North Linn VolleyballNorth Linn went 8-1 this week with a 3-1 match win against Cedar Valley Christian on Sept 7 (15-25, 26-24, 32-30, 26-24). The Lynx went into this match without their starting setter Jill Smith due to sickness, handing the controls over to Addison Cira who put together a …

This week we have selected two athletes at our Athletes of the Week due to both of their outstanding performances.

The Lynx handed East Buchanan their first loss of the season on September 3 shutting out the Bucs 20-0 for the win, and a 2-0 start this season.

The Pirates traveled to Pekin to take on the Panthers on September 3 coming home with a 30-14 win. Alburnett played solid on offense four quarters scoring in each. The defense did not allow the panthers to score in the first half taking a 14-0 lead into the break. Each team was able to score…

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North Linn (5-2) hosted their first home quad of the season on August 31 with Alburnett, Hillcrest Academy and Hudson competing. The Lynx finished 2-1 on the night with wins over Hillcrest and Alburnett and a tough loss to Hudson. Alburnett (1-8) goes 0-2.

All four of our area school’s cross country teams saw action on August 31. With all the Alburnett teams along with Central City/Springville at Williamsburg, and Center Point Urbana and North Linn at Oelwein. Three area runners take home division titles.

All four of our area schools kicked off their 2021 seasons this past Friday night. Alburnett hosted North Linn, Center Point Urbana won on the road against Vinton and Central City played at Lone Tree.

Not all of our area teams were able to run this past week due to very hot and humid conditions. North Linn’s season begins August 31.

Ninth year Lynx head volleyball coach Jennifer McNeill knows coming into the season that there will be challenges, one of those staying healthy. If they can stay healthy together this group of girls have a good shot at finishing cracking the top three in the conference after finishing last s…

After serving 17 years as the boys’ track coach at Linn-Mar high school (2000-2017) first year head coach Tim Stamp will take over the helm after long-time coach Steve Pershing stepped down last season after a long and successful reign as the cross-country head coach. His goal will be the sa…

The Pirate volleyball team will rely on a strong senior class to help lead them this season after having a rough 2020 season. Head Coach Suzanne Smith believes this group coming back will be much improved from last year with four seniors and five additional letter winners returning after los…

Going into the 2021 season head coach Luke Ossman has high hopes for the cross-country teams.

Co-head coach Bob Mudd (45 years) and Dana Schmit (18 years) are not sure what to expect from this year’s Lynx cross country teams. The 2020 girls’ team did not participate last season due to Covid, while the boys’ team were a top 10 team all season long.

Head coach Dan Burke feels there is a lot of excitement coming into the 2021 season with over 40 seniors and juniors returning with valuable experience this season. The Pointers return 19 letterwinners who will provide the needed experience for a successful season.

The 2021 Pirates will be looking to keep their momentum going after a strong 2020 season under second year head coach Rich Velazquez.

Two-thirds of this year’s Wildcat football team will be freshmen and sophomores. However, these are very talented athletes. “So far we seem to be a “family” more than in previous seasons. Our junior and senior classes have become better through the weight room. We have 30 players out, which …

The season is half over it seems by August, so one of the keys Co-Head Coaches Lew Paine and Jeff Engen know is that if the kids have been dedicated and consistent with their running over the summer which many have then it is their job as coaches to continue to challenge them to be confident…

After finishing in a three-way tie last season with Clear Creek-Amana and Independence in the WaMaC, third year head coach Michelle Halac will look to keep their success going this season, “We are continuously trying to improve our offensive and defensive systems and our communication is a f…

Second year Central City Volleyball head coach Danielle Clark has high hopes for a successful season as the Wildcats will return five letter winners from last season’s 13-12 record. Including first team all-conference honoree Sara Reid who will look to lead her team into a post season run. S…

In baseball terms, a “spark plug” is a player that comes into a game and provides a spark to get big innings going, that makes things happen. Anyone that has passed through the Central City Summer Youth Program for the past two decades knows that the description is spot-on for organizer Deni…

Relay Iowa just completed its 11th year (missed 2020 due to Covid-19). It is the longest relay run in the world and is 339 miles from Sioux City to Dubuque. The relay benefits a lot of different causes. This year the relay was June 4-6 and runners started Friday morning from Sioux City. This…

Due to a shortened print schedule because of the holiday, we will highlight June 28 games only.

Following week four action, two of our area teams ranked in top 15. North Linn (19-1, 12-0) remain atop the class 1A rankings tied with Kee for the #1 spot, and Alburnett (13-5, 11-1) moves up two spots at #12.

AlburnettThe Lady Pirates opened up their 2021 season with two wins against Easton Valley at the Martin Sports Complex winning game one 6-0 thanks to a shutout by junior pitcher Hailey Carolan who racked up 13 strikeouts with only three base on balls in seven strong innings.

On May 17 the Lynx and Pirate girls golf teams both advanced from the first-round regionals to compete in the Region-4 final held at the Wapsi Oaks Country Club in Calamas, and it was two freshmen from both schools who took home top honors.

On May 14, the North Linn boys and girls varsity track team traveled to the district meet in Belle Plaine. For the girls’ team, the distance medley relay automatically qualified for the state meet, with the runners, Jaden Benesh, Kaitlyn Sommerflet, Olivia Rauch, and Macy Boge at a final tim…

For many of the athletes, this was their first time encountering the aura and weather that surrounds Drake Stadium and 3 days-in-May. This was the case at the 2021 state meet that encountered rain, thunderstorms and humid weather all three days of competition.

Alburnett freshman Sam Ahrendeson continues her outstanding season helping propel the Pirates to a second-place team finish at the 1A Region 4A meet with a first-place finish with a day’s low score of 87. CPU’s Ryah Bergeron takes third at Monticello.