SPORTS OCTOBER 28, 2011

Written by on October 28, 2011 in Sports

Tonight regional semi final volleyball action takes place for class 1A and 2A. In the 1A field, #3 Holy Trinity Catholic is 44-2 and will host New London who has a 28-12 record. KILJ-FM and kilj.com will carry Friday nights semi final live at 7 p.m.
In the other half of the region HLV and BGM will have the battle of initials Friday night at Brooklyn.

THE 6TH RANKED MEDIAPOLIS BULLETTES ARE IN THE CLASS 2A REGIONAL SEMI FINAL MATCH AT MT. PLEASANT HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT AGAINST A TALENTED DAVIS COUNTY MUSTANG TEAM THAT BRINGS A 27-12 WON-LOSS RECORD. THE MATCH WAS TO BE PLAYED AT CARDINAL OF ELDON BUT WAS MOVED TO A LARGER GYM.
THE WINNER GOES ONTO THE REGIONAL FINALS AT DURANT ON TUESDAY AT 7 P.M. AGAINST THE WINNER OF TONIGHTS W. LIBERTY VS WAPELLO MATCH.
KILJ-FM and kilj.com will have score updates on the Bullettes.
The other half of the region has Wapello playing at W. Liberty.

Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals are tied 3 games apiece in the World Series after a dramatic comeback by the Redbirds in the bottom of the 11th inning last night to win 10-9. Game seven will be played tonight with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. in Busch Stadium, the winner will capture the World Series Title.

Blake Mitchell (So.-Loveland, Colo.) capped off the fall season for the Iowa Wesleyan College men’s golf team in strong fashion, finishing tied for eighth at the Iowa Intercollegiate Meet that concluded Tuesday at the Amana Colonies Golf Course.
Mitchell shot rounds of 79 and 76, finishing six shots off the lead with a total of 155 and recording his first collegiate top 10 finish. He posted the top scores as the Tigers finished ninth of 11 teams competing at the two-day tourney on the par-72, 6,540-yard course.
Zach Hale (Jr.-Indianola, Iowa) followed Mitchell among Tiger golfers, finishing tied for 37th at 173 after opening with a solid round of 80 before finishing with a 93 on Tuesday. Trent Hoekstra (Fr.-Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was next, tying for 39th with rounds of 86 and 89 (total of 175), while Clint Phelps (Jr.-Quincy, Ill.) tied for 44th with rounds of 92 and 85 for a total of 177.
IWC will return to the course in the spring, with tourneys including the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships at TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., on April 20-21, 2012.

An important battle of the Tigers will take place Saturday afternoon as the Iowa Wesleyan College Tigers host the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers at 1 p.m. at Maple Leaf Stadium in a Mid-States Football Association Midwest League game.
IWC and ONU will be playing for fifth place in the MSFA Midwest standings, with Wesleyan coming into the game one game ahead of Olivet. An Iowa Wesleyan win will also keep the Tigers in position to challenge for a spot in the top four in the league at the end of the season.

The IGHSAU and IHSAA hold their state cross country championships in Ft. Dodge at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course tomorrow. S.E. Iowa will be well represented. Mt. Pleasant High School will have sophomore Hanna Weber running in the girls class 3A race, it’s the first time M.P. has had a girl runner at the race since 2007 when Melissa Erickson finished 10th. Cassie Stufflick of Danville/New London will run in the girl’s 2A race. Wapello will have their whole team in the 1A race.
On the boy’s side, Burlington will have their team in the 4A race, Ft. Madison will have their team competing in the 3A race, class 2A Dillon Zimmerman of Mediapolis will run as an individual and Wapello will have their team in the 1A class race.

There are always numerous story lines in previewing the Joint Boys and Girls State Cross Country Championships which runs for the 33rd time Saturday at Kennedy Park north of Fort Dodge. This year’s biggest story line in the “run for glory” could well be a record 43 medal winners returning from last fall’s extravaganza.
This year’s finale includes this fall’s top-rated teams and runners in each class and six schools that won titles a year ago. In addition 29 girls and 14 boys who took home individual medals last year return. Enrollment and co-op changes have caused some minor re-shuffling from a year ago. Those changes mainly affect individuals.
Three individual girls’ champions are back, but classification changes have them now in two classes. In Class 3A Waverly-Shell Rock junior Anna Holdiman will try to ward off the challenges of a field that includes six medal winners from 2010, plus last year’s Class 2A champion Lauren Benzing of Solon. Six other medal winners return in Class 2A where the 2010 Class 1A champion Emily Franks of Northeast, Goose Lake and Class 3A fourth place finisher Kelsey Kirchoff of Denver-Tripoli change classes. The small school field still has seven of last year’s top 10, plus Sibley-Ocheyedan Leah Seivert who was the Class 2A runner-up, and Arden Betzer of Springville-Central City, fourth in 2A last fall. On the boys’ side, while no defending champion returns, nine of 14 returning medal winners return in the top six of their respective class, and each of the four divisions is loaded with talent.
The meet annually attracts over 5,000 cross country enthusiasts and approximately 1,000 athletes making it what is believed to be the largest of its kind in America. This fall is the 82nd year the IHSAA has conducted a State Cross Country Meet, and it is the 46th time the IGHSAU has crowned state champions. Each is among the oldest state association sponsored meets in the nation. The first 13 co-ed meets were at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames before moving to Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge twenty years ago.
Since the move to Fort Dodge, Eastern Iowa schools have dominated the team titles, winning 100 of 121. However, the West has won 49 of the last 80 individual gold medals. Those numbers may belie the fact that this meet always has its share of surprises and quality competition has long been its calling card.
For the first time, two wheelchair athletes will compete in their own division – Jordan Houbeshell of Linn-Mar, Marion; and Drake Sachsenmeier from Camanche.
A total of 986 athletes – 497 boys and 489 girls representing 185 teams comprise the field. Thirty schools qualified both their boys and girls teams. Following is a preview of each class. IATC ratings are those at the time of the State Qualifying Meets.

The 2011 State Volleyball Championships in Cedar Rapids will be played at the Ice Arena, here are directions for sports fans entering C.R. from the South.
North bound Traffic:
Take I-380 to Wilson Avenue, exit 18.
Turn onto Wilson Avenue heading west.
At Rockford Road, turn right, heading north/northeast.
The arena is one mile ahead on the left.
Parking lots are North/West of the Arena

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