The Upper Iowa Conference will hold its first-ever UIC Volleyball Tournament to determine a conference champion this Thursday and Saturday.
Thursday will feature the top four teams hosting a triangular with the top two at each site advancing to the final tourney Saturday in Sumner. Saturday’s tourney will start at 9 a.m. and continue until all eight spots are determined.
However, the top seeds and playing sites for Thursday’s games would not be known until after conference play wrapped up Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Fighting the winds and rain last week was the new norm for the South Winn golf teams, however, the boys and girls finally managed to find the greens on Thursday as the teams traveled to Central Elkader, emerging victorious.
“We showed a little improvement at Central with both teams hitting the ball well,” praised SW coach Doug Schweinefus. “The greens are still very slow so the feel of putting is still a struggle for them all.”
The Lady Warriors scraped together a 207-216 win over Central, led by medalist Megan Bushman with 49 strokes. Teammate Megan Hageman was the runner-up with 51 strokes on her card to sweep the honors.
With 52 and 55 strokes, respectively, Caitlin Holien and Skyler Luzum added to the varsity team’s success. Other SW girls competing included Megan Elsbernd (59), Bailey Timp (64), Jaimie Elsbernd (64), and Taylor Claman (66).
Lady Warriors (l-r) Riley Ott, Jenna Elsbernd, Sabrina Marken, Lee Balik, and Kelly Kuboushek run in a pack as the 3000m run gets underway Thursday in Decorah. (Becky Walz photo
Lady Warriors run in Decorah
Mother Nature has been winning out of the Lady Warriors when it comes to track. After a week off the competition ovals, the South Winn girls took to the Viking track in Decorah on Thursday evening, finishing seventh in the eight-team field.
Fighting an injury, Abby Phillips still claimed gold in the high jump after clearing 4’10” for the Lady Warriors.
Junior Brittany Shindelar had the best night for the Warrior competitors claiming silver in the shot put with a heave of 35’4” and crossed the 200m dash finish line in 28.62.
Kennidee DeVilbiss earned the final individual top-three finish in the 400m hurdles in 1:12.20.
The West Central boys’ golf team fell to Clayton Ridge at a meet held Thursday at Clayton Ridge. The Blue Devils finished 12 strokes behind the Eagles, 176-188.
Hud Johnston finished with a 42 to lead West Central, only one stroke behind medalist Jake Jensen from Clayton Ridge. Chase Grimm and Dustin Gordon shot at 45 and 49, respectively. Kaleb Kim and Brady Forsyth were both at 52, with Dustin Richards coming in at 56; Adam Cannon carded a 58. Miles Walenceus and Jordan Taylor each shot a 59, and Andrew Sharff had scored a 74.
For the girls, Beth Meyer finished with a 61, while Cheridan Brickman was not far behind with a 63.
North Fayette junior David Jellings followed up the TigerHawks’ third-place finish in the shuttle hurdle relay at New Hampton with a first-place finish in the 400-hurdles on Thursday. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
A state qualifier a year ago, South Winn hurdler Lexie Warth is already showing her determination to make a return trip in 2014. Last week the junior topped her competition at both Jesup and Decorah, adding the long jump title at Decorah to her early 2014 resume as well.
Competing for the first time outdoors, the Lady Warriors faced some stiff competition on Tuesday, April 8, at Jesup. Tallying 61.50 points, South Winn finished sixth as Cascade ran away with the team title with 147 points.
West Central boys’ track ran well Thursday, April 10 at Postville. The 10-team meet featured eight schools from the UIC, with the Blue Devils finishing eighth with 22 points. With points going to the top five placers in each event, South Winn beat Waukon by five, 139-134.5, with Postville third with 64 points.
James Niemann led the Blue Devils, winning the 400 hurdles and placing third in the 110 hurdles; he also scored two points by finishing fifth in the long jump.
Sam Annis earned four points for WC with his fourth-place finish in the 400 dash.