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College

  • Red Oak tennis player Sherman signs with Grand View
    RED OAK — Red Oak tennis player Erica Sherman said the turnaround point for her high school career came last season when she stepped up her game and claimed the No. 2 seeded singles spot on the team. “Being No. 2 really gave me a lot of confidence that I could go on and play in college,” Sherman said.  Sherman signed a letter of intent to play tennis for Grand View University at an announcement Thursday morning at the Red Oak High School.
  • Bergren inks with Upper Iowa for basketball
     RED OAK — With her college choice in mind, Red Oak girls basketball player Blake Bergren can focus on her senior season of basketball and a repeat trip to Des Moines. Bergren made it official last Monday at Red Oak High School when she signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Upper Iowa University (UIU). “Now to have it be official, it’s just a great feeling,” Bergren said.
  • Bergren to sign with Upper Iowa
    RED OAK — Blake Bergren, Red Oak High School senior, has verbally committed to continue her education and basketball career at Upper Iowa University. Upper Iowa is a NCAA Division II university that participates in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. During Bergren’s junior season she helped lead the Tiger basketball team to their first state appearance in 90 years. She averaged 12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game earning her second team All-Hawkeye Ten Honors.
  • SWCC volleyball starts season this month
    CRESTON — Fresh off a 23-17 season, the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Spartans volleyball team looks to build off its record from last season. The team finished tied for fourth in Division II ICCAC standings with a 5-4 record. The season begins with a scrimmage against Graceland Aug. 21 in Creston. The scrimmage is scheduled for 4 p.m.
  • Morningside picked for 8th in GPAC poll
    SIOUX CITY — After a 17-16 season last year, the Morningside Mustangs volleyball team are set to go for the 2013 season. Morningside, 7-9 in conference last season, was picked to finish eighth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference pre-season poll. The Mustangs open the season with the Red Raider Classic at Northwestern College in Orange City on Friday and Saturday. Morningside will face teams such as Valley City State, Jamestown, Tabor College and Dickinson State at the tournament.
  • Iowa Western to begin title defense Aug. 24
    COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Iowa Western Reivers football team enters the 2013 season as defending national champions of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Reivers went 12-0 last year, winning the MFC Conference Championship, as well as the Region XI Championship, on their way to the national title and a No. 1 ranking. Iowa Western defeated Butler (Kan.) 27-7 in the Graphic Edge Bowl Dec. 2, 2012 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
  • SWCC Cross Country season starts Aug. 24
    CRESTON — The cross country team for Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is ready for another season of competition. It starts Aug. 24 when the team travels north on I-35 to Mason City to take part in the Region XI Time Trial at NIACC. The trials are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. The Spartans have one more meet before the end of the month when they compete in the Bill Buxton Invitational in Indianola. The meet starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Pittmon, Stanton have big days at FM meet
    TABOR—Nick Pittmon’s Friday began with a pancake breakfast in Des Moines and ended with him winning the 4x100 at the Fremont-Mills Invite in Tabor later that evening. The East Mills sprinter began the day competing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines in the long jump. He traveled straight to Tabor from Des Moines and helped East Mills win four events. Including the 4x100, Pittmon also won the 100 and 200-meter dashes and was also the final leg in the 4x200, helping set new meet records.
  • SWCC golf season begins this weekend
    CRESTON — The 2013 spring portion of the golf season for Southwestern Community College kicks off this week. The first spring meet of the season will be Friday and Saturday as both the girls and boys team head to Maryville, Mo. to compete in the Graceland Invitational. The meet will start Friday at noon and continue Saturday at 8 a.m. Both SWCC teams will have their first meet in-state April 4 when they travel to Boone to compete in the DMACC Invitational.
  • SWCC outdoor track season begins
    CRESTON — The outdoor portion of the track and field season for Southwestern Community College kicked off Saturday in Des Moines and continues this week. The boys team was in Des Moines for the Viking Relays Saturday. Brandon Bergren of Red Oak, a former cross country, track and basketball athlete, is competing for SWCC. Bergren has also been a competitor at SWCC for the cross country program. At the Relays Saturday, Bergren finished 16th in the 1,500 race with a time of 4:53.92.