VOL. 139 NO. 6
The Keota Eagle “THE OLDEST BUSINESS SERVING KEOTA AND COMMUNITY FIRST - SINCE 1875”
City Discusses Park Purchase
In the fall of 2013 after the City of Keota replaced the basketball court at the park located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Davis Street it was brought to the city council’s attention that the City of Keota did not own the park. The park is instead owned by the United Church of Faith. For many years the City of Keota has carried insurance and maintained the property not aware that they did not own the property. The United Church of Faith has since asked the City of Keota to purchase the property. The Church asks to have all legal fees paid to have the deed turned over to the City as the purchase price. When reviewing the deed for the church property there is a rider that if purchased the City would not be allowed to ever build on the land and it is to remain recreational use only property. At the February 3 meeting the Council discussed the Church requirement and agreed that a letter would be sent to the board at the Church to asked to have the stipulation removed and allow the City to use their best judgement for the future use of the property. No other decisions concerning the park were made.
Keota VFW Shelter
Community Calendar Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Feb. 7 The Knights of Columbus will host a Fish Fry on Fri., Feb. 7 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the KC Hall in Harper. See their ad in this week’s issue for more details. Heart Health Lunch & Learn Feb. 12 Halcyon House in Washington will host a Heart Lunch & Learn event at the Morrison Center from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 12. RSVP by Fri., Feb. 7 by calling 319-653-7264. See their ad in this week’s issue for more details. Holy Trinity Blood Drive Feb. 12 Holy Trinity Catholic Church Blood Drive sponsored by the Social Action Committee will take place on Wed., Feb. 12 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Center in Keota. Contact Cindy Weber at 641-636-2116 for more information. City of Keota Garbage Pick-Up Feb. 15 The City of Keota garbage pick-up with be on Sat., Feb. 15 in observation of President’s Day on Mon., Feb. 17. Keota Fun Days June 13 and 14 Keota Fun Days will take place on Fri., June 13 and Sat., June 14 this year. Keota Alumni Banquet June 14 The Keota Alumni Banquet will take place on Sat., June 14 in the KHS Gym at 6:00 p.m.
Keota Heading to State Large Group Speech Contests
In 2012 there was just a concrete floor behind the Keota VFW and by the end 2013 the shelter was complete. The shelter was made possible by grants from the Keokuk County Community Endowment Fund ($2750.00), the Washington County Riverboat Foundation ($400.00), along with matching fund from the Keota VFW general fund and supporters. The funds for the Keota VFW come from some memorials, but mostly from events hosted by our local VFW, such as suppers, poker tournaments, and BINGO nights. Keota VFW Board Members include: Josh Carr, Commander; Bill Malley, Senior Vice Commander; Larry Sanders, Quarter Master and various other officers. If you haven’t seen the shelter take a drive behind the Keota VFW to see the new addition!
VFW Memorial Fund Committee Meets
The Keota VFW Memorial Fund Committee met on Wednesday, January 29 at the Keota VFW. Talking points were future events and fundraising ideas. There will be a float in the 2014 Fun Days Parade put together by the committee. There is talk in regards to an
auction during Keota Fun Days to raise money for the fund. Also there is a possibility of a Breakfast Honoring Veterans during Memorial Day weekend. More information about the above items will be discussed further at upcoming meetings. The group plans to next meet with monument personnel and designers. An account has been established at Farmers Savings Bank in Keota and donations are accepted at anytime to go towards this project. Committee members that attended the January 29 meeting were: Dave Hobscheidt, Larry Sanders, Pat Hultman, Gina Bennett, Duane Sprouse, Melinda Eakins, Marilyn Sieren, Cris Conger, and Mary Ann Bell.
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The Keota Speech Team along with their coaches Gina Bennett and Michael McNurlen will be heading to State Large Group Speech Contests on Saturday, February 8 at Linn-Mar High School. The following are the groups, location, and times: How Angel Peterson Got His Name - Tyler Verstraete, Nate Sieren, Isaiah Hahn, Zach Mousel, and Paden Uphold. RT - 10:00 a.m. - Center 17 - #1 of 2. ‘Night Mother - Callie Greiner and Sierra Lyle. EA - 11:00 a.m. - Center 5 - #5 of 5. Secret Origin of Mojo Man Erin Chalupa, Cole Stout, Jace Uphold. EA - 1:00 p.m. - Center 6 - #3 of 4. Improv Group of Sierra Lyle and Callie Greiner. GI - 1:00 p.m. - Center 7 - #8 of 8. Noah’s Ark Choral Reading Bree Reed, Cara Hahn, Mariah Lyle, Mallory Ladehoff, Bekah Fagen, Abby Schulte, Kelsi Sieren, Cortney Hyman, Luke Lyle, Grant Hill, Tyler Verstraete, Maggie Baker, Kolton Greiner, Ryan Chalupa, and Grace Shemanski. CR - 9:00 a.m. - Center 16 - #1 of 3. Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World - Grant Hill and Sloan Ott. EA - 8:00 a.m. - Center 12 - #2 of 3. Linn-Mar High School, 3111 North 10th Street, Marion. Parents and spectators are asked to park in the South parking lot.
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New Business Produces Organic Chocolate
A new business has taken up residence at the Keota Products building. It is a new kind of business for the town of Keota - Organic Chocolate Honey Patties. Fairfield Organics, LLC produces the Heavenly Organics brand of honey and honey patties. There are five flavors of the honey patties that will be produced in Keota - mint, almond, pomegranate, ginger, and coconut. Each patty can take up to five days to make from start to finish. With a home office in Fairfield, the company wanted a production facility that was within a short drive and after careful consideration the company landed in Keota - “It was like the building was waiting for us,” commented Mary Ann Hahn, General Manager of Fairfield Organics, LLC. So what makes these products different? First and foremost the fact that the product is organic, but also the process in which the honey is collected. The honey for Fairfield Organics LLC is collected from wild beehives by groups of expert honey foragers that use traditional methods that have been passed down through
the generations. The group will mark the targeted hive, which there can be more that fifteen wild hives in one tree, and return during the night to collect the honey while the bees sleep. Smoke and other similar processes are not used because the goal is to never cause harm to the bees, the hives, or the forest vegetation. “Buying Heavenly Organics rare honeys and honey patties helps support these indigenous forest dwellers and their families, allowing them to continue their traditional way of life. These expert traditional foragers preserve an earthfriendly and time-honored relationship with the natural world, as rare today as the wild honey that they harvest and share with you,” stated Mary Ann Hahn. The Keota location, with a current staff of six employees, will produce the five flavored honey patties that are available across the United States and the company has recently started exporting to other countries as well. For more information about the company or the products see their website: www.heavenlyorganics.com Article by Tomisha Sprouse
Pictured top is the Keota Product facility that houses Fairfield Organics, LLC. Pictured above are just some of the Honey Patties that will be made in Keota.
Keota Hosts State Show Choir
Front to back, left to right: Maleah Miller, Brittany Baumert, Elise Swanstrom, Mallory Woltering, Maddy Johnson, Abby Schulte, Grace Shemanski, Caroline Reeves, Megan Hill, Kylie Beinhart, Grace McHugh, Kayla Baker, Bianca Cardona, Emily Baetsle, Katrina Weber, Hannah Reed, Megan Adam, Maggie Baker, Olivia Sieren, Lexi Black, Riley Conrad, Sloan Ott, Ben Shemanski, Marty Baker, Nick Ives, Elijah Banks, Grant Hill, Avery Conrad, Nate Owen, Jacob Wickenkamp. Not pictured: John Mather and Raigan Sprouse. Under the direction of Jane Edwards.
On Monday, February 3 Keota High School once again hosted the State Show Choir Competition. The following are the schools that participated, class, and ratings: School Name Class Ens # Overall Rating Danville 1A 1 I Holy Trinity Catholic, Ft. Madison 1A 1 I Keota 1A 1 III Central Lee, Donnellson 2A 1 I West Branch 2A 1 I West Liberty 2A 1 I Albia 3A 1 SC Davis County, Bloomfield 3A 1 CO Fort Madison 3A 1 I Keokuk 3A 1 I Keokuk 3A 2 II Williamsburg 3A 1 I
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Community Billboard Birthdays & Anniversaries
2/5: Abigail Greiner, Allison Lyle, Cory Greiner, Georgiana Greiner, M/M Josh Carr. 2/6: Ann Baetsle, Austin Fay, Benjamin Striegel, Nate Sieren, Tyler Waterhouse. 2/7: Calvin Clubb, Deb Sullivan, Gabe Altenhofen, Jill Baetsle, Karen Vittetoe, Ruth Zehr, Sky Hahn, M/M Dan Sieren, M/M Xen Stoner. 2/8: Bob Altenhofen, Hailey Flynn, Kendall Wilson. 2/9: Ashley Greiner, Cole Brenneman, Kalen Greiner, Shar Greiner, Tyler Sieren. 2/10: Claude Greiner, Greta Sieren, Michael Vittetoe, Quincy Foster. 2/11: Allison Morgan, Gabrielle Lyle, John Lyle, Katherine Jaeger, Larry Sanders, Michelle Swearingen, Preston McDonald. 2/12: Ethel Sieren, Jaxon Tinnes, Jeanene Redlinger, Jessica Carey, Logan McArtor, Scott Kent. 2/13: Gordon Horras, Sam Jeffries, M/M Claude Greiner.
Milestones 80th Birthday
Gordon Horras will be celebrating his 80th Birthday on Thursday, February 13. His wife and family are celebrating with a card shower. Cards may be sent to Gordon Horras, 204 N. Keokuk-Washington Rd., Keota, Iowa 52248.
