The 2017 Grand Blue Mile will serve as the USAF&F 1-mile Championships. Photo by Dave Mable

Grand Blue Mile joins the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour

The 2017 Grand Blue Mile will serve as the USAF&F 1-mile Championships. Photo by Dave Mable

The 2017 Grand Blue Mile will serve as the USAF&F 1-mile Championships. Photo by Dave Mable

The Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour announced that the Wellmark Grand Blue Mile will serve as the opening leg of the Grand Prix Tour.

Started in 2014, the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour is a national campaign to designed to elevate the presence of the mile in track and field. The Tour features five stops and more than $110,000 in guaranteed prize money. Outside of Des Moines, the Tour features stops in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Duluth, Minn., and Washington D.C.

Heather Kampf will return to defend her 2916 Grand Blue Mile victory. Photo by Dave Mable

Heather Kampf will return to defend her 2916 Grand Blue Mile victory. Photo by Dave Mable

Heather Kampf, three-time Grand Blue Mile Champion, headlines the Tour as the reigning three-time Grand Prix Champion. Riley Masters, the 2016 Grand Prix Champion, took third at last year’s Grand Blue Mile.

This year’s Grand Blue Mile, set to take place on Apr. 25, also sees the return of the USA Track & Field 1 Mile Road Championships. The Grand Blue Mile last hosted the Championship in 2014 where Kampf set the course record of 4:32.62.Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 3.56.23 PM

Last year’s Grand Blue Mile drew more than 4,200 registrants who participated among the elite, competitive, recreational run/walk, and corporate team categories. The one-mile course loops through the streets of downtown Des Moines.

Participants this year can also register for the ‘Bulldog Double’ to participate in both the Grand Blue Mile and either the Drake Road Races 5k or Half Marathon. Those that complete the ‘Bulldog Double’ will

More than 4,200 runners and walkers participated in the 2016 GBM, a number officials hope to surpass. Photo by David Mable.

More than 4,200 runners and walkers participated in the 2016 GBM, a number officials hope to surpass. Photo by David Mable.

receive a special ‘Spike’ or ‘Griff’ medal while all finishers receive a technical shirt and a finisher medal. Registration for the Drake Road Races also includes one paid admission to the Thursday, Apr. 27 Distance Carnival inside Drake Stadium and a discount ticket rate to Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays Friday, Apr. 28.

The current early bird registration rate is available until Mar. 6 is $15 for the Grand Blue Mile, $25 for the Drake Road Races 5k and $40 for the Drake Road Races Half Marathon.

For more information on the Grand Blue Mile, visit www.GrandBlueMile.com

For information on the Drake Relays, visit www.godrakebulldogs.com.

Grace Berg helped the Indianola Indians to an undefeated season, going 23-0 prior to the tournament. Photo by David Mable.

All-State Basketball Teams Announced

Elle Ruffridge broke the tournament record in scoring. Photo by Hailey Sherman.

Elle Ruffridge broke the tournament record in scoring. Photo by Hailey Sherman.

The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) has announced its 2017 All-State Basketball teams.

It’s no surprise to see Elle Ruffridge leading the Class 3A Team. The Pocahontas Area senior led the state in points, three-pointers and assists, and set a 5-player tournament record in points this year. Ruffridge scored 457 points during the season with a 58.4-percent field goal percentage and 53.4-percent made shots from beyond the arc. Even with an abundance of points, she led the league in assists with more than 200 throughout the season, including the state tournament. Ruffridge is committed to attend Missouri State next fall.

As in many other match ups, the Class 1A leaders Tori Hazard of Janesville and Shelby Reicks of Turkey Valley faced each other in the state tournament. Though Reicks’ 21 points helped Turkey Valley move on the round two, Hazard put up 34 points, adding to her 487 for the season. Both players led their teams in points and assists throughout the season, each scoring a double-triple.

Grace Berg helped the Indianola Indians to an undefeated season, going 23-0 prior to the tournament. Photo by David Mable.

