State Meet Press Release - TV Girls Track - Coach Dalton Hackman I couldn't be more proud of my girls and the effort that was given during the state meet this weekend. We maybe didn't finish as high as we wanted to in some events but we still took home medals in 3 relays and 1 individual event, scoring a total of 22 points and placing 8th overall in class 1A. In class 1A, there are 140 schools and Turkey Valley is on the smaller end of this class. Placing 8th overall is quite the accomplishment and not something that any of my athletes should be hanging their head at! Thursday afternoon the 4x800 finished off the year with a time of 10:08.13. This was a season best as our time coming in was 10:13.57. This new best was good enough for 5th place in class 1A and a great way for this group to close out the year in this event. Josie Weber, Jaycie Byrne, Cambree Kruse, and Jalyssa Blazek came up to me early on in the year and asked about the 4x800 saying they think the 4 of them would be alright at this event! As any coach should, I put some thought into what my athletes said and decided to give them a shot! I am proud of these 4 and the way they finished up on the year. Olivia Snyder finished off the year running a 13.42 second 100 and took 18th overall at the state meet. Get ready to hear this name even more come next track season as I'm sure this Sophomore will be shooting for even more as a Junior! The distance medley finished 5th overall Friday. This was not the place this team was shooting for but we did everything we could to finish the way we did. This team ended up breaking their own school record which they had just set the week before, running a 4:18.48. Couldn't ask for much more than that as they ran the fastest time that anyone in Turkey Valley history has ever done before them. To make our Distance Medley tradition a little sweeter, Coach Bakula and myself ran into 3 Turkey Valley Alumni down at the blue oval Saturday after the distance medley ran. We got to talking to them and the one introduced herself as Carolyn Blong, one of the previous distance medley record holders from 1972. Blong ran the 800 in the D Med, holding the 49 year old record that had just recently been broken a week ago at districts. To make this story even better, Carolyn had her distance medley medal from 1972 pinned to her shirt, and you wouldn't believe it but they took home 5th in 1972 as well! History repeating itself 49 years later at the historic Drake stadium. Our D Med team came in only 2.5 seconds behind 1st place. This was a tight race down the final straight away and I am proud of my girls for putting everything on the line. The 4x200 came in at 21st and the 4x100 came in at 22 this weekend. Both of these relays ran just a little slower then they had at the district meet but nonetheless a great experience for them and a great way to cap the season by making it to the blue oval! The 4x200 consisted of Clare Courtney, Josie Weber, Olivia Snyder, and Jaycie Byrne. The 4x100 team was Kara Reicks, Olivia Snyder, Clare Courtney, and Kylie Wurzer. For many of these kids it was their first time running at Drake Stadium. Now they know what it takes and they will have their goals set high for next season! The Sprint Medley ended up being our best finish of the weekend placing 2nd in class 1A. This team ran a 1:52.32 falling just short of their own school record in which they set the week before at the district meet but becoming the 2nd best time ran in the S Med in school history. The silver, runner-up, medal was great for these girls, but now we have that gold medal to shoot for next year as all 4 of these athletes will be returning and ready to make their mark in class 1A yet again. Kara Reicks, Clare Courtney, Olivia Snyder, and Jalyssa Blazek made up this 2nd place quartet on Saturday. Jalyssa Blazek is one of a kind! She placed in all 4 events she made it down in this weekend bringing home 4 medals for herself and breaking her 3rd school record of the year. Blazek ran a 2:20.32 breaking the previous school record of 2:21.41 by a full second. This record was held by Elizabeth Hageman and was set in 2001. Jalyssa took 3rd in the 800 running this time and I couldn't be more impressed with her! She has one more year left and you can bet that her goals will be set even higher and she will be on a mission down at the state meet next year. Look for big things out of this incredible athlete in the future. Turkey Valley will be back and ready for more in 2022! We are losing a couple state runners in Jaycie Byrne and Kylie Wurzer who have put in a great deal of work and helped this program to become what it is today. They learned a lot about themselves and the mental and physical barriers they didn't realize they could reach and surpass. It was a pleasure working with the 2 of them over the last couple of years and I will miss them both. But we will have some determined athletes that will pick up where these two left off and we will be primed and ready to go down and claim what is ours next year at the 2022 State Track Meet! Keep an eye out for the TV Girls as they are going to go for one heck of a ride next season with multiple record holders and state medalist returning!
