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Monte Lions 24th Annual Toy & Craft Show

(MONTEZUMA, IOWA) – The Montezuma Lions 24th Annual Toy & Craft Show will be Saturday, Jan. 27 from 9 AM to 2 PM in the Montezuma School South Gym. Admission is FREE, but the cost to rent a table is $15. There will be a farm layout display, raffles, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing.

For more information, contact Chairman Ron Hensel at 515-979-2705.

North Mahaska Again Leads the Way for Ranked Girls’ Basketball Teams

The latest rankings from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union have been released for girls’ basketball and four area teams remain in the rankings.

North Mahaska continues to be the highest ranked team in the area, as they continue to sit at #3 for the second straight week in Class 1A. The Warhawks already have wins over Lynnville-Sully and Montezuma, their two toughest opponents in the South Iowa Cedar League. NM is 7-0 to start the year.

Speaking of Montezuma, the Bravettes and first year Head Coach Janel Burgess are off to a great start at 7-1 and are at #9 this week. That is down one spot from their #8 ranking last week.

Two Little Hawkeye Conference teams are in the poll in Class 4A. Grinnell continues to be ranked 4th in the state with a 6-0 record including a big win over Pella. The Lady Dutch are #12 in Class 4A after falling out of the rankings the previous week. Pella is 4-2.

The next rankings from the IGHSAU will be released next Thursday night.

North Mahaska Leads the Way As Six Area Girls Teams Ranked

The latest poll from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union came out late last week and a half-dozen schools in the area are ranked in girls basketball.

In Class 1A, North Mahaska continues to lead the charge at #4 after a strong start. Their biggest test of the early portion of the season will be this Friday on the Game of the Week on 104.9 FM KBOE. The Warhawks will be hosting the Bravettes of Montezuma, who are ranked #9 for the second straight week. Both teams already boast early season wins over Lynnville-Sully, who is still in the rankings at #13.

Pekin joins the fray in Class 2A as the Panthers are #14 in the latest poll. Pekin has won three of their first four games, all of which came on the road. Their lone loss was at #13 Mediapolis.

In Class 4A, Grinnell and Pella are still representing the tough Little Hawkeye Conference. Grinnell is still in the #4 slot while Pella dropped three spots down to #13. Both teams are starting to get into the thick Little Hawkeye Conference.

The next rankings from the IGHSAU will come out later this week.

Six Area Netters Honored on Volleyball All-State Teams

The high school volleyball season has come to a close and the Iowa Girls Coaches Association have selected the All-State teams for all five classes.

In Class 1A, Montezuma junior Riley Gatton made the list as an honorable mention. Gatton was the leading attacker for the Bravettes during their 31-6 campaign. Gatton had 362 kills and an outstanding .308 kill efficiency on the year.

Pella Christian senior Bekah Horstman made the Second Team in Class 2A. PC was ranked for most of the season but would run into several great large school teams in the Little Hawkeye Conference. Horstman led to the way for the Eagles with 413 kills and a .246 kill efficiency. PC finished the year with a record of 21-16.

On the Class 3A Honorable Mention list, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont had senior Torie Alexander listed. The Rockets finished the year 21-16 and Alexander was the leader in kills with 355. She also finished the year with a very strong .235 kill efficiency and 59 aces.

Pella was the lone area team to make the trip to Cedar Rapids and the State Volleyball Tournament and they were honored with three players making the All-State Teams in Class 4A.

Junior Emily Holterhaus was one of the best players in the state in all classes and she was honored as the only area player named to the First Team. Holterhaus dominated the opposition with 583 kill son the year and a stellar .326 kill efficiency.

She was joined by teammates Kara Wichhart and Natalie Clayberg as both were named to the Honorable Mention list. Wichhart served as the setter for the Lady Dutch and set up her teammates at a very high rate, as she was credited with 936 assists on the year. The senior was also a very important leader for Pella. Clayberg finished her junior season with 285 kills and a .204 kill efficiency. She also led the squad with 53 aces. Pella finished the year 33-7 and lost to eventual state champion Dubuque Wahlert in the state quarterfinals.

There were no area players named in Class 5A.

The state now transitions fully to girls’ basketball, which has just kicked off around the state.

North Mahaska, Grinnell Highlight Area Girls’ Basketball Teams in First Rankings

Basketball season is getting underway in the coming days for the girls and there are a handful of teams from the listening area that are in the initial rankings from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

In Class 1A, three teams from the South Iowa Cedar League were named. North Mahaska is a big surprise at #4 after a stellar 16-7 season last year with mostly freshman leading the way. Head Coach L.E. Moore and the Warhawks have state tournament experience but after a few down years, this year’s team will have high expectations to try to make it back with still a young core learning together.