Powell Funeral Home & Cremation Service 203 S. Green St. Keota, Iowa
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Senior Center Menus
Offered every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at the Senior Citizens Center, 211 E. Broadway St., Keota. Call for reservations at 641-636-2391. 2/7: Beef tips in gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, mandarin oranges, banana pudding. 2/10: Salisbury streak with gravy, oven brown potatoes, zucchini and carrots, diced peaches, orange juice. 2/12: Hearty beef and bean vegetable soup, saltine crackers, spinach and strawberry salad, homemade wheat dinner roll, apricot halves, birthday cake.
Church Services & Activities United Church Holy Trinity Of Faith Parish Pastor Sheldon Henderson Rev. Charles Fladung Mass Schedule Holy Trinity, Keota: Saturday 6 pm, Sunday 8 am St. Mary’s, Sigourney: Saturday 4 pm, Sunday 10 am Phone: 641-636-3883
Sat., Feb. 8, 6 PM: Lector: Deb Horras; Servers: Addison Swanson, Maddy Johnson, Lexi Black; Gifts: M/M Bob Weber; Communion: Deb Horras, Donna Clubb, M/M Larry Davis; Ushers: M/M Bob Weber, Lee Jaeger, Jeanette Besser. Sun., Feb. 9, 8 AM: Lector: Audrey Gretter; Servers: Bryce Greiner, Cooper Sieren, Kolton Strand; Gifts: M/M Mike Heisdorffer; Communion: Audrey Gretter, Jeff Garman, Shannon Greiner, Nadine Greiner; Ushers: Abby Dodd, Steve Heisdorffer, M/M Dan Sieren. Maplewood Manor: Cindy Weber.
Sun., Feb. 9: Religious Education, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.; First Reconciliation, 2:00 p.m.
2/6: Egg wrap with salsa, graham crackers, grapes, juice choice, milk choice. 2/7: Whole grain muffin, banana, juice choice, milk choice. 2/10: Whole grain cereal, string cheese, peaches, juice choice, milk choice. 2/11: Whole grain breakfast pastry, tropical fruit, juice choice, milk choice. 2/12: Biscuit gravy, oranges, juice choice, milk choice.
2/6: Chicken quesadilla, salsa and whole grain corn tortilla chips, refried beans, orange wedges. 2/7: Cowboy cavatini, tossed salad with romaine, green beans, whole wheat roll and jelly (9-12), fresh banana. 2/10: Baked chicken drumstick, savory rice, fresh broccoli, corn, oatmeal roll, sliced peaches. 2/11: Pork rib on a bun, lettuce and tomato, tri-tater, green beans, fresh kiwi, cherry crisp (9-12). 2/12: Lasagna, garden spinach salad, whole grain breadstick, apple wedges, marinara sauce (9-12).
Jr./Sr. High School Calendar
2/5: Hawkeye Comm. College Rep at 3:00 p.m. in library. 2/7: BB at Montezuma, 6:00 p.m. 2/8: – State Large Group Speech Contest at Linn-Mar (Marion); ACT Test Day; EagleRock! at West Liberty; JH Basketball Tournament at Keota. 2/10: JV/V (B) Basketball vs. North Mahaska, 6:00 p.m.; JH (B) Basketball at EV (1 game), 4:15p.m.; Free FAFSA Assistance – Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. 2/11: V Basketball vs. Iowa Valley, 6:00 p.m. 2/13: (G) Regional BB at Keota vs Lone Tree, 7:00 p.m.; JH (B) Basketball at Iowa Valley, 4:15 p.m.; School Board meeting; Army Recruiter in Lunch Room.
201 North Ellis Street, PO Box 208 Keota, IA 52248-0208 (641)636-3825 firstname.lastname@example.org - email www.keotaucf.org - webpage Keota UCF – facebook page Sunday Worship Service - 9:00 AM Youth Sunday School – 9:15-10 AM
Wed., Feb. 5: Men’s Group meeting 6:00 p.m.; Administrative Session, 6:50 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 6: Kids’ Club, 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. Sun., Feb. 9: Liturgist: Barb Anderegg; Greeters: June Miller and Alice Greiner; Candle Lighters: Kim and Perri Draisey; Musician: Jane Edwards.
Bethel Church Paﬆor LuAnn Benge 319-456-3105
6 miles eaﬆ of Sigourney on Hwy. 92
thebethelumc.org Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10:30 a.m. Alive at Five every 1ﬆ and 3rd Sunday evening at 5 p.m.
ISU 2013 Fall Graduates Mount Mercy University At Iowa State University’s Fall Dean’s List winter commencement ceremonies, 1,821 students received degrees. Iowa State awarded 1,515 undergraduate degrees, 198 master’s degrees, and 108 doctor of philosophy degrees. Of the students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 297 graduated “With Distinction” (cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude). Twentyone students graduated “With Distinction” and as members of the Honors Program. Harper: Eric Adam, B.S. - Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Studies; Keota: Schuyler Snakenberg, M. Educ - Master of Education, Education.
Coe College Dean’s List
Tanner McClenahan of Keota has been named to the Coe College Dean’s List for the fall 2013 term. McClenahan, the son of Craig and Jennifer McClenahan, is a 2011 graduate of Keota High School. Full-time students who rank in the top 10 percent of the student body are named to the Dean’s List each term. For the past fall term, students achieving a grade point average of 3.86 or higher earned this high honor.
Dutch Creek Flyers Meet
The Dutch Creek Flyers held a meeting on January 12 at member Kolton Greiner’s house. Role call was taken and everyone was asked what their favorite Christmas thing was. In attendance were Nolan Verstrate, Cooper Sieren, Drew Sieren, Joe Swanstrom, Anthony Westendorf, Dakota Detweiler, Callie Greiner, Luke Greiner, Isaiah Hahn, Jack Eakins, Bryce Greiner, Bailey Sieren, and Kolton Greiner. Kolton Greiner and Callie Greiner did presentations. Kolton Greiner did his presentation on sow gestation and heat cycle; Callie Greiner did hers on seatbelt/car safety. The group decided that Cara Hahn, Isaiah Hahn, Jack Eakins, Luke Greiner and Cooper Sieren will present at the next meeting. The group discussed new business on important dates coming up. It was decided that the next meeting will be held at Brenneman’s on Feb 16th. The group then did a team building exercise and afterwards the meeting was adjourned.
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Mount Mercy University has released the names of the Fall 2013 Dean’s List. Students with a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better, and who are graded for six or more semester hours, are eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List. Harper: Jerica Gretter, Nursing; Keota: Rachel White, Nursing; South English: Mikayla Morrison, Nursing.
ISU Fall Dean’s List
More than 6,900 Iowa State University undergraduates have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2013 fall semester Dean’s List. Students named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work. Harper: Samantha Joanne Bowman, Psychology; Keota: Blake Joe Bayliss, Agricultural Business; Kevin Michael Christian, History; Patrick W. Frank, Animal Science; Joanna Lee Hodder, English; Lauren Nicole Moeller, Civil Engineering; Shelly M. Palmer, Pre-Diet and Exercise (H SCI); Kayla Deann Romoser, Family and Consumer Science Education and Studies; Matthew Robert Romoser, Animal Science; Casey Jordan Sieren, Agricultural Systems Technology; Sigourney: William Charles Carstens, Civil Engineering; Alex Shadley, Geology; Erin Elizabeth Steinhart, Event Management; David Ambrose Wehr, Computer Engineering; South English: Tyler J. Bouslog, Agricultural Engineering;
Robins Spotted in Keota
Groundhog Phil may have seen his shadow which would mean six more weeks of the cold and snow, but callers in Keota have spotted Robins in their trees and yards. Could that signify an early spring? Don’t pull out your garden trowels yet! According to the Polk County Conservation it is not uncommon to see Robins in January and February as their migration is complex and the cold doesn’t typically harm the birds as long as there is food available. Keep the calls coming for sights of spring around town!
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Scholarship Corner Performing Arts Scholarship
Performing Arts Scholarship auditions will be held in the Arts and Sciences Center on the Ottumwa Campus of Indian Hills Community College on Saturday, Feb. 14. High school seniors interested in participating in theatre, jazz band or vocal music at Indian Hills are encouraged to participate. Students who are unable to audition on Feb. 14 can schedule an appointment for a different time throughout February. Performing Arts Scholarships, ranging up to $2,000, will be awarded to qualified new IHCC students. Because students from all majors participate in IHCC’s musical groups and productions, students don’t have to be music or theatre majors. Therefore, performing arts majors and non-majors alike are encouraged to audition/interview for a scholarship. Students can register for an audition or interview time at: www.indianhills.edu/PVAscholarships. Scholarship winners will be required to participate in at least one Indian Hills Performing Arts event during the 2014-15 academic year. This will include acting or serving in a technical role in one of the theatrical productions, playing in the IHCC Jazz Band or singing with the IHCC Concert Choir or Chamber Singers. Some scholarships may be awarded to students planning to participate in more than one area of the performing arts. IHCC performing arts faculty and college admissions personnel will be on hand during
the scholarship competition. Campus tours will be available, and parents are encouraged to attend with their prospective student. For additional information, contact one of these Indian Hills Performing Arts faculty members: Dr. Jennifer Boyenga, theatre director: (800) 726-2585, ext. 1812; Jennifer.Boyenga@indianhills.edu Dr. Laura Wiebe, vocal music director: (800) 726-2585, ext. 1833; Laura.Wieber@indianhills.edu David Sharp, jazz band director: (800) 726-2585, ext. 1836; David.Sharp@indianhills.edu
Keokuk SWCD Scholarship: Application deadline is February 28, 2014. Completed applications can be sent to the Keokuk County SWCD office at 607 East Jackson Street in Sigourney. KCHC Auxiliary Scholarship: Application deadline is at 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2014. Scholarship applications can be picked up at any of the Keokuk County High School guidance counselor’s office or at the Keokuk County Health Center. Any questions regarding the scholarship can be directed to Annette Shafranek, Volunteer Coordinator at 641-622-1153. IFAA Scholarship: Applications for current undergraduate students must be postmarked by April 1, and applications for incoming freshmen must be postmarked by May 1. All materials should be sent to IFAA Winner’s Circle Scholarship, c/o SGI, 30805 595th Ave., Cambridge, IA 50046.
