http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sports/rss.xml en Nightmare ending for Knights http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/nightmare-ending-knights <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/christiansen_dejected.jpg" alt="A dejected Fremont-Mills Coach Jeremy Christiansen can’t bear to watch in the fourth quarter of the Knights’ semifinal loss to Remsen St. Mary’s. " title="A dejected Fremont-Mills Coach Jeremy Christiansen can’t bear to watch in the fourth quarter of the Knights’ semifinal loss to Remsen St. Mary’s. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> CEDAR FALLS - Remsen St. Mary&rsquo;s seemed to have all the answers and all Fremont-Mills had was questions.</p> <p> The undefeated Hawks answered the Knights&rsquo; offense with a stingy defense that pitched a first half shutout and then and had all the right calls offensively to sprint out to a 30-0 lead en route to a 51-6 victory over the Knights in the Eight-man semifinals at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls Thursday.</p> Janesville too much for Wolverines http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/janesville-too-much-wolverines <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3242.jpg" alt="The East Mills volleyball team poses with their Class 1A State Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinals Trophy at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Thursday. The Wolverines closed their season with a record of 24-8." title="The East Mills volleyball team poses with their Class 1A State Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinals Trophy at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Thursday. The Wolverines closed their season with a record of 24-8." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The good news: East Mills got better as the match went on.</p> <p> The bad news: So did Janesville.</p> <p> The Wolverines, making their first state tournament appearance, opened their quarterfinal match against top ranked, two-time defending state champion Janesville, were jittery, coach Connie Blank said.</p> <p> &ldquo;We finally got our bearings and settled down after that first set and started improving and by the third set, we played much better,&rdquo; Blank said. &ldquo;I think we had to get some nerves out. Janesville is just a very, very good team.&rdquo;</p> Knights charge into Dome http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/knights-charge-dome <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fm_defense_good.jpg" alt="The Fremont-Mills defense limited Sidney to one touchdown and a season-low nine points in Friday’s quarterfinals victory. " title="The Fremont-Mills defense limited Sidney to one touchdown and a season-low nine points in Friday’s quarterfinals victory. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> For a few brief seconds, Fremont-Mills was in danger of its third straight failure on fourth down in as many first half possessions.</p> <p> Then they weren&rsquo;t.</p> <p> Trailing 3-0 midway through the second quarter, quarterback Mason Vanatta scrambled to his right on a fourth-and-8 at the 40 yard line and found Connor Alley for a 22-yard gain. On the very next play the Knights found the endzone and all the momentum they would need in a dominating 35-9 victory over previously unbeaten Sidney in the Eight-man quarterfinals Friday.</p> Wolverines win district, will face Janesville at state http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/wolverines-win-district-will-face-janesville-state <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/em_vb_state_qualif_banner.jpg" alt="The East Mills girls punched its ticket to state with a sweep of Essex in the regional finals Tuesday night." title="The East Mills girls punched its ticket to state with a sweep of Essex in the regional finals Tuesday night." align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> TABOR - East Mills volleyball advanced to state for the first time in school history with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 sweep of Essex in the Class1A, Region 2 finals last Tuesday in Tabor.</p> <p> &ldquo;We told them, &lsquo;you&rsquo;ve got to communicate every play,&rsquo;&rdquo; East Mills head coach Connie Viner-Blank said. &ldquo;They did. This was the cherry on the top. It&rsquo;s excellent timing to be playing our best volleyball right now. The whole team played so great together. Tonight was electric.&rdquo;</p> Glenwood’s season ends in regional finals http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood%E2%80%99s-season-ends-regional-finals <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/elle_scarborough_best.jpg" alt="Glenwood’s Elle Scarborough recorded a season-high 20 kills in the Rams’ regional win over A-D-M last week. " title="Glenwood’s Elle Scarborough recorded a season-high 20 kills in the Rams’ regional win over A-D-M last week. " align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> SERGEANT BLUFF - Seeking its first state tournament berth in school history, the Glenwood volleyball team got a good look at what a state level team looks like.</p> <p> Unfortunately for the Rams that team was Sergeant Bluff-Luton.</p> <p> The state ranked No. 4 Warriors used their aggressive attack and dominating defensive presence at the net to end the Rams&rsquo; season in a 25-14, 25-9, 25-18 sweep in the Class 4A, Regional 2 finals in Sergeant Bluff Monday.</p> Turnovers doom Rams in playoffs http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/turnovers-doom-rams-playoffs <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/silvius.jpg" alt="Cooper Silvius ran for 114 yards and scored two touchdowns for Glenwood in its Class 3A playoff loss Sergeant Bluff-Luton Friday." title="Cooper Silvius ran for 114 yards and scored two touchdowns for Glenwood in its Class 3A playoff loss Sergeant Bluff-Luton Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> SERGEANT BLUFF - Not all touchdowns are created equal.</p> <p> For instance, take Sergeant Bluff-Luton&rsquo;s touchdown just before halftime.</p> <p> The 18-yard scamper by Britton Delperdang made the score 14-9 at the half, to be sure, but in what was then a tight game between two ranked Class 3A opponents clashing in the opening round of the playoffs, that touchdown was a momentum grabber.</p> F-M dominates Stanton, heads to Sidney http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/f-m-dominates-stanton-heads-sidney <p> Fremont-Mills surrendered 42 points to Stanton on Sept. 1.</p> <p> The Knights were determined to not let that happen again, and proved it with a 63-0 shutout at Stanton Friday night in the first round of the eight-man playoffs.</p> Glenwood girls headed to state cross country http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood-girls-headed-state-cross-country <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/xc_2.jpg" alt="The Rams’ Parson Covington and Mason Parks (rear) placed 11th and 13th respectively at the state qualifying meet in Atlantic Thursday. " title="The Rams’ Parson Covington and Mason Parks (rear) placed 11th and 13th respectively at the state qualifying meet in Atlantic Thursday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="47" height="85" /><p> ATLANTIC - Glenwood girls cross country coach Jeff Janssen felt confident if his team could place his top five runners among the top 25 places, they&rsquo;d have a good shot at making state.</p> <p> The Rams did just that &ndash; and better.</p> <p> &ldquo;We almost had seven girls reach that benchmark,&rdquo; Janssen said.</p>