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/ SCHOOL and SPORTS Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Page Eight \\; By Tyler French This past week the Norwalk Warriors found themselves on the wrong end of the final score for the second straight week, falling to the Oskaloosa Indians 48-39. A strong of- fensive output was not enough to overcome a me- diocre defensive showing. Both teams scored a touchdown in the first quarter and the score at the end of the first was 7-7. This would be the only quarter that each team only scored once. In the second quarter, Oskaloos would score two touch- downs with Norwalk re- sponding with one of their own to send the score into halftime 21-14. During the third quarter, Norwalk had its bestscoring quar- ter of the game, scoring two touchdowns and kick- ing a field goal. Oskaloosa kept pace, however, scor- ing two touchdowns of their own, but missing one of their extra points. The score entering the final quarter was 35-31. In the fourth quarter, the Indians pulled away for good by scoring two more touch- downs; Norwalk gave a valiant effort at a come- back, scoring a late touch- down and converting a two-point conversion, both on Brady Bransfield runs. Norwalk trailed for most of the game and was never able to mount a large enough comeback to re- gain the lead. The defense in this game, to put it bluntly, did not play well. Oskaloosa ran the ball consistently without finding much re- sistance from the Warrior defense. They ran the ball a staggering 66 times for an astounding 457 yards. They ran the ball effec- tively on almost every down, wearing out the de- fense by keeping them on the field. All of the success the Indians found on of- fense came in the running game. The Norwalk pass defense shut the Indians down through the air, only allowing 35 yards on three completions with a 33% completion percentage. The strong pass defense was not enough to corn- N/Warren Town and County News Warriors Lose for the Second Straight Week pensate for the poor run defense; however, the In- dians chewed up large chunks of yardage on most of their runs. Brock Schwechel led the War- riors in tackles, finishing with 24. If the Warriors hope to return to the win- ners" circle next week, they have to focus on stopping the run. They have played solid pass defense all sea- son and this also needs to continue to find sustained success. This defense is extremely talented and needs to play like they were in the beginning of the season. The offense played what was probably their best game of the season, scoring a season-high 38 points. To talk about the offense you have to begin with the play of quarter- back Bransfield-as he goes so does the Warrior of- fense. Bransfield had a game that you would ex- pect from a much older, experienced quarterback, not from a freshman. He finished the game with a season high 290 passing yards on 17 completions and three touchdowns. His completion percent- age was below 50%, but he had several passes that were dropped. Bransfield also ran the ball for 100 yards and another touch- down. Passing the ball he spread the ball to six dif- ferent receivers, including Josh Lippert, Connor Elbert and Devin Pirkle recording their first catches on the year. Bransfield found Neil Hanson, Luke Greenslade and Pirkle for touch- downs. Hanson led the way for the Warriors with 89 yards on four catches, continuing his strong play this season. The Warriors passing game was not the only strong part about their of- fense against Oskaloosa; they also had a nice game running the ball. Com- bined with Bransfield's 100 yards, the Warriors fin- ished with 202 yards on 42 carries as a team. Along with Bransfield, Jesse Cowie and Nathan Johnston also found suc cess on the ground, finish- ing with a combined 102 yards on 22 carries with Johnston finding the end zone. The Warriors played a stellar game on offense and need to continue to put up big numbers if they want to end the season with another trip to the playoffs. With more tough games Middle School Cross Country News coming up for the War- riors, they need to forget about the past couple weeks and focus on win- ning the next game. You win some, you lose some and Norwalk needs to re- member this ds they pre- pare for their next matchup. Thursday, Sept. 26, the Norwalk Middle School cross country team traveled to Indianola to participate in an invitational meet. Norwalk runners competed against twelve Central Iowa Metro Leagues (CIML) conference schools as well as some larger 3A schools. Both boys and girls teams finished ninth out of 16 teams. Norwalk Girls Results: (217 Runners) Kennedy Scallon 12:51 5th; Trinity Hopkey 14:17 25th; Jordan Heinold 14:44 39th; Ally Gideon 16:30 81st; Brook Cooper 18:58 149th; Annie Balk 18:56 151st; Ashley Luedtke 18:57 152nd; Madison Ballard 18:59 155th; Kristen McOwen 19:11 161st and Abby Noel 167th. Boys Results: (289 Runners) Seth Harper 12:21 15th; Tyler Vaughan 12:43 31st; Colton Chambers 13:08 52nd; Drew Rosonke 13:14 56th; Bradon Clark 15:00 142nd; Jaden Deal 15:34 160th; Alex Fredregill 15:47 