The Class 2-A District 14 matchup between Tri-Center and Underwood looked to be a close one on paper considering the teams split two games in the regular season.
You can’t win a state team championship on the first day of the three-day event. But you can lose it with a poor performance. Underwood made sure it’s still in the thick of the chase.
Many coaches are afraid to publicly state their goals for their athletes, for fear of the repercussions if they fall short. Underwood wrestling coach Joe Stephens has never been one of those coaches.
After two regular-season losses to Bryson Freeberg of Tri-Center, Underwood 160-pound wrestler Michael Baker was facing the same opponent in the district final.
Doubt swirled through the mind of Underwood coach Paula Carman entering the fifth set. “I wasn’t super confident,’’ she said. “We just weren’t as consistent as we need to be at this point and time in the season.’’
UNDERWOOD, Iowa — Treynor coach Jeff Casey used the term “dangerous” when he was describing the high-powered Underwood offense to his team this week leading up to their Class 1-A district showdown.
Underwood finished with a flourish on Friday, scoring 32 unanswered points in the final 18 minutes to erase a 14-0 deficit and pull away from the Falcons 32-14 in non-district football play at Eagle Stadium.
Underwood freshman Scott Pearson forced all six Tri-Center turnovers in his team’s 41-7 non-district victory over the Trojans at Eagle Stadium.
Just like three weeks ago, AHSTW had Underwood on its heels. And just like three weeks ago, the Eagles erupted after falling behind.
Treynor softball coach Kara Huisman elected not to mess with 100 percent. When her leadoff batter, Kaylee Finnegan, slapped a single to start the game and Alyssa Kellar followed with a bunt single, it became clear that Underwood’s bunt defense was struggling.
Tri-Center bounced back from its first loss of the season in an 11-5 Western Iowa Conference win over Underwood Friday night.
After an illustrious high school career, there was only one way Karley Larson wanted to end her senior season: with a state title. But before that could happen, the Underwood senior had some work to do in the Class 2-A 1,600 relay Saturday.
It's tough to beat a team three times in one season. But on Tuesday night, that familiarity helped the Treynor boys limit Underwood leading scorers, seniors Thomas Conn and Jacob Privia, to eight combined points.
Thomsen won the Class 1-A 126-pound final match with an 18-6 major decision over Lisbon’s Cobe Siebrecht.
Thomas Conn and Jacob Privia each scored 24 points and combined for 13 rebounds and 10 made 3-pointers to lead Underwood to a 59-55 Class 2-A District 16 win over AHSTW.
In a few days, Underwood's Alex Thomsen’s high school wrestling days will be over, but until then, he’ll sit on the cusp of history.
The Council Bluffs St. Albert girls will take a good degree of confidence with them into their next matchup after coming away with a district road win Tuesday night despite not playing their best game.
AHSTW claimed its first district wrestling banner in school history by a 128.5-102.5 margin over runner-up Bedford/Lenox at Riverside High School.
Alex Thomsen avenged his only career loss with a 10-8 overtime triumph over Fort Dodge's Brady Teske in the finals of the J-Hawk Invitational.
The Panthers powered past the Eagles with exhausting, run-and-gun offense and lockdown defense in the 49-26 win.
Lauren Shapcott is Underwood's second-leading scorer for the second year in a row at 15.3 points and leads the team with 7.6 rebounds a contest. The Eagles are 8-2.
After three years of anticipation and nearly 300 wins combined, Underwood’s Alex Thomsen and Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske put their unblemished high school records on the line.
The potential matchup that everyone is talking about is what Trevor Carritt hoped for when he first envisioned this event. Top-notch talent, big stakes and a slice of Iowa wresting history — right in Council Bluffs.
FORT DODGE – After finishing in third at the state meet the past two years, Underwood’s Karley Larson was unable to put a bow on her career with an elusive state title.
FORT DODGE, Iowa — Underwood’s Karley Larson is often in a league of her own when she steps foot on any course.
In her fourth season on the cross country team, Underwood's Karley Larson is ranked fourth in Class 2-A by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. After a slip and fall at the Harlan Invitational on Saturday, Larson came in 16th in 21:46.