Our area cross country runners competed yesterday in state qualifying meets. Lets find out how they did. The Charles City Comet boys and girls teams were in Manchester yesterday and both teams competed hard. On the boy’s side, the Comets were able to claim first place at the meet their whole team will make the trip to Fort Dodge again this year. The Charles City boys were led by Austin Turpen who finished third overall, Michael McKenzie was also in the top ten. Gavin Connell finished twelfth overall while Jon Zander and Adam Stewart rounding out the scoring finishing 17th and 24th respectively. The Comets finished with 66 team points overall just one point ahead of their rival Decorah to earn their second straight state qualifying meet title. On the girls side, Charles City fought hard looking to make it to their second straight team appearance, but their efforts fell a little short as the Comet girls finished fourth overall just nine points behind Vinton for third place. All was not lost however as McKayla Cole and Jess Blumberg both finished in the top ten individually to earn a berth at the state meet. The State Cross Country Meet will be held at Lake Ridge Golf Course in Fort Dodge on November 1st.
The Osage Green Devil boys and girls cross country teams will both make the trip to Fort Dodge next week as the girls took first overall while the boys finished second. The Green Devil girls ended the race with 31 team points anchored by Ellie Friesen and Megan Mooberry who finished one and two. Emily Ross and Alex Byrnes also had top ten finishes as they placed eighth and ninth. The Green Devil boys had 75 team points and were led by Lukas Maakestad who finished fifth overall.
At the qualifying meet held in Nashua, the Huskies along with North Butler, Rockford and Saint Ansgar boys and girls were looking to earn state meet berths, but all teams fell short of that goal, but the Bearcats did have one runner who made the cut. Jerod Ballhagen was able to squeak a tenth place finish out overall in the boy’s race to earn his first trip to the state meet.
Moving on to the final week of the Iowa High School Football regular season. The Charles City Comets will hit the road tonight for a pivotal match up with Waverly Shell Rock. The Comets are currently in third place in the district standings with a 3-2 district record while Waverly is tied for first at 4-1. If the Comets win tonight they would clinch a playoff berth, but a win is not necessarily critical. If Decorah were to lose to West Delaware tonight, the Comets would also claim a spot in the playoffs. The only way for the Comets to not make the postseason is if they lose AND Decorah wins. A District title is not out of the question either because if Charles City wins by enough points over the Go-Hawks AND Decorah beats West Delaware, the Comets would bring home the hardware. You can tune into the big game tonight right here on KCHA FM as Erik Hoefer and Jason Etherington will bring you the live play by play starting with a pregame at 7pm. Kickoff is at 7:30.
The Nashua Plainfield Huskies have already claimed a district title, but will not take a night off against rival North Butler when these two teams meet tonight in Nashua. The fifth ranked Huskies are 7-1 overall and 5-0 in District play while North Butler is 1-7 overall and 0-5 in Class A District 3 games. Kickoff for this one will be at 7pm.
The Saint Ansgar Saints will look to cap off a perfect regular season when they travel to Pocahontas to take on Pocahontas Area in Class 1A District 3 action. The fifth ranked Saints have not wrapped up a district crown yet, but could do so with a win OR a slim margin loss as they sit at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in district play. Both Pocahontas and Emmetsburg have one loss on the season, but the Saints have a clear advantage in the point differential category. Pocahontas Ares is 5-3 overall and 4-1 in district play. Kickoff is set for 7pm.
The Osage Green Devil Football team will look to end their season on a high note tonight on the road as they will head to Clarion to take on the Cowboys. Osage is 1-7 overall and 1-4 in Class 2A District 2 action, while Clarion sits at 6-2 overall and 3-2 in district play. You can tune into the Osage Green Devils tonight on our sister station 987 KISS Country starting with a pregame at 7:15. Kickoff will be at 7:30.
In 8 man action tonight, the Rockford Warriors will look to build off of their win last week as they get set to take on Northwood Kensett on the road. The Warriors are 2-6 overall and 2-4 in league play while Northwood Kensett is 5-3 and 5-1. Kickoff will be at 7pm.
The Riceville Wildcats will have more chance to get in the win column as they will finish up their season at CAL Latimer. The Wildcats are 0-8 and 0-6 while CAL comes in with identical 0-8 and 0-6 records. Kickoff will be at 7pm.