North Fayette Valley boys win 7 events, Kee High girls win 5 at the Upper Iowa Conference Indoor Meet

Upper Iowa Conference teams finished their indoor track seasons Friday night as the league hosted its indoor track meet at Luther College in Decorah.

The Kee High girls won five events. Katie Brennan took gold in the both the 800 (2:34.46) and the 3000 (11:13.04). Haley Meyer won the 1500 (5:32.26). Jada Mitchell finished first in the high jump (5-0) and the Kee Hawks also were victorious in the distance medley relay (4:38.45).

South Winn’s girls won two relay events. The Warriors crossed the finish line first in both the 4 x 400 (4:25.19) and the 4 x 800 relays (12:06.98). Ellie Loesch also won the 55 dash (7.21) for South Winn.

The North Fayette Valley Tigerhawk girls won two events with Alyssa Bohr taking first in the 200 (28.19) and Abby Boehm won the shot put (38-0 1/2).

In the boys competition, North Fayette Valley won seven of the 15 events. The Tigerhawks won three relays including the 4 x 200 (1:37.87), 4 x 400 (3:49.32) and the 4 x 800 (9:11.49). Caleb O’Hare won both distance races, taking first in the 1600 (4:59.00) and the 3200 (11:13.37). Jacob Berns was victorious in the 800 (2:19.64) and Zach Massman won the 55 dash (6.59).

The South Winn and Kee High boys each won two events. Jaron Todd won the 55 hurdles (9.04) and Noah Tieskoetter won the long jump (19-5) for the Warriors. Kee High’s Jacob Berns won the high jump (5-10) and the Kee Hawks’ Damon Weber took first in the shot put (39-1 1/2).

The Turkey Valley boys took home one gold medal winning the distance medley relay (4:08.49).


NEIC Track teams end their Indoor Seasons

The Decorah boys track team won eight events and had 14 top three finishes at Tuesday night’s Northeast Iowa Conference Indoor Track Meet at Wartburg College in Waverly.

Jason Adam took home three first place finishes for the Vikings. Adam won the 55 dash (6.88), the 200 (24.33) and ran the third leg on the 4 x 400 relay. Gus Hayes won the 3200 (10:17.48) and anchored the distance medley relay to victory.

Decorah won two of the three field events. Keaton Solberg won the high jump (6-2) and Logan Halverson finished first in the shot put (50-2). Andrew Magner  also won the 55 hurdles for the Vikings (8.11).

Matthew Franzen had a solid night for Decorah. Franzen finished second in the 1600 (4:58.72) and was a part of the winning 4 x 400 relay. Brady Hogan ended the night with two silver medals, coming home second in the 3200 (10:32.65) and also in the 800 (2:15.74).

The Waukon boys won two events. Brady Behrend won the 400 (57.49) and Indians finished first in the 4 x 200 relay (1:38.57). Creed Welch was a part of the winning 4 x 200 relay and was third in the long jump (18-9).

The Crestwood boys ended up with one event victory on the night, taking first place in the 4 x 800 relay (9:04.48)

The Decorah girls won five events at the meet and had 12 top three events. The Vikings finished first in the 4 x 200 relay (1:53.66) and first in the 4 x 400 relay (4:31.06). Fiona Buresh won the 55 dash (7.44), Brooke Berns defeated the field in the 200 (26.75) and Olivia Battle took gold in the 400 (1:09.73). Buresh and Berns were also a part of the winning 4 x 400 relay and Amanda Kuehner anchored both relays to victory.

The Crestwood girls won three events including Katie Saner in the long jump (15-9), Kristen Reicks in the shot put (35-11) and Cassidy Ihns in the 3000 (10:49.36). Saner added a runner-up finish in the 55 dash (7.59). The Cadets also had two other runner-up finishes, Lexi Hoppe in the 55 hurdles (9.54) and Hope Dohlman in the 1500 (5:37.84).

The Waukon girls won two indoor conference titles. Bailey Schafer won the 1500 (5:29.59) and Ellec Armstead won the high jump (4-10).

Crestwood Girls perform well at Iowa State

The Crestwood Girls earned four top ten finishes at the Iowa State Classic Track meet in Ames Monday night.

