Viking harriers race to silver in windy conditions at NEIC meet

Friday, October 14, 2022 1:21 pm

Decorah cross country runners did their best under windy conditions Tuesday night at the Northeast Iowa Conference meet, held at the Plum Creek Golf Course in Fredericksburg. The Vikings posted another solid effort at the NEIC meet.
The varsity girls narrowly missed the top spot earning 67 points to finish one point behind Class 2A No. 17 New Hampton.
The boys also took the runner-up spot by scoring 55 points. Waukon, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, took the title with 32 points.
Yet again, the JV girls and boys took the top honors in their respective races.

Vikings edge Jefferson, fall to CF

Friday, October 14, 2022 1:19 pm

Getting one last meet in before the postseason begins, the Decorah swim and dive team had a good performance Tuesday in a triangular with Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids Jefferson in Cedar Falls. Decorah edged out Cedar Rapids Jefferson 99 to 86 and fell to Cedar Falls 135 to 51.
The Vikings had just one gold medal that came in the 1-meter diving event. Kailyn O’Gara earned 190.05 points to claim the top spot.

SW still in hunt for UIC crown

Friday, October 14, 2022 1:18 pm

Despite needing five sets, South Winn (10-17, 6-1 UIC) secured the conference win over Central Elkader (11-23, 4-4 UIC) Tuesday to remain in contention for the top UIC spot.
The Warriors were familiar with Central having seen them twice at tournaments this season, dropping both of those matches. Tuesday night was a different story, as South Winn rebounded from an opening set loss, 21-25, to capture the next two sets by 25-19 scores. Central didn’t go away though forcing a fifth set (21-25) and in what was a back-and-forth affair, South Winn came away with some big plays down the stretch to close out the match, 15-12.

Volleyball playoffs next week

Friday, October 14, 2022 1:17 pm

Postseason volleyball play begins next week for area teams.
Decorah is in Class 4A Region 6 and will host the first round Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. The opponent is Mason City. The winner will face Charles City, Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., in Charles City. The regional semifinalists will face off Tuesday, Oct. 25, in at 7 p.m., at the highest ranked team in the last IGHSAU rankings. Other regional opponents include Webster City, Fort Dodge and Western Dubuque.

Trojans secure district title with OT win over Tripoli

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 3:47 pm

The Trojans entered Friday’s contest versus Tripoli with one thing on their mind — bringing home the win and at least a share of the district title. With Turkey Valley (5-1, 4-0) and the Panthers (5-2, 4-1) both undefeated in district play, it was no surprise to fans on either side of the field that the game was decided in overtime. It was, however, a surprise to many to see the Panthers forced to send in a back-up quarterback to throw a pass that was broken up by the Trojans and taken back for a touchdown and the win, 52-36.
“This was a great high school football game,” said Coach Mark Scott. “Offensively we ran the ball well but struggled throwing the ball. Oliver Schmitt, Carson Bruess and Noah Hanson all ran the ball well. The offensive front of Calvin Bodensteiner, Brady Fischer, Treyton Hulbert, Troy Schmitt and Chase Hayek did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage. Defensively we had made some adjustments to try and contain the quarterback. Even though we gave up 36 points I thought the defense did great with the game plan.”

Missed opportunities for Vikings against Marion

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 3:45 pm

There were several scoring prospects during Friday’s game for the Decorah football team (2-5, 0-2); however, Marion (3-4, 1-1) prevailed in the final period, 14-13.
“This was another tough game with an ending that could have gone either way,” said Coach Pat Trewin. “The first half ended 0-0, but we know we did not play our best in the first half. Marion kept fighting and made a couple of big plays. They have a couple of players who can score on the big play, and we knew we would have to score, or those big plays could hurt us. Even though they moved the ball on us some, we limited the big plays to just a few. We could not reach the endzone enough with ours. Later in the game we had a couple mistakes that stopped chances to score.”

Fourth quarter hands SW a loss at Bellevue

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 3:43 pm

It all came down to the final period for the South Winn football team (2-5, 2-3) at Bellevue (3-4, 3-3) Friday night, with the Warrior offense getting shut down for the 42-28 district loss.
“We had great success running the ball the entire night as we were able to execute the offensive game plan coming in. We struggled however, to make the plays we needed on third and fourth down defensively,” said Coach Jason Ohrt. “We had a couple tough injuries throughout the night, but our kids battled hard and fought through the adversity. In the end we just came up a little bit short and Bellevue made some nice plays on offense down the stretch to put the game away.”

