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370 Special Olympics Iowa Athletes Compete at Spring Games in Council Bluffs


April 3rd, 2013 by Jim Field

Council Bluffs , IA – The Special Olympics Iowa Southwest Area Track and Field Spring Games will be held Tuesday, April 16 at the Iowa Western Community College track complex in Council Bluffs. “We are thrilled to have 370 athletes participating in the competition this year,” said SOIA Southwest Area Assistant Director Will Schafer.

 The athletes range in age from 8 to 80 and represent Carroll, Crawford, Freemont, Harrison, Mills, Shelby and Pottawattamie counties. They will compete in track and field events, tennis, softball and the turbo javelin throw, developmental events and wheelchair races.
Ms. Iowa United States 2013 Kayla Helget will be the keynote speaker during the Opening Ceremonies that begin at 9:45 a.m. The Girl Scouts “Spirit of Nebraska” Honor Guard will present the colors and one of their members will sing the national anthem.
“Special Olympics brings out the champion in all of us, and this event is the perfect example of hundreds of people making this day a success for our athletes,” said Schafer. “Iowa Western Community College has played a vital role in keeping our games going year after year. They provide not only the venue for the competition, but also hundreds of volunteers.”
More than 230 volunteers representing various schools and student councils will volunteer on April 16 and include: Harlan Community and Shelby County Catholic Schools, IKM Manning Schools, Lewis Central Schools, Sidney Community Schools, St. Albert Catholic High School, and South Page Schools. Employees of the Union Pacific Railroad and members of the West End Optimist Club of Council Bluffs will also volunteer at the event.
First place winners at the Spring Games will compete at the Special Olympics Iowa State Summer Games May 23-25 at Iowa State University in Ames. The Summer Games are one of seven statewide competitions held in various locations during the year. Nearly 3,000 athletes from across Iowa compete at the Summer Games.
Special Olympics Iowa is a nonprofit organization serving Iowans with intellectual disabilities since 1968. SOIA provides year-round training and competitions in 23 Olympic-type sports for nearly 11,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners representing each of Iowa’s 99 counties.
For more information, visit www.soiowa.org or call 515-986-5520.

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April 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Tuesday Golf Results


April 3rd, 2013 by Jim Field


  • Shenandoah 172, Clarinda 217
  • Villisca 203, Nishnabotna 207, SW Iowa 214 (Medalist – Tyler Beam, Nishnabotna 44)


  • Clarinda 184, Shenandoah 231 (Medalist – Ellie Shane, Clarinda 42, Runner-Up – Beth Anderson, Clarinda 46)
  • Villisca 281, SW Iowa 299 (Medalist – Logan Doty, SWI 59)

Tuesday Soccer Results


April 3rd, 2013 by Jim Field


  • Riverside 3, Tri-Center 0
  • Kuemper Catholic 2, Harlan 2 (Kuemper 3-0 on penalty kicks)
  • Thomas Jefferson 2, Denison-Schleswig 0
  • Omaha Gross 4, Abraham Lincoln 0


  • Tri-Center 5, Riverside 0
  • Nodaway Valley/Adair-Casey/West Central Valley 5, Missouri Valley 0
  • Abraham Lincoln 4, Sioux City West 0


Clarinda Cardinals Relays


April 3rd, 2013 by Jim Field

Class 1-A

  1. Griswold 148
  2. Treynor 105
  3. Corning 75
  4. Bedford 53
  5. Mount Ayr 36
  6. Sidney 34
  7. Lenox 33
  8. Saint Albert 24
  9. Stanton 23
  10. Villisca 21
  11. Essex 20
  12. Riverside 11
  13. East Mills 6

Griswold Winners:
Rebekah Topham 3000, 400, 400 hurdles
Larissa Backhaus 200
4×400 relay
4×800 relay
1600 medley relay

Class 2-A

  1. Creston 170
  2. Glenwood 144
  3. Shenandoah 80
  4. Clarinda 70
  5. CB Thomas Jefferson 57
  6. Atlantic 49
  7. Red Oak 15
  8. Lewis Central 2

Atlantic Highlights:
In the field events Tiffany Williams finished 5th with a jump of 4’6”. Our distance races came out strong again, with a 3rd place finish from Savannah Sorensen in the 3000 in a time of 12.29 and a 5th place finish from Justice Parker in 13.14. The 4×8 team of Siggins, Schmitt, Steffens, and Williams  dropped over 15 seconds from their time at the indoor meet running 11.12 for a 4th place finish. The shuttle hurdle team of Mackenzie Holmes, Brandi Smith, Aly Siggins, and Laeni Pelzer finished 6th in 1.20. Holmes also competed in the 100m finishing 6th in 13.68. The distance medley team of Johnk, Pelzer, Erin Shannon, and Hanna King finished 6th in 5.14. In the 400m, Aly Siggins dropped her time from the previous meet by two seconds finishing 3rd in 1.07.40. Holmes and Smith ran the 100m hurdles, with Holmes finishing 6th in 17.72 and Smith finishing at 19.50. Williams came out strong in the 800m dropping her time again to 2.34.96 finishing 3rd, with Parker coming in at 3.01.59. Williams also was strong in the 1500m with a run of 5.14.90, placing her 2nd overall, and Sorensen ran a 6.07 in the race. The 4×1 team of Pelzer, Holmes, Smith, and Johnk finished 5th with a time of 57.15, and the 4×4 team of Schmitt, King, Steffens, and Pelzer finished in 5.14.

