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Vikettes begin softball season with two one-run games

By Dean Close · 11:22am May 26th, 2016 · 15 hours ago
The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes opened their softball season with a 10-9 win at Grinnell, scoring five in the top of the 7th and holding on for the win. Senior Maci Griffith led the Vikettes with four hits and three runs; sophomore Bif Davis also scored three times for VS. Rachel Tandy and Alex Maynard pitched for VS, with Maynard recording the win.

Tandy sisters to represent VS at Girls State Golf Meet

By Janet Woodhouse · 12:20pm May 24th, 2016
Sisters Lauren and Rachel Tandy will represent Vinton-Shellsburg at next week's State Golf Meet. Lauren, a senior who will play golf at Mount Mercy, carded an 82, good for second place at the Regionals even in Waverly on Monday. Rachel, a sophomore finished third with an 84. The siblings, who call themselves "best friends," are among five individuals advancing to State from that Regional meet.

Hawkeye Dirt Tour comes to Benton County Speedway May 30

By Bill Martin, IMCA · 10:17pm May 23rd, 2016
The best Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers from across the Hawkeye State and much of the Midwest converge on Benton County Speedway next Monday, May 30 for the first of a dozen 2016 Hawkeye Dirt Tour events. The Memorial Day feature at Vinton pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a quali­fier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Vikings bring home 2016 State Track 3A Runner Up trophy

By Dean Close · 7:56am May 23rd, 2016
Jim Struve stood on the bumper of a Vinton fire truck, looking toward the athletes who had just set new school records and returned home with a 2016 Iowa State Track Meet Runner Up trophy and banner. But the Vinton-Shellsburg High School Activies and Atheletics Director did not start his remarks by praising the speed or athleticism of the students who had gathered around him.

While their fans erupted in cheers, the four members of the Vinton-Shellburg girls 4 X 800 relay team reacted to their school-record setting performance with tears. It was an emotional end to years of teamwork, hard work and friendship among three friends and a little sister who have made running an important part of their high school routine.

The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings track team heads into Saturday in 2nd place among all Class 3A teams, with 34 points, seven behind 1st-place Pella. Leading the Vikings on Friday were Tyler Bartz, who took second place in the long jump while setting a new school record for the second time this season; and the 4 X 200 team (Nick Hyland, Jordan Womochil, Joel Barnes and Bartz), which finished second with a time of 1:28.

On to State! Stueck leads Viking golfers to District title

By Chad Pettyjohn, VS Boys Golf Coach · 11:09pm May 19th, 2016
The Vikings won their district tournament Wednesday at the Amana Colonies Golf Club to advance to the state tournament May 26th and 27th at Spring Valley Golf Course. Tyler Stueck led the Vikings carding an 82 and winning medalist honors. Tyler won the medal beating Dalton Myers from Washington who qualified for state as an individual.

Joel Barnes lined up in Lane 5; Tyler Bartz in Lane 3. In between them for the final heat of the State Track 400M run at Drake Stadium stood JoJo Frost, their fast neighbor from nearby Center Point Urbana. The announcer listed Frost as a state leader in that event; he entered the State Meet as the state leader in the 400M hurdles as well.

Iowa Healthy Kids Track Meet: Local winners advance to State

By Vinton Parks & Recreation · 12:16pm May 18th, 2016
Over 100 area youth ranging in ages from 5 to 14 years old participated in the Vinton Parks & Recreation Department sponsored Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet on Monday, May 16 at the Karr Athletic Complex. A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers that generously donated their time to help make this event a success! All youth who participated received a certificate.

Vikette soccer team honors seniors, to host Regional opener May 31

By Dean Close · 3:26am May 18th, 2016
Tuesday was Senior Night for the V-S girls soccer team, and the Vikettes honored eight players who are nearing the end of their high school careers: Maci Griffith, Daisy Johnson, Abby Gloede, Lyndsey Cornell, Grace Milroy, Emily Reisch, Emily Howes-Vonstein and Chloe Osborn. Coach Dave Cornell mentioned each by name in a post-game ceremony, thanking each for their contributions.

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