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Tornow signs to play baseball at Northwestern

Mid-Prairie senior Brad Tornow signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Flanked by his sister, Abby, and parents, Tornow signed his letter in a … more

Moffitt: Saying goodbye to the newspaper

I have been pretty fortunate during my time as sports editor at The News. As I sit down to think about all the awesome stories I have been able to cover over the last three years, I feel pretty … more

Playoff expansion idea shot down by association

One of two proposals for an expanded football playoff was shut down by the Iowa High School Athletic Association board of control at their December meeting. Both proposals would have pushed the … more

Brezina ready for Top 5 showdown

Week-by-week, Northwestern College has been knocking off teams waiting for their big moment. more

Errthum qualifies for Boston Marathon

Mid-Prairie graduate Ryan Errthum has qualified for the Boston Marathon after running a personal best in the 26.2-mile race of 2:41:17. The 2020 Boston Marathon qualifing standard for the 18-34 … more

A true believer — how Mark Hostetler has inspired runners for 35 years

Everything in Mark Hostetler’s life starts with belief. A belief in working hard, a belief in God, and a belief in the kids he has influenced for 35 years as a running coach.  Those beliefs … more

Week 7 RPI rankings released

The ratings-percentage index rankings were released again after Week 7, giving a closer insight into who the final 16 teams in each class will be. The ratings formula works by using winning … more

Highland playoff hopes surge

Another week in the books and the playoff picture is getting clearer. With two-thirds of the season finished, teams are gearing up to make the final push to be among the final 16 teams in their … more

First playoff rankings released by IHSAA

The first set of ratings-percentage index (RPI) rankings were released this week, giving teams across the state a look at where they stand in the playoff picture. The ratings formula works by using … more

Mid-Prairie wins battle of top teams

The Golden Hawks passed their toughest test so far this year with high marks despite the conditions. Two days of rain this weekend left the Solon Nature and Recreation Center muddy and tough to run … more

Liberty rushing attack spoils homecoming for Mid-Prairie

Mid-Prairie has been unstoppable on opening drives this season, scoring four touchdowns in four games. Last Friday night Kayden Reinier plunged into the end zone for a touchdown that gave Mid-Prairie … more

Shetler, Hershberger lead pack for Mid-Prairie boys at Prairie Invite

The Mid-Prairie boys cross country team started out their 2019 campaign with a fifth-place finish of 11 teams at Cedar Rapids Prairie. Thaddeus Shetler was the first across the line for Mid-Prairie, … more

Photo gallery: Mid-Prairie hosts Regina for scrimmage

Mid-Prairie hosted Iowa City Regina for their annual Gator Bowl scrimmage. The teams took turns running 10-play drives on offense with the junior varsity teams running 7-play drives.  The two … more

Football teams set for Friday night tune up

Fans will get a first look at Mid-Prairie, Lone Tree and Highland football against other teams this week as they all play in a scrimmage. Mid-Prairie will host the Gator Bowl on Friday with a … more

IHSAA set to talk classification

The Iowa High School Athletic Association Classification Committee will meet this fall for the first time in two years to discuss proposals to change the Iowa classification system. According to a … more

Golden Hawks tout weight room strength

Getting better in the weight room is a year-round affair for Mid-Prairie athletes and some showed off much they have improved over the course of the summer.  Three Mid-Prairie athletes were given … more

Eight seniors highlight The News 2019 All-Area softball team

The News All-Area baseball and softball teams feature the area’s top players from Mid-Prairie, Highland, Iowa Mennonite School and Lone Tree.  Players were selected on achievement and how vital … more

Kalona Golf Club hosts parent-child tournament

The Kalona Golf Club hosted a parent-child golf tournament in July, with parents playing alongside their kids in a multi-format event. The tournament is the week after the youth camp hosted at the … more

Iowa Mennonite district baseball final changes location

The Class 1A District 8 final will be hosted by Iowa Mennonite on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Iowa Mennonite baseball team will take on Pekin.  The game had originally been scheduled to be played in … more

Gallery: Kalona Optimist youth golf camp

The Kalona Golf Club hosted their annual youth golf camp last week. Campers age seven to 18 participated in the four day camp that culminated in a tournament.  Photos by Jim Johnson and Nick … more
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