https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sports/rss.xml en Impact Import https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/impact-import <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ragazzo.jpg" alt="Pedro Ragazzo joined the East Mills basketball team this yer after arriving at the school as a foreign exhange student last fall. Ragazzo is from Limeira, Brazil." title="Pedro Ragazzo joined the East Mills basketball team this yer after arriving at the school as a foreign exhange student last fall. Ragazzo is from Limeira, Brazil." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> When Pedro Ragazzo arrived in Malvern last summer as a foreign exchange student, it wasn&rsquo;t the Brazilian&rsquo;s first trip to the states.</p> <p> He had been to America twice before. Once on a family vacation and the other? To attend a basketball camp in North Carolina.</p> <p> Why North Carolina?</p> <p> &ldquo;I love the Coach K,&rdquo; Ragazzo said, referring to legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who hosted the camp. &ldquo;I love basketball.&rdquo;</p> Rams Topple Atlantic, Shoot Down Falcons https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rams-topple-atlantic-shoot-down-falcons <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/christian_stanislav.jpg" alt=" Christian Stanislav drives to the basket in the Rams’ win over Atlantic." title=" Christian Stanislav drives to the basket in the Rams’ win over Atlantic." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Glenwood overcame the loss of its point guard and a furious second-half rally by Atlantic to avenge an early-season loss to the Trojans in a 73-65 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory last Tuesday, Jan. 8.</p> <p> &ldquo;I wish we could have sealed the deal when we had a 20-point lead but we let them back in,&rdquo; said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after the win.</p> <p> The Rams led by 11 after halftime and stretched that margin out to 47-27 on Dax Lappala&rsquo;s three pointer with just over three minutes to go in the third quarter.</p> Glenwood Girls Crack Rankings, Pick Up 2 Wins https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood-girls-crack-rankings-pick-2-wins <p> Elle Scarborough led three players in double-figures and the Glenwood girls basketball team matched their win total of a year ago with a 69-37 victory over Atlantic last Tuesday night, Jan. 8</p> <p> The Rams, who improved to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference win, equaled their number of wins from last year&rsquo;s 8-15 season.</p> Glenwood Grapplers Land 8th in 30-team Tourney https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood-grapplers-land-8th-30-team-tourney <p> The Glenwood varsity wrestling team captured eighth place in the team standings at the 30-team Basehor Linwood Bobcat Classic wrestling tournament in Kansas Saturday.</p> <p> Five Glenwood grapplers earned top 8 finishes in their respective weight classes - Brett Mower (champion), Mitch Mayberry (7th place), Nick Gill (6th place), Noah Carter (6th place) and Hunter Haggstrom (8th place).</p> <p> Glenwood returns to Hawkeye 10 Conference dual action Thursday night at Atlantic.</p> Knights get defensive in rugged 27-22 win https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/knights-get-defensive-rugged-27-22-win <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fm_defense_1.jpg" alt="Fremont-Mills overcame a rough shooting night with a sterling defensive effort in 27-22 win over Essex Friday." title="Fremont-Mills overcame a rough shooting night with a sterling defensive effort in 27-22 win over Essex Friday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> TABOR - Who said victories have to look pretty?</p> <p> After going nearly 11 minutes without a point and recording more turnovers (11) than points (eight) in the first half, Fremont-Mills scraped together a 11-2 over the final four minutes to down Essex 27-22 in an admitted not so pretty Corner Conference title Friday in Tabor.</p> <p> Fremont-Mills coach Brett Weldon admitted after the game this one looked and felt exactly like the first game after a two-week Christmas break</p> Rams show no rust in 84-62 rout of Kuemper https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rams-show-no-rust-84-62-rout-kuemper <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/blum_3.jpg" alt="Andrew Blum scored a season-high 29 points in the Rams’ win over Kuemper Friday. " title="Andrew Blum scored a season-high 29 points in the Rams’ win over Kuemper Friday. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Glenwood boys basketball team picked up right where it left off.</p> <p> Playing its first game in 14 days following the holiday break, the Rams scored a season-high &ndash; with 59 of those points coming from Christian Stanislav and Ryan Blum &ndash; to win their fourth straight game in an 84-62 victory over Kuemper Catholic in Hawkeye 10 Conference basketball Friday.</p> <p> &ldquo;We shot the ball well, we got ball reversals and some inside touches,&rdquo; said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after the game. &ldquo;Offensively I felt really good about what we did.&rdquo;</p> McIntyre wins title, Rams 10th at Ames tourney https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/mcintyre-wins-title-rams-10th-ames-tourney <p> Glenwood&rsquo;s Abby McIntyre won the women&rsquo;s bracket and had two other wrestlers reach the finals in a 10th place showing at the Jack Mendenhall Invitational in Ames on Saturday.</p> <p> West Des Moines Valley scored 181 points to win the tournament that featured some of the top wrestlers and teams from Nebraska and Iowa. Ankeny was the runner up with 158 points.<br /> Glenwood finished with 100.5 points.</p> Defense comes up big for Rams in win https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/defense-comes-big-rams-win <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carr.jpg" alt="Zach Carr drives to the basket for two of his game-high 24 points in Glenwood’s win over Denison." title="Zach Carr drives to the basket for two of his game-high 24 points in Glenwood’s win over Denison." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Glenwood Coach Curt Schulte has preached it throughout the early season: defense will win his team games.</p> <p> On Friday, he was right.</p> <p> The Rams&rsquo; press set the tone early, creating turnovers and leading to instant offense in a frenzied first half that saw them lead by as many as 22 en route to 68-45 victory over the Hawkeye 10 Conference co-leader Denison before a packed house in Glenwood.</p>