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Benton County Speedway “Frostbuster” Cancelled

By Vinton Today · March 25th, 2020
Vinton, Iowa: The “Frostbuster” Stock Car Racing event scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd at the Benton County Speedway has been cancelled. Citing concerns for the safety and well being of the drivers, crews, fans and officials, the Dripps family has made the decision to cancel the early spring racing special at the Benton County Speedway located on the Benton County Fairgrounds in Vinton, Iowa.

Four Iowa High School Boys’ Basketball Tournament players were selected to receive a 2020 Iowa Bankers Association Student Athlete Achievement Award, and they will be presented with the award at their local bank. One high school senior from each class received a $1,000 scholarship from the IBA to the college of his choice.

(East & West) Wamac All Conference Boys Basketball Selections for 2019-2020

By Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools · March 3rd, 2020
2019-20 WaMaC WEST All-Conference Boys Basketball Teams* Unanimous Selection1st Team:* Kole Tupa Sr Center Point-Urbana* Christian Withrow Jr Clear Creek-Amana* Tyler Schrepfer Sr Clear Creek-Amana* Draven Williams Sr Williamsburg* Kaden Wetjen Sr WilliamsburgCJ Rickels Jr Vinton-ShellsburgNick O’Connor Sr Clear Creek-Amana2nd Team:Grant Embretson Sr Benton CommunityTurner Schroeder Sr Benton CommunityAlex Wade Sr Center Point-UrbanaCaleb Andrews Sr Center Point-UrbanaSam Griffith Sr Vinton-ShellsburgJose Wilson Sr Vinton-ShellsburgLevi Weldo...

Beyer signs to play football at Waldorf

By Jeff Holmes · March 1st, 2020
With the stroke of pen Wednesday, Luke Beyer transitioned from a Viking to a Warrior. Beyer, a 5-9, 195-pound senior hard-hitting linebacker for the last two seasons for the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings, signed his national letter of intent to play college ball at Waldorf University, flanked by his parents, Gary and Bonnie Beyer of rural Vinton.

2019-20 Girls Basketball All-WaMaC Conference selections

By Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools · February 27th, 2020
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Last-second drama puts Ortner in the consolation semis!

By Jeff Holmes · February 22nd, 2020
Brady Ortner scored a last-second reversal and near-fall to defeat Harlan's Ethan Lemon, 14-13 to advance to Saturday's 126-pound consolation semifinals. Ortner (44-7) led Lemon 10-9 with 30 seconds to go when the Cyclone got a takedown and turned him for a two-point near-fall. But with nine seconds left, Ortner managed to get out from underneath and scored the reversal and back points to score the 14-13 win.

Ortner advances, clinches medal with dramatic win

By Jeff Holmes · February 21st, 2020
Vinton-Shellsburg's Brady Ortner has defeated freshman Ethan DeLeon of Sioux City Heelan, 1-0 in the second round of the Class 2A consolation bracket.With the victory Ortner (43-7) advances to tonight's consolation 3rd round against Ethan Lemon of Harlan (37-10 of and most importantly he has wrapped-up at least 8th-place in the tournament and a spot in on the medal podium Saturday night.

Ortner advances with a fall, will wrestle in Friday's 2nd round

By Jeff Holmes · February 20th, 2020
Viking sophomore Brady Ortner pinned Jack Ites of Iowa Falls-Alden in Thursday's first round of consolations to advance to Friday's second-round. Ortner pinned Ites in 1:57 of the first period. He will wrestle the loser of the quarterfinal match between Ethan DeLeon of Sioux City Heelan and Joe Sullivan of Osage.

Ortner falls 3-2 in State opener, consolations shortly

By Jeff Holmes · February 20th, 2020
Vinton-Shellsburg wrestler Brady Ortner dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to Brock Beck of Grinnell (ranked No. 2 in the State at 126) in the first round of the State tournament this afternoon in Des Moines. Brady (41-7) will be in action again shortly in the consolation round, facing Jack Ites of Iowa Falls-Alden as he looks to stay alive in the tourney.

The track where Corey Dripps started his racing career nearly 30 years ago is the same track he’ll promote in 2020.Dripps and his father Rick, partners in Specialty Racing Promotions Inc., will be in charge for their first full season at Benton County Speedway. They’d promoted a single event, the season-ending Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour show, at Vinton, the traditional home track of the IMCA Modified division, last September.

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