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The Price is Right at the 2011 Principal Charity Classic!
The fifth Principal best kept secrets in the Charity Classic returns golf world. to the Glen Oaks Country Club June The collegiate golf from 1st through the 5th NCAA D-I University of in West Des Moines, Iowa to NAIA Grandview Iowa and marks the University to D-III Central 11th year that the College has improved Champions Tour has dramatically on the mens been in central Iowa. and womens side as The 2010 winner of every school in the state the Principal Charity has raised the bar. This Classic Nick Price Mike Rickord ISC Publisher success is also evident graces our annual in the high school front cover as he programs across Iowa returns to the stop on the tour in every class and again on the that has been recognized as one boys and girls side of the sport. of the players favorite venues on The IPGA and IGA have grass the Champions Tour. The 2011 roots programs across the state tournament is quickly shaping up that feed these high schools. Our to be an incredible field with 25 of improvement across Iowa can be the tours top 30 money winners traced to these programs located already committed to this weekat all of the great club houses long bash. across Iowa and to the teaching pros that run these youth Jamie Alt and his staff have taken programs. the momentum of this annual golf fest and again assembled This is our 3rd largest edition of household names that have the year and it is a testament to walked the fairways of Glen Oaks the love that Iowans have for the for years. Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, great game of golf. I encourage Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, The you to initiate your children to the Walrus Craig Stadler, Nick Price game at an early age and if you and Fred Funk are just a few of have not gotten the bug make the favorites along with Bernhard certain to make 2011 the year Langer, Corey Pavin and Paul that you tee it up as all of our Azinger. They will all be welcomed golf course partners need your by deep galleries expressing support with the spring and 2010 appreciation for these aged 50 that they endured! and older icons of the game that have discovered the elusive I thank you again for picking up fountain of youth while tearing it our 13th anniversary golf issue up on the Champions Tour. of the Iowa Sports Connection. Be sure to log on to our website The 2010 Principal Charity Classic was truly memorable edition of On the Tee digital with worldwide hall of famer Nick magazine and remember to Price hoisting the trophy as he listen and watch On the Tee continues to be an ambassador every Wednesday night from 6-8 to worldwide golf. As was Seve PM. The radio show is on ESPN Ballesteros, who we just lost this 1700 the Champ our flagship month and who was a great friend and airs across Iowa with our to many on the Champions Tour. affiliates from Sioux City to the I absolutely love the Champions Quad Cities. The TV broadcast in Tour and my half century plus on central Iowa is on WHO-TV 13.2 the planet may have something and Mediacom 113 and 246 and to do with my man love for these KCRG 9.2 and Mediacom 109 guys, but holy Toledo can these in northeast Iowa and streams guys play golf! If you have never on attended the Principal Charity and Have a great Classic it is a must do for any Iowa month, hit em straight and we will golf fan regardless of your age. see you at The Principal Charity We Iowans are very spoiled when Classic. As always, God Bless it comes to golf from a price and America! course perspective. Combine the availability of courses and pricing with this Champions Tour event in June and the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities this July, which are all within easy driving distance, and Iowa may be one of Americas

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Team of the Month: Cedar Rapids Blue Devils White
The Cedar Rapids Blue Devils White team has put together an impressive softball resumeand theyre not even in middle school yet. Turn to page 4 to read about this months Qwest Team of the Month.

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Iowa High School State Track Review
Runners ran their hardest, records fell and champions were crowned at the 2011 Iowa High School Track and Field State Championships. Turn to page 8 to see the boys champions and page 9 for the girls.

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Principal Charity Classic Preview
Central Iowas featured golf tournament welcomes the Champions Tour to Des Moines. Read our breakdown on page 19 of what to watch for at this years tournament.

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Brett Moffitt Charging Through NASCAR Ranks
Grimes, Iowa native Brett Moffitt is quickly making a name for himself in the NASCAR K&N East Series and collected a win at his home track, the Iowa Speedway, May 21. Read our profile of Moffitt on page 34 and recap of the race on page 35.

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Qwest Team of the Month: Cedar Rapids Blue Devils White
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Its Youth Sports Summer Camps Season!
Eduardo Tamez Staff Writer; Tim Weideman Editor For many kids, summer break is a time for relaxation. While we at the Iowa Sports Connection agree that these kids deserve the time off from school, its also important to remember that summer is the season when youths can improve their athletic skills. Many local universities and colleges hold summer sports camps for kids to help them achieve this goal. Here is a rundown on summer camps for the month of June. Drake University Womens Basketball Bulldog Camp June 4-5: Junior High Skills Camp; Grade 6-9 June 13-16: Big Dog Camp; Grade K-6 June 17: Shooting Camp; Grade 3-12 For more information visit: Mens Basketball Bulldog Camp June 13-16: Day Camp One; Ages 6-14 June 19-22: Individual Skills Camp June 27-30: Day Camp Two; Ages 6-9 and 10-14 For more information visit: Football June 13-16: Bullpup Youth Camp; Grades 3-6 June 13-16: Bulldog Youth Camp; Grades 7-9 June 13-17: Elite Quarterback and Receiver Academy; Grades 6-12 For more information visit: Mens Soccer June 17-19: Boys Shooting, Finishing and Goalkeeping Camp; Ages 10-15 For more information visit: University of Iowa Mens Basketball June 26-30: Youth Camp; Ages 10 to HS seniors For more information visit: Womens basketball June 13-14: Girls Elite Basketball June 16-18: Girls Fundamental Basketball; Grades 5-12 For more information visit: Football June 12-14: Football Three Day Camp; Grades 9-12 For more information visit: www.iowasportscamps. com Iowa State University Mens Basketball June 7-8 and 13-14: Fred Hoidberg Shooting Academy; Grades 2-12 June 20-23: Day Camps; Grades K-9 For more information visit: www. Womens Basketball June 12-14: Position Camp; Grades 5-12 June 15-17 Day Camp; Grades K-5 For more information visit: www. Womens Soccer June 13-16: Day Camp One; Ages 5-12 June 17-19: Residential One; Grades 7 and up For more information visit: Football June 16-18: Individual Non-Padded Camp; Grades 5-8 For more information visit: www.

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2011 Boys State Track Champions
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The 2011 Iowa High School State Track and Field Championships were held May 19-21 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Listed below are the team and individual boys champions. Team Champions Class 4A - Cedar Falls Class 3A - Glenwood Class 2A - St. Edmond (Fort Dodge) Class 1A - Madrid Individual Champions Class/Name/Year/School/Time *New Record 100-Meter Dash Class 4A - James Harrington, 11, Cedar Falls - 10.86 Class 3A - Riley McCarron, 11, Dubuque Wahlert - 11.36 Class 2A - Aaron Arment, 12, West Marshall - 11.40 Class 1A - Nick Efkamp, 12, Madrid - 11.41 110-Meter Hurdles Class 4A - Kyle Dunn, 12, Linn-Mar - 14.82 Class 3A - Brandon Moorman, 11, Mt. Pleasant - 14.94 Class 2A - Jacoby Firkins, 12, Iowa City Regina - 15.21 Class 1A - Nick Efkamp, 12, Madrid - 15.12 Wheelchair 100-Meter Dash Jon Litzkow, 10, Waterloo West - 20.41 200-Meter Dash Class 4A - James Harrington, 11, Cedar Falls - 21.16* Class 3A - Brandon Jasper, 12, Central Clinton - 22.03 Class 2A - Aaron Arment, 12, West Marshall - 22.69 Class 1A - Bryce Maschino, 12, Laurens-Marathon - 22.77 400-Meter Dash Class 4A - Kyle Dunn, 12, Linn-Mar - 47.56 Class 3A - Michael Malloy, 11, Bishop Heelan - 48.34 Class 2A - Neil Flattery, 11, St. Edmond Class 1A - Joe Roden, 12, West Harrison - 48.46 400-Meter Hurdles Class 4A - Kyle Dunn, 12, Linn-Mar - 51.04 Class 3A - Jackson Litterer, 12, Waverly-Shell Rock - 53.35 Class 2A - Jordan Van Roekel, 11, PCM-Monroe - 54.32 Class 1A - Nick Efkamp, 12, Madrid - 52.85* Wheelchair 400 Meter Run Jon Litzkow, 10, Waterloo West - 1:13.27* 800 Meter Run Class 4A - Larry Lipscomb, 12, Johnston - 1:55.43 Class 3A- Alec Baldwin, 12, Spirit Lake Park - 1:55.34 Class 2A - Neil Flattery, 11, St. Edmond - 1:55.33 Class 1A - Taylor Huseman, 12, Manson Northwest Webster - 1:57.16 1600 Meter Run Class 4A - Kevin Lewis, 12, Ottumwa - 4:14.20 Class 3A - Ryan McMahon, 12, Algona - 4:19.59 Class 2A - Nate Kolacia, 11, St. Edmond - 4:26.31 Class 1A - Taylor Huseman, 12, Manson Northwest Webster - 4:22.97 3,200 Meter Run Class 4A - Kevin Lewis, 12, Ottumwa - 9:05.25* Class 3A - Johnny Fuller, 12, Glenwood - 9:16.90 Class 2A - Mason Powers, 11, Gilbert - 9:51.58 Class 1A - Conner Smock, 11, Lisbon - 9:36.16 Shuttles Hurdle Relay Class 4A - Urbandale - 56.74 Class 3A - Waverly-Shell Rock - 56.74* Class 2A - Collins-Maxwel-Baxter - 58.20* Class 1A - Madrid - 59.45 4x100 Meter Relay Class 4A - Cedar Falls - 42.07 Class 3A - Central Clinton - 42.50 Class 2A - West Marshall - 43.03 10 Class 1A - Wapsie Valley - 44.18 4x200 Meter Relay Class 4A - Cedar Falls - 1:27.12 Class 3A - Central Clinton - 1:28.40* Class 2A - West Marshall - 1:28.65 Class 1A - Tri-County - 1:32.17 4x400 Meter Relay Class 4A - West Des Moines Valley - 3:18.70

