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Multiple Teams · Van Meter High School Girls Junior Varsity Basketball beat Adel DeSoto Minburn 29-17


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

6:00 PM

Van Meter High School
AWAY
29

Adel DeSoto Minburn
HOME
17

Game Recap

Van Meter JV girls basketball defeated ADM 29-17 on Tuesday night. Van Meter was led by great team defense and rebounding holding Adel to only 17 points. On offense the Bulldogs leading scorer was Josie Cross who had eight points. Josie Durflinger and Maggie Braun each scored seven points a piece. London Wille added five points.

Van Meter JV evens their record at 1-1. They will play again next Tuesday night in a JV/Varsity double header at Earlham starting @ 6:00pm.

Box Scores

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Van Meter
9

10

4

6

Adel DeSoto Minburn
6

3

4

4


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Multiple Teams · Van Meter Boys 8th Grade Basketball beat Nodaway Valley High School 47-11


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

4:00 PM

Nodaway Valley High School
AWAY
11

Van Meter High School
HOME
47

Game Recap

It was the Bulldogs’ defense that was the difference maker early on Tuesday vs Nodaway Valley. The offense was hard to come by in the first quarter as the Bulldogs only scored 8 points, but the defensive effort held Nodaway Valley scoreless, and that continued up until the final minute of the 3rd quarter. The offense came alive in the 2nd and 3rd quarters for the Bulldogs as they scored 35 of their 49 points in those two quarters.

The Bulldogs were able to effectively use the press to force Nodaway Valley to turn the ball over, which resulted in easy buckets for the Bulldogs.The Bulldogs are now 4-0 heading into the break.

Stats for the game:
Chris S- 8ts, 2assits, 5rebounds
Clark F- 6pts, 1 assist, and 3 rebounds
Casey T- 5pts and 4 rebounds
Hunter H- 6pts and 8 rebounds
Lincoln O- 5pts and 6 rebounds
Aidan M- 6pts and 2 rebounds
Dustin B- 3pts and 2 rebounds
Jackson A- 3pts
Ethan W- 3pts and 1 assist
Jack P- 2pts, 1 assist, and 2 rebounds
Ganon A- 1 assist and 2 rebounds
Tristan D- 1 rebound

The Bulldogs will host Madrid on Monday, November 27th beginning around 5pm.

Box Scores

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4
Nodaway Valley

3

8

Van Meter
8

19

14

6


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Multiple Teams · Van Meter Girls 7th Grade Basketball beat Nodaway Valley High School 29-15


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

4:00 PM

Van Meter High School
AWAY
29

Nodaway Valley High School
HOME
15

Game Recap

The bulldogs won their first game of the season tonight against Nodaway Valley 29-15. Emma Gilliland led the bulldog offense with 12 points, followed by Abby Matt with 5 points, and Molly Birks, Clare Kelly and Destiny Sparks each with 4 points. The bulldogs will be back in action next Monday night at Madrid.


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Multiple Teams · Van Meter Girls 8th Grade Basketball beat Nodaway Valley High School 32-24


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

4:00 PM

Van Meter High School
AWAY
32

Nodaway Valley High School
HOME
24

Game Recap

The bulldogs beat Nodaway Valley 32-24 tonight. The bulldogs played great defense with Shae Bernhardt and Maya Herman leading in steals. Maya Herman led the bulldog offense with 8 points, followed by Chaney Coppinger with 7 points, Maia Abrahamson with 5 points, and Zoie Vaught, Shea Rhodes and Shae Bernhardt all with 4 points. The girls will be back in action next Monday at Madrid.


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Multiple Teams · Van Meter High School Varsity Football beat Regina High School 28-7


Friday, November 17, 2017

11:06 AM

Van Meter High School
AWAY
28

Regina High School
HOME
7

Game Recap

It was well publicized that Van Meter had never played in a state championship game. However, that did not deter these Bulldogs from pursuing and attaining the goal they established for themselves at the beginning of the season. Even as they faced a team, Iowa City Regina, that was playing in their 8th consecutive championship game. The Bulldogs continued to utilize a game plan of ball control and big plays on offense along with a stifling defense that forced four turnovers and negated the Regal big plays to march their way to Van Meter’s first state championship on the gridiron.

Regina received the opening kickoff but struggled on its opening drive and was forced to punt. Van Meter ran into the same issue as both teams were trying to figure each other out and punted on our opening possession as well. The Regals found some success on their second drive, but following two incomplete passes from the Bulldog 42 yard line, they again gave it back to Van Meter. Following an excellent Regina punt, the Bulldogs were forced to take over on their own 6 yard line. However, it didn’t take long for the Bulldog offense to shift into high gear. Following a 5 yard run on 1st down by Carson Rhodes, Anthony Lowman took a handoff around right end and zig-zagged his way for a 63 yard run behind outstanding team blocking at the line of scrimmage as well as all the way down the field. Three plays later on 3rd and 1, Blake Fryar found Sam Thompson behind the defense for a 22 yard scoring pass with 1:46 left in the 1st quarter. Following Sam Bardwell’s PAT, Van Meter jumped to a 7-0 lead.

