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High School

  • Topham’s four golds guides Griswold to second

     DES MOINES — There won’t be a fourth straight state team title for the Griswold girls track and field team, but they were close at the end.

    The Tigers finished second in the 1A team state field with 43 points, one ahead of Central Elkader. North Linn snapped the Griswold team title streak as they finished with 57 points.

    Griswold had the lead entering the final two races of the meet, the 4x100 and 4x400. North Linn clinched the team title with a win in the 4x100 and added to their point total in the 4x400.

  • Sports Calendar: May 23

    This will be a short update for the calendar.

    The state track meet continues Friday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. There will be much more relay races, as well as field events and hurdle races. For more, go to IAHSAA.org or IGHSAU.org to follow along with the action.

    After getting rained out Thursday, the regional girls tennis tournament got underway this morning in Red Oak. The meet was scheduled for a 9 a.m. start. Red Oak and Southwest Valley will have individual competitors.

  • Sports Calendar: May 22

    It will be a busy day around the area for Thursday.

    The big event will be taking place in Des Moines though as the state track meet kicks off at Drake Stadium. For area teams and competitors, it all starts at 9 a.m. with the 1A girls shuttle hurdle relay prelims. Stanton and Griswold will compete in the heats for the shuttle hurdles. 

    Additionally, the 1A girls shot put, featuring Essex's Regan Burns also starts at 9 a.m.

  • State Track Schedule

    Here is the full list of area athletes competing at the state meet in Des Moines later this week. This will be broken down team by team.

    Red Oak

    • 2A Boys 3,200-meter race: Josh Sunberg- Thursday at 3:50 p.m.
    • 2A Boys 1,600-meter race: Josh Sunberg- Saturday at 1:53 p.m.
    • 2A Girls 400-meter dash: Kate Walker and Nikki Graber- Thursday at 7 p.m.
    • 2A Girls 1500-meter race: Kate Walker- Saturday at 2:25 p.m.

    Southwest Valley

  • Nelson qualifies for state tennis

     RED OAK —Red Oak tennis player Jordan Nelson’s final season will end at the same place as the previous year, the state tournament.

    After winning the district title at the district tournament Thursday, Nelson will have made a state tournament appearance in all four high school seasons.

    Nelson defeated Shenandoah’s Philip Meier in the district final 6-0 and 6-4 to get the win.

    The alternate third place match featured St. Albert’s Travis Miller defeating Jake Arneson of Atlantic 10-0.

  • SWV’s Baldwin lone qualifier in district golf

     RED OAK — The golf season continues on for one area golfer.

    Evan Baldwin of Southwest Valley was the only golfer to advance to districts during Friday’s 2A sectional meet at the Red Oak Country Club.

    Baldwin shot a 79 to finish in a tie for fourth along with Clarinda’s Zach Woodard to get into districts, which will take place Friday morning at Lake Panorama in Panora.

    “First year I’ve done it since my freshman year,” Baldwin said. “It feels good.”

  • Red Oak girls tennis advances to regional team final

     ATLANTIC — The Red Oak girls tennis team is once again back in the regional final following shutout wins Saturday to start the team tennis tournament in Atlantic.

    Red Oak first defeated Southwest Valley 5-0 in the first round.

    They followed that with a 5-0 win in the regional semifinals versus Harlan. In both instances, neither meet required the teams to start doubles as all of Red Oak’s wins came in singles.

    In all of Red Oak’s matches with Southwest Valley, they ended with 6-0, 6-0 wins.

  • Area competitors set to compete at state

     DES MOINES — The Red Oak track teams have three qualifiers going to the famed Drake Stadium this week competing in the state track and field meet.

    The lone boys qualifier for Red Oak is long-distance runner Josh Sunberg.

    The junior qualified for state in two races, the 1,600 and the 3,200.

    In both instances, Sunberg outright earned his spot by winning both races at the 2A district meet Thursday in Treynor.

    It’s the first state meet appearance in track for Sunberg, who missed out on the chance last season.

  • Sports Calendar: May 16-17

    With commencements from high school scheduled for the weekend, there is no shortage of postseason sports action.

    It's golf's turn for postseason action for this Friday.

    The big meet will take place at the Red Oak Country Club as the Red Oak boys golf team hosts sectionals. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. Southwest Valley, Clarinda, East Union, SWI, St. Albert, Treynor and Tri-Center are all scheduled to compete at the meet.

  • Sports Calendar: May 15

    We've finally reached the postseason portion of the spring sports season. Track and tennis athletes all across Iowa have worked hard all season to get ready for a chance to get to state.

    The day starts with boys tennis as Red Oak High School will host the district tournament. Southwest Valley, Atlantic, Clarinda, Glenwood, Harlan, Shenandoah and St. Albert are all among the teams scheduled to compete. The tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. at Red Oak High School.