Lego Studs Compete At State
Keokuk County Lego Studs traveled to Iowa State University, College of Engineering in Ames on January 18th to compete at the State Lego Tournament. Out of 72 teams only 12 awards were given out. The Lego Studs received an Honorable Mention Award for their Overall Project Presentation. Coach Shellie Striegel commented,” I wasn’t sure I wanted to coach the team and I’m so glad I did it. I truly believe this is a worthwhile program for the kids. It introduces them to valuable math, science, technology, engineering concepts, and presentation skills. It provides them with the opportunity to pursue areas of interest they may never knew existed or realized they have the talent to do. The success we’ve earned has been a lot of fun!” The Lego studs were coached by Alan Glandon & Shellie Striegel , and the team’s success was made possible from generous sponsorships of businesses. Those businesses were: Cassen’s Mill, Keokuk County Extension & Outreach, Morse Feed & Grain, Rockwell Collins, and Wagler Motors. Pictured above Keokuk County Lego Studs Team Front row, left to right: Collin Svenby, Audra Weber, Sydney Striegel and Brett Striegel; Back row: Ben Shemanski, Tanner Bos and Tanner Halleran. Pictured below is Collin Svenby and Sydney Striegel talking with a Lego official. Photo submitted.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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Week three in Des Moines was full of subcommittee meetings and budget discussions. With the shorter session and our first funnel deadline approaching, everyone is moving very quickly. My work last week was focused on the budget and unmanned aerial vehicles Within my budget subcommittee I have been digging through the funding issues the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) is having. You may have heard about the $50,000 “cut” RUSS will be receiving. I have trouble seeing this as just a straight cut because RUSS knew the funding was being phased out over five years and they had an additional extension. The purpose of the state funding was to provide start-up funds to Utility Management Organizations (UMOs) for development in unsewered and under-sewered communities. The intent was to gradually reduce the amounts year to year as the UMOs gained enough users and revenue to become self-supporting. In 2010, the grant amounts were reduced to $25,000. Several of the UMOs informed the DNR when the contracts were up for renewal in 2011 that they are unable to operate without higher grant amounts. To assure that this project could go forward we restored the funding to $50,000 for SFY 2012. I will give you the funding history, and will try to make it as clear as possible so you all know how the state was helping to fund certain local projects. I also want to make clear, I was not elected when all these programs were started and we had a different Governor, so getting the complete history has been difficult. The attitudes of the DNR and other state agencies when dealing with small communities and counties has dramatically changed for the better since 2006. The funding began in FY 2007. Contracts with 4 UMOs, including Russ, were approved by EPC. The effort was meant to be part of an overall strategy to assist unsewered communities. Dollar amounts varied based on the amount requested but were all approximately $50,000. In June 2007 (funding for FY 2008): New contracts with 5 UMOs were approved by EPC through a competitive process. In July 2008: The third competitive process was held, with 6 UMOs selected for contracts. Two levels were established, with the goal of beginning to wean the organizations off the DNR funding. In July 2009: The contracts were amended to add $25,000 to each. This was Amendment #1. A year later in June 2010: EPC approved the contract amendments with ADLM, RUSS, EIRUSS, WMSCI, and RUS, which was Amendment #2. Each was for $25,000. Again in June 2011: EPC approved Amendment #3, for the same five UMOs. The dollar amount was increased to $50,000 each when several of the entities stated their need for additional support. In June 2012: EPC approved Amendment #4, for same five UMOs for $50,000. In June 2013: Amendment #5, same UMOs, same dollar amount. This was the last amendment allowed per the original contract. Funding will end on June 30, 2014. The DNR met with the
UMOs on January 28, 2014 for the regular quarterly UMO meeting to hear updates on the existing contract. This meeting also included representatives from HUD and USDA Rural Development to discuss funding opportunities and the status of loans and grants with them. In light of new state and federal rules that provide more regulatory flexibility, the Department plans to evaluate communities’ needs for technical assistance and other contracted services. As you can see from the history, the reduction of funds to UMO’s, including RUSS, comes as no surprise. At this point it does not look like the State will extend the program a third time, although we are still discussing this within the budget subcommittee. Also this week, the House Public Safety Committee started investigating the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also commonly referred to as Drones, in the State of Iowa. Five State Representatives (Klein, Fry, Baudler, Anderson, Berry) will be amending House File 427 to address the use of UAS by the State and by private citizens. I will be chairing and managing this bill through the process. Unmanned Aircraft Systems vary in size, shape and purpose. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), UAS can be as large as Boeing 737’s or as small as radio controlled helicopters. The FAA is beginning the long process of determining how UAS should be used and regulated. Currently, the FAA has selected six test sites across the country that will focus on different research, including climate impacts on UAS, certification requirements, FAA safety oversight, airworthiness testing and risks of UAS. States across the nation are divided on the use of UAS. In 2013, Hawaii, Nevada, North Dakota, Maryland and other states appropriated money for various programs to aid in the study of UAS. Other states, such as Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas placed strict standards on the use of UAS by state agencies. In most cases, law enforcement and other agencies will now have to obtain a search warrant to use a UAS. However, a majority of states have not passed any major legislation on this important issue. Experts on Unmanned Aircraft Systems have suggested that they could be used for many purposes. In times of natural disasters or terrorist attacks, UAS can safely fly where a manned aircraft wouldn’t be able. The information collected by the UAS could be used to help facilitate a rescue operation or clear a dangerous area without the risk to human life. In our area UAS can be helpful in finding people lost in corn fields or in the cold nights of winter when using IR or FLIR technology. UAS can also be used in more destructive ways. Some organizations have planned to use UAS to harass or intimidate others, including people who are lawfully hunting or fishing. I am sure you can think of the dozens of other ways malicious groups could use them. Preventing intimidation through the use of UAS is a major focus for us. As the legislative session continues, we are open to changes to ensure that Unmanned Aircraft Systems are used in a safe and responsible manner,
Everywhere you turn these days, someone is expressing concern/outrage over the cost of LP gas. Phone calls and letters pile up on Legislator’s desks, and Legislators scratch their heads looking for unique answers to the problem. On Monday, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds wrote President Obama urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to expand the exemption to the hours-of-service regulations to ease the movement of propane fuel to customers in states facing shortages. The Governor’s Office in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, the Iowa Department of Agriculture, Department of Human Rights and Homeland Security are monitoring the situation. The U.S. Department of Transportation established a regional emergency declaration suspending the regulatory provisions pertaining to hours of service for drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting propane to affected Midwest states, including Iowa, through 11:59 p.m. on February 11, 2014. The federal proclamation may be found here: https://governor.iowa.gov/ wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ USDOT-declaration.pdf. This will, hopefully, step up the delivery schedules. Senator Randy Feenstra, ranking member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, is having a bill drafted to exempt taxes on Consumable Supplies in manufacturing. Last year, the Legislative Service Agency (LSA) estimat-
ed a similar bill would have saved manufacturers between $30 million and $70 million by eliminating this tax. The issue has been a point of protest between the Iowa Department of Revenue and taxpayers for many years. Feenstra’s bill will clarify the definition of replacement parts and include supplies consumed during the manufacturing process, which will be exempt from sales and use tax. (In 2013, the Iowa House unanimously passed a similar bill, HF 634). Taxing the final product, but not those products used to create the end product, would end what many consider to be double taxation. This would allow manufacturers, who pay good wages and benefits, to invest in equipment and employees. Newly requested bills seem to be taking a good deal of time in the drafting stages this year. Everything that was introduced last year, but didn’t make the cut, is still eligible for debate this year. So, it’s not likely we will run out of work to do anytime soon. I still really enjoy reading the new bills filed by legislators when they are delivered to our desks each morning. I always find it interesting to see how others propose to resolve a perceived problem. I may not agree, but it helps me to understand the individual thought process. Mail sent to me here at the Capitol should use the 50309 zip code. The Capitol telephone switchboard number is 515-281-3371 and my email address is sandra.greiner@legis. iowa.gov
one that respects private property rights but also assists law enforcement with legal purposes. Individuals interested in this issue are urged to contact us with any questions or additional comments. Our next forum is February 15 at the Washington County Courthouse. If you need to contact me before the upcoming forums you can reach me in Des Moines through the House switchboard at 515-281-3221, or email me at Jarad.Klein@ legis.iowa.gov.
Iowa Farmers Reminded CSP Applications Due
Results of COC Election
Frank Colbert has been elected to the Keokuk County Committee (COC) for a 3-year term beginning in February. Frank will represent LAA#2, which consists of Prairie, Adams, English Valley, Washington and Van Buren Townships. County Committees are a unique system that offer producers participating or cooperating in federal programs a chance to administer the programs that affect the well-being of all producers in their COC jurisdiction. One of the reasons the Farm Service Agency is recognized for delivering its programs so well is because County Committees give FSA local expertise and guidance on information such as yields, productivity of the land, and local farming methods and practices. The Keokuk County Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month as needed. Occasionally a meeting will have to be rescheduled. Please contact County Office for updates.
