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L-S girls one point shy of first at SICL XC meet (Hometown Press article)

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L-S girls one point shy of first at SICL XC meet

The Hawks cross-country team had an opportunity to show the conference and community what they have been preparing for all season at the 2017 SICL Conference Meet on Thursday, Oct. 12.

“Each year, our conference meet is one we highlight on our schedule, one we prepare for all season and make as our goal to have individual all-conference performers and as a team compete for top finishes,” said L-S Head Coach Darin Arkema.

L-S traveled to Colfax for the big meet, competing on a course they ran on earlier in the season, to face conference schools and exhibit the improvement they have made throughout the season. The girls were one point short of first place, and the boys ran tough races.

Shaver pushes herself to a third-place finish at the SICL Meet.

“We had strong performances from all our girls tonight, several of them significantly faster tonight than on this course in September,” commented Arkema.

Three girls found their way into the top 10, earning all-conference honors. Senior Mary Kate Shaver was the third runner to cross the finish line with a time of 22:10. Behind her in seventh was sophomore Abby Gruver, and in eighth was freshman Megan Van Zante. The two raced to the very end, both clocking in at 23:20.

The fourth runner for the Hawks, senior Christine Nikkel, earned 19th in 25:20. Junior Emily Van Gorp ran the race in 25:38 and placed 22nd. Abigail Davis, a sophomore, came in 24th at 25:52, followed by senior Haley Breeden in 26:01, placing 26th.

JV runners for the Hawks were senior Jataya Meyer (second, 26:26), senior Hailey Scandridge (third, 26:27), sophomore Brittney Hansen (fifth, 27:02), and freshman Hadley Tice (eighth, 27:48).

Colfax-Mingo took the conference championship with 50 points, and L-S was just one point behind them.

Senior Josh Dunsbergen runs a solid race at Colfax, earning himself honorable mention in the SICL Conference last Thursday, Oct. 12.

“The girls team knew that on their home course, Colfax would give us their best shot, especially since we had beaten them in every meet we competed against them this season,” said Arkema, “[Colfax] definitely had some people step up and perform their best of the season, and when it came down to it, they were just one point better than us. It stings right now, knowing the oppor-tunity was here, but in a week we get an opportunity to go up against them again.”

The boys placed sixth as a team with 112 points. Belle Plaine earned the conference title with 46 points.

L-S was led by senior Josh Dunsbergen, placing 12th and earning all-conference honorable mention with a time of 19:22, almost a minute faster than his race there earlier in the year.

Junior Joseph Anderson and freshman Mason Jansen battled until the end, Anderson earning 20th in 20:38 and Jansen placing 21st in 20:39. Behind them was sophomore Blaize Kuhlmann in 35th, clocking in at 21:46.

Freshman Luke Kramer was the fifth and final runner for the Hawks, finishing the race in 24:10 and placing 50th. Kramer made a two-minute improvement from his race earlier in the season.

Arkema commented on the race, “The boys’ weren’t a full team the first time at Colfax, so we were looking forward to seeing where we stacked up with the rest of the conference and trying our best to catch a few teams that had beaten us previously.”

Junior high also competed at Colfax, running a 1.5-mile loop. Four runners placed in the top 10, including James Gruver, who placed first with a time of 11:28. Gruver earned first earlier this year at Colfax and proved himself once again at the conference meet. Gentry Walston wasn’t far behind in seventh (12:21). Just short of tenth, in 11th, was Josh Hardenbrook (13:02). Three more runners for the boys, Ryan Annee (15th, 14:11), Zachary Morningstar (16th, 14:21), and Evan Fikse (26th, 16:05) all ran excellent races. The junior high boys had the top team score at the meet.

In the junior high girls race, Greenlee Smock earned eighth, clocking in at 13:47. Kinsley Tice snuck her way into the top 10, earning 10th with a time of 14:04. Reagan McFarland improved her time by 24 seconds and placed 17th in 14:52.

“The junior high boys and girls all had outstanding races,” Arkema said. “Each of them were giving it their all in the final 400 meters. I was very proud of their finishes, something we had worked quite a bit on the last two weeks.”

The junior high is scheduled to finish their season at the Washburn Classic State Junior High meet on Saturday at Ankeny Centennial.

The high school team will compete in the state-qualifying meet hosted by Pekin in Ottumwa this Thursday, Oct 19. The top three teams and top 15 individuals in both the boys and girls races will qualify for state in Fort Dodge on Oct. 28.

