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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Supplement for the Keota Eagle, The News-Review and The Sun










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SHS Boy’s & Girl’s Golf

Eight Letter Winners Back for Sigourney Golf By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor Cole Streigle, Sigourney’s top performer at SICL’s last year with a seventh-place finish, won’t be golfing with the rest of the Savages this spring because of a shoulder injury. Even without Streigle though, Sigourney will return a strong core of golfers on the boys’ side. Three returning letter winners: Colby Kerkove, Shane Swearingen and Kevin Weber, will lead the Sigourney boys on the links this spring. Swearingen and his ninehole round of 42 last year was the best of any Savage. The lefty averaged a score of 51.7 strokes per nine holes last season, which was the fifth best on the Sigourney boys’ side. Kerkove, a junior, is Sigourney’s leading returning player, in terms of average score adjusted by course rating. Kerkove averaged a score of 50.67 strokes, which was second last year behind only Streigle. Kerkove’s best ninehole round as a sophomore was 43. Weber’s best ninehole round was just behind Kerkove’s, with a 44. As a junior, Weber averaged an adjusted course rating score of 52.75, and he’ll look to improve on his SICL 18-hole score of 111. In addition to Sigourney’s three returning letter winners on the boys’ side, seven other Savages will hit the links this spring looking to make some noise. Jordan Albert, who earned some solid experience last season, should push into Sigourney top six golfers, with

Blane Long, Adam DeRegnier and Gage Greiner also expected to compete. Kaden Bensen, Matt Utterback and Collin Svenby will also be hungry to crack into the top group. Five Sigourney girls will return this season after earning letters last spring. Emily Danowsky, Katie Dillon, Stacy Mohr, Ashley Shadley and Brooke Schroeder all return after turning in solid seasons last spring. As a freshman, Stacy Mohr shot a team-best 98 at Regionals to advance to the Regional Finals in Corning. Mohr was the first girl Savage to qualify for the Regional Finals in 15 years and will only continue to improve. Mohr finished last season with an adjusted average of 55.96 strokes per nine holes and had the best nine-hole round of any female Savage (45). Outside of Mohr, Katie Dillon is the best returnee for Sigourney. Dillon’s adjusted scoring average of 56.58 strokes was second on the team behind Mohr, while her best nine-hole round of 50 was the team’s third best. Ashely Shadley, Brooke Schroeder and Emily Danowsky also return after successful campaigns last spring, while Meredith Wheeldon will look to improve on her sophomore season. Savannah Atwood, Kendall Streigle, and Sydney and Sierra Davis will all look to make a splash this season as well. The Savages’ season is scheduled to begin at Keota against Tri-County and the Eagles on Monday, April 7.

The Savages are pictured (front to back, left to right): Hannah Redlinger, Stacy Mohr, Sierra Davis, Brooke Schroeder, Meredith Wheeldon, Sydney Davis and Emily Danowsky; Ashley Shadley, Katie Dillon, Kendall Striegel, Savannah Atwood, Adam de Regnier, Jordan Albert, Kaden Bensen, Colby Kerkove, Gage Greiner, Matt Utterback and Collin Svenby. Not pictured: Kevin Weber, Shane Swearingen and Blane Long [photo submitted].

TC Boy’s Golf

Tri-County golf is pictured (front to back, left to right): Dakota Thomas, Chase Sellers, Mason Garber, Lane Williams; Zach Kitzman, Tyler Lally, Nick Watts, Jon DeKoning and Lucas Ewing. The Trojans are coached by Josh DeKleine [photo by Jamie Maxwell, News-Review staff photographer].

Trojans’ Golf Ready for Action By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor An extended period of nasty winter weather has prevented Tri-County’s golfer from getting a head start on practice, but the Trojans’ returning experience will serve as a nice remedy for that lack of preseason preparation. Four golfers return for Tri-

County this season that had strong seasons one year ago. Two of those golfers, Tyler Lally and Mason Garber, finished last spring with identical adjusted course averages of 49 strokes per nine holes. Lally, now a senior, shot the best nine-hole round of any Trojans last spring with a 42. Garber wasn’t far behind with a 44. Also returning to the links this spring will be senior Nick Watts. Watts’ best nine-hole

round as a junior last season was 43. Watts finished his season with an adjusted course average of 51.2. Chase Sellers will also be back in action for head coach Josh DeKleine’s squad. Sellers averaged 55.2 strokes per nine holes, according to his adjusted average, while his lowest nine-hole round was 46. The Trojans’ first meet is scheduled for Monday, April 7, against Keota and Sigourney at Sigourney.

