THE WARRIOR WEEKLY
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
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NEWS & NOTES
LITTLE HAWKEYE CONFERENCE
Dallas Center-Grimes, Grinnell, Indianola, Newton, Norwalk, Oskaloosa, Pella, & Pella Christian
WARRIOR WEEKLY TRIVIA: In what state track meet relay event and in what year was Norwalk’s last state meet champion relay team, boys, girls, or both? (The Warrior Weekly Trivia answer is located as the final bullet in the "Did You Know Section”
A good Monday Warrior Fans. Post season play is in full swing as the boys and girls track teams competed last week in the regional qualifying meet, the boy’s golf team began sectional play, boys tennis competed in districts, and girls tennis completed team regionals. And in the grand scheme of competition the Warriors did very well. Detailed results of all of these are below. This week will also be busy as girls tennis will host seven other schools in individual and doubles district play, boys tennis will be competing in sub-state team play, the boys golf team will compete in district play and a number of boys and girls track events will compete in the State Coed Track meet on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Parents of Senior athletes we want to remind you to be sure and register for the Senior Athletic Honors Breakfast which will be held next Tuesday, May 21 beginning at 6:45 AM in the Eastview Cafeteria. The event is sponsored by City State Bank which provides an opportunity to honor and recognize the entire senior class of athletes for their accomplishments over the past four years. We ask that parents use the following link to register and purchase your tickets. https://norwalk.revtrak.net/senior-athletic-honors-breakfast/ The WW would also like to say a special thank you to City State Bank for their wonderful and unselfish $100,000 private portion funding of the proposed construction of the new Norwalk Physical Education & Competition Center. We are truly appreciative of City State Bank’s continued support of the Norwalk School District.
Norwalk hosted the LHC golf tournament on Tuesday at Warrior Run and finished 6th place in the seven conference schools that competed. Grinnell won the event with an 18 hole team score of 353, Newton and Dallas Center Grimes tied with total of 365 but Newton earned 2nd place based on the 5th golfer tie breaker. Indianola placed 4th with 373, Pella 5th with 494, and Oskaloosa 7th with a 494. Junior Emily Ellis paced the Warriors shooting a 90. Ellis eagled the 6th hole on her way to her 3rd all-conference selection. No other Norwalk girl golfer has earned all-conference honors three times in over 20 years. Katie Johnson in her first conference tournament shot a 105, Lauren Davis and Kailee Elsen both fired a 107 and Taylor Gassmann finished with 109. The Warriors next competition will be the 4A Regional at Marshalltown on May 20th.
Monday Norwalk competed in the LHC boys golf tournament. The meet was held at the Indianola Country Club a par 71 golf course. Norwalk has played great team golf all season and Norwalk’s depth proved to be the difference in the meet. Norwalk was tied with Pella after 18 holes. Both teams top 4 players tallied a team score of 312. The conference tie breaker is to go to the 5th best score on the teams. Norwalk’s 5th score was an 81 to Pella’s 5th score of 87. Scoring for Norwalk was Tanner Dunn 76, Max Sutcliffe 77, Ethan Verwers 78, Riley Jermier 81, Max Juergens 81, and Kobey Saddoris 100. Dunn, Sutcliffe and Verwers scores earned them All-Conference honors. This wraps up a very successful Conference season for the boys golf team. Norwalk finished 6-0 in conference duels and followed it up by winning the tournament championship. All the players on the Warrior team are constantly looking to improve little parts of their game each day. Norwalk is hitting their peak and look forward to the postseason golf tournaments. Norwalk then traveled to Lakeview CC in Winterset to play in the 3A sectional golf meet last Friday. The tournament was comprised of 8 teams and the top two teams would move onto District play next Friday at Atlantic CC. Norwalk has played great team golf all year and it showed up again at the Sectional tournament. The Warriors won the meet by 16 strokes. Norwalk shot 311. Winterset came in 2nd with a 327. Since Winterset was the host school a 3rd team moved onto districts which ended up being North Polk who shot a team score of 339. Norwalk was led by Junior Riley Jermier who shot 75 to finish in 2nd place. Norwalk’s Tanner Dunn shot 77 to place 4th overall and Senior Ethan Verwers shot 78 to place 5th. Other Warrior scores were: Max Juergens 81, Max Sutcliffe 83, and Kobey Saddoris 85. Participating next week at Districts will be Atlantic, Carroll, Norwalk, Winterset and North Polk. The top 2 teams from the District meet will advance to state, unless Atlantic is in the top 2, then a 3rd team will move on to state.