Hawk VB takes fifth in SICL Tournament (Hometown Press article)

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Hawk VB takes fifth in SICL Tournament

Four conference teams took to the court in Sully last Thursday, Oct. 12, with sights set on earning fifth place in the SICL. The Hawks hosted the event, and there were a total of three matches played. When the games were finally over at 10:30 that night, the Hawks were on top after beating North Mahaska and Sigourney to take fifth place.

The L-S girls started off the night playing North Mahaska, who had a record of 13-14. The first set went to the Hawks, winning 25-8. The Hawks came out strong again in the second set and won with the same score. The Warhawks fought back in a third game full of Hawk miscues, winning 25-18. In the fourth set, L-S would finish off the Warhawks and win 25-20.

Senior Skyler Young sets up sophomore Mallory Loftus for an attack.

Sophomore Mallory Loftus led the team with 14 kills followed by seniors Camryn Russell and McKinley Conover with five each. Junior Carson Fisk accumulated 19 digs, followed by senior Skyler Young with 16. Young as setter finished with 30 assists.

Junior Makayla Rozendaal said the match was a “long, hard fight.”

“We played very well,” she said. “Our serves were on. We played together and got the job done against North Mahaska.”

Sigourney would beat Colfax in five sets to play L-S for the fifth-place match. The Hawks would win in four sets: 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, and 25-23.

“It was an exhausting two games,” said Russell. “We should have pulled away both games in three, but we eventually got the job done. Playing until 10:30 at night was not what we wanted, but we did what we had to do and got through it in a very positive way.”

Loftus again led the Hawks with 10 kills, followed by Conover with eight. Conover also had 24 digs with Fisk and Young right behind with 22 each. Young again led the Hawks with 30 assists, and junior Shiloh Cunningham added three.

“The girls really came out strong in the start of both games,” noted L-S Coach Jayme Deal. “Even though we let up in the third set of both matches, the girls really battled to finish in four games. Our serving and defense were on point, and I feel that really helped us come out on top.”

The Hawks improved to 16-12 on the year. Their next opponent was Collins-Maxwell in a regional game at home on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The winner will play North Tama at Traer on Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.

Unusual forfeit creates bye week for No. 1-ranked L-S (Hometown Press article)

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Unusual forfeit creates bye week for No. 1-ranked L-S

Contributions by Sage Zylstra and Elijah Collins

L-S Newspaper Students

The Lynnville-Sully football team has a lot to be excited about. The Hawks are currently rated No. 1 in Class A, according to the Radio Iowa High School Football Poll. They earned the title of outright district champions for the first time since 2003, and they have secured a home game for the first round of playoffs on Oct. 27.

In the midst of an exciting 7-0 streak, however, the Hawks had an odd Friday night last week where they didn’t play anyone. At the beginning of the season, the L-S boys were informed they would have a bye in week eight when they were supposed to play a home game against Danville. Danville had to forfeit the whole season due to not having enough players to field a team in the 2017 football season.

Having a bye week has its drawbacks and benefits. Losing one of their four home games this year was one of the downfalls of the bye week. It also means the Hawks only have eight games in the regular season, and only three of those were at home. The challenge last week was having enough competition in practice to simulate game situations.

On the other hand, keeping everyone from injury could definitely be a positive for the Hawks. Another positive is the extra rest and having two weeks to prepare for their week-nine game against the Montezuma Braves. Last year, a similar situation occurred in week eight with the Hawks having a bye week. After going 8-0, the L-S boys then lost their only game of the regular season to the Braves in week nine.

Even if the Hawks lost to Montezuma in week nine, the Hawks are the 2017 Class A District 6 champions. The Hawks were runner-up last year while also earning a playoff berth, where they played the winner of their sister district, Gladbrook-Reinbeck. This year, since the Hawks won the district, they will be playing the second seed, or possibly third seed, of their sister district, which is not yet determined.

With the district system changing every two years, the playoff system may also change. Two seasons ago, the top four teams in the district earned a playoff berth. Since then, only the top two teams can make it to the playoffs, along with two wild card teams in each class. The wild card teams are determined by how many points each third seed has scored throughout the season. The second seed will play the first seed of their sister district.

“I feel like they should keep the playoff format as it is right now. This way, the teams that make it into the playoffs earn their spot,” said junior linebacker Grant Wehrle.

When the top four teams from each district made the playoffs, a team had to win three playoff games before punching a ticket to the Dome. Now, there are only two games before making it to the Dome. Teams are guaranteed two games in the Dome – the semi-finals and either the championship or the consolation game.

