AHSTW claimed its first district wrestling banner in school history by a 128.5-102.5 margin over runner-up Bedford/Lenox at Riverside High School.
He looked like a state title contender. But those who watched Bedford/Lenox’s Derek Venteicher improve to 31-1 and win the 182-pound bracket at the prestigious Harris Invitational on Saturday would be shocked to learn one thing.
For 16 teams in The World-Herald’s western Iowa coverage area, the season marches on.
With Iowa’s leading scorer and rebounder on the court, one of the game’s most unassuming players stole the show. Junior Kaleb Anderson, all 5-foot-7 and 125 pounds of him, drained 6 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with 20 points as visiting Lenox handled Nodaway Valley 73-61 Thursday in a key Pride of Iowa Conference boys basketball matchup.
Spencer Brown says having height has its perks. There are exceptions, however. The 6-foot-8 Lenox High senior has always been bigger than his classmates. During recess in elementary school, that didn’t always mean a great experience.
Although their talents and positions cover a wide range on the field, the six honorary captains of The World-Herald’s All-Western Iowa football teams share one thing in common: a distaste for the sideline. Though selected as captains on one side of the ball, all six contributed heavily as two-way players.
Cline has 813 passing yards and 317 rushing yards with 24 total touchdowns on the year.
Standing 6-foot-8 and weighing 240 pounds, Spencer Brown is usually the one blocking as someone else runs the football. That was true for all but one play in a key Iowa Eight-Man, District 8 showdown Friday night. With his Lenox team clinging to a two-point lead over East Mills in the third quarter, the senior took the handoff and scored from 2 yards out. The sequence turned out to be the beginning of 24 unanswered points as the ninth-rated Tigers pulled away from the Wolverines 38-12.
It took a walk and two bang-bang plays for Caleb Wichman to work his way around the bases. When the Underwood junior eventually slid home in the eighth inning, the Eagles could finally celebrate a trip to the state baseball tournament.