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Class 3A - Clear Creek-Amana - 3:21.77 Class 2A - South Central Calhoun - 3:21.35 Class 1A - West Harrison - 3:27.66 4x800 Meter Relay Class 4A - Cedar Rapids Prairie - 7:54.56 Class 3A - Spirit Lake Park - 7:49.07* Class 2A - St. Edmond- 7:55.76 Class 1A - BCLUW - 8:04.40 Distance Medley Relay Class 4A - Marshalltown - 3:30.97 Class 3A - Spirit Lake Park - 3:30.25 Class 2A - St. Edmond - 3:34.08 Class 1A - Manson Northwest Webster - 3:34.40 Long Jump Class 4A - Kenny Gilmore, 12 Davenport Central - 2301.75 Class 3A - Riley McCarron, 11, Dubuque Wahlert - 2205.00 Class 2A - Caleb Freund, 12, Durant-Bennett - 21-08.75 Class 1A - Nick Efkamp, 12, Madrid - 23-02.50 NWI* High Jump Class 4A - Tyler Donels, 11, Southeast Polk - 6-08.00 Class 3A - Stephen Meyer, 11, Oelwein - 6-07.00 Class 2A - Braydee Poore, 10, Mount Ayr - 6-04.00 Class 1A - Jordan Cress, 12, Olin - 6-09.00 Discus Class 4A - Sam Jones, 12, Cedar Rapids Prairie - 184-06 Class 3A - Justin Baker, 12, Bishop Heelan - 177-11 Class 2A - Avery Meyers, 11, West Liberty - 178-05 Class 1A - Tim Nemechek, 12, Central - 171-03 Shot Put Class 4A - Chris LaMar, 11, Ames - 53-03.25 Class 3A - Justin Baker, 12, Bishop Heelan - 59-04.75 Class 2A - Ben Stutt, 12, Monticello - 56-06.25 Class 1A - Eric Simmons, 12, Madrid - 58-11.00 Wheelchair- Shot Put Alex Gudenkauf, 09, Dubuque Senior - 35-07.00

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The 2011 Iowa High School State Track and Field Championships were held May 19-21 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Listed below are the team and individual boys champions. Team Champions Class 4A - Iowa City High Class 3A - Dubuque Wahlert Class 2A - Logan-Magnolia Class 1A - Griswold Individual Champions Class/Name/Year/School/Time *New Record 100-Meter Dash Class 4A - Erin Hawkins, 11, Des Moines Roosevelt - 12.35 Class 3A - Rachel Peth, 12, Waverly-Shell Rock - 12.57 Class 2A - Alex Gochenour, 12, Logan-Magnolia - 12.68 Class 1A - Caitlyn Stroud, 11, Corning - 12.81 100-Meter Hurdles Class 4A - Khanishah Williams, 12, Burlington - 14.93 Class 3A - Rachel Peth, 12, Waverly-Shell Rock - 14.86 Class 2A - Alex Gochenour, 12, Logan-Magnolia - 14.74 Class 1A - Emily Ruhser, 12, Central - 15.77 200-Meter Dash Class 4A - Erin Hawkins, 11, Des Moines Roosevelt - 24.86 Class 3A - Rachel Peth, 12, Waverly-Shell Rock - 25.98 Class 2A - Alex Gochenour, 12, Logan-Magnolia - 24.88 Class 1A - Emily Toennies, 10, Belle Plaine - 26.30 400-Meter Dash Class 4A - Shelby Houlihan, 12, Sioux City East - 55.52 Class 3A - Maddie Irmen, 09, Davenport Assumption - 56.75 Class 2A - Marisa Evers, 11, Hudson - 57.18 Class 1A - Emily Toennies, 10, Belle Plaine - 57.32 400-Meter Hurdles Class 4A - Brooke Foreman, 11, Cedar Rapids Washington - 1:02.62 Class 3A - Holly Salzbrenner, 12, Mt Vernon/Lisbon - 1:03.08 Class 2A - Alex Gochenour, 12, Logan-Magnolia - 1:02.62* Class 1A - Rachel Northrup, 12, Griswold - 1:04.89 800 Meter Run Class 4A - Shelby Houlihan, 12, Sioux City East - 2:08.15 * Class 3A- Madison Waymire, 09, Dallas Center-Grimes 2:14.84 Class 2A - Lindsey Kite, 10, Jesup - 2:17.71 Class 1A - Haley Manning, 10, Woodward-Granger - 2:16.40 1500 Meter Run Class 4A - Shelby Houlihan, 12, Sioux City East - 4:29.97* Class 3A - Alana Enabnit, 12, Clear Lake - 4:42.89 * Class 2A - Leah Seivert, 09, Sibley-Ocheyedan - 4:50.63 Class 1A - Andrea Toppin, 12, Ventura - 4:53.07 3,000 Meter Run Class 4A - Karissa Schweizer, 09, Dowling Catholic 10:03.59 Class 3A - Alana Enabnit, 12, Clear Lake - 9:58.45 * Class 2A - Jodi Miller, 12, Sumner-Fredericksburg - 10:37.04 Class 1A - Andrea Toppin, 12, Ventura - 10:35.54 4x100 Meter Relay Class 4A - Des Moines Roosevelt - 47.93 Class 3A - Davenport Assumption - 48.64 Class 2A - Western Christian - 49.81 Class 1A - Manson-NW Webster - 50.51 4x200 Meter Relay Class 4A - Cedar Rapids Jefferson - 1:42.77 Class 3A - Davenport Assumption - 1:43.71 Class 2A - Cascade - 1:44.57 Class 1A - Manson Northwest Webster - 1:47.27 4x400 Meter Relay Class 4A - Sioux City East - 3:54.14 Class 3A - Davenport Assumption - 3:56.56 Class 2A - Western Christian - 3:57.82 Class 1A - Griswold - 4:01.26 4x800 Meter Relay Class 4A - West Des Moines 9:13.88* Class 3A - Dubuque Wahlert - 9:23.71 Class 2A - Western Christian - 9:38.03 Class 1A - Griswold - 9:35.91 Shuttles Hurdle Relay Class 4A - Waukee - 1:03.44 * Class 3A - Waverly-Shell Rock - 1:06.40 Class 2A - West Fork - 1:05.29 * Class 1A - Central - 1:07.12 Distance Medley Relay Class 4A - Cedar Falls - 4:06.11 Class 3A - Dubuque Wahlert - 4:06.86 Class 2A - Gilbert - 4:11.41 Class 1A - Woodbine - 4:19.62 Sprint Medley Relay Class 4A - Des Moines Roosevelt - 1:46.65 Class 3A - Dubuque Wahlert - 1:49.13 Class 2A - Hudson - 1:49.95 Class 1A - Belle Plaine - 1:50.66 Long Jump Class 4A - McKennan Cronbaugh, 10, Iowa City West 18-10.50 Class 3A - Rea Faber, 12, Clear Lake - 17-01.75 Class 2A - Karen Hutson, 12, Logan-Magnolia - 18-00.25 Class 1A - Kaitlin Floerchinger, 12, Treynor - 17-08.50 High Jump Class 4A - Khanishah Williams, 12, Burlington - 5-08.00 Class 3A - Alexis Conaway, 09, MOC-Floyd Valley - 5-07.50* Class 2A - Taylor Twedt, 11, West Fork - 5-06.00 Class 1A - Chaley Rath, 10, Treynor - 5-05.00 Discus Class 4A - Amanda Piche, 12, Linn-Mar - 146-04 Class 3A - Dakotah Goodell, 11, Williamsburg - 140-10* Class 2A - Lauren Smith, 12, North Fayette - 151-00 Class 1A - Kayla Hemann, 12, Saint Ansgar - 137-03 Shot Put Class 4A - Jadyn Spencer, 12, Waterloo West - 41-09.75 Class 3A - Amanda Houston, 11, Fort Madison - 41-09.25 Class 2A - Lauren Smith, 12, North Fayette - 40-09.00 Class 1A - Nicole Dobernecker, 11, Charter Oak-Ute - 4201.25* Wheelchair- Shot Put Gerene Tekippe, 09, Dowling Catholic - 10-10.75

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A quick look at some of the States best performances from the Missouri to the Mississippi
James Harrington (Jr., Cedar Falls): Drake Relays Outstanding Male Athlete James Harrington won the 100m Dash (:10.86), anchored the Cedar Falls 4x100m Relay Team (:42.07) and set a new 4A State Meet record in the 200m Dash (:21.16) Girls Shuttle Hurdle Relay (Waukee): The team of Emma Drees (So.), Mallory Smith (Fr.), Alyssa Cunningham (Jr.) and Maddie Rouw (So.) not only won the Shuttle Hurdle title but set a new All-Time state record with a time of 1:03.44. Nick Efkamp (Sr., Madrid): With victories in the 100m Dash (:11.41), 110m Hurdles (:15.12), 400m Hurdles (:52.85) and the Long Jump (22-03.50), Efkamp helped the Madrid Tigers win the 1A State Championship. Alec Baldwin (Sr., Spirt Lake Park): Baldwin anchored Spirt Lake Parks winning 4x800m Relay (7:49.07) and later won the individual 800m Run with a time of 1:55.34. Kylie Powell (So., Union (LaPorte City)): A member of the undefeated (14-0) LaPorte City Girls soccer team, with a No. 1 ranking heading into the 1A State Championship Tournament, Kylie Powell is having a tremendous season leading the state with 45 goals.