Norton takes week three top prize

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 3:40 pm

Phil Norton of Waukon pulled off the win in week three of the Pigskin Picks football contest after incorrectly guessing just one game.
With two games missed, Allen Goeke, also of Waukon, was just one point away in the first tie-breaker with 59 and claimed runner-up. Mabel-Canton had the most points scored by any one team at 60. Third place went to Waukon’s Paul Norton with two missed games. It took the second tie-breaker guess of 84, for Paul Norton to secure the third-place prize. The game between Rushford-Peterson and Winona Cotter tallied 78 points in the contest.
The two most missed games were Luther defeating Simpson and Waukon besting Dubuque Wahlert.

TV force Pirates off the plank

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 3:39 pm

Wrapping up home stand for the regular season, the Turkey Valley volleyball team (11-15, 5-1 UIC) handed Postville (0-17, 0-6 UIC) the loss Thursday, 3-0. Set scores for the night were 25-16, 25-11 and 25-14. No other stats, comments or information was available at press time.
Saturday, the Trojans were at a tournament in Riceville and no scores or stats were provided at press time.
Turkey Valley will have a pair of conference road games this week as the Trojans play at West Central Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., and then South Winn Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Warrior girls claim top spot; Vikes runners-up

Friday, October 7, 2022 5:25 pm

It was a perfect night for the South Winn cross country invite held Tuesday at South Winn Golf and Country Club outside of Calmar.
The Warriors hosted 11 squads in the meet. In addition to a junior high race, there was one girls race and one boys race.
The Class 1A No. 3 Warrior girls came out on top on the team standings while the boys finished sixth. Decorah took runner-up in both divisions, while Turkey Valley had just three harriers on the course between the two races.

First defeat in UIC for Warriors

Friday, October 7, 2022 5:24 pm

The South Winn volleyball team (9-17, 5-1 UIC) faced off with Clayton Ridge (12-13, 4-1 UIC) in a battle for league standings in the UIC on Tuesday evening in Calmar. 
The Warriors came up just shy on the evening dropping a highly contested first set 24-26 with no team having more than a two-point lead. In the second set, the Warriors played their most consistent volleyball of the net jumping out to an early lead and not looking back, winning 25-16. Unfortunately, Clayton Ridge regained the momentum and walked away with the four set victory (21-25, 22-25). 

Comets shut down Decorah spikers

Friday, October 7, 2022 5:23 pm

Wrapping up the regular season on the road, the Decorah volleyball team (18-7, 2-3 NEIC) squared off with Charles City (18-8, 3-2 NEIC) Tuesday, dropping the match 3-1. Set scores were 31-33, 25-22, 19-25 and 16-25.
“Honestly, we played very flat all night long, and our communication was not good. We have several things that we need to work on before we go to the NEIC tournament and start the postseason. I believe this team has the ability to bounce back if they work together,” said Coach Gina Holthaus.

NICC Sports Shooting picks up second win

Friday, October 7, 2022 5:22 pm

The Northeast Iowa Community College Cougar Sports Shooting team defeated Kirkwood Community College for its second win of the new season, 473-295, on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Turkey Valley Trap Range.
NICC student athletes competing in the event, and Male Individual scores, included top scorer Austin Snell, Decorah, 98; Emmit Stemper, of Decorah, 97; Camron Kraus, Spring Grove, Minn., 94; Paul Hanni, Cresco, 93; Tracer Tollefsrud, Canton, Minn., 91; Jackson Rollins, Decorah, 91; Zachary Gronwoldt, Riceville, 91; Noah Hageman, Decorah, 86; Alex Digman, Earlville, 84; Sam Clausen, Johnston, 76; Zach Schroeder, Elgin, 73; Alex Zweibohmer, Decorah, 72; Kaden Leliefeld, Decorah, 69; Nicholas Saeugling, La Motte, 67; and Nate Heiderscheit, Peosta, 40. 

