The Fairfield varsity volleyball team will start the season next Thursday hosting the Steve Hisel quad. Coach Nancy Diers said they have been working hard in practice. The varsity players right now include Natalie Angstead, Jolea Burkhart, Mackenzie Flattery, Mackenzi Harwood, Shelby Heston, Brooke McLain, Delaney Neil, Alexis Ring, Kelsey Roberts, Madison Roberts, Molly Ryan and Kaylee Watson.
She felt the girls played well most of the night during a recent scrimmage against Holy Trinity Catholic, Mount Pleasant, Muscatine, West Liberty and host Mediapolis. The Trojans face Albia, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and IMS on the opening night of competition.
Pekin is hosting a fall sports preview event tomorrow evening. Their volleyball team is scrimmaging at 5. At 6:30 the cheerleaders along with boys and girls cross country runners all will be introduced at Tom Stone field. After the national anthem is played, any athlete or fan can participate in the bucket challenge where ice water is poured over them to raise awareness for ALS or Lou Gehrig disease. The football players and coaches are introduced before a scrimmage starting at 7.
The Van Buren football team will start the season at Lynnville-Sully a week from Friday. Coach Mike Hurley has a lot of players returning from a 5 and 5 season that got the Warriors a first trip to the playoffs. Senior Garrett Saunders took nearly every snap at quarterback last year totaling 974 yards passing and 605 more on the ground with an average of just over 5 per carry. Vaughn Helling had 549 yards rushing averaging 4.8 each run. Brandon Plecker and Brayden Starnes were 2 of the top 3 receivers. Will Mertens is joining the team and will contribute to the attack. The offensive line is expected to be led by Hunter Coffman, Sam Dickinson, Justin Hagans and Dakota LaRue.
Saunders grabbed 6 interceptions, Starnes provided 4 while Wyatt Cole and Plecker each added 3. Top tacklers that are back include Coffman, LaRue and Saunders. Van Buren is joining area schools Cardinal and Pekin in Class A District 6. They have a Gatorade scrimmage 7 Friday night on the field at Keosauqua. The Warriors volleyball team also has a scrimmage at 5. Each person is asked to give at least one bottle of sports drink that all will be given to the students.
After getting a lot of suport from long time residents and former students the Fairfield School board Monday approved a recommendation from Activites Director Jeff Courtright to name the football field at Trojan Stadium Pearl Smith field. This officially takes place at the first home game of the season on Friday September 5th and.Smith will be there. He was the long time football coach and AD at FHS with many of the teams going undefeated during the regular season and qualifying for the playoffs.
Fairfield's Joseph Hietpas is the Sports Spotlight Class 3A pitcher of the year for 2014. The senior allowed just 6 earned runs over 73 innings, an incredible 0.58 ERA. He was 10 and 0, had 116 strikeouts while giving up only 13 walks and 20 hits with the opponent batting average .083.
Junior Garrett Saunders of Van Buren was named the Class 1A Player of the Year by Sports Spotlight. He finished the season with a 504 batting average, led the team with 8 homers, 16 doubles, 64 runs, 63 hits, 52 stolen bases while being caught just once and only struck out 3 times in 125 at bats. Saunders also had a 4 and 2 pitching record.
Pekin will open the football season a week from Friday hosting Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and the game will be broadcast live on FM95.9, Classic 96. Players returning on the offense from last year for Coach Joe Donovan include junior Chase Copeland who totaled 1142 yards rushing (averaging 6.5 per carry) and 17 touchdowns, Tanner Adam, Christian Wittrock plus linemen J.D. Hollingsworth, Matthew Jones, Kyle Miller along with Cole Reighard. Back to lead the defense are Keaton Winn, Adam, Reighard and Wittrock.
The Panthers were 9 and 3 last season with 2 playoff wins. They are the favorite in Class A district 6 which also features Cardinal and Van Buren.
The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association announced the 16 player Super Team considered the best of all 4 classes for the 2014 season and it included Fairfield senior Joseph Hietpas as one of the 3 pitchers. He also received the Lanny Peterson All-Academic award. The Trojans senior outfielder Austin Gridley made the Class 3A All-State team. Freshman Cam Baumann was on the 3A 2nd team as an outfielder.
In Class 1A Van Buren junior Garrett Saunders is a 1st Team selection. The Warriors senior Robby Laughlin was the 2nd Team 3rd baseman. Washington had pitcher Elijah Wood and 1st baseman Walker Breard make the 2nd Team. They are both seniors.
Coach Adam Hadenfeldt has nearly 40 players getting ready for the Cardinal football season opening game at Southeast Warren on Friday August 30th. Returning on the offense are Brandon Potts with experience at quarterback, running back Tyler Albert, fullback Nathan Yeager, tight end Kaleb Durflinger plus linemen Adam Giltner, Dylan Guiter and Logan Rachford. Sophomore Trenton Durflinger is also expected to contribute. Comets back to lead the defense include Chase Courtney, Quinn Honomichl, T. Durflinger, Potts and Yeager.
Cardinal went 1 and 8 last season (the only win 27-20 over Danville) but couldn't compete in a tough 1A district that featured among others multiple state champion Iowa City Regina. They have dropped down to Class A district 6 which also has area rivals Pekin and Van Buren.
The Classic 96 area high school football game of the week schedule for this season will feature:
29 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont at Pekin
5 North Mahaska at Cardinal
12 Lone Tree at Van Buren
19 New London at Pekin
26 Pekin at Van Buren
3 Cardinal at Pekin
10 Danville at Cardinal
17 Pekin at Waco
24 Van Buren at Cardinal
Here is the Fairfield High School football schedule for the 2014 season with each varsity contest broadcast live on 1570KMCD:
29 at Davis County
5 Albia (Home)
12 Knoxville (Home)
19 at Washington
26 Fort Madison (Home)
3 at Keokuk
10 Mount Pleasant (Home)
17 at Davenport Assumption
24 Clear Creek Amana (Home)
The Coaches Corner show will get underway Friday August 29th. It is on FM95.9 Classic 96 each Friday night starting just after 11 and then broadcast again Saturday morning in the 8 o'clock hour. Football coaches from Cardinal, Fairfield, Pekin and Van Buren football are featured each week during the program.
The opening competition for each Fairfield High School fall sport this year has:
Boys and Girls Cross Country Monday August 25th in Knoxville at Pine Knolls Country Club
Varsity Girls Volleyball hosting the Steve Hisel quad with Albia, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and IMS all facing the Trojans on Thursday August 28th
Varsity Football at Davis County Friday August 29th
Girls Swimming visiting Ottumwa Tuesday September 2nd
Meet the Trojans with the introduction of all these athletes plus the cheerleaders is Friday August 22nd at FHS Trojan Stadium
The first football games in the area on Friday August 29th will feature:
Fairfield at Davis County on 1570/KMCD
Pekin hosting Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on FM95.9, Classic 96
Cardinal travels to Southeast Warren
Van Buren at Lynnville-Sully
Mount Pleasant visiting Ottumwa
Sigourney-Keota at BGM
Fort Madison plays at home against West Burlington Notre Dame
Central Lee at Keokuk
Pella visits Washington
Waco at Columbus Junction