Bears Girl’s Golf

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BIG Numbers, BIG Expectations for EV Golf

English Valleys girl’s golf is pictured (front to back, left to right): Paige Hester, Jessica Riegel, Claire Kingland and Holley Stewart; Maddy Jordan, Sydnie Stephenson, Rylee Voss, Lexie Moore and Emily Westhoff [photo by Adam Meier].

Bears Boy’s Golf

English Valleys boy’s golf is pictured (front to back, left to right): Luke Ackerman, Clayton Morrison, Wyatt Olson, Zachary Axmear, Casey Blaylock and Brennen Grimm; Thomas Glandon, William Tapken, Ambrose Coffman, Dakota Olson, Davis Axmear, Andrew Kerkove, Adam Kerkove and Devon Hill. Not pictured - Jack Lawrence [photo by Adam Meier].

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor With nearly 30 studentathletes at his disposal this spring, English Valleys’ head golf coach Jeff Kingland has a lot of work ahead of him determining his top golfers. But make no mistake about it — having an excess of golfers is much better than the alternative. Leading the way on the links for EV throughout the spring will be junior Rylee Voss. Voss finished seventh at the SICLs last season with an 18-hole score of 98, helping the Bears finish third in the conference. Following its great performance at SICLs, EV advanced past Regionals onto the Regional Finals in Clarksville. The Bears finished fourth out of six teams at Clarksville, while Voss came up just one spot short of qualifying for State by shooting a 95. Teaming up with Voss this spring for the Bears will be Paige Hester, Sydnie Stephenson, Jessica Riegel and Claire Kingland. Of those four, Hester and Stephenson had the best seasons last year; Hester had a low ninehole round of 50, while Stephenson’s best was a 56. Holly Stewart, Lexie Moore, Emily Westhoff and Maddy Jordan will also contribute to EV’s strong girls’ club. As for the boys’ side,

the Bears return four golfers who shot in the sub 50s last spring: Davis Axmear, Brennen Grimm, Andrew Kerkove and Dakota Olson. Of those four, Kerkove finished with the best singleround nine-hole score (44) and adjusted course average (62.8). At SICLs last spring, no one golfed better than Grimm. Grimm placed ninth in the SICL with an 18-hole round of 86. As a team, the Bears got ninth out of 11 squads and will look to improve drastically on that mark this season. The Bears will likely have numerous other contributors to the squad this spring, including Zachary Axmear, Adam Kerkove, Devon Hill and Ambrose Coffman. Also look for Casey Blaylock, Luke Ackerman and Jack Lawrence to improve on their numbers from last season. EV opens up its season on Monday, April 7, at Iowa Valley.

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KHS Boy’s & Girl’s Golf

Keota Golf Back Into the Swing of It

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor Abbie Sieren, Emily Adam and Courtney Jaeger were the Keota girls’ three best golfers last season and now they’re all gone. As seniors, Sieren, Adam and Jaeger all shot consistently in the mid 40s and now the Eagles will need their three remaining golfers to step up their games. Junior Callie Greiner will be leading the way for Keota after averaging 62 strokes per nine holes as a sophomore. Greiner’s lowest nine-hole rounds last spring was 55. Joining the effort of Greiner will be sophomores Grace Shemanski and Megan Hill. After gaining valuable experience as freshmen last season, Shemanski and Hill are hoping to drastically lower their scores from a year ago. Shemanski averaged 66 strokes per nine holes and had a personal best round of 60. Meanwhile, Hill, the daughter of head coach Rod Hill, will push to improve her

75-stroke average and personal best round of 66. Three Keota boys also return from a year ago with solid experience. Of those three, junior Grant Hill brings the lowest returning nine-hole round to the team. Hill’s round of 45 last season was the best of any Eagle, while his 57.5 strokes per nine holes was third best on the team. Despite splitting time between track and golf, senior Kolton Greiner had the best nine-hole adjusted averaged last season at 50.50. Greiner’s best nine-hole round as a junior was 51 and he shot a 95 at SICLs. Joining Greiner and Hill will be senior Sam Ollinger. Ollinger’s personal best ninehole round from a year ago was 62, while he averaged 68 strokes per nine throughout the season. Keota opens its season on Monday, April 7, against Sigourney and Tri-County in Sigourney.