While the Regals next drive appeared to have a promising start as they reached midfield, they found themselves in a 4th and 1 situation. Regina seemed to have enough for the first down on a quarterback sneak, however with the pile still moving, Connor Guess stripped the ball out of the quarterback’s arms and recovered the fumble to stop the Regal drive. Unfortunately, Van Meter’s offense was unable to take advantage and was forced to punt. It didn’t take long to get the Bulldog offense back on the field as their stingy defense again produced another Regina turnover. On 3rd & 9 from their own 31, the Regina QB was flushed out of the pocket to his right where his pass was intercepted by a waiting Sam Thompson on a diving interception at the Regal 35 yard line. Van Meter’s offense wasted no time as on the very next play they found the end zone in a most unconventional way. Fryar’s pass ended up be substantially under-thrown and appeared that it would be intercepted by the Regina defender. However, the defensive back for the Regals couldn’t secure the wobbly pass so it bounced off his hands and then deflected off his own foot right into the waiting hands of Jack Trudo at the Regina 7 yard line. Trudo broke one more tackle and 5 yards later found himself in the end zone. Bardwell connected for the PAT and the Bulldogs stretched their lead to 14-0 at halftime.

Van Meter received the opening kickoff of the 2nd half, but this half started much the same way the 1st half began with both teams exchanging punts. However, the key difference came as Van Meter lined up to receive the Regina punt. Lowman caught the ball on his own 37 yard line, made the first defender miss and wasn’t touched again until he was tackled on the Regal 13 yard line to set up the Van Meter offense with outstanding field position. The Bulldogs capitalized on this opportunity and 4 plays later Rhodes powered his way into the end zone on a 2 yard run. Bardwell again tacked on the PAT and Van Meter found itself up three scores at 21-0.

Regina opened the 4th quarter with the ball on their own 26 yard line as both teams exchanged punts once again. The Regals knew they needed to score quickly to get back in the game, which they did as they marched 74 yards on only 4 plays. The Regal’s Isaac Vollstedt (who lead all rushers with 154 yards on 21 carries) finally found a seam in Bulldog defense and ran 46 yards to get Regina on the scoreboard and cut the Bulldog lead to 21-7. However, Van Meter would not let this shake their confidence as they received the ensuing kickoff. But it still wasn’t easy as the Bulldogs immediately faced a 3rd & 8 from their own 37 yard line. As Fryar rolled to his right, he couldn’t find an open receiver so he tucked the ball away, found a seam in the Regal defense and scampered 15 yard for a critical first down. From that point on, the Bulldogs executed a punishing drive that saw Rhodes carry the ball a total of six times with the final carry being a 14 yard run to pay dirt. Bardwell again knocked it through the uprights and Van Meter held a commanding 28-7 lead with only 7:23 to play in the game.

Regina marched into Bulldog territory one final time, but was again denied on an interception in the end zone by Cade Costlow. Van Meter took over on their own 35 yard line and proceed to get two game clinching first downs. Following the second first down and with Regina out of timeouts, the Bulldogs lined up in the victory formation to take a final knee and bring home the state title!

Van Meter held an offensive advantage of 317 total yards to only 230 yards for Regina. Carson Rhodes was the Bulldogs leading rusher gaining 122 yards on 30 carries. Blake Fryar added 63 yards on the ground on only 6 carries, while going 6 for 11 for 76 yards through the air with 2 touchdowns. Anthony Lowman also had 135 all purpose yards (58 rushing, 15 receiving & 62 yards on punt returns). On the other side of the ball, the Bulldog defense limited the Regals big-play air attack to only 53 yards on 10 for 25 passing with 3 interceptions. The loss dropped the Regals to 10-3 and the state runner-up for the second consecutive year.

Van Meter finishes a perfect season at 13-0 and are your 2017 Class 1A State Champions!

Van Meter’s defensive leaders for the game included:
Sam Thompson – 8 Solo Tackles, 7 Asst Tackles (including 1 Solo TFL & 1 Asst Sack) & 1 INT
Chris Reames – 2 Solo Tackles, 8 Asst Tackles
Cameron Smolik – 2 Solo Tackles, 2 Asst Tackles (including 2 Asst TFL)
Anthony Lowman – 3 Asst Tackles (including 1 Asst TFL & 1 Asst Sack)
Derek Golwitzer – 5 Asst Tackles
Connor Guess – 3 Asst Tackles (including 1 Asst TFL) & 1 Recovered Fumble
Owen Jones – 1 Solo Tackle, 4 Asst Tackles
Cade Costlow – 6 Asst Tackles & 1 INT
Owen Crawford – 1 Solo Tackle, 3 Asst Tackles (including 1 Asst TFL)
Noah Hale – 1 Solo Tackles, 3 Asst Tackles
JJ Durflinger – 1 Asst Tackle & 1 INT

The 2017 Van Meter Football team established the following new team records:
– First Undefeated Season in VM History
– Most Wins in a Single Season (13)
– Most Points Scored in a Season (506)
– Tied for Fewest Points Allowed in a Season (83)
– Fewest Points Allowed Per Game (6.4)
Thank you for supporting the Bulldogs throughout the 2017 season and all the way to championship! WE ARE VAN METER!

