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Varsity Football Season Recap

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Saturday, 05 November 2016 21:08


Through all the obstacles ranging from inclement weather to torn ACLs, Coach Kleeman and his team managed to have one of the best seasons Nevada has had since 2005.


Kleeman’s team finished the season with a 3-6 record, but he couldn’t have been more proud of his team. One of the highlights of their season being breaking in the new stadium with a 19-15 win over Knoxville.


Asking Coach Kleeman how he thought the season went, he said, “We improved, couple more wins, 2 wins in 3A. We haven’t done that since 2005, the kids gave a great effort, and the seniors gave us a good foundation.”


Kleeman’s team averaged 18 ppg on offense and 33 ppg allowed on average on defense. But the team had much better run game defense this year and on the other side of that the Cubs offense was much better in the run game than it has been in the past.


Coach Kleeman’s goal at the beginning of the season was, “Improve and play hard for all four quarters.”


The seniors’ goal was to have a positive season which was possible but was just out of reach due to injuries.


Overall the Kleeman and the Cubs had an improved season, and Cub fans are already looking forward to next year.


Article by Drew Brower.

8th Grade Football Season Recap

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Saturday, 05 November 2016 11:36

Mr. Corbin and his 8th grade football team finished the season 1-5.


“We had 21 at the beginning of the season and ended with 18 due to injury.” Mr. Corbin said, “I am very proud of the players.”


Mr. Corbin said, “Our main goal going into each game is to improve and compete, and we did that. Our goal going into the year was to have more wins than the previous year.”


“I remember our game against North Polk.” He said, “Our offense executed with the run and pass game well.”  


“Our outside run was our strongest play we executed. That play well every time.”


Mr. Corbin said, “I am proud of my team. They all improved as the season went on. The kids were a good, coachable bunch and took our coaching advice to heart and got physically and mentally tougher each week.”


“It was a tough season but we managed to score every game.”


A goal for Coach Corbin for 2017 is to have more players. “I would like to see more kids go out,” he added.


Article by Ross Mitchell.

7th Grade Football Season Summary

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Sunday, 30 October 2016 18:47

The 7th grade football team had a great season ending up 5-1 on the year. With 22 kids out. Coach Baethke said, “This season went well for us because our ability and our work ethic.”


He said, “Our main goal going into each game was to work together and never give up, play all 4 quarters hard.”


“Our goal for this season is to get better each day and compete in each game, which we did.”


Coach Baethke said, “Some highlights this season was our passing game. We executed our plays well and had great team defense.”


Coach Baethke and his team averaged 38 points a game.


“These kids had a great attitude and put a lot of effort into everything they did, it was phenomenal.”



“Another highlight is when Zach Stinn scored his first touchdown,” Baethke said. “That was great!”


From Facebook:


Nevada Middle School Football, 10.13.16

Nevada 8th grader Zach Stinn had a big touchdown run for Nevada last night in a highly coordinated effort by several people from both Nevada and Greene County.

Zach Stinn has had managerial duties with the football team all season, but Tonya Van Dam, NMS Special Education Teacher, and Michelle Dodd, Zach's associate, worked with the NMS middle school coaches and made all the behind-the-scenes arrangements to prepare him for his player debut Thursday night.

Coaches Greg Baethke and Karter Ewing were instrumental in preparing Zach and his teammates for his big run, and Greene County Coach Chad Morton coordinated efforts with his players.


Article by Ross Mitchell, Sports Management Class


Week 9 Preview: Nevada vs. Pella

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:52

The Pella Little Dutch comes to town to close the regular season.  Nevada (3-5, 2-4 in the district) is coming off of a 45-6 loss to Norwalk here in Nevada last week.  Pella (8-0, 6-0 in the district) is ranked #2 by the Des Moines Register in Class 3A (Cedar Rapids Xavier is #1).  The Little Dutch have won 36 straight games (and two straight State Championships), including a 41-13 district win over North Polk at Pella last week.  Pella defeated Oskaloosa and Dallas Center-Grimes in their non-district games, as well as all of the other district teams.

 Pella and Nevada have faced each other 8 times in the past, the first time in 1968.  Nevada is 1-7 against the Little Dutch, with the Cubs only win coming in the last game of the season in 1971.  Nevada won that game, at Pella, 28-26 under head coach Cecil Rhoads.  Nevada and Pella were also in the same 3A District from 2000 to 2003.

 Nevada and Pella have closed the regular season 5 times, as have the Perry Blue Jays and Nevada.  However, the Nevada Cubs and Story City Vikings (before the Roland-Story City consolidation in 1969) have a much longer and storied history. Nevada and Story City would regularly close the season with a game on or around Armistice Day, November 11 (now Veterans' Day).  In 1924, the two teams played on Thanksgiving Day and four times this game was considered the Nevada Homecoming game.  These two teams matched up as the season finale from 1929 to 1958, aside from two years when there was no Story City team; several of those Viking-Cubs games were played in ice or snowstorms.  In games with Story City, Nevada was 29-11-3 dating from 1921.  No record of games played prior to 1921 have been found in the Nevada Journal.  The last time Nevada and Story City played was in 1966, resulting in a 32-18 Nevada victory.