Cassidy Ihns had the Cadets’ highest finish coming home third out of 84 total runners in the 1500 in a time of 5:02.69. Katie Saner finished 6th out of 135 competitors in the 60 dash with a time of 8.30. Kristen Reicks threw the shot put 35 feet, 11 inches, which was good enough to finish 6th of out 97 throws. The Cadets also had a top ten finish in the sprint medley relay. The quartet of Lexi Hoppe, Keelee Andera, Annie Mast and Katie Saner finished 8th of 69 teams in a time of 1:58.88.

The Crestwood Girls will return to action Tuesday night at the Northeast Iowa Conference Indoor Meet in Waverly.

Luther Indoor Track Invitational Results

Ten high schools were represented at the Luther College High school co-ed invitational held at the Regents Center Saturday. The unscored event featured unlimited entries.

The Decorah boys track team started its season with 13 top-three finishes, including six event victories. The Vikings won three relays including the sprint medley (4:08.43), the 4 x 200 (1:41.32) and the 4 x 800 (9:16.16). Jason Adam lead off both the sprint medley and the 4 x 200 relays. Decorah also won three individual events. Gus Hayes won the 1600 (4:45.89), Keaton Solberg won the high jump (6-2) and Logan Halverson won the shot put (49-3).

Hayes added a 2nd place finish in the 400 (58.30). Andrew Magner had three top-three finishes for the Vikings including 2nd in the 55 hurdles (8.22), 3rd in the 200 (24.61) and 3rd in the long jump (19-5 1/2).

The Decorah girls earned 12 top-three finishes including six event wins. Fiona Buresh topped a talented field in the 55 dash (7.46). Brooke Berns won the 400 (1:01.78). Britta Swanson won the 1600 (6:04.08) and Ambria Pipho took gold in the high jump (4-10). The Vikings won came home with victories in the sprint medley relay (4:35.16) and the 4 x 200 relay (1:52.37). Berns was a part of the winning 4 x 200 relay team. Amanda Kuehner and Brielle Buresh were a part of both winning relay teams.

Berns added a third place finish in the 55 dash (7.72). Pipho also finished 3rd in the 55 hurdles (9.87). Fiona Buresh also came home third in the 400 (1:04.40).

The Crestwood girls track team won four events at the meet. Lexi Hoppe took two golds, the 55 hurdles (9.46) and the long jump (15-5). Cassidy Ihns was the 3000 champion (10:45.65). The Cadets also won the 4 x 800 relay (10:51.74). Hope Dohlman, who was a part of the 4 x 800 relay, also was a runner-up in the 800 (2:42.31).

Crestwood’s Katie Saner finished second in the long jump (15-2 1/2) and came home fourth in the 55 dash (7.77). The Cadets also finished second in three relay events, including the sprint medley (4:35.20), 4 x 200 (1:56.21) and the 4 x 400 (4:30.17).

South Winneshiek’s Ellie Loesch won the 200 dash (27.08) and finished second in the 55 dash (7.61). The Warrior boys finished runner-up in the 4 x 800 relay (9:03.24).

The Cadet girls will compete at the Iowa State Classic on Monday. The Decorah boys and girls’ next meet will be Northeast Iowa conference indoor meet at Wartburg in Waverly on Tuesday. The South Winneshiek track teams will be in action next at the Upper Iowa Conference indoor meet at Luther on Friday.



State Wrestling Notebook

-MFL-Mar-Mac’s Micheal Egan is now a two-time place winner

-MFL-Mar-Mac’s Nathan Johanningmeier and Garrett Kueher are on the stand for the first time in their careers

-Riceville’s Lawson Losee is the Wildcats’ first place winner since Chance Throndson won a state title two years ago

-This is the first time MFL Mar Mac will have three place winners since 2010

-Crestwood’s Kaden Anderlik becomes a three-time place-winner

-Crestwood’s Colter Bye becomes a two-time place-winner

-NHTV’s Evan Rosonke becomes a two-time place-winner

-Crestwood has 3 semifinalists for the first time since 2016 (Blockhus, Steffen, Pecinovsky)

-Crestwood has had a semifinalist for seven straight years

-NHTV has had a semifinalist for nine straight years

-South Winn’s Ethan Maldonado became the first ever South Winn freshman to win a match at state



Cedar Rapids Xavier 42, Decorah 6


Xavier dominated. Plain and simple. After its closest game of the season last week, the Saints controlled the game early establishing a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looking. Decorah was not able establish anything on either side of the ball.


The combination of events in the first quarter. Xavier’s defense forced four three-and-outs and a turnover. The Vikings only stop was a Saint missed field goal in the first period.


