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After nearly a week of rainy, cold weather and a postponement for a day, the Albia boys and girls track teams got to open their season Friday in a non-team scoring meet with Clarke, Pekin, Centerville, Moravia and Twin Cedars.

After winning a South Central Conference Championship, a sectional title, a district championship with five wrestlers to state, the Albia wrestling team continues to reap post-season honors.

The Albia boys basketball team has to be wondering “what if?” after seeing the Des Moines Christian Lions moving through the first round of the Iowa State Boys Basketball Tournament with a convincing 58-38 victory over Dyersville Beckman.

After struggling to carve out a 29-27 lead in a lack-luster first half with six missed free throws and then trailing 46-44 to a young Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont team heading into the fourth quarter, the Albia boys exploded in the fourth quarter, scoring the first six points to win 61-50 in…

It’s not even an argument. Albia’s Carter Anderson lost a chance to stand on the top of the Class 2A medal stand by four points. He lost a quarterfinal match to Carson Doolittle of Webster 2-1 and then met Doolittle, a 39-6 freshman, again in the match for third place and lost 1-0. Doolittle…

Albia senior Jaden Hugen signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball for Simpson College following graduation. Hugen is a first baseman for the Blue Demons, batting .319 as a junior.

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A goal of any sports season is to win, or as the great movie Friday Night Lights would say “Stay Perfect!” In the past eight seasons the Albia JV boys basketball program has been close on several occasions. There have been two one-loss seasons. Last year’s team saw just two losses, with thos…

The Albia boys baseball team is hosting a hitting camp on March 13. Cost for this camp will be $25 per camper. Camper will get a camp t-shirt and a snack. At this camp kids 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and ages 9,10,11 and 12 year olds will be 2-4 p.m. We will try and have sibl…

The Albia wrestling team will send five wrestlers to the Class 2A state wrestling tournament that begins Thursday in Des Moines. Albia crowned one champion in second-ranked Carter Anderson and four runners-up in 113-pound Brodie Conner, 132-pound Justin Keller, 152-pound Stephen Conley and 2…

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The Albia JV1 basketball team completed a perfect 17-0 season with a 78-33 victory over Centerville on Thursday night.

The Albia wrestling team competed in the state regional duals competition prior to sending seven wrestlers into district competition. The Blue Demons beat Burlington, Notre Dame 48-27 in the semi-finals, then lost to a powerful Davenport Assumption team, 53-21 in the finals. Davenport will a…

The Albia Lady Dees faced #4 ranked West Burlington (19-1) Saturday on their home court and fell 62-27. The lopsided loss was bracketed by two solid quarters of play by the 6-14 Dees.

While Albia wrestling Coach Dave Wenger was celebrating moving five of his current fold into the state tournament, two of his former greats, state champions Aiden Reeves at Iowa State and Carter Isley at UNI, were having tough days.

The Albia boys basketball team made history last week with a win over Davis County clinch the school’s first back-to-back conference championship seasons, then repeated an historic performance on Thursday night, beating Centerville to finish a perfect conference season, the first time in sch…

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Mid-Prairie crowned champions in five of the final six weight classes in the 2A sectional in Albia Saturday. But the host Blue Demon team was crowned sectional champion by 14 points because of a dominating performance in the lower weights and key victories up and down the line-up.

The Albia girls varsity basketball team played Davis County basket for basket until t he final 332 seconds when free throws lifted the Mustangs to a 42-39 lead. The Dees missed a shot, Davis County missed a shot and rebounded but the Dees tied the ball up with 11 seconds left.

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont moved four wrestlers through to the district tournament, finishing third in Saturday’s sectional at Albia. The upper weights for EBF qualified for the district tournament to be held in Mount Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 13 included Kyler Ricard (160), Blake Jager (170…

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The Albia boys basketball team captured their second straight conference championship with one conference game yet to play with a 64-53 victory over Davis County.

Holding a very good Knoxville team to 24 points in a half, as the Albia girls did last Tuesday, was actually pretty good. Scoring only two points in the first half was a disaster and led to a 61-31 loss.

The Albia girls varsity basketball won their sixth game of the season with a hard-fought 52-48 win over Cardinal of Eldon on Monday. It was an interesting match-up because Albia Athletic Director Lori Eads’ daughter is the Cardinal head coach.

Registration is open now for 2021 Monroe County Little League baseball. The MCLL is comprised of three leagues of play, Rookies, Minors and Majors. The league is made up of players ages 6-12, with age of play determined by the player’s age on Aug. 31 of 2021.

After Albia’s thrilling 62-53 win over Knoxville on their home court on Tuesday, only two games stand in the way of the Blue Demons capturing their second straight conference title (something that has never been done in Blue Demon history) and a perfect conference record.

The Albia JV girls ended their season on a high note, defeating Cardinal 36-35 on Monday. Cardinal led 8-5 after the first quarter, but Albia tied it at 13 going into the half. The Dees got a nine-point performance from Avery Major in the third quarter with Paige Kaster scoring four to post …

The Albia junior varsity girls basketball team led Davis County 9-0 after the first quarter, 19-13 at the half and 28-24 going into the fourth quarter before falling 41-39 in the final seconds of the game.

