The State Cross Country Meet is no longer an overwhelming experience for Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR Cadet Ellie Meyer. The junior has been there three times now, and finally got her medal after finishing 123rd as a freshman and 31st as a sophomore. She placed 10th in Class 3A on Saturday in Fort Dodge
Familiarity, it’s been said, breeds contempt. The AGWSR Cougars and Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels are certainly familiar with each other. Monday, in Reinbeck, marked the fourth time that the two North Iowa Cedar League-West rivals faced each other.
It was an anticlimactic ending to an otherwise great football season for the AGWSR Cougars Friday night in Ackley. Heavily-favored to win, but with nothing more to play for than a 7-2 mark, they beat Twin Cedars 58-18.
The Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR Cadet harriers have been building their confidence all season. When they saw who they would be running against at a Class 3A State Qualifier in Independence Thursday, the outlook was tempered some by the quality of the field.
The playoff hopes of AGWSR dimmed with last Friday’s 40-0 loss to Gladbrook-Reinbeck, but they are not completely extinguished. To have any chance, however, they will need to beat the last place team in 8-Player Dist. 5, Twin Cedars. And then hope.
Once the regular season is finished, it’s all about survival. The AGWSR Cougars did more than that Tuesday in Fort Dodge, they thrived with a 3-0 Class 1A Regional opening win over the St. Edmond Gaels (25-18, 25-12, 25-23).