The Creston girls turned in a strong performance on Wednesday to finish second in the Class 3-A state golf tournament at Coldwater Links in Ames.
Klaassen made five 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 26 points Friday night in the Cyclones’ 67-44 win over Creston in the Class 3-A, Substate 8 semifinal.
It hasn’t been a typical season for the Creston/Orient-Macksburg wrestling team. Between 10 guys who had never wrestled varsity in the mix and a couple of injuries along the way, longtime coach Darrell Frain has never quite known what to expect from the Panthers from night to night.
The Creston girls used the first nine games of the season to erase jitters from inexperience. But three-year starter Brielle Baker has taken the reins while her teammates get acclimated, averaging 21.2 points per game and 5.3 rebounds for a 3-6 Creston team that lost four straight before the break.
Despite continuing musical chairs at quarterback, Harlan reduced the importance of that position by controlling the line of the scrimmage Friday night.
Iowa loves its wrestling, and Creston/Orient-Macksburg has been at the heart of the championship chases for the last 15 years. The proof: nine top-four finishes in the Class 2-A traditional state meet in those 15 years, including seven top-three trophies and two titles (2007, 2016).
Perhaps the most impressive athletes are those who are The Guy without having to tell anyone they’re The Guy. Exhibit A: Chase Shiltz of Creston.
Three linemen, two superstar skill talents and one top national prospect who can live in the line and skill universes — not to mention throwing a shot put a half-mile. The 2017 World-Herald Super Six wasn’t among the hardest to pick, but it’s easily among the best in recent years.
Council Bluffs St. Albert’s Cy Patterson was struggling, and the stage was set for redemption.
Creston’s Trevor Downing, one of the top prospects in Iowa for 2018, has committed to Iowa State.
The senior and UNO signee placed ninth in the shot put at the Drake Relays last year, and placed fifth in Class 3-A at state. On Friday, she will enter the 2017 Drake Relays with the fourth-best throw in the state (44-2).
Of the 42 state champions who had their arms raised Saturday, Chase Shiltz might have been the least demonstrative.
Future college football teammates Chase Shiltz and Kadon Hulett of Creston/Orient-Macskburg will say goodbye to the sport of wrestling Saturday night, sharing the grandest high school stage.
The final state match involving a western Iowa wrestler Thursday drew the day’s biggest smile from Creston/Orient-Macksburg coach Darrell Frain.
A year after dropping a state dual semifinal to eventual champion Davenport Assumption, Creston/Orient-Macksburg tangled with the Knights once again.
Chase Shiltz called it a “come together.” His coach dubbed it a chance for new varsity members to gain some perspective. Either way, Creston/Orient-Macksburg wrestlers spent the last few practice days making sure a rare Hawkeye Ten Conference dual loss a week earlier wouldn’t turn into a trend.
Carroll’s Dayton Ross caught 38 passes for 710 yards last year, before adding about 25 pounds of muscle in the offseason. The senior’s pass-catching skills haven’t diminished.
The Panthers forced turnovers on all four of Glenwood’s fourth-quarter possessions, and sophomore Kylan Smallwood’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Zach Carlson with 9:45 left stood for the winning score in the Panthers’ 27-24 Class 3-A, District 7 victory over Glenwood.
He started his sophomore year by diving for the pylon on a two-point overtime run that sent his school to the UNI-Dome for the first time with a 50-49 victory.
Chase Shiltz finds another gear whenever he plays Harlan. Last fall, the Creston-Orient/Macksburg running back had a huge hand in ending the Cyclones’ season when he totaled 370 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-11 Panther postseason triumph.
Creston’s Taylor Briley got her team off to a promising start Wednesday with a first-inning solo home run. But the Panthers would get only one more hit the rest of the way as Fairfield took the Class 4-A first-round game.
After its most successful softball season in school history, many were wondering what Creston would do for an encore. To the delight of the folks in Union County, that encore will be back in Fort Dodge.
The Panthers have two teams in the Class 1-A girls state doubles tournament, played Thursday and Friday at Byrnes Park in Waterloo along with singles matches.
During a roughly 15-minute span early Friday afternoon, Creston/Orient-Macksburg put together the kind of stretch that wins state championships. Then the program nearly repeated the feat later Friday night.
The Creston/Orient-Macksburg wrestlers didn’t need any extra motivation entering Thursday’s state tournament. But then the Panthers on Wednesday came a whisker short of beating eventual Class 2-A state dual champion Davenport Assumption in the semifinals. Coach Darrell Frain was asked if that perhaps sharpened their focus.
Clinging to a two-point lead with 41 seconds remaining, Glenwood might have been expected to go into protect-the-ball mode and wait to be fouled.