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VPRD taking registrations for Adult CoEd Softball

By Matt Boggess, VPRD · 12:29pm July 28th, 2016
The Vinton Parks and Recreation Department is still taking registrations for Adult CoEd Softball. The cutoff for registration is Friday, July 29th. If you would like to reserve a spot in the league at no charge. Just go to https://apm.activecommunities.com/vprdzone/Activity_Search/85

Viking baseball wrap up: New records set in 2016 season

By Vinton Today · 8:48am July 27th, 2016
The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings and Coach Jim Struve gathered at Pizza Ranch for their annual wrap-up this week. Coach Struve honored some players for setting records, and presented team awards as well as all-conference and all-district honors. Tyler Rippel broke the Single Season Record for Fewest Walks Allowed per Inning .

VS alumn Liz Hill leads Lansing Kee to Class 1A Softball Championship

By Dean Close · 12:24am July 23rd, 2016
A 7-3 win over Akron-Westfield Friday night made the Lansing Kee High softball team the Class 1 champions. The team is coached by Vinton-Shellsburg graduate Liz Hill, who starred on the diamond for the Vikettes before setting home run records at Mount Mercy. Hill also led the team, which includes three of her cousins, to 2nd place at State in 2014.

Central DeWitt ace keeps Vikes from advancing to State

By Dean Close · 11:11am July 21st, 2016
Down 6-0 at the start of the sixth inning, the Vinton-Shellsburg baseball team rallied for five runs in the top of the sixth, and had runners on base. But with two outs and the go-ahead run at the plate, the Sabers coach replaced their starting pitcher with their undefeated one. Senior TJ Sikkema, the son of Sabers head coach Shane Sikkema, is 8-0 this season, with an era of .

When Vinton-Shellsburg varsity softball coach Bari Parrott went to the first-round game of the Class 1A State Softball Tournament, he found himself cheering for both teams. One one side – Belle Plaine – were Parrott's daughters, Lily and Grace. On the other, one of his former star players – Liz Hill.

Demo Derby's name a reminder of how much Stanley loved such events

By Dean Close · 12:56pm July 20th, 2016
When Jerry Stanley wasn't working or spending time with family, he was doing what he loved most: Getting ready for the next demolition derby. “He was always in his shop working on cars. He even built a mash car one year,” says Stanley's daughter, Lauren Carolan-Stanley. “People called him the Demo King.

Vikings one win away from returning to State Baseball Tournament

By Dean Close · 9:13am July 19th, 2016
With a 9-2 win over Marion at the Benton Community baseball field in Van Horne on Monday, the Vinton-Shellsburg varsity baseball team is just one win away from returning to State for the second season in a row. But to get to Des Moines, they must defeat a 30-11 Central DeWitt team that has already defeated V-S twice this season.

District Baseball Site Changed for July 18th

By Vinton Today · 1:11pm July 18th, 2016
Due to the storm damage to the Vinton-Shellsburg field, the Class 3A, District 7 – Vinton-Shellsburg vs. Marion baseball game has been moved from Vinton-Shellsburg to the Benton Community field. Start time will still be 7:00 pm.

Nathan Struve came to the plate in the top of the 7th, hoping to give the Vikings an insurance run. An error allowed Benton to score a run in the bottom of the 6th (because it was a District contest, the official home team is not determined by the location of the game), and the Vikings were hoping to add to their 3-2 lead.

Coach of the Year: State bowling group honors VS coach Amber Pattee

By Dean Close · 9:01am July 14th, 2016
As she looks forward to next year and preparing bowlers for the upcoming season, Vinton-Shellsburg bowling coach Amber Pattee has received one more honor for her work last season, when the VS boys were Class 1A State Champions. The Iowa Bowling Proprietors Association presented Pattee with the Class 1A Coach of the Year award on Wednesday, during the organization's annual summer meeting and trade show at Adventureland Inn.

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