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The Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA) has released their latest regular season boys soccer rankings. Listed below are the rankings in all three classes. IHSSCA Iowa High School Boys Soccer Rankings Posted: May 22nd Class 3A 1-West Des Moines Valley 2-Dowling Catholic 3-Iowa City High 4-Johnston 5-Cedar Rapids Washington 6-Iowa City West 7-Cedar Rapids Kennedy 8-Pleasant Valley 9-Ankeny 10-Cedar Falls 11-Waukee 12-Bettendorf 13-Sioux City North 14-Ames 15-Waterloo West Class 2A 1-Cedar Rapids Xavier 2-Decorah 3-Grinnell 4-Glenwood 5-Denison-Schleswig 6-Spirit Lake/Okoboji 7-Spencer 8-Pella 9-A-D-M (Adel) 10-Waverly-Shell Rock 11-Norwalk 12-Perry 13-Marion 14-Hudson 15-Dubuque Wahlert Class 1A 1-Iowa City Regina 2-Solon 3-St. Albert (Council Bluffs) 4-Columbus Catholic (Waterloo) 5-Beckman (Dyersville) 6-Holy Trinity Catholic (Fort Madison) 7-Nevada 8-Davenport Assumption 9-Albia 10-Notre Dame/West Burlington 11-Iowa Mennonite (Kalona) 12-Kuemper Catholic (Carroll) 13-Columbus (Columbus Junction) 14-Tri-Center (Neola) 15-Bondurant-Farrar Goals Scoring Leaders Class 3A 1-Garet Christianson, Sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy 25 2-Martin Chavarria, Fr., Marshalltown - 24 3-Brandon Visonnavong, Sr., West Des Moines Valley - 23 Class 2A 1-Dylan Schrader, Sr., Knoxville - 30 2-Osvaldo Rodriguez, Jr., Perry 26 3-Caleb Baker, Sr., Centerville - 24 Class 1A 1-Marshall Koehn, Sr., Solon - 28 2-Austin McMahon, Sr., Tri-Center (Neola) - 23 2-Kevin Wessel, Sr., Nodaway Valley - 23 Assist Leaders Class 3A 1-Gabe Christianson, Jr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy - 25 2-Austin Hayden, Sr., West Des Moines Valley - 17 3-Tyler Cruikshank, Jr., Marshalltown - 16 Class 2A 1-Josh Brood, Sr., Clear Lake - 24 2-CJ Wright, Sr., Knoxville - 17 3-Dylan Schrader, Sr., Knoxville - 15 Class 1A 1-Palden Choekyoung, Jr., NUH-Cedar Falls - 26 2-Derek Rockwell, Sr., Albia - 15 2-Gustavo Gaytan, Sr., Columbus (Columbus Junction) - 15

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The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) has released their latest soccer rankings. Listed below are the rankings in all three classes. IGHSAU Girls Soccer Rankings Posted: May 18th Class 3A 1-Ankeny 2-West Des Moines Valley 3-Iowa City West 4-Cedar Rapids Washington 5-Dowling Catholic 6-Johnston 7-Bettendorf 8-Cedar Rapids Kennedy 9-Urbandale 10-Linn-Mar (Marion) 11-Ames 12-Sioux City North 13-Muscatine 14-Fort Dodge 15-Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson Class 2A 1-Cedar Rapids Xavier 2-Waukee 3-Pleasant Valley 4-Pella 5-Glenwood

6-Lewis Central (Council Bluffs) 7-Des Moines Hoover 8-Waverly-Shell Rock 9-ADM (Adel)/Van Meter 10-Independence/East Buchanan 11-Indianola 12-Spencer 13-Sioux City East 14-Grinnell 15-North Scott (Eldridge)

3-Samantha Arnold, Fr., Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln - 17 Class 2A 1-Kayla Armstrong, So., Cedar Rapids Xavier 29 2-Tori Zasadny, Sr., Independence - 27 2-Kristin Kramer, Sr., Marion - 27 Class 1A 1-Alison McKinnie, So., Solon - 46 2-Kylie Powell, So., Union (LaPorte City) - 45 3-Zoe Dutchik, Jr., Iowa City Regina - 27 Assist Leaders Class 3A 1-Katie Moore, So., Bettendorf - 15 2-Ashlie Stokes, Sr., Sioux City North - 13 3-Hannah Cook, So., Des Moines East - 10 Class 2A 1-Natalie Reeder, Sr., Independence - 16 2-Lyda Kennicker, Sr., Indpendence - 15 3-Tori Zasadny, Sr., Independence - 12 Class 1A 1-Noel Mahood, Jr., Union (LaPorte City) - 19 1-Danielle Herdliska, Sr., Solon - 19 3-Zoe Dutchik, Jr., Iowa City Regina - 13

Class 1A 1-Union (LaPorte City) 2-Davenport Assumption 3-Columbus Catholic (Waterloo) 4-Bishop Heelan (Sioux City) 5-Dubuque Wahlert 6-Nevada 7-Solon 8-Dallas Center-Grimes 9-St. Albert (Council Bluffs) 10-Gilbert 11-Iowa City Regina 12-Burlington-Notre Dame 13-Beckman (Dyersville) 14-Denver 15-Bondurant-Farrar Goals Scoring Leaders Class 3A 1-Haley Larsen, Jr., Des Moines East - 18 1-Katherin Young, Sr., Ankeny - 18


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Brennan Davey
High School: Indianola Class: 2011 GPA: 3.8 Sport: Football and Track
How can you show that you are serious about academics? Four time honor roll How would people in the community describe you? A very hardworking and dedicated person Athletic Honors: Open 800 state champion, anchored state winning 4x400, runner up open 400 and runner up 4x800 College Plans: Attend the University of Iowa and run track Have you overcome adversity in your academic/ athletic career? I lost my mom to cancer when I was in the 4th grade. Quick Facts: Favorite Food: Pizza Role Model: My dad Favorite Music: Rap Favorite Movie: The Hangover Favorite Athlete: Michael Johnson

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Tim Weideman Editor It isnt common to find the best athletes in a high school sport competing in lower classes. Most people expect to find superior athletes in the more heavily populated towns. When it comes to Iowa high school girls soccer, however, one glance at the stat sheets and everyone can tell that at least one of the states top athletes comes plays for a small team from northeast Iowa. Kylie Powell plays for Class 1A Union (LaPorte City) Knights. The Knights are ranked No. 1 in the class and hold a 14-0 record heading into the post-season. But dont dismiss Powell or the teams success because it is in a lower class. The team has claimed victories over a number of opponents from the larger classes. Much of the credit can go to Powell, who, as of publication, led the state of Iowa (all classes) with 45 goals. Thats 11 more than her total last season. As a freshman, Powell earned a first-team all-state selection. Powell credits much of her success early in her high school career to starting soccer at a young age. Powell has been playing since the fourth grade and she began playing competitive soccer at 12 years old for club teams in the Cedar Rapids area. Starting at a young age helped me with ball control, being able to learn things throughout the years and its a lot easier when you start younger because you learn more things as you get older, says Powell. She adds that she believes it has helped put her ahead of the curve compared to others in terms of experience playing soccer. In fact, a number of Unions players also started at an early age, which has contributed to the teams success. Up to last year, Powell was also a member of an Iowa Olympic Development team for about four years. Powell says some of the benefits included the experience of playing in more tournaments, learning new styles of

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coaching and meeting new people from all over Iowa. Through the ODP team, Powell was also able to go to China for two weeks last summer. Powells favorite part of the trip was visiting the Great Wall of China but the food, she says, was not as good. Its not like the Chinese food here, says Powell. The team played about six games. They didnt win any. Powell says the teams they played against were very good and older than the ODP teams players. They played one team whose members were in their 20s. The players from Iowa were 15 to 16 years old. Its a tougher challenge, Powell says about playing older opponents. It makes you a better soccer player by playing against older people. Powell has been used to playing in levels above her own age since she began. When she started in fourth grade, she played up for about three years and then moved back to her age group. Powell had to play in an older age group because they didnt have a soccer team for her age. Playing with older kids has definitely paid off. Once getting back to your own age group, its makes things seem a lot easier, says Powell. One thing that is not so easy, however, is winning a state title. Thats Unions goal for this season after it lost to Cedar Rapids Xavier, 2-1, in the finals last year. Were hoping and praying for a state championship this year, says Powell.

Union (LaPorte City) sophomore Kylie Powell (12) beats opponents to the ball and sends a header toward the goal. Powell led the state in goals scored last year and leads this year. Photo courtesy of Vinton Newpapers.

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Iowa High School Soccer: State Preview

Jackson Teeling Staff Writer

As the school year winds down and June approaches there is only one thing on the mind of high school soccer players in the state of Iowa. That is the State Tournament held at Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.
All teams will be preparing for their upcoming sub-state games that begin on Monday, May 23rd. Some of the projected favorites for the State Tournament in class 3-A are: Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Washington, Iowa City High, Iowa City West, Johnston, Dowling Catholic, and West Des Moines Valley. Central Iowa is loaded with talent this year and it has produced some great games within conferences. West Des Moines Valley is heading into the state with an Iowa Conference title and a secure lock on the number one seed with only one loss to Pleasant Valley at the beginning of the season. Two-seeded Johnston took the CIML Conference beating Dowling Catholic in an exhilarating 2-1 overtime victory. Dowling Catholic goes into sub-state with only two instate losses to Johnston and city rival West Des Moines Valley.

While Iowa City West is the defending State Champions in class 3-A, the title is up for grabs. City West will have to get by Pleasant Valley for a trip to the State Tournament. Iowa City High will have to best Bettendorf in their sub-state bracket, and Cedar Rapids Kennedy will battle Cedar Falls. Number one ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier out of class 2-A look to repeat as state champions this year. However they will have to compete with likes of Decorah, Grinnell, and Glenwood who are coming into form approaching sub-state play. The favorite to take the title for class 1-A is two time defending champions Iowa City Regina. With only two losses on this seasons campaign coming to teams out of class 3-A. Other contenders include Columbus Catholic out of Waterloo, and Holy Trinity from Fort Madison. You can catch all the action in all the classes at this years State Tournament on June 2-4 at Cownie Soccer Complex, or follow the live score updates at

Dowling Catholic versus West Des Moines Valley provided a high scoring affair between both sides that entertained a crowd of over 2,500 people. Valley opened the match with two first half goals, giving them a comfortable lead heading into halftime. The second half provided a flurry of goals with Dowling Catholic equalizing the score at 2-2. West Des Moines Valley then secured the win tallying three late goals giving them the bragging rights and a 5-2 victory. These senior driven teams look to improve on their records in sub-state play in hope of a trip to the State Tournament and a shot the title.

