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UNI women selected for WNIT


March 19th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The UNI Panthers women’s basketball team earn an invitation to compete in the WNIT. The Panthers (20-12) will travel to Minneapolis for a first round game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (20-10).

The Panthers and Gophers have met 10 times with the Panthers going 0-5 in Minneapolis in the series.

The opening round game will be played on Friday at 6:30pm.

Check out the full WNIT bracket here: 2019_Post_WNIT_Bracket

Drake women draw 10 seed for NCAA Tourney


March 19th, 2019 by Chris Parks

After a stellar season the Drake women’s basketball team had their named called for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs (27-6) drew a 10 seed and will play their opening round game in Iowa City against the 7th-seeded Missouri Tigers (23-10). The game will be played on Friday, March 22nd at 3:00pm Central and be televised by ESPN2.

The Bulldogs could potentially meet up with the Iowa Hawkeyes in the second round as the Hawks are the 2 in the same section of the bracket.

Drake was the Missouri Valley Conference regular season champions and came up short in the MVC tournament finals to Missouri State this past Sunday.

Atlantic 10th in opening ITCA boys tennis rankings


March 19th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Tennis Coaches Association has released their preseason top 10 rankings for the upcoming boys 2019 season. Atlantic is ranked 10th in the preseason poll in Class 1A.

Class 1A

  1. Wahlert Catholic
  2. Maharishi, Fairfield
  3. Cedar Rapids Xavier
  4. Pella
  5. Ballard (Tie for 5th)
  6. Boone (Tie for 5th)
  7. Kuemper Catholic
  8. Waterloo Columbus
  9. Denison-Schleswig
  10. Atlantic

Others receiving votes: Glenwood, Red Oak

Baier Places Fifth in 100 Meters at Special Olympics World Games


March 19th, 2019 by Jim Field

Atlantic’s Brandon Baier placed fifth today in the M28 division finals of the 100 meter dash at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi..  His time was :13.2.  Brandon will compete in his final event, the 4 x 100 meter relay, on Wednesday.

Some area girls tracksters compete at Iowa State High School Girls Classic


March 19th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Iowa State High School Girls Classic was held on Monday in Ames and a number of area athletes competed in the event.

Some of the champions from the area include Lewis Central’s Lauren Payne who won the shot put with a best toss of 40-10.5. Abraham Lincoln’s Darby Thomas won the 60M dash and Long Jump. Thomas ran 7.85 in the 60M and had a best jump of 18-02.75 in the Long Jump.

2nd place finishers from the region included Glenwood’s Janette Schraft in the 3000M run. She ran a school record time of 10:24.68. Glenwood also finished 2nd in the 4x400M Relay and Sprint Medley. Mallory Badding of Kuemper Catholic was 2nd in the Long Jump with an effort of 16-07.00.

Atlantic’s Haley Rasmussen finished 3rd in the Long Jump with a best effort of 16-03.75.

You can check out full results from the meet here.

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Welcome Home Announced for Brandon Baier from World Games


March 19th, 2019 by Jim Field

Local organizers in Atlantic have put together plans for a welcome home celebration for Brandon Baier this weekend.  Baier is participating in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Brandon will be arriving home Saturday March 23 and organizers are planning a caravan and presentation.  Local supporters are asked to meet at the LDS church east of Atlantic at the intersection of Highways 6 and 71 before 10:30 am.  Brandon will be met by an Atlantic fire truck for a ride and caravan into town.  They will head to the Nishna Valley Family YMCA for a welcome home reception.

The 27 year old Baier participated in Track & Field at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle last July, earning a gold medal and qualifying for the World Games.

Brandon won a bronze medal in the Shot Put earlier this week and will compete in the 100 meter dash and the 4 x 100 meter relay yet this week.

All are welcome and encouraged to turn out Saturday to show support for Brandon on his accomplishments!

Hawkeye women grab 2 seed in NCAA Tourney


March 18th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Hawkeye women were selected as a 2 seed in the Greensboro Region for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes will host 15th-seeded Mercer on Friday at 1:00pm Central on ESPN 2.

