Join the Albia Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Feb. 9 from 6-8PM for a Valentine’s Family Party! The event will be held at the Albia Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 18 S Main St, Albia, Iowa 52531. There will be a glow in the dark dance party complete with food, crafts, and fun. Kid Friendly.
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Albia Rotary Club Hosts ‘Totally Awesome Trivia’
Dust off your leg warmers and tease up your hair, get your tables reserved to be there or be square. The Albia Rotary Club is hosting Totally Awesome Trivia on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at the KC Hall in Albia, Iowa. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the trivia begins at 7 PM. The team with the raddest outfits wins a prize.
The cost is $100 per team. To sign up or learn more, email the Albia Area Chamber of Commerce or call 641-932-5108.
South Central Conference Coaches Name All-Conference Volleyball Teams
The volleyball season has wrapped up for South Central Conference teams and the All-Conference players have been voted on and released. The SCC is made up of Knoxville, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Davis County, Albia, Centerville, Chariton, and Clarke.
The first team had seven players named and five of them were unanimous selections.
Knoxville’s senior Kayla Moats and sophomore Katie Keitges were honored as they led the Panthers to an unbeaten season in conference play.
They are joined by the EBF senior tandem of Torie Alexander and Emma Bunnell. The Rockets went 5-1 in the SCC this year.
Davis County’s Bailea Yahnke was the final unanimous choice. The junior led the Mustangs to a 4-2 SCC mark and a first round upset of EBF in regional play.
Albia sophomore Alex Beard and Centerville senior Madeline McDonald rounded out the first team honorees.
On the Second Team, EBF was the only school with multiple players named. The Rockets had senior Lexi Taylor and sophomore Grace Roberts honored.
Other players on the second team included Knoxville senior Cassidy Pearson, Davis County senior Alexa Francis, Chariton junior Grace Gengtson, Albia sophomore Abbey Griff, and Centerville senior Abby Sweet.
All seven teams had honorable mention players named from the conference coaches. Albia had sophomore Abbie Martin listed, EBF had junior Taylor Caves listed, and Knoxville had the trio of senior Ashley Vance, freshman Marley McKay, and sophomore Peyton McMurray on the honorable mention list.
Knoxville won the South Central Conference regular season title with an unbeaten 6-0 record, finishing the year 17-23 overall. EBF was the lone team to have a winning record on the season, going 21-16, although they finished second in the SCC with at 5-1.
Albia Teacher Faces Charges Again After Sexual Exploitation
A southern Iowa teacher accused of having sex with a student faces new charges after his previous arrest in June.
Court records show 29-year-old Zachary Simpson entered a not-guilty plea to sexual exploitation by a school employee in July.
Court records show a 16-year-old girl reported that she and Simpson had sex at least twice. Simpson had a no-contact order with the victim, but was recently seen with the victim.
Police said Simpson was at a city park with the alleged victim on Wednesday. Court documents show officers saw the victim exit the pickup and get into her car. Officers spoke with both of the individuals at the time.
Simpson was arrested and charged with violation of no-contact order. He plead guilty Friday and is now being held in the Monroe County Jail in lieu of a $2,000 bond.
Simpson will now be placed on the sex offender registry list.
Large Schools Look for Momentum Heading Into Volleyball Playoffs
We are within a week of every school beginning their trek to the Volleyball State Tournament at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The schools in Class 3A, Class 4A, and Class 5A will not have it easy to get there.
All first round games in these classes will be on Wednesday, October 18th at 7 PM.
In Class 3A Region 6, PCM (9-16) will have to go on the road to face West Marshall (27-10). The bracket is fairly loaded, so if PCM finds a way to get past West Marshall in the quarterfinals, #12 Iowa Falls-Alden could be awaiting them.
Staying in Class 3A, Region 8 involves four South Central Conference teams in the bottom half of the bracket. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (19-13) get Albia (10-19), a team they just beat in four sets on Tuesday night. Winner of that matchup will see either Davis County or Centerville. EBF has not lost to any of those teams all season.