Grace Berg helped the Indianola Indians to an undefeated season, going 23-0 prior to the tournament. Photo by David Mable.

In Class 2A Ashtyn Veerbeek scored more than 50 points in first- and second-round games at the state tournament, helping the Western Christian Wolfpack make it to the championship game, where they would face Konnor Sudmann and the Treynor Cardinals. The Cardinals held Veerbeek to only 5 points in the finals, while Sudmann put up 15, but the Wolfpack revenged last years one-point loss to win by two. Both Sudmann and Veerbeek were dominant in 2A play through out the season, Veerbeek leading all scorers with nearly 600 total points by tournaments end.

Though the Carlisle Wildcats were absent from the tournament, senior Agatha Beier led them to the playoffs, earning a spot on the All-State Team. Karli Rucker of Eldridge/North Scott led the Lady Lancers in points throughout the season while mentoring her sophomore sister, who followed close behind.

Named to the Class 5A All-State Team were Grace Berg of Indianola and Hannah Fuller of West Des Moines Valley. Though Valley found itself on the winning end of every game in the tournament, bringing the State Championship trophy home to West Des Moines for the first time in school history, Berg, a junior, led the Indians in scoring to hold the state No. 1 spot going into the tournament.

Teams can be downloaded by clicking here.

Elle Ruffridge was red hot scoring a tournament record 48 points in Pocahontas' semifinal game. Photo by David Mable.

State Basketball Day Four – Record Setting

Elle Ruffridge was red hot scoring a tournament record 48 points in Pocahontas' semifinal game. Photo by David Mable.

Elle Ruffridge was red hot scoring a tournament record 48 points in Pocahontas’ semifinal game. Photo by David Mable.

After being held to 11 points in Pocahontas’ first round game, Elle Ruffridge was lit on fire in their semifinal game, and not like a quiet little candle on fire, but a flames-leaping-high-into-the-sky inferno kind of fire. Lobbing threes like they were lay-ups, the 5-foot, 4-inch senior hit eight of 12 from beyond the arc (state tournament record) and was perfect from the line (16/16) and was hot underneath to put up a new 5-player tournament record 48 points. That pushed Pocahontas past Center Point-Urbana in the final game of the evening, a 3A match-up, 80 to 59.

“We’re best friends on and off the court,” said Ruffridge of she and the group of senior starters. “That’s what makes us so special and such a good basketball team, because we gel so well.”

Pocahontas will face Sioux Center in the championship game on Saturday. The Warriors moved on with the hot hands of Erika Feenstra and Lexi Toering who combined for 41 points to push the Warriors past Cherokee 80-51.

Class 1A kicked off with a dominant performance by Springville’s Mikayla Nachazel who

Treynor's Konnor Sudmann lays it in after her steal to put the Cardinals up to win the game. Photo by David Mable.

Treynor’s Konnor Sudmann lays it in after her steal to put the Cardinals up to win the game. Photo by David Mable.

put up 32 points shooting 68-percent from the field and going 6 for 7 at the line. Springville moves on to the championship game (Friday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. on IPTV) defeating Kingsley-Pierson 61-43.

We just came out with a lot of energy,” said Nachazel. “We knew we had to be aggressive in this game and had really good ball movement.”

In Class 2A Western Christian’s Ashtyn Veerbeek dominated on offense, from both beyond the arc and in the paint, going 11 of 19 inside and 8 for 10 outside the 3-point line. Her size also helped on the boards, as she pulled 10 back for the Wolfpack. For Iowa City Regina, Alex Weise led the scoring with 14. Final score: Western

Christian 71, Regina 49.

Western Christian will be facing Treynor in the finals (Friday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m. on IPTV) after closing a double-digit deficit against Lisa Tucker and the Cascade Cougars, winning in the final minute with a steal and lay-up by Treynor’s Konnor Sudmann.

“I saw her hold the ball up on her shoulder,” said Sudmann of her steal and bucket. “I thought ‘I see my chance,’ and I just tipped it out of her hand really fast and I just took off and got the lay-up to go.”