186th; Erech Hazen 16:12 200th; Nate Cook 16:57 218th; Josh Nelson 17:18 234th; Jack Foster 17:19 235th; Konnor Karg 18:12 249th; Luke Agey 18:14 250th and Adam Workman 23:09. Monday, Sept. 30, the Norwalk Middle School cross country team traveled to Nevada to participate in an invitational meet. One hundred ninety-one runners com- peted in the boys division and 138 runners competed in the girls division. No team scores were kept in the middle school division. Girls Results: (138 Runners) Kennedy Scallon 13:28 1st; Trinity Hopkey 14:46 19th; Jordan Heinold 15:03 23rd; Ally Gideon 17:14 72nd; Heather Schirm 17:49 85th; Kristen McCowen 18:19 90th; Abby Noel 19:06 108th; Brook Cooper 19:24114th; Annie Balk 19:53 115th; Madison Ballard 20:08 120th; Kailee Raymond 20:08 121st and Ashley Luedtke 20:17 125th Boys Results: (191 Runners) Seth Harper 13:23 10th; Tyler Vaughn 13:26 12th; Colton Chambers 13:53 22nd; Rylan Desmond 14:02 30th; Drew Rosonke 14:23 43rd; Jaden Deal 16:45 123rd; Alex Fredregill i6:46 124th; Erech Hazen 16:58th 128th; Josh Nelson 18:08 154th; Konnor Karg 18:58 163rd; Jack Foster 19:08 165th; Luke Agey 19:29 171st and Adam Workman 22:34 188th Thursday, October 10, 2013 LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY [ By Jill Anderson, Principal and Chris Larson, Dean Building Goal: It has become clear to me that if you choose the fight people, put them in the fight places and allow them to do the jobs that they were hired to do, good things happen. It is extremely important for the building to identify our priority goals and to ensure that daily decisions are aligned with accomplishing these goals. This fall, the staff reviewed the building vision and challenged ourselves to create an environ- ment in order for the studehts to excel, both behavior- ally and academically. We have a building goal focused on readirg compre- hension. Our goal is for 90% of our children to be profi- cient in reading by the time they leave the doors of the building. We have worked with the AEA staff and our curriculum director to guide the staff on appropriate reading strategies to impact both the fluency and com- prehension of the students. This year, we will be focus- ing on what to do to differentiate during the reading instruction during independent time and continue our emphasis on skill building. As a building leader, I feel that high expectations re- sult in higher performance. I expect a lot not only from the teachers, but from the students and I am very clear in setting" those expectations. I feel that expectations shape the learning experience for everyone. There have been numerous studies stating that people with high expectations perform at a higher level than those with low expectations, even though their measured abilities are equal. We just simply expect the best, day in and day out! Todak, we know more about teaching than we ever have before in my educational career. Dr. Wulf wants the administrators to produce the research to show that the initiative that we want to do with the staff has a posi- tive effect size with students. Research has shown us that teachers' actions in their dassrooms have twice the impact on student achievement as do school policies regarding curriculum, assessment arLd community in- volvement. (Marzano, 2003) Visiting School: Collaboration between parents and school is important for the education of your child. We understand that sometimes it is necessary to visit your child's room. A call/note to the teacher 24 hours in ad- vance of the visit is appreciated so schedules can be coordinated. Visitors and volunteers must stop at the ofce to get a visitor's badge and sign in prior to going to a classroom. Upcoming Events " 'Early Out-October 16, 23 and 30 Picture Retakes-October 17 SIAC Meeting- October 22 Fall Festival (PTO)- October 24 NORWALK BOYS GOLF Norwalk at Indianola The Norwalk boys golf team traveled to Indianola to take on Ottumwa, East and Indianola. Norwalk shot 174, which placed the Warriors 3rd out of the four teams. Otharnwa won the meet with a 154: Indianola was second with a 169 and East 4th with a 192. Otmwa's Matt Walker and Gavin Dastal won the meet with a nine hole score of 38. Norwalk's Carter Mallett was 3rd with a 39. Other Warrior scores were Carter Albrecht 43, Mike Guessford and Cannon Ridgeway 46, Ryan Owens 47 and Tyler Landstrum 48. The Norwalk JV team also placed 3rd with a team score of 206. Indianola won the meet with a 180. Norwalk was led by Chris Higgins and Ben Hallin, who each shot a 51. Other Warrior scores were: Jason Meihost 52, Alan Delker 52, Jake Floyd 58 and Conner Scott 61. Norwalk vs. Newton In Norwalk's last meet before Districts, the Warriors lost on their home course to Newton by a score of 147 to 149. Norwalk was led by Mallett, who was Medalist with a 34. Meihost shot his best score of the year with a 37. Other Warrior scores were Albrecht 39, Guessford 39, Ridgeway 40 and Landstrum 44. The Norwalk JV beat Newton's JV 160 to 163. Scoring for Norwalk were Owens 38, Hallin 39, Higgins 40, Nick Rosonke 43, Delker 43 and Joe Vivone 45.