Class 4A Region 4 is loaded with four area teams of the six in the bracket. Oskaloosa (11-17) will have to go on the road to play Knoxville (14-19). The Indians have made a habit out of winning road games in the playoffs. The two teams have not seen each other this season. You can hear that game live on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com.
Awaiting them is #4 Pella (28-5) for the semifinals on Tuesday, October 24th. Pella hasn’t dropped a set in two matches with Knoxville this season and swept Oskaloosa in the only meeting between those two teams so far this year.
On the other side of the bracket, Newton (3-20) will be a big underdog on the road against Carlisle (12-13) in the first round. Bondurant-Farrar (17-10) awaits the winner in the second round. B-F is one of the few teams to beat Pella this year which could be a factor if those two teams hold serve and meet in the regional final.
Region 6 in Class 4A has Grinnell (8-19) on the road to face Clear Creek-Amana (19-16) as an underdog. Winner of that match will get #7 Center Point-Urbana (30-9) in the semifinals.
Finally, Ottumwa is our lone Class 5A school and they are in the Region 5 bracket. The Bulldogs (13-16) will host Des Moines North (0-19) in a fairly easy matchup. Should they take care of business there, they will go on the road to face #12 Waukee in the semifinals (23-18). #5 Linn-Mar and #15 Cedar Rapids Prairie are in the other semifinal in a loaded bracket.
The trek to state all begins with the first round, which will take place on Wednesday, October 18th at 7 PM. We will have continuing coverage of the brackets on the No Coast Network.
No Coast Network Announces the Game of the Week Football Schedule for 2017
With football season right around the corner, it’s time to announce the 2017 Game of the Week schedule, presented by the No Coast Network.
All of the Game of the Week broadcasts can be heard Friday nights on 104.9 FM KBOE, kboeradio.com, and the KBOE mobile app with Kiley Broadway on the call.
The season gets going on August 25th as Newton faces Ottumwa in a battle of the two Class 4A teams in the listening area. Schaffer Stadium has undergone massive renovations, and the No Coast Network will be on the call as the Bulldogs open up their season on the new turf field.
In Week 2, Sigourney/Keota travels to face a young Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont team.
To kick off district play in Week 3, it’s a battle in Class 2A District 6 between PCM and Albia. The Mustangs ran away with the district title last year, but Albia is hoping to be a factor in their first year without Head Coach Jerry Staton, who retired in the offseason.
Week 4 will be a look at a couple of 8-Player teams in the area in Thornburg, as Tri-County hosts Twin Cedars in a district matchup.
Week 5 is the longest trip of the season, as North Mahaska ventures over an hour-and-a-half away to face a solid New London team who just missed out on the playoffs last year.
We’ll stay in Class A District 6 for a Week 6 battle between Pekin and Lynnville-Sully. The Hawks are looking to build off their 8-2 season last year in this home game against a solid Panther team.
The final three weeks of the season will feature more Class A District 6 action and will highlight 2016 District 6 Champion Montezuma.
Week 7 sees the Braves hosting North Mahaska, while in Week 8, Monte travels to Eldon to face Cardinal. Finally, in Week 9, it is a huge matchup between archrivals Lynnville-Sully and Montezuma on the Braves’s home field.
The Game of the Week broadcast will begin at 6:30 PM every Friday night with kickoff at 7 PM except Week 1 and Week 3. Those two weeks will feature a 7 PM start time for the broadcast with a 7:30 PM kickoff.
Albia, PCM Represented on All-State Softball Teams in Class 3A
Today, we’ll take a look at the Class 3A All-State Softball Teams.
Albia was a big surprise, upsetting their way to the Class 3A State Championship Game in Fort Dodge. Two of their players made First Team All-State.