TC Girls Looking for Big Strides By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor Tri-County girls’ track and field coach Rachel Heck found her footing last year in her first season at the helm; now this year, Heck and her Trojans are looking to build off of last season into something better. The Trojans bring back a number of solid sprinters, along with some skill in the field events. Highlighting TC’s field event returnees is Sara Gragg. Gragg proved herself in the long jump last year as a junior. Gragg’s best jump of the year came at a distance of 15’ 3.25’’, which made her one of the top-ten performers in the SICL. Freshman Natalie Steinke will also try her hand in the long jump for the Trojans. Steinke jumped 12’ 11’’ at the SICL Indoor

last month in Grinnell. Nikayla Dowd, a freshman, will give Tri-County a more than capable performer in the throwing events. Dowd finished ninth (27’ 8’’) in the shot put at the SICL Indoor. Jessie Maxwell also has experience as a thrower, with her best toss in the discus last season coming at the distance of 59’ 5’’. The Trojans won’t have much to offer in the middle and long distance events, but a strong contingent of sprinters will give TC some punch in the sprint relays and individual sprints. Gragg is Tri-County’s top returning sprinter this spring; she had the fastest 100 (14.01 seconds) and 200-meter dash (29.34 seconds) times for the Trojans last year. Emma Bair, who ran a 100 time of 15.09 seconds as a freshman, will give TC another good sprinter for its sprint relays. Kristen Krumm provides the Trojans with yet another impressive sprinter, and is also a capable 400 runner. Also look for Maxwell and Steinke to make an impact in TC’s sprint relays this spring. The Tri-County girls open up their outdoor season on Tuesday, April 5, at English Valleys.

Keota golf team front to back, left to right: Megan Hill, Madison Sieren, Grace Shemanski, Paden Uphold, Zach Mousel, Jacob Wickenkamp, Jace Uphold, Cullen Kelley, Nate Sieren, Grant Hill, John Mather, Avery Conrad, Sam Ollinger, Kolton Greiner. Not pictured: Luke Lyle and Cole Stout. Head Coach Rod Hill. Photo by Tomisha Sprouse

TC Girl’s Track

2014 Tri-County Girls Track is pictured (front to back, left to right): Kristin Krumm, Sara Gragg, Megan Striegel; Emma Bair, Natalie Steinke, Nikayla Dowd, Jessie Maxwell and Coach Rachel Hec [photo by Jamie Maxwell, News-Review staff photographer].

SHS Girl’s Track

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Savages Hope to Build Off of 2013

2014 Sigourney Savages’ girl’s track team is pictured above (front to back, left to right) Bianca Shaw, Sierra Green, Mallory Shaw, Brooke Schroeder, McKayla Shaw, Victoria Bechert, Megan Montgomery and Sarina Gretter; Kacey Cranston, Jordan Carter, Autumn Clubb, Allison Schroeder, Becca Ohland, Jetta Bell and Sam Sande; Gretchen Witzenberg, Ashley Berg, Savannah Atwood, Madaline Berg, Danielle Stout and Lily Hammes [photo by Adam Meier].

