Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013 AT 9:23 PM / Updated at 9:23 PM
Western Iowa prep sports roundup
Kevin White Omaha World-Herald

Event of the week
Jennie Ed Sports Med MAC Shootout
Where: Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs
When: Thursday through Saturday
Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for students (good for all 3 days)
4 p.m.: CB Heartland Christian vs. Fremont-Mills (boys)
5:30: CB Heartland Christian vs. Fremont-Mills (girls)
7: CB Thomas Jefferson vs. CB Lewis Central (girls)
8:30: CB Abraham Lincoln vs. CB St. Albert (girls)
4 p.m.: Red Oak vs. Bellevue East (girls)
5:30: Tri-Center vs. Riverside (girls)
7: Glenwood vs. Denison-Schleswig (girls)
8:30: Glenwood vs. Denison-Schleswig (boys)
11 a.m.: CB St. Albert vs. Tri-Center (boys)
12:30 p.m.: CB Thomas Jefferson vs. South Sioux City (boys)
2: CB Lewis Central vs. Bellevue East (boys)
3:30: CB Abraham Lincoln vs. Ralston (boys)
5: West Des Moines Valley vs. Omaha Westside (boys)
6:30: Sioux City East vs. Papillion-La Vista (boys)
8: Sioux City North vs. Omaha South (boys)

Todd Bladt of Harlan was one of six inductees into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Football Players Hall of Fame last month, joining Lane Danielsen of Dike-New Hartford, Rick Thompson of Madrid, Casey Wiegmann of Aplington-Parkersburg, Jared Clauss of West Des Moines Valley and Aaron Kampman of Aplington-Parkersburg.

A three-year starter at center, Bladt helped Harlan to back-to-back state titles in 1997 and 1998 after being a semifinalist in 1996. In 26 games in the 24-2 title years, the Cyclones had 19 games that they scored four or more touchdowns. Bladt was also was the long snapper on punts and field goals. He never had a poor snap and the Cyclones’ kick was never blocked. He was a first team all-state selection and played in the 1999 Shrine Bowl.

At the University of South Dakota, he was a four-year starter. He is in his ninth year of teaching and coaching four sports at Harlan.

Gail Hartigan of Treynor was recently inducted into the volleyball coaches and officials portion of the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Hartigan compiled a 451-110 record over 23 years at Lake City, Woodbine and Treynor.

She took 12 of her Treynor teams to state in a 15-year span. Her teams reached five semifinals, including two runner-up finishes. She led teams to nine conference titles.

Andy Everett of Griswold was named the Class 1-A track and field coach of the year for the 2013 season by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. His girls teams have won the past three 1-A state titles. He is also the school’s football coach and started the Western Iowa Conference weightlifting competition.

“I can’t think of a more deserving person,” Griswold principal TJ Dunphy said. “He puts in many hours to see our kids become successful.”

Tyrel Peters, Griswold: Averaging 20.7 points and 7.5 rebounds in the Tigers’ 5-1 start, while shooting 59 percent from the field.
Brad Staley, Charter Oak-Ute: In a 73-70 win over Whiting, he scored 32 points and grabbed 27 rebounds. The latter is the second-highest total in the state this season.
Kaylee Grote, Tri-Center: Poured in 36 points in a 72-68 Western Iowa Conference win over IKM-Manning. She made 13 of 28 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds.
Paige Danner, Ar-We-Va: In a 68-67 loss to Woodbine, she had 39 points, seven steals, six rebounds and four assists. She hit 11 of 21 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and 14 of 17 from the foul line.

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