Today's Local Sports

Central Lee Grinds Out Win at Mid-Prairie

Posted: Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at 7:00 am

In a matchup of two of the state’s standout teams, defenses and running games it was #11 Central Lee that scored a key road district win at #10 Mid-Prairie on Friday night 14-7. The game, heard on KCII, featured the states fourth and sixth ranked scoring defenses and two of the top rushing offenses in the state, played out just as it looked on paper, a defensive, grinding slugfest. It was Central Lee who got on the board first, the Hawks marched 65 yards on 11 plays, bleeding six minutes off the clock with their possession based offense before Garrett Holtkamp dove into the endzone on fourth and goal from the one to make it 7-0.

Mid-Prairie would find an answer right before the half on one of the more miraculous plays you will ever see. On third down from their own 30, Golden Hawk quarterback Ryan Cortum swung a screen pass to receiver Blake Schwartz. After Schwartz’ reception, he was immediately hit and brought to the ground. As he was being tackled he was able to lateral the football to his teammate Paul Hawbaker who caught the ball at full speed and sprinted 70 yards for the touchdown, tying the game in the final minute of the half.

After differing the ball to begin the game Central Lee took possession to begin the second half and put together a methodical drive, as is their calling card. Central Lee chewed up 80 yards on 17 plays, running more than nine minutes off the clock before Ethan Barnett scored from six yards out on a third down and three run, giving Central Lee a 14-7 lead. Mid-Prairie would mount two threatening drives the rest of the way. On the first, the Golden Hawks found themselves in a goal to go situation and found Levi Duwa in the back corner of the end zone. As he was bringing in the pass, Central Lee defender Blake Burgess wedged the ball free from Duwa with a combination of his hand and his foot as both players went to the turf.

Mid-Prairie had the final possession of the night, trailing by seven with around 90 seconds to play. The Golden Hawks drove the ball to midfield with 16 seconds left, and initially seemed to convert a fourth down and eight to keep the drive alive but were flagged for an illegal forward pass and the loss of down turned the ball over to Central Lee and ended the game.

Statistically Mid-Prairie was led by Ricky Vargas with nine carries for 26 yards. Nolan Faselt had 24 yards on six carries. Ryan Cortum was 12 of 25 through the air for 155 yards one touchdown and two interceptions. Blake Schwartz caught four passes for 44 yards, Paul Hawbaker had two catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. With the win, Central Lee wraps up home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. With the loss the Golden Hawks fall to 5-2 on the year 2-2 in district play and will next be in action Friday when they travel to West Liberty.

Several Area Runners Earn All-Conference Honors at SEISC Meet

Posted: Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at 7:00 am

The cross country athletes of the Southeast Iowa Super Conference came together for the league’s annual meet Thursday at Cedarcrest County Club.

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Columbus Keller Earns All-Conference Honors at SEISC Conference Meet

Posted: Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 7:01 am

Columbus’s Josh Keller runs near the front of the pack of Thursday’s Southeast Iowa Super Conference meet at Cedarcrest Country Club. Photo by KCII’s Nate Gonner.

A senior on the Columbus Wildcats boys’ cross country team earned all-conference honors during yesterday’s Southeast Iowa Super Conference meet at Cedarcrest Country Club in Columbus Junction.

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Highland Hosts 50th Homecoming Celebration Versus Sigourney-Keota

Posted: Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 7:00 am

A historic homecoming celebration takes place tonight for current and former students of the Highland Community School District.

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Wolves Win Rivalry Match on Senior Night

Posted: Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 7:00 am

Winfield-Mount Union volleyball scored a rivalry win in Southeast Iowa Super Conference play Thursday night in Winfield on Senior Night.

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Demons Look to Continue Homecoming Success Versus Keokuk

Posted: Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 7:00 am

The Washington Demon defense trips up Solon’s Gareson Dall during a 28-14 victory. Photo by Susan Harshman/Washington Demon Football.

The main attraction for Washington’s annual homecoming celebration takes place tonight at Case Field.

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Mid-Prairie Hosts Key District Clash

Posted: Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 7:00 am

After suffering their first loss of the season last week, the #10 in class 2A Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk football team faces another stiff challenge this week.

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Washington Volleyball Hosts Demon Volleyball Classic

Posted: Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 7:00 am

Washington senior Morgan Kimball smashes a kill during their Southeast Conference match against the Mount Pleasant Panthers on September 29. Photo by KCII’s Nate Gonner.

Another year of the Demon Volleyball Classic is set to take place this weekend at Washington High School.

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Wapello Sweeps Through IMS

Posted: Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 7:00 am

The Iowa Mennonite School volleyball team traveled to Wapello Tuesday night for a conference match with the Arrows.

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Several KCII Area Athletes Leading in District Rushing Categories

Posted: Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 7:00 am

Columbus senior Mauricio Ramirez lines up in the backfield versus the Wapello Indians. Ramirez is one of four running backs in the KCII listening area with over 900 yards rushing this season.  Photo by KCII’s Nate Gonner.

Through the first six weeks of the high school football season, several athletes in the KCII listening area have put up impressive numbers rushing the football.

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Columbus Hosts Super Conference Meet

Posted: Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 7:00 am

Tonight Cedarcrest Country Club in Columbus Junction will play host to the best in Southeast Iowa Super Conference Cross Country.

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Demons’ Coach Carter Embraces Homecoming Week

Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 7:01 am

Washington head football coach Garrison Carter directs the Demons through offensive drills during fall camp. Photo by KCII’s Nate Gonner.

With all the extra activities involved in during homecoming week, many high school football coaches across the region are relieved when the week concludes.

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Sigourney-Keota Playoff Push Continues Versus Highland

Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 7:00 am

A difficult first half schedule has positioned the Sigourney-Keota Cobras (3-3 overall; 2-2 Class 1A District 5) for a return trip to the Class 1A playoffs.

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Seniors Help Pekin Power Past WACO in Conference Volleyball Match

Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 7:00 am

The seniors of the Pekin Panther volleyball team (18-5 overall) played a vital role in the squad’s swift work of the WACO Warriors (6-15 overall) Tuesday in Wayland.

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Regals Top Hawks

Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 6:47 am

In River Valley Conference volleyball action Tuesday night in Iowa City it was the Regina Regals who beat the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks.

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Highland Wins Area Match

Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 6:45 am

The Highland Huskies flexed their muscles Tuesday night in Southeast Iowa Super Conference volleyball play, sweeping through Columbus on the road.

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Highland’s Sexton Wins Mike Jay Invitational’s Boy Race

Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at 7:15 am

Columbus senior Josh Keller (left; purple shirt) runs side by side with Highland’s Keiffer Sexton during Monday’s Mike Jay Invitational at Cedarcrest Country Club. Sexton pulled away from Keller to win the boys’ race. Photo by KCII’s Nate Gonner.

The streak of invitational wins for Columbus senior Josh Keller came to an end Monday at the Cedarcrest Country Club in Columbus Junction.

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Columbus Football Puts Competitive Effort in Loss to Regals

Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at 7:00 am

The defending Class 1A champions found themselves in their most competitive district football game of the season Friday in Columbus Junction.

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Area Teams Represented at IMS Meet

Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at 7:00 am

Iowa Mennonite School Cross Country hosted a home meet Monday night at the Wellman Golf Course.

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Winfield-Mount Union Stays Undefeated with Victory over New London

Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at 7:00 am

The last undefeated in the KCII coverage area is located in Winfield.

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