Roland-Story sophomore Claire Truesdell is heading to the state cross country meet for the second year in a row.
After the Roland-Story girls cross country team qualified as a team last year Truesdell made it as an individual in 2022 by placing in the top 15 at the Class 2A qualifying meet in Oelwein Oct. 20. The Norse girls were unable to make it back as a team after finishing seventh with 196 points.
Fourth-ranked Denver won the girls race with 66 points. Fifth-ranked Williamsburg and 18th-ranked New Hampton were the other two teams to qualify with 78 and 115 points respectively.
On the boys’ side Roland-Story scored 350 points to place 14th. Fifth-ranked Oelwein (63 points), sixth-ranked Denver (66) and Garner-Hayfield-Ventura (69) being the three qualifying teams from the meet.
The Roland-Story football and volleyball teams both saw their seasons come to a close.
The Norse football team suffered a 56-27 loss to Clarinda in the opening round of the 2A playoffs at Clarinda. The Norsemen ended their season with a 4-5 record.
The Roland-Story volleyball team finished its season with a 22-13 record. The Norse defeated South Tama County in the 3A regional quarterfinals in four sets — 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23 — then were swept by No. 15 Vinton-Shellsburg in the semifinals — 13-25, 20-25, 17-25.
Here is what we learned from the final full week of fall sports action for Roland-Story.
Claire Truesdell turns in a fantastic qualifying meet
Truesdell placed 11th overall in the girls race at Oelwein. She crossed the finish line of the 5-kilometer course in 20:39.96.
It was a close race for the final qualifying spots in the girls race at Oelwein. Truesdell’s time was less than five seconds faster than the final four qualifying times.
Osage’s Katelyn Johnston, ranked second individually in 2A, was the girls individual champion at Oelwein with a time of 19:10.26.
Lauryn Kilstofte, Makenna Carlson, Brooke Thompson and Olivia Younes were the other four runners to earn points for the Roland-Story girls at the meet. Kilstofte came close to qualifying with a 23rd-place time of 21:47.57, Carlson came in 32nd in 22:34.05, Thompson 54th in 23:50.37 and Younes 79th in 25:24.04.
The Roland-Story boys were led by Evan Voga, who placed 39th with a 5k time of 18:36.01. Luccas Hart took 70th in 19:57.84, Lucas Wuebker 71st in 19:58.52, Colten Lucchesi 86th in 21:15.32 and Nolan Rhoad 88th in 21:16.45 as the other runners to score for the Norse boys.
Starmont-West Central’s Charlie Siek, the No. 2 boys runner in 2A, won the boys race at Oelwein with a time of 16:44.55.
Kamryn Lande and Madelyn Risdal power RS volleyball team past South Tama
The Roland-Story volleyball team used a strong attack to get by South Tama County in the opening round of regionals.
The Norse averaged 13.5 kills per set on 26.3% efficiency during the match. They also averaged 19.3 digs, totaled nine blocks and served at a 91.8% clip with 16 aces.
Kamryn Lande went for 18 kills on 32.5% efficiency and she added 13 digs, four aces and two blocks in the victory. Madelyn Risdal recorded 17 kills on 40% efficiency and she chipped in nine digs, two aces and one block.
Ali Charlson finished with 49 digs, eight digs, five aces and three kills in the victory. Grace Dowling had 18 digs, six kills, three blocks and two aces and Reagan Faber 17 digs, three kills and two aces.
In the loss to Vinton-Shellsburg the Norse averaged 11 kills per set on 12.1% efficiency and they gave up an average of 14 kills on 29.7% efficiency. Roland-Story also ended up with just two aces serving the ball.
Risdal had 12 kills, five digs and two aces, Dowling seven kills and 14 digs, Faber six kills and 12 digs and Lande three kills and seven digs against Vinton-Shellsburg. Charlson had 25 assists and 11 digs and Jaclyn Gessner 16 digs and one ace.
Roland-Story football team can’t slow Tadyn Brown, Clarinda ground game
The Roland-Story football team was overpowered in the trenches during its playoff loss at Clarinda.
The Norsemen gave up 440 rushing yards on 11.3 yards per pop and they only ran for 61 on 1.8 per carry.
“It’s tough to end the season with an outcome like that,” Finn said. “But it’s another good measuring stick for us to use in reference to where we want to be as a program and the work we have ahead of us.”
Tadyn Brown went off for Clarinda at running back. Brown ran for 325 yards and six touchdowns on just 22 carries.
Clarinda took control of the game in the third quarter. The Cardinals only led 18-7 at the half, but they erupted for 30 points in the third quarter to build a 33-point lead.
“All-in-all, that’s a tough way to bow out, but it was very visible that we took a good step this season as a program,” Finn said. “I’m really grateful to our coaching staff, strength staff, training staff, and the rest of our support for helping put our players in positions to be successful. I’ve got zero doubt that our football offseason will be a great one.”
Hesston Johnson completed 10 of 23 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns and interceptions apiece, Carter Flattebo had six catches for 61 yards and Dillon Lettow made two touchdown grabs totaling 58 yards for Roland-Story in the loss. Flattebo became the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 70.
Kale Lande added one catch for 37 yards and Luke Patton one for 10. Nick Butler was the leading Norsemen rusher with 35 yards on 12 carries and he added one catch for 25 yards.
On defense Charlie Watts made 13.5 tackles and Boaz Clark intercepted two passes. Lande added six tackles, Heston McIlrath four stops and Christian Chelsvig and Jaxson Kadolph each had a tackle for loss.
Clarinda 56, Roland-Story 27
Roland Story 0 7 8 12 — 27
Clarinda 12 6 30 8 — 56
Individual statistical leaders
Rushing: Clarinda — Tadyn Brown 22-325. Roland-Story — Nick Butler 13-35.
Passing: Clarinda — Wyatt Schmitt 8-13-1-95. Roland-Story — Hesston Johnson 10-23-2-184.
Receiving: Clarinda — Isaac Jones 3-42. Roland-Story — Carter Flattebo 6-61.
Tackles: Clarinda — Noah Harris 8. Roland-Story — Charlie Watts 13.5.
Sacks: Clarinda — Ethan McAndrews 1, Levi Spire 1, Jase Wilmes 1.
Interceptions: Clarinda — Jones 2. Roland-Story — Boaz Clark 2.