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USDA is reminding Iowa farmers that the timeframe to receive first consideration for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding is less than two weeks away. The signup deadline for CSP closes Feb. 7. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to their local NRCS office. “We feel this year’s signup provides extraordinary conservation funding opportunities for Iowa farmers,” said Jay Mar, state conservationist for NRCS in Iowa. “CSP is a great way for farmers to enhance conservation activities on their farms.” CSP is offered through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodically makes funding selections. Last year, Iowa NRCS obligated more than $3.8 million through 381 contracts covering 175,346 acres. The program emphasizes conservation performance — producers earn higher payments for higher performance. Through CSP, producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil health, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types. To access the self-screening checklist or to learn more about CSP, visit the Iowa NRCS website or your local NRCS field office.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released its updated guidelines for terminating cover crops prior to spring planting. The guidelines apply to Iowans who farm on non-irrigated cropland. Barb Stewart, state agronomist with NRCS in Iowa, says the most important information to take away from the new guidelines is more of a clarification on how farmers can use cover crops. “The new guidelines clearly state that haying, grazing and cutting cover for silage are all acceptable cover crop uses during a typical year,” says Stewart. “Farmers must leave enough cover crop biomass to meet the conservation purpose.” According to Risk Management Agency crop insurance guidelines, as long as it is not a prevented planting or designated fallow year, haying, grazing or cutting cover are all acceptable. Stewart recommends checking with your crop insurance agent if you are unsure. For Iowa farmers using cover crops to benefit their annual crops, like corn or soybeans, there are almost no other changes from guidelines released in 2013. “Although many of the changes do not affect Iowa farmers, it serves as a good reminder of the best timing and considerations for cover crop termination,” says Stewart. The guidelines use four strategic management zones across the country. About one-third of Iowa – the western portion – is part of Zone 3, while the remainder of the state is part of Zone 4. For farmers in Zone 3, NRCS continues to recommend terminating cover crops at or before planting the crop. Farmers living in Zone 4 are still advised to terminate cover crops at or within five days after planting, but before crop emergence. According to Stewart, following the updated termination guidelines provides the best opportunity for farmers to achieve conservation benefits from cover crops, while minimizing risk of reducing yield to the following crop due to soil water use. Some cover crops winterkill, but others need to be manually terminated through tilling, mowing, or applying herbicides. If not terminated properly, cover crops can act as weeds in crop production, slowing soil drying and warming in the spring. Stewart recommends avoiding tillage to terminate cover crops. “Tillage negates most of the soil health benefits cover crops provide,” she said, “and could lead to additional erosion issues.” Cover crops can be an important part of a cropping system. They can be used to manage and improve soil health by adding organic matter in the soil, and living roots during more months of the year. Some cover crops – like radishes – create natural passages to improve water infiltration and grasses such as annual ryegrass scavenge nutrients that are often lost after harvest or during winter. Cover crops also provide livestock producers with additional grazing or haying opportunities, and offer winter food and cover for birds and other wildlife. During the growing season, cover crops provide food for pollinators. In 2013, Iowa farmers planted a record 300,000 acres of cover crops. For more information about cover crop termination, visit your local NRCS office or go online to www.ia.nrcs.usda. gov and click on “Agronomy.” by Jason Johnson, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Des Moines
Public Notices Keota City Council Meeting
January 27, 2014 The Keota City Council met on January 27, 2014, in the city hall for the budget workshop. The meeting was called to order at 7:02 P.M. by Mayor Anthony Cansler. Council Members answering roll call were Conrad, Davis, Hill, Westendorf and Greiner. City employees present were Osweiler and Conrad. Motion was made by Conrad to approve the agenda, Greiner seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Conrad presented the police departments expected revenue for the next budget year. The council and Conrad discussed more ways to generate more revenue for the police department and ways to cut expenditures. The council went through the rest of the revenue line accounts and discussed how each of them might increase or decrease. Osweiler presented a summary of the budget based upon the numbers that were discussed. She will have the final budget for the next council meeting for final review before the public hearing. The Wesley Methodist Church and United Presbyterian Church signed the deed for the small park with certain stipulations that need to be followed the city. The council would like to have a discussion with the board to better understand why they put stipulations on the deed. Osweiler will ask one of their members to attend a council meeting. The city is now accepting lifeguard applications for the 2014 season. Applications may be obtained at city hall or the high school. Also, please submit your resume to city hall if you are interested in being the pool manager for 2014. All information must be turned in by February 7, 2014, at noon to city hall. Motion was made by Westendorf, seconded by Conrad to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:48 P.M. The next regular scheduled council meeting will be on February 3, 2014, in city hall at 7 p.m.
The Keota City Council is considering a Resolution Approving the Adoption of an Amendment to the 2032 Keota Comprehensive Plan Revising the Future Land Use Map. The Keota City Council is considering an Ordinance Adding Title VII, Chapter 6 Zoning, to the Code of Ordinances of the City of Keota, Iowa, 2006. A Public Hearing for the adopting of the amendment to the future land use map and ordinance will be held at the city council meeting on February 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall, Keota, Iowa. K6
Keokuk County Board Proceedings JANUARY 27, 2014 The Keokuk County Board of Supervisors met in special session, Monday, January 27, 2014 in the Board Room of the Courthouse. All members were present. Hadley moved, Wood seconded to approve the tentative agenda. All ayes and motion carried. Wood moved, Hadley seconded to approve the minutes of January 20, 2014 as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Berg invited Dr. Craig Scott, Sigourney School Superintendent, to come and introduce himself to the Board members. Dr. Scott stressed the importance of building relationships and what you actually do to make a difference. Met with Engineer McGuire regarding Keokuk County Highway Department. Transportation Day is January 29, 2014 in Des Moines. Wood shared a “thanks” from Ron Collins to the Highway Department for sanding the intersections last Thursday night, the night of the ﬁre, as water was making roads treacherous. Review and discussion of memorandum of understanding between RUSS and Keokuk County for road surfacing on 270th Avenue in Section 25 and 26, Township 74N, Range 11 W was held. Concerns were shared and addressed in a revision agreement that will be sent to Bruce Hudson, RUSS for review. Wood moved, Hadley seconded approval of 2014 and 2015 bridge inspection contract to Calhoun/Burns for consistency purposes. All ayes and motion carried. Hadley moved, Wood seconded approval of supplemental agreement for ﬁnal design services for Project No. BRS-CO54(93)-60-54 (Lacey pavement bridge) as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Wood moved, Hadley seconded approval of annual Esri Maintenance Agreement for ArcGIS as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Hadley moved, Wood seconded to approve the AHEAD Regional Housing Trust Fund (RHTF) 20¢ per capita ﬁnancial commitment of $2,201.20 for FY2015. All ayes and motion carried. Hadley moved, Wood seconded approval of Southeast Iowa Link (SEIL) Mental Health and Disability Services Region Membership, corresponding 28E agreement and resolution as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Wood moved, Hadley seconded acknowledgement of Personnel Report wage and classiﬁcation changes for Kathy Dye, RUSS Finance Manager as submitted. All ayes and motion carried. Hadley moved, Wood seconded to set the public hearing regarding Keokuk County Assessor’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget for Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., Board Room, First Floor, Keokuk County Courthouse. All ayes and motion carried. Various board and committee reports were held. Wood attended RUSS Executive Bd., 10-15 Transit, Regional Planning Policy Bd., RUSS, Pathﬁnders, and Crime Commission meetings. Hadley attended a Sieda meeting. Mick Berg attended Empowerment and SADC meetings. All three Supervisors attended the Conference Board meeting last Monday night. Discussion of old/new business and public comment was held. Larry Smith, Emergency Management Coordinator entered to give an update on the communication tower replacement project. Jim Dickinson, SADC Director entered to inform a company from Memphis, Tennessee has been in contact with him, may be looking for an incentive and reminded the tax abatement ordinance must be updated if the Board is interested in doing so. On vote and motion the meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m. The above and foregoing information is a summary of the minutes taken at the above indicated meeting. The full and complete set of minutes are recorded and available at the ofﬁce of the Keokuk County Auditor. SK6
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Bones is Breakin’ Into Her Future
JV Basketball is Heating Up
Coach Larry Lyle talks to the boys during a time out at the Lynnville-Sully game on Fri., Jan. 17.
By Sierra Lyle Kelsi Rose Sieren, aka “Bones,” was born on May 23, 1996. Her parents, Kenny and Kathy Sieren, and two older siblings, Brandi and Casey, welcomed her with open arms. Kelsi loved playing cards and hanging out at the cabin with her family as a young girl.
Always participating, Kelsi has been involved in many activities since she was a freshman. Her long list includes: basketball, volleyball, track, softball, speech, drama, National Honor Society, CYM, Silver Cord, FFA, 4-H, D.A.R.E. Role Model, and Student Council. Her favorites were basketball and volleyball because “they are team sports with lots of action.” While sports are important to Kelsi, she feels her greatest achievement would have to be performing at All-State Speech her sophomore year. Kelsi has had many fond memories during her attendance at Keota High School. Her favorite memory is T.P.’ing and the Homecoming activities during her senior year. Out of all her classes, she enjoys P.E. for the fun games and its different atmosphere. Kelsi loves being outdoors and getting active. Her fondest memory of junior high was going undefeated in softball and taking home first place at the E.V. tournament. While normally a relaxed person,
Kelsi does have some pet peeves. She dislikes it when people receive things that they have not worked for and when people are constantly on their cell phones. Her family has always taught her not to cut corners; instead, do things fully. Kelsi says while it may be harder now, it will pay off in the long run. Her responsibilities have especially helped her come into this mindset. At home, Kelsi has helped with housework, farm work, and of course, she stays on top of her own homework. These have helped her manage her time and it has taught her the value of teamwork. As a child, Kelsi always imagined herself as a Veterinarian. Though her plans have changed, she has not veered too far off of her original idea. She now plans to attend Iowa State University and major in Ag Studies. In ten years, Kelsi hopes to be working in the Ag field close to her hometown. Three goals she hopes to achieve are having her own family, owning a home, and having an enjoyable career.
When Kelsi leaves Keota High School, she hopes that people remember her as someone who likes to put a smile on people’s faces and as a good friend to everyone. When asked which three words described her best, Kelsi replied, “Kind, diligent, and quiet.” Kelsi advises future KHS seniors to not take high school for granted. “It goes too fast.”
