One of the charter members of the Western Iowa Conference is departing. The Griswold Community School District, which joined the WIC in 1971, will be leaving for the Corner Conference beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

Finalists previously announced for The World-Herald’s honor were Kate Walker of Red Oak, Serena Parker of Shenandoah, Natalie Mostek of Creston, Jess Schaben of Harlan, Jay Wolfe of Creston, Austin Simmons of CB Lewis Central, Chase Shiltz of Creston and Korey Kuhlmann of Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto. Winners will be chosen from the six girls and six boys finalists.

The situation called for restraint, not recklessness. So when Griswold’s Rebekah Topham pulled into second place behind Pekin’s Gwynne Wright at the 1,000-meter mark of Thursday’s Class 1-A 3,000, she was content to stay there for a while.

This should be one of the happiest weeks of Rebekah Topham’s senior year. The home-schooled student who competes for Griswold High School recently announced her college intentions, choosing to run Division I track and cross country at Wichita State. However, that excitement has been tempered for the moment because Topham’s health is far from optimal.

Drake Relays officials on Saturday released the list of qualifiers for the 16 girls and boys high school events in the 106th running of “America’s Athletic Classic” from Thursday through next Saturday.

Rebekah Topham will take a run at history Saturday. This time, all the Griswold senior wants to do is win the race. Topham already owns three state cross country titles. Twice, her time was the best among all runners in all classes at that year’s meet.

The saying goes, ‘Practice makes perfect,’ but on Friday night, Griswold’s Caleb Schaaf proved otherwise. Held out of practice all week with a lingering knee injury, Schaaf exploded for 227 yards and three touchdowns, spearheading a Tiger running game that accounted for 541 yards in a 50-28 victory over Tri-Center.

Sometimes in the last two decades Griswold hung tough with Council Bluffs St. Albert. Sometimes it got blown out. On Friday night, the Tigers got even in emphatic fashion while ending a pair of long St. Albert football streaks. Derek Kirchhoff ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns and fellow senior Caleb Schaaf added 204 rushing yards and a score as Griswold dropped St. Albert 48-28 on Friday night.

HUMBLE, Texas — Rebekah Topham of Griswold, Iowa, and the Cornhusker Flyers won her second gold medal Sunday during the final day of competition at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics.

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