High School

  • Red Oak girls basketball qualifies for state

    For the second time in three seasons, the Red Oak girls' basketball team will be playing at the state tournament.

    The Tigers defeated Kuemper Catholic 72-69 in overtime Saturday evening to clinch their third state trip in school history.

    Red Oak trailed late, but a lay-up with several seconds left by freshman Sierra Athen forced overtime. Red Oak was able to pull out ahead and avenge their loss from last month to the Knights.

    Because of the early start time, Red Oak was the first of eight teams in 3A to qualify.

  • Sports Calendar: February 21

    It's a big day on the sports calendar. 

    It all starts with state wrestling as a couple of area wrestlers look to finish their tournament on the podium.

    Red Oak wrestler Tanner Mertz (145 lbs.) will be in the consolation semifinals. Mertz will wrestle Adam Benzing of Waukon in the consolation semifinal. Friday night, Mertz lost via pinfall to Max Thomsen of Union in the championship semifinals. A win over Benzing will guarantee Mertz a top four finish.

  • UPDATED: Sports Calendar: February 20

    10:45 a.m. update: Tanner Mertz will wrestle in the semifinals tonight. He will take on Max Thomsen of Union. Mertz defeated Kade Steuhm 3-2 in the quarterfinals this morning.

    It's another busy day of sports for athletes around the area.

    In Des Moines, Day 2 of the state wrestling tournament kicks off in a few minutes with the 3A and 2A quarterfinals.

  • District Basketball Preview: 1A quarterfinals

    It's back to action for several area boys basketball teams as the district tournament continues Thursday night.

    There are two area teams playing for the first time in the district tournament Thursday night: Stanton and East Mills. Both teams will be at separate sites.

    Stanton will be opening with a quarterfinal match-up against Nishnabotna. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip-off in Farragut.

  • Sports Calendar: Area wrestlers set to compete at state tournament

    The 2015 State Wrestling Championship tournament kicks off Thursday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

    Here is the schedule for Thursday's opening day:

    The Class 2A 1st round and 1st round consolations begins at 1:30 p.m. Red Oak wrestler Tanner Mertz (39-7) will be in action as he faces Keagan Putnam (42-21) of Sergeant Bluff-Luton. They'll be wrestling in the 145 lbs. bracket.

    The other wrestlers facing off in Mertz's section of the bracket is Adam Benzing (29-9) of Waukon taking on Kade Steuhm (38-4) of Solon.

  • Regional Basketball Preview: Red Oak and Shenandoah face off one more time

    When the regional brackets were released several weeks ago, this date was undoubtedly circled on the calendar. Most expected Red Oak and Shenandoah to meet again in the regional tournament.

    Well now the day is here and the wait is over. Anticipation has been building to Wednesday's semifinal.

    Red Oak and Shenandoah will be fighting for a regional final berth in Wednesday night's semifinal game, starting at 7 p.m. at Shenandoah High School.

  • Sports Calendar: February 17

    It's another busy day on the sports calendar. Here's a look at the events going on around the area.

    The only non-basketball item on the calendar will be state qualifying bowling. The Red Oak bowling teams will be in action in Class 1A as they return to the Thunderbowl on 1900 Madison Avenue in Council Bluffs.

    Red Oak will be in the District 5 qualifying meet along with Lenox, Mount Ayr, Shenandoah and St. Albert.

    The meet will start at 12:30 p.m.

    Regional Basketball Preview

  • Tigers win two in a row to close season

     The Red Oak boys’ basketball team went into its opening round district tournament game Monday night by closing the regular season with two straight victories.

    The first of those wins came last Monday in their home finale when the Tigers defeated Southwest Valley, 67-40.

  • Round 3: Red Oak set for Shenandoah and semifinals

    Here we go again.

    Wednesday’s Class 3A regional semifinals will mark the ninth time in the last three seasons that Red Oak and Shenandoah have played each other in girls basketball. Red Oak has won five of the last eight meetings, including in the regional semifinals the last two seasons.

  • Trojans fall short against Nishnabotna and Diagonal

     ESSEX — The Essex Trojans boys’ basketball team ended the regular season with a 57-38 loss at home last Tuesday to the Nishnabotna Blue Devils.

    Essex struggled early as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 15-6 lead after one quarter.

    Nishnabotna continued to shoot the ball well, eventually going into halftime with a 36-16 lead.