‘Tootsie Roll Drive’ Helps Local Organization

Submitted Photo: Jack Cavanaugh, Randy Adams, David Blong, Randy Schultz, and Father Felix of the Chariton Knights of Columbus present the donation to Kim Fletcher, Jenny Hoover, and Cheryl Plank from Tenco.

(CHARITON, Iowa) – Perhaps you’ve seen local Knights of Columbus members outside retail stores, handing out large-size Tootsie Rolls featuring the organization’s logo and seeking donations. Or maybe you recently picked up a Tootsie Roll from Second Time Around Store, a subsidiary of Tenco Industries, located in Chariton.

The annual “Tootsie Roll Drive” is a nationwide effort made by the Knights of Columbus Organization. The goal is to raise money for those with intellectual and/or physical disabilities (as well as the Special Olympics) and donations go to local groups that assist those persons.

“Those who donate to the cause are given a [T]ootsie [R]oll as a ‘thank you’,” reads a news release sent by Tenco Industries. “[Ninety percent] of all funds raised stay in the area. The other [ten percent] is sent to the corporate office to be distributed to areas that don’t have a Knight of Columbus.”

As a result, Tenco Industries was given $500 from the Knights. The goal of the donation is to help Tenco continue it’s mission to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to develop and maintain independence in all areas of life. Tenco currently has offices in seven counties, two hydroponic greenhouses, and two thrift stores. Tenco locations include: Ottumwa, Fairfield, Knoxville, Keosauqua, Oskaloosa, Centerville, Chariton.

By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN

Van Zante Selected for SEIBA Honor Band

(Fairfield, Iowa) – On Saturday, January 6, approximately 800 students from Southeast Iowa arrived at Fairfield High School in hopes of being accepted to attend the SEIBA Honor Band Festival. Each year, the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association sponsors the auditions in Fairfield. This year, there were 28 audition centers, with approximately 400 students auditioning for two junior high bands; over 300 students auditioning for the high school concert band; and about 50 students auditioning for the high school jazz band.

Delanee Van Zante of EBF High School was selected to participate in the SEIBA HS Honor band. High school students prepare two assigned etudes, chromatic and all major scales, and a solo excerpt of their choice. Competition is tough, as a small percentage of the students auditioning are accepted.

“All of the students from EBF that auditioned did an excellent job, demonstrated a commitment to music, and did an outstanding job of representing our school and communities,” said Joe Overton, EBF Band Director, in a news release.

The SEIBA Honor Band Concert will be held at Iowa City West High School on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The students will rehearse with guest conductors during the afternoon and give an evening concert. The junior high bands will present their concert at 5:00 PM followed by the high school bands at 6:00 PM.

Oskaloosa Boys Win, Girls Fall at Fairfield

The Oskaloosa boys and girls participated in their first doubleheader on the hardwood this season on the road against Fairfield. The boys picked up a big 64-52 win and the girls struggled to a 55-28 defeat. 

The girls led off the double-dip with a very fresh young group leading the charge. No senior played in the game. That inexperience showed as the Indians committed 23 first half turnovers and scored only six points through the first two quarters. At the break, it was all Fairfield, 34-6. 

Things got better as the game wore on, however, as the ball-handling improved with only four giveaways in the second half. The Indians would outscore the Trojans 22-21 in the last two quarters, the second straight game Osky would better their opponent down the stretch.  

Sophomore Mary Nelson led the way in scoring for the Indians with 11 points. Junior Marleigh Denburger just missed on a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Kaylee Johnson pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and snagged three steals. 

“I like the fight in my girls,” Head Coach Jacie White said after the game. “We just have to find a way to fight earlier in games and stay in them.” 

The boys would be tested for the entire first half. The first quarter showcased both teams’ defensive abilities as neither side was able to put a run together. Fairfield would have a small 12-9 lead after the first period. The second stanza would see the Indians put together more offense with great ball movement. Osky outscored the Trojans in the second 22-14 and had a 31-26 lead at the half. 

In the second half, Osky would increase the lead with great defense and some solid offensive work. They would eventually cruise to the twelve-point win.  

Senior Jarad Kruse did a lot of the work for Osky with a mammoth double-double, netting 21 points and 12 boards. He also added two assists and four steals. Junior Cole Henry also had double figures in points and rebounds as he put up 14 and 11 with a team-high five assists. Tanner DeKock would also have five assists. Highly touted sophomore Xavier Foster would score 16 points for the Indians. 

“I thought we played well at times,” Head Coach Ryan Parker said. “But we need to clean up a few areas. Rebounding and effort need to improve and we will figure that out.” 

“We are going to get everyone’s best shot every single night,” Parker continued. “We have to be ready every night and play at a high level. It’s different being the hunted instead of the hunter and we need to go through experiences like tonight.” 

Both teams will be back in action on Friday night in their home openers. They will face Pella Christian to kick off Little Hawkeye Conference play. The girls will start things off at 6:15 PM at the Oskaloosa High School Gymnasium. 

You can hear the live broadcast on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and check out a live video stream on radiokmzn.com and MCG Channel 7 with the pregame show starting at 6 PM. 

Pella Christian, Lynnville-Sully Among Teams Advancing in Boys’ Basketball

Tournament action continued in boys’ basketball on Tuesday night, and a few area teams were victorious, and a few ended their season.

In Class 1A District 10, Lynnville-Sully defeated Belle Plaine, 54-38. The Hawks will advance to the District 10 Final on Thursday against Meskwaki Settlement School, who defeated BGM, 75-57. That game will be in Marshalltown Thursday at 6:30 PM.

In Class 1A District 11, as heard on the Mahaska Zone Network, Keota defeated Sigourney, 61-53, to advance to the District 11 Final. They will face Montezuma, who beat Wayne, 61-37. That matchup will be in Wellman at 7 PM on Thursday, and can be heard on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, the KMZN mobile app, and radiokmzn.com.

In Class 2A District 11, Pekin made a good run, but fell to West Burlington in the District Final, 56-52. Meeting West Burlington in the Class 2A Substate 6 Final will be Pella Christian, who defeated Albia Tuesday, 58-33. The Substate 6 Final will be contested at Fairfield High School on Saturday at 7 PM. The winner will advance to the Class 2A Boys’ Basketball State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.


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