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Heart of an Athlete: Jarred Packard
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Name: Jarred Packard Hometown: Audubon, IA School: Audubon High School Sports: Football mainly, but baseball is my next favorite, and I wrestled and participated in track during high school. I will play football as a freshman in college this coming fall. List your chosen attribute: Heart What is your personal definition of this word? Giving every play of every game, every second of every match, every step of every race, every throw of every meet, every shot of every game, every assignment and test of every class, every prayer, every promise, and every friendship everything you can possibly give. Hustle every play, and wear your heart on your sleeve. Be who you say youre going to be, do what you say youll do, and never stop having faith- in self, in teammates, and especially in God. Having heart is never giving up. So heart has kind of an umbrella effect; heart includes perseverance, courage, strength, leadership, integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, and compassion. What are some of your favorite quotes from other people about this word? I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cant accept not trying.- Michael Jordan To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift. Steve Prefontaine The size of your heart--how much determination you have--is what matters. If you work hard enough Why did you choose that particular passage? I choose this passage because in the grand scheme of things, God gave you everything youre good at. I am very active in my school and I keep God as the top-priority in my life. God gets the glory, Im just the vehicle for Him to shine through. Please give an application/ example of this word in your life. I am always working to improve. I am in band and choir, 4 sports, and taking upper level math and science courses. I also participate in plays and musicals. I really just work on being the best I can be, and let God do the rest. How do you apply this word in your sport? Football really is all about heart. If you can keep your team motivated and at whatever you do, youll be able to accomplish it, regardless of your size. -Erica Routt What is your favorite Biblical passage that deals with this characteristic? So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1st Corinthians 10:31

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withstand the momentum swings, youre always going to have a fighting chance. How did you first become involved in FCA? I was invited by a friend of mine. How active within FCA are you? I am one of the only seniors who attends FCA every week in Audubon. I am part of the Leadership Group within our FCA. What is your athletic experience? (Where?) I have played football for four years at Audubon High. I earned 3 Varsity letters and was First Team All-District Middle Linebacker my Junior year, Honorable Mention All-District Fullback my Senior year. I lettered all 4 years of wrestling. I will earn my fourth letter in both Track and Baseball this coming spring and summer. I intend to play football for the Trine Thunder at Trine University in Angola, IN, this coming fall.

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Principal Charity Classic Preview

Maggie Sutton Staff Writer

The 2010 Principal Charity Classic was given the Players Award by the Champions Tour, ranking it the number one stop on the Champions Tour. This years tournament promises to be just as great if not better, for both the Tour Players and the fans.
As of May 19, Pros such as Nick Price, Fuzzy Zoeller, Mark Calcavecchia, and Fred Couples have signed up to play, as well as celebrity guests Michael J. Fox and Steven Weber. The Principal Charity Classic, presented by Wells Fargo, brings the PGA Champions Tour pro golf tournament to Des Moines. The tournament will be played at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines from June 15. Over the last four years, the tournament has raised $2.3 million for local childrens charities

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, funds raised through the event will benefit FORE Our Kids, a group of five select charities that support Iowas children: Blank Childrens Hospital, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa, and Variety, The Childrens Charity of Iowa. To benefit even more central Iowa kids, The Principal Charity Classic specifically sponsors Birdies for Charity, an additional fund-raising effort to supplement tournamentgenerated proceeds. One hundred percent of the funds generated through Birdies for Charity will go to participating charities. There will even be events for kids during the tournament, with a Drive, Chip and Putt event on Saturday, June 4 for all kids under 15. The contest will be broken into age divisions, and the winner in each division will advance to the Iowa PGA Regional competition later in the season. The event is free, and admission for one adult accompanying the Junior Golfer will be free as well. The Junior golfer does need to register before the event on the Principal Charity Classic website. A University putting

challenge will also be held on Thursday, June 2 for UNI, Iowa, and Iowa State students. The Classic will also be hosting a concert from The Envy Corps, with opening acts Hanwell Band and Canby on Friday, June 3. The concert starts at 5:00 p.m. and is included in the price of the Friday tournament ticket. If you wear your college team colors on Thursday, June 2 in support of your favorite university, you can gain free admittance. On Sunday, June 5 in honor of the US Military, free admission will be granted for all U.S. Military and their immediate families who show their military issued I.D. Some spectator tips from the Principle Charity Classic are: Autographs are permissible, however items are limited to one per spectator on both Wednesday and Thursday of tournament week. Cameras are permitted on Wednesday and Thursday only. There will be numerous concession stands

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better about taking a shot, taking a The Principal Charity Classic risk. I think its worth it. presented by Wells Fargo brings Actor Steven Weber is also a more than PGA Champions Tour returning guest at The Principal professionals and fans to the Charity Classic Pro-Am after playing Des Moines area. This year, the in last years event. Weber starred tournament will also draw actor, in several popular television series, author and speaker Michael including Wings, Once and Again J. Fox, along with actor Steven and Studio 60 on the Sunset Weber. Both celebrities will play Strip. His diverse career includes in The Principal Charity Classic hit movies, Broadway plays and Pro-Am on Wednesday, June 1, screenwriting. Weber also has a direct at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Michael J. Fox tie to The Principal. He has been the Des Moines, Iowa. voice of the companys television commercials for The Principal Charity Classic is more than a golf the last six years. tournament. Its an exciting event for the whole The Principal Charity Classic Pro-Am is open to community, said Jamie Alt, Tournament Director, the public, and fans are encouraged to attend. The Principal Charity Classic. The addition of Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Michael J. Fox and Steven Weber makes the or by calling the tournament even more thrilling. Were very much tournament office at (515) 279-4653. Children 15 looking forward to their participation in the Proand under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Am. This is Foxs second appearance at The Principal About The Principal Charity Classic Charity Classic Pro-Am; he also played in the 2009 Pro-Am. Despite his busy schedulehis The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells primary focus is The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Fargo brings the PGA Champions Tour pro golf Parkinsons Research, and he remains committed tournament to Des Moines. Voted the No. 1 stop by to his acting and writing careersFox says golf has Champions Tour professionals, the tournament will turned into a big part of his life. be played at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Ive come to just love the game, Fox said. When Moines, Iowa, June 1 June 5, 2011. Over the last he plays with the pros, its great to just be out four years, the tournament has raised $2.3 million there and see these guys play and have a front row for local childrens charities. In addition, according seat. The way I justify taking up the space is that I to a recent Iowa State University study, the think folks who have physical challenges may feel

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Plans Underway for 2011 Brokers International Ltd. Iowa Open
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For the second year in a row, Lake Panorama National is gearing up to host the annual tournament that brings Iowas top professional and amateur golfers together. The Brokers International Ltd. Iowa Open will be held August 19-21, with a pro-am tournament August 18. Troy Christensen, executive director of the Iowa PGA Section, said the 2010 Brokers International Ltd. Iowa Open was a huge success. I am still hearing numerous positive comments from the players regarding the event. The Panora community truly embraced the event and we cant wait to return to that atmosphere this August. A contract between the Iowa Section PGA and Brokers International, Ltd. brings the tournament to Lake Panorama National for at least five years. The Panora insurance marketing company committed $25,000 annually to the event. Roger McCarty is the Brokers International, Ltd. founder and CEO. When the contract was signed in July 2009, he said the Brokers International Ltd. Iowa Open would be a first class operation. Were going to do it right, and do some things that havent been done before at this tournament. Prize money for the 2010 tournament increased significantly. The total purse for the open division was $37,575, with more than $7,000 awarded in the senior division. The open division winner, Zack Vervaecke of Grimes, won $7,000. Now, McCarty has pledged the 2011 first place winner will receive $10,000. Additional payouts are yet to be determined, but are expected to

be at least as generous as 2010. Prize money is dependant on entry fees as well as sponsor funding. John Dinnebier, LPN general manager and director of golf, said the increase in prize money enticed more players to participate in the 2010 tournament, and hes expecting another big jump in the number of competitors this year. One reason Dinnebier expects the field to fill in 2011 is because of some changes in who can register. In the past, the 144-player field has been open only to professionals and amateurs who reside in Iowa, as well as golfers with Iowa ties. In 2011, the first 104 slots still will be reserved for Iowans. Another 40 slots will be open to outof-state players. Once those 40 slots are taken, others interested will be placed on a waiting list. If the 104 slots reserved for Iowans arent filled by August 9, players on the waiting list will be allowed to register. This is still an Iowa tournament, and we will be doing all we can to encourage our great Iowa

professionals and amateurs to come out and support it, Dinnebier said. At the same time, we want to make the tournament as exciting as possible for players, spectators and sponsors. LeRoy Oxley of Panora served as tournament director in 2010 and returns in that capacity this year. I heard lots of positive comments throughout the 2010 tournament, Oxley said. The pros were very complimentary of the course conditions and the help provided by the volunteers. Admission to the tournament is free, and Oxley hopes to increase the number of spectators. This tournament will feature some great golfers and were hoping more people come out and enjoy seeing them play, he said. While the three-day tournament for professionals and amateurs is the main event, a pro-am tournament Aug. 18 also is planned. In 2010, 31 teams competed. Organizers hope to have the maximum of 34 teams for the 2011 tournament. Its expected more than 200 volunteers will be needed to help with a variety of jobs related to the tournament. Volunteers will wear red shirts and a white cap or visor with the Iowa Open logo. Roxie Ruth and Kathy De Lucca are coordinating volunteers. To volunteer, contact Ruth at 515-9873635 or De Lucca at 641-755-3116. More information is available online at This site includes player registration details, plus forms that can be downloaded for pro-am tournament registration and volunteer scheduling.