The Hawks are currently 7-0 and looking to finish their regular season 8-0 after playing Montezuma this Friday, Oct. 20. The Hawks will find out who their first-round playoff opponent is Saturday morning after their Montezuma game.

Those who can’t make it to the game at Montezuma can tune in online at


Class A Ratings by Radio Iowa

(Released Oct. 16)

Team       Record

  1. Lynnville-Sully 7-0
  2. West Sioux 8-0
  3. Hudson 8-0
  4. Algona Garrigan 8-0
  5. Wapsie Valley 8-0
  6. Saint Ansgar 8-0
  7. Southwest Valley 8-0
  8. Council Bluffs St. Albert 7-1
  9. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 7-1
  10. East Buchanan 7-1

State Cross Country T-Shirt Orders - Due Oct. 23rd

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Football Team Ranked #1 in the State

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Radio Iowa High School Football Poll 10/10/17

OCTOBER 10, 2017 BY 

Class A

1. Lynnville-Sully (7-0), LW #3 Idle
2. West Sioux (7-0), LW #4 @ Woodbury Central
3. Hudson (7-0), LW #6 vs Grand View Christian
4. Algona Garrigan (7-0), LW #5 @ HMS Hartley
5. Wapsie Valley (7-0), LW #7 @ Postville
6. Saint Ansgar (7-0), LW #8 @ West Hancock
7. Southwest Valley (7-0), LW #10 @ S.E. Warren
8. Council Bluffs St. Albert (6-1), LW #2 vs Riverside (Oakland)
9. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (6-1), LW #1 vs Belle Plaine
10.East Buchanan (6-1), LW #9 @ Edgewood-Colesburg

L-S holds off New London for seventh straight win (Hometown Press article)

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L-S holds off New London for seventh straight win

“It was another crazy game versus New London this year.”

That’s what L-S Coach Mike Parkinson said after the Hawk football team traveled to New London to take on the Tigers last Friday night.

The Hawks were in a dog fight all game long and pulled off the win, 20-14. This was the second straight year L-S slipped past New London as the Hawks won last year’s game 17-14.

Senior Carson Dunsbergen inter-cepts a New London pass in Friday’s 20-14 victory.

“Just like last year, we proved why you can't give up. Why trust is a key factor in a team sport. We put our trust in our teammates, and they came through big time,” Parkinson said.

The Hawks started the game off strong and scored on their first drive. Junior Gage Vander Leest busted through the middle of the Tiger defense for a 43-yard touchdown. The Hawks would hold the Tigers scoreless in the first quarter.

The L-S boys were driving late in the first quarter and early second quarter when the game was delayed for over 40 minutes due to lightning.

When the game resumed, the Hawks had third down and eight on the New London 16-yard line. Senior Elijah Collins connected with senior Drake Ehresman on a 16-yard touchdown pass to go up 13-0.

The Hawks would struggle offensively for the rest of quarter and not score again. Still, they led 13-0 going into halftime.

“The weather definitely played a factor in the game. Both teams had to adjust to the weather. We came together as a team and got the win,” said Collins.

Right after a 40-minute lightning delay, senior Drake Ehresman catches a 16-yard touchdown pass from classmate Elijah Collins to put L-S up 13-0.

After halftime, New London came out a different team than the first half and was able to move the ball on the Hawk defense. The Tigers scored twice in the third quarter and would take the lead, 14-13, in the third quarter. The Hawks had trouble moving the ball offensively and were in need of players to step up.

That’s exactly what the Hawk defense did in the fourth quar-ter, scoring on a 50-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by senior Sage Zylstra. This put the Hawks up 20-14 with only 4:16 left in the game. The Hawk defense would stop New London on fourth down and run out the clock to win the game, 20-14.

“The fumble recovery was just one way for us to score, but it will go down in history as one of the great L-S plays as it was the game-winner,” Parkinson said. “It wasn't luck, though, as good teams who are prepared make their own breaks. We practice those types of plays each week on Thursdays, and we're all thankful that Sage worked on our scoop-and-score drill 24 hours earlier. This win isn't about one play though, it was a collection of great efforts by a team who was not willing to give up even when the chips seemed down.”

Vander Leest led the team in rushing with 76 rushing yards on six carries and one touchdown. The Hawks rushed for 179 yards on 36 carries.

Senior Elijah Collins pitches the ball to junior Evan Squires at New London last Friday, Oct. 6.

Collins passed for 91 yards and one touchdown on nine completions.

The Tigers rushed for four yards on 29 carries but passed for 161 yards on four completions and one touchdown.

