http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sports/rss.xml en Fremont-Mills one win from state title http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/fremont-mills-one-win-state-title <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fm_lang_pr.jpg" alt="Mackenzy Lang, shown here on a fourth quarter punt return, raced 16 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 1:09 remaining in the game in Thursday’s semifinal." title="Mackenzy Lang, shown here on a fourth quarter punt return, raced 16 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 1:09 remaining in the game in Thursday’s semifinal." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> With 1:49 remaining in the Eight-Man semifinals, Fremont-Mills was in unfamiliar territory.</p> <p> The Knights, who had not trailed in a game entering the playoffs, found themselves down 27-22.</p> <p> They needed just 40 seconds to change that.</p> Fremont-Mills heading back to the UNI Dome http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/fremont-mills-heading-back-uni-dome <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fm_fb_mackenzy_lang.jpg" alt="Fremont-Mills’ Mackenzy Lang carried 12 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns in the Knights’ quarterfinal rout of Lamoni." title="Fremont-Mills’ Mackenzy Lang carried 12 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns in the Knights’ quarterfinal rout of Lamoni." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> TABOR - It took all of 15 minutes in Friday&rsquo;s quarterfinals for the Fremont-Mills football team to wrap up a trip to the UNI Dome and a spot in the Eight-Man semifinals for the third time in the last five years.</p> <p> The Knights scored on all eight of its first half possessions and had the game on a running clock with 7:44 to go in the first half with a 48-0 lead. With the outcome never in doubt, Fremont-Mills cruised to a 67-12 victory over Lamoni before a reporter-estimated crowd of 500 in Tabor.</p> Eight-Man Football Playoff Semifinals Preview http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/eight-man-football-playoff-semifinals-preview <p> Thursday, 12:06 p.m. at the UNI Dome, Cedar Falls<br /> <br /> The Knights (12-0), making their third state semifinals appearance in five years and first since winning the 2011 state title, went relatively unchallenged in winning their first three playoff games by an average of 41.6 points per game in home blowouts. The Eagles (10-2) who have had a tougher route to Cedar Falls beat two ranked teams on the road only to face the top ranked Knights in the semifinals.<br /> <br /> Offense<br /> Fremont-Mills advances to state quarterfinals http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/fremont-mills-advances-state-quarterfinals <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fm_defense.jpg" alt="Fremont-Mills’ top defensive unit limited Melcher-Dallas to six net yards in a 39-0 first half." title="Fremont-Mills’ top defensive unit limited Melcher-Dallas to six net yards in a 39-0 first half." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> TABOR - With its running game stalled, Fremont-Mills turned to its passing game to punch holes in a fired up Melcher-Dallas defense and got a dominating performance from its own defense in a 51-14 Eight-Man playoffs second round victory Monday.</p> <p> Fremont-Mills will host Lamoni (10-1) in Tabor Friday in the state quarterfinals.</p> Glenwood into regional semifinals with 10-0 win http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood-regional-semifinals-10-0-win <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/alicia_leu_better_0.jpg" alt="Alicia Leu (right) was one of six different Rams to score a goal in Glenwood’s 10-0 regional win over Denison last week." title="Alicia Leu (right) was one of six different Rams to score a goal in Glenwood’s 10-0 regional win over Denison last week." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Jordyn Hanshaw scored four goals as Glenwood routed Denison 10-0 in a Class 2A regional quarterfinal Friday.</p> <p> Hanshaw opened the Rams scoring onslaught just 3:22 into the game with her first of four goals on the night. Just 38 seconds after that first score, Alicia Leu added a second Ram goal.<br /> The Rams led 6-0 at halftime.</p> <p> &ldquo;The girls played really well tonight and we are looking forward to Tuesday&rsquo;s regional game,&rdquo; said Glenwood coach Amy Benson.</p> Rams’ season ends in regionals http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rams%E2%80%99-season-ends-regionals <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/scarborough_1.jpg" alt="Olivia Scarborough, shown here earlier this season, recorded 41 digs in the Rams’ regional loss to Creston." title="Olivia Scarborough, shown here earlier this season, recorded 41 digs in the Rams’ regional loss to Creston." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> CRESTON - There would be no comeback for Glenwood on this night.</p> <p> Just 18 days after the Rams rallied back from a 2-1 deficit in an emotional Senior Night victory, Creston smacked 62 kills and never let Glenwood back into the final game of a 26-24, 25-16, 21-25, 25-12 Panther victory in the Class 4A, Region 3 opening round last Monday.</p> Rams can’t hold onto lead in 45-16 loss to Dallas-Center Grimes http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rams-can%E2%80%99t-hold-lead-45-16-loss-dallas-center-grimes <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/football_1new-.jpg" alt="Glenwood’s Kolten Wilwerding, shown here earlier this season, ran for 84 yards and scored both of the Rams’ touchdowns in Friday’s 45-16 loss to district champion Dallas Center-Grimes." title="Glenwood’s Kolten Wilwerding, shown here earlier this season, ran for 84 yards and scored both of the Rams’ touchdowns in Friday’s 45-16 loss to district champion Dallas Center-Grimes." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> GRIMES - Glenwood jumped out to a 16-0 lead on Class 3A, District 8 leader Dallas Center-Grimes but the Mustangs rallied to score the final 45 points in a 45-16 victory Friday.</p> <p> The Rams got off to a quick start with a pair of touchdown runs by Kolten Wilwerding &ndash; a 44-yard scamper and a one-yard plunge &ndash; sandwiched around a Connor Weis 28 yard field goal for a 16-0 first quarter lead on the district champion Mustangs.</p> Rams sixth, eighth at state qualifier http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rams-sixth-eighth-state-qualifier <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cuentin_gray_0.jpg" alt="Glenwood’s Cuentin Gray placed 13th and just missed qualifying for the state cross country meet at Saturday’s district meet." title="Glenwood’s Cuentin Gray placed 13th and just missed qualifying for the state cross country meet at Saturday’s district meet." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> CARROLL - Glenwood&rsquo;s Cuentin Gray missed a state cross country bid by 17 seconds as the Ram boys placed sixth and the girls eighth at the Class 3A State Qualifying Cross Country Meet at Kuemper Catholic Thursday.</p> <p> Gray placed 13th with a time of 18:35. Sergeant Bluff-Luton&rsquo;s Scott Miles was the 10th and final state qualifier in the boys meet with a time of 18:18.</p> <p> Bishop Heelan&rsquo;s Alex Povone won the district individual championship with a time of 17:23 and led the Crusaders to the team title.</p>