41.2 percent of the total points given up by Decorah this year were scored by Xavier (87/211). Decorah had only two first downs in the game and were 0-8 on third down conversion. Three of the Vikings’ four non-district opponents are in the semifinals.


“We’re proud of our guys. It’s been a heck a season,”-Decorah coach Pat Trewin


Xavier has now won 24 straight games with three of those wins coming against Decorah. The Saints’ eight-point win over the Vikings last season is the second closest game Xavier has played in that time. The Saints have now won 19 straight at home since the Vikings knocked them off in the 2015 playoffs at Saints Field. A fine season of Decorah football comes to a close with an 8-3 record, a district championship and a second straight post-season appearance.


Xavier will play Council Bluffs Lewis Central in the semifinals Thursday night. Decorah will travel to Waukon on August 23rd, 2019.

Vikings embrace the challenge of playing one of 3-A’s best

“It’s going to be challenge but what an opportunity.”

Decorah football coach Pat Trewin sums up what’s ahead of his team as they travel to Cedar Rapids Xavier for the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night. The defending state champion Saints are on a school record 23 game winning streak, including a 14-6 victory over Pella in the first round of the playoffs last week. The two teams met in week two with Xavier winning 45-3. “We’d like to think we’re a whole lot better than the first time we played Xavier,” said Decorah coach Pat Trewin. “We did not play our best ball that night against a polished, experienced team.”

The old adage in football is if they don’t score, you won’t lose. That’s been the case with the Saints this year. “They’ve only given up three points a game on average and teams have only scored a total of five touchdowns against them this year,” said Trewin. “Obviously we’ll have to score more than the three points we did in the first meeting to have success this time.”

Quarterback Quinn Schulte threw for three touchdowns against Decorah, two of them going to Matt Jordebrek. Schulte added a touchdown run that night. Running back Braden Stovie led the offensive attack for Xavier with 198 yards rushing in week two.

Many expected to Saints to roll over Pella in the first round but Xavier had to stop Pella inside the Saints ten-yard line late in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. It was a rematch of last year’s 3-A State championship game. “It’s one thing to see teams on paper, but actually playing the game is a whole different thing, ” said Xavier coach Duane Schulte. “We knew Pella was going to play us tough and it was a good hard-nosed football game.”

The Saints being a veteran group helped earned the win according to Schulte , “Experience is the best teacher and I think our experience definitely helped last week.”

Quinn Schulte, the youngest of three sons of head coach Duane Schulte, leads the Xavier offense. He’s thrown for 1352 yards with 22 touchdowns and two interceptions. Schulte has also run for 656 yards and 17 scores. Braden Stovie has rushed for 1050 yards and seven scores through the first ten games. Schulte has also contributed on defense with three interceptions and one fumble recovery.

How much better are the Saints since the week two match up with Decorah? “It depends on the kid,” said Schulte. “Every drill, every rep, every play, every game, we’re just trying to get better and some moments we have and others we haven’t.”
“Looking at them on flim, they’ve run more plays and more formations,” said Trewin. “They’re certainly a better football team as well. We just hope our growth has outpaced their growth.”

Decorah has ran for over 200 yards in each of its eight wins. The last two weeks the Vikings have run for at least 300 yards, the first time they’ve accomplished that total in back-to-back weeks since 2013. In the first round match up, Kailer McCabe rushed for 138 yards and two scores and Drake Shelton rushed for 108 yards. It was the first time since 2015 the Vikings had two 100-yard backs in the same game. They accomplished that feet in a playoff win over Xavier with 2015 with Zach Lea and Garrett Wise surpassing the century mark.

As teams prepare for this quarterfinal contest, how much stock can they put in the week two game? “We hope it looks like a new opponent for them, ” said Trewin. “It’s good to have a feel for what they like to do. It’s good to breakdown that match ups. We certainly hope it can be a different ballgame Friday.”

“I honestly don’t know if there’s an answer to that,” said Schulte. “Bottom line in the playoffs both teams will be trying to win a football game and we need to expect Decorah’s best effort.”

“Through challenges come opportunities,” said Trewin. “The kids are excited to give it a shot. They believe this can be a different game than nine weeks ago.”

The two teams will meet for the second time in playoff history. Three years ago Friday, Decorah defeated Xavier 30-21 in the second round of the 2015 playoffs. Since that game, the Saints have won 18 consecutive home games.