ANAMOSA - It’s amazing how far the Anamosa volleyball program has come in the last half decade.
ANAMOSA - Coming into a big Homecoming contest, a huge crowd was in place ready to watch their Raiders roll to a victory against a Camanche program that has historically struggled, but came into Downing Field Friday, Sept. 18, on a two-game winning streak.
CASCADE - They’re starting to make a name for themselves state-wide, and with another solid performance at another extremely competitive meet, this time in Cascade Thursday, Sept. 17, the Anamosa boys’ cross country team continues to build towards their ultimate goal.
ANAMOSA - Having just a few days to prepare to play Lisbon Monday, Sept. 14, Anamosa fr/so football coach Wayne Hora did the best he could to get his team ready to face what has been a perennially powerful Lion football program.
ANAMOSA- Having already opened their season on a positive note with wins at Midland and at the Cascade tournament a week earlier, the Anamosa volleyball team wanted more of the same opening the River Valley Conference campaign hosting North Cedar Thursday Sept. 3.
IOWA CITY - Coming into their second meet of the season, this time in Iowa City Thursday, Sept. 3, Anamosa cross country coach Ken Sunseri wanted to put his girls at ease going against yet another absolutely loaded field of runners.
CASCADE - Opening the Cascade volleyball tournament against one of the toughest teams there in class 1A sixth-ranked Springville Saturday, Aug. 29, Anamosa volleyball coach Caitlin McVay sorely wanted to make an immediate statement against the talented Orioles.
ANAMOSA - When Anamosa athletic director Brett Jones was scrambling to find an extra home game for the Raider football team this season, the addition of class 3A West Delaware seemed like a perfect fit.
DES MOINES - You know a softball program is good when they can reach the regional championship level two years in a row as well as winning back-to-back conference championships.
The Anamosa softball program is that good.
ANAMOSA - As one of the best teams in the River Valley Conference (RVC) each of the past two years, the Anamosa softball team has been well represented on All-RVC teams.
But nothing quite like this summer.
ANAMOSA - There’s no doubting the needle is pointing upwards for the Anamosa baseball program following another improved campaign in 2020.
DEWITT - For the second straight summer, the Anamosa baseball team was in DeWitt playing a class 3A district semi-final game against the talented and third-ranked Sabers Friday, July 17.
ANAMOSA - Looking to head into the post-season playing some of their best softball of this COVID-19 shortened summer, the class 3A eighth-ranked Anamosa softball team looked very businesslike in a trio of impressive triumphs over Iowa City Regina, Wilton and Mid-Prairie closing out the 2020 regular season last week.
WILTON - Executing with two-outs has been a challenge for the Anamosa baseball team for most of this COVID-19 shortened summer season, but Tuesday, July 7, in Wilton, not only did the Raiders execute on the offensive end with two outs, they did defensively too, keying a huge 14-4, five-inning rout over the Beavers.
ANAMOSA - Coming off a pair of extremely frustrating losses hosting West Branch and Monticello earlier in the week leading into their contest hosting North Cedar Friday, July 3, Anamosa baseball coach Bryan McCray challenged his team.
ANAMOSA - Senior Night is an emotional time each and every season, but Friday, July 3, in Anamosa, it was extra special as Raider softball fans said good bye to a sensational class in Ellie Tallman, Kalli Minger, Autumn Kirby, Maggie McQuillen and Jordyn Erickson.
ANAMOSA - Jumping out to a quick 3-0 first-inning lead hosting Northeast Thursday, June 25, Anamosa baseball coach Bryan McCray was hoping that early success was going to be a sign of things to come for the rest of the game against the Rebels.
ANAMOSA - Coming off a tough loss hosting class 3A eighth-ranked West Liberty in a playoff-like atmosphere Thursday, June 18, the fourth-ranked Anamosa softball team needed to quickly get back on track hosting rival Monticello 24-hours later Friday, June 19.
ANAMOSA - Heading into the 2001 girls track and field campaign, Anamosa’s Ashley Lerch had made trips to the state meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines each of the previous two seasons in the wheelchair 100-and-400-meter dash events.
ANAMOSA - During an amazing month-long stretch in the summer of 1999, Anamosa graduate Matt Schirm, then a Coe College junior, would have a life-altering experience playing baseball in El Salvador and Nicaragua for Athletes in Action.
