High School

  • 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. 

  • Red Oak Express All-Area Defensive Teams

    Here is the Express All-Area Defensive Teams for both boys and girls basketball. It will be broken down by team:


    Red Oak

    • Eli Guerra
    • Ryan Lundgren
    • Gavin French
    • Conner Jansky


    • Brady Johnson
    • Connor Hultman
    • David Sorensen

    Southwest Valley

    • Scott Vanderhoof

    East Mills

  • Tigers season ends with loss to eventual state champs

     DES MOINES — How will you remember them?

    Red Oak girls basketball seniors Kate Walker, Grace Blomstedt, Micayla Taylor and Madison Gilbert, have accomplished quite a bit during their time with the program.

    They’ve gone 49-25 and made two historic state tournament trips in the last three seasons,  the first of which (in 2013) was Red Oak’s first  in 90 years.

  • Three Trojanettes among first team all-Corner

    Three Essex Trojanettes basketball players took first-team honors as the Corner Conference all-conference basketball teams were released last week.

    Kym Graham, Jescenia Mosley and Daiton Martin were all selected for the first-team.

    Martin, a freshman, and Mosley are the only underclassmen to make the first-team list.

  • Area players receive state academic honors

     Red Oak girls; basketball players Kate Walker and Grace Blomstedt and Stanton’s Heidi Vanderholm were selected to the Academic All-State girls basketball team, released recently by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association.

    The three were among 28 girls’ basketball players state-wide to be selected to the all-academic team.

    They were selected from more than 100 nominees, who were picked by member coaches.

  • Walker, Blomstedt picked for H-10 team

     The Red Oak girls’ basketball team had two seniors picked for the all-conference team released Saturday night by the Hawkeye 10.

    Kate Walker and Grace Blomstedt were the representatives picked for all-conference. Walker was a unanimous first team selection at guard, while Blomstedt was a second team selection at center.

  • Red Oak falls to Nevada in state quarterfinals

    The Red Oak girls basketball season came to an end Tuesday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines as the Tigers lost 54-38 to Nevada in the 3A state quarterfinals.

    Red Oak struggled out of the gates, scoring six points in the first quarter. Red Oak kept close in the second quarter, but trailed 28-19 at halftime. 

    The difference came in the third quarter as Nevada outscored Red Oak 18-9, which would be the cushion they needed to get the win.

  • District Recap: Stanton, Griswold eliminated

     TABOR — A close first half came undone for the Stanton Vikings as they lost for the fourth time this season to Fremont-Mills.

    Stanton lost the 1A district semifinal game 55-42 at Fremont-Mills High School.

    The Vikings started the game strong, scoring eight of the first 10 points in the opening quarter. Fremont-Mills stormed back, relying on Sam Phillips, Parker Powers and Tristan Melgoza to go on an 8-0 run to take a 10-8 lead.

  • Red Oak set for quarterfinal showdown with Nevada

    With a full week to prepare, the Red Oak Tigers girls’ basketball team are set to play in the state tournament Tuesday afternoon for the second time in three seasons.

    Red Oak is looking for its first state tournament win in school history when they take on the Nevada Cubs in a battle between the fourth and fifth seeds.

    The two teams will square off at 1:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.