The JV girls playing at English Valleys on Thurs., Jan. 23. Article by Maggie Baker Captions by Emily Baetsle The JV Eagle Boys and Girls Basketball Teams have been in full swing throughout the last few weeks. The JV boys have started off with a bang by maintaining a record of 9-0. The high average scorers on the team include freshman Jacob Wickenkamp with 10 points, sophomore Zach Mousel with 9 points, and freshmen Avery Conrad with 8 points and Cole Stout with 6 points. Following them are sophomores Paden Uphold and Tyler Verstraete with an average of 5 points each and Nate Sieren with a 4 point average. Rounding out the team are sophomore Ryan Chalupa and freshmen Jason Ree and Jace Uphold. Their coach, Larry Lyle, commented, “This is a fun group to work with because they play well together as a team and work hard in practice to get better every day.” The JV girls have started out a little slower, with a record of 3-6. Nevertheless, their coach, Jeff Sprouse, has full confidence in his team. “Our team has a losing record; however, we have been in every game because of our team’s defense. Our biggest challenge has been scoring. We have had a little challenge making shots at the rim. The girls have been working very hard to correct this. This group works extremely hard and will continue to get better as they get older.” The defense is doing outstanding this season, averaging 25.3 points a game to their offenses’ 20.1 points a game. Team members include freshmen Erin Chalupa and Raigan Sprouse, sophomores Cortney Hyman, Mariah Lyle, Abby Schulte, and Grace Shemanski, and juniors Bree Reed and Hannah Reed. Look for updates on how these teams round out their season!
The Choral Reading group presented “Noah’s Ark” during the Large Group Speech Home Presentations on Tues., Jan. 21. Pictured from left to right are: (back row) Grant Hill, Mallory Ladehoff, Ryan Chalupa, Maggie Baker, Kolton Greiner, Luke Lyle, Bekah Fagen, Bree Reed; (front) Kelsi Sieren, Cortney Hyman, Cara Hahn, Tyler Verstraete, Mariah Lyle, Grace McHugh, and Abby Schulte. This group turned in a Division I performance at Districts and will be moving on to State on Feb. 8.
The One Act presented “Clara’s on the Curtains” during Home Presentations on Jan. 21. Pictured from left to right are Brooke Sieren, Hannah Reed, and Alyssa White.
Callie Greiner and Sierra Lyle performed “Night Mother” during Home Presentations on Tues., Jan. 21. This dynamic duo will be moving on to State Speech Contest on Feb. 8.
Readers Theatre presented “How Angel Peterson Got His Name” during Home Presentations on Tues., Jan. 21. Pictured above from left to right are: Isaiah Hahn, Zach Mousel, Tyler Verstraete, Paden Uphold, and Nate Sieren. This talented group of sophomores will also advance to State Contest on Feb. 8.
By Emily Baetsle On Sat., Jan. 25 the Large Group Speech students traveled to Wapello to compete at District Contest. In order to move on to compete at State, a group must have a rating of I, and in the One
Act a group has to get at least two Division I ratings. The groups all did a great job at Districts and many advanced to the next level of competition. Those that will be moving on to State are: “Angel Peterson,” “Night Mother,”
“Secret Origin of the Mojo Man,” “Scooter Thomas,” Sierra Lyle and Callie Greiner Improv, and “Noah’s Ark” Choral Reading. Coach Gina Bennett commented, “Michael McNurlen and I couldn’t be more proud of our speech team!
They all stepped up to the plate and gave their very best. That’s all we ask and they delivered.” The Division I teams will be traveling to State contest on Sat., Feb. 8 at Lin-Mar in Cedar Rapids. We wish them the best of luck!
EAGLEROCK! TAKES THE STAGE By Emily Baetsle On Sat. Jan. 18, EagleRock! was on their way to compete at the West Branch Show Choir competition. On the way there, the bus driver, Tom Woltering, had pulled over to the side of the intersate to clean the snow off the wiper blades, and while cleaning them one of the wiper blades broke off. So they made a quick stop at Walmart to pick up a new pair of wiper blades. As they got back on the interstate nearing the Solon exit, the Keota bus quickly became part of a 30 car pile-up. Mrs. Edwards reported, “Tom slowed down and headed for the side of the road. I watched a car go over the guard rail, then closed my eyes and prayed for my kids’ safety and Tom’s driving abilities! The semi driver that was fishtailing to hit us jack-knifed his rig away from us and into another semi.”
The Scarfheads Invade KHS Once Again
Mrs. Swartzendruber’s Sociology class is pictured in their white scarves for Scarfhead week. Pictured from left to right are: (back) Nate Owen, Jazymn Holderness, Hannah Hopp, (middle) Sloan Ott, Brittney Weber, (front) Delilah Kramer.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Avery Conrad goes for the jump ball at Lynnville-Sully on Fri., Jan. 17.
WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?
“After all the collisions had stopped, other drivers came up to us asking if all the kids were okay and saying how they had swerved to miss us!” Although Mrs. Edwards’ truck and trailer didn’t fare so well, the bus escaped without a scratch and all the kids were okay. After all the debris was cleared, the students unpacked their equipment from the damaged trailer and loaded it into the school bus for the short drive on to West Branch. The EagleRockers rallied together and ended up putting on the performance of a lifetime at 2:00 that day. They received the People’s choice award and the First Place Class 1A trophy. Keota hosted State Show Choir on Mon., Feb. 3, then will perform on Sat., Feb 8 at West Liberty at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to come out and support this fabulous group of students.
EagleRock! takes the stage after a bit of an adventure earlier in the day.
This picture was taken by Brittany Baumert from inside the school bus. These semi drivers later told Mrs. Edwards they had swerved to avoid hitting the bus.
By: Miranda Romoser During Homecoming week, the Sociology class also participated in Scarfhead week. The purpose of this project was to try to get the students to understand what it felt like to be a victim of discrimination or segregation. The students in Sociology were given a white scarf to wear around their neck during school hours. When coming and leaving the school, it had to be wrapped around the top of their head and worn like a bonnet. They were given a total of twenty rules that they had to follow from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day for a full week. Some of the rules included: no cutting through Ms. Hobbs’ room or the library to save time, no locker trips, they had to wait in the back of the line at lunch, no magazines or newspapers could be read during study hall, only water fountains built into the wall could be used, and only the bathrooms constructed in the original high school building could be used. If students were caught not following the rules they were automatically deducted 5 points. When I asked Hannah Hopp and Brittany Weber what they thought about this project, they commented that the hardest part was using the stairwells with the younger kids and not using a cell phone or iPod at all during the day. Delilah Kramer, Sloan Ott, and Nate Owen all disliked standing at the end of the lunch line behind the Jr. High kids. Jazmyn Holderness commented that she disliked the limitation on jewelry. Throughout this whole project they couldn’t complain to any teacher or fellow classmate about their day or week; they only could complain in their journals in class. Ms. Swartzendruber commented, “It was a success for the guidelines that they had to follow. There are limits to what you can ethically do in the rules. We could have treated them more harshly to get the point across, but we can’t because of that is considered unethical treatment. Overall, they got the idea of what it feels like to be treated differently.”
Emily Baetsle, Maggie Baker, Erin Chalupa, Desi Hesseltine, Grant Hill, Justin Hultman, Sierra Lyle, Miranda Romoser, Maitland Sieren Adviser: Angela Conrad
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Question of the Week: What motivates you in life? By Emily Baetsle Ms. Hobbs, Teacher Making my family proud.
Justin Hultman, 12th Seeing how far people have gotten.
Miranda Romoser, 11th Furthering my goals and succeeding in my goals to have a future.
Alyssa White, 10th Food.
Avery Conrad, 9th Seeing my future. .
Luke Greiner, 8th Sports, Family and Friends.
Carly Jaeger, 7th People who succeed in life.
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TC Comes Up Close Again 1-28-2014 Tri-County 36, Monte 47 1-30-2014 Tri-County 28, Keota 52 1-31-2014 Tri-County 23, IV 69
1-28-2014 Sigourney 39, NM 37 1-31-2014 Sigourney 38, Keota 43 2-1-2014 Sigourney 32, Pekin 67
By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor The Sigourney girls’ stretch of five-straight wins finally came to an end on Friday via rival Keota. But prior to the Savages’ 43-38 loss to the Eagles, Sigourney traveled to New Sharon looking to complete the season sweep of last year’s SICL champs, North Mahaska. After defeating the Warhawks 50-41 earlier in the season, the Savages faced a hungrier North Mahaska squad that happened to be neck and neck with Sigourney in the conference standings. The game didn’t begin the way Sigourney wanted it to, as North Mahaska came out of the gate with a 14-point first quarter that left the Savages trailing by six heading into the second. The Savages responded, though. Sparked by their excellent defense, the Savages went on to tie the game at halftime by out scoring North Mahaska 13-7 in the second quarter. A low-scoring defensive struggled characterized the second half best. The Savages
Sigourney girls’ - top: Kacey Cranston managed to finish despite being surrounded by defenders; left: Karah Appleget drove hard down the lane and right: Sierra Davis looked to finish in the lane [photos by Adam Meier].
edged NM by a count of 9-7 in the third period to take a 30-28 lead into the fourth, where they managed to hold on late for the 39-37 win, marking their fifth in a row. Karah Appleget led Sigourney with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. Becca Ohland pulled down an impressive 16 rebounds and added four points and three steals. Jordan Carter went three-of-six from the field for nine points and Sierra Davis added seven points and two assists. Sydney Davis pitched in with five points and two steals
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in the win. Sigourney did not bring its ‘A’ game three nights later against rival Keota. Early turnovers eventually led to a 17-15 halftime deficit that the Eagles increased to 32-27 after three. Five-straight Carter points late in the fourth helped the Savages cut Keota’s lead to 38-36, but the Eagles hit nearly all of their pressure free throws to hold on, 43-38. Sigourney’s nonconference matchup with Pekin the next night did not go the way the Savages wanted. Sigourney trailed by just three after the first quarter, only to see its offense stall in the final three periods. The Panthers pushed their lead to 35-21 at the half and increased it to 47-24 heading into the fourth, before pulling away, 67-32. The Savages looked to get back above .500 when they hosted English Valleys on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Sigourney then ends its regular season at home against HLV on Friday.
