Jake Degase learned the news Saturday morning during practice. He was getting the baseball. The Clarinda senior and center fielder — who had thrown all of 22 innings to that point with a 4.14 ERA — would make his sixth pitching start of the year with his team’s season on the line. 

Clarinda’s shuttle hurdle relay team improved consistently this spring. So its showing Saturday was a perfect way to end the season. The Cardinals won state gold in the event, running a blazing 57.16 to outpace second-place West Branch (57.44).

Brian Wedemeyer is the new assistant principal, activities director and head volleyball coach at Clarinda High School. Wedemeyer comes to Clarinda from Tri-Center, where he had spent the past 21 years. He compiled a 445-233 (.656) volleyball record at the school.

Lanette Walker, Cynthia Best, Klarissa McElroy and Jaedra Moses aren’t superstitious racers. They don’t yell or scream. What the Clarinda girls like to do is run and work on handoffs. They did both exceptionally enough to claim an Class 2-A state title in the 400-meter relay Saturday afternoon at Drake Stadium.

With less than 1:40 remaining, AHSTW held a seemingly comfortable 14-point lead. With 60 seconds remaining, AHSTW held a six-point lead and Clarinda had the ball. The Viking players, coaches and fans were clearly uncomfortable.

Junior Carter Isley carried 42 times for 234 yards and four touchdowns, and the No. 9 Demons pulled away from Clarinda for a 37-10 Class 2-A second-round playoff victory on Monday night.