Treynor moves on after a strong defensive stand for the final 30 seconds, final score: Treynor 43, Cascade 41.

Interviews and photos are posted on the Central Iowa Sports Network Facebook page.

Iowa Public Television will be airing and streaming all the championship games beginning Friday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Karli Rucker of North Scott drives through the Nevada defense helping her team move to the second round. Photo by David Mable

IGHSAU Basketball Championships, Day two recap

Karli Rucker of North Scott drives through the Nevada defense helping her team move to the second round. Photo by David Mable

Karli Rucker of North Scott drives through the Nevada defense helping her team move to the second round. Photo by David Mable

Another eventful day of the 2017 Iowa Girls’ State Basketball Tournament. Cascade kicked off day two with a victory of 59-56 over Central Decatur in the final seconds by Cascade’s Abbie Ruggeberg’s shot to win the game.

Sioux Center swept PCM off the bracket with their huge victory of 71-27. We spoke with Lexi Toering, #31 of the Sioux Center Warriors, who shared that their defense was a big factor of their victory today.

“It was a dog fight the whole game,” Payton Slaughter of the Cherokee Braves told us in her interview after their win over Crestwood with a score of 70-61.

Davenport Assumption vs Center Point-Urbana kept their fans on their toes with a final score of 50-56, with the win going to Center Point-Urbana.

With an ending score of 46-22, Pocahontas Area doubled their opponents score by the end of the game, giving Clear Lake a tough loss.

Finishing up day two was North Scott vs Nevada with a score of 57-27, giving North Scott the final win of the day.

“The key to our game was to lock out the big girl,” said North Scott’s Karli Rucker after the game. “Hopefully they get a miss and we get the rebound and get a quick outlet, get a fast break up the floor. We were burying some shots and it was just going our way.”

Another eventful day in the books at the 2017 Girls’ State Basketball Tournament. Join us on CISN.tv for all the games live and log onto our Facebook page for coach and player interviews, photos and more.

Madison Goodwin of the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers goes up for a shot against Marquette Catholic's McKenna Michels. Photo by Hailey Sherman.

Day one done at the Girls State Basketball Tournament

Madison Goodwin of the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers goes up for a shot against Marquette Catholic's McKenna Michels. Photo by Hailey Sherman.

Madison Goodwin of the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers goes up for a shot against Marquette Catholic’s McKenna Michels. Photo by Hailey Sherman.

Class 1A
An exciting first day at Wells Fargo Arena kicked off the 2017 Iowa Girls’ State Basketball Tournament. Springfield set the stage with a 56-16 victory over Burlington Notre Dame early this morning.
Kingsley-Pierson defeated Marquette Catholic 65-61 in a close matchup. The next game was a tight, back and forth battle between Janesville and Turkey Valley.
“Survive and advance is the name of the game. We have to put down a way in our minds to try to fight as a team and win as a team,” stated Sadie Nymeyer from Turkey Valley.
Turkey Valley ended up on top, 60-58, to conclude 1A play for day one.

Class 2A
Number one in 2A, Iowa City Regina, faced Logan-Mangolia to start afternoon play. Iowa City Regina finished strong with a 67-54 win. Western Christian won a hard fought battle against North Linn, 58-48.
“I can’t remember the stats exactly, but somebody told me there was like 9 ties and 12 lead changes or something crazy like that. Back and forth, punch for punch,” Western Christian head coach, Justin Negen, expressed in his post-game interview.
In the final 2A matchup of the day, Van Meter faced Treynor. Treynor took home the victory with final score of 60-54. An action-packed first day is just a preview for what we will be experiencing throughout the rest of the tournament.

By Chloe Haverman and Sarah Westholm

Missouri's Karissa Schweizer (340) runs towards the finishing line in the women's NCAA Division I Cross-Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Terre Haute, Ind. Schweizer won the race.
Photo: Darron Cummings/AP

Urbandale’s Karissa Schweizer NCAA XC Champion

As a high school runner, Karissa Schweizer dominated cross country fields as a Dowling Catholic Maroon. Photo David Mable

As a high school runner, Karissa Schweizer dominated cross country fields as a Dowling Catholic Maroon. Photo David Mable

Karissa Schweizer was a part of three Iowa team high school cross country titles when she was at Dowling Catholic.