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Hawkeyes Advance to NCAA Mens Golf Championships

Nick Hegland University of Iowa Sports Information
The University of Iowas mens golf team earned a tie for fourth place at the NCAA Regional Golf Tournament, earning a trip to the NCAA Championships for the second time in three years. The Hawkeyes shot a final round score of 291 (+7) and ended the tournament with a threeround score of 865 (+13). The NCAA Championships will be held May 31-June 5 in Stillwater, Okla. First of all, its going to help the confidence of this team, said Iowa Coach Mark Hankins. At the end of the day it was really six teams battling for five spots and we were in that group. Our guys hung in there. We shot a decent score again today and that was good enough. We knew coming in that this was going to be a tough regional, added Hankins. There were a lot of under ranked teams and the 10th seed was a good UNCCharlotte squad. Weve been fighting expectation for the last couple weeks, being ranked 14th in the country and playing against some great fields made us tough. Michigan shot a nine-under par round of 275 to earn the regional title (841, -11), edging past Big Ten rival Illinois (843, -9). Alabama was third (847, -5) and Tennessee shared the fourth spot with Iowa. The Hawkeyes and Volunteers finished four strokes ahead of Stanford in earning the final two spots from the regional at the NCAA Championships. Junior Chris Brant shot an even par round of 71 for the second straight day to lead Iowas scoring. Brant finished the tournament with a score of 210 (-3) to earn a tie for seventh place in the individual standings. Junior Barrett Kelpin also shot even par for the second straight day, ending the event with a score of 217 (+4) and tied for 20th. Senior Brad Hopfinger tied for 31st with a three-day total of 221 (+8), one shot ahead of senior Vince India (222, +9), who tied for 34th. Junior Jed Dirksen tied for 45th with a score of 225 (+12). Lion Kim of Michigan and Luke Guthrie of Illinois shared medalist honors at 205 (-8). Brant was even after two holes before recording an eagle on the third hole, an up-hill par five. Brant reached the putting green in two and made a 35-foot putt. Brant recorded bogeys on five and eight to shoot even on the front nine. He added a birdie on the 12th hole and had his only bogey on the back at 15. He recorded three straight pars to end the round, keeping the Hawkeyes ahead of Stanford in the team race. I started off pretty well, said Brant of his final round. I made an eagle on three, which kick-started my round. I hit a nice drive down the right side, ripped a three-wood to about 35 feet and made the putt. That got me started, it was a nice bonus. I made a few mistakes after that, I felt like I left a few out there. The course played tough today. The wind kicked up and the greens were more firm. We did what we came here to do this week. Playing in the final group for his team, Brant delivered with par on the final three holes. I didnt really know where we were at in the team race, he admitted. I had seen some scoreboards earlier in the round. I figured we had a couple shot cushion, but that didnt change my strategy. I was just going to play the hole the way I know how to play it; I would have liked to roll in that last putt, but it worked out, it was good enough. Chris did a great job of staying in the present today, described Hankins of Brants play. He stuck to his guns, played the hole in front of him and continued to try and make birdies. I trust these guys and they trust each other. That trust grows every time were successful and today was a success. Kelpin started his round with a birdie for the second straight day, but ended the front nine even after another birdie on five and two bogeys. He moved back under par with a birdie on 10 and was two under after another birdie on 12. A bogey followed on 13 and an errant tee shot on 16 caused a double bogey. He added a 15-foot birdie putt on 17 and recorded a solid par on 18 to end his day. Hopfinger recorded a twoover 73 in the final round. He got off to a fast start with birdies on two and three, but had three bogeys and a double to close the front nine at plus three. Hopfinger had one of the strangest shots of the day on eight, where his tee shot landed on a bridge. He was able to hit a long iron off the wooden structure while recording a bogey. A lost ball led to a double bogey on 10, but he responded with birdies on 11, 15, 16 and 17. A bogey on the final hole left him at two over for the day. India shot just one over on the front and moved back to even with a birdie on 10. He suffered three bogeys and a double on the back before just missing a birdie on the final hole. Dirksen was three over par on both the front and back while shooting his 77. As far as the status of our team, this is what we expect to do, said Hankins of Iowas return to the NCAA Championships. We expect to go to NCAA Regionals. Its always going to be a fight. It was until the last hole today and our guys came out on top. The NCAAs will be 30 of the best teams in the country and we belong. Brant says the trip to the national event is a welldeserved reward for the Hawkeyes. We worked hard last year and played well, noted Brant. But we played a little bit better this year, which is a testament to how hard all of us have worked. We put in a lot of time. Last year left a really bitter taste in our mouths and we didnt want that to happen again. We worked harder, and we made sure that didnt happen again. The NCAA Championships will be held at Oklahoma States Karsten Creek Golf Course and includes 54 holes of stroke play, followed by match play for the top eight. Iowa placed 17th in the nation at the 2009 championships in Toledo, Ohio.

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AIB Golf Teams Complete Successful Spring Campaign
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Despite a rain-shortened season, the AIB mens and womens golf teams finished a successful spring campaign, collecting one first-place finish apiece and a combined seven top-five finishes. I was very pleased with the effort of both programs this spring, said Head Mens and Womens Golf Coach Tony Giannetto. From the start of the season, we continued to improve in many aspects of the game and it showed as both teams finished the season very strong. If anything, we were short on experience and I was proud to see Johnny Schwaller and Brittany Livengood step up as strong leaders for their teams. Womens Spring Recap AIB started the 2011 spring campaign with a thirdplace finish at the Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) Invitational held at the Fort Dodge Country Club. Led by freshman Morgan Hansen (Dayton, Iowa/Southwest Webster) the Eagles fired a 410 while Hansen shot a 100 for sixth-place. Hansen was followed by sophomore Brittany Livengood (Eagle Grove, Iowa/Clarion-Goldfield) and sophomore Kristina Teig (Atlantic, Iowa/Atlantic) who each shot a 103, tying for 10th overall. Freshman Haylee Schefler (Sac City, Iowa/East Sac) and sophomore Kayla Routson (Norwalk, Iowa/ Southeast Polk) rounded out the AIB team, shooting a 104 and 105 and finishing 15th and 16th respectively. At the Central College Spring Invitational held at the Bos Landen Golf Club, Livengood shot a two-round 204 to place 15th overall. No team scores were kept. Routson was the only other finisher for the Eagles, shooting a two-round total Brittany Livengood, of 237 for 22nd place. In the third meet of the season, Livengood won the Ellsworth Community College Invitational with an 86, pacing the Eagles to a second-place finish at the Briggs Woods Country Club. Hansen finished 10th overall with a 93, followed by Routson in 14th with a 95. Rounding out the AIB finishers was Teig who shot a 96 for 16th overall and Schefler with a one-round total of 118 for 25th place. Hansen put a book-end on her top performances, finishing the season second at the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Invitational with a round-total of 88 and helping AIB secure its only first-place finish of the season. Held at the Highland Park Golf Course, Teig was the next finisher for the Eagles, shooting a 91 and tying for fourth overall. Livengood tied for seventh with a 96 while Schefler finished tied for 12th with a 105 and Routson finished tied for 17th with a 111. Mens Spring Recap The AIB mens golf team opened the season with a fifthplace finish at the Simpson College Spring Invitational at the Indianola Country Club, shooting a 312 for 28 over par. The Eagles were led by junior Thomas Briegel (Davenport, Iowa/Ellsworth Community College) who was three over par with a 74, placing fifth. Rounding out the AIB finishers were sophomore Johnny Schwaller (Coon Rapids, Iowa/Coon Rapids) who shot a 77 (+6) to finish T-26th, sophomore Andy Kuhr (Hamburg, Iowa/Hamburg) with a 78 (+7/T-31st), junior Bobby Brooks (Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) with a 79 (+8/T-38th), junior Kyle Andrews (Marshalltown, Iowa/Marshalltown) with an 82 (+11/T-63rd) and sophomore Max Schramm (Des Moines, Iowa/North) with an 83 (+12/T-68th). Next-up, the Eagles finished fourth at the Grand View University Viking Classic hosted at the Briarwood Golf Club, collecting a second top-five finish in as many meets. AIB finished the two-day event shooting a 645 (310-335) led by Brooks who AIB placed sixth with a two-round total of 155 (75-80).

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Schwaller finished 18th compiling a 159 (75-84) and Kuhr finished in 27th with a 163 (82-81). Briegel rounded out the AIB finishers with a 168 (78-90) for 35th place. In the third meet on the schedule, AIB shot a two-round total of 612 for a fifth-place finish at the Statesmen Johnny Schwaller, AIB Spring Classic held at the Preserve Golf Course in Moravia, Iowa. Schwaller placed 11th with a one-over par 145 to lead the Eagles while Brooks finished 24th with a two-round total of 154. Briegel shot a 156 for 28th and Schramm fired a 157 for 31st. Rounding out the AIB golfers were Andrews with a 166 for 41st-place, Kuhr with a 169 for 44th-place, and Schleuger with a 175 for 47th-place. Saving the best for last, Brooks and Schwaller finished first and second, respectively, leading AIB to a first-place finish at the Marshalltown Community College Invitational. The Eagles concluded play at the Elmwood Country Club carding a 293, finishing seven strokes ahead of secondplace Iowa Western. Brooks finished the day at threeunder par with a 67 (35-32) while Schwaller was two shots behind at 69 (38-31). Rounding out the score for AIB was Briegel in 11th-place with a 76 (39-37) and Kuhr with an 83 (42-41) for 32nd-place finish. Andrews and Schleuger each finished with an 81, tied for 26th-place. With a solid core returning and a group on outstanding newcomers, I am looking forward to watching the teams carry the momentum built this spring into the fall portion of the 2011-12 schedule, noted Giannetto.


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was all but decided. Since 2000, Central athletes have stood on the all-America podium for combinedevent competitions 23 times, an impressive number for the college of roughly 1,700 students. Fast forward four years, and Ziskovsky has built an impressive rsum. She has a stack of all-league medals ranging from the 4x100 relay to the long jump to the pentathlon in addition to five all-American plaques, three of which came from performances in the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon. Meanwhile, the Central womens track and field team is in the midst of a banner season. The squad recorded a runner-up finish at the Iowa Conference championships in February, then went on to finish in a tie for 24th place two weeks later at the NCAA Division III national meet in Columbus, Ohio, due in large part to Ziskovskys contributions. She logged her second consecutive all-America performance in the heptathlon, placing fifth, as well as leading off Centrals fourth-place 4x400-meter relay team. All the while, Ziskovskys parents are still bleeding red and white. Of course, being a super fan isnt hard to do for a successful athlete at your alma mater. Its even easier when that athlete is your daughter. My parents come to every meet they possibly can, said Ziskovsky. Sometimes I tell them not to come because they miss so much work for it. I can tell they really love track and that they miss it. With the end of the season fast approaching, she is determined to make her last few meets count. Ziskovsky has qualified in four events at the NCAA outdoor championship meet later in May, including an automatic-qualifying mark in the heptathlon and the 4x400 relay, guaranteeing her and her teammates a spot in the field. I definitely feel blessed with how much Ive been able to accomplish here, said Ziskovsky. I never