Senior Kemper Lukehart led the L-S defense with seven tackles, followed by Vander Leest with 5.5, Zylstra with five, and junior Grant Wehrle with 4.5.

The Hawks improved to 7-0 on the season while New London fell to 6-1 on the season.

“Sometimes when you face a challenge, it seems so uphill. But when you call on your brothers in a time of need, they will come through for you. That is why we must trust each other, trust the plan, and believe,” Parkinson said after the win.

The L-S boys will now have a bye week this week because Danville forfeited their football season this year. The Hawks need one more win to have a perfect regular-season record and look to do so against Montezuma on Oct. 20. New London will travel to Pekin next week to take on the Panthers, whom the Hawks beat 35-7 earlier this year.

L-S sweeps English Valleys on Senior Night (Hometown Press article)

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L-S sweeps English Valleys on Senior Night

 Last Thursday’s matchup between L-S and English Valleys had extra significance as both senior night and a pink-out” for breast cancer awareness. The Hawks swept EV in three matches, making it a quick night as they did not let EV score more than 15 points in a set: 25-10, 25-15, and 25-10.

Everything seemed to be going well for the Hawks on senior night. The three seniors played a huge role in the game, particularly from the service line. McKinley Conover was 17-of-18 in serves, Camryn Russell went 22-of-23, and Skyler Young went 20-of-21. The Hawks as a team were 94 percent from the line, making 85 of 90 serves. L-S also had 12 aces.

Senior McKinley Conover goes up for a hit against English Valleys at Pack the Stands with Pink Night.

Junior Shiloh Cunningham and freshman Krystal Van Dyke form a wall at the net in last Thursday’s match against English Valleys.

“Senior night was very cool and eye-opening that our season is coming to an end,” Conover said. “I appreciate all the people coming out and supporting breast cancer awareness, as well as the volleyball team.”

Conover led the team at the net with 10 kills. Another top attacker was junior Carson Fisk with six kills on the night. The Hawks had 29 total kills. L-S also had 64 digs. Conover led the team in this category with 19. Fisk was right behind her with 11   digs. Freshman Krystal Van Dyke led the team with six solo blocks.

L-S had 10 blocks. Young had 22 of the team's 29 assists.

“Overall, it was a really fun night,” Russell said. “Having the support of the community as seniors and the support for breast cancer awareness was awesome. We all played really well together and played as a team, which made the night that much better. It was good to show the community what we can do.”

Coach Jayme Deal said the Pack the Stands with Pink match was a “great night” for L-S.

“The girls played as one unit, and it was incredible to watch them,” she said. “The seniors have had a great season. They have battled together through some tough matches and should be proud of how much progress they have made.”


By Hailey Scandridge, Hometown Press Intern

The Hawks faced a more challenging conference team on the road at Keota on Monday, Oct. 9. Still, the girls came out on top and defeated the Eagles in three sets: 25-21, 25-23 and 25-15.

“Keota has some very scrappy players, and I don't think we were quite ready for that,” Deal said. “However, the girls were able to step it up and get the job done in three.”

L-S had another solid night of serving with a 94 percent success rate (80 of 85 serves). The Hawks totaled four aces, two of those coming from Russell. Conover was a big contributor, successfully serving all of her 22 serves.

Loftus slammed eight kills down on the Eagles, and Cunningham also had a strong six kills. Together, the team rounded up 24 kills.

Loftus also excelled on defense, giving the team four of its nine blocks. Russell and Cunningham each had two blocks. Young had 18 digs along with 20 assists.

The 13-11 L-S girls were scheduled to be at Belle Plaine playing Tri-County on Tuesday, Oct. 10, with the winner playing Belle Plaine in a second match to determine placement in the west side of the SICL. Thursday, Oct. 12, will be the crossover quad tourneys to determine final placements in the conference (site and opponent TBD). Regionals start at home next Tuesday versus Collins-Maxwell.

L-S VB goes 2-2 at Davis County Tourney

By Brevin Hansen, Tyson Vander Linden, and Hailey Scandridge

The Hawks continued their competitive week into the weekend and traveled to Davis County on Saturday, Oct. 7. They split 2-2 at the end of the day after facing a combination of 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A schools.

The first match was against New London, who gave the Hawks a loss in two sets. L-S followed the loss with two wins, defeating Centerville and Albia. This sent the Hawks to the winner’s bracket. The semi-final game was against Iowa City, Liberty. L-S then lost a close, exciting game in three sets.

