It was the year of the iPad, Angry Birds and Jersey Shore. And it was the last year the Harlan baseball program didn’t end its season at Principal Park in Des Moines for the state tournament.
The Sioux City Heelan girls weren’t lacking in effort. But the Crusaders couldn’t do anything about the talent and depth disparity at Cownie Soccer Complex on Saturday morning.
Council Bluffs Lewis Central’s Alissa Pomrenke has started and logged big minutes in every state match the Titans have played at Cownie Soccer Complex over the past three seasons.
An unfazed, unrated Sioux City Heelan squad threatened to ruin all that the second-ranked Council Bluffs Lewis Central girls have built this season.
Omaha Skutt junior Jake Kudron hit a 3-pointer with six-tenths of a second left to give the SkyHawks a 60-57 win over Sioux City Heelan Tuesday night at Skutt High School.
Two-time defending champ Sergeant Bluff-Luton and this year’s conference duals champion Sioux City Heelan both had nine representatives contending for MRC individual titles — and seven were in head-to-head matchups.
Luke Clausen 10 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and all four of Treynor’s points in the overtime in a 67-65 win over Sioux City Heelan.
Jok Pal had 27 points and nine rebounds Friday night as Metro Conference champion Omaha Central (9-3) blasted previously undefeated Sioux City Heelan 79-49 in the CNOS Classic at Tyson Events Center.
A little more than 10 years ago, the former Renee Beiermann took a class at Briar Cliff University called Coaching Volleyball. Her instructor was Mary Miller.
Harlan and Sioux City Heelan have had their share of memorable postseason scrapes.
For 16 teams in The World-Herald’s western Iowa coverage area, the season marches on.
Monte Larsen left Morningside College in 2013 as the school’s most decorated track and field athlete, a four-time NAIA national champion and a 12-time All-American.
At 5-foot-10 and 140 pounds, Sioux City Heelan’s Matthew Kerian doesn’t wow anyone with his stuff or physical presence. But when the game is over, the opponent’s confidence usually has been replaced by a lot of muttering.
For the past three years, the Sioux City Heelan girls track team has been gradually building into a deep and formidable program. In every season since coach Gina Cougill took over, the Crusaders have seen increases in both numbers and commitment to the sport, and it’s starting to bear fruit.
Former western Iowa all-staters Amy Towne of A-S-T and Carli Tritz of Sioux City Heelan were among three women inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s basketball hall of fame on Saturday night.
The Crusaders couldn’t come through in clutch spots in a 20-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-14, 15-11 Pella victory.
At the end of the second set, Sioux City Heelan coach Mary Miller didn’t see six players wanting the ball. “We played scared,” she said. “We call it a chicken cat. A picture of a chicken and a cat together, running around the court.”
Here are the first four finalists for The World-Herald’s western Iowa athletes of the year awards. Winners will be chosen among the six girls and six boys finalists.
After surrendering four runs in the final inning, No. 2 Harlan escaped with the 8-6 Class 3-A state quarterfinal victory.
Perhaps Harlan Community coach Steve Daeges was just trying to cheer up a disappointed coach. Or maybe he’s clairvoyant. After Harlan pounded Sioux City Heelan 12-0 in five innings on May 27, Heelan coach Andy Osborne recalled their postgame conversation.
Creston’s Taylor Briley got her team off to a promising start Wednesday with a first-inning solo home run. But the Panthers would get only one more hit the rest of the way as Fairfield took the Class 4-A first-round game.
The Lynx dropped their fourth straight game and ninth in their last 10 following Thursday’s 10-2 setback against Sioux City Heelan. It was the first softball game played at the new Ann Fatovich Field, which features all FieldTurf.
Council Bluffs Lewis Central players are on a new schedule. The routine for the team in 2013 and 2014 was the same — lose in their state tournament opener, then visit Jordan Creek Mall and swim in the hotel pool.
The fifth-rated Carroll Kuemper boys (16-2) will represent the Hawkeye Ten Conference in the state soccer tournament for the first time on Thursday when they meet No. 4 Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union (17-1) in a 12:15 p.m. quarterfinal at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.
Council Bluffs St. Albert was ready to finally beat its longtime nemesis. Sioux City Heelan instead showed why it continues to set the girls soccer standard in western Iowa.
It wasn’t the cleanest effort Jason Isaacson has seen this year. Game tape will reveal correctable mistakes and a missed assignment or two.