Ziskovsky Adds to Family Legacy on Central Track Squad

Bryan George Central College Sports Information Central College senior heptathlete Jill Ziskovsky doesnt have to look far for inspiration. Every afternoon as she makes her way to track practice at H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse, she glances up at record board and is reminded of her familys achievements. Besides the five schools records listed after her name, four of which she helped set this year, her mother, Deb (Worden) Ziskovsky, owns one of the oldest records on the board the indoor 3,000 meter run, set in 1979. Its cool to be able to see her name up there every day, said Ziskovsky. I always knew about the impact of Central College on my parents lives. I remember seeing brownish faded pictures of them running for Central and I always looked forward to doing that myself. And Deb Ziskovsky wasnt the only relative to don the Central C. (Uncle) Alan Ziskovsky competed on Centrals wrestling squad, while (Aunt) Lynette Ziskovsky was a high jumper for the Dutch. Growing up with an active family, it seemed natural for Ziskovsky to take up the sport herself. I have a lot of memories of my parents going out on runs together, she said. I remember we would sometimes drop one of them off a few miles out of town and they would run home. I got into doing 5ks with them as I got older and started cross country and track in middle school. In high school, she competed in the 400-meter hurdles, 4x400 relay and long jump almost every meet, according to Ziskovsky. (Former Central )Coach (Kevin) Sanger brought up the heptathlon to me when I was being recruited since I had some experience with different events, said Ziskovsky. I hadnt heard of it before that but had an immediate interest. At that point, her destiny as a college multi-eventer

Jill Ziskovsky, a senior heptathlete at Central, leaps over a hurdle. Photo courtesy of Central College.
thought something like this would have been possible a few years ago. Just like her college decision, Ziskovsky will likely follow the family blueprint after graduation. I want to keep running and stay fit, she said. Ill probably get back to running some 5ks but I want to keep doing track events as long as I can. Id like to pursue a career in writing, but hopefully with a sports background. Sports will always be a big part of my life.

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Drake Wins First Official American Football Game in Africa
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The Drake Bulldogs defeated a team of collegiate all-stars from Mexicos CONADEIP Conference 17-7 Saturday in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first organized game of American football played on the continent of Africa. The game kicked off at 1:15 local time in Arusha (5:15 a.m. CDT) and concluded at 4 p.m. (8 a.m., CT). Trailing 7-3 after CONADEIPs first scoring drive early in the fourth quarter, Drake rallied for two touchdowns in the final period behind freshman third-string quarterback Nick Ens (Grand Rapids, Mich.), who was replacing injured starter Mike Piatkowski (Wheaton, Ill.) and backup Tyler Castro (Aurora, Ill.). Ens led the Bulldogs on a touchdown drive immediately following the CONADEIP score to reclaim the lead, 10-7. He found wide receiver Joey Orlando (Park Ridge, Ill.) for a crucial first down, and then came back to him for an 11-yard touchdown pass. CONADEIP responded by driving to the Drake 2-yard line, but the Bulldogs defense stiffened and limited the threat to a potential game-tying field goal attempt, which was botched on a fumbled snap. The all-stars from Mexico reclaimed possession but with four minutes remaining fumbled at their own 19-yard line to set up Drakes final scoring opportunity. Senior

Patrick Cashmore (Kansas City, Mo.) ran it in from 2 yards out for a 17-7 lead that would hold up as the final score. CONADEIPs final possession ended when Drakes Matt Buckley (Oak Forest, Ill.) intercepted a pass attempt with 2:03 remaining, and the Bulldogs then took a knee to run out the clock. A low-scoring game through three quarters turned exciting in the fourth period as the teams scored all three of the games touchdowns in the final frame. The CONADEIP All-Stars closed the third quarter with a 49-yard pass play to the Drake 11-yard line and then scored the games first touchdown early in the fourth on a rushing play up the middle to take a 7-3 lead. Prior to that point, the games only points came via a 27-yard first-quarter field goal by Drakes Billy Janssen (Round Lake Beach, Ill.). The first half saw each team turn the ball over by defensive takeaway (Drake recovered a fumble; CONADEIP intercepted two passes) and on downs (Drake was stopped on 4th-and-goal inside the 1; CONADEIP failed to execute a fake punt and botched a field-goal attempt). CONADEIP also was whisteled for a variety of penalties in the first half as neither team established a rhythm offensively.

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Dubuque Fighting Saints Win USHL Clark Cup
Brian Werger USHL; Iowa Sports Connection

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It was a historic night in Dubuque, Iowa as the Clark Cup will make its home here for at least the next year as the Dubuque Fighting Saints won Game Four of the Clark Cup Final to win the best-of-five series 3-1 over the Green Bay Gamblers. Its awesome, coming out here as an expansion team with a bunch of players you dont know we played an awesome season and we deserved it, said forward John Gaudreau. It was back-and-forth during the first period as both teams had quality chances but neither club could light the lamp. Dubuque went into the first intermission with a 13-10 shot advantage but the game was scoreless after 20 minutes of play. A couple things that we said before the game was refuse to be denied and you will break their will. It was a great environment on home ice, but Green Bay came hard and kept pushing, but we pushed right back, said Head Coach Jim Montgomery. Not long into the second period, the offense came alive as C.J. Eick scored his second goal in as many nights to give the Gamblers a 1-0 lead just 33 seconds into the frame. It was the second consecutive night that Green Bay tallied the first goal of the game. It would be all Dubuque after that as Tyler Lundey scored his second goal in as many nights to pull the game even midway through the period. Three minutes later, captain T.J. Schlueter scored his first goal of the playoffs to put the Saints ahead 2-1. I picked a very good time, but I got a great feed from Sooth and got that back door goal, Schlueter. Then I got a lucky one in the second period on a

ricochet off the boards. I am glad to have them and love to contribute and help the team win. Early in the third period, Schlueter kept the hot hand as he netted a power play goal just 1:50 into the frame. John Doherty kept the momentum going as he put in an outstanding individual effort to bury his second goal of the playoffs. Gaudreau added an empty net Dubuque Fighting Saints coaches and players pose for a picture with the Clark goal late in the period Cup. Dubuque won the series, 3-1. Photo courtesy of USHL. and Shane Walsh trophy that any of us wanted, Morris said. netted a goal for good It was the largest crowd to see a game in the measure much to the pleasure of the standing history of Dubuque hockey as 3,480 fans packed room only crowd. the Mystique Ice Center and watched the home It is unbelievable. I dont think I could have club win their third game in a row to capture the picked a better team or better group of guys that Clark Cup. The last time the USHLs coveted prize work harder, practice harder every day, and I cant took residence in Dubuque was 26 years ago, think of a better coach I have had ever in my life, following the 1984-85 season when the original said goaltender Matt Morris. Dubuque Fighting Saints captured the trophy for Morris made 37 saves, his highest total of the the second time. playoffs, to earn the win. He also garnered Clark They were into it. I have never seen so many Cup Playoff MVP honors as he posted a 9-2 record fans here at 6:00 already and they were loud with with a 1.53 GAA and a League playoff best .943 the Lets go Saints chants and it never stopped. SV%. They gave us so much energy, Montgomery said. It is a huge honor and I am very proud of it, but at the end of the day, the Clark Cup was the only


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Lauren P Smith Staff Writer The Iowa Crush, Iowas premier team in the Independent Womens Football league established womens tackle football within the state in 2005. Comprised of 34 teams in North America, the IWFL is also made up of over 1,800 female athletes. Standing at 53 tall and weighing 115 pounds, Crush quarterback Jen McIntire is not someone normally associated with such a full-contact sport. Also the team manager, McIntire played basketball and ran cross-country and track in high school, but growing up in rural Iowa gave her a passionate love for football. She first heard about the Crush from a friend, who called her after seeing an ad in the Des Moines Register. Your dream has come true man, McIntire imitated over the phone, somebody is starting up womens professional tackle football! Despite the apparent lack of publicity for the event, there were over 100 women at that first 2005 tryout, all vying for a spot on the womens football team. Growing up, McIntire was always intrigued by football. My dad used to take me to the Hawkeye games, and [I thought] this would be my dream to be out there on the field, you know, doing something like what they do. Everyone has those dreams, and I loved to throw a football, I was just fascinated by it. Being a member of a womens professional athletic team, especially for a sport dominated by men, many members of the Iowa Crush have overcome significant adversity. One such example comes from McIntire herself, recalling when she severely injured herself while playing. During last years football season, McIntire injured her hand during a game. After seeing an ortho surgeon, it was discovered that she had broken her hand, tearing her tendons and ripping the ligaments completely off her thumb. Although she had a game in a week and a half, McIntire opted for surgery instead of wearing a hard cast. Eight days after a pin was Even though McIntire notes that some people placed in her hand, she was back on the field with her practice and play harder than others, it makes it no team, playing through the pain. After that game, the different from any other sport. You get out of it what pin had to be ripped from her hand due to overuse. A you put into it, she stated. Its actually a professional cast was then placed on McIntires hand, which is how sport where you have to work out to be good. Its very she finished out her season, taking one-handed snaps. intense [and] the level of competition is very high. Maybe that first game I shouldnt have been playing, Its no doubt that the Iowa Crush is a key asset in the but I didnt, you growing field of womens athletics. A lot know, want to of the Midwest is geared towards mens give up on my sports, but McIntire notes that football is team because developing all over the United States. were a big family However, there are multiple barriers and its hard that need to be broken in order for the to not be the Crush to develop into the athletic entity person to step they wish to. onto the field. A lot of people want to sit and drink Whether or beer and watch football, but the fields we not it was right have to rent are high school fields and or McIntire to that kind of hampers us from things. compete in that In order for the Crush and other teams Photo courtesy of the Iowa Crush first game with in the Independent Womens Football a cast, the game League to obtain their goals of being was won and for watched on television, there needs to be the rest of the season, she only dropped six snaps more publicity. Womens athletics are growing, we using only her one hand. just have to get it out more into the community and This kind of commitment can be seen throughout get the support from everybody. the league, McIntires teammate and Crush tight end Brown notes that she also believes that there is the and left back Jacque Brown lives in Omaha, Nebraska potential for expansion. If there was more advertising and commutes to practice in Des Moines every week. to get it out there, I know a lot of people are interested At the beginning of her first season when there were in it. I think it can be bigger than it is. practices back to back days, Brown had to dedicate more time than some of the other athletes. I would drive down and sometimes I would stay, sometimes I would drive back and forth, she recalls. It was a lot of travel.