Lead-off batter Hannah Isley had a great junior year, and that was rewarded with a First Team nomination. Pitcher Jena Lawrence progressed quickly as a freshman, and she also found herself on the top squad.
Isley batted .466 and hit 11 home runs this year. Lawrence was lights out in the pitching circle, striking out 253 batters in just 143 innings of work. She also hit over .400 at the plate and walked more times than she struck out.
Joining the two Lady Dees on the First Team was PCM senior Jayci Vos, who led the Mustangs in most offensive categories, including hitting near .500.
On the Second Team, Albia freshman Alex Beard and PCM senior Kayla Jennings were honored. Beard had a phenomenal season, leading the Lady Dees with 17 doubles and 39 RBI. Jennings was the second best hitter for the Mustangs and was the ace pitcher for a team who fell just shy of a regional final.
There were no area players listed on the Third Team.
We’ll dig into the Class 1A and 2A All-State lists later this week as we move forward with our wrap up of the summer sports season.
Albia, EBF Players Highlight South Central All-Conference Softball Teams
It was a banner year in the South Central Conference for softball, as two teams from the league played in state championship games. Those two teams, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in Class 2A and Albia in Class 3A, were well represented in the All-Conference Teams voted on by the coaches.
There were only four unanimous First Team selections. Albia freshman Jena Lawrence and EBF senior Haegen Boyer and junior Randie Richmond had outstanding seasons, and they were joined by Clarke senior and Indian Hills commit Vanessa Bakely on the unanimous list.
Also on the first team was the pair of Alex Beard and Hannah Isley for Albia. EBF senior catcher Claire Jager also made the squad.
Centerville’s Abby Sweet and Lexi Riggall joined Clarke’s Sydnee Redman to round out the First Team.
The Second Team included Albia sophomore Kennedy Schroeder and EBF’s outfield tandem of Taryn Swartz and Reina Taylor. They were joined by several young players, including Knoxville freshman Maddy Findley. Davis County’s Bailey Yahnke, Chariton’s Saydee Terrell, Centerville’s Alyssa McElvain, and the Clarke trio of Ashlynn Oehlert, Alexis Watson, and Sidney Marker rounded out the Second Team.
All of the conference teams except EBF had players on the Honorable Mention list. That list included Albia’s Erin Heaton, Makenna Ross, and Makenzie Curran. Knoxville added Emery Neer, Lucy Olson, and Ann Sanderson. The Centerville trio of Claire Mathews, Taylor Shinn, and Tayler Jewett was joined by the Davis County trio of Jordan Lough, Shelby Clark, and Katie Hunter. Two duos rounded out the Honorable Mention list: Chariton’s Abbie Peterson and Grace Bengston, and Clarke’s CeJay Blakely and Chynna Beydler.
Albia came on strong with their young team to win the South Central Conference in 2017 with a record of 10-2, winning the tiebreaker with Clarke. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont finished a strong third with a 9-3 record in conference play. Centerville finished fourth, followed by Knoxville, Davis County, and Chariton.
Albia Looking for a State Championship Title
John Hirl, Announcer
The Albia Lady Dees had been upsetting teams left and right in their postseason run so far. From Solon to Boyden Hull/Rock Valley, the Lady Dees have been doing the impossible. Their miracle run continued Thursday night, as they defeated the Mount Vernon Mustangs to clinch their spot in the State Championship game Friday night against the 1-Seed Davenport Assumption.