She has her own crown now, and on an exponentially larger stage.

The Urbandale native and Missouri junior capped off a terrific cross country season by winning the NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. Schweizer became the school’s first female national champion in cross country and the first in program history since Keith Bacon won the National Title in 1955. Schweizer becomes Mizzou’s 27th overall individual champion.

Schweizer is believed to be the first Iowa high school graduate to win an NCAA women’s cross country title.

Schweizer stayed near the front of the pack for the majority of the race, but trailed Michigan’s Erin Finn down the final stretch. With 100 meters to the finish, Schweizer kicked it into high gear and passed Finn to capture the title.

Missouri's Karissa Schweizer (340) runs towards the finishing line in the women's NCAA Division I Cross-Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Terre Haute, Ind. Schweizer won the race. Photo: Darron Cummings/AP

Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer (340) runs towards the finishing line in the women’s NCAA Division I Cross-Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Terre Haute, Ind. Schweizer won the race.
Photo: Darron Cummings/AP

“I was up there with the lead pack and knew I had another gear,” Schweizer told the school in a news release. “When I saw the leader, I thought maybe this could be my day. My coach (Marc Burns) said always just go with whatever moves are made. I felt good, so I knew if I could hang around near the front, I could kick at the end.”

Schweizer, who won the SEC championship earlier in the month, crossed the finish line at 19:41.6, 13 seconds faster than her previous personal-record time of 19:54.4, set at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 10.

The Iowa State women finished 29th in the race. Anne Frisbie finished 77th to lead the Cyclones.

The Iowa State men placed 16th in their portion of the Division I championships, with Thomas Pollard pacing the team in 45th place. Drake’s Reed Fischer placed 50th.

At the Division III women’s race in Louisville, Ky., Loras sophomore Audrey Miller finished runner-up to Stevens Institute’s Amy Regan, who was victorious by 15 seconds in 20:16.4. Defending champion Abrah Masterson of Cornell was seventh, and Wartburg’s Ashlyn Bagge placed 16th.

On the men’s side in Division III, Loras finished 10th as a time. Luther’s Isaac Jensen was 10th individually in a time of 24:37.9.

Story: Register Staff: Des Moines Register

At 6'-3", Mackenzie May scored on 27 kills to overcome Xavier in three games at the IGHSAU State Championships in November. Photo by Dave Mable

One for the ages: Ankeny Centennial and Valley in an epic battle

West Des Moines Valley fought back after going two games down to take Centennial the distance - and more - in a 5 game, multiple set-point match.

West Des Moines Valley fought back after going two games down to take Centennial the distance – and more – in a 5 game, multiple set-point match.

By John Naughton
Photos by David Mable

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia. — In a volleyball match with a staggering 234 points, it’s hard to imagine players and coaches begging for more.

Two-time state champion Ankeny Centennial won a five-set Class 5A semifinal against West Des Moines Valley on Thursday at the U.S. Cellular Center 25-15, 25-15, 27-25, 32-34, 19-17 in a match that lasted more than two hours.

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In the end, Centennial had the survival mode to reach Friday’s state championship for a third straight time.

“I looked at (libero Kylee Macke) and she just had that drive in her eyes,” Centennial outside hitter Olivia Sandquist said. “It said we are going to go back.”

“I looked at (libero Kylee Macke) and she just had that drive in her eyes.”

The public-address announcer repeated “set, match point” five times in the fifth set.

Kenna Sauer hammered 21 kills and Sandquist added 10.

The longest match of the tournament saw Ankeny Centennial come out on top to advance to the finals against Cedar Falls.

The longest match of the tournament saw Ankeny Centennial come out on top to advance to the finals against Cedar Falls.

Second-ranked Centennial (34-3) will play No. 1 Cedar Falls (40-3) in the championship at 10 a.m. Friday.

