The sophomore has emerged as the Wolverines’ go-to hitter. She is averaging 3.61 kills per set, third-best rate in the Corner Conference. The Wolverines, who placed second in the Corner Conference, open regional play at home against Griswold at 7 p.m. Monday.

Zena Courtier is a senior at East Mills High School in Malvern, Iowa. The 5-foot-5 libero leads the Corner Conference in digs per set (3.67) as a starter for the 13-10 Wolverines. She also runs on the first-year cross country program.

The East Mills freshman burst onto the western Iowa track scene Tuesday in the rain-shortened Cardinal Relays in Clarinda. In her first high school meet, she turned in the fastest time among the 21 schools in both the 400 (1:03.23) and 3,000 (11:21.89) meters.

Kreg Lensch wore an ear-to-ear smile as droves of Wildcat fans surrounded him and his players in celebration on the Glidden-Ralston football field. The long-tenured head coach had watched his team’s season end in the eight-man quarterfinal round three of the last four years. But he felt early on that this year’s group was different.

The Heartland Huskies were on the verge of pulling the biggest upset in Class D1 Thursday night. The East Butler Tigers, the highest scoring team in all of Eight-Man football and No. 6 ranked (Omaha World-Herald) had their undefeated season being challenged by the No. 14 seed Huskies.

Standing 6-foot-8 and weighing 240 pounds, Spencer Brown is usually the one blocking as someone else runs the football. That was true for all but one play in a key Iowa Eight-Man, District 8 showdown Friday night. With his Lenox team clinging to a two-point lead over East Mills in the third quarter, the senior took the handoff and scored from 2 yards out. The sequence turned out to be the beginning of 24 unanswered points as the ninth-rated Tigers pulled away from the Wolverines 38-12.

Sam Phillips looked exhausted. His jersey was ripped, and he was dripping with sweat. It happens when you put a team on your back. Phillips was brilliant for Eight-Man No. 1 Fremont-Mills Friday against East Mills.

The bet was $5. All Josh Hopkins had to do was win a wrestling match against a heavier friend. Hopkins was a seventh-grader with virtually no experience on the mat. Classmate Nick Perkins, with a notable advantage in technique and size, issued the challenge. To make it more fair, Perkins would take him on one-handed.

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