ANAMOSA - It was a run of success unlike anything the Anamosa boys track and field program had seen in a number of years.
ANAMOSA - There was no question that if there was actually going to be an Anamosa softball season, the Raider girls were going to do something to honor senior teammate Maggie McQuillen, who has been making a remarkable recovery following a horrific car accident March 19, that left her fighting for her very life.
ANAMOSA - It didn’t take the Anamosa volleyball team very long to get into a winning mentality in the fall of 1997, and thankfully for Raider fans, it lasted all season long during that would prove to be one of the greatest campaigns the program would witness over the next quarter century.
ANAMOSA - Dan Achenbach came into his senior season for the Anamosa football team in 1997 with some pressure placed squarely on his shoulders.
ANAMOSA - Today, Thursday, May 14, was supposed to be the day that Anamosa senior Olivia Nebergall, and the rest of her talented Raider girls track and field teammates, would make more memories by battling for berths to Drake Stadium in Des Moines competing at the class 3A state meet qualifier.
ANAMOSA - Anyone who has competed under Anamosa wrestling coach Denny Christenson knows they guy was one of the best motivators in the entire state.
Heck, maybe the country.
ANAMOSA - If the rules that are in play now would have been allowed back in 1996, the Anamosa football team’s class 2A co-district 5 championship would have earned that Raider team a berth into the playoffs, a place the program had only been one other time in school history at that point.
ANAMOSA - During the entire 1996 Anamosa boys track and field campaign, then Raider senior Nic Weers had his mind set on one thing and one thing only.
Taking a page from what pretty much all of the major sports television networks have done during this pandemic era, I’ve decided to relive some Anamosa, Olin, Midland and Springville sports history by bringing back some of our area schools’ classic sports moments from the last quarter century.
ANAMOSA - Though it was my first full year as sports editor at the Anamosa Journal-Eureka newspaper in 1996, I had actually already covered the Anamosa softball team as a sports correspondent in 1995 for then AJ-E sports editor Dan Digmann, as the Raiders made their first-ever state tournament berth.
CEDAR RAPIDS - Former Anamosa High School standout Jessie Frasher was on a bus with the rest of her Kirkwood Community College softball teammates heading to Fayetteville, Arkansas, when all of a sudden, the bus they were in turned around and started heading back to Iowa.
KIRKSVILLE, MO. - Anyone who has watched former Anamosa High School standout Kara Hunt golf during a brilliant four-year career with the Raiders knows she’s talented and blessed with a dizzying array of skills that made her one of the top golfers in the state.
The Anamosa community is once again in heartbreak after hearing the news that Raider standout Maggie McQuillen was involved in a serious car accident Thursday, March 19, that has left the senior four-sport star fighting for her life at the University of Iowa Hospital.
ANAMOSA - Just a week after hosting their annual Machart 300 tournaments, the Anamosa Schools archery team were back at home once again, this time playing hosts for the annual Bowhunters tournament Saturday, Feb. 29.
DES MOINES - Bursting onto the state scene after posting a stunning class 2A district championship at 152-pounds, Anamosa junior Alex Casey had high hopes heading into his first-ever state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Thursday, Feb. 20.
DAVENPORT - The start of the class 3A regional semi-final contest at 10th-ranked Davenport Assumption Wednesday, Feb. 19, couldn’t have gone any better for the Anamosa girls basketball team than it head coach Doug Arnold had ordered it off a menu.
CENTER POINT - Anamosa senior Mitch Engelbart and junior Nathan Keating were hoping the third time would be the charm competing at the class 2A district wrestling tournament, held in Center Point Saturday, Feb. 15.
ANAMOSA - If there was any question as to how the Anamosa girls basketball team was going to come out and play in their class 3A regional quarter-final contest against visiting Camanche Saturday, Feb. 15, the Raiders answered it almost immediately.
CEDAR RAPIDS - For the better part of the last decade, Scott Wheeler has been working tirelessly to build the Anamosa Wrestling Club (AWC) into one that can annually compete with the best AAU teams in the state of Iowa.
ANAMOSA - Playing their final game of the 2019-20 campaign, Anamosa JV girls basketball coach Angie Lawrence may have hoped for a better finish for her team against visiting Bellevue-Marquette Tuesday, Feb. 11, but through what has been a challenging year at times this winter, Lawrence still left the court proud of what her Raiders have accomplished.