VINTON -- There were a couple of big storylines to follow Saturday afternoon at Garrison Fieldhouse. And the good part was that both stories had a happy ending for the ladies in white.The 13th-rated Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes shook off an icy start to their night to roll past Mount Vernon, 64-39 in the first round of the Class 3A Regional basketball tournament in a late matinee.
So anyway...Tuesday night I was able to make a Facebook post announcing that Coach Rich Haisman's Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes had won a share of the WaMaC West championship for the first time since 2001. That was an exciting, joyous and altogether staggering statement for someone with my mileage to make. This team has been a blast to watch; a collection of seniors who've survived some of the leanest years imaginable, coupled with a collection of sophomores who've brought an energy back to what was a dying program.
VINTON -- CJ Rickels exploded for 23 points, and was joined in double figures by fellow members of the Class of 2021 Derron Hughes and David Lapan-Islas as the Vinton-Shellsburg boys' basketball team (8-9 on the season) bested Williamsburg 63-56 in a Senior Night WaMaC West showdown at the Garrison Fieldhouse Tuesday night.Coming off last week's painful 56-38 loss to Center Point-Urbana, Coach Joe Johnson's Vikes came out strong, leading 15-9 after one period and 36-20 at the half.
The wild and wooly WaMaC West girls' basketball race got ever wilder and woolier Monday night.After dropping two straight league games, Coach Rich Haisman's 3A-No. 13 Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes (16-4 on the year) went into Tiffin and crushed 4A-No. 15 Clear Creek-Amana 60-34, to send the race into a complete flip-flop. Abby Davis led the Vikettes with 14 points, while Alyssa Griffith added 12.
Bitter cold temperatures and blizzards didn’t slow them down. Altered workouts and lost pool time due to a pandemic couldn’t either. Nor did having to face some of the toughest competition in the State in a single-class sport. On Saturday, the Stormin’ Vikings overcame all of these obstacles as they punched their ticket to the State meet in four events at the District Swim Meet in Dubuque.
The weather couldn’t hold down the Stormin’ Vikings swim team who had to wait until Monday to get their half of the Conference Meet in last night in Williamsburg. The other four teams in the Conference had already gotten their meet in at Boone on Saturday. The team turned is a strong performance despite some adversity to capture with in the Conference, narrowly missing second by a mere 12 points.
TRAER -- The Vinton-Shellsburg Viking wrestlers kept up their hot streak Saturday. Coming on the heels of their double-dual meet sweep of Center Point-Urbana and Benton Community on Thursday, the Vikes won three individual titles, added three runner-up finishes and took second-place team honors at the North Tama Invitational.Aldin Swanson won the 106-pound championship, while 132-pounder Damon Swenson and 138-pounder Brady Ortner picked up titles as well.
It felt like beginnings of a State wrestling tourament anyway: Weigh-ins done, eight mats laid out across the arena floor, scoreboards lit up, and while the fans had yet to admitted, the teams were filtering out from the locker rooms to begin warming-up. And the 10-members of the Vinton-Shellsburg's team, their managers and one assistant coach -- after all the selfies and team pictures were taken -- circled up begin getting loose.
CORALVILLE — It was a day to remember, with another day to come. A 10-woman contingent of Vinton-Shellburg Vikette wrestlers rolled into Coralville's shiny new Xtream Arena for the 2021 Iowa Wrestlers and Coaches Association Girls' State Wrestling Tournament, as four of the 10 remain alive going into Saturday morning's action.Freshman 106-pounder Bree Swenson, junior 138-pounder Rachel Bane and senior 145-pounder Geordyn Webster are going to battling in the consolation round, while junior -- and returning State placewinner -- 145-pounder Bailey Weeks will kick off the day for the Black & Gold in the championship bracket quarterfinals.
VINTON -- We'll be reporting live from Xtream Arena in Coralville and the 2021 Girls' State wrestling tournament.Coach Brian Sheston's Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes will have 10 representatives in the tournament which begins at 1:30 p.m. The Vikettes' first round match-ups are:106: Emma Gillen vs. Haddon Anderson, Chariton106: Bree Swenson -- BYE120: Carly Williams vs.