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.

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.

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.

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.

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