Iowa is the Big Ten’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament after the Hawkeyes won their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2001. Iowa is the No. 2 seed in the Greensboro Region (the program’s highest seed since it was a No. 2 seed in 1996) and will play host to first- and second-round games on campus at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the fourth time in seven years (also 2013, 2014 and 2015) . The Hawkeyes will take on 15th-seeded Mercer at 2 p.m. (ET) Friday on ESPN2 with the winner of that game moving on to face either No. 7 seed Missouri or 10th-seeded Drake on Sunday. Iowa is making its 26th NCAA Tournament appearance and second in as many seasons.

The Hawkeyes, who have a 21-25 (.457) record in NCAA Tournament play, including a 13-7 (.650) record at home, are one of eight current Big Ten schools who have advanced to the NCAA Women’s Final Four during their program’s history, doing so in 1993.

ISU women draw 3 seed in NCAA Tournament, will host New Mexico State


March 18th, 2019 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball team has been selected to play in its 18th NCAA Tournament, and 11th appearance in the last 13 years. The 3rd-seeded Cyclones will face 14th-seeded New Mexico State in the first round, Saturday, March 23rd in Ames, Iowa. As one of the top-16 teams selected in the field, Iowa State earned the right to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the Cyclones’ first time under the new selection format allowing the top-16 the right to host.

The Cyclones game against New Mexico State will tipoff at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2. The winning team will advance to play the winner of the other game, (#6) DePaul vs. (#11) Missouri State, on Monday March 20.

Iowa State (25-8, 13-5 Big 12) is one of just 15 teams nationally to earn NCAA Tournament berths 11 of the last 13 years. All 17 of the Cyclones’ tournament bids have come under the direction of Bill Fennelly.  Iowa State’s selection as a No. 3 seed is the highest for the Cyclones since earning a three-seed in 2002.

New Mexico State (26-6, 15-1 WAC) was the regular season and tournament champion of the WAC this season. The Aggies are led by a guard tandem of two-time WAC Player of the Year Brooke Salas and fellow First Team All-WAC member Gia Pack. Salas is averaging a double-double, tallying 19.1 points per game and 11 boards. Pak is scoring 17 points per game and is churning out 3.5 assists per game.

Atlantic track has strong showing at Northwest Missouri State High School Open


March 18th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic girls and boys track teams faired well at the first Northwest Missouri State High School Open in Maryville.

In girls action, Atlantic finished 1-2 in the 400 and 4x400M relay. Haley Rasmussen (1:02.21) and Pluma Pross (1:04.19) finished 1st and 2nd in the 400M. Those two then teamed up with Aleigh Bean and Alyssa Derby to win the 4x400M Relay with a time of 4:21.26. Atlantic had another team in that relay that took 2nd place (Karsyn Rush, Taylor McCreedy, Kennedy Goergen, and Madison Botos 4:27.20)

Haley Rasmussen also finished 2nd in the long jump (15-06), and Taylor McCreedy was 2nd in the 800M (2:28.77).

Also on the girls side Shenandoah’s Logan Hughes won the shot put with a best toss of 37-03.50. Bedford’s Emma Lucas won the 3,200M run with a time of 11:33.30. Roxy Denton finished second in the 60 meter hurdles for Shenandoah as well.

In boy’s competition Atlantic had three champions. Jalen Petersen won the 3200M in 10:20.75. Chase Mullenix (1:58.33) and Craig Allen Becker (1:59.54) went 1-2 in the 800M. Chase and Craig Allen joined Zade Niklasen and Colin Mullenix to win the 4x400M Relay in 3:30.54.

Harlan had three champs on the boys side as well with Michael Erlemeier winning the long jump (20-01.25), and Jonathon Monson taking the 400M (52.76). The Cyclones’ 4×200 meter relay team of Mason Griffith, Connor Bruck, Eli Boldon and Jake McLaughlin won with a time of 1:34.92.

Lewis Central’s Logan Jones won the shot put with a toss of 53-02.00.

See full results from the meet here.