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.

There was good news in Albia’s 38-27 loss to Davis County. The Blue Demons had the best balance offensively in probably the last five seasons. Blake Chance completed 12 of 19 passes for 220 yards and Nate Wynn had 113 yards rushing on 15 carries. Chaz Fee added 38 yards on the ground and Dam…

The Albia Lady Dee volleyball team appeared to have things in control in the fourth set against a big, talented Centerville team, leading 18-13. The Redettes called time out and Albia made nine straight errors and Centerville scored on two blocks to win the set 25-20, tying the set score and…

The Lady Dees got off to a rough start for the conference season losing to defending champion Knoxville 3-0 with scores of 25-9, 25-11 and 25-18.

The Albia Lady Dee softball team, along with other South Central Conference schools, continued to reap rewards from the past season. The Class 3A state champions landed two team members on the Class 3A first team with pitcher Jena Lawrence and catcher Alex Beard and outfielder Danica Workman…

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When the seniors walked on the field against Davenport Assumption four years ago as freshmen in the Class 3A state championship game it was the first time they had seen the kind of pitching, hitting and defense it took to win a title. The Lady Dees lost 8-0.

Going into a state tournament of any sort, the customary wisdom is that every team on the field has a chance to win it all. But in Monday’s first round of the Class 3A tournament in Fort Dodge, the people who pair teams clearly got it right. Top-ranked and #1 seed Albia crushed #8 seed Crest…

In a softball rivalry that dates back three decades, Albia’s 2-1 victory over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in eight innings for a berth in the state tournament stands as one of the all-time great games.

The Albia Lady Dee softball team earned their fourth straight trip to the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge by beating arch-rival Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 2-1 in eight innings.

For the first three innings the Lady Dee softball team looked like a team trying not to lose in their quest to win a fourth straight South Central Conference title. Offensively, two walks, a hit batter and three strikeouts. Defensively, fighting their way out of a runner at second in the sec…

The Albia Blue Demon baseball team defeated Clarke County 3-1 on Tuesday night in Albia, finishing in a tie for third place in the conference with a 3-3 record.

The Albia Blue Demon baseball team used a stellar pitching performance by Tein Thiravong and relief from Barrett Bonnet to score an SCC victory over eighth ranked Centerville on Thursday night at home. “Tein and Barrett put us in such a great spot to win tonight,” said Coach Robbie D’Amoto, …

There have been some big softball games in Albia Lady Dee history dating all the way back to a battle between Ottumwa and Albia to get to the state tournament in the early 1980s. The Lady Dees games against Carlisle in 2001 and again in 2003 to determine a state bid. The games the Dees playe…

The Albia Lady Dee softball team needed some late inning heroics at the plate to offset some spotty play on Thursday as they beat Knoxville 5-3 in eight innings. You could argue that the Dees had played flawlessly through their first seven games, beating third-ranked Class 4A Oskaloosa 3-0 o…

The Albia Blue Demon baseball team took on the number one rated Martinsdale-St. Mary’s Blue Devils on Wednesday night in Albia. Five walks and four hit batsmen along with timely hitting gave the visitors a 20-3 victory.

Dominant pitching performance by senior all-stater Jena Lawrence and timely hitting by veteran Lady Dees Ellie Spurgin and Alex Beard gave Albia a 3-1 victory over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont at home Monday.

The Albia Blue Demon baseball team got off on the right foot on Monday night as they started the 2020 season with a 12-1 win over rival EBF in Albia. “It was very fun to finally get out on the field,” said Coach Robbie D’Amato. “We got an awesome pitching performance out of Tein Thiravong an…

The Albia Lady Dees will face a brutal schedule when they start play on June 15, facing a half dozen ranked teams in four different classes. And it’s just the way Coach Darren Hill and Coach Jani Dorpinghaus want it.

High School athletes across the state have been yearning to hear the words “Play Ball” for months now and the Albia Blue Demon baseball team was able to answer the call on Monday at 12:01. “We are grateful to have a season no matter how abbreviated,” said Coach Robbie D’Amato. “Other states …

With eight of 10 starters returning from three straight state tournament appearances, it is no surprise that the Albia Lady Dee softball team is ranked sixth in the Class 3A pre-season poll.

Editor’s note: Today we begin a series of articles on our senior athletes who will miss their spring senior sports seasons. This series goes over their first three years as ACHS athletes, what they had hoped for this season and thoughts about COVID-19.

Following Friday’s recommendations to keep Iowa schools closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all spring activities of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association are canceled.

The schedules are out for the 2020 high school football season. Both Albia and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont are in Class 2A in different districts. Albia headed west and EBF headed east.

Albia junior point guard, Blake Chance, was earlier in March named a first team All-Substate player by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association. Last week he was named by the Iowa Print Sportswriter’s Association to the All-State Class 2A third team.

Following Sunday’s announcements from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, all spring activities of Iowa’s high school Unified Activities partners – the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa High School Music Association, and the Iowa High School S…

Albia junior Blake Chance and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont senior Kalen Walker were named to the Class 2A All Substate #6 team. Joining them on the team were Jackson Curnutte, Chariton, Bryce Achenbach, Woodward-Granger, Anthony Potthoff, Van Meter, Chris Schrech, Van Meter, Brady Berkley, C…

In the end, the Albia boys basketball team had critical turnovers and didn’t shoot well enough to beat a team the quality of Woodward-Granger, even though they led after every quarter except the fourth. The final score was 49-43 and the Hawks scored their last five points on free throws to e…

The Albia Blue Demons used a stingy defense and a fast paced offense to take one more step down the post season road on Tuesday night as they defeated the EBF Rockets 72-51 in Centerville to capture the District 11 Championship. The 21-point margin of victory really wasn’t that close.

The Albia Blue Demon basketball team took one step forward in the post season by defeating Van Buren 70-55 on Thursday night in Albia.

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