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Griswold Honors Topham, Girls Cross Country Team at Rally


November 13th, 2014 by Jim Field

The Griswold girls cross country team and four time state champion Rebekah Topham were celebrated this morning at a rally at the Griswold High School.  Topham made history as the only girl to win four cross country state titles earlier this month.  In addition, Topham had a number of impressive feats including being a 3 time Iowa runner of the year in cross country, a 2 time Gatorade Athlete of the Year in cross country, a 4 time Individual champions in the Western Iowa Conference meet, the regional qualifying meet and the state championships.  She also twice had the fastest time of all classes at the state meet and helped her team finish 1st, 2nd, 7th and 3rd place in the last four years.

Athletic Director Kevin Whitehill and Coach Jeff Topham spoke and a highlight film was also shown to the crowd.

Congratulations to Rebekah and the Griswold girls on a great season.

To view the video from the ceremony online, go to High School Cube and search for Griswold, Iowa.


Omaha North’s Patton is Among 3 Creighton Signees


November 13th, 2014 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha North High School’s Justin Patton is among three basketball players who have signed letters of intent with Creighton.

The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Patton is listed as the No. 40 recruit nationally by Scout.com. He averaged 13 points and eight rebounds as a junior last season. Coach Greg McDermott said as Patton gains weight and strength, he can develop into one of the premier big men in the Big East.

Also signing were forward Martin Krampelj (KRAMPL) of Slovenia and guard Marlon Stewart of Rock Island, Illinois.

McDermott said the 6-8, 205-pound Krampelj is a good shooter from the perimeter who also is a capable scorer on the inside. The 6-2, 200-pound Stewart averged 14.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals at North Scott (Iowa) High last year.

Nebraska Signs 2 Players from Illinois, 1 Iowan


November 13th, 2014 by Jim Field

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Three high school seniors have signed letters of intent to play basketball at Nebraska.

Coach Tim Miles on Wednesday announced the signing of guard Glynn Watson Jr. of Dellwood, Illinois, and forwards Michael Jacobson of Waukee, Iowa, and Edward Morrow Jr. of Chicago, Illinois.

The 5-11, 160-pound Watson ranks among the nation’s top point-guard prospects after averaging 15 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals for St. Joseph High.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Jacobson averaged 17.1 points and 9.7 rebounds for Waukee High last season. He’s rated the top player in Iowa by 247Sports.

The 6-7, 215-pound Morrow attends Simeon Career Academy in Chicago. He averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots a game last season. Morrow’s father, Ed Sr., played on Nebraska’s 1994 national championship football team.

Hawkeyes Sign Four Men’s Basketball Recruits


November 13th, 2014 by Jim Field

Iowa men’s basketball head coach Fran McCaffery signed four players today to national letters of intent. The list includes Brandon Hutton, Andrew Fleming, Isaiah Moss, and Ahmad Wagner.

Hutton is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward from De La Salle High School in Chicago. He averaged 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks while earning Chicago Catholic League All-Conference last season.

Fleming is a 6-foot-5 guard who helped lead Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tennessee, to three-straight state titles, earning all-tournament honors each time. He is a two-time All-Stater.

Wagner, a 6-foot-7, 215 pound forward and native of Yellow Springs, Ohio, averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as a junior

Moss averaged 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal his junior year at Simeon High School in Chicago. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing averaged 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Mac Irvin Fire AAU team.

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November 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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2014 Western Iowa All-Conference Volleyball Team


November 13th, 2014 by Jim Field

1st Team
Katelyn Schechinger (Sr., IKM-Manning); Madison Paulson (Soph., Treynor); Sydney McLaren (Fr., Griswold); Emma Bonnett (Soph., Underwood); Maddy Powell (Jr., Underwood); Kirsten Lehan (Sr., Tri-Center); Abby Tiarks (Soph., Treynor); Allison Eickenberry (Soph., Tri-Center).

2nd Team
Baily Janssen (Sr., Missouri Valley); Tori Masker (Soph., Tri-Center); Lexi Killinger (Jr., Treynor); Rylie Muhlbauer (Soph., IKM-Manning); Emma Myers (Jr., Treynor); Sheyenne Smith (Sr., Riverside); Kyra Skelton (Sr., Missouri Valley); Brooke Cooper (Jr., Underwood).

Honorable Mention
AHST/W: Danikah Grobe (Sr.), Liz Munyon (Sr.). Audubon: Morgan Gust (Sr.), Carly Johnston (Sr.). Griswold: Marlia Rossell (Sr.), Melodie Anstey (Sr.), Morgan Godwin (Sr.). IKM-Manning: Aly Stadtlander (Soph.), Emily Ceminsky (Sr.), Bethany Luesmann (Sr.). Logan-Magnolia: Steffi Cunard (Sr.).
Missouri Valley: Haley Stueve (Sr.). Riverside: Grace Gleaves (Jr.). Treynor: Summer Goss (Jr.). Tri-Center: Alyssa Baatz (Soph.). Underwood: Shya Tiarks (Sr.).

