High School

  • Essex’s Graham to play softball for Doane

     ESSEX — Essex High School athlete Kym Graham will continue her athletic career for another four years at the collegiate level.

    Graham signed a letter of intent earlier this month to play softball for Doane College in Crete, Neb.

    Graham has played softball at Essex for four seasons now, dating back to her eighth grade year in 2011.

  • Walker, Blomstedt to play in all-star game

     CEDAR RAPIDS — Red Oak’s Kate Walker and Grace Blomstedt will be competing in the Larry Niemeyer Basketball Senior All-Star games this Saturday at Kirkwood Community College.

    Walker will be part of the 3A/4A/5A select game as she plays for the White team, coached by Darron Koolstra of Bishop Heelan. Serena Parker of Shenandoah will also play in the game.

  • Stanton set for another year of Mayhem

    STANTON — It might officially be spring on the calendars. However, it doesn’t feel like spring until March Mayhem, the annual Stanton High School tradition, arrives.

    It all began 12 years ago and continues this weekend with no shortage of activities.

    March Mayhem is one of the more popular times as many students from around southwest Iowa participate in various basketball events, as well as a dodgeball tournament.

  • Griswold wins Hall of Pride service award

     Griswold High School was one of five Iowa schools to receive a service award as part of the Iowa Hall of Pride challenge.

    Joining Griswold amongst others are Mason City, Fairfield, Central Clinton and Fort Madison, the top service award winner.

    Griswold received the $500 award for their service project “Hoops 4 Hounds: A Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes.”

  • Red Oak Express All-Area Boys Basketball Team 2014-15

     First Team

     G- Logan Currin, Sr., East Mills
    2nd on team in scoring (12.8 PPG)

    G- Brendon Birt, Sr., Red Oak
    11.9 PPG, led team with 40.7 3-pt shooting percentage

  • Red Oak Express All-Area Girls Basketball Team 2014-15

     First Team

     *G- Kate Walker, Sr., Red Oak
    20.1 PPG, 8.9 rebounds per game, 7.3 assists per game in 23 games

    G- Daiton Martin, Fr., Essex
    6.9 PPG, 127 assists, led conference in steals with 119

  • Red Oak Express All-Area Basketball Honorable Mentions

     Here is the list of the honorable mentions for the Red Oak Express All-Area Basketball teams, broken down by team:


    Red Oak— Madison Gilbert, Angela Mahoney, Hannah Vial, Dana Marsden, Megan Sands and Sierra Athen;

    Stanton— Haley Weis, Ally Focht, Erin Sorensen, Lauren Stephens, Jody Vanderholm and Devin Druivenga;

  • Red Oak girls receive additional honors

     The honors continue to accumulate for several Red Oak girls’ basketball players.

    Red Oak guard Kate Walker was picked for first-team all-state by two different organizations.

    Walker was picked for first-team all-state in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) and the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA).

  • Birt, Lundgren picked for Hawkeye 10 team

     The Red Oak boys’ basketball team had two players picked for the all-conference team by the Hawkeye 10 released last week.

    Brendon Birt and Ryan Lundgren, both guards, were selected as honorable mentions to the Hawkeye 10 team.

    This is the first appearance on the all-conference list for both Birt, a senior and Lundgren, a sophomore.

  • Above average temps, no rain prompts burn ban

     MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Several days of unseasonably warm temperatures combined with a lack of moisture has prompted the issuing of a burn ban for Montgomery County. 

    Brian Hamman, Director for the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency issued the ban effective at noon, Monday.