Also in the Class 1A rankings are Montezuma and Lynnville-Sully. Montezuma went 17-7 last season under Cory Nikkel and will start this season at #9 under new Head Coach Janel Burgess. Their rivals from Lynnville-Sully had a great year last year, finishing 21-3. The Hawks start the year ranked #12.

In Class 4A, a couple of Little Hawkeye Conference teams made the list. Grinnell will start the year ranked 4th after a 19-5 season. The Tigers return several key players to that team for Head Coach Trent Edsen. Pella will also be a factor in the LHC, as they are ranked 10th after finishing 20-5 last season. Head Coach Jerod Garland will have to replace a couple of senior leaders, but there’s still plenty of talent for the Lady Dutch.

There are no area teams ranked in Class 2A, 3A, or 4A.

The No Coast Network will be releasing a full Game of the Week schedule later this week for the basketball season. The Game of the Week will air on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com on Fridays throughout the season. Oskaloosa Basketball will be on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com with video on MCG Channel 7 for most games, beginning on November 28 as the Indians travel to play Fairfield with the broadcast starting at 6 PM.

MONTE, PEKIN, AND PC ADVANCE TO REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Monday night was a full night of postseason volleyball in Class 1A and 2A and three area teams kept their state tournament dreams alive.
In Class 1A Region 4, the Montezuma Bravettes swept Grand View Christian in three sets (26-24, 25-23, 25-18). Grand View Christian battled back late in all three sets, but Monte was able to hold off the Thunder with a balanced offensive attack. The Bravettes were led by junior Riley Gatton, who finished with 16 kills.
Montezuma will now face off against #8 North Tama in Traer on Thursday in the Region 4 semifinals. Monte enters at #11 in the final IGHSAU rankings. That game can be heard on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com starting around 6:45 PM on Thursday evening. First serve is at 7 PM.
Region 6 saw BGM get ousted in straight sets. The Bears were beaten on the road by Iowa Valley in Marengo by scores of 25-5, 25-12, 25-9. BGM’s season ends with a record of 4-25.
In Class 1A Region 7, English Valleys battled hard in Victor but eventually fell in straight sets to HLV (25-15, 25-14, 25-21). EV ends their season with a record of 12-15.
Class 1A Region 8 included Moravia, but the Mohawks were dominated by New London on the road in straight sets (25-5, 25-7, 25-7). Moravia finishes 2017 with a 13-15 record.
In Class 2A Region 4, Pleasantville was eliminated at the hands of Des Moines Christian in straight sets (25-11, 25-7, 25-11). The Trojans end their season with a record of 6-14.
Class 2A Region 5 produced two winners from our listening area. Pekin took out Sigourney in straight sets in a game heard on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and 97.1 FM KMYQ. The Panthers moved on with scores of 25-17, 25-20, 25-16. Sigourney’s season finishes with a record of 11-17.
Pekin will now face Pella Christian, who upset Van Meter on the road in four sets. The Eagles won the first, second, and fourth sets in a tight matchup. The final scores were 25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 28-26. Pekin and PC will now play at Pella High School at 7 PM on Thursday night in the regional semifinals.
The action doesn’t stop as Class 3A, 4A and 5A play their regional semifinals Tuesday night.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont will host Davis County in a matchup between South Central Conference opponents in Class 3A Region 8. John Hirl and Tony Fenton will be on the call on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com. Pregame show will start around 6:45 PM for the first serve at 7 PM.
Oskaloosa will be in action in the Class 4A Region 4 semifinals against #9 Pella. This matchup is a rematch between two Little Hawkeye Conference schools. You can hear all the action with Emery Songer on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com with the pregame show starting at 6:40 PM with the first serve at 7 PM.
In Class 5A Region 5, Ottumwa travels to face Waukee at 7 PM.
Be sure to stay up to date on all postseason volleyball action on kboeradio.com and radiokmzn.com.

Post-Season Volleyball Action Has Commenced

It was a busy night in high school volleyball last night as Class 1A and 2A got their postseason play underway. 

In Class 1A Region 4, Montezuma dispatched North Mahaska in straight sets as heard on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com. Monte struggled in the opening set as the Warhawks forced several errors with strong defense. The Bravettes had to stave off two set points before rallying for a 26-24 win in the first set. The wind went out of the sails for NM after that as Monte cruised in the second and third sets, 25-9 and 25-11. North Mahaska’s season ends at 13-16. 