Cubs FB v Norwalk

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 16:34

Nevada lost to Norwalk last Friday night at home, 6-45.

"We gave great effort Friday night but weren't able to get into any flow both offensively and defensively," said Coach Andy Kleeman.  "There were several positives from the game, but Norwalk is a very good team."

"They out executed us in all three phases of the game.  We will have a great week of practice and prepare for the opportunity to play another great football team next Friday."

Nevada's senior night is this coming Friday, October 21 as the Cubs host the Pella Eagles in the last game of the season.


Nevada v Norwalk stats

Week 8 Preview: Nevada vs. Norwalk

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 14:48

Nevada hosts the Norwalk Warriors this week.  Nevada (3-4, 2-3 in the district) defeated Grinnell 24-13, at Grinnell, last week and first year coach Andy Kleeman picked up his third victory of the season.  Kleeman is the first head coach to win more than 2 games in his first year at Nevada since Tim Brunkan went 4-5 in his first year in 2000.  The win also marked the first ever Nevada victory over Grinnell.

 The Norwalk Warriors (6-1, 4-1 in the district) are coming to Nevada after picking up their first loss of the season.  The Warriors were shut out 38-0 by District leading and defending State Champion Pella in a game at Norwalk.  Norwalk's wins this season were non-district games against Indianola and Winterset, and district wins against Knoxville, North Polk, Bondurant-Farrar, and Grinnell.

 Norwalk and the Nevada Cubs have faced each other 8 times previously.  Nevada is 2-6 against the Warriors.  The first time they faced each other was in 1988 (a 28-21 win vs. Norwalk) when they were both in the Little Hawkeye Conference (1988 to 1991) and then again when they were assigned to the same District in 2000 to 2003.  The last Nevada win over Norwalk was a high-scoring 43-36 win in 1991 at Norwalk.

 As was mentioned last week's preview, the Iowa HS Athletic Association started District football in 1992.  It was done so that all schools would have a full football schedule.  In the ten or so years prior to this, consolidations, school closings and conference realignments forced some schools to have open weeks or go halfway across the state to find Friday night football games.  Prior to 1992, schools scheduled games based on their conference affiliations. 

 Nevada's first noted conference affiliation in football began in 1940 with the Hawkeye Central Six (Ankeny, Colfax, Colo, Madrid, Nevada, and Story City).  This conference added State Center shortly after this and Colo left the conference.  There were several schools that came into the conference and schools left (including Altoona, Johnston, and Ogden).  There was no conference football schedule between 1955 and 1959.  In 1960 the conference became the Hawkeye Conference Eight and included Ballard, Colo, Maxwell, Nevada, Ogden, State Center, Story City, and United Community (in eastern Boone County). State Center merged with surrounding smaller schools to form the West Marshall School District in 1962.  South Hamilton (Jewell) was added in 1964 and the Hawkeye Central became Nine.

 In 1967, the schools of Ballard, Carlisle, Johnston, Nevada, North Polk, South Hamilton, and West Marshall all joined and formed the Heart of Iowa Conference.  Aside from the addition of Roland-Story in 1970 (a year after the Roland and Story City school merger), this conference remained unchanged until 1987.  Three of the largest schools left the HOIC to form the Little Hawkeye Conference, which played football together until the District football came into being in 1992.  The Little Hawkeye Conference included Carlisle, Clarke (Osceola), Johnston, Nevada, Norwalk, Perry, Saydel, and Winterset.

Cubs Dominate Tigers

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 13:42

On October 7th the cubs overpowered the Grinnell Tigers in a huge 24-13 win. The Tigers were absolutely no match to the Cubs as the 2-4 team raised their record to 3-4. Andrew Strottman, the starting running back for the Cubs, rushed for 118 yards on only 16 carries as the Cubs executed a ground and pound offense under the lights. But even with the efficient running from Strottman, quarterback Macade Matuska managed to keep the Tigers on their heels by throwing for 200 yards, 79 of which were completed to tight end Matt Chitty. In an overall very complete all around game, here is what head coach Andrew Kleeman had to say, 

"Friday night was a good win for our team.  We did a great job of playing disciplined and sound in all three phases of the game.  It was our most complete game we have played so far."

The Cubs are looking forward to another home game this Friday, October 14th, against the Norwalk Warriors. "We are looking forward to getting back home to play a really good Norwalk team Friday night.  We will have a great week of practice and prepare to bring our best Friday night.  We are excited for the challenge." Norwalk is a very good team, but the Cubs will be prepared and are hungry for another win, so it should be a very good game. 


