The Iowa High School Athletic Association began its football postseason on Friday night with first round games in all classes being played. The Saint Ansgar Saints football team was at home for the opening round of the Class A playoffs against East Buchanan. The Saints were unable to complete a pass the entire night, but it ended up not mattering as they finished with 388 rushing yards and came away with a 33-17 victory. Josh Van Vliet led the Warriors with 207 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Dayton Smith finished with 68 yards on the ground and a touchdown, Jack Sievert had 65 rushing yards and a touchdown and Colin Kramer added a rushing score as well. The Saint Ansgar defense was able to force two turnovers as Kramer and Adam Williams each had interceptions. The Saints football team improves to 10-0 overall this season and advance to the State Quarter-Finals. They will look to get a little revenge from last year’s State Semi-Finals as the Saints will host Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Friday night.
The New Hampton Chickasaw football team was at home on Friday night for their Class 2A first round playoff game against Dike-New Hartford. The Chickasaws ran out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, but the Wolverines would score a touchdown late in the first half to cut the Chickasaw lead to 14-6 at halftime. The score would remain that way until late in the fourth quarter when Dike-New Hartford would tie things up at 14 with about three and a half minutes left in the game. New Hampton would respond with a touchdown of their own with just over a minute remaining and they would hang on to the 21-14 victory. Braydon Fisher was the workhorse for the Chickasaws as he rushed the ball 37 times for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The other score for New Hampton came on a 14-yard TD pass from Keegan John to Noah Fenske. With the win, the Chickasaws improve to 8-2 overall this season and they will get a second crack at Waukon this Friday night in the Class 2A Quarter-Finals.
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and Iowa High School Athletic Association held their State Cross Country Meets in Fort Dodge on Saturday. The Comet girls team raced in the Class 3A meet and performed very well as they finished the meet in fifth place as a team. Kiki Connell led the way for the Comets as she finished in fifth overall, Whitney Martin also medaled as an individual as she placed fourteenth. Mackenzy Bilharz came in 61st, Adison Olson was 81st and Mariah McKenzie rounded out the scoring for Charles City as she finished 100th. On the boys side, Gavin Connell led the three Comet boys runners as he finished the race in 36th. Mason Deeter was 46th in the Class 3A boys race and Alex Litterer finished the race in 102nd place.
In the Class 1A girls race, Rockford’s Sheridan LaCoste came in 36th overall, Addy Carlson of Saint Ansgar finished in 46th place and Aubry Einck of Nashua-Plainfield ended the race in 61st place. In the Class 1A boys race, the lone area representative Brock Dietz of Nashua-Plainfield ended up with a medal as he came in 13th place.
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union will continue its volleyball postseason tonight with Classes 3A and 4A holding Regional Finals. The Charles City Comet volleyball team will be in Waverly for a Class 4A Region 5 Final against the Go-Hawks. The Comets come in at 25-14 overall this season while Waverly-Shell Rock is 41-5. The Comets fell to Waverly both times they faced them this season as they were beaten three games to one in Waverly on September 28th and then lost two games to none at the Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament in Cresco on October 14th. You can tune into this match right here on KCHA tonight starting with a pre-meet at 6:45 and first serve will be at 7pm.
The Osage Green Devil volleyball team will be in Clear Lake tonight for a Class 3A Region 4 Final against Forest City. The Green Devils are 24-9 overall this season and are ranked sixth while the Indians are 29-3 and ranked 11th. This match will also begin at 7pm tonight.