Exira-EHK hopes to make amends this year, and it’s off to a good start, improving to 3-0 after last week’s 34-28 victory over Audubon.
Iowa high school football ratings, as published in The World-Herald on Sept. 12.
As she exited the court for the final time as an Exira-EHK basketball player, Sophia Peppers lost it.
She normally works in the post, but when it came time to protect Exira-EHK’s late lead in the four-corners offense, 5-foot-10 Sophia Peppers ran the show.
When the Council Bluffs St. Albert boys showed up to the home gym for its district semifinal game against Riverside, it didn’t look anything like it did last week.
On Jan. 2, Boyer Valley opened the new year by snapping Exira-EHK’s 63-game conference win streak with a one-point victory.
Exira-EHK scored 14 straight points in the third and fourth quarters after holding off a Shenandoah flurry to win 53-32 on Saturday afternoon.
Sophia Peppers is the career scoring leader in Exira-EHK’s eight years with 1,350 points. The 10-1 Spartans are ranked ninth in the state in Class 1-A. She’s averaging 18.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 steals.
After losing Maggie Rasmussen and Mara Burmeister — and their combined 23 points per game — to graduation, the western Iowa Class 2-A/1-A No. 3 Spartans had a lot of production to replace.
Exira-EHK’s Evan Wilson tends to stick to a wait-and-see approach when the going gets tough. When the cross country star was faced with not one but two hip surgeries as a sophomore, Wilson did his best not to panic and to take everything in stride.
COON RAPIDS, Iowa — By any measure, the Ar-We-Va senior boys athletes have enjoyed wildly successful careers.
Exira-EHK entered the state tournament as a feared 3-point shooting team, tied for second among Iowa’s 106 Class 1-A schools with 6.2 makes per game.
The momentum had changed and the Sidney fans were letting everyone in Wells Fargo Arena know about it.
It was only a 20-minute scrimmage over the holiday break. However, Sidney coach Amy McClintock still took a moment to remind her team about the opponent.
Sophia Peppers doesn’t shoot 3-pointers often. But when the Exira-EHK junior does, she prefers to make them in the waning moments against a conference rival.
The senior from Exira-EHK prepares for each matchup like it’s a final exam. He estimates that he watches about 10 hours of film per week.
They have matched wits on the diamond for more than 30 years. More than 50 games, easily. Exira-EHK coach Tony Petersen shook hands with Coon Rapids-Bayard coach John Waddle on Thursday one last time between the white lines.
Exira-EHK knew it had to take care of the ball and rebound Monday in order to succeed. It’s a testament to Newell-Fonda’s ability to hound its opponents and crash the boards that the Spartans couldn’t find ways to combat those problems.
The Exira-EHK girls refused to sulk when their fourth-quarter ball handling broke down to the tune of seven turnovers. Instead, the Spartans sprinted to the other end and did something about it.
At first glance, the Exira-EHK girls basketball team appears to have all the necessary credentials to contend for a state title. The Class 1-A No. 2 Spartans, who are third this week in the Western Iowa Class 2-A/1-A rankings, are 16-0 and return four starters from last season’s team that finished 25-1, losing only in the state semifinals.
When Josh Esdohr woke up Saturday morning, his arm felt good. That was all the Coon Rapids-Bayard baseball team needed to know. The junior left-hander had pitched portions of CR-B’s first two playoff games Tuesday and Thursday. He felt good enough to make 106 offerings Saturday night as the sixth-ranked Crusaders topped eight-ranked Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton 9-2 in the Iowa Class 1-A, District 16 final.
A prep baseball coach for 31 years, Exira-EHK’s Tony Petersen experienced a first on the diamond Thursday night when his players doused him with water in a postgame celebration.
A terrific final 20 minutes couldn’t overcome a forgettable first 12 minutes for the Exira-EHK girls.
Tom Petersen’s assessment of his team’s first half on Monday was less than glowing. “I don’t know if the basket was 15 feet high or six feet,” the Exira-EHK coach said.
Five years after Exira brought home the Class 1-A state title in girls basketball, the communities of Exira, Elk Horn and Kimballton are going back to Des Moines as one.
Alex Thomsen, Evan Hansen and Cash Wilcke each knew they were favorites to win Class 1-A state titles. Each unbeaten western Iowa wrestler showed why with dominant performances on championship night at a sold-out Wells Fargo Arena.