Pekin Girl’s Track

Panthers Look to Sustain Under New Coach By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor It’s going to be hard to repeat what they did last year. The Pekin girls’ track and field team qualified 11 events for State last season, and three of those events had more than one Panther in it. This year the Lady Panthers will be under the guidance of BGM and William Penn graduate Josh Roudabush, after Sarah Wright gave up coaching the team. Roudabush inherited an outstanding group of athletes that’s led by sophomore Gwynne Wright. At State as a freshman, Wright finished fifth in the 3000, tenth in the 800 and 12th in the 1500, while also running the 800-leg of Pekin’s State-qualifying distance medley. Joining Wright at State in the 3000 last year was freshman Lock, who placed 20th. In addition to Wright and Lock, the Panthers have numerous other impressive performers in the middle and long-distance events. Taylor Winn and Cassidy

Tolle each clocked in at 1:05 last season in the 400-meter dash, while Sloan Reighard came in at 1:07; all three of them return this spring. Reighard and Winn will be joined by junior Whitney Horras, who ran a personal best 2:31 800 last year. Sophomore Payton Lock, sister of Taylor, will provide another impressive body in Pekin’s 1500 and 3000meter runs. Expect to see any of the mentioned runners to combine to form stellar 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Also look for Devin Dailey to make some noise in the 800 and 1500meter runs. Another Panther who you can expect to see back at State is senior Samantha Wright. Wright was a member of the Panthers’ State-qualifying 4x800 relay last season and also qualified in the 400-meter hurdles. Wright finished the 400 hurdles in 1:15 at Drake Stadium, but had a personal best time of 1:10 earlier last spring. Another of Pekin’s impressive hurdlers, Mallory Reed, will be back for her junior season after finishing

ninth (16.59) as a sophomore in the 100-meter hurdles. Reed was also a member of Pekin’s State-qualifying 4x100 and distance medley relays. Joining Reed as Pekin’s fastest group of sprinters will be senior Jess Horras and sophomore Nikole Arendt. The Panthers also have a strong contingent of performers in the field events. Kaysha Dodson and Beth Atwood both

have great opportunities to reach State in the high jump, while Shelbie Williams is looking to repeat her State appearance from a year ago in the shot put. Jess Horras and Bridget Fritchen will also throw this year for the Panthers and are more than capable of earning top-five finishes at meets. The Lady Panthers began their outdoor season on Monday, April 1, at West Burlington.

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor The Sigourney girls’ track and field squad sent two events to the State Meet at Drake Stadium last spring and the Savages are hoping to do at least the same this spring. Sigourney’s 2013 shuttle hurdle relay team comprised of Brooke Schroeder, Courtney Herman, Becca Ohland and Lorianna Winegarden, finished tenth at State last year with a time of 1:11.36. This year someone will have to fill in for Winegarden, who was a senior last year, and that someone is looking more and more like it will be freshman Allison Schroeder. Schroeder, along with junior Kacey Cranston, should be more than capable of adequately replacing Winegarden, making the chances of a return trip to State probable for Sigourney’s shuttle hurdle relay. In addition to the shuttle hurdle, Sigourney’s Ohland, a senior, is also aiming for a return trip to State as an individual. Ohland placed 19th at State last season in the 100meter hurdles with a time of

17.24. Along with Ohland and the rest of the hurdlers, expect Sigourney’s top spinters to be Bianca & Chelsea Shaw and junior Jordan Carter. Sierra Green, Lily Hammes and Megan Montgomery will provide numbers at the middledistance spots for the Savages, while Maddie Berg and Danielle Stout will hold down spots in the 1500 and 3000-meter run spots. Sigourney will be short on both numbers and experience in the field-event department this spring, with likely only two girls total competing in any field events. In the long jump, Victoria Bechert will return after a personal best mark of 10’ 2’’ last year. The athletic freshman Sarina Gretter will give it a go at high jump this spring for Sigourney. The Savages opened up their season on Tuesday, April 1, at Belle Plaine.

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KHS Girl’s Track

Keota’s Super Seven Ready to Run By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor Seven girls, including two seniors, will form Dan Stout’s Keota track and field team this spring. A lack of numbers, though, doesn’t mean there will be a lack of ambition among the Eagles. Seniors Kelsi Sieren and Mallory Ladehoff will pace the Eagles this spring, both in practice and at meets. Last season Sieren excelled in a trio of individual events: 400-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles and long jump. Sieren’s 400-meter hurdle time of 1:12 last season made her the fourth-fastest in the South Iowa Cedar League, while her time of 17.31 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and mark of 15’ 6.75’’ in the long both ranked fifth-best in the league. Ladehoff is Keota’s top returning performer in both the 400-meter dash and high jump. Ladehoff came through with a

