Athletes from around the state to compete in over 50 sportsRegistration is now open for the majority of sports in the 2021 Summer Iowa Games presented by Grinnell Mutual. After an abbreviated 2020 Iowa Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa Games team is excited to be able to offer opportunities to compete in over 50 sports this summer.Sports and competitions will take place in the Ames community and Iowa State University.
The third time was a charm Sunday night for Jeff Larson.The Freeport, Ill., driver made the third visit of his IMCA Modified career to the Benton County Speedway and won for the first time at Vinton, taking the $2,000 checkers on Michael & Dowd Night at The Bullring.Larson stayed on the higher groove throughout the 25-lapper after passing pole starter Lucas Lamberies on the second circuit.
The 2021 racing season will get underway at the Benton County Speedway, “Bullring” with the Frostbuster featuring five classes of race cars. The IMCA Modifieds will headline the program with $2,000 to win the main event. Hot Laps will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the racing action getting underway at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 4th. The kids in attendance will be treated to a special Easter Egg Hunt as part of the Easter Sunday special racing event at the “Bullring” located on the Benton County Fairgrounds in Vinton, Iowa.
Wednesday’s scheduled IMCA Frostbuster at Benton County Speedway has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 4.Track officials made that announcement after determining they could not get the dirt oval at Vinton race-ready for the number of cars expected to compete on the original date.Along with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, Mach-1 Sport Compacts will be on the Sunday card.
The IMCA Modified winner will make bank on Michael & Dowd Frostbuster Night at Benton County Speedway.The Wednesday, March 31 main event at The Bullring pays $2,000 to win and is a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250 to win to complete the race night card.
Vikette swimming ace Marin Redlinger made it official Friday when she signed her NCAA swimming paperwork to become a member of Luther College's Norse women's swimming program.A pre-med major, Redlinger was part of Vinton-Shellsburg-Union Coach Ashley Hesson's powerhouse relays last last season as Redlinger qualified for the State swimming meet in both the 200 Medley and 200 Free relays last fall at the State meet at Marshalltown.
Vikette swimmer Geordyn Webster's career is far from over, after the speedy senior signed with Iowa Central Community College's Triton swimming team.Webster was quite versitle over her career, swimming in pretty much every event. But she will specializing in sprints with the Tritons. Webster was joined for the signing by VSU swimming coach Ashley Hesson.
Vinton-Shellsburg senior Noah Lindauer took a step off into the future Friday, when he signed a letter of intent to play men's volleyball at William Penn University in Oskaloosa. Lindauer will be a setter for the Statesmen, who are in their first year of a men's program.While men's volleyball is not well-known in the area, 10 Iowa college (nine of them in the NAIA) now have the sport.
Vinton-Shellsburg's Voyager dance team faced a lot of challanges in the 2020-21 season, but Saturday night they put it all behind them with a spectacular Spring Show, "The Last Dance."Like most programs, the Voyagers' season was disrupted by Covid, the Derecho, and the realities of the time. But under returning head coach -- and Voyager veteran -- Melanie Davis, and assistant coach and 2020 Voyager grad Allissa Hendrix, the 22-member squad put together a great season.
In a Friday morning ceremony in the Garrison fieldhouse, Vinton-Shellsburg soccer senior standout David Lapan-Islas signed his letter of intent to play soccer at Hawkeye Community College next season.Lapan-Islas was joined at the signing by his parents Tony and Renee, along with his sister Mya, Viking head coach Kyle McAbee, HCC head coach Leo Driscoll and assistants Anthony Velez and Nicole Driscoll, and Red Tail women's player -- and former Vikette -- Taryn Sutton.