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Minor But Major One More Year: Coach Nurse Wants Repeat for Energy
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ONE MORE YEAR! ONE MORE YEAR! As Coach Nick Nurse chanted a hopeful prediction for 2012, his Iowa Energy took the stage to receive their Championship trophy. The chants rang off the roof of Wells Fargo Arena, confetti flew from both ends of the court, and most of the crowd still could not believe what just happened. The Iowa Energy toughed out a gutsy performance to beat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League Final, 119-111. The Energy seemed to find ways to answer every basket the Vipers made. There were 18 lead changes in the first half alone, and although the Vipers were up by 11 at one point, in large part to draining 10 three pointers in the half, the Energy continued to claw their way back, getting points in the paint, and keeping the game close. The Energy never led in the first half by more than three points, but ended up going into the half up by one, 62-61. Matt Janning, starting forward for the Vipers, seemed a man possessed. Three times he ran down the court, stood still beyond the arch, and waited for the ball. Three times, he caught the ball, shot it, and hit nothing but the bottom of the net. Three times, he was barely guarded. If Janning wasnt spotting up, Jon Scheyer and Jerel McNeal were going coast to coast without hardly any contention, straight to the hoop, for easy layups. It seemed as though the Energy were playing on wasted legs,

not really into the game. But basket after they continued to keep the game basket, free throw close. after free throw, And then the unthinkable Hannah kept the happened. The D-League MVP, Energy in the Curtis Stinson, brought the ball game throughout up the court with just shy of the second half, seven minutes left in the first finishing with quarter. Near the top of the 31 points, eight key, he drove hard left, starting rebounds, three falling to the floor, and smacked assists, and three the top of his head into Patrick steals. Michael Sullivans knee. Over 9,000 Haynes was a people in attendance held their monster in the Photo by Joe Earp breath. Both players remained paint, recording 21 down for several minutes, but points and eight eventually both walked off the court under boards. Shy Ely finished with 17 points and was their own power. But Curtis Stinson, a perfect eight for eight from the free throw line, always a hustler, always a fighter, never where the Energy finished the game 34 of 43, or fully recovered from the fall. The MVP and just shy of 80 percent. emotional leader of the team played just The Energy wanted this game more. They under 19 minutes of the entire game, and seemed to learn their lesson from a tough Game finished with five points, four assists, and 2 loss. Play the entire game. Dont anticipate two rebounds. victoryearn it. Hustle. The Energy played with Going into the fourth quarter, you could that message on Friday night, and came away with feel the nervousness of the crowd as their first D-League Championship trophy. the Energy were outscored 27 to 19 in the third Congratulations to Curtis Stinson, the NBA quarter, down seven. D-League MVP. Congratulations to Coach Nurse, Then the Energy decided to pour it on. They the NBA D-League Coach of the Year. And completely owned the Vipers in the fourth, congratulations to the Iowa Energy, your NBA outscoring them 38 to 23. They couldnt miss. D-League Champions. In the words of Coach They couldnt do anything wrong. With Curtis Nurseone more year. Stinson injured, the Energy turned to Stefhon Hannah, easily the games MVP. Drive after drive,


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Knoxville Raceway Profile: Casie Shilling

Joanne Cram Contributor

Racing has always been a family hobby for the Shillings, having Knoxville Raceway in your back yard makes attending races every weekend very easy to accomplish! Casie has been attending since she was just a baby- and has grown to look up to local racers such as her brother, Tony Shilling, Davey and Danny Heskin, Skip Jackson, and Joe Beaver. Living in Knoxville has allowed Casie to make racing a key part of her life, but also has made it possible to pursue other interests that a driver from out of town might not be able to. Casie played volleyball all through high school, and pursued her dream to become a hair stylist-and is now enjoying a busy career with Exsalonce Salon on the square uptown in Knoxville. As if Casie wasnt busy enough, she and her fianc, Seth Vernon, are planning their wedding for July 1st. Breaking into a male dominated sport can be difficult, but Casie has been doing it with ease since she was four years old. The 20 year old, Knoxville native began her racing career as a young kart driver up at the Newton Kart Club where she raced for a few years before the family took a few years off from racing. When Dan Ebright opened up English Creek Speedway in 2005, the family jumped right back into the racing scene, not skipping a beat. Casie began in a 125 cc Outlaw Dirt Kart, where she earned 3rd in points in her first season out. The following season of 2006, found Casie back at English Creek moving up a class into the 500 cc Oultaw Dirt Karts. She earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2006 with a 2nd place points finish, and 3rd in points in 2007 running a 600 cc

Micro Sprint. The 2008 season was a successful one, as Casie achieved 3rd in points in the 500cc Outlaw Dirt Karts at English Creek Speedway, was 2nd in the Outlaw Dirt Kart Nationals, and 2nd in the Wisconsin State Dirt Track Championship. The following season of 2009, Casie jumped up to sprint car racing, and dove right into a 410. Her father, having run the 410 class with Casies brother, Tony, knew that the cost offset wasnt that much different, and the payout was higher. So for cost effectiveness, the 410 was the route the Shillings went. Casie said it was a humbling experience to race with such accomplished drivers, some being her childhood favorites- such as Skip Jackson and Danny Lasoski. It was quite an adjustment to move from accomplished karter to learning the ropes in a 410- but Casie is thankful for the experience and all the learning that the season brought. Last season Casie bumped down into the 305 class, where she has adjusted to the lower horse power and is working on getting to know the track and work towards top 5 finishes. She and her team try to race as much as possible, but with sharing a trailer with her brother, Casie is mainly racing at Knoxville Raceway, hitting a few Midwest 305 Series races when able. Winning a few heat races, getting top 10 finishes in the features, and a top 10 points finish on the season are some of Casies priorities this season. Overall improvement is Casies main objective, coming off last season without feeling like she found her groove on the half-mile is

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Brett Moffitt Rising in NASCAR Ranks

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The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is quite the step up from where Brett Moffitt, a native of Grimes, Iowa, began his racing careerracing go-karts. But Moffitt has gotten off on the right foot ever since his debut in the series in 2009. After stints with Andy Santerre Motorsports (2009) and Joe Gibbs Racing (2010), Moffitt finds himself driving for Michael Waltrip Racing, where hes looking to have his best year yet in the series. After four races this season, Moffitt has two wins and a second-place finish. He led every lap en route to winning the season-opener April 2 at Greenville Pickens. Two weeks later, an accident resulted in a 24th-place finish April 17 at South Boston. Moffitt rebounded the next week by finishing second at Richmond. Undoubtedly for Moffitt, one of the seasons early highlights, and perhaps a highlight of his NASCAR career, came May 22 when he won at the Iowa Speedway. Moffitt was the first Iowan to win a race at the track. Moffitt can now say hes won a race at his home track but hes always loved having the opportunity to race there. Having the Iowa Speedway is amazing, says Moffitt. Its a lot of fun being able to (race) in front of my home crowd. All the fans in Iowa always pack in there for (the K&N) race. Its a lot of fun, not only having a big crowd, but a big crowd thats cheering for me. Its cool seeing when Im passing people everyones up on their feet.

So far on pace to have his best year in the K&N Pro Series, Moffitt may find a more permanent home with a team, rather than bounce around like he has done in the past. The higher up you go, the more weededout it kind of gets, says Moffitt. He adds that the better drivers perform, the more likely it is that theyll stick around longer and that the team will sign them on for longer periods of time. Its all about initially finding your home of where you fit in best and where not only its that the company Brett Moffitt completes a lap May 21 at the Iowa Speedway during has a place for you down the Pork Be Inspired 175 NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination the road, but where you event. Moffitt won the race, leading 138 of 175 laps. can see yourself, you know, driving for that organization down the championshipand maybe a promotion. road, says Moffitt. Hopefully if we keep the results up like weve Moffitt is waiting to see how this season goes been doing, you know, keep running up front before thinking about moving to a bigger series, and extremely strong every weekend, hopefully such as the Nationwide Series. Moffitts early theyll have that opening come about hopefully success has him in a tight battle for top spot by the end of the year, maybe into next year, in the points standings, which could lead to a says Moffitt.

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Tim Weideman Editor 2 23 18 Max Gresham Live The first weekend Oak Plantation Toyota of racing action at the 3 10 7 Eddie MacDonald Iowa Speedway was full of Grimm Construction Chevrolet milestones to remember. 4 34 26 Greg Pursley Gene Grimes, Iowa native Price Motorsports Ford Brett Moffitt became the 5 7 17 David Mayhew MMI first Iowan to win a race Services/Rons Rear Ends/KHI at the speedway when Chevrolet he took the checkered 6 6 2 Ryan Gifford Toyota flag first in the Pork Be Racing Development Toyota Inspired 175 NASCAR K&N 7 26 61 Brett Thompson Rich Series combination event. Grimes, Iowa native Brett Moffitt (00) runs Thompson Trucking Chevrolet Moffitt battled with Matt alongside Matt DiBenedetto (15) on a caution 8 9 14 Coleman Pressley DiBenedetto until a cut tire lap during the Pork Be Inspired 175 May 21 at Kingsford Toyota on lap 85 cost DiBenedetto the Iowa Speedway. Moffitt was the first Iowan 9 14 6 Darrell Wallace, Jr. his chance at winning. to win a race at the track. U.S. Army Toyota Moffitt led 138 of the 10 13 3 Dylan Kwasniewski * 175 laps. Rockstar/Royal Purple Ford On Sunday, the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers 11 19 9 Chase Elliott * Chevrolet took to the track and showed the fans why many of the 12 12 03 Cody Hodgson * Ocala Gran Prix Dodge drivers love the track. Side-by-side battles for position 13 11 75 Jason Bowles Fuel Doctor USA Toyota were common throughout the race. 14 22 20 Eric Holmes NAPA Toyota Though NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Carl Edwards 15 28 06 Luis Martinez, Jr. King Taco/Sunrise and Brad Keselowski made the trip across the country Ford/Lucas Oil Ford from Charlotte, North Carolina to Newton, Iowa to compete in the race, it was Nationwide Series regular John Deere Dealers 250 presented by Pioneer Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who celebrated in victory lane. NASCAR Nationwide Series Top 15 Stenhouse passed Edwards after a restart for a Finish/Start/Car No./Driver/Team *Rookie caution on lap 232. The win was Stenhouses first in 1 8 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Blackwell Angus Beef the Nationwide Series. 2 4 60 Carl Edwards Ford Polaris Off-Road Vehicles Below are the top 15 finishers from each race. 3 10 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 4 5 32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Dollar General Pork Be Inspired 175 NASCAR K&N Series Top 15 5 6 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain Financial Finish/Start/Car No./Driver/Team *Rookie 6 14 09 Kenny Wallace Toyota American Ethanol/ 1 2 00 Brett Moffitt AdEasel/MWR Toyota