“We had a really rough start against New London, but were able to step it up against Albia and Centerville,” noted L-S Coach Jayme Deal. “Our last match of the day against Iowa City, Liberty was a great way to end the day. The girls battled, and while we lost, it was a well-played match.”

The New London Tigers are ranked No. 5 in class 1A and showed up ready to play. The Hawks dropped the first set by a score of 21-6 and the second by a score of 21-7. The Hawks started out slow, but some of the bright spots for the Hawks were their serving and also their digs. The serve efficiency for the game was 100 percent, and the Hawks had four girls with seven or more digs: Seniors McKinley Conover and Skyler Young and juniors Makayla Rozendaal and Shiloh Cunningham.

Against Centerville, the Hawks led the whole first set and won 21-11. L-S won the second match as well, 21-19, giving them the win. The Hawks had three girls perfect from the serve line, Conover, freshman Korinne Jansen, and M. Rozendaal. Senior Camryn Russell had a successful three aces and five digs. Conover came up strong, leading the match with five kills. Cunningham contributed four of the team's eight blocks, with two more coming from sophomore Mallory Loftus.

After the victory, the Hawks were able to keep it rolling against 2A Albia, winning 21-11 in both sets. For both of those sets, the two teams were well-matched until the score hit 5-5, when the Hawks went on big runs to take the win. Both Loftus and Jansen hammered down four kills. Junior Carson Fisk fired four aces over the net and helped defend with six digs. Senior Skyler Young tallied up 14 assists and had seven digs.

The semi-final match was the only three-set match of the day for L-S. It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the first game. L-S pulled through and took the first set win 26-24. Liberty started out the second match with a 5-0 start before an L-S timeout. The Hawks couldn’t overcome the five-point deficit from the beginning of the set, losing 25-18. L-S lost the third set as well, ending their day.

Despite the loss, it was still a successful game for the girls, totaling 21 kills, including nine from Loftus. The Hawks also accumulated 80 digs, Young and Conover each with 16. Cunningham and Russell came together, each contributing four blocks to the team’s eight. L-S successfully served 54 of 56 serves, with sophomore Janelle Rozendaal making 17 of those serves.

“The first game, we did not play our best, but they were a very good team. Then the rest of the day, we did much better. Our game against Centerville, we played well and did a good job of defending at the net and also digging up the kills. I thought we had a good serving day overall, too. We blocked well against Liberty, but came up just a bit short of winning,” said M. Rozendaal.

Expanded opportunities with DMACC classes (Hometown Press article)

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L-S homecoming week culminates with victory over #6 Pekin (Hometown Press article)

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L-S homecoming week culminates with victory over #6 Pekin

A week of fun homecoming activities promoting Lynnville-Sully Hawk pride united all students, staff, and the community Sept. 25-29. The high school student council planned dress-up days and a variety of other activities throughout the week, including powder puff volleyball, powder puff football, a cake bake, float, window, and sidewalk decor competitions, and a dodgeball tournament. Middle school students got in on the homecoming fun with their own dress-up days planned by the middle school student council. On Thursday night, the community gathered at the high school gym for coronation where classroom skits were shared, L-S cheers rang loud and proud, and seniors Christine Nikkel and Brevin Hansen were crowned homecoming royalty.

Friday featured perfect weather for the parade which featured all K-12 students parading around the Sully square. A pep rally promoting Hawk pride was held after the parade and was led by high school football cheerleaders and the high school band. Prior to the big Friday night football game, the Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation hosted a chili soup and cinnamon roll supper. Brenna Lanser was the lucky L-S alum in attendance to win the $100 gift card. The Hawks faced the Pekin Panthers in a showdown of undefeated teams. The ninth-ranked Hawks took down the sixth-ranked Panthers, 35-7, in front of a large crowd of Hawk supporters.

L-S XC improves at W’burg, girls take third at North Polk (Hometown Press article)

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L-S XC improves at W’burg, girls take third at North Polk

The Lynnville-Sully cross-country team finally got a break from the heat on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Hawks traveled to Williamsburg, a fairly flat course, which is where the Hawks raced their very first race of the year. A combination of the course and temperature conditions led to fast times and exhibited just how far the team has come. The girls team finished fourth out of four, behind 3A schools Solon (first) and Williamsburg (second) and 2A Tipton (third).

“The challenge presented tonight was just how much improvement could be made, to test themselves to see how much better they’ve gotten,” said L-S Head Coach Darin Arkema.

Abigail Davis battles with a Tipton runner as she places 31st as the fifth L-S runner at Williamsburg.

