Entries by Romelle Slaughter

#Liveblog of IC West @ Valley

Chronological order from top to bottom (most recent will be at the bottom). 7:34pm Hello everyone!  It’s a cool Friday night across the land between two rivers (Iowa). The warmups have been completed, final instructions are being given. Kickoff is in a few minutes, as a tunnel has been formed to welcome Valley out of […]

Getting to Know You: West Des Moines Valley Tigers

Things don’t usually change at West Des Moines Valley, but don’t tell that to long time coach Gary Swenson. There are plenty of changes to expect, along with a few returning starters for the Tigers’ 2014 campaign. Running back Drew Gray, Wide Receiver Dominic Daffney, and highly touted junior OL John Rairdon headline a group […]

Maroons Take Rematch in Odd Opener

by Paul Yeager and Romelle Slaughter The highly anticipated rematch between Dowling Catholic and Cedar Rapids Xavier did not become another blowout, but Mother Nature nearly washed everything out. The defending champions in Class 4A, Dowling, defeated the Saints, 24-2, here at a wet-soaked Valley Stadium in West Des Moines Friday night. The old adage […]

Week 1 Preview: Cedar Rapids Xavier @ Dowling Catholic

They ended 2013 in the UNI-Dome. They will begin 2014 at Valley Stadium. And, to add, this will be your Century Link Game of Week here on CISN. How’s that to kick off Week 1 of the Iowa prep football season? For Cedar Rapids Xavier, the Saints has a score to settle with the Maroons. Dowling Catholic […]

Getting to Know You: Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints

The Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier have been a force in the Mississippi Valley Conference. Xavier were runner-ups in two consecutive Class 4A championship games, losing to both Ankeny (2012) and Dowling Catholic (2013). A month after the season ended, Xavier, along with Dubuque Wahlert and Davenport Assumption, opted to move down to Class 3A. […]

Getting to Know You: Southeast Polk Rams

They may be installing a new turf at their stadium, but it’s the same winning tradition over on the east side of Polk County, when it comes to the Southeast Polk Rams. Coach Denny Muller is no rookie when it comes to playing the traditional powerhouses in the Des Moines area. He’s not alone, as […]

Getting to Know You: Johnston Dragons

The Johnston Dragons would like nothing more than to bring home a state title as part of the Johnston School District’s centennial anniversary. But to do that, they’ll have to fend off the likes of Dowling Catholic, Sioux City East, and everyone else in Class 4A District 2. Coach Brian Woodley has challenged his squad […]

Getting to Know You: Indianola Indians

After an 1-8 season in 2011, the Indianola Indians washed away the blues by qualifying for the last two post-season playoffs. That includes back-to-back 6-win seasons for the first time in over a decade. Coach Eric Kluver feels good about this year’s squad, but is cautious. They have to rebuild the offensive and defensive line, […]

Getting to Know You: Sioux City East Black Raiders

    The Black Raiders of Sioux City East is one of those storied programs in Class 4A that you can depend on to show up every week, play hard, and get to the post-season. This season is no different for Coach Bob Goodvin and his squad. However, he’s going to do it without talented […]