Week 7 Preview: Cubs travel to Grinnell

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 21:34

The Tigers of Grinnell are this week's opponent in the district game at Grinnell.  Nevada (2-4, 1-3 in district) are coming off of a high-scoring Homecoming loss, 49-34, to Bondurant-Farrar.  Grinnell is winless on the season, with non-district losses to South Tama and Oskaloosa, and district losses to North Polk, Bondurant-Farrar, Pella and Norwalk.  Norwalk defeated the Tigers last week, 63-28 in a game at Norwalk.

Nevada and Grinnell faced each other last season in a game in which the Tigers won at Grinnell, 60-35.  The Tigers hold a 4-0 advantage over the Cubs.  They first faced each other in 2000.

The big match-up in the District this week (and probably in all of Class 3A) is #2 (Des Moines Register Class 3A rankings) Pella at #3 Norwalk.  Tonight's game will likely determine the District Champion and runner-up.  Pella is the two-time defending State Champion in Class 3A, having defeated Norwalk in the state title game last year.  Pella also defeated Norwalk in the regular season last year, also at Norwalk.  Both Norwalk and Pella come to Nevada to finish the season in weeks 8 and 9.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association started District football in 1992.  It was done so that all schools would have a full football schedule.  In the ten or so years prior to 1992, consolidations, declining enrollment and conference realignments forced some schools to have open weeks or go across the state to find Friday night football opponents.  Under the District Football alignment, schools are put into Districts for 2-year rotations.  Then in two years, the districts will again change.  All of this is based on enrollment.  Nevada has been in Class 3A Districts from the beginning, aside from 2 years (2012-2013) when the Cubs dropped to 2A.

In the 29 years of District football, Nevada has been assigned to Districts that nearly went from the Minnesota border to nearly Missouri.  Forest City has been the furthest north (16 miles from Minnesota) and Chariton and Clarke of Osceola were the furthest south (30 miles from Missouri) during two different two-year rotations.  Boone has been the most common District opponent (14 times) while Ballard, Saydel, and Webster City have been 12 times.  Nevada has been put into districts with Jefferson-Scranton, Clear Lake, Hampton-Dumont, and Humboldt and have played 8 times.  Carroll has been the furthest west they have gone and Benton Community at VanHorne has been the furthest east.

FB v Bondurant-Farrar, 9.30.16

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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 14:46


The Cubs lost their Homecoming game to Bondurant 49-34 last Friday night.


We made too many mistakes Friday in the first half, but we came out and battled in the second half,” said Coach Andy Kleeman. “I thought our team showed growth. We have to fix our mistakes and have a great week of practice.”

The Cubs were able to force two turnovers - an interception by Trent Stahl and a fumble recovery touchdown by Zac Sharp.

The Cubs next game is this Friday at Grinnell.


Article by Grant Huckvale.

Picture by David Walden.


Week 6 Homecoming Preview: Nevada vs. Bondurant-Farrar

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:57

This week Nevada faces the Blue Jays of Bondurant-Farrar in the 71st Annual Homecoming game.  Nevada (2-3, 1-2 in the district) is coming off of a 34-20 loss at North Polk last Friday night.  Bondurant-Farrar (2-3, 1-2 in the district) is also coming off of a loss, last week to Norwalk, 48-10 at Bondurant.  The Blue Jays' two wins are a non-district win at Winterset and a 24-17 win at Grinnell.  Losses, beside last week's Norwalk game, include loss to Boone and Pella.

Nevada has faced the Blue Jays just four times, all games in the previous 4 years; last year, Bondurant-Farrar won 48-7 at Nevada.  The Cubs are 0-4 versus the Blue Jays.  However, Nevada is 2-0 against Bondurant (many years prior to consolidation), playing them way back in 1931 and 1932.

 This week is Homecoming for Nevada High School.  The Homecoming game tradition was started at the University of Missouri (Wikipedia) in 1911 and the first homecoming game that we could find in print for Nevada was in the 1924 season.  It was a 21-7 victory over Ames.  Homecoming was also noted during other years in the 1920's and was noted periodically through the 1930's.  It was suspended during World War II, but was revived permanently in 1946, following the end of the war (used to welcome home the military troops) and has continued annually to this day.  Friday is the 71st Annual Homecoming game; Nevada is 43-27 in those previous 70 homecoming games.  Nevada's most common homecoming opponent has been Johnston, who has played in 8 homecoming contests.  North Polk and Ankeny have both been homecoming opponents 7 times.

 Betty Miller was crowned as the first homecoming queen in 1946.  It took a few years to start the king tradition; the king was first crowned in 1952 and was Martin Ogden.  Sixty years ago, in 1956, the queen was Carmen Neal and the king was Bill Shickell.  Fifty years ago, in 1966, homecoming royalty was Nancy Howell and Dean Twedt.  Twenty-five years ago, in 1991, the queen was Jenny Golden and the king was Chad Albers.  Last year's homecoming royalty was Kati Cassabaum and Bennett Thompson.

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