I’ve been a sports writer long enough to know how incredibly difficult it is to become a Division-I athlete.
ANAMOSA - To top the field at the annual Fawn Creek women’s club tournament, competitors know you’re going to have to shoot a pretty impressive score.
ANAMOSA - A very familiar name was at the top of the leaderboard after the first day’s play at the Fawn Creek men’s club tournament Saturday, Aug. 22.
MAQUOKETA - During much of the annual Three Rivers golf tournament, held at the Maquoketa Country Club Saturday, Aug. 15, men’s Fawn Creek Country Club golfers weren’t the least bit confident their scores were going to be anywhere near good enough to compete for a title against the seven-team field at the one-day, 18-hole event.
TIPTON - Making their first trip to Tipton since winning the men’s Eastern Iowa tournament back in 2013, the Wapsi Country Club had high hopes of doing it again Sunday, Aug. 9, and returning the coveted Al Norton Cup back to Anamosa soil.
ANAMOSA - After the Women’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association decided not to hold their annual one-day, 18-hole tournament in Solon due to COVID-19 concerns, members of the Wapsi Country Club decided to take things into their own hands.
ANAMOSA - As a former Wapsi women’s club champion, Laurie Woods knew exactly when the right time was to make a run competing at the 2020 event Saturday, July 25.
ANAMOSA - Sitting just one shot off the lead after one day’s play at the Wapsi men’s club tournament Saturday, July 25, Sean Smith wasn’t sweating.
At least figuratively he wasn’t, yet.
ANAMOSA - The best of area linksmen hit the local courses Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, looking to state their claim as Anamosa’s top golfer as the Wapsi Country Club and Fawn Creek Country Club hosted the annual two-day, 36-hole City tournament.
OLIN - At pretty much every venue they competed during a memorable 1999 run for the Olin boys track and field team, Lion seniors Jesse VonBehren and Chris Sulzner were the class of the 1600-meter event.
OLIN - Olin boys track coach Rich Ginn brought two athletes with him to the state track and field meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines during the spring of 1998, and both went home with coveted state medals.
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.
WAVERLY - There’s a reason why former Springville standout Sam Lorimer was widely considered one of the best distance and middle distance runners in school history when he graduated three years ago.
PLATTEVILLE, WIS. - As one of the top cross country and track runners in school history when he graduated last spring, Caleb Christiansen has made Oriole fans proud for years with numerous state meet berths and memorable performances.
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.
DUBUQUE - When former Midland High School four-sport superstar Alex Martens started his athletic career at Loras College three years ago, it was to play basketball.
My how things can change.
PLATTEVILLE, WIS. - When former Midland wrestling standout Brett Schoenherr puts his mind to something, Eagle fans have come to know that he always seems to get it done.
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.
ANAMOSA - The doors to the Anamosa Bowling Center (ABC) may be closed right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but even while playing only about three-quarters of their normal regular season schedule before orders came down March 17, that their league campaign was over, bowlers were posting some mind-boggling numbers.
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.
CEDAR RAPIDS - Having already tasted some success with the Cedar Rapids High School hockey program as a mere freshman in 2018-19, Springville sophomore Brendan Shaner took his game to an entirely new level this past season while helping the Roughriders’ program to new heights in the Eastern division of the Midwest High School Hockey League (MHSHL).
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.
OELWEIN - It’s tough to maintain the amazingly high level of success that Anamosa junior Lilly Machart has had during what has been an absolutely brilliant high school career, yet somehow, she continues to do it over and over again.
CEDAR RAPIDS - For most high school athletes in Iowa when it comes to winter sports, basketball and wrestling are the only options.
Not the case for Springville sophomore Brendan Shaner.
ANAMOSA - How does the old saying go?
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
WAVERLY - Coming into his final home game as a Wartburg College football player Saturday, Nov. 16, against Loras, former Anamosa superstar wide receiver Kolin Schulte needed two touchdowns to break the Knights’ school record for most receiving scores in a single season.
ANKENY - Anyone who has followed the Anamosa middle school cross country programs this fall knew of the abilities the talented young Raider teams had.
WEST LIBERTY - Having won more men’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association (EIGA) tournament titles than any club over the last two decades, when the Wapsi Country Club team takes to any course, they expect nothing less than a championship.
ANAMOSA - There was some talk leading up to the 70th annual Women’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association (WEIGA) tournament at the Fawn Creek Country Club Sunday, Aug. 4, that the hosts could possibly win the one-day, 18-hole event by a whopping 50 strokes.
Well, they were almost right.
ANAMOSA - Having come so close to knocking off powerful and defending champion Fawn Creek last year at the Women’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association tournament (WEIGA), Anamosa’s Wapsi Country Club felt they had a team that could at least give the hosts this year a run for the top spot Sunday, Aug. 4.
ANAMOSA - If you sit back and think about it, Hannah Houska would have missed a lot had she not considered going out for golf way back during her sophomore year of high school.
ANAMOSA - Last week during the Anamosa City golf tournament, a two-day event held at both the Fawn Creek and Wapsi Country Club courses, a new name popped to the top of the leaderboard.
ANAMOSA - It’s the only time all summer long that the best of the Anamosa golf community comes together as individuals, instead of member clubs, competing to see who’s number one at the two-day, 36-hole Anamosa City tournament.
STORM LAKE - Even though he was a state qualifier in the discus and shot put, as well as a starter on the Anamosa High School basketball and baseball teams, former Raider Drew Beall never really considered himself an ‘athlete.’
DES MOINES - Cruising through most of the field at the AAU Kids state championship Feb. 23-24, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Anamosa’s Austin Scranton ran into a challenge in the 5th-6th grade 98-pound title tilt.
WATERLOO - Competing at the AAU Super peewee state tournament at Young Arena in Waterloo Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, Anamosa Wrestling Club members Carson Olmstead and Beau Coons worked their way onto the podium turning in outstanding performances at the kindergarten level.
ANAMOSA - When Anamosa seventh grade boys basketball coach Mike Finn got a first look at his team during pre-season practices this past December, a smile quickly came to his face.
ANAMOSA - Putting together a solid season in their final campaign as Anamosa middle schoolers, the Raider eighth grade boys basketball team overcame some sizeable obstacles this past winter.
CEDAR RAPIDS - Taking advantage of their chance to shine on a very big stage Sunday, Jan. 27, six members of the Anamosa Wrestling Club competed at the USA State tournament held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
ANAMOSA - Through much of the early portion of this 2018-19 pre-season, Anamosa Schools archery coach Chad Machart has seen varied individual success from many of his shooters, though no teams titles had materialized as of yet.