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Nolan Haisman was the top winner from Vinton-Shellsburg during the Bobcat Invitational cross country meet on Saturday. Haisman, and 8th-grader, won the middle school boys race by 30 seconds over the second place finisher. VSMS runners also finished in the third through sixth place slots during the event.

Charles City ruins Vikings' District opener, 36-10

By Dean Close · 12:40am September 13th, 2014
Nobody named Murphy was on the roster during the Vinton-Shellsburg district football opener against Charles City, but Murphy's law seemed to rule over the Vikings in a 36-10 loss in the first contest between the two schools in many years. Just about everything went wrong for the Vikings, where missed tackles and penalties on 4th downs helped keep Comet drives alive.

Volleyball: Williamsburg edges Vikettes, 3-2

By Vinton Today · 11:44am September 10th, 2014
The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes hosted Williamsburg in high school volleyball Tuesday in Vinton. The Raiders won the match, 3-2, with a 15-10 fifth game giving them the victory. See the Vikette stats page HERE. Photos courtesy of Anthony Bobb, Visual Journey Photography

Benton loses to Dewitt Central; prepares for Ballard in district opener

By Dean Close · 9:05am September 10th, 2014
The Benton Community Football team opens its district season this Friday, when the Bobcats host Ballard. Benton lost to DeWitt Central last week by a touchdown, 14-7. See stats HERE. Photos courtesy of Antony Bopp, Visual Journey Photography. See more of his photos HERE.

Meet the Vikings' newest football opponent: The Charles City Comets

By Dean Close · 11:05am September 9th, 2014
When the Charles City football players board their bus outside the school at 1 Comet Drive for the 88-mile journey to the Karr Athletic Complex, they will be introducing to the Vinton-Shellsburg district and community a city much like their own. Under the new football district alignment, V-S will play Charles City in the first district contest of the season this year and next.

Prep volleyball: Vikettes improve to 6-4 after weekend home tournament

By Dean Close · 9:20am September 8th, 2014
The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes hosted other area teams in a volleyball tournament Saturday. The Vikettes defeted Hampton-Dumont and Highland, but lost to Janesville and West Delaware, all by scores of 2-0. The Vikettes host Williamsburg on Tuesday. See more photos HERE. See the team's stat page HERE.

It was clear in the locker room, said Vinton-Shellsburg football coach Jim Womochil, that losing to South Tama -- even though the Trojans had entered Friday's game ranked 14th in Class 2A -- was not acceptable to his players. Standing outside that locker room after his team's 17-14 loss Friday night, Womochil gestured toward the facility and said, "In there I saw tears.

Former Vikings Hallberg, Tranel ready for start of college football season

By Dean Close · 12:34pm September 5th, 2014
Two former Vinton-Shellburg stand-outs are preparing for the upcoming college football season which starts tomorrow. Troy Hallberg, a senior lineman at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, will suit up in the purple jersey with the number 61, starting at tackle, when the Tigers host Simpson College at 1 p.

Rough road ahead: Vikings face ranked opponents in first three away games

By Dean Close · 11:51am September 3rd, 2014
The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings 2014 football season includes a long and challenging road schedule. The first three of the Vikings four away games are against ranked opponents. The road trips begin this Friday, as the Vikings travel to South Tama. Although they won just three games last year, the Trojans are much improved, says Viking coach Jim Womochil.

VS girls second, boys fourth, at Williamsburg cross country meet

By Dean Close · 11:26am September 3rd, 2014
Lily Horst and Derek Dinderman again led Vinton-Shellsburg cross country runners during Tuesday's meet in Williamsburg. Each placed third in their varsity races. The Vikings finished fourth in team scoring; the Vikettes were second. See complete results below: Varsity girls Varsity boys JV girls JV boys See more photos from cross country mom Nancy Jorgensen HERE.

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