Centerville clinched at least a tie for the South Central Conference championship with a 67-39 victory over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont. Knoxville, which beat Centerville earlier in the week, was upset by Clarke giving them two losses and the Redettes with a one-loss SCC record. Centerville…

The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont boys basketball team lost games to Knoxville, 73-61 and Centerville 69-62 last week.

Knoxville’s JV 1 team outscored the Albia girls 14-5 in the second quarter to forge a 35-22 win last Tuesday. Neither team was particularly lighting up the nets. The game was tied 5-5 after one quarter.

Ankeny Christian owned the first and fourth quarters. Albia had a wider margin of ownership in the second and third to carve out a roller coaster 54-51 victory. Ankeny Christian falls to 15-5 while Albia improves to 16-2 on the season.

Synergy is sometimes as plain as the nose on your face. Sometimes it’s a mystery. On Thursday, playing without sixth man Jackson DeMoss, the Blue Demon boys basketball team (11-2) lacked synergy in a 54-41 home loss to top 15-ranked Montezuma (13-2).

After an impressive performance at the Knoxville duals on Thursday, with coaches moving wrestlers up weights to gain advantages, several Albia wrestlers moved down weights to compete in the Ottumwa Invitational and it almost proved magic.

The Lady Dee basketball team was short players traveling to Prairie City-Monroe in a late scheduled game Thursday, but came through with a tremendous team effort to win going away, 47-37.

A tough 2-3 zone defense and full-court press led by Danica Workman, a break-out shooting night for sophomore guard Sophie Waber and really fine inside play by Jenny Jones-Kelly, Ayana Thomas, Rebecca Spinler and Halle Hindman gave the Lady Dees their first South Central Conference victory i…

Coach Dykes took her team to Twin Cedars to face the 4-2 Sabers with a strategy to rest some weary girls. It paid off as the Dees carved out a solid 47-31 victory with all 12 players on the varsity roster playing considerable minutes and contributing to the win.

A very young, very inexperienced Chariton boys basketball team gave all they had against the powerful Albia Blue Demon boys and held a lead of 17-11 after a three-point bank shot from the top of the key by Ryder McGee. But from that point on Albia outscored the Chargers 77-29 in an 87-46 Sou…

It was a successful weekend for a leg-weary Lady Dee basketball team. With two straight wins under their belt against Chariton and PCM, the Dees ran out of gas against league-leading Centerville Friday before beating Twin Cedars handily Saturday, running their record to 3-4 on the season.

After an emotional and exhausting night winning and dominating the South Central Conference Tournament on Thursday, Coach Dave Wenger decided to take eight scoring wrestlers to the Dan Christensen Invitational (Central Decatur) on Friday.

The Albia wrestling team took no prisoners in the first South Central Conference wrestling tournament held in years. The only team from the SCC not participating was Knoxville.

A COVID-19 outbreak that started last week on the boys varsity basketball team and caught up to the girls basketball team by the weekend, has halted practice and play until after the Christmas holiday.

The only Albia All-District football player who didn’t have a single statistic was second teamer Zack Jones, Albia’s senior center. Ironically, no player who made All-District playing offense would have gotten any mention had Jones not been able to successfully snap the ball to first team Al…

Editor’s note: At press time the governor anounced a new list of COVID-19 guidelines that could affect the following list of Albia school district guidelines, including the number of fans that can be at events (two per player). Superintendent Crall is examining the new rules as this newspape…

After storms delayed the running of the state cross country qualifying meet at Lake Panorama Thursday, the Albia boys ran Friday and qualified for the state meet in Fort Dodge set for this Saturday. Dawson Bonnett became just the third runner to ever qualify for three individual state meet a…

Albia torched Chariton for 426 yards of passing in a 47-21 homecoming victory on Friday. Blake Chance completed 10 of 16 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns before being pulled after tweaking his ankle and giving way to junior Garin Grinstead in the fourth quarter. Grinstead was 5-6 for…

With their second meet in three days, the Albia Boys cross country team captured the Moravia Invitational held at Honey Creek Resort Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 24. (*Course would measure around 3.3 miles instead of the normal 3.1 miles)

Albia coaches and players probably saw the same play in their dreams following Friday’s 45-7 loss to Centerville. It was Sawyer Wardlow, a rangy junior, running a quarterback read option, faking (mostly) to a halfback or slotback, pulling the ball out and running right up the middle of the A…

The Lady Dee volleyball team had an up and down week, posting an impressive 3-0 conference win over Clarke last Tuesday, losing to Mount Pleasant (with only two match wins) 3-1, then beating Fairfield and Eddyville-Blakesburg while losing to Ottumwa and Davis County in the Ottumwa Tournament…

With 5 ½ inches of rain soaking Ironman Field and a thick fog shrouding the stadium the first three quarters, it’s remarkable anybody scored. But the Albia Blue Demon football team came up with three touchdowns in the first half to pick up their first win of the season, 22-0 over Clarke.

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