Montezuma will host Grand View Christian next Monday in the quarterfinals of regional play. GVC dominated Melcher-Dallas in straight sets (25-9, 25-4, 25-6). Monte enters ranked #11 in the final Class 1A rankings and has a 30-5 record. GVC will enter unranked with a record of 25-22. 

Also in Region 4, Lynnville-Sully was ousted at home by Collins-Maxwell in a sweep (25-16, 25-13, 25-13). Their season ends with a record of 16-13. 

Region 6 produced a win for the area with a sweep for BGM. The Bears protected their home court with a win over Meskwaki Settlement School (25-16, 25-19, 25-23). That’s just the fourth win of the year for BGM, and all of them have occurred in the past six games. The next match for the 4-24 Bears will be on the road against #9 Iowa Valley, who has beaten BGM in their only meeting on October 2. That game is in Marengo on Monday, October 23 at 7 PM. 

Class 1A Region 7 saw English Valleys a sweep at home over Tri-County (25-18, 25-21, 25-13). EV moves into the quarters to face conference foe HLV, who is ranked #14 in the final rankings. Tri-County’s season ends with a record of 1-22. Keota lost in their match at Winfield-Mount Union in four sets (25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 27-25). That tight match ends their season at 2-20. 

In Region 8, Moravia had a tough battle against Moulton-Udell but survived to get the clean sweep (25-11, 29-27, 25-23). Moravia now faces #6 New London next Monday in the quarterfinals. In that same bracket, Twin Cedars fell to Seymour in straight sets (25-16, 25-17, 25-10). The Sabers finish the year at 3-16. 

Jumping into Class 2A, Pleasantville won their first-round match in Region 4. The Trojans got a sweep over Martensdale-St. Marys (25-21, 25-13, 25-19). They will now face #13 Des Moines Christian next Monday in Urbandale.  

In Region 5, Sigourney got a four-set win over Cardinal, as heard on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com. Sigourney took the win at home by scores of 25-17, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23. The Savages now take on the Pekin Panthers in Packwood on Monday. Cardinal finishes their year with a record of 8-22. 

Also in the bottom of that bracket, Pella Christian picked up a win at home over Colfax-Mingo in straight sets (25-8, 25-13, 25-14). PC moves to the quarterfinals to face Van Meter on Monday on the road. 

More postseason action hits the court Wednesday night as the Class 3A, 4A, and 5A regions begin play. 

In Class 3A Region 6, PCM will go on the road to face West Marshall in State Center. In Region 8, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont hosts Albia. Those matches begin at7 PM. 

Class 4A Region 4 is highlighted by Oskaloosa going on the road to face Knoxville. You can hear that match on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com starting with the pregame show at 6:45 PM. In the bottom of that bracket, Newton plays at Carlisle. Region 6 sees Grinnell go on the road to face Clear Creek-Amana.  

Finally, in Class 5A, Ottumwa hosts Des Moines North in Region 5. All matches start at 7 PM. 

Several Area Football Teams Still Have Playoff Pulse Heading Into Stretch Run

The football season is winding down with just two weeks of the regular season remaining. Even though there’s just two games left for most teams, there’s dozens of playoff implications that can come into play for several teams still hanging around for a postseason berth.

In Class 4A District 4, the Newton Cardinals improbably started their season 6-0. But a loss to Southeast Polk last week has put them in a dire position, needing to win both of their remaining games to squeak into the playoffs. With powerhouse West Des Moines Valley on deck, it would be a monumental feat for the Cardinals to be playing postseason football.

The same cannot be said for the Oskaloosa Indians, who will be looking to cinch up a playoff spot out of Class 3A District 5 in Washington this week. Osky has a very easy road map: beat Washington and you’re in, lose to Washington and you need to hope to get a wild card. A Week 9 matchup with West Burlington/Notre Dame should not deter the Indians should they get past the Demons.

Also in Class 3A, Pella is well on their way to another district title after holding off Norwalk last week. The Dutch are the only unbeaten team left in District 6 and have favorable matchups at North Polk and at home to Nevada to wrap up their season.

In Class 2A District 6, PCM is rolling through their schedule. After a tough non-district loss to undefeated Pella Christian in the season opener, the Mustangs have won six straight and are big favorites against Davis County and Clarke as they wind down a season where they’ll be named District 6 Champions.

Class 1A District 4 is pretty self-explanatory for Sigourney/Keota. There’s one open playoff spot after Iowa City Regina and the Cobras need to beat Wilton and Wapello the last two weeks of the season to clinch it. A win over Wapello this week would effectively eliminate them from the race and leave it between S/K and Wilton, and they will meet in Wilton to decide the automatic berth in Week 9.

