Sports

Wed
21
Aug

Championships on the line at FCS

 

 

 

CUTLINE: Lynn Panos holds the winner’s trophy after taking the checkered flag in the Stock feature Friday, Aug. 16, at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union. This marked the Calmar native’s sixth win at the Speedway this season. With Panos is Kelly Fox, a ride-along with the Fayette Ambulance Service as she completes EMT training. (Jerry Blue photo)

 

Championships on the line at FCS

 

Wed
21
Aug

TigerHawk FB scrimmage Thursday

 

CUTLINE: Lincoln Johansen is one of the very few North Fayette Valley players who have locked down a position this season. Here the TigerHawk senior center has snapped the ball to the punter during a recent practice and has assumed a good stance from which to block. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

 

TigerHawk FB scrimmage Thursday

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

The North Fayette Valley 2013 football team will have its first unofficial appearance on Ron Wymer Field Thursday, Aug. 22.

The annual Sports Drink Scrimmage will give fans a glimpse of the team for just the cost of a bottle of any kind of sports drinks, which are vital for the players’ hydration during the season.

Wed
21
Aug

Knob Prairie raises over $25,000

 

Knob Prairie raises over $25,000

By Jerry Wadian
Sport Editor

jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The Knob Prairie Golf Tournament almost didn’t happen this year. 

According to Gary Bemiss, “I thought about not running it this year. We (Gary and current co-directors Paul Bemiss and Steve Heyer) didn’t want to compete with donations for Kaleidoscope Kids and Streetscape because they are so important to the community.”

The good news for local recreation is the organizers went ahead under the idea that “every little bit helps.”

Because of this, area recreation has $25,400 more to help area youth.

“We’re really pleased with the results,” noted Bemiss. “We had a tremendous response both from area businesses and small donations from individuals.”

Wed
14
Aug

FB Soap Scrimmage Aug. 22

 

 

TigerHawk sports begin practices
 

By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor

jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

North Fayette Valley started its first year of sports on Monday, Aug. 12, as football, volleyball, and cross country practices got underway.

The volleyball team kicked off the new era with practices from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The first NFV volleyball match will be held at Starmont on Thursday, Sept. 5.

While the official enrollment information from the state association will not be final until after Friday, Aug. 16, it looks as if the TigerHawks will compete in Class 3A for the playoffs. 

Once the official figures are in, the Echo will list UIC teams and their classification for all fall sports. Also starting practice on Monday were the NFV cross country and football teams.

Wed
14
Aug

Leonard to head NFV girls’ BB

 

Leonard to head NFV girls’ BB
 

By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor

jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

North Fayette Valley has hired a new head coach for girls’ basketball. The onus of leading the first TigerHawk team in history falls upon Sean Leonard. He will also be a PE and health teacher in the district.

The new headman is a graduate of Turkey Valley (2005) and UNI.

For the last two years he has been the head baseball coach at Hudson. He was also the Pirates’ assistant boys’ basketball coach for four seasons. Those four teams won four, 11, 15 and 18 games, respectively, and last year won conference and district titles. 

His other coaching experience includes five years as an assistant baseball coach to Dan Stepan at TV, and one season each at AGWSR and Jesup as an assistant middle school boys’ basketball coach.

Wed
14
Aug

Close points standings with 2 weeks to go

 

Simpson wins Corn Belt Clash

 

Chad Simpson increased his points lead as he won his fourth race of the season in the Corn Belt Clash on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union. 

With the field of Late Models strung out, Simpson cruised to victory.

In the regular feature races, Allison’s Trevor Fecht won the B-Mods. Adam Cline of Decorah just beat West Union’s Justin Hanson to the checkered flag in the Hobby Stock feature. Lansing’s Danny Cole Jr. edged Dan Trimble of Fairbank in the Stock class.

With just two races left this season, there is some intense competition in the points standings.

Paul Seabrooke has a 74-point lead (538-464) over friend and fellow Elgin native Jerrod Torkelson.

Perhaps the closest races are in the Hobby Stock and 600 Mod-Lite classes. 

Wed
14
Aug

Being part of the racing family

 

CUTLINE: As technical inspector for the speedways in West Union and Decorah, Mike Paulson’s job is to ensure that all the racecar drivers are following the rules in both the safety and performance aspects of racing. 

 

 

Being part of the racing family

By Amber Hovey
Contributing Writer

ahovey@fayettepublishing.com

 

For Mike Paulson of rural Hesper, dirt track racing has offered a career opportunity many race fans may not think about every Friday and Saturday night of racing season.

Paulson became the technical inspector for the Fayette County Speedway in West Union in 2000 and later was offered a job at Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, as well.

“I thought it was kind of interesting. I have been around racecars quite a bit,” said the inspector. 

He started helping friends work on their racecars in the late ‘80s.

Wed
07
Aug

NFV volleyball practice Monday

 

NFV volleyball practice Monday

The new North Fayette Valley TigerHawk volleyball team will begin practice on Monday, Aug. 12, in the high school gym. Practices for the first week will run from 7:30 to 10 a.m. 

All girls in grades 9-12 interested in playing for the TigerHawks this season should be in attendance; kneepads are recommended.

All players must have completed a physical in order to participate in practices.

For further information, contact head coach Bruce Ehler  at behler@n-fayette.k12.ia.us.

 
Wed
07
Aug

2 Tigers on All-District BB team

 

2 Tigers on All-District BB team

 

Valley baseball closed out its history by placing Grant Wagner and Phil Kleve on the 2013 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Associations (IHSBCA) Class 1A Northeast District All-District Team. Both players also earned All-UIC honors. 

Wagner made the First Team as a utility player. The senior hit .406 on the season and led the team with 29 stolen bases.

Kleve is on the Second Team,  also in a utility role. The sophomore hit .358 with a team-leading 31 RBI; he also went 3-5 on the mound with an ERA of 3.68, and opponents only hitting .226 against him.

The Tiger duo were the only UIC players on the Class 1A team. 

The UIC was better represented on Class 2A teams. The Cougars of Sumner-Fredericksburg had two make the First Team and three on the Second Team. South Winn had one player on each team, and Clayton Ridge landed one Eagle on the First Team.

Wed
07
Aug

Sports physicals today

 

Sports physicals today

 

Athletes still needing physicals to participate in fall sports can get them today (Wednesday, Aug. 7) at the North Fayette Valley Middle School (Valley campus).

Jess Dean of Dean Family Chiropractic will be conductingthe physicals. The cost is $25, with checks made out to Dean Family Chiropractic. Physicals take about 10 minutes with walk-ins welcome after 7:30 p.m.

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