GO DAWGS!!

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Box Scores

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Van Meter
7

7

7

7

Regina

7


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Multiple Teams · Van Meter Boys 8th Grade Basketball beat Des Moines Christian High School 41-31


Monday, November 20, 2017

4:00 PM

Van Meter High School
AWAY
41

Des Moines Christian High School
HOME
31

Game Recap

The 8th grade Bulldogs had their first away game of the season where they traveled to face the Lions of Des Moines Christian. A tough place to play, and even tougher place to win, but the Bulldogs battled through and came away with the victory 41-31. The key to the game was the 3pt shooting of the Bulldogs who knocked down 7 three pointers throughout. The Bulldogs also forced the Lions to turn the ball over several times, and used their transition offense to score easy points. A great team victory for the Bulldogs who battled with some adversity including an early deficit and foul trouble for some key players.

Stats for the game were as followed:
Casey T- 9pts, 1 rebound
Aidan M- 7pts 3 rebounds
Chris S- 6pts, 1 assit, and 1 rebound
Ganon A- 5pts, 2 rebounds
Jack P- 5pts, 2rebounds
Caden P- 4pts, 1 rebound
Dustin B- 3pts, 2 assists
Lincoln O- 2pts, 4 rebounds
Clark F- 6 rebounds
Hunter H- 2 rebounds

The Bulldogs have a quick turnaround and will host Nodaway Valley tomorrow night. The game will follow the 7th grade game and start around 5pm.

Box Scores

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Van Meter
11

6

15

9

Des Moines Christian
7

4

8

12


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Multiple Teams · Van Meter Girls 7th Grade Basketball falls to Des Moines Christian High School 33-25


Monday, November 20, 2017

4:00 PM

Des Moines Christian High School
AWAY
33

Van Meter High School
HOME
25

Game Recap

The 7th grade girls fell to DMC in overtime 33-25. The Bulldogs were led offensively by Emma Gilliland with 10 points, followed by Abby Matt with 8 points. Molly Birks, Macy Blomgren and Clare Kelly also contributed to the Bulldog offense. On the defensive end, Emma Gilliland led the way with 6 rebounds, followed by Abby Matt and Molly Birks who both had 4. The Bulldogs are back in action Tuesday night in Fontanelle against Nodaway Valley. Go Bulldogs!


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Multiple Teams · Van Meter Girls 8th Grade Basketball falls to Des Moines Christian High School 33-25


Monday, November 20, 2017

4:00 PM

Des Moines Christian High School
AWAY
33

Van Meter High School
HOME
25

Game Recap

The 7th grade girls fell to DMC in overtime 33-25. The Bulldogs were led offensively by Emma Gilliand with 10 points, followed by Abby Matt with 8 points. Molly Birks, Macy Blomgren and Clare Kelly also contributed to the Bulldog offense. On the defensive end, Emma Gilliland led the way with a total of 6 rebounds, followed by Abby Matt and Molly Birks both with 4 rebounds. The Bulldogs are back in action Tuesday night in Fontanelle vs. Nodaway Valley.


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Multiple Teams · Van Meter High School Girls Varsity Basketball falls to Pella Christian High School 54-32


Saturday, November 18, 2017

5:30 PM

Van Meter High School
AWAY
32

Pella Christian High School
HOME
54

Game Recap

The Varsity Girl’s basketball team dropped their first contest of the season Saturday at Pella Christian, 54 – 32. A solid core of returning players for the Eagles took advantage of the Bulldog inexperience and were able to pressure the team into a number of turnovers. To start the 3rd quarter, Pella Christian put together an 8-0 run over a 4 minute stretch that put the game out of reach. Emily Roberts led the Bulldogs with 14 points.

The Varsity girls are back in action Tuesday night in Adel against ADM following the JV game that starts at 6pm.

Box Scores

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Van Meter
11

6

4

11

Pella Christian
14

11

17

12


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Bulldogs News · All Teams Schedule: Week of November 20 – November 26


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Van Meter High School, November 20 – November 26

MONDAY

November 20, 2017

4:00 PM Girls 7th Grade Basketball
vs. Des Moines Christian High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys 8th Grade Basketball
@ Des Moines Christian High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball
@ Des Moines Christian High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls 8th Grade Basketball
vs. Des Moines Christian High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

November 21, 2017

4:00 PM Girls 8th Grade Basketball
@ Nodaway Valley High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls 7th Grade Basketball
@ Nodaway Valley High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys 8th Grade Basketball
vs. Nodaway Valley High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball
vs. Nodaway Valley High School
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
@ Adel DeSoto Minburn
SCHEDULE
7:15 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Adel DeSoto Minburn
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

November 22, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

November 23, 2017

No events happening

FRIDAY

November 24, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

November 25, 2017

No events happening

SUNDAY

November 26, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!