http://www.redoakexpress.com/sports/rss.xml en Schraft defends crown, wins trifecta http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/schraft-defends-crown-wins-trifecta <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/topham_schraft.jpg" alt="Janette Schraft of East Mills retakes the lead from Joanna Topham of Griswold in the 1500m race with 200m left to run. Schraft finished in first at 4:54.36, while Topham placed fourth at 4:57.05" title="Janette Schraft of East Mills retakes the lead from Joanna Topham of Griswold in the 1500m race with 200m left to run. Schraft finished in first at 4:54.36, while Topham placed fourth at 4:57.05" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Janette Schraft, a sophomore at East Mills, won first place in the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m at the state track meet held Thursday through Saturday. Shraft was also the anchor of the third-place distance medley relay.</span></p> <p class="p1"> Schraft began collecting hardware last year at the state meet with a win in the 3000m, and returned to defend her crown on Thursday.</p> <p class="p1"> Running a personal best of 10:36.29, she accomplished the feat.</p> Red Oak hosts boys district tennis; Rolenc places fourth http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/red-oak-hosts-boys-district-tennis-rolenc-places-fourth <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/weston_2_0.jpg" alt="Weston Rolenc, the number four seed in the district, finished the day in fourth place. " title="Weston Rolenc, the number four seed in the district, finished the day in fourth place. " align="left" hspace="6" width="76" height="85" /><p> Glenwood&rsquo;s boys tennis team walked away with the district championship in singles and doubles Thursday, at the district meet hosted by Red Oak.<br /> Teams from Clarinda, Clarke, Creston, Glenwood, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Southwest Valley, and St. Albert competed in the district.<br /> Weston Rolenc of Red Oak was seeded number four entering districts, and ended the day in fourth place.<br /> Rolenc defeated Bryce Newton of Southwest Valley in the first round, 6-1,6-1.<br /> In the second round, Rolenc defeated Nathan Rhedin of St. Albert.<br /> Qualifying track meets net local entries for the blue oval http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/qualifying-track-meets-net-local-entries-blue-oval <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jadon.jpg" alt="Jadon Jahnke of Griswold will compete at state in the high jump, long jump, and shuttle hurdle relay." title="Jadon Jahnke of Griswold will compete at state in the high jump, long jump, and shuttle hurdle relay." align="left" hspace="6" width="53" height="85" /><p> State qualifying track meets were held around the state Thursday, with many local athletes advancing to the blue oval at Drake for state competition.<br /> Red Oak<br /> Red Oak girls qualified in the distance medley relay by placing second at Missouri Valley. The team of Syd Streicher, Dana Marsden, Juhi Boeye, and Ellie Rengstorf finished with a time of 4:26.54.<br /> Two more entries were qualified after the times were compared across the state.<br /> Two champs, two national qualifiers for RO grapplers http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/two-champs-two-national-qualifiers-ro-grapplers <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aiden.jpg" alt=" Aiden Smith uses the gut wrench technique on his opponent in the Intermediate division of the Iowa USA Freestyle/Greco State Tournament held May 6, and 7 in Des Moines." title=" Aiden Smith uses the gut wrench technique on his opponent in the Intermediate division of the Iowa USA Freestyle/Greco State Tournament held May 6, and 7 in Des Moines." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> For the first time in program history, three Red Oak wrestlers have qualified for nationals, placing third or higher at the Iowa USA Freestyle/Greco State Tournament held last weekend, May 6-7 in Sioux City.<br /> Freestyle/Greco style wrestling begins at the Bantam level and goes up to Veterans for both males and females.<br /> Aiden Smith, 10-year old from Red Oak, won the Intermediate 65 pound championship in both freestyle and Greco. Smith wrestles with the Powerhouse Wrestling Club of Council Bluffs, under the direction of Keith Massey.<br /> Lofty goals for Essex freshman http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/lofty-goals-essex-freshman <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/thornburg_cmyk.jpg" alt="Colton Thornburg runs down the long jump lane with complete focus. " title="Colton Thornburg runs down the long jump lane with complete focus. " align="left" hspace="6" width="62" height="85" /><p> Colton Thornburg, a freshman at Essex High School placed second in the state junior high meet last year in the long jump. This year, he is looking forward to the state meet at the high school level. But first he has to do well in the district meet on May 11, at Fremont-Mills.<br /> &ldquo;I have to beat Jaeger,&rdquo; Thornburg said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s my biggest competition at this time.&rdquo;<br /> Jaeger Powers of Fremont-Mills is ranked second in the Corner Conference, with a season best jump of 19-11.<br /> Red Oak competes in Hawk 10 meet http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/red-oak-competes-hawk-10-meet <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/athen_boeye.jpg" alt="Dana Marsden successfully hands the baton to Juhi Boeye in the distance medley." title="Dana Marsden successfully hands the baton to Juhi Boeye in the distance medley." align="left" hspace="6" width="77" height="85" /><p> The Red Oak Tigers competed with 10 other teams in the Hawkeye 10 conference meet in Denison last Thursday.<br /> The boys ended the meet in 10th place with five points, and the girls finished in eighth with 35 points.<br /> Girls<br /> Team scoring: 1-Denison 147, 2-Lewis Central 106, 3-Harlan 102, 4-Creston 97, 5-Glenwood 89, 6-Shenandoah 67, 7-Atlantic 38.5, 8-Red Oak 35, 9-Clarinda 24.5, 10-St. Albert 18, 11-Kuemper Catholic 16.<br /> Chloe Johnson led the Tigers with the only individual event score, placing third in the long jump.<br /> SWV boys claim 5th, girls finish 11th in conference track http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/swv-boys-claim-5th-girls-finish-11th-conference-track <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jillian_simmons_2.jpg" alt="Jillian Simmons gives her all in the 800m. " title="Jillian Simmons gives her all in the 800m. " align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> The Pride of Iowa conference track meet was held last Tuesday in Afton, with the Southwest Valley Timberwolves taking fifth place in the boys division and 11th in the girls with a field of 12 for both divisions.<br /> Griswold girls golf places third in conference http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/griswold-girls-golf-places-third-conference <p> Mateya Peters placed sixth and the Griswold Tigers placed third as a team in the Western Iowa Conference golf tournament last Wednesday.<br /> Team scoring: 1-AHSTW 419, 2-Audubon 483, 3-Griswold 432, 4-IKM-Manning 469, 5-Logan-Magnolia 539, 6-Missouri Valley 497, 7-Riverside 569, 8-Treynor 359, 9-Tri-Center 459, 10-Underwood 468.<br /> Mateya Peters led the team, shooting a 97 to earn a sixth-place medal.<br /> Other counting scores were: Shelby Keiser with a 106, Karley Keiser with a 114, and Bry Carlisle with a 115.<br /> Reaghan Oakleaf shot a 119.<br />