Centennial reached match point in the third set but Valley fought back.

The Tigers (41-5) successively forced a fourth set, then a fifth.

Valley had match point at 14-13 in the final frame. Then Centennial took over, finally winning in its fourth match point.

Centennial coach Jessica Rinehart said she looked at her bench and wondered, “How hard is one point to come by?”

“Every single point mattered, and Valley put the pressure on,” Rinehart said.

Valley’s Hannah Lockin pounded a match-best 24 kills and teammate Madi Kubik added 19 in the loss.

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“It’s amazing, coming back like that,” Valley setter Olivia Curry said. “It’s heartbreaking that we didn’t win.”

The teams combined for 118 kills, 112 assists, 235 serves and 114 digs.

“We’re both really great teams,” Sandquist said. “Those are the wins that feel the greatest.”

Valley coach Jeremy Mikesell said his team’s only previous five-set match, a win over Cedar Rapids Prairie in a regional final, helped prepare the team.

No. 1 ranked Cedar Falls beat the Ankeny Hawks to advance to the finals and take on the defending champion Centennial Jaguars.

No. 1 ranked Cedar Falls beat the Ankeny Hawks to advance to the finals and take on the defending champion Centennial Jaguars.

“I knew at some point that was going to come back and help us out,” Mikesell said.

Newcomer: Majda Suljic worried about being the new girl at school when she transferred to Cedar Falls. Her volleyball teammates helped her navigate the hallways. Suljic, a junior, said her teammates were “super inviting.”

“Once I got to the team, I really found my place,” Suljic said.

Cedar Falls won its semifinal Thursday and will face Centennial in the Class 5A state championship Friday.

Cry uncle: Ankeny setter Liv Winker had a special fan cheering for her in a semifinal match Thursday. The senior’s uncle is Mike Winker, a former activities director at Cedar Rapids Xavier. Both Ankeny and Xavier completed their seasons in semifinal action, Ankeny in Class 5A and Xavier in 4A.

A seat with a view: Former Ankeny High School coach Dave Whims had a great seat during the Class 5A semifinals Thursday. Whims placed a chair between the side-by-side courts to he could watch Ankeny take on Cedar Falls and Ankeny Centennial face West Des Moines Valley. Many of the players on the court were introduced to the sport by Whims.

At 6'-3", Mackenzie May scored on 27 kills to overcome Xavier in three games.

At 6′-3″, Mackenzie May scored on 27 kills to overcome Xavier in three games.

The 4A Dubuque Wahlert team relied on 6′-3″ Mackenzie May’s 27 kills to overcome Cedar Rapids Xavier in three straight games. Wahlert will take on top seeded Pella in the finals at noon on Friday. May, a member of the U.S. Junior National Indoor Team, travels frequently to play the beach volleyball circuit in Florida and California. May will be be entering UCLA to play volleyball in the fall.

Bishop Heelan took Pella to five games. After splitting the first two games, Bishop Heelan took the lead in game three and threatened to upset the no. 1 seed. The Dutch wore Heelan down, winning the final two games 25-14 and 15 – 11 earning a spot in the finals against May and the Wahlert team.

Emily Holterhaus celebrates as Pella advances to the finals.

Emily Holterhaus celebrates as Pella advances to the finals.

In 3A Dike New Hartford continued it’s winning ways by sending Kuemper Catholic home, but not without a fight. Kuemper’s Kara Peter and Aimee Adams combined for 28 kills to push the third game beyond 25, forcing Dike New Hartford to score 29 points to move on.

The other 3A team to earn Friday play is Union who’s No. 13 Megan Hudson and No. 11 Payton Parker combined for 51 kills to overcome a feisty Mount Vernon in four games. Mount Vernon took Union to the limit, pushing the fourth game past 25 points, the final score 32-30.

Megan Hudson scored 25 kills helping top-seeded Union to the finals.

Megan Hudson scored 25 kills helping top-seeded Union to the finals.