 2014 WIC Academic All-Conference
(Must be a Senior, must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average)
AHST/Walnut: Danikah Grobe, Marissa Kay, Elizabeth Munyon.
Audubon: Morgan Gust.
Griswold: Melodie Anstey, Kayla Kirchhoff, Bethany Berg, Jackie Rush, Morgan Godwin, Marlia Rossell, Katie Duggan, Kinzey Nicklaus.
IKM-Manning: Emily Ceminsky, Bethany Luensmann, Katelyn Schechinger.
Logan-Magnolia: Steffi Cunard, Sarah Stueve
Missouri Valley: Sierra Ford, Anna Hines, Baily Janssen, Kerigan Ohl, Kyra Skelton, Haley Stueve.
Riverside: Taylor Frain, Kyra Martens, Sheyenne Smith, Maci Pendgraft (mgr.).
Treynor: Kayli Christensen, Brooke Goss, Alexis Woods.
Tri-Center: Kirsten Lehan, Hailee Hansen, Samantha Andersen.
Underwood: Bailey Campin, Alex Benedict, Samantha Magmuson, Shay Tiarks.

Girls Cross Country
AHST/Walnut: Sophie Kock.
Audubon: Kaittlin Andersen, Ruby Johnson.
IKM-Manning: Abigail Bornhoft, Morgan Kinkdale, Kali Rasmussen.
Missouri Valley: Hannah Dugdale.
Riverside: Paige Kallsen, Sydney Raney.
Treynor: Laura Hempel.
Tri-Center: Zachary Denning, Alfred Ohlinger, Austin Sondag.
Underwood: Emily Pierson, Gabby Myers, Erin Shapcott, Tobey Yates.

Boys Cross Country
Audubon: James Thoelke, Lauren Graeve.
IKM-Manning: Ryan Fox, Matt Johnson, Justin Weller, Evan Dressen.
Missouri Valley: Drew Pauley.
Treynor: Grant Pryor.
Tri-Center: Allyson Cunningham.
Underwood: Chance Belt.

2014 Western Iowa Conference Final Volleyball Standings
*IKM-Manning 8-1, 19-16
*^Treynor 8-1, 25-9
Tri-Center 7-2, 21-9
Griswold 6-3, 21-10
Missouri Valley 5-4, 20-10
Underwood 5-4, 16-13
Audubon 3-6, 12-15
Riverside 2-7, 7-20
Logan-Magnolia 1-8, 9-14
AHST/Walnut 0-9, 1-22
* 2014 WIC Conference Regular Season Co-Champions
^ 2014 WIC Tournament Champion

East Mississippi Hosts Iowa Western


November 13th, 2014 by Jim Field

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — East Mississippi Community College will host Iowa Western Community College in the Mississippi Bowl at Biloxi High School.

The game will kick off at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7.

East Mississippi (11-0) enters the game as the No. 1 team in the nation and Iowa Western (11-0) is not far behind at No. 2 in National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

East Mississippi is the defending Mississippi Bowl champion after beating Georgia Military last year.

Official: Tavares drunk when he crashed and died


November 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – An official in the Dominican Republic says St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month in his Caribbean homeland.

A spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office told The Associated Press toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the country’s legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26.

Taveras hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games this year.

Bluffs woman conquers 100 mile Ozark Trail run


November 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An administrative assistant from Council Bluffs conquered the Ozark Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run held Nov. 1st & 2nd. The Daily NonPareil reports. Annie Jobe, a divorced, single mom of three kids, was one of only six women to finish the race, her longest run ever. The route follows the Ozark Trail through the Mark Twain National Forest in south-central Missouri. The path includes several water crossings and an elevation gain of 12,000 to 15,000 feet.

Jobe’s boyfriend served as her pacer for the event. Temperatures were in the 20s when runners took off at 6 a.m. Nov. 1, Jobe said. Overnight, they dropped into the teens. There were 13 aid stations where runners could get water, food and supplements, Jobe said. Race monitors at one station took Jobe into a trailer with a heater so she could get thawed out and change her clothes and shoes.

Jobe grew up in Council Bluffs and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, where she was on the dance team. She studied health and nutritional science at Iowa Western Community College. She started running about five years ago after the birth of her third child, as a means of losing some weight. The adrenaline rush she found in running motivated Jobe to aspire to bigger challenges, such as a half-marathon and then her first full-marathon, in May, 2010.

In June, 2014, Jobe ran a 100k in Wisconsin and a 50-miler in September in Kansas. Running is now part of her everyday life.

Wednesday’s State Volleyball Matches – Results


November 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Class 3-A First Round
(3-0) Red Oak 26-26-25, Sioux Center 24-24-18
(3-0) Nevada 25-25-25, West Liberty 21-21-20

Class 2-A First Round
(3-2) Unity Christian 25-24-27-19-15, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 19-26-25-25-11
(3-0) Western Christian 25-25-25, South Central Calhoun 11-16-10
(3-0) Dike-New Hartford 25-25-25, West Branch 21-19-18
(3-2) Sumner-Fredericksburg 25-25-19-23-15, Grundy Center 18-14-25-25-8

Class 1-A First Round
(3-0) Holy Trinity Catholic 25-25-25, Le Mars Gehlen Catholic 15-13-17
(3-1) Central Lyon 25-25-28-25, Marquette Catholic 13-12-30-23
(3-0) Tripoli 25-25-25, New London 13-11-21
(3-0) Janesville 25-25-25 Grand View Christian 17-18-13