Glenwood Rams Relays Results


April 3rd, 2013 by Jim Field

1. Glenwood 149
2. Harlan 84
3. St Albert 78.5
4. CB Abraham Lincoln 63
5. Lewis Central 47
6. CB Thomas Jefferson 44.5
7. Creston 44
8. Red Oak 18
9. Atlantic 16
10. Clarinda 14

Atlantic scoring includes Jake Dvorak (6th) in the 100m (12.06), Jake Auerbach (3rd) in 400m hurdles (59.14), Alec Hayes (5th) in High Jump (5-08), Jake Auerbach (6th) in High Jump (5-08), and Kray Lukehart (3rd) in long Jump (20-07.5)

Atlantic Boys/Girls Tennis Results


April 3rd, 2013 by Jim Field

Girls results from Atlantic:

Kuemper Catholic 7, Atlantic 2

#1 Leah Greteman 11 (KC) over Leah Tjepkes (A) 8-1
#2 Matti Potthoff 11 (KC) over Lexi Allen (A) 8-5
#3 Sami Schmitz 12 (KC) over Lisa Gearheart (A) 8-6
#4 Hope Bowker 12 (A) over Karla Knobbe 11 (KC) 8-4
#5 Libby Gifford (A) over Corynn Steinkamp 11 (KC) 9-8 (7-4 tiebreak)
#6 Nicole Becker 11 (KC) over Mollee Welter 10 (A) 8-3

#1 Greteman/Potthoff (KC) over Allen/Gearheart (A) 8-4
#2 Knobbe/Taylor Boldt (KC) over Tjepkes/Bowker (A) 8-1
#3 Steinkamp/Becker (KC) over Gifford/Welter (A) 8-4

Boys results from Carroll:

Atlantic 5, Kuemper Catholic 4

#1 Tyler Fischer 12 (A) over Robby Steffes 11 (KC) 10-7
#2 Mitchell Behrens 11 (KC) over Noah Welter 12 (A) 10-5
#3 Scott Caslow 12 (A) over Michael Van Erdewyk 12 (KC) 10-5
#4 Jake Arneson 11 (A) over Ben Hicks 11 (KC) 10-6
#5 Adam Wieser 11 (A) over Matthew Irlbeck 11 (KC) 10-4
#6 Brian Ricke 11 (KC) over Nick Podhajsky 10 (A) 11-9

#1 Fischer/Welter (A) over Steffes/Hicks (KC) 11-10 (7-3 tiebreak)
#2 Behrens/Van Erdewyk (KC) over Arneson/Wieser (A) 10-8
#3 Ricke/Joseph Mohr 10 (KC) over Caslow/Podhajsky (A) 10-7

Also in area tennis:


  • Harlan 8, Thomas Jefferson 1
  • Shenandoah 6, Clarinda 3


  • Shenandoah 5, Clarinda 4

Iowa reaches NIT final with 71-60 win over Terps


April 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Devyn Marble had 21 points and nine rebounds to help Iowa reach the NIT championship for the first time with a 71-60 win over Maryland on Tuesday night. Iowa (25-12), which has recovered from a rocky start to its Big Ten season, won for the 11th time in 14 games. Eric May finished with 12 points, his last on a big 3-pointer with 1:01 to play that iced it for the Hawkeyes, who laid the foundation for a future Big Ten rivalry with Maryland, which is set to join the conference starting in 2014. Alex Len had 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots for Maryland (25-13). Nick Faust added 14 points.

Cardinals hit 3 home runs in 6-1 win over D-backs


April 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Holliday, Pete Kozma and Jon Jay homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Tuesday night to even their season-opening series at a game apiece. Jaime Garcia (1-0) gave up two hits, one of them a solo homer by Miguel Montero, in 5 2-3 innings for the Cardinals. Holliday’s two-run home run off Trevor Cahill broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth.

Kozma added a leadoff homer and Jay a two-run shot off the right field foul pole, both off reliever Heath Bell in the seventh. Kozma’s homer came on Bell’s first pitch with the Diamondbacks. Matt Carpenter doubled twice for St. Louis. Cahill (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Iowa teen says he was hit in head with footballs at Bedford H.S.

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April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa are investigating allegations that high school students repeatedly hit one of their classmates in the head with footballs. The teenager and his grandmother filed a lawsuit last week saying the attack in October at Bedford High School in southwest Iowa resulted in severe brain injuries and permanent disabilities.

Iowa Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Jessica Lown said Tuesday that the agency has launched a criminal investigation. An agent will turn over information to a prosecutor, who will decide whether to file charges. The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Des Moines alleges that school administrators didn’t do enough to protect the boy from repeated bullying.

Bedford Community School District Superintendent Joe Drake, who is named in the lawsuit, told the Omaha World-Herald, investigators have informed him that there was no wrongdoing by students or staff. Drake says student safety is a priority and the school investigates all reports of bullying or harassment.