In 2A, eight-seed Waterloo Columbus Catholic continues it’s upsetting ways by beating four-seed Unity Christian in three close games. Waterloo will take on Western Christian, who wore down Council Bluffs St. Albert in three games, earning a spot on the court in the finals.

Janesville’s front line recorded 46 kills to take down Holy Trinity Catholic in three games, who’s 31 kills were not enough. Janesville will take on Hudson in the finals at 7:00 p.m. After loosing the first game to Springville, it was all Hudson as No. 12 Kiley DiBerg had 34 kills to help their team to the finals.

Famous names: The Clayberg family of Pella owns a well-established athletic name. Brothers Nathan and Noah were all-state football players. Now sister Natalie, a sophomore, has helped the volleyball team reach the Class 4A state championship. Dad Brett was a football star and mom Megan played and coached volleyball. Noah plays at Iowa and Nathan is at Drake.

John Naughton, The Des Moines Register. jnaughton@dmreg.com

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CISN & IPTV set to air IGHSAU State Volleyball Championships

14856075_1854398384782275_5385801251287481126_oCISN.tv and Iowa Public Television combine to stream 2016 Iowa Girls State Volleyball Championships live

The Central Iowa Sports Network (CISN) and Iowa Public Television combine resources to stream IGHSAU State Volleyball Championship quarterfinal, semifinal and final games live from US Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids beginning on Tuesday, November 8 at noon.

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Live streaming of the quarterfinal and semifinal games of all classes will be available at www.cisn.tv and www.iptv.org and on the CISN app as well as on the CISN YouTube Channel. Final games of each class will be aired live on IPTV as well as streamed at www.cisn.tv.

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-8-10-25-amClass 5A Games begin at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 8, with Class 4A beginning at 4 p.m. Streaming of Class 3A quarterfinals will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Class 2A quarterfinals begin at 2 p.m. and Class 1A quarterfinals begin at 6 p.m. 

Semifinal games will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10.

On Friday, Nov. 11 Class 5A will kick off final matches at 10 a.m. Matches will begin every two hours with the finals of Class 1A starting at 6 p.m. 

Coverage is all free and accessible to anyone with a computer, phone, tablet and an internet connection.

Free streaming is brought to you by the Mid American Energy High School Girls Sports Network and through the support of Faraway Foods and the Iowa Pork Producers.

Central Iowa Sports Network is the No. 1 social streaming platform dedicated to local Iowa sports. Iowa Public Television is Iowa’s statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, alternative programming that educates, enlightens, and entertains Iowans throughout the state.

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State Volleyball Pairings announced

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Pairings have been announced for the IGHSAU Girls State Volleyball Championship Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, November 8 in Cedar Rapids.

Central Iowa schools are well represented in the 5A tournament with Dowling Catholic, Ankeny, Ankeny Centennial and West Des Moines Valley taking four of the eight slots in quarter-final play.

West Des Moines Valley, with it’s 40 wins and only four losses, takes on the 23-10 Dubuque Hempstead on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. on Court 2 at the Five Season’s Center in Cedar Rapids. The Ankeny Hawks, at 37-5 will challenge Linn-Mar (33-8) on Court 1 at the same time.

STATE VOLLEYBALL BRACKETS

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-8-09-50-amStarting the quarter-final play will be Dowling Catholic and Cedar Falls. The Maroons take a 27-15 record to the net against a tough 38-win Tiger team on Court 1 at noon on Tuesday. Also playing at noon, Ankeny Centennial (32-3) will challenge Iowa City West (23-14) on Court 2.

4A play begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday as well. Leading off on Court 1 will be the 36-4 Pella Dutch against 29-13 Nevada Cubs who earned their place in the tournament with a victory over Dallas Center Grimes in regional play. 

The battle of the rivers will take place at 4 p.m. as well, when 30-8 Council Bluffs‘ Lewis Central take on Dubuque Wahlert (25-6) on Court 2.

14856075_1854398384782275_5385801251287481126_oAt 6 p.m. the cross-town rivalry between Marion (34-9) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (31-9) takes place on Court 2. At the same time, Charles City takes their 37-5 record against the 34-8 Bishop Heelan team on Court 1.

