Missouri Valley named Rick Barker, its defensive coordinator for the past six seasons, as the high school’s new coach.
Almost every winter day has been kind to the Missouri Valley wrestling team this season. That wasn’t the case at the Class 1-A state duals wrestling tournament on Wednesday, but coach Keefer Jensen isn’t going to let his team dwell on it.
Missouri Valley knows its return to Wells Fargo Arena for the Class 1-A state duals tournament won’t feel the same as a year ago.
Woodbury Central’s Nathan Lister remembered what happened last time, and knew he couldn’t let it happen again.
The trophies are piling up, and Missouri Valley wrestling coach Keefer Jensen is starting to wonder where they’ll go next.
Between back-to-back fourth-place finishes and John J. Harris Invitational’s reputation, the Big Reds were well aware of how hard it is to win at Southwest Valley’s tournament. But none of that fazed them.
Down but not out, Connor Attkisson wasn’t ready to relinquish his title at his home tournament. The Tri-Center sophomore trailed Carroll Kuemper sophomore Benjamin Schmitz 6-3 in the 106-pound final before he found a way to turn it around.
When the senior isn’t helping out at the family farm, he’s on the mat, pushing the high standards of those who came before him.
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The hardware and scholarships don’t show up until Saturday evening, but the journey to them is well underway.
Gage Graeve of Missouri Valley has gotten off to a red-hot start in the 2017 cross country season. The senior won the Logan-Magnolia Invitational and followed with a runner-up finish at the Abraham Lincoln Invitational last Saturday.
It tends to take Red Oak’s Asher Hinshaw a little while to get settled on the mound, but he knows by now not to let that get to him.
When Missouri Valley put together a late five-run rally last week in the Western Iowa Conference tournament semifinals, Logan-Magnolia softball coach Trent Kuhl wasn’t surprised. The team’s focus just wasn’t there that night.
Before her team recorded the last out, Missouri Valley pitcher Ashlyn Cook pulled tissues out of her pocket to wipe the blood from her nose for the umpteenth time.
Missouri Valley is headed to state duals for the first time in school history, and the team has no intention of taking it lightly.
A long wait between regional appearances gave way to a couple of knocks on the door, and now, for the first time in school history, Missouri Valley is headed to the state duals wrestling tournament.
Nathan Haynes is building a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in his spare time. The hard work is appealing. The reward is tangible. The Missouri Valley junior never thought about it until recently, but maybe that’s why he enjoys wrestling, too.
AHSTW felt the pressure. In a win-or-go-home scenario against Missouri Valley, a 23-point lead evaporated to eight late in the third quarter Friday night. The defense was struggling against the run, and the offense couldn’t get started.
Maybe it was a poor warmup. It could have been routine jitters. Whatever the cause, Missouri Valley players had barely taken the court before they were back in a timeout huddle down 8-0 to Underwood.
An outsider might have noted the graduation of all-stater Justin Miller, and assumed a down year was coming for Missouri Valley. Perhaps a return to the period from 2010 to 2013, coach Ryan Victor’s first four years, when the Big Reds were 4-33.
Reahgan Stueve doesn’t regret any of her volleyball choices. But some have been tougher than others. Maybe the most difficult for the Missouri Valley junior was giving away one of her two horses last year.
For the past month, the Missouri Valley baseball team has simply found a way. Whether it was a blowout victory or a one-run squeaker, the Big Reds always found the right answer. It’s why they entered Saturday’s Class 2-A, District 16 final against Carroll Kuemper as winners of 13 in a row.
Missouri Valley put forth a dominant effort Friday to earn its second consecutive Western Iowa Conference crown. Noah Allmon threw a one-hitter, striking out 13 batters, and the Missouri Valley offense used a 10-run fifth inning to turn a tight 2-0 lead into a 12-0 blowout victory over Treynor at Charley Schram Field.
Sam Wilson is a senior and the goalie for the Big Reds’ boys soccer team. The 5-foot-8, 135-pounder leads Iowa with 102 saves in five games and has allowed 11 goals.
If the Missouri Valley seniors remember their school’s last postseason boys basketball victory, then they have very good memories. They were in the third grade.
Jeff Miller thought his team had weathered the storm. The Missouri Valley boys basketball coach saw his squad on the wrong end of a 12-1 run to open its game Tuesday at Class 2-A No. 3 Treynor.
In its four victories this season, Class 2-A No. 2 Treynor has averaged 70 points, winning by an average of 25. But Tuesday against Missouri Valley, the Cardinals got their first taste of real competition — and kept their perfect record intact.