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A two-year offseason is finally over

Emily Swartzentruber’s screaming voice echoed around the North Liberty High School stadium one night last week. Finally. Swartzentruber, a senior goalkeeper for Mid-Prairie High … more

Column: This season was the setup

This season was the setup.  When you analyze the Mid-Prairie boys basketball season that concluded in February with a loss in the district finals to Camanche, that is the bottom line. The … more

Area teams weather the snowstorms

Only one word can apply to define the high school basketball season of 2020-21: Nightmare. What else can you say? And that’s to mention nothing about wins and losses, game-winning shots … more

Prepping for the journey of a lifetime

The trouble arrived on a Monday night in December. At The News, Monday night is a deadline night. Stories are edited and finalized. Photographs are selected and edited. Pages are designed. For … more

Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week this week is Mid-Prairie Runner Jamie Stutzman! Jamie helped lead the Golden Hawks to a sixth-place state team finish. He improved 96 spots from the 2019 state meet, … more

Mask up! This will indeed be a strange season

This season will be so different. High school and college basketball won’t be played in a bubble, as the NBA’s delayed season was just a few weeks ago. There won’t be any … more

State title is a solid team effort

The attention clearly was on Mid-Prairie freshman runner Danielle Hostetler this season. She was following in the quick footsteps of a pair of sisters who won state championships, four of them in … more

A dad’s story: From starting line to team champ

(Editor’s note: Aaron Fleming is the cross country assistant coach at Mid-Prairie High School. His daughters, River Valley All-Conference runners Ana and Abby, are on the Golden Hawks’ … more

Front Runner

Danielle Hostetler chases golf carts. Really. Since late August, when Hostetler won her first high school cross country race in school-record time, the Mid-Prairie freshman has been chasing … more

Alburnett ends Huskies’ season

Highland’s football season ended with a 40-19 loss to Alburnett in the first round of the playoffs on Oct. 16. The Huskies recorded their third-highest offense output of the season with 294 … more

State chase begins with Thursday qualifiers

The path toward a fourth consecutive state championship begins Thursday for the Mid-Prairie girls cross country team. State qualifying will be held Thursday at multiple sites. For the Mid-Prairie … more

Cross Country Results

RIVER VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIP OCT. 13 AT MONTICELLO GIRLS 5K: 1, Mid-Prairie, 24; 2, Tipton, 74; 3, Monticello, 76; 4, IC Regina, 107; 5, Northeast, 163; 6, Anamosa, 170; 7, Cascade, 170; 8, North … more

Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week this week is: Madison Thomann Highland Cross Country Runner Thomann finished 18th in SEISC championship meet. Time: 23:15. more

Mid-Prairie is home; Highland, Lone Tree hit the road

Mid-Prairie head football coach Pete Cavanagh had been hoping for this. The Golden Hawks finished second to No. 2-ranked Williamsburg in District 7 in Class 2A. Their 35-12 victory over West … more

Playoff Time

Josh Wallington, a Mid-Prairie senior lineman, heard the shouts from his quarterback right after scoring his second touchdown of the season. “All day!” screamed Golden Hawks … more

Bontrager grabs 8th in fast finish

The fire in Leah Bontrager’s eyes became evident in the final 50 yards of the Southeast Iowa Super Conference championship meet. While other runners seemingly struggled to finish off the … more

Fumbles, penalties costly for Huskies in 52-6 loss to Lisbon

The Highland football team lost to Lisbon, 52-6, this past Friday, its only touchdown coming off a 75-yard kick return by quarterback Connor Grinstead late in the third quarter. Lisbon recorded … more

Cross Country Results

HILLCREST INVITATIONAL MONDAY AT KALONA GIRLS 5K VARSITY: 1, Mid-Prairie, 27; 2, Iowa City High, 58; 3, Solon, 72; 4, Pella, 90; 5, Danville, 148; 6, Mt. Pleasant, 162; 7, Washington, 194; 8, … more

Hillcrest volleyballers achieve magical victory

One win among a day filled with multiple matches in a high school volleyball tournament on a Saturday may not mean much. But it did this past Saturday for the HIllcrest Academy volleyball … more

Athlete of the Week

Leah Bontrager is this weeks Athlete of the Week! She is a junior at Hillcrest Academy. Bontrager finished eighth in Hillcrest Early Bird cross country meet on Sept. 1 Time: 22:54.37 Top … more
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