Shenandoah/Essex sophomore Claire Campbell is ranked 22nd in the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Class 2-A rankings. The Fillies are 11th in the latest 2-A team rankings, and Campbell has top-five finishes in five of six meets this season.

A sense of confidence and relaxation has taken over the St. Albert baseball lineup. Friday night, the Falcons answered Shenandoah time and time again, winning 10-6 in Hawkeye Ten Conference play.

It depended on your seat — or your allegiance. It was a block. Or a charge. It was neither. And so Treynor senior Matthew Deitchler powered through the contact and softly banked in a 6-footer with two seconds remaining, propelling the Iowa No. 4 Cardinals to a 51-49 Class 2-A district boys basketball final victory over Shenandoah on Tuesday at the Glenwood High School gymnasium.

The St. Albert boys basketball team almost dug itself into an inescapable hole Thursday against Shenandoah. The Falcons faced a 14-point deficit with 3:30 left in the third quarter before closing the period on a 16-3 run to pull within 49-48.

The 6-foot-1 junior is an inside-outside basketball threat for the 6-4 Fillies, averaging 15.2 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. Her rebounding average leads Iowa’s Class 3-A schools and ranks fourth among all classes, and she’s tied for second in 3-A in blocks.

The road to respectability for the Shenandoah boys basketball program actually was a driveway just east of town. Fed up with all the losing, brothers Makonn and Payden Anderson played game after game of 1-on-1 on their basket there. Breaking the vicious cycle wasn’t going to happen by showing up in November and putting the shoes away in February.

Scott Rucker knows that when his offense needs a spark, a good place to start is in the post. It helps that the Treynor coach has two solid options roaming the paint — 6-foot-5 Trey Robinson and 6-6 Jacob Flathers.

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.

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