District 5 in Class 1A is monopolized by a couple of area teams. Pella Christian is still undefeated after they knocked off Pleasantville on the road last week. PC should waltz to the district title. Pleasantville has to beat Woodward-Granger this week to clinch their spot in the playoffs.

Class A District 6 has been a fun one to follow all year and Lynnville-Sully is on their way to winning the district title. The Hawks started 8-0 last year before losing in Week 9 to Montezuma. Now, after gutsy wins over Pekin and New London, L-S gets a bye before seeing the Braves again looking for retribution on their way to the playoffs and a first round home game. Pekin faces off with New London this week to determine the #2 seed out of this district, while the loser hopes to get one of the wild cards.

Finally, 8-Player District 5 is chaotic. All we know is that HLV is sitting pretty at 5-0 in the district after a big win over Colo-Nesco. HLV faces Melcher-Dallas this week. If M-D were to drop this home game, they will likely fall out of the playoff race. Moravia is also hanging around. Their matchup this week with Colo-Nesco will factor heavily into that #2 seed. A Melcher-Dallas win this week would create even more chaos, however, as all four teams could end the week with hopes of the playoffs going into Week 9. There are no wild cards in 8-Player football so these matchups are huge for these schools.

We’ll be following the action closely the last two weeks of the season, so be sure to join us for Scores and More Presented By Bubbl’r after the games go final Friday night on 104.9 FM KBOE, 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, kboeradio.com and radiokmzn.com.

Class 1A and 2A Area Volleyball Playoff Breakdown

Postseason volleyball is just around the corner and the matchups are set.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released the final brackets in all five classes for the 2017 volleyball playoffs. The two smallest classes will begin play on Tuesday, October 17th at 7 PM.

In Class 1A Region 4, four area teams are in the top half of the bracket. Lynnville-Sully (9-9) will host Collins-Maxwell (15-4). That match is in Sully even though C-M has the better record. This is their first year without Baxter as a part of the athletic teams. Winner of that matchup will face #8 North Tama (21-6) in the second round.

Also in that bracket is #9 Montezuma (19-3), who will host North Mahaska (10-12) in the first round. That match can be heard on 104.9 FM KBOE, kboeradio.com, and the KBOE mobile app starting around 6:45 PM on October 17th. Monte is 2-0 this season against North Mahaska. Winner of that match will face the winner of Melcher-Dallas (2-8) and Grand View Christian School (19-20). M-D will host that game.

BGM is the only area team in Class 1A Region 6. The Bears (0-22) will host Meskwaki Settlement School (4-15) in the first round with the winner drawing #10 Iowa Valley in the quarterfinals.

Region 7 has a trio of teams from the area in Class 1A. English Valleys (8-11) will host Tri-County (0-13) in North English. The winner will draw #14 HLV in the quarterfinals. Also in the top half of that bracket is Keota. The Eagles (2-11) are on the road to face Winfield-Mount Union (11-18). Winner of that match will face either Iowa Mennonite School (12-9) or WACO (5-15).

Class 1A Region 8 involves Moravia and Twin Cedars. The Mohawks (9-12) will host Moulton-Udell (0-14) in the first round. Winner will play at #5 New London in the quarterfinals. Also in the top half of that Region 8 bracket, the Twin Cedars (3-10) will face Seymour (14-5) in Centerville. Winner will matchup with either #7 Holy Trinity Catholic (24-5) or Notre Dame (13-20).

In Class 2A, Pleasantville is the lone area team in Region 4. The Trojans (3-7) will play at home in the first round against Martensdale-St. Marys (4-11). Winner draws Des Moines Christian (19-8) in the quarters.

In Region 5 of Class 2A, Pella Christian (13-12) will play host to Colfax-Mingo (9-10). PC has been ranked for much of the year and their strength of schedule is one of the best in Class 2A. Also in the bottom of the bracket, Sigourney (6-10) will host Cardinal (6-16) with the winner taking on Pekin (19-11) in the quarterfinals.

We’ll be keeping close tabs with all of these games when they happen. You can check out a preview of Class 3A, 4A, and 5A in the coming days. Check out South By South Central on Wednesdays at 5:15 PM on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com to hear more volleyball coverage as well.

Black Bear Spotted in Poweshiek County

Deputies from the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office and the State Game Warden officer were able to positively identify a black bear southeast of Montezuma on the evening of September 12.

This is information only. This bear has shown no signs of aggressive behavior and is not a threat to the public at this time. If you see the bear, keep your distance and leave it alone.

If you see the bear near property or town, however, please call and advise the Sheriff’s Office of its location.

Any questions please call the Poweshiek Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 641-623-5679 or the State Game Warden at 641-660-0741.

 

** Press Release from the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office.

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