personal best time of 1:13 last season in the open 400, while her mark of 4’ 6’’ in the high jump was also her personal best. Brooke Sieren comes in as the Eagles’ top returning sprinter this year. Sieren clocked in at 14.33 seconds last season in the 100-meter dash, and she’s also more than capable of making noise in the 200-meter dash. The versatile Maggie Baker has the capability of running in a wide array of events. Last season Baker competed in the 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles and high jump. Also returning for Keota is sprinter Abby Schulte and middle-distance runner Cortney Hyman. Freshman Erin Chalupa will be added into the mix for the Eagles this spring as well. The Eagles opened up their outdoor season on Tuesday, April 1, at Belle Plaine.

All-Around Attack for EV Girls By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor With a similar build to last year’s squad, this year’s EV girls’ track and field team will display great balance in all areas. The Bears once again have capable athletes in the sprints, middle-distance events, longdistance events and field events. One Bear stand out though, and has a shot a repeating as a State qualifier. Allison Hewett ran her best 1500 time of the season (5:24) inside Drake Stadium last year and will be looking to qualify for State again as a senior. In addition to the 1500, Hewett is a strong runner in the 3000; her best time as a junior was 12:15. Along with Hewett, senior Amelia Koehn will provide a boost for the Bears in the 800 and perhaps the 1500 as well. Freshman Hannah Green, who proved her capabilities during EV’s cross country season, will push

Hewett this spring with everything she’s got. Green clocked in at 2:56 in the open 800 at the SICL Indoor in Grinnell last month. Taylor Gerard and Darian Blaylock will also be key middle-distance performers for the Bears in 2014. Abby Westhoff represents EV’s top sprinting threat for the second-straight year. As a sophomore, Westhoff ran times of 14.14 seconds in the 100meter dash and 29.97 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Westhoff, along with Lauren Miller, Rylee Voss and Hewett, have a chance to form an excellent distance medley relay for the Bears this spring. Miller and Blaylock will be the driving forces behind EV’s field events this season. Expect to see each of them throw the shot put this season, while Blaylock will also compete in the discus. Blaylock’s best throw of 2013 came at a distance of 71’ 6’’. Meanwhile, Miller placed eighth in the shot put at the SICL Indoors with a mark of 28’ 3’’. The Bears began their outdoor season at Belle Plaine on Tuesday, April 1.

Dan Stout (back, left) is the head coach for the 2014 Keota Eagles’ girl’s track team, which is pictured (front to back, left to right): Mallory Ladehoff and Kelsi Sieren; Abby Schulte, Erin Chalupa, Maggie Baker, Courtney Hyman and Brooke Sieren [photo courtesy of Derek Helling/Washington Evening Journal].

EV Girl’s Track

The English Valleys Bears’ 2014 girl’s track team is pictured above (front to back, left to right): Amanda Fisher, Allison Hewett, Amelia Koehn and Marissa Lang; Lexie Moore, Rylee Voss and Darian Blaylock; Hannah Green Mackenzie Russell, Abby Westhoff, Taylor Gerard and Brooke Long. Not pictured - Lauren Miller [photo submitted].


TC Boy’s Track

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Hungry Group of Trojans Return

2014 Tri-County boy’s track team is coached by Keith Kiburz (back, right) and pictured above (front to back, left to right): Walter McKay, Ryan Daughenbaugh, Lane Williams and Clay Harper; Ben Edmundson, Joe Haberling, Luke Bombei, Bailey Davis, Jacob Bombei and Zachery Bolinger; Dalton Ehret, Jake Brumbaugh, Nick Watts, Kyle Leer and Austin Blythe [photo by Jamie Maxwell, News-Review staff photographer].