The Dees started off well like they have all postseason. Hannah Isley got on base and later scored after a Mustang error in the outfield. The Mustangs battled back in their half of the 1st when Bailey Sullivan scored Libby Ryan to make it 1-1 after 1. Rylee Leshen left off the 2nd and immediately went yard and it was 2-1 Dees going into the bottom of the 2nd. After a scoreless Mustang 2nd, Hannah Isley dug in and hit a no doubter for Albia’s second home run of the game to make to 3-1 Dees. Just one batter later the Albia pitcher Jena Lawrence hit a homer of her own to push the Albia lead to 4-1 after 2 and a half. Mount Vernon would swing back in the bottom of the 3rd when Libby Ryan was once again hit in, this time by Sammy Moss to cut the Albia lead to 4-2. That would be the end of the scoring for a while as Jena Lawrence and Mount Vernon’s Amanda Roe would settle in in the circle. Both pitchers pitched well through the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings, neither one allowing a run with help from their defense. Albia added some insurance in the top of the 7th when Makenna Ross would score Isley for the 3rd time in the game to make it 5-2 going into the bottom of the 7th. The Mustangs would get the speedy Libby Ryan on, but would fail to score her as Albia would shut the door on the Mustangs in the bottom of the 7th. Another great game from Jena Lawrence in the circle and Hannah Isley at the plate mean the Lady Dees are on their way to the Class 3A State Championship to play Davenport Assumption.
The Knights from Davenport Assumption will be the toughest test for the Dees this year. Some believe the Knight may be the best team in the entire State Tournament, regardless of class. Davenport comes into this game with the best record in the entire state, 43-1. Their only loss coming in the first game vs a team from Moline, Illinois. They feature two great pitchers, Nicole Timmons and Hannah Kelley, who both sport sub .50 ERAs. The Knights can swing the bats too, with 8 of their 9 starters hitting .350 or above. The No Coast Network will have coverage of the Class 3A State Championship game on Friday, July 21st with pregame starting at 6:50 PM and gametime at 7:09 PM on 104.9 KBOE, kboeradio.com, and the KBOE Mobile App.
Dees down Nighthawks at State
One of the biggest storylines going into the Class 3A State Tournament was just how wide open this class was. Many believed that quite a few teams possessed the ability to win it all this year. However, no one expected the crazy upset-fest that was round one of the Class 3A State Tourney. 5th seeded Center Point-Urbana and 6th seeded Mount Vernon both defeated teams slotted ahead of them in the brackets, but the biggest upset came when the Albia Lady Dees defeated the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks, 9-6.
It all started off with a literal bang for Albia (29-8) as Hannah Isley went yard in the first offensive at bat for the Dees in the bottom of the first. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (32-3), however, would answer back in their side of the 2nd with 4 runs to make the score 4-1 after an inning and a half. Costly errors allowed Albia to put runners on base in the bottom of the 2nd and they would capitalize with another homer, a 2-run shot courtesy of Rylee Leshen. Hannah Isley and Alex Beard also drove in runs in the 2nd to make it 5-4 Lady Dees after 2. Scoring would pick back up in the 4th when Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s Alexis Mousel would drive in a run to tie the game, 5 all.
It wouldn’t stay tied for long though as Albia would rip the lead right back in the bottom of the 4th after RBIs by Jena Lawrence and Kennedy Schroder made it 8-5 Albia after 4. Albia would add another insurance run in the bottom of the 6th via another Hannah Isley homer to make it 9-5 Albia going into the top of the 7th. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley would score 1 in the top of the 7th, but an Albia double play would end the game, 9-6. Neither team’s starting pitcher was dominant in this game, but Jena Lawrence came through in the end to pick up the win over Nighthawk ace Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag, who came into the game with an ERA of 0.93.
Albia’s next appearance will come against a team that also pulled an upset. The 6th seeded Mustangs of Mount Vernon got the win over Sioux Center to set up an interesting 6 vs 7-seed semifinal. The Mustangs have been to state three straight times and are led by the fantastic multi-sport athlete Libby Ryan. Ryan is the biggest bat in the Mount Vernon order, coming into the tourney batting .485.
The No Coast Network will have coverage of the Class 3A State Semifinal Thursday, July 20th, at Rogers Sports Complex. Game time tentatively set for 5:30 PM. The pregame show is set for around 5:15 on 104.9 FM KBOE, kboeradio.com, and the KBOE mobile app.
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