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Vikings fall in opener to Benton, 28-21

By Jeff Holmes · November 29th, 2020
VINTON — It was one of those nights.Despite a big statistical advantage Friday, the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings dropped their 2020 football season opener to Benton Community, 28-21, as the Bobcats took full advantage of one of the biggest numbers of the night: mistakes.On the first play from scrimmage, junior Max Vasquez took off left tackle and put the Benton defense in the rear view mirror for a 70-yard touchdown, only to have it nullified by a penalty on the Benton five.

Viking kicker Jesse Pladsen named 2nd team All-State

By Jeff Holmes · November 24th, 2020
Vinton-Shellsburg senior placekicker Jesse Pladsen was the named a 2nd-team All-Stater Monday by the Iowa Print Sport Writers Association.Pladsen led Class 2A with six field goals during the season on just six attempts and his 42-yarder against Solon was the second-longest in 2A. In addition, Pladsen was 11 for 14 on extra points.

History Made: Vikette wrestlers start a new era

By Jeff Holmes · November 23rd, 2020
VINTON - The year of disruption and loss in the world of athletics. Schedules have been turned upside, middle school sports have been put on hold and some colleges are even dropping sports.But at Vinton-Shellsburg High School, there was been historic growth.This past Monday, 12 girls reported the wrestling room for the first practice of the brand-new Vikette wrestling program.

VSU Swim team goes to Qualifying District Meet

By VSU Swim Team · November 9th, 2020
VSU girls swam in the state qualifying district meet today at Dubuque Hempstead against incredibly fast competition. Vinton-Shellsburg Union was the smallest district by far in the field of Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Decorah, Dubuque Hempstead, Dubuque Walhert, Dubuque Senior, and Waterloo East/West.

Vikette Swimmers Sink Williamsburg on Senior Night, 68-26

By VSU Swim Team · October 26th, 2020
VSU Girls swimming had a solid victory for their 2nd and final home meet Thursday 10/22. They beat Williamsburg 68 - 26 in the final team standings. The home team took 1st place in all but 1 event, and took 1st and 2nd 6 of the 11 events. The girls swam some very good times, I'm very happy with the way they performed.

VSU Swimming Conferences

By VSU Swim Team · October 21st, 2020
VSU swam their modified North Central Iowa Swim Conference meet on Saturday. Instead of having all teams swim at one location, the teams were split into two locations to allow for more social distancing. VSU swam with Williamsburg and Oskaloosa at Williamsburg, while Grinnell, Boone and Decorah swam at Decorah.

Vikettes advance in Regionals, 3-2 over Monticello

By Jeff Holmes · October 20th, 2020
MONTICELLO -- Coach Michelle Stepanek's Vinton-Shellburg Vikettes pulled off a huge road win Monday night with a 3-2 victory over powerhouse Monticello in the first round of Regional volleyball.The Vikettes dropped the first set 25-20, then roared back to for 25-23 and 25-20 wins to go up 2-1 in the match.

VSU Girls Swimming 10/12 in Williamsburg

By VSU Swim Team · October 14th, 2020
VSU swam at the 6-team invitational in Williamsburg Monday night and came away with a big win - finishing in the team standings 33.5 points ahead of the strong second place home team. VSU won all three relays and three other individual events. But we talk all year about how one or two, or even four or five girls can't win a meet.

VSU Girls Swim at Decorah

By VSU Swim Team · October 12th, 2020
Thursday night the VSU girls swam at Decorah.Decorah is a very strong, very large team - they're always a tough opponent. The girls swam very well last night, placing first place in five events and taking second in another five. In the end, Decorah won (10 points were unanswered point scored in diving in which VSU does not compete).

Vikings open post-season play at Mount Vernon Friday night

By Jeff Holmes · October 10th, 2020
The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings will have payback on their minds Friday night as the open the 2020 football playoffs.Coach Jim Womochil's Vikes (2-5) will head back to Mount Vernon to take on the Mustangs (6-1) at Cornell College's Ash Park. It was just three weeks ago that Mount Vernon edges the Vikings 21-13 in game the Black & Gold easily could have won.

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