SHS Boy’s Track

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor The Tri-County boys’ track and field squad doesn’t have a standout performer like it did last year, in Spencer Steinke. However, the Trojans bring back a steady group of runners that could hold its own in a number of different relay events. Head coach Keith Kiburz and his Trojans have the potential to build some formidable relay teams, with their distance medley perhaps being the strongest. The 1600-meter distance medley consists of two 200-meter legs, one 400-meter leg, and is wrapped up with an 800-meter leg. The Trojans have options in each of the first three legs, but will likely settle on their best 800 runner, Austin Blythe, for the final leg. Blythe’s best run in the open 800 last spring was 2:19, which he show eclipse this year as a senior. Dalton Ehret, Jake Brumbaugh, Jacob Bombei and Nick Watts are all potential candidates for the 200-meter legs, but Watts will likely be given the nod in the 400 leg. The previously mentioned runners, along with Kyle Leer, will likely be members of TC’s 4x200 and 4x400 relays as well. In the open sprint events, look for Brumbaugh to be the main man. Brumbaugh ran

times of 12.63 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 25.9 seconds in the 200-meter dash, making his second fastest last year behind Spencer Steinke. Brumbaugh, along with Leer, is also a capable runner in the open 400. Ehret may be TC’s lone hurdler this spring; his best time in the 110-high hurdles last year was 20.34 seconds. Aside from Blythe, TC’s 800 runner will be Walker McKay and Joe Haberling. McKay clocked in at 2:44 at the SICL indoor in Grinnell, while Haberling came in at 3:07. Bailey Davis and Clay Harper will each look to make some noise in the 1600meter run this spring while they, along with Haberling and McKay, should make up TC’s 4x800 relay. Also look for Ben Edmundson so make a splash at the middle distances. As for the field events, the Trojans will have Edmundson in Ehret long jumping again for the second-straight year, while Watts will try his shot at the high jump. Luke Bombei, who had a best throw of 28’ 0.5’’ last year, will be the Trojans’ top shot-putter, while Kyle Leer, who threw 102’ 5’’ as a junior, will be their best discus performer. The Trojans opened up their outdoor season at Pekin on March 31.

Retooled Arsenal for Sigourney

The 2014 Sigourney Savages’ boy’s track team is pictured (front to back, left to right): Kevin Weber, Danny Bechert, Zane Kracht and Jeremiah Green; Will Magill, Peyton Crawford, Tyler Crawford, Bryce Goldman and Aaron Michael; Will Flanegin, Jordan Albert, Blaine Gretter, Eric Meiners, Damien Beard and Tanner Bos [photo by Adam Meier].

By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor Last spring the Sigourney boys’ track and field team qualified three individuals and three relay events for State. All but two of the athletes who represented Sigourney at State last spring are now gone; only Jeremiah Green and Kevin Weber return. Green, who was a member of the Savages’ place 21st at State in the 4x800 relay as a junior. He ran a 2:18 split inside Drake Stadium and will surely improve throughout his senior campaign, with a chance to make some noise in the open 800. Weber was one of four Savages that comprised the 17th-place shuttle hurdle State relay team. Sigourney is unlikely to field a shuttle hurdle team nearly as strong as its 2013 group, but that doesn’t mean Weber doesn’t have a shot at reaching State. In the 110meter high hurdles, Weber’s best time as a junior was 16.24 seconds, which is not far off from being a State-caliber time. Perhaps Weber’s best chance to get to State though, comes in the long jump. Weber’s furthest mark in 2013 was 19’ 6.25’’. He may have to improve on that distance to reach State this season, but not by much. Senior Danny Bechert will also give it a go in the long jump. As a junior, Bechert had a top distance of 15’ 6’’. Sigourney’s top sprinters this season will be Peyton Crawford and Jordan Albert. Crawford’s best time in the 100meter dash as a freshman was 11.97 seconds, while his top time in the 200 was 24.9 sec-

onds. Meanwhile, Albert took part in Sigourney’s 4x100 and 4x200 relays, and he’ll have an expanded role this spring. The Savages will put together a very respectable 4x800 relay that should consist of freshmen Tyler Crawford, Will Flanegin and Eric Meiners, along with Green. Expect to see Crawford and Flanegin makes big splashes in middle and long distance individual events as well. Another freshman, Will Magill, will also open some eyes in a number of events, including the 110-high hurdles. Along with Weber in the long jump, Sigourney will have capable competitors in the throwing events and high jump. As just a freshman, Blaine Gretter reached a height of 5’10’’ in the high jump and has a chance to break 6’ this year. In the shot put last year Crawford set a personal best mark of 40’ 2’’, while he threw 113’ 9’’ in the discus. Both marks will put him in medal contention in the SICL this season. Sigourney’s first outdoor meet was on Monday, March 31, at Pekin.

