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Two days ago, former Vinton-Shellsburg and Mount Mercy softball standout Liz Hill was named the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 1A Northeast District Coach of the Year. Also honored on that All-District team were Kendra and Courtney Cooper, Liz's 8th and 9th-grade cousins and Lansing Kee pitchers; as well as Kee junior Valerie Meyer.

Vikings end season with heart-breaking District loss, 3-2

By Dean Close · 1:45pm July 22nd, 2014
Ahead of Clear Creek-Amana, 2-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Vinton Shellsburg Vikings allowed two runs and ended their season on the short end of a 3-2 score in the District championship game. Sophomore pitcher Tyler Rippel held the Clippers to two earned runs; he also had a productive game at the plate, scoring both of the Vikings' runs.

Hogan among racers on Fast Shafts All-Star Race ballot

By Dean Close · 8:19am July 22nd, 2014
Scott Hogan is again on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational race, which takes place in Boone on Sept. 5. Hogan is among more than 40 Modified drivers in the North Central Region. Three drivers from each region will be selected from voting that takes place this week; 13 more total participants will be selected in round two, which begins July 29.

Vikings avenge earlier losses; defeat Williamsburg in District play

By Dean Close · 7:36am July 19th, 2014
The Vinton-Shellsburg baseball team advanced in post-season play, defeating Williamsburg, 6-5 in a come-from-behind road win. Down 5 to 1 after the second inning, the Vikings tied the game in the fifth then took the lead in the seventh. Freshman Scottie Wirth pitched the first five innings; sophomore Tyler Rippel earned the win, pitching hitless sixth and seventh innings.

Former Vikette Hill taking her softball team and 3 cousins to State

By Dean Close · 11:02am July 18th, 2014
While the high school softball season is over for Vinton-Shellsburg, one VSHS alum and former All-Wamac player is now preparing for her first appearance at State as a head coach. Adding to the emotion of this moment is the fact that three of the players are the coach’s cousins. Liz Hill, a 2008 graduate who later went on to set a new home run record at Mount Mercy in Cedar Rapids, is taking her young Lansing Kee team to the State tournament.

Stueck Places at Optimist Golf Tourney

By Vinton Today · 9:47am July 15th, 2014
Tyler Stueck golfed a 76 just 4 over par at Ellis Park in Cedar Rapids on July 14th. Stueck was tied for 1st place, ended up 2nd due to a card back. There was a total of 29 kids in the 15-18 year old division. This upcoming Thursday Tyler competes at Lake Panorama in a Junior State Tournament that he earlier had to qualify for.

Auringer earns second Hogan Memorial win at Benton County Speedway

By Ryan Clark · 12:34pm July 14th, 2014
The last time J.D. Auringer won the Hogan Memorial, he led every lap except one. He did himself one better Sunday night at Benton County Speedway. Auringer, who first won the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified special in 2007, led all 40 laps Sunday night to earn his second victory in the event’s 20-year history.

The Vinton-Shellsburg High School softball team came literally within an inch of tying the Independence Mustangs in Tuesday's regional softball action. The Vikettes lost, 5-4, and came within an inch -- or less-- of scoring what would have been the tying run, when pinch-runner Hannah Kalous was thrown out at home plate; the catcher had dropped the ball, but quickly picked it up and tagged her again while blocking home plate.

Tyler Stueck of Vinton competed in a PGA Tournament Qualifier at Twin Pines in Cedar Rapids on July 7th. Stueck placed 1st shooting a 1 over par carding a 73. By placing 1st, he qualifies for The State Junior PGA Tournament which will be held at Lake Panorama.

Hogan Memorial event to bring more prize money, drivers to Vinton next Sunday

By Bill Martin, IMCA · 10:13pm July 6th, 2014
It’s billed as the most antici­pated event of the year at Benton County Speedway and the 20th annual Hogan Memorial is a good bet to be just that. The Sunday, July 13 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modi­fied main event pays $1,250 to win, an­other $50 for each of the 40 laps led, plus $250 to the leader at mid­way.

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