The Norwalk Girls Soccer Team picked up an easy 7-0 win over Grinnell last week to raise their conference record to 4-1 on the season and setting the stage for an important LHC match with DCG this week with the conference lead hanging in the balance. DCG is currently undefeated in conference play while Pella and Norwalk both have one loss. Norwalk’s final LHC match will be next week as they travel to Indianola. On Friday, the Warriors ventured to Ames to take on the 3A Little Cyclones and despite missing several key players to the regional track meet held on the same night, Norwalk competed well but fell just short as Ames defeated the Warriors 1-0. Norwalk is now 11-3 on the season overall. Regional pairings have also been released by the IGHSAU and Norwalk received a bye in the first round and will wait to play the winner of a first round matchup between Oskaloosa and PCM. A victory would then move the Warriors into the regional final game which in all likelihood would mean traveling to Pella.
Norwalk’s hopes of completing an undefeated Little Hawkeye Conference season ran into a roadblock last week as Grinnell handed the Warriors a 1-0 defeat at Warrior Stadium. Norwalk’s loss creates a three way tie for first place with Grinnell, Norwalk, and DCG all tied with one loss and all with one conference game remaining including the Warriors match with DCG this week. On Friday, Norwalk traveled to Ames in a boy girl doubleheader and once again fell one goal short as the Little Cyclones defeated Norwalk 2-1. Norwalk will end their regular season schedule this week when they host DSM Lincoln this Thursday on Senior Night before turning their focus for post season play. Norwalk received a first round bye and will host the winner of the first round between CMB and Bondurant-Farrar on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30, victory last week in their only match of the week, traveling to Newton, and defeated the Cardinals 3-0. Norwalk is currently 7-7 overall.
The Norwalk girls tennis team had an impressive showing at last week’s Little Hawkeye Conference Tennis Tournament as they finished in second place, four points behind the tournament champion, Pella Dutch. Results of the LHC meet were as follows:
#1 Singles - Jordan Bandy, 2nd place
#2 Singles - Rachel Lesley, 5th place
#1 Doubles - Alli Kreider/Kennedi Wright, 2nd place
#2 Doubles - Jenna Agey/Ellie Riter, 3rd place
On Saturday, the Warriors traveled to Grinnell to compete in the Team Regional Tournamen and began the day with a 5-0 win over Grundy Center. Winning in singles were Bandy, Kreider, Wright, Lesley, and Agey. Riter won the first set and was leading 3-0 in the second set when the meet was decided. Norwalk faced Pella Christian in the second round and fell to the Eagles, 5-1. Lesley was Norwalk’s lone winner at No. 4 singles. The loss ended the team portion of Norwalk’s season but the Regional Individual and Doubles Tournament will be held on Wednesday at the Norwalk Tennis Courts.
It was a successful week for the Boys Tennis Team as the regular season came to an end and post season play began. On Monday the Warriors traveled to Pella to compete in the Little Hawkeye Conference Meet and finished in 2nd place, just two points behind conference winner, Pella. In Flight 1 Singles, AJ ClarkWilt finished 2nd. In Flight 1 Doubles Jacob Joss and Carter LaVelle are our Conference Champions! In Flight 2 Singles, Drew Hall finished 2nd and F2 Doubles, Nate Spurr and Jason Brooner finished 2nd. The Warriors then traveled to Atlantic to begin post-season competing at the district tournament.. Nate Spurr and Jason Brooner had tough draws getting the 3rd and 4th seed and did not advance. Carter LaVelle and Jacob Joss finished 3rd in doubles. AJ ClarkWilt and Drew Hall finished 1st beating Clarinda 6-3, 6-3, qualifying the duo for the state doubles tournament. The Warriors finished 3rd at Districts and played 2nd place Atlantic in preliminary Team Sub state Saturday and came away with a 5-1 win. The Warriors will continue team substate play at Norwalk, Saturday, May 18th, against Ballard with the winner playing the winner of Clarinda and Boone. The winner will then qualify for the State Team Tournament on May 28th.