Senior Mary Kate Shaver placed sixth, running the race in 21:06, and freshman Megan Van Zante finished in 22:32, placing 17th. L-S’s third runner, sophomore Abby Gruver, placed 27th in 23:32. Senior Christine Nikkel finished 30th in 24:05, and one place behind her was sophomore Abigail Davis in 24:09. Junior Emily Van Gorp crossed the finish line in 24:28, earning her 36th, and in 37th was senior Haley Breeden with a time of 24:39.

Some other runners for the Hawks were senior Hailey Scandridge (25:40, 44th), sophomore Brittney Hansen (26:26, 49th) and freshman Hadley Tice (27:41, 58th).

These times were season bests for Shaver, Van Zante, Van Gorp, Scandridge, Breeden, and Davis, proving to be a successful meet.

“The gap between a few got closer tonight, and our spread was definitely smaller than what it had been,” commented Arkema, “We will continue to present that challenge and help the girls realize their potential as a team.”

The boys earned seventh out of seven as a team but, like the girls, showed lots of improvement. Arkema made note of their success, “The boys ran some strong performances tonight, all of them either setting personal bests or season bests.”

Senior Josh Dunsbergen finished in 20th in 18:58, and junior Joseph Anderson placed 52nd in 20:33. One place behind Anderson was freshman Mason Jansen in 20:36. Sophomore Blaize Kuhl-mann crossed the finish line at 64th in 21:42, and freshman Luke Kramer came in at 24:41, placing 83rd.

“I think there is potential for this group to maybe surprise themselves and a few of the conference teams in a couple weeks at that conference meet,” said Arkema.

The junior high runners faced a lot of new contestants, running their race on a 1.5-mile loop. On the girls’ side, Greenlee Smock squeezed into the top 10, placing 10th in 10:18. She was followed by Kinsley Tice (11:43, 38th) and Reagan McFarland (12:26, 43rd).

James Gruver was the first to finish for the JH boys in 9:21, earning 17th. Gruver was followed by Gentry Walston (9:37, 26th), Josh Hardenbrook (10:33, 44th), Ryan Annee (11:21, 61st), Zach Morningstar (12:33, 73rd), and Evan Fikse (13:14, 75th).


Temperatures rose back to the 80s for the Hawks’ final meet before conference on Monday, Oct. 2. The Hawks ventured to North Polk, facing some new competition along with conference opponent Colfax-Mingo.

The girls placed third out of seven teams, defeating Collins-Maxwell and Colfax-Mingo. For the sixth meet in a row, Shaver finished in the top six, placing fourth in 21:33. Following Shaver was Gruver in 24:06, earning 19th, and Van Zante in 24:08, earning 21st. Nikkel came in at 29th in 24:48 and Van Gorp at 34th in 25:06. Davis crossed the finish line in 25:56, placing 42nd, followed by Breeden in a time of 26:03, earning 46th.

Other runners for the Hawks were Hansen (26:37, 50th), Scandridge (27:52, 61st), and Tice (31:02, 79th).

“Overall, I felt like we needed a tougher mindset tonight to try and duplicate what had been done in practice, and show ourselves capable of racing to our fullest potential,” Arkema said. “We just seemed to be missing something or (were) not that sharp. Fortunately, we have the rest of this week and the first three days next week for practice and training to work on things and make needed improvements before the conference meet next Thursday at Colfax-Mingo. I know we will be a tough team that night as the Hawks look to soar and contend for conference accolades.”

The boys finished 10th at Williamsburg, 43 points behind Colfax-Mingo. Jansen and Dunsbergen had a competitive finish, Jansen running a 21:27, placing 67th. Exactly one second and one placing behind Jansen was Dunsbergen. Anderson crossed the finish line at 21:47 and placed 76th. He was followed by Kuhlmann, who placed 85th in 22:14. Kramer pushed to the finish to earn 136th with a time of 27:29.

JH had another strong race, running a two-mile course. J. Gruver broke the top 10, earning seventh with a time of 14:59. He was followed by Walston (16:52, 17th), Hardenbrook (17:28, 22nd), Morningstar (18:47, 29th), Annee (19:05, 33rd), and Fikse (22:41, 48th).

Smock also found a spot in the top 10, placing sixth and crossing the finish line in 16:33. She was followed by teammates Tice (17:45, 13th) and McFarland (19:09, 22nd).

L-S’s next race is the conference meet in Colfax-Mingo on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Hawks have raced there before but hope to improve their times and show the conference what L-S is made of.


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