High School

  • Sports Calendar: December 4

    It's a short schedule, but there is still a busy schedule for Thursday. The area wrestling teams hit the mats for their season debuts.

    The Red Oak wrestling team will be on the road as they start the season in Denison for a double dual. Red Oak will face both Denison-Schleswig and Missouri Valley. The meet starts at 5:30 p.m.

    Elsewhere, both the Southwest Valley and East Mills wrestling teams will be at Mount Ayr. The meet starts at 5:30 p.m.

  • Sports Calendar: IT'S TIME (Dec. 2)

    FINALLY! The winter sports season is here. A couple of teams got off to early starts last week, but everyone else will get going this week.

    There are a couple of varsity doubleheader basketball match-ups on the calendar for Tuesday night.

    In Corner Conference action, the Essex basketball teams will have their home opener as they face Stanton in a girls/boys basketball doubleheader. It starts with the girls game at 6 p.m. as the boys follow.

    It's the second game of the season for the Viqueens, who lost their opener last week against Bedford.

  • Area football players picked for INA All-State team

     DES MOINES— The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its 2014 All-State Football selections last Tuesday in classes A, 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 8-Man.

    In Class 2A, Red Oak running back Brock Isaacson was picked for third team all-state. In his junior season, Isaacson rushed for 1,421 yards (fifth highest in Class 2A) and scored nine touchdowns for the Tigers.

  • Southwest Valley volleyball star Palmer picks SWCC

     CORNING — The transition of two schools entering a whole grade sharing agreement provided some help for Marie Palmer. It gave her the opportunity to meet and interact with different students, which will come in handy in college.

    Palmer will get that opportunity to meet new people because she signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Southwestern Community College Nov. 19 at Southwest Valley High School.

  • Viqueens fall on road to Bedford in basketball season opener

     BEDFORD — The regional final rematch that featured Stanton and Bedford favored the Bulldogs as they handed the Viqueens a 68-42 loss to open the 2014-15 season.

    The Bulldogs jumped ahead early, taking a 14-8 lead. By halftime, they were up 31-21. Bedford continued to build their lead from there.

    Leading the way for Stanton was Haley Weis, who scored 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting with three rebounds.

  • Tigers begin with early season victory

     RED OAK —With the season officially kicking off around the area this week, the Red Oak girls basketball team got in some early season action with a 59-13 blowout home opener win against the Riverside Bulldogs last Tuesday.

    Aggressive on defense from the get-go, the Tigers forced turnover after turnover, which translated to points on the transition fastbreak.

  • Two for Red Oak picked for all-state volleyball

     DES MOINES — Two Red Oak volleyball players were picked for the Class 3A all-state team, released last Wednesday by the IGCA.

    Kate Walker was picked for first team. Grace Blomstedt was picked for second team.

    Walker is joined on the first team list by Solon’s Jordan Smith and Jordan Runge, Mount Vernon’s Morgan Melchert, Union’s Maria Wrage, Iowa Falls-Alden’s Kelsey Redmond and West Liberty’s Cassedi Simon.

  • Walker joining Bucknell basketball

     RED OAK — It didn’t take Red Oak athlete Kate Walker too long to figure out where she would spend the next four years of her academic and athletic career.

    After verbally committing over the summer, Walker made it official by signing her letter of intent early to play basketball for Bucknell University, a Division I school in Lewisburg, Penn. 

  • Isaacson, Mertz, Jansky picked for first-team all-district

    The Red Oak Tigers football team had nine players, including three for first-team, picked for the all-district in Class 2A-District 8, released last week.

    Brock Isaacson, Conner Jansky and Tanner Mertz were the three players picked for first team. Isaacson and Jansky were picked for offense, while Mertz was a defensive selection.

    In his junior season, Isaacson led the district in rushing yards with 1,421 on 228 carries. He also had nine touchdowns this season.

  • Scrimmage raises money for two-year old with diabetes

     GRISWOLD — The Griswold girls basketball team once again took part in the annual Iowa Hall of Pride scrimmage Friday night when they faced the Stanton Viqueens.

    While Griswold might have gotten the better end of the score in the scrimmage, the real winner was one young boy and his family.

    “It’s always fun to help out a community member,” Griswold girls’ basketball coach and high school teacher Jeff Koenck said.