The brackets have been set for our area high school football teams as they begin the journey to the UNI Dome this week – The defending three-time state champion Little Dutch are set for a 2016 state championship rematch against Webster City at home in Pella this Friday. Pella Christian has a first round rematch from last year; the Eagles face off against Sigourney-Keota at home as well. The winner of the Eagles and Cobras will take on the victor of Pleasantville at West Branch. Over at PCM, after a week nine bye following a forfeit, the Mustangs return to Monroe to host Williamsburg for their start in the playoffs. The Oskaloosa Indians have also earned their spot in the post-season; they travel to Cedar Rapids where they’ll face Xavier in the first round this Friday night.
A south-central Iowa wrestling coach is being recognized for his positive impact on youth – North Mahaska Head Wrestling Coach Ryan Groom was recognized as one of many coaches making a “profound impact” in their school and community as part of the US Cellular “Most Valuable Coach” program. Groom received over 3,000 votes from his supporters and a $5,000 check from US Cellular; at the ceremony Erica Groom, Coach Groom’s wife, shared the story of Ryan’s younger years, growing in the foster care system, living in shelters and moving from town to town until he ended up in Oskaloosa.