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Today's Sports

  • ‘Energy and Passion’

    On a chilly night, Feb. 27, 2017, 65 miles from Glenwood, on the hardwood of Harlan Community High School, a motto was born from defeat.

    The words, two simple words really, that rose from the frustration of the Rams’ 69-68 loss to Atlantic in the substate finals – their second straight such heartbreaking loss in as many years – would guide the team all off-season and into what would become a historic 2017-2018 season.

    “Unfinished Business.”

  • Senior Moments

    During Dave Blum and Troy Mohr’s days coaching the Glenwood youth travel team together they had a post-practice routine.

    Part motivation, part inspiration, the coaches would have their youth team, who practiced at the high school gym in those days, gather at mid-court following a grueling practice.  The coaches would then direct the team to look up at the rafters where state championship banners typically hang.

    The rafters were decidedly void of basketball banners.

  • Rams Reign

    The season before Curt Schulte took over as head coach, the Glenwood basketball team won just one game.

    Friday night - 12 years and a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears later - the Rams became state champions.

    A brilliant game plan that had Glenwood spacing out a taller, longer Oskaloosa team and challenging every shot defensively proved the difference as the Rams pulled away late for a 66-62 win before a reporter-estimated crowd of 8,000 at the Wells Fargo Arena in the Class 3A state finals.

  • Rams topple defending champs,...

     Back and forth they went.

    In a state semifinal game that featured nearly a dozen lead changes and neither team extending a margin further than five points over three and a half quarters, this was a game that would be decided by a handful of plays.

    A steal. A late layup. Free throws.

    For Glenwood it was check, check and check as the Rams made all the little plays down the stretch to upend two-time defending state champion Cedar Rapids Xavier 69-63 Thursday to advance to its first ever state title game.

  • State Basketball Preview

    What is Glenwood’s reward for a thrilling 20-point comeback and the school’s first victory at state in 62 years?

    How about two-time defending state champion Cedar Rapids Xavier?

    The Rams, who battled back from a 40-22 halftime deficit to defeat Norwalk in the state quarterfinals Tuesday will face the top seeded Saints (19-6) in Thursday’s 2 p.m. Class 3A semifinals at the Wells Fargo Arena.

  • Rams Rally by Norwalk in State...

    Many of those in attendance at the Wells Fargo Arena Tuesday afternoon likely left Glenwood for dead at halftime.

    After the Rams opened the game missing their first nine shots and shooting 29 percent in a half that saw them trail by as many as 20 points and go into the break down 40-22, who could blame them?

    But then a funny thing happened.

    Glenwood came back to life.

  • Ram State Of Mind

    COUNCIL BLUFFS – The Glenwood Rams are going to state for the third time in program history.

    Monday night, nearly three years to the day since punching the school’s first ticket to state since 1952, the Rams survived a Harlan three-point barrage in Council Bluffs with some hot shooting of their own late in the game to preserve an 82-69 victory in the Class 3A sub-state finals. The win secured a spot in next week’s state tournament.

  • Glenwood cruises in substate...

    Glenwood started the game hot and never cooled off in a 92-36 victory over A-D-M in their Class 3A, Substate 8 opener Monday in Glenwood.

    The Rams (20-2) hit 11 of their first 16 shots and led by as many as 35 points in a the first half that saw them take a 54-21 lead into halftime.

    “We shot the ball really well,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after the game. “And it wasn’t just one or two guys shooting it well, we shot well as a team. I’m not sure what we shot but it had to be pretty good.”

  • State Wrestling Tournament:...

    DES MOINES – There are 60 wrestling programs in Class 3A, Iowa’s largest class.

    By enrollment, Glenwood is the third smallest.

    On the wrestling mat, for the third straight season, Glenwood came up among the biggest.

    The Rams, capped a third straight top 10 finish at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament by placing fifth.

  • Quiet Champion

    For most wrestlers, winning a state title elicits an unmistakable out-pouring of emotion.    

    There’s the guttural scream. The leap into a coaches arms. The dropping to the knees as tears pour out.

    Caleb Sanders, seconds after winning his first state title with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Dubuque Hempstead’s Dylan Olson before a crowd of 20,000 at the Wells Fargo Arena, had his own ideas of celebration