The Norwalk Girls Track Team competed in the State Qualifying Meet last week traveling to DCG. The near-perfect conditions led to many personal records as well as eight events qualifying for the State Meet which will be held this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Drake Stadium. As a team the Warriors placed fourth overall against tough competition from Carlisle, ADM, and DCG. Those events and individuals receiving automatic bids to State were the sprint medley, 4x100, 4x200, and 4x800 teams and Maya Hjelden in the 100 meters. At large bids to compete in the state meet were announced on Saturday, and three more events were added to the list, Abbie Davitt (400m hurdles), Torin Lackmann (1500m) and Raegan Levi (200m). Good luck to these Warriors at state competition!
Top 3 Finishes: Iowa Girls & Boys 3A State Qualifying Meet
Maya Hjelden, Gianna Bellizzi, Raegan Levi, Abbie Davitt
Torin Lackmann, Annie Balk, Emily Kehoe, Annika Wallace
Maya Hjelden, Gianna Bellizzi, Summer Onken, Raegan Levi
Gianna Bellizzi, Marin Randall, Raegan Levi, Abbie Davitt
The Warrior boys track team had a very successful state district qualifying meet at DCG last week as Norwalk finished 3rd in the team race, only 14 points away from a team title and qualified nine total events for the state track meet to be held at Drake Stadium this week. Champions from the meet included:
Tyler Endres-Shot Put-51’ 0.25”
Distance Med-Scott Anderson, Brian Hart, Zach Marker, & Ethan Carlson-3:41.02 (season best)
Chase McKinney-200 meter dash-22.53 (personal best)
4x800-Sam Rohrer, Brody Lucas, Grant Larson, Ethan Carlson-8:13.51-SCHOOL RECORD
Other top performances:
Sprint Med-Jon Percy, Jake Neller, Ethan Vetterick & Zach Marker-1:38.19-SCHOOL RECORD
Ben Clark-5th Discus-138’8”
Derek Webster and Pat Foster 6th and 8th in the 3200-10:20.36 (PR) and 10:32.38
Shuttle Hurdle 7th-Jake Guamer, Keegan McKinney, Matt Schuchard, and Tanner Klawonn
Chase McKinney and Scott Anderson 2nd and 3rd 100 meter dash-11.36 and 11.53
Brody Lucas and Micah Percy 6th and 7th 400 meter dash-54.95 and 55.20
4x200-Jon Percy, Ethan Vetterick, Jake Neller, and Scott Anderson-6th
Chas McKinney 3rd in 110 hurdles-15.22
Sam Rohrer and Liam Buckley 5th and 6th 800 meter run-2:08.31 and 2:10.78
Brian Hart 3rd 200 meter dash-22.94
Tanner Klawonn 7th 400 hurdles-1:00.52 (personal best)
Pat Foster and Derek Webster 5th and 7th 1600-4:53.51 and 4:54.99 (both personal bests)
4x100-Jon Percy, Jake Neller, Brian Hart, and Chase McKinney 2nd-44.28 (season best)
4x400-Zach Marker, Grant Larson, Ethan Carlson, and Brian Hart 4th-3:32.67 (season best)
ADDITIONAL ATHLETIC / ACTIVITIES NEWS
ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK
Norwalk Athletic / Activities Website: www.norwalkwarriors.org
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Norwalk Athletic Hall of Fame: http://www.norwalkwarriors.org/main/otherad/contentID/39815797
Norwalk Music Boosters: www.norwalkmusicboosters.com
Norwalk Athletic Booster Club: www.Be-A-Warrior.com
Norwalk Athletic & Activity Schedules: www.littlehawkeyeconference.com Click on the advanced view for all scheduled activities.
Norwalk Facilities Calendar:http://fs-norwalk.rschooltoday.com/calendar/index/index/viewtype/6
Iowa High School Athletic Association: www.iahsaa.org
Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union: www.ighsau.org
Quick Stats: http://quikstatsiowa.com
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Norwalk Warrior Apparel: www.thenorwalkshop.com
NORWALK'S ATHLETIC / ACTIVITIES PHILOSOPHICAL PILLAR
Success in all of Norwalk athletics & activities is the ultimate goal, but the lesson learned in the journey to success is what we value more than wins, losses, or ratings. The lessons we teach and what the participants learn is what prepares them for success in life. The performance of our coaches, sponsors, and directors of our programs is more dependent on how they perform in the journey with those participants and not in the end result.
Did You Know?
Warrior Weekly Trivia Answer: Norwalk has never had a state champion relay team at the state track meet in either boy or girls teams.