophomore leading the way for a great last two years.
 

As a junior Christofferson earned first team All-Big 12 honors and honorable mention All-American accolades. In the Big 12 she ranked 6th in scoring and 10th in rebounding a season ago, starting all 33 games.  Her 53.7% field goal shooting as a junior ranked 27th in the nation.
 

Christofferson has taken yet another step forward as a senior and is averaging 16.6 points per game while shooting over 90% from the free throw line. She is a finalist for the Senior Class Award which is given to a student-athlete with notable achievements in Community, Classroom, Character and Competition.
 

Christofferson ranks 6th in scoring in Iowa State history and is one of only five players in Cyclone history with over 1,600 points and over 750 rebounds. She ranks in the top 10 in school history in field goals made, free-throw's made, free-throw's attempted, blocked shots, and free-throw percentage.
 

Hilton Colliseum will likely give a grand sendoff to Chrisofferson Tuesday as she plays the final game of her career in that venue. IKM-Manning's Ashley Hagedorn and Panorama's Elly Argenbright are also playing the final home game of their careers Tuesday.

 

20-8 Iowa State tips things off with 9th ranked Baylor at 7:00 Tuesday night. The Big 12 Women's Tournament starts March 7th in Oklahoma City.

 

Kuemper Catholic and Treynor will Square Off to Determine Class 2A Boys State Qualifier


(Atlantic) Two area teams with good basketball tradition will compete tonight for a spot in the Class 2A Boys State Basketball Tournament. #5 (22-1) Treynor takes on #7 (19-4) Kuemper Catholic in a substate final that was pushed back from Saturday night and moved from Harlan to Atlantic.

 

Kuemper Catholic seeks their 14th state tournament appearance in school history. The Knights have been to Des Moines twice in the last four years including a 3rd place finish a season ago. Treynor is gunning for their 13 trip to state. The Cardinals last trip came in 2011.

 

During the tourney trail, Kuemper Catholic has looked very tough to beat. The Knights have picked up wins over OA-BCIG, 75-52 and over IKM-Manning 62-37. IKM-Manning is the lone team to have defeated Treynor this season. The Cardinals postseason run includes a lopsided win over Clarinda and a nailbiter in overtime against St. Albert that saw Treynor advance 53-47.

 

The duo of Cole Neary and Sam Brincks lead Kuemper Catholic. The two seniors are future division one football players, and combine for 32 points and over 18 rebounds per game.

The Cardinals feature a fairly balanced scoring attack with Jacob Flathers, Nick Paulson, and Trey Robinson all averaging double figures and Nolan Chapman at 9.3 points per game.

 

 

East Mills Upends Nodaway Valley in Dramatic Substate Final


(Atlantic) East Mills and Nodaway Valley traded punches from start to finish as the two teams battled to determine which squad would continue their season into the state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena next week. Thirty-two minutes of regulation wasn't enough to determine who that representative would be as the big crowd at Saturday's substate final got their money's worth to say the least.

 

Both teams opened up hot from the field in a high scoring first quarter. Nodaway Valley went on a 9-0 run to lead 20-12 late in the first, but East Mills responded by closing out the frame on a 10-0 spurt to nab a 22-20 lead heading to the 2nd.

 

Nodaway Valley's strong three point shooting had the back-to-back state qualifiers on top for much of the 2nd quarter. Leading scorers TJ Bower (15) and Jackson Lamb (12) combined for 27 first half points, but East Mills kept it close with 2nd-chance points and were able to limit turnovers against an aggressive Nodaway Valley defense. East Mills' balanced scoring attack in the first half led to a 34-all tie at the break. Keegan Wederquist scored 9 of his 14 points in the first half as East Mills closed the first half on a 6-2 advantage to knot things up.

 

Jacob Schafer's big 2nd half helped East Mills take the edge for much of the third quarter. Schafer at 13 of his team high 15 points after the break. Nodaway Valley kept the opponenent at bay though, and eventually took their first lead of the 2nd half late in the fourth quarter. Jackson Lamb's two free-throws with :37 left gave Nodaway Valley a 59-57 lead which would hold until the closing seconds. East Mills called a timeout with about :05 to go and inbounded the ball to Michael Story at half court. Story attacked the basket and missed a runner in the lane, but Noah Meyer had just enough time to crash the offense boards and hit the putback to send the game to overtime. 

 

East Mills scored the first four points of overtime and had Nodaway Valley playing catchup during the entire extra session. Jacob Schafer hit three key free throws down the stretch, but with neither team ever leading by more than 8 points all night, fans new this one was coming right down to the final horn. Schafer's last free throw put East Mills up by 7 points approaching :10 to play, that's when Nodaway Valley nearly pulled off the unthinkable. TJ Bower hit a pull-up three and Nodaway Valley called a timeout to stop the clock with :05 left. East Mills turned it over on the inbounds pass and Nodaway Valley's Zack Plymesser hit a corner three with 2.5 seconds left to cut it to a one point game (66-65). East Mills went for a home run pass and got it into Noah Meyer who was fouled with less than two seconds left. Meyer missed the front end of the one-and-one free throw and TJ Bower collected the rebound. Bower's three-quarter court heave at the buzzer appeared to have right distance but was off by maybe only as much as one foot to the right.  East Mills prevailed 66-65.

 

They head to the state tournament for the first time since Nishna Valley qualified in 1993. They'll go into the tourney with a 23-3 overall record. Nodaway Valley's bid for a third straight state appearance falls just short. Nodaway Valley ends up at 22-3 overall. They wave goodbye to another strong senior class, four of them were starters. Bower, a four year starter, finished the night with 22 points. Zach Plymesser scored 10, Delson Grantham had 8 points plus a very big night on the boards. Caleb Mueller scored 6, he hit a big three for Nodaway Valley to tie the game at 48-all late in the third.

 

Both coaches were understandably emotional at times following a game of such magnitude. You can hear all of their postgame comments be following the links below.

 

Click here for the postgame with East Mills coach Kevin Schafer

 

Click here for the postgame with Nodaway Valley coach Darrell Burmeister

 

 

Class 1A and 2A Area Substate Scores from Saturday, March 1st


 

Class 1A

Substate 7

East Mills 66 Nodaway Valley 65 OT 

 

Substate 8

Newell-Fonda 66 Ar-We-Va 52

 

Class 2A

Substate 8

Kuemper Catholic vs Treynor ppd to Monday and moved to Atlantic

High School Basketball Scores From Friday, February 28th


 

Class 4A

 

Substate 1

Sioux City East 44 Abraham Lincoln 40

Sioux City North 89 Lewis Central 77

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