Today's Sports

  • 2018-2019 Female Athlete of the...

    Every athlete has different means by which they charge their battery.

    Motivation is as personal as a good pair of broken-in shoes for most any athlete.

    For Janette Schraft, its doubt. She thrives on the question of if she can. She looks to buck the odds every single time she steps on a track or a cross country course.

    The youngest of five siblings, Schraft freely admits she did not come from an athletic family. Her tenacity, her competitive fire, her will to win was born from a desire to challenge that reality.

  • 2018-2019 Male Athlete of the...

    Mason Vanatta isn’t a football fan.

    This might come as a surprise to southwest Iowa’s eight-man football coaches and fans who watched the quarterback lead Fremont-Mills to the state semifinals last season while amassing 1,170 yards passing and 1,075 rushing and having a hand in 41 touchdowns.

    Not bad for someone who freely admits football isn’t his game.

    “I’ve never really liked football much, to be honest,” Vanatta said. “Basketball was always more fun for me than football.”

  • The Opinion-Tribune's All-...

    2019 All-Mills County Baseball and Softball

  • Strong pitching carries Glenwood...

    Pierce Harrington carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a complete-game one-hit victory for Glenwood in a 4-0 win in Creston last Tuesday.

    Harrington held the Panthers hitless through 6 1/3 innings before the Panthers’ Bryce Fitzgerald singled with one out in the seventh.

    As is the custom, Schultz didn’t say a word about a potential no-hitter to his senior right-hander as the hitless streak stretched into the seventh.

  • Knights earn share of Corner...

    Fremont-Mills dropped the opening game of a double-header to Stanton 9-7 but bounced for a 9-0 win in the nightcap to secure a share of the Corner Conference regular season title last Tuesday.

    The Knights (10-14 overall, 6-2 in the conference) will share the conference crown with Sidney (13-9 overall, 6-2 in the conference).

    The Vikings trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third when they plated four runs to take the lead for good.

  • Carroll hands Rams loss on...

    Carroll hurler Julia LaRue struck out eight and scattered four hits in a 4-1 victory over Glenwood to spoil senior night in Glenwood Friday.

    “Compared to the first time we saw them, I felt like we walked into the box with a lot more confidence,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “We put a lot of balls in play, it just seemed like we weren’t getting the timely hit we needed. We were hitting at people. Their pitcher threw well, harder than some (pitchers) we’ve seen and defensively they were just solid.”

  • Shen’s Doyle stymies Knights in...

    Blake Doyle tossed a four-hitter on the mound and drove in three runs at the plate for Shenandoah in a 12-1, five-inning victory over Fremont-Mills in non-conference baseball Friday night in Shenandoah.

    Doyle kept the Knights off balance all night. The sophomore struck out six, walked just one and scattered four hits in the complete-game victory. At the plate the sophomore singled to drive in three runs and drew a walk.

    Owen McCunn and Devin Morelock picked up two hits each for Shenandoah.

    East Mills 14,
    Essex 4

  • Knights rally for conference...

    For 6 2/3 innings, Donnie Weis and his Stanton teammates had Fremont-Mills’ number.

    Weis was masterful on the mound, scattering five hits and two earned runs while striking out seven Knights to take a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning. But the right-handed senior hit his pitch limit with two outs in the frame, forcing the Vikings to the bullpen.

    That’s when the Knights sprang to life.

  • Glenwood miscues prove costly in...

    Glenwood could not overcome stranding 12 runners on base and committing four errors in a 10-3 loss to Council Bluffs Lewis Central Friday in Council Bluffs Friday.

    The Titans slapped 10 hits while remaining unbeaten in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.

    “This was kind of typical for Lewis Central, they always hit the ball,” said Glenwood coach Kurt Schultz. “They had a couple big innings that hurt us and we had some miscues too that may not have shown up as physical errors but we didn’t get them out when could have.”

  • Big fifth inning lifts Cowgirls...

    Sidney scored eight runs in the fifth inning to down Fremont-Mills 11-6 and win its third straight Corner Conference Softball Tournament title Friday in Sidney.

    The Knights (8-13) opened the game with a three-run first inning and starter Kendall Reed took the 3-0 lead and cruised into the fifth inning nursing a three-hitter. But the Cowgirls (11-9) got their offense clicking there.

    Jolie Sheldon smacked a bases loaded doubled to drive in three runs and Danica Lauman drove in two more as part of the eight-run fifth.