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Vikette golfer Lauren Tandy outlasts pain with grit, unfailing smile

By Dean Close · 9:52pm April 17th, 2014
A few weeks ago, a stranger walked up to an Iowa military veteran (so identified by the cap he was wearing) and handed him a note from a Vinton-Shellsburg High School student. The unsigned note thanked the anonymous vet for his service to our country years ago. It moved him to tears. Many Iowa veterans have received such notes – all unsigned – from Vikette golfer Lauren Tandy this year.

Janssen medals for Vikings at Benton Invitational golf meet

By Chad Pettyjohn, VS Boys Golf Coach · 8:18am April 17th, 2014
The wind was a huge factor for everyone at Van Horne this weekend as the second round scores came in a little higher as the winds picked up Saturday. The Vikings were among seven teams battling the winds at the Benton Invitational. The tournament was won by West Delaware with a 316 in the 18-hole event.

Red Cedar Shooters host Xavier in first home trap meet of season

By Jeff Tilson, Red Cedar Shooters · 9:59pm April 16th, 2014
The V-S Red Cedar Shooters hosted C.R. Xavier in their first home meet of the season on Saturday, April 12. Overall squad finishes: 1st Xavier #2 with 217/250 2nd Red Cedar Black Squad (Drake Tilson, Nick Stein, Sara Jorgensen, Wyatt Lebeda and John Betterton) with 199/250 3rd Red Cedar Gold Squad (Hunter Martin, Caleb Svoboda, Jake Reisch, Cole Garwood and Jacob Patrilla) with 182/250 4th Red Cedar “Cedar” Squad (Dalton Nelson, Kyle Jorgensen, Shane Monaghan, Jay Lovell and Alex Dick) with 179/250 5th Xavie...

VPRD annual Adult Softball League registration deadline approaching

By Brad Barker · 10:31am April 16th, 2014
The Vinton Parks & Recreation Department is hosting its annual Adult Softball League and the deadline to get your team registered will soon be here. Captains wishing to field and men’s or women’s league team may complete a registration form by Friday, April 25th by either accessing it online at vprdzone.

VSU Special Olympians qualify for State event at Regionals

By Dean Close · 10:37am April 15th, 2014
While several Vinton-Shellsburg United Special Olympics athletes earned the right to compete in the state event in Ames in next month, the entire team will be making the trip to the event, said Mike Kramer, the father of Zach, who advanced in several events. "Of course we are a team and no one stays behind," said Mike.

VS Early Bird delayed, again

By Dean Close · 9:57am April 14th, 2014
The Vinton-Shellsburg Early Bird boys track meet, which had already been rescheduled from April 4 until today, has again been postponed due to cold, wet weather. With a high of around 40 predicted, VS officials have decided to delay the event, and are trying to reschedule the event.

Fast start: Hogan wins at Burlington, Donnellson in first weekend

By Dean Close · 8:26am April 14th, 2014
Despite the delay of the racing season by the late spring, and the cancellation of Sunday's "Frostbuster" event in Vinton due to rain, local dirt race track veteran Scott Hogan already has made two trips to Victory Lane. Hogan won Friday at the Lee County Speedway, then led from the green flag to the checkered flag in the 23-car Modified feature at Speedway 34 in Burlington on Saturday evening.

Jessen honored as medalist in Vikette golf opener

By Vinton Today · 9:58am April 11th, 2014
Mara Jessen led all golfers, shooting a 47 at the Wildcat on Thursday, April 10, in the Vinton-Shellsburg girls golf team home opener. Benton Community edged the Vikettes, 203-207, but two of the top three scorers were Vikettes. Lauren Tandy and Bobcat Sidney Volz were tied at 48. "It was good to get our first meet in after two were postponed due to weather and course conditions," said Coach Janet Woodhouse.

Stueck, Rippel lead Vikings to second place in golf opener

By Chad Pettyjohn, VS Boys Golf Coach · 11:22am April 10th, 2014
The Viking Boys Golf team started the year with a good round of golf Monday. The Vikings placed second at the meet shooting 161. Mount Vernon won the meet by 7 strokes with 154. Western Dubuque was third with 171. Mount Vernon had both the medalist and runner-up on their team. Tommy Hook and Andy DeKamp both shot 37 for the Mustangs.

Vikettes finish fourth at Jesup track meet

By Vinton Today · 10:24am April 10th, 2014
Payton Leonard led the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes to fourth place in the Jesup Invitational Track meet on Tuesday evening. Leonard finished second in the 200 and 400, and was anchor of the second-place 800 sprint medley team and the third-place 4 x 200 team; she led the team by scoring 20 of its 69 points.

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