By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor One poor defensive quarter was the difference between the Tri-County girls’ team getting its first conference win of the season and losing another one. The Trojans put together a tough-minded performance last Tuesday at home against Montezuma to stay within reach of the lead for four quarters, only to fall by the score of 47-36. A first quarter in which the Braves outscored Tri-County 18-13 proved to be the difference in the contest. TC’s fivepoint deficit soon increased to eight at halftime, but the Trojans kept fighting. A solid third quarter of play still left Tri-County trailing by a count of 38-28, until Montezuma held off the Trojans in the fourth. Freshman Katlyn Little had an outstanding game, scoring 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds and five steals. Ginny Schmidt scored eight points and Emma Bair added four. The Trojans then fell on back-to-back nights to two of the top teams in the SICL: Keota and Iowa Valley. TC scored ten points in each other last two quarters in Keota on Thursday, but the 23-8 halftime deficit was too much to overcome, as the Eagles ran away for the 52-28 win. Little scored a game high seven points, while Jessie Maxwell scored five points, including going three-offour from the foul line. Megan Striegel had a great game with six points and 11 rebounds, and Kristen Lundy added five points and six rebounds. Iowa Valley hosted the Trojans the next night and pulled away for the 69-23 win to remain in the conference lead. Tri-County played at HLV on Monday, Feb. 3, before hosting Keota on the following night. The Trojans then play at Belle Plaine on Friday.
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Promising Week for Pekin’s Title Shot 1-28-2014 Pekin 65, Mediapolis 30 1-31-2014 Pekin 58, IMS 55 2-1-2014 Pekin 59, Sigourney 38 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor
The rise of Pekin boys’ basketball has reached an intergalactic level. With three wins last week, including a 58-55 win over IMS, the Panthers have rocketed their winning streak to 14 games and are now in sole possession of first place in the SEISC North. Pekin’s week got kicked off at Mediapolis on Tuesday in stellar fashion. The Panthers held Mediapolis scoreless in the first quarter to take a 16-0 lead into the second, before gaining a 38-14 lead at the half. It was a cakewalk from there. The Panthers rested their started for much of the second half and waltzed away with a 65-30 win. Brody Long was a monster, scoring 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking two shots. Cade Millikin finished with 14 points on six-of-seven shooting and Jared Bond had seven points and ten rebounds. As a team, Pekin shot 27-of-47 (57 percent) from the field. In arguably their biggest game of the season to that point, the Panthers hosted IMS in a game that could put Pekin in firm control of the SEISC North title. Pekin started fast with a 19-point first quarter that left IMS trailing 19-12. An evenly
played second quarter left Pekin ahead 34-29 at the half, before IMS went off for a 20-point third quarter. After the Panthers lost some momentum and intensity with a subpar third quarter, the team fought back and came together with one of its best eight-minute stretches of the season. Excellent team defense coupled with a 15-point scoring output left the Panthers in control and helped them come back for the 55-53 win. “We missed a few free throws that could have sealed it,” said Pekin head coach Ken Hutchinson. “A late ‘3’ brought IMS to within three in the closing second, but we should amazing poise to hold them off.” Jared Bond led the way with 20 points on seven-of-ten shooting. Millikin scored 12 points and had four assists, while Keaton Winn made all five of his shots to finish with ten points. Eric Adam added six points and six rebounds. The Panthers improved to 15-1 following their 59-38 win at Sigourney on Saturday, in which Long and Millikin each scored 18 points. Pekin now holds a onegame lead over second-place IMS heading into the week. The Panthers played at Highland-Riverside on Tuesday, Feb. 4, before hosting Winfield-Mt. Union on Friday.
Bears Bounce Back with Two Huge Wins 1-28-2014 English Valleys 37, Keota 35 1-30-2014 English Valleys 35, North Mahaska 46 1-31-2014 English Valleys 57, BGM 55 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor After the EV girls’ squad lost a trio of games two weeks ago, the Bears needed a strong week to get on a high note before the final week of the regular season. English Valleys had three more opportunities for wins against good competition and Luke Caster’s squad came up big in all but one of those chances. The Bears started their week last Tuesday at home against Keota. A superb third quarter in which EV outscored the Eagles by a score of 15-6 proved to be in different in the 37-35 win that snapped EV’s threegame skid. The Bears shot 14-of-38 (37 percent) from the field against Keota and got a balanced scoring effort from their starting lineup. As usual, Rylee Voss led the Bears in scoring with ten points on the night, but three other Bears pitched in with solid performances. Madison Parmenter shot four-of-six from the field and scored nine points; Lauren Miller hit two ‘3s’ and scored nine points, and Shannon Steffen made one 3-pointer and scored seven points. Steffen, Voss and Parmenter each dished out three assists while Miller led EV with four. The Bears assisted on all 14 of their made field goals. Keota led by a score of 20-14 at the half before the Bears exploded for 15 points in the third quarter, tak-
ing a 29-26 lead into the fourth. EV rebounded well enough down the stretch to hold off the Eagles for the 37-35 win. Where the Bears won the game against Keota last Tuesday, they lost it two nights later at North Mahaska. This time EV struggled mightily in the third quarter in North Sharon on Thursday, getting outscored 16-7 by the Warhawks on their way to a 46-35 defeat. The Bears led 21-18 at halftime but struggled on defense in the second half. North Mahaska’s Michaela Heys scored 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting, while Julia Goenenboom added ten points. Third-place BGM came to town the following night, giving EV a chance for one of its biggest wins of the season. The Bears took advantage of their opportunity by taking a 27-25 lead into the locker room at halftime, before extending their lead to 40-36 after three. Solid free throw shooting down the stretch and composure with the basketball in their hands allowed the Bears to hold off BGM for the 57-55 win. With the win, English Valleys improved to 12-6 in SICL play and now sits alone in fourth behind Iowa Valley, Lynnville-Sully and BGM. EV played at Sigourney on Tuesday, Feb. 4, before ending its regular season the following Tuesday at home against North Mahaska.
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Bears Bounce Back with Two Huge Wins 1-28-2014 English Valleys 37, Keota 35 1-30-2014 English Valleys 35, North Mahaska 46 1-31-2014 English Valleys 57, BGM 55 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor
Above-left: Trenton Steinke was terrific at Keota; Top: Jake Brumbaugh spotted up from the corner and Above-right: Kyle Leer fought down low for a rebound [photos by Adam Meier].
Trojans Pull off Another One 1-28-2014 Tri-County 40, Montezuma 51 1-30-2014 Tri-County 35, Keota 68 1-31-2014 Tri-County 49, Iowa Valley 47 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor
This Tri-County team has developed a flair for the dramatics throughout the season and that flair reared its head again against Iowa Valley on Friday. The Trojans hung with the talented Tigers early in the contest and trailed by just two points at the half. TC clamped down defensively in the third quarter by allowing just seven points and gave the Trojans a window of opportunity to gain the lead. By outscoring Iowa Valley 10-7 in the third quarter, the Trojans took a one-point lead heading into the fourth. The back-and-forth final eight minutes finally came down to the last possession with the game tied at 47. TC’s Austin Blythe, who had scored 28 of the team’s 47 points to that point, would deservedly have the ball in his hands. With the clock winding down, Blythe drove through the teeth of IV’s defense and banked in a difficult runner to give the Trojans the lead and the win, 49-47. Blythe ended the night with 30 points and made 13 of Tri-County’s 19 field goals. He finished 13-of-19 from the field, including three-of-five from 3-point range, and
increased his scoring average to 17.8 points per game at a 44 percent clip. Along with Blythe’s monster performance, the Trojans got an excellent game out of senior Tyler Lally, who had ten points and seven rebounds. Kyle Leer, another senior was also extremely productive, finishing with six points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. The Trojans came close to notching another win earlier in the week against Montezuma. TC took an 18-14 lead into the second quarter, before falling behind by five at the half. The Braves’ defense then stepped up its pressure and allowed just 14 second-half points to the Trojans, helping Montezuma pull away for the 51-40 win. Blythe scored a team high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Nick Watts recorded nine points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Trenton Steinke had easily the best game of any Trojans in Thursday’s 68-35 loss at Keota. Steinke scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and pulled down an impressive 13 rebounds. The team played at HLV on Monday prior to hosting Keota on Tuesday, Feb. 4. TC ends its week at Belle Plaine on Friday.