Athletic Hall of Fame inductees to be honored

Friday, October 7, 2022 5:22 pm

Luther College Athletic Director Renae Hartl announced the incoming members of the 2022 Athletics Hall of Fame class.
Kirk Neubauer (’76), Christina  (Gaard) Baumgart (’07), Kelsey (Kittleson) Millonig (‘12), Kyle Pearson (‘07), Kyle Schroeder (‘07), Jenarah Tekippe (‘01), Jen (Shinborni) Giordano (‘02), Tony Campbell (‘97), Donald Hrodey (‘72), James Lantz (‘72) and Robert Miller (‘72) will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame during a short ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Center for Faith and Life on Luther’s campus. 

Trojans in good district position

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 4:01 pm

The Turkey Valley (4-1, 3-0) is in the driver’s seat in the district after defeating Clarksville (3-3, 1-2) Friday night on the road, 44-34.
The Trojans currently are tied with Tripoli for the top spot with both undefeated in district play.
“This was a good road win. Clarksville has a very good chance of being a playoff team. Offensively we moved the ball consistently the entire game. Two big penalties killed two drives and a fumble killed the only other drive we didn’t score on. Defensively we ran to the ball all night. Oliver Schmitt had a great game on offense and also on defense, sealing the victory with a late interception,” said Coach Mark Scott.

SW leads UIC with undefeated mark

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 3:59 pm

The South Winn Warrior volleyball team (9-16, 5-0 UIC) maintained their undefeated record in conference play with a sweep at Postville on Thursday evening, 3-0. 
The Warriors dominated the first two sets winning 25-10 and 25-12, but Postville didn’t go down without a fight as they played the Warriors 21-21 in the third set until South Winn went on a 4-0 run to finish out the match, 25-21.
“I thought we came out strong and did a lot of good things early to set the tone. We weren’t as sharp in our passing game, but our girls competed and finished out a tough third set when we faced some adversity,” said Coach Alex Smith.

Krivachek, 400 free take bronze

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 3:58 pm

The pool was busy Saturday at the 44th annual Marcussen Invite, held in Cedar Falls.
The Decorah swim and dive team posted 175.5 points, good for fifth place out of 10 teams. Cedar Falls was the team champion, scoring 510 points.
Decorah had two events win the bronze medal. Brinley Krivachek had a great day on the one-meter diving board. The senior scored 403.75 points to earn third place.
The 400-yard freestyle relay was shining as well with a time of 3:57.33. Members of the bronze-medal team were Paige Werner, Katerina Kovarik, Julia Alberts and Maeley Nefzger. That same quartet took fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:47.27.

Western Dubuque overpowers Vikings, 38-22

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 3:57 pm

Following a late score in the district opener at Mason City a week earlier, the Decorah football team (2-4, 0-2) was looking to get back on track as the Vikes hosted Western Dubuque-Epworth (4-2, 2-0) Friday night. However, the Vikings’ scoring opportunities were limited in the first half, allowing the Bobcats to roll up the win 38-22.

Schmitt has perfect week two

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 3:56 pm

Kevin Schmitt of Fort Atkinson scored the win in week two of the Pigskin Picks football contest, having missed none of the 12 games.
Second place went to Decorah’s Sue Roby with one game missed and she was two away from the first tie-breaker with a guess of 63. Turkey Valley scored the most points for the week with 61. Ryan Busta of Fort Atkinson took third place, also missing one game and predicted the highest score of one game at 64.
Commonly missed games included Mason City over Decorah, Mabel-Canton defeating Kingsland and Iowa State falling to Baylor.

Vikings race well at Epworth

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 3:55 pm

The Decorah girls’ and boys’ cross country teams took their talents to Epworth Thursday, returning home with fifth and sixth place finishes respectively in the field.

The Class 3A No. 18 Viking men tallied 149 points to take fifth place as Class 4A No. 8 Cedar Rapids Kennedy secured the top spot in the team standings with 42. Decorah had an average time of 18:20.7 with a spread of 46.4 seconds.
At the line first for the Vikes was junior Henry Weis in 17:58.0, taking 20th overall. Grant Zilka stopped the clock at 18:08.2 to claim 24th, while Cade Olson was 27th in 18:12.2. In 18:40.2, Davis Coppola took 38th place with Jake Magner capping off the team score in 40th in 18:44.4.