On Wednesday, quarter-final action takes place starting at 10 a.m. for class 3A. Action for the 2A teams will begin at 2 p.m and 1A at 6 p.m., and conclude after the 8 p.m. matches.

Watch every game live on CISN.tv. Coverage begins on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at noon. Iowa Public Television will televise final games on Friday, Nov. 11, starting with the 5A finals at 10 a.m. CISN.tv will also stream IPTV’s coverage live online and on our app. Download the app for free on both android and apple devices.

Story by David Mable, CISN.tv. David can be reached at dave@cisn.tv. 

Johnston's Patrick Bose finished first at the Class 4A boys’ state cross country meet in 15 minutes, 37.2 seconds. Photo: Michael Zamora, The Register

Johnston’s Bose wins state XC individual title. Team victory goes to Dowling Catholic

By Cory Goodwin, The Des Moines Register

Johnston's Patrick Bose finished first at the Class 4A boys’ state cross country meet in 15 minutes, 37.2 seconds. Photo: Michael Zamora, The Register

Johnston’s Patrick Bose finished first at the Class 4A boys’ state cross country meet in 15 minutes, 37.2 seconds. Photo: Michael Zamora, The Register

FORT DODGE, Ia. — Patrick Bose pumped his arms as he came running down the final stretch. The Johnston senior kept his head turned forward and his eyes on the finish line.

Nothing, not even fans screaming the name of the runner behind him, would deter him from his goal.

“I heard his name, and I didn’t know how far he was behind me,” Bose said, referencing Cedar Falls’ Sam Schillinger. “I just knew I wasn’t looking back.”

COMPLETE STATE XC RESULTS

Bose finished first at the Class 4A boys’ state cross country meet on Saturday at the Lakeside Golf Course. He ran a time of 15 minutes, 37.2 seconds, nearly 6 full seconds ahead of Schillinger in second.

As a team, Johnston ended up sixth with 190 points, while Dowling Catholic won the boys’ team title with 100. Pleasant Valley finished second with 102 points, while Cedar Rapids Prairie took third with 140.

Dowling finished with four runners among the top 25 and was led by Matthew Carmody, who took third in a time of 15:47.8. Coach Timothy Ives was pleased with the way his team performed on a cool, windy day.

Matthew Carmody of Dowling Catholic celebrates his 4A team victory as he crosses the line at the state Cross Country meet in Fort Dodge. Photo: Michael Zamora, The Register.

Matthew Carmody of Dowling Catholic celebrates his 4A team victory as he crosses the line at the state Cross Country meet in Fort Dodge. Photo: Michael Zamora, The Register.

“We had some very strong individual performances and, admittedly, we had some guys who didn’t have their best days,” Ives said. “But nevertheless, that’s why you run, and why it’s a team sport. If one guy has a down day, we have teammates to pick him up, and that’s what happened today.”

West Des Moines Valley finished just shy of a team trophy, taking fourth place with 147 points. Waukee, Indianola and Ankeny finished 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.

Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the Class 3A team title with 86 points, just two fewer than second-place Grinnell. Dallas Center-Grimes took third with 142. Marion’s Jeremy Fopma and Myles Bach finished 1-2 with times of 16:02.6 and 16:14.5.

Mid-Prairie of Wellman took home the Class 2A team title with 98 points, ahead of Unity Christian (115) and Western Christian (130). Ogden’s Andrew Stumbo won the individual crown with a time of 15:53.6.

Nodaway Valley ran away with the Class 1A crown, totaling 36 points, ahead of both Pekin (92) and ACGC (105). Two Nodaway Valley runners finished in the top 10 overall, with Shan Breheny taking third in 16:41 and Brycen Wallace taking eighth in 16:56.7.

Cody Goodwin covers high school sports and college basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. Reach him at (515) 783-4458, email him at cgoodwin2@dmreg.com, or send him a tweet at @codygoodwin.