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After the EV girls’ squad lost a trio of games two weeks ago, the Bears needed a strong week to get on a high note before the final week of the regular season. English Valleys had three more opportunities for wins against good competition and Luke Caster’s squad came up big in all but one of those chances. The Bears started their week last Tuesday at home against Keota. A superb third quarter in which EV outscored the Eagles by a score of 15-6 proved to be in different in the 37-35 win that snapped EV’s three-game skid. The Bears shot 14-of-38 (37 percent) from the field against Keota and got a balanced scoring effort from their starting lineup. As usual, Rylee Voss led the Bears in scoring with ten points on the night, but three other Bears pitched in with solid performances. Madison Parmenter shot four-of-six from the field and scored nine points; Lauren Miller hit two ‘3s’ and scored nine points, and Shannon Steffen made one 3-pointer and scored seven points. Steffen, Voss and Parmenter each dished out three assists while Miller led EV with four. The Bears assisted on all 14 of their made field goals. Keota led by a score of 20-14 at the half before the Bears exploded for 15 points in the third quarter, taking a 29-26 lead into the fourth. EV rebounded well enough down the stretch to hold off the Eagles for the 37-35 win. Where the Bears won the game against Keota last Tuesday, they lost it two nights later at North Mahaska. This time EV struggled mightily in the third quarter in North Sharon on Thursday, getting outscored 16-7 by the
Warhawks on their way to a 46-35 defeat. The Bears led 21-18 at halftime but struggled on defense in the second half. North Mahaska’s Michaela Heys scored 21 points on 10-of15 shooting, while Julia Goenenboom added ten points. Third-place BGM came to town the following night, giving EV a chance for one of its biggest wins of the season. The Bears took advantage of their opportunity by taking a 27-25 lead into the locker room at halftime, before extending their lead to 40-36 after three. Solid free throw shooting down the stretch and composure with the basketball in their hands allowed the Bears to hold off BGM for the 57-55 win. With the win, English Valleys improved to 12-6 in SICL play and now sits alone in fourth behind Iowa Valley, Lynnville-Sully and BGM. EV played at Sigourney on Tuesday, Feb. 4, before ending its regular season the following Tuesday at home against North Mahaska.
Scearcy, Conger Highlight Panthers at SEISC Meet 1-30-2014 Pekin 3, Mediapolis 78 Pekin 12, Lone Tree 51 2-1-2014 SEISC North Conf. Meet By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor
Five Pekin wrestlers placed in the top six at Saturday’s SEISC North Conference Meet in Pekin. Earning the highest finish of any Panthers was 132-pounder Chance Scearcy. Scearcy nabbed third place in his weight class with a pin against West Burlington/Notre Dame’s Dylan Willey in the third-place match. Finishing in fourth at 220 pounds was Trenton Conger. Conger was pinned in the thirdplace match by Mediapolis’s Ethan Lamm, in what was a brutal weight class on Saturday. Placing sixth in their respective weight classes were three other Pekin wreslters: Clayton McKim (106), Tyler Copeland (160) and Scott Entsminger (170). The Panthers tied for tenth in the team race with WACO with 37 points. Mediapolis won the conference crown with in dominant fashion with 282 points; nearly 150 more than second-place Wapello. Pekin will head to New London for Sectionals on Saturday. Wrestling begins at 12pm.
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TCM’s Mason Garber got third with this pin [photos by Adam Meier].
Above: Fritz and Seaton scrambled in the 138-lb. final; below: EV’s Zach Axmear threw TCM’s Mitch Gibson in the 145-pound final.
Left: TCM’s Kale Latchem finished second at 106. Below: EV:s Blake Ealy took the title at 113
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TCM’s Ethan Bair took third at 285.
Above: EV’s Zach Kitzman took third place on Saturday. Left: SK’s Nathan Vest and EV’s Wyatt Olson battled for third at 106 and below: Savages’ Jeremiah Green took his shot in OT against Healey.
Above-left: No one could beat SK 220-pounder Tucker Fowler at IV and lower-left: Bryce Brown proved to be the SICLs top heavyweight on Saturday [photos by Adam Meier].
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Seven Individual champions, seven runners up and three of the top five teams in the final team standings made for one successful outing for Keokuk County wrestling squads at Saturday’s South Iowa Cedar League Conference Meet in Marengo. Although Iowa Valley managed to pull away to win its fourth straight SICL team title, Sigourney-Keota, along with Tri-County/Montezuma and English Valleys, had tremendous days on the mats as well. Starting with the Savages, who finished 16 points behind Iowa Valley in second place with 195 points; SK put six wrestlers in the finals and came out with four champions. SK’s first champion came at 138 pounds in the form of Nathan Fritz. Fritz, a junior, got to the finals by beating BGM’s Storm Ribby in the semifinals and got matched up with EV’s Cody Seaton. The low-scoring battle between Fritz and Seaton was decided with a Fritz takedown midway through the third period that gave him a 6-1 advantage, which Fritz held onto to win the title by a score of 6-3. SK then capped its day by crowning champions in three of the last five final matches. At 170 pounds, Cole Streigle won both of his matches, including a 10-9 decision over LynnvilleSully’s Noah Zylstra in the finals. Tenth-ranked Tucker Fowler continued his domination with a pin of Iowa Valley’s Jeremy Nebraska in the 220 pound final to earn the title. Junior Bryce Brown received a tough challenge from IV’s Tyler Mangold in the 285 pound final, but Brown prevailed down the stretch to take the crown by a count of 6-4. Aside from SK’s four champions, the Savages had two other wrestlers in the finals. At 132, senior Jeremiah Green was part of the best match of the day in the finals against Iowa Valley’s eighth-ranked Drake Healey. Green wrestled well, but couldn’t hold off Healey down the stretch. Healey recorded two second-period takedowns to tie the match and send it into sudden victory. In overtime, Green got in on a shot but couldn’t finish, only to get taken down by Healey and end the match on the wrong side of the 7-5 score. SK 160-pounder Noah Boender had himself a great day, pinning his first two opponents before running into L-S’s Caden Doll in the finals. Doll, who is ranked fourth at 160, earned a major decision over Boender by a score of 15-1. SK’s lone third-place finisher came at 106 pounds with Nathan Vest. Vest earned third with a late pin over EV’s Wyatt Olson in a breathtaking match between the two lightweights. Lane Boender (145), Gage Greiner (160), Noah Schuster (182) and Chase Tremmel (195) each earned fourth-place finishes on Saturday to round of SK’s results. Coming in fourth place as a team and putting three wrestlers in the finals was TriCount/Montezuma. In the first final of the day, 106-pounder Kale Latcham hit the mat against Iowa Valley’s Josh Jordan. Jordan got the best of Latcham with a secondperiod pin that sent Latcham home with second place. Ben
Edmundson was the next TCM wrestler to compete in the finals at 126. Edmundson didn’t get the result he wanted though, as he was pinned by IV’s Zach Russell in the first period to place second. 145-pounder Mitch Gibson also placed second after winning his first two matches. Gibson was unable to hang with EV’s Zach Axmear in the finals, who took the title with a 12-1 major decision. While TCM went 0-3 in the finals, Scott Edmundson’s team made a huge splash in the consolations. Six TCM wrestlers came back after losses to take third: Travis Lewis (113), Mason Garber (120), Zach Kitzman (132), Clay Harper (160), Jacob Weber (170) and Ethan Bair (285). The six third-place finishes helped TCM amass 151.5 points and place fourth. At 182 pounds, Logan VerVerka finished sixth, as did Hunter Foubert at 195 pounds. Despite a lack of numbers that the top finishing teams were able to take advantage of on Saturday, English Valleys still managed to place fifth as a team with 136.5 points while putting five wrestlers in the finals. Blake Ealy got the momentum going for EV in the 113pound final. Ealy pinned Lynnville-Sully’s Cole Nickell to take gold and finished his day with three pins to validate is number eight ranking in Class 1A. At 120 pounds, Sheldon Ealy had a tough matchup in the final against seventh-ranked Jacob Krakow of Iowa Valley. Ealy, who is ranked tenth at 120, notched a huge win a 5-2 decision to stand atop the podium and come home as a SICL champion. EV’s third champion on Saturday came at 145 pounds with freshman Zach Axmear, who earned a major decision over TCM’s Mitch Gibson in the finals. 138-pounder Cody Seaton fell to SK’s Nathan Fritz in the finals to take second, while tenth-ranked Brennen Grimm was pinned by BGM’s Adam Hawkins in the 182-pound final. Hawkins is ranked third in 1A in his weight class. With a pin of BGM’s Brendan Hasley, Luke Jackson earned fourth place at 220 pounds. Wyatt Olson placed fourth at 106, while Andrew Fisher finished in fifth at 126. EV will wrestle at Sectionals on Saturday at Lisbon, while SK and TCM will both be at Eddyville. The first and secondplace winners from each weight class at Sectionals will advance to Districts.
Lady Panthers Win Two of Three 1-28-2014 Pekin 71, Mediapolis 92 1-31-2014 Pekin 45, IMS 44 2-1-2014 Pekin 67, Sigourney 32 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor
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Sigourney’s Peyton Crawford drove by his man for the lay in [photo by Adam Meier].
Savages Come Up Short in New Sharon 1-28-2014 Sigourney 47, North Mahaska 52 1-31-2014 Sigourney 57, Keota 85 2-1-2014 Sigourney 38, Pekin 59 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor
The Sigourney boys took a 24-19 lead into the locker room after the first half against North Mahaska last Tuesday, but the Savages couldn’t keep the momentum going and ultimately fell, 52-47. Sigourney’s defense was excellent early on against the Warhawks, holding them to six first-quarter points on the way to an 11-6 lead after one. The North Mahaska offense came alive in the final three quarters though, scoring double digits in each. The third quarter proved to be the most decisive period of the contest, when the Warhawks outscored Sigourney by a count of 17-9 to take a three-point lead into the fourth. Both offenses were strong in the last eight minutes, but great free throw shooting by North Mahaska sealed the deal. The Warhawks finished 10-of-14 from the foul line and had three players score in double figures, including Conner Hehli, who led the team with 16 points. Colby Kerkove hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points for the Savages, while Kevin Weber went five-foreight from the field for 11 points. Blaine Gretter scored nine points and had a team high seven rebounds; Peyton Crawford made two ‘3s’ to finish with six points, and Shane Swearingen had five points and
seven assists. Sigourney trailed by just three points after the first quarter on Friday against SICLleading Keota, but fell off the pace in the second quarter. The Eagles carved through the Sigourney defense for 28 second-quarter points and 27 more in the third quarter to pull away for the 85-57 win. The Savages ended their week on Saturday against tenthranked Pekin in a nonconference matchup in Sigourney. The Panthers got out fast and used their great defense and big size advantage to pull out to a 40-24 halftime lead. Pekin’s defense didn’t let up in the second half and allowed just seven points in each of the next two quarters to help the Panthers walk away with the 59-38 win. Cade Millikin and Brody Long each scored 18 points. The Savages looked for their fourth win of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at home against EV. Sigourney then hosts HLV on Friday.
