St. Albert stayed perfect in the Hawkeye Ten Conference in its quest for the school's first league championship, but it wasn't easy.
When freshman Karly Brown found bare real estate on the Red Oak side of the net, the Lewis Central Titans took a commanding 17-5 lead in the second set against its Hawkeye 10 rival Tuesday night. At that point — already down a set — it looked like it was going to be a quick night of volleyball.
Unseeded Sophie Walker and Sydney Streicher of Red Oak earned a pair of victories Wednesday to charge into the semifinals of the Class 1-A state doubles tournament.
Red Oak couldn’t sustain the momentum. Sioux Center outlasted the 10th-rated Tigers 76-60 in a Class 3-A state quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena.
When asked what his team wanted to do against Cherokee’s unrelenting full-court pressure Saturday, Red Oak coach Dan Martinez said he told his players to attack.
A 16-0 spurt spanning more than seven minutes of the third and fourth quarters gave Red Oak the cushion they needed to earn a 60-47 win over Shenandoah in a Class 3-A regional semifinal.
The senior is averaging 9.5 points per game, third on the team. The Tigers are 3-1, including a 30-point victory over Atlantic and a 20-point win against Council Bluffs St. Albert.
Midway through the third set, the U.S. Cellular Center was on upset alert. For the first time in this state tournament, a No. 1 seed was squirming when eighth-seeded Red Oak took a 16-13 lead on Sioux Center after evening the match with a 25-20 victory in the second set.
In volleyball-crazy Red Oak, going three years between state trips qualifies as an eternity.
With Red Oak’s volleyball season teetering on the edge of oblivion, Sierra Athen directed a message to senior teammate Hannah Vial. “I told Hannah, ‘Give me the ball. I want the ball,’ ” she said.
Red Oak has taken its knocks this season. But in a loaded field that featured five of the best teams from western Iowa, the Tigers proved their mettle.
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.
In order to reach state for a 14th time, Red Oak will need to overcome a Carroll Kuemper squad that’s been nothing short of dominant this season. The Tigers will enter that match brimming with confidence.
Sierra Athen doesn’t take days off from volleyball. Any court absence of more than a few hours leaves her wondering what has gone wrong. The Red Oak junior expects the next couple weeks to be especially challenging in that regard.
Red Oak junior Alexa Gilleland finished third Monday in the individual girls portion of the Class 1-A state bowling meet at Plaza Lanes.
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.
The lineup was a little different. The results were a little better. In the last two weeks, the Treynor volleyball team couldn’t finish in any of its four matches that went to a decisive final set. The Cardinals had too much talent, their coaches believed, to keep faltering in the big moments.
Angela Mahoney recalls the moment sheepishly. The time she almost seriously injured herself reacting after a point.
Kate Walker’s thirst for competition earned respect from friends and foes alike during her career at Red Oak High School. But regardless of her flair for the dramatic in big games, she was always quick to point out the role player who came through in a key situation.
Finalists previously announced for The World-Herald’s honor were Kate Walker of Red Oak, Serena Parker of Shenandoah, Natalie Mostek of Creston, Jess Schaben of Harlan, Rebekah Topham of Griswold, Jay Wolfe of Creston, Austin Simmons of Council Bluffs Lewis Central, Chase Shiltz of Creston, Korey Kuhlmann of Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto and Daniel Tillo of Sioux City North. Winners will be chosen among the six girls and six boys finalists.
The first finalists for The World-Herald’s western Iowa athletes of the year awards. The winners will be chosen among the six girls and six boys finalists.
The annual Lynx Softball Classic clearly suits Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln senior Lauren Nahnsen. A year ago, the slugger blasted five home runs as the host Lynx won the tournament.
The seventh-rated Cubs combined the inside strength of Lexy Koudelka and Kati Cassabaum with the 5-of-6 3-point shooting of Claire Ausman for a convincing 54-38 victory over No. 9 Red Oak Tuesday in a Class 3-A state basketball quarterfinal.
Red Oak lost to Carroll Kuemper in the regular season on a buzzer-beating layup, and the regional final matchup between the two Hawkeye Ten Conference rivals was not void of drama, either.
Things weren’t looking good for Red Oak’s girls basketball team in the second half Wednesday night. The state No. 9 Tigers trailed No. 10 Shenandoah by eight points in their Class 3-A regional semifinal. But when Kate Walker’s on your team, there’s always a chance.
The question posed to Harlan coach Zach Klaassen was serious: Do you ever feel bad for your players and fans that they aren’t able to play in more competitive games?