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Pekin Boy’s Track

Quality Over Quantity for Pekin By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor This is one of Davis Eidahl’s smallest squads he’s had in his long tenure at Pekin, but no matter, the Panthers will still be good. “This is the smallest squad that we have had for many years at Pekin,” Eidahl said. “The one thing that is nice is that all the boys will be able to contribute this year. In the past we have had quantity, but this year I think we will have the quality.” It will be difficult for the Panthers to qualify in eight events at State like they did last campaign, but still, Pekin will field yet another impressive group of athletes. Leading the charge for the Panthers this year will be the throwers of Eric Adam and Jared Bond. Adam qualified for State last year in both the shot put and discus, while Bond fell just shy of State in both events. The two finished first, second or third in nearly all of Pekin’s meets last spring. Other throwers making a push for the Panthers will be Matthew Jones, J.D. Hollingsworth and Kyle Miller. Keaton Winn, Colton Lanman and Zac Conger will make up Pekin’s contingent of high jumpers this year. Lanman and Winn each jumped 5’ 10’’ a season ago. In the long jump,

Scott Entsminger will look to quality for State after coming up just shy last season. Entsminger best mark a season ago was 18’ 7’’, while Lanman also eclipsed 18 feet. Pekin’s sprinting crew will be led by Chase Copeland and Christian Wittrock, who each ran in Pekin’s State-qualifying 4x100, 4x200 and distance medley relays. Copeland’s best time in the 100-meter dash last season was 11.32 seconds. Meanwhile, Wittrock clocked in with a 54.99-second 400 last season as a sophomore. Brody Long and Tyler Copeland will join Copeland and Wittrock in the sprints. Pekin’s always-strong group of 800 runners will be led this spring by Austin Fariss, Cade Millikin and Cole Reighard. Millikin’s best time in the open 800 a year ago was 2:11, while Fariss ran a 2:16. Fariss will be joined by Clayton Essary, Malcolm Myers, Ryan Millikin and Nate Kiekopf in Pekin’s group of distance runners. Fariss ran a 4:55 and 11:13 last season in the 1600 and 3200meter runs, respectively. Colton Lanman will likely be Pekin’s long hurdler this spring. Lanman ran on Pekin’s State-qualifying shuttle hurdle relay a year ago. Pekin’s first outdoor meet was on Monday, March 31, at home.

The Panthers are pictured (left to right, front to back): Cheyenne Deutschle, Colton Lanman, Chase Copeland, Spencer Essary, Dylan Burgdorf, Logan Kates, Ryan Millikin, Malcolm Myers, Trever Northup and Mike Fink; Apryl Know, Cade Millikin, Riley Brown, Nate Kiekopf, Clayton Essary, Austin Fariss, Matthew Bollinger, Christine Wittrock, Logan Lamb, Chelsey Gilliam and Kaitlyn Conger; Joe Hagedon, Eric Adam, Scott Entsminger, Zac Conger, Keaton Winn, Jared Bond and Brodie Long; Cole Reighard, Tyler Copeland, Kyle Miller and J.D. Hollingsworth. Not pictured Zac Buller and Michael Hadley.

KHS Boy’s Track

The 2014 Keota Eagles’ boy’s track team are pictured above (front to back, left to right): Jason Ree (Freshman), Ben Horras (Junior), Jacob Wickencamp (Freshman) and Nate Sieren (Sophmore); Kolton Greiner (Senior), Matt Slaughter (Senior), Luke Lyle (Senior), John Mather (Junior) and Isaiah Hahn (Sophmore) [photo submitted].

