https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sports/rss.xml en Knights rout Exira, punch ticket to Dome https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/knights-rout-exira-punch-ticket-dome <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vanatta_2.jpg" alt="Fremont-Mills’ quarterback Mason Vanatta ran for five touchdowns and threw for another to help lead the Knights to a 61-20 victory over Exira and punch their ticket to the state semifinals." title="Fremont-Mills’ quarterback Mason Vanatta ran for five touchdowns and threw for another to help lead the Knights to a 61-20 victory over Exira and punch their ticket to the state semifinals." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> EXIRA - There would be no come back on this night.</p> <p> Ten weeks after Exira-EHK rallied from a 20-0 deficit in a stunning 45-27 victory in the season opener back in August, Fremont-Mills left no openings or doubts in the re-match Friday in the Eight-person football quarterfinals in Exira.</p> <p> The Knights scored the games&rsquo; first 28 points and weathered a 399-yard passing night from Spartan quarterback Josh Pettepier to win going away 61-20.</p> Wolverines state bound https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/wolverines-state-bound <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/em_with_state_banner.jpg" alt="East Mills qualified for its second straight state volleyball tournament with a victory over Fremont-Mills in Tuesday&#039;s regional final." title="East Mills qualified for its second straight state volleyball tournament with a victory over Fremont-Mills in Tuesday&#039;s regional final." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> As an emotional Connie Blank celebrated with her team following East Mills victory over Fremont-Mills in the Class 1A, Region 2 finals, she was asked what this win means for her program.</p> <p> &ldquo;That we&rsquo;re here to stay,&rdquo; the coach said, her comments drowned out by her cheering team and a raucous crowd that had joined the celebration on the court.</p> Schraft wins title, Glenwood girls place third at state cross country https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/schraft-wins-title-glenwood-girls-place-third-state-cross-country <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/girls_start_0.jpg" alt="The Glenwood girls placed third at the Class 3A State Cross Country Meet to match the school’s best ever finish at state. " title="The Glenwood girls placed third at the Class 3A State Cross Country Meet to match the school’s best ever finish at state. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> FORT DODGE - Janette Schraft&rsquo;s kick over the final 800 meters propelled the Glenwood senior to her first state title and helped the Rams to a third-place finish at the Iowa State Cross Country Meet at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge Saturday.</p> <p> Schraft, who entered the day the No. 3 ranked runner in Class 3A, started slow and methodically worker he way from the pack to the orbit of two-time champion Adrianna Katcher of Center Point-Urbana and No. 1 seeded Ainsley Erzen of Carlisle before out-kicking both over the final half mile.</p> A Perfect Plan https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/perfect-plan <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/schraft_finish_line_2.jpg" alt="Janette Schraft became the first Glenwood girls to win a cross country state title Saturday." title="Janette Schraft became the first Glenwood girls to win a cross country state title Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Some cross country runners play checkers.</p> <p> Janette Schraft plays chess.</p> <p> For her final state cross country meet, the Glenwood senior decided she would not sprint out and hastily take the pack lead, as was her custom.</p> <p> This time, she decided before the race, she&rsquo;d watch the race develop and let the leaders declare themselves on the board while she sat back, calculating her pace and plotting her moves like a grandmaster.</p> Glenwood’s volleyball season ends in regional semifinals https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood%E2%80%99s-volleyball-season-ends-regional-semifinals <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/e_scarborough_block.jpg" alt="Elle Scarborough, shown here in the Rams’ regional win over Harlan, led the way with nine kills in the semifinal loss to Council Bluffs Lewis Central." title="Elle Scarborough, shown here in the Rams’ regional win over Harlan, led the way with nine kills in the semifinal loss to Council Bluffs Lewis Central." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Glenwood volleyball team&rsquo;s season came to end last Tuesday.</p> <p> It wasn&rsquo;t for lack of effort.</p> <p> The Rams battled and scrapped all match long against Council Bluffs Lewis Central, a team that had swept them just two weeks early, but came up short in a 16-25, 25-18, 12-25, 17-25 loss to the Titans in the Class 4A, Region 2 semifinals in Council Bluffs.</p> Quick start helps lift Knights over Lenox in playoff opener https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/quick-start-helps-lift-knights-over-lenox-playoff-opener <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/austin_gartner.jpg" alt="Austin Gartner used a stiff-arm to extend a 26-yard reception in Fremont-Mills playoff opener Friday. The Knights racked up 434 yards in the 61-8 victory." title="Austin Gartner used a stiff-arm to extend a 26-yard reception in Fremont-Mills playoff opener Friday. The Knights racked up 434 yards in the 61-8 victory." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> TABOR - Rarely does an opening kick off tell the story of a four quarter football game.</p> <p> <em>Rarely</em>. Not never.</p> <p> Fremont-Mills&rsquo; Seth Malcom made that clear scooping up the opening kick off from Lenox in the Eight-person playoff opening round and rumbling 57 yards into the endzone just nine seconds into the game.</p> <p> The Knights would go on to score on their next seven possessions and dominate on both sides of the ball in a 61-8 victory before a capacity crowd in Tabor Friday.</p> Glenwood girls, boys punch ticket to state cross country https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood-girls-boys-punch-ticket-state-cross-country <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/schraft_5.jpg" alt="Janette Schraft was the girls champion at the state qualifying meet. " title="Janette Schraft was the girls champion at the state qualifying meet. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Glenwood girls and boys cross country teams will both be heading to this Saturday&rsquo;s Iowa State Cross Country Meet.</p> <p> The Rams punched their tickets to state at the Class 3A state qualifying meet at Glenwood Lake Park Thursday. The Glenwood girls placed second and the boys third to earn automatic bids to the state meet this Saturday at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge.</p> <p> Harlan was the girls team champion with 58 points. The boys title went to top ranked Gilbert with 32 points.</p> Rams top Cyclones in regional opener https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rams-top-cyclones-regional-opener <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/embray_scarborough_celebrate.jpg" alt="Glenwood’s Kelly Embray (left) and Elle Scarborough celebrate a game-four winner in the Rams’ regional victory over Harlan Wednesday. " title="Glenwood’s Kelly Embray (left) and Elle Scarborough celebrate a game-four winner in the Rams’ regional victory over Harlan Wednesday. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The tone was set early.</p> <p> Glenwood&rsquo;s fourth meeting with Harlan would not go the same way the previous two match ups did in those decisive Cyclone sweeps.</p> <p> The Rams battled and clawed for every point and withstood a furious Cyclone rally to pull out a marathon 30-28 win in that first set.</p> <p> Glenwood would go on to win the Class 4A, Region 2 opener 30-28, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22 to even the season series with Harlan at 2-2.</p>