Winning two of your three games in a week like the Pekin girls’ squad did last week isn’t bad considering the only team you didn’t beat was the fourthranked team in Class 3A. The Panthers gave up almost 100 to Mediapolis last week in a 92-71 loss, but bounced back with wins on consecutive nights to improve their mark to 13-4 on the season. Mediapolis scored 18 or more points in each of the four quarters on Tuesday, including 29 in the second quarter, to beat the Panthers handily. Mediapolis had five players score in double figures, including Andrea Larson, who finished with 33 points on 15-of-20 shooting. The Panthers were paced by Beth Atwood’s 23 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. Sam and Gwynne Wright each dropped 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, while Cassidy Tolle drilled three ‘3s’ to finish with nine points. Pekin scored 25 points in both the second and fourth quarters but combined for just 21 in the first and third quarters together. The Panthers got some home cooking on Friday against IMS and held on for a 45-44
win. Pekin got out to a 29-19 halftime lead before falling off the pace a bit in the second half. Still, Pekin’s first half double-digit lead proved enough down the stretch as the Panthers held on. Atwood finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while McKenna Gambell finished with 12 points on six-of-nine shooting, while also grabbing nine rebounds. Gwynne Wright nailed three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds on the night. The Panthers kept their offense rolling the next night at Sigourney to the tune of 67 points. Pekin led by eight after the first quarter and kept its foot on the gas for the next three quarters to pull away for the convincing 67-32 win. Atwood scored 20 points against the Savages while Gambell added ten. Madelyn Baker came up big with nine points on four-of-six shooting. Sloan Reighard scored six points on the night and Jess Horras had nine points and two blocked shots. The Panthers played at Highland-Riverside on Tuesday, before hosting Winfield-Mt. Union on Friday, Feb. 7, in a battle between two of the SEISC North’s top teams.
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Clockwise: Kolton Greiner elevated for a jumper; Keota’s Nate Sieren drilled this ‘3’ at Sigourney; Paden Uphold put up this jumper and Shane Gibson drove in from the wing v. TC [photos by Adam Meier].
Eagles Rolling Once Again 1-28-2014 Keota 83, English Valleys 34 1-30-2014 Keota 68, Tri-County 35 1-31-2014 Keota 85, Sigourney 57 2-1-2014 Keota 53, BGM 34
By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor It’s looking more and more like Keota’s loss at LynnvilleSully in the middle of January was simply an aberration. The Eagles shot 10-for-61 in the 45-33 loss a couple weeks ago, but have since been on fire. The Keota boys scorched the nets in all four of their game last week, winning all four and improving to 16-1 to maintain their lead over the rest of the South Iowa Cedar League. In their first game of the week on Tuesday at English Valleys, the Eagles came off of the bus shooting. Keota scored 28 points in the first quarter and 24 more in the second quarter to blow away the Bears, 83-34. Kolton Greiner led the Eagles with 18 points on 7-of12 shooting, including three-offour from downtown. As a team, Keota hit ten of its 20 3-pointers and shot 32-of-58 (55 percent) from the field. In addition to Greiner’s solid game, three other Eagles scored in double figures, including Zach Mousel, who dropped 11 points off the bench. Senior Justin Hultman scored ten points on four-of-six shooting and Luke Lyle finished six-of-ten for 14 points. Derek Berg scored eight points on four-of-five shooting, while Nate Owen and Isaiah Hahn each added seven points. Nate Sieren pitched in with eight points, five rebounds and two assists. Keota notched its second blowout win of the week two
nights later against Tri-County. The Eagles went off for 21 firstquarter points and extended their lead to 33-13 at the half. Another 21-point quarter in the third all but put the game away, as Keota pulled away for the 68-35 win. Greiner had a game-high 29 points and drilled six of his nine 3-point attempts. Lyle hit three 3-pointers himself and added 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Hahn went fourfor-five from the field and scored nine points. As a team, Keota shot 11-of-22 from beyond the arc against the Trojans. The Eagles went looking for their third blowout win of the week the next night in front of a packed house in Sigourney. The two rivals battled it out toe to toe through the first quarter, leaving Keota with a slight three-point lead heading into the second. That’s when the Eagles kicked their offense into hyper drive. Lyle, Greiner and the rest of the Eagles erupted for 28 points in the second quarter to go into the locker room leading 41-25. It was more of the same in the third quarter, as Keota dropped 27 more points on the Savages to take complete control. The Eagles led 68-41 heading into the fourth, before pulling away for the 85-57 win. Lyle led his team with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Greiner scored 20 points on seven-of-ten shooting from the field. Nate Owen scored nine points and Sieren scored seven, including three on a 3-pointer.
Berg shot an efficient five-forseven from the field and had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Keota shot an incredible 54 percent from the field on 32-of59 shooting. In their fourth game of the week on Saturday, the Eagles relied on their defense for the first three quarters to come away with the 53-34 win at BGM. The first have in Brooklyn was a tight one, with the Eagles edging out to a 25-18 halftime lead. Keota’s defense, which deserves nearly as much credit as its offense, made a statement by allowing just two points to the Bears in the third. After leading 32-20 after three quarters of play, Keota and its offense shifted into high gear and scored 21 fourth-quarter points to pull away for the impressive 53-34 win. Lyle led the charge with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, while Greiner scored 19 points. The Eagles looked to continue their hot shooting at TriCounty on Tuesday, Feb. 4, before heading to Montezuma on Friday. Following Keota’s win at BGM on Saturday, the Eagles held a two-game lead over second-place Montezuma in the SICL standings.
Keota girl’s basketball pictured: Top - Mariah Lyle fed Sierra Lyle in the post; Above-left - Cortney Hyman passed to an open teammate and Above-right - Bree Reed made a strong move in the paint [photos by Adam Meier].
1-28-2014 Keota 35, English Valleys 37 1-30-2014 Keota 52, Tri-County 28 1-31-2014 Keota 43, Sigourney 38 By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor
As inconsistent as the Keota girls’ basketball team has been this season, the performance of the Eagles last week has been a huge relief for fans and head coach Jenny Hobbs alike. Along with Keota’s everimproving defense, the Eagles have started shooting the ball the way they’re capable of doing, and it started with Madison Sieren. Sieren drilled eight 3-pointers in three games last week and was absolutely vital in Keota’s successful week.
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“We’ve just told [Kelsi] to keep shooting,” Keota head coach Jenny Hobbs said. “She’s been rushing her shot; sometimes she doesn’t get her feet underneath her. It’s been a footwork thing with her a times; she just needs to take her time and step into it. We’ve also worked a lot on giving our shooters a good pass, and that has helped a lot.” Sieren hit three of Keota’s four 3-pointers in Tuesday’s 37-35 loss at English Valleys; a game that the Eagles led by six at the half. A poor third quarter and a number of missed shots in close ultimately doomed Keota in the narrow loss that started its week. Kelsi Sieren led the team with 15 points against the Bears. Kelsi, Madison and the rest of the Eagles hosted TriCounty two nights later and kept up their improved shooting. Madison hit three more ‘3s’ and scored 13 points while Kelsi scored 13 points of her own in the 52-28 win against the Trojans. “Offensively, we’ve been attacking more,” said Hobbs. “Kelsi’s been doing an awesome job of getting to the rim. We’re moving more in our offense and being a lot more aggressive.” Brooke Sieren and Mariah Lyle also hit 3-pointers, but Madison Sheetz’s post play was the real difference. Sheetz scored 15 points on seven-often shooting and grabbed ten rebounds. Kelsi Sieren had ten rebounds herself and grabbed eight steals as well. Keota allowed just eight first half points to Tri-County, displaying its excellent defense that is right where Hobbs wants it to be. “I’m very happy where the girls are defensively,” added Hobbs. “Each game we’ll break down the different ways each team scores, and the more ways a team scores against us, the better. If we give up 20 points in one area, that’s going to be hard to correct. But when we allow points here and there on a drive or because we didn’t hedge, that’s something we can correct.”
The Eagles took their strong defense to Sigourney on Friday in hopes of closing out the important week with backto-back wins. Both teams searched for a comfort zone in the first half. Keota’s full-court press caused havoc for the Savages, especially in the first half. A number of Sigourney turnovers led to Keota gaining a 17-15 halftime lead. For the game, the Eagles tallied a total of 13 steals, including eight by Madison Sieren. Sieren and the Keota offense got cooking in the second half to the tune of 15 points. A Sieren ‘3’ with over three minutes left in the third quarter put the Eagles up 32-27. Another big clutch ‘3’ by Sieren late in the fourth quarter gave the Eagles a sevenpoint lead, before Sigourney’s Jordan Carter scored five straight points to bring Keota’s lead to just 38-36. But down the stretch, Sieren and the Eagles sunk nearly all of their free throws to seal the win, 43-38. Sieren finished with 16 points and made eight-of-ten free throws. Sheetz scored 11 points on fiveof-five shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Kelsi Sieren had ten points and two assists, while Callie Greiner nailed a 3-pointer for three points. The Eagles are now tied for fifth in the SICL with North Mahaska at 9-8 and are a half game ahead of 9-9 Sigourney. Hobbs is happy with the improvement her team has displayed in the past two weeks, but still wants to see more heading into the postseason. “We’re going to continue to work on our offensive movement,” Hobbs said. “We still don’t flow real well in our offense. I still feel like we’re getting good shots, we’ve just got to start making them. We’ve got to continue to rebound the ball, because we’re not very tall, and keep people in front of us.” The Eagles played at TriCounty on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and then play at Montezuma on Friday.