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. does a burn-out to celebrate his winning of the John Deere Dealers 250 May 22 at the Iowa Speedway. The win was Stenhouse Jr.s first in the NASCAR Nationwide series. Iowa Corn/Big River Resources 7 2 18 Michael McDowell Toyota Pizza Ranch 8 9 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 9 13 30 James Buescher Chevrolet Fraternal Order of Eagles 10 3 33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Rheem Heating, Cooling & Water Heating 11 17 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 12 1 20 Drew Herring Toyota Sport Clips 13 19 62 Michael Annett Toyota Pilot Flying J 14 22 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 15 24 70 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach




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Hawkeye Dirt Tour The idea behind the Hawkeye Dirt Tour started innocently enough. A handful of the RaceRPM. com crew (primarily known for their web casts of the IMCA Super Nationals) wanted to put together a special event or two for the modified drivers and fans in Iowa. Since the largest field of open wheels in Iowa is the IMCA sanctioned modified, the group called IMCA to see what needed to be done to make these couple of events take place under their umbrella. After a series of meetings with Brett Root (Vice President of Operations for IMCA), the group developed the idea of creating an Iowa-based modified tour. In just a few short months, the Hawkeye Dirt Tour was born. This tour is designed for the weekly racing world. From the raceday purse structure to how the event schedule is laid out, weekly racing was always kept in mind. The goal is to develop a summer-long party each year that everyone will want to be associated with. The group wants the drivers, track promotes, and the fans to drive away from each event dreaming of the next event. Hawkeye Dirt Tour Opening Weekend Recap Benton County Speedway (Vinton, Iowa) HDT 2011 OPENER: May 10, 2011 It was a classic battle of the veteran versus the young gun when the 2011 HDT season kicked on at the Benton County Speedway. The young gun Mitch Morris held the lead early until the veteran Vern Jackson wrestled the lead away and eventually took the win. 2011 HDT OPENER TOP 10: 1. Vern Jackson, 2. Mitch Morris, 3. Ryan Dolan, 4. Kellen Chadwick, 5. Mark Elliott, 6. Richie Gustin, 7. Rich Smith, 8. Scott Hogan, 9. Mike Burbridge, 10. Ronn Lauritzen. Hawkeye Dirt Tour Schedule Tuesday, June 14 Cedar County Raceway - Cedar County Clash Thursday, June 23 Cresco Speedway - Mighty Howard Co. Fair Thursday, June 30 Lee County Speedway - Liberty Cup Monday, July 4 Algona Raceway Firecracker 30 Thursday, July 21 Hancock County Spdwy Prelude to 1,000 Stars Wednesday, August 3 Buena Vista Raceway - HDT at the Beaver Friday-Saturday, September 16-17 Farley Speedway - Yankee Dirt Track Classic Friday, September 23 Marshalltown Spdwy - Havoc on the Hgihbanks 1 Saturday, September 24 Marshalltown Spdwy - Havoc on the Highbanks 2 Hawkeye Dirt Tour Standings after Opening Weekend 1. 64 Vern Jackson Waterloo, IA 40 2. 70 Mitch Morris Eldridge, IA 39 3. X Ryan Dolan Lisbon, IA 38 4. 83 Kellen Chadwick Oakley, CA 37

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Health & Fitness Dwight Competing in 25 Events for Summer Iowa Games 25th Anniversary
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Father Time catches up with everybody, but that doesnt mean life has to pass you by. Those arent Tim Dwights exact words, but that is his message. Its been his message ever since Dwight retired from the NFL as a receiver and return specialist following the 2007 season. When Dwight isnt working in the solar energy business, the former City High and University of Iowa star in football and track is busy searching for new ways to stay active. His latest endeavor will be to compete in 25 events at the Summer Iowa Games in July to mark its 25-year anniversary. Among the events on Dwights to-do list are a 5-kilometer run, the 200-meter dash, archery, table tennis and free-throw shooting, among others. By participating in so many events, Dwight, 35, wants to spread awareness about the importance of being physically fit. One thing were sort of missing out on in our society nowadays is being athletic in general and taking part in activities that promote health, that promote tradition, promote competition and teamwork, Dwight said. This also is another unique way for Dwight to challenge himself physically now that hes retired from playing football. And for his competitors, itll be a chance to compete against one of the best and most well-known athletes this state has ever produced.

Some of the events, such as the 200, will cater to Dwights strengths. He won the race four times in high school and has been clocked in under 21 seconds. Dwights goal now is to break 23 seconds, which most people in their mid-30s would only dream of doing. But on the other hand, shooting free throws is hardly one of Dwights strengths. And yet he looks forward to giving it a shot, no pun intended. He described himself as being about a 50 percent free-throw shooter on a good day. Im going to try and be as competitive as possible, Dwight said. But Ive got to start training for this come June. Retired City High track and field coach John Raffensperger has known Dwight long enough to know that if anybody can handle such an extensive workload, its Dwight. You never want to put anything past him, not being able to do something, Raffensperger said. You just put a challenge out there for him, and hell rise to the occasion if he can. And even if he cant, hell still do it. Since retiring from the NFL, Dwight has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and competed in triathlons and other road races. The Iowa Games provided one of the first stages for Dwight to showcase his immense talent. He was still a few years from becoming a star in both football and track and field when

the Iowa Games started in 1987. Dwight broke 11 seconds in the 100-meter dash for the first time while competing in the Iowa Games before his freshman year of high school. He also competed in the 200 and the 400 at the Iowa Games. He has stayed involved with the Iowa Games over the years, including running in a relay race about a decade ago with former Northern Iowa star hurdler and current Iowa assistant track coach Joey Woody. But unlike Dwight, who played 10 seasons in the NFL, most of the competitors in the Iowa games arent celebrities. Theyre just ordinary folks who enjoy the opportunity to compete on a big stage once a year. Theyre people whose playing days are behind them but who still have a burning desire to keep playing. It gives motivation for people once theyre outside of high school or college to keep pursuing a sport or an activity that they fully enjoy, Dwight said. And they can practice it throughout the year and compete against other participants. I think its very important to keep these kinds of activities involved in the community. It brings people together. Its a great venue. Its a great venue that will be even better this summer because of Dwights presence.

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Strength Training in the Young Athlete
Jeff Davick, MD Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons, P.C. Parents and coaches of young athletes often ask, When is it safe to start strength training? Strength training in young athletes has become a hot topic due to increasing demands in younger age groups. Numerous facilities and programs are now in place specifically to provide strength and conditioning for young athletes. Many youth are becoming more sport specialized at an earlier age which predisposes them to overuse injuries. Jeff Davick, MD Specialized athletes also tend to be involved in multiple teams, which can also increase the risk of injury. The push for strength and conditioning is to help improve performance and prevent injuries. The question for younger athletes is whether strength training is safe, helpful or harmful. Strength training is the use of resistance to increase the muscles ability to exert a force. Strength training can be achieved with free weights, weight machines or exercises using the athletes own body weight. Strength training is distinctly different from body building and power lifting. The benefits of strength training are to increase strength and endurance. Strength training can also protect an athlete from injury and improve athletic performance. Strength training will strengthen bones and boost metabolism. It also helps lead to improved self esteem and promote a healthier lifestyle. An appropriate strength and fitness program will include cross training, nutrition, hydration and appropriate rest. Strength training can be started as early as age 8. It is important for the young athlete to have the balance to perform the strength training activities. The athlete also needs to have the maturity to follow directions. Appropriate coaching is also a must for proper form and technique. A common misconception in strength training of the young athlete is that preadolescent athletes cannot benefit from strength training because of insufficient circulating levels of androgens. Androgens are hormones that influence growth and development. Puberty is associated with a significant increase in the production of androgens. The onset of puberty varies greatly in children and can range from age 13 to 18 in boys and age 11 through 16 in girls. Prior to reaching puberty, young athletes involved in strength training will not see a significant increase in muscle hypertrophy or size. Strength training in athletes that have not reached puberty results in an increase in the nerve activation of muscle, which results in an increase in muscle adaptation and coordination. This in turn leads to an increase in athletic performance and also helps with the bodys ability to protect itself from injury. After puberty when an athlete reaches adolescence, strength training will cause muscle hypertrophy which means that the actual size of the muscle will increase. Another misconception is that strength training is dangerous in the young athlete. Again, it is important to distinguish strength training from power lifting. In an immature athlete, power lifting heavy weights can lead to problems in the growth plates of growing

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bones, including the low back. Growth plates are areas of cartilage within bones that allow for growth of the bone. Repetitive stress against a growth plate can lead to a growth plate injury, possible stunting the growth of the bone. Improper training and excessive loading of the immature skeletal system can lead to injuries but needs to be distinguished from a supervised strength training program that demands proper supervision, form and technique. Studies show that supervised strength training is no riskier than sports in causing a growth plate injury. Heavy overhead lifting and squats in an immature athlete can lead to stress fractures in the low back. Supervised strength training, however, can prevent low back injuries, especially when it is focused on core abdominal strength. In summary, strength training is appropriate for the young athlete. Proper strength training will increase muscle adaptation and coordination and help improve athletic performance as well as protecting the athlete from injury. Power lifting and body building are not the same as strength training and should be discouraged in the immature athlete. The most important aspect of a strength training program is proper supervision, stressing good form and technique as well as outlining realistic goals. A proper strength training program will increase strength and endurance, improve performance and help promote a healthier lifestyle for the young athlete. Dr. Davick practice emphasizes the care of sports injuries. Dr. Davick volunteers as a team physician for local school and Simpson College. To reach Dr. Davick or to schedule an appointment please phone 515-2245218.

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