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High School

  • 3A State Tournament Notes

    With the 3A girls state basketball tournament kicking off next week, Red Oak High School already has plans drawn up for the quarterfinal game.

    Tickets for the game may be purchased at the Red Oak High School office starting Thursday. They'll be available until Tuesday at 8 a.m. The price is $10 per ticket. Game tickets can also be purchased at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, before the game.

  • Red Oak bowling finishes fourth at state

    The Red Oak boys bowling team took fourth at the state meet Monday afternoon at Plaza Lanes.

    Red Oak had team score of 2,735. Camanche won the meet with a score of 3,122. Ryan Plambeck was the top bowler with a score of 385.

    Shaely Nowels meanwhile had a 331 series as she missed out on the top 10.

  • District Basketball Preview: 1A semifinals

    Two area teams are back in action Tuesday night as they compete in the district semifinals.

    In District 14, the match-up of the night will take place in Tabor when the Stanton Vikings take on Fremont-Mills.

    It's the fourth meeting between hte two schools this season. All three prior match-ups have gone to Fremont-Mills.

    With the game taking place in Tabor and Fremont-Mills fans likely being in festive moods after the girls basketball team qualified for state Monday night, the environment will no doubt be tough for Stanton.

  • Red Oak school board accused again of open meetings violation

    DES MOINES – Another complaint has been filed against the Red Oak School District for violating the open meetings law several times in the last two months, including twice during a meeting where the board approved a $13 million building project.

    Officials with the Iowa Public Information Board confirmed they received the complaints filed by Margaret Stoldorf, and said they would likely be discussed at its March 19 meeting. 

  • Regional Recap: Essex falls short in semis

     One of the best seasons in recent memory came to an end for the Essex Trojanettes basketball team as they lost 52-36 in the 1A regional semifinals Friday night in Tabor to the Fremont-Mills Knights.

    Essex battled hard and kept close early with Fremont-Mills. However, the Knights survived the initial attack and maintained their lead for much of the game.

  • Raining threes sink Kuemper as Tigers reach state

     HARLAN — For most of the season, the Red Oak girls’ basketball team relied on senior stars Kate Walker and Grace Blomstedt to save the Tigers in close ball games. A different player stepped up Saturday night when not only the game, but the season was on the line. 

  • Red Oak eliminated by Underwood

     TREYNOR — The 2014-15 season for the Red Oak boys’ basketball team ended last Monday in Treynor when they lost 54-34 to the Underwood Eagles to open district play.

    Red Oak (7-15) trailed by single-digits at halftime, but Underwood was able to pull ahead in the second half and advance to the 2A district semifinals.

  • Red Oak sending boys’ team to state

     COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Red Oak bowling teams once again sent competitors to the state meet after finishing strong at the state qualifying meet last week.

    Five of the six varsity boys’ bowlers for Red Oak placed in the top 11 as they dominated the five team field at the state qualifying meet at the Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs last Tuesday by recording a team score of 2,873.

  • District recap: Stanton advanced with Botna win

     FARRAGUT — The Stanton Vikings defeated the Nishnabotna Blue Devils Thursday night 62-49 in the 1A district quarterfinals.

    Nishnabotna tried to keep close early, but Stanton rallied late to take a 19-9 lead after one quarter.

    A balanced scoring effort by four Stanton starters kept them ahead. Nishnabotna tried to make a late run, but the Vikings led 30-22 going into halftime.

  • Red Oak’s Mertz powers through to fourth place finish

    DES MOINES — His goal was to get on the podium and get top five. He exceeded that.

    Red Oak wrestler Tanner Mertz put a cap on his high school career by finishing fourth in the 145 lbs. bracket at the IHSAA 2A State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena over the weekend.

    Mertz lost only two of his matches, both of which came against two of the top three wrestlers ranked in the final Predicament Iowa High School 2A 145 lbs. Wrestling rankings.