Entries by Romelle Slaughter

Getting to Know the 2015 Valley Tigers

By Romelle Slaughter Last season, there were many questions about the Valley Tigers.  As the season went on, Coach Gary Swenson started receiving the answers to his questions. It’s safe to say that after the Tigers 10-2 campaign in 2014, Swenson has no questions to ponder about. Behind an offensive line anchored by Division I […]

Getting to Know the 2015 Dowling Catholic Maroons

By Romelle Slaughter In a perfect world, people would ask for an encore performance and they receive one. But what type of encore will Dowling Catholic give this year?  After all, they are the two-time defending Class 4A champions. The next question is how will they win their third straight title without the likes of […]

Getting to Know You: Dowling Catholic Maroons

When you win a state title, you don’t rest on your laurels. In the case of the Dowling Catholic Maroons, they don’t expect any opponent to “Step to the Rear” on their way to a second consecutive Class 5A title. It’s business as usual once again for the Maroons…just the way Bob and Sharon Hanson prefers it. […]

Getting to Know You: Valley Tigers

Frank Sinatra once sung about having “High Hopes”. It was used as a campaign song for John F. Kennedy’s successful presidential campaign in 1960. “Very high hopes” is what Joe Sigrist describes the upcoming season for his Valley Tigers’ girls basketball squad. Coming off a record-setting 2013-14 year, the Tigers welcome back three returning starters (seniors […]

Getting to Know You: Ankeny Hawkettes

Brad Wilkening is accustomed to winning. The Ankeny girls basketball team is accustomed to winning too. Wilkening hopes that the Hawkettes can continue that winning tradition that vaulted the Hawkettes to powerhouse status, including 4 consecutive state titles. Wilkening is in his first season at Ankeny and his first foray into coaching girls basketball. He […]

Getting to Know You: Hoover Huskies

The Hoover Huskies may have went 9-12 last season, but looks are deceiving. That is because they went 8-3 in the CIC-Metro Conference. Hoover looks to improve and give city rivals Des Moines East and Roosevelt a challenge in the Metro. After graduations to Mikayla Larson and Malaysia Duncan, coach Jason Karadios will look to […]

The 2014 Girls’ Basketball Preview

The winter sports season is upon us, and that means the start of girls’ and boys’ basketball across the state of Iowa. As a prelude, CISN will roll out our team preview capsules (better known as “Getting to Know You”) of the teams in the Central Iowa Conference (CIC) that we will be following and covering […]

Getting to Know You: Ames Little Cyclones

The Ames Little Cyclones are no strangers to the rough and tumble schedule in the Central Iowa Conference (CIC). After a 16-8 season where they lost to Waterloo West in the regional semifinals, coach Joel Sullivan and the Little Cyclones are focused and determined to make a return trip back to state. Ames returns three players […]

Game Plan for Friday Night’s 4A Quarterfinal Games

        Tonight, we’re going to take a slightly different pass route for the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. CISN will have the night off…but that doesn’t mean you will miss any football here on the site. Our partners at High School Cube will be carrying the Valley vs Waukee quarterfinal game, and […]

Tigers Slay The Dragons in Second Round Play, 35-7

Throughout the season, Rocky Lombardi and Dominique Dafney have made big plays in big games. Tonight, the duo connected on two plays before halftime that provided the spark West Des Moines Valley needed as they defeated Johnston, 35-7, in a Class 4A second-round playoff game at Valley Stadium. A week after a pedestrian performance by […]