Eagles Eying a Strong Spring By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor The Keota boys’ track and field squad won’t have big numbers this spring, but it will have plenty of athletes capable of doing big things. A group of Keota runners will combine to put together

multiple strong relay teams. Ben Horras, Kolton Greiner, Luke Lyle and Nate Sieren will represent the Eagles’ top sprinters and middle-distance runners this spring. The four of them have a chance to combine to form formidable 4x200 and distance medley relays. Horras, Greiner and Sieren each ran at or below the 12-second mark in the 100-meter

dash last season, with Horras and Greiner each breaking the 11.8-second mark. In the 200meter dash, Horras was Keota’s top performer a year ago, running a 23.75-second time, while Sieren’s best time a year ago was 24.63 seconds. Lyle, Greiner and Isaiah Hahn will provide the punch at the middle distances for the Eagles. Lyle’s best open 400 time a year ago was 55.89 seconds, while Greiner was even faster, coming through with a time of 54.57 seconds. Lyle also has the potential to excel at the 800-meter distance. Lyle’s time of 2:08 a year ago was easily Keota’s fastest of the spring, while Hahn will surely improve on his 2:33 time from last season. Hahn also represents Keota’s strongest returning runner in the 1600; his best time of last year was 5:27. Freshmen Jason Ree and Jacob Wickencamp will also be looking to prove themselves

this spring. Ree will likely run both the 1600 and 3200meter runs this season, while Wickencamp’s capabilities come in the springs and middle distances. The Eagles also have some excellent potential in the field events. Greiner has statequalifying potential in the long jump, as he broke the 20-foot barrier last year as a junior. In the high jump, Lyle will be the Eagles’ top performer. Lyle’s best mark of 2013 came at a height of 5’ 4’’. Keota also has a pair of throwers, Matt Slaughter and John Mather, who have the potential to do big things as well. Slaughter was Keota’s top discus thrower last spring, coming through with a toss of 98’ 5’’, while Mather’s throw of 36’ 4.25’’ in the shot put was the team’s best. The Eagles’ first meet came on Thursday, March 27, at Washington.

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The 2014 English Valleys Bears boy’s track team are pictured above (front to back, left to right): Luke Ackerman, Clayton Morrison, Wyatt Olson, Zachary Axmear, Casey Blaylock and Brennen Grimm; Thomas Glandon, William Tapken, Ambrose Coffman, Dakota Olson, Davis Axmear, Andrew Kerkove, Adam Kerkove and Devon Hill. Not pictured - Jack Lawrence [photo by Adam Meier].

New Attitude, New Results for Bears By Adam Meier, Regional Sports Editor Step by step and stride by stride, the EV boys’ track and field squad has transformed into something different, something better, for the spring of 2014. The Bears return nearly all of their impact performers from a year ago, including sophomore Kellan Coppinger, who opened eyes at last month’s SICL Indoor in Grinnell. Coppinger won the high jump with a mark of 5’ 8’’ at Grinnell, after finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 19’ 4.75’’. Along with his great jumping ability, Coppinger will have a key role as a sprinter this spring for the Bears. Trevor Frazier also returns with a point to prove this spring. Frazier floated around the 2:20 mark in the open 800 last season and will only improve this year as a senior. Frazier also has potential in the 400-meter dash. Luke Jackson will also be competing alongside Frazier in the

middle-distance races. As a junior, Jackson ran times of 1:01 in the 400 and 2:38 in the 800. Junior Brennen Grimm and freshman Zach Axmear will be two more key pieces for the Bears in the sprints and middle distance events. EV’s sprinting corps will once again be led by Dillon Sanders and Brian Nachtman. Sanders’ best time in the 100meter dash last season was 12.79 seconds, while his fastest 200 time was 25.74 seconds. Nachtman clocked in at 13.34 seconds in the 100 and 28.81 seconds in the 200 as a junior last year. Chris Dulaney and Ross Fawcett will also be looking to prove themselves in the sprints for EV. Adam Grove, along with Jackson, will serve as the EV throwers this spring. Grove recently tossed 27’ 10.5’’ in the shot put in Grinnell, while Jackson placed ninth with a mark of 37’ 7’’. Jackson will also be EV’s top discus thrower this year; his personal best from a year ago was 96’ 11’’.

Also look for contributions from Sam Schauer in both the discus and sprint events. EV opened its outdoor season on Monday, March 31, at Pekin.


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