Hey all, my bad. TV kids joined the NH co-ed soccer team. Evie M.
Hats off to these four TV competitors as they wrap up the first season of TV/NH co-ed soccer. We are proud of you!
Competitive game of chess during Advisor Friday Fun! #TVPride
3rd grade successfully incubated and hatched chicks! #TVPride
It's Flashlight Friday in 1st grade! Partner reading with a fun twist! #TVPride
Busy 1st graders practicing patterns by copying a diagram. #TVPride
Times for today to watch our girls/boys run at State Track & Field from Des Moines. Thursday, May 20, 5:50 p.m. Girls 4X800 Thursday, May 20, 6:40 p.m. Boys 4X800 Thursday, May 20, 7:20 p.m. Olivia Snyder 100 m dash prelim https://www.ihssn.com/live
Sgt Lezlie Weber with the Army National Guard delivered a nice treat to TV seniors. She grilled brats & burgers for their lunch. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate for them to eat outside & play bags. Thanks to Sgt Weber for recognizing these future graduates! #TVPride
My Foods I and Advanced Foods watched a Master Chef Junior Challenge and then completed their own challenge. What to do with one pound of ground beef or cubed steak? Mrs. Schmitt wrote a Beef Grant to get free meat for this challenge. Some groups made pizza, others beef & cheese dip, fajitas, and beef & noodles. #TVPride
Results of the Beef Challenge for Foods I and Advanced Foods! #TVPride
This morning's State Track send off at Turkey Valley. Go Trojans! First race is at 5:50 p.m. tonight. Watch here for free: https://www.ihssn.com/ (See Facebook for additional postings of videos from today.)
Here's a sneak peak of our Class of 2021! We celebrate their last day of school! #TVPride
2nd grade had great high school helpers building their bird houses! Great job by all! #TVPride
7-12 Concert is happening now at Turkey Valley. Such wonderful music being created by our youth! Please join us if you can! 🎶 🎤 🎵
REMINDER: 7-12 Music/Band CONCERT TONIGHT held at the Turkey Valley gymnasium. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. 7th/8th grade performance begins at 6:30 p.m. 9-12 performance begins at 7:30 p.m. #TVPride
UPDATE: Attendance limits have been removed for the state track and field meet this week. Read the following press release here: https://www.iahsaa.org/2021-track-field-attendance-limits/
The Turkey Valley Girls' golf team came so agonizingly close to advancing to the Class 1A Regional final as they finished in third place, just a scant ONE STROKE behind Central Springs for the second coveted spot in the team race. St. Ansgar won the team title with a 424 total, Central Springs was second with a 444, and the Valley girls placed third with a 445 score. On the bright side, Trojan senior Ali Hoffert was the first place finisher and overall meet medalist (42-51; 93) as she garnered a regional final individual berth in the field of 34 girls that competed at the Tri-City Golf and CC near Luana. We knew it was going to be a two-horse race with Central Springs for second place as St. Ansgar has a very strong and balanced team this year. While the TV girls and I were disappointed to have come so close to reaching our goal of qualifying for the regional final. Hopefully the girls can look back and see how far they have come over the course of the short and hectic season. Ali played her best nine holes of golf in her career as she shot a 42 for the first nine holes. The wind picked up during the afternoon round, but she was steady down the stretch to take home medalist honors by a three-stroke margin. Junior Tess Franzen carved out a 111 (54-57), and senior Kylie Wurzer , a state track qualifier came in with a score of 116 (58 -58) . Senior Emma Hanson (62 -63) shot a 125 to also count for the Lady Trojans. Raegan Kime (68-68; 136) and Mariah Throndson (73 -65; 138) also toured the hilly terrain outside of Luana. I was really proud of the effort of all our girls today. Ali will return to action next Monday, May 24th at the Mason City Golf and Country Club for the regional final. For the other seniors Raegan, Emma, and Kylie, this marks the end of their high school golfing career. It is kind of bittersweet for me as well as I taught these three girls way back when they were in the third grade. I would like to thank ALL my seniors for their efforts. They are really going to be missed next year. #TVPRIDE *John Reicks, Head Golf Coach ~ TVCSD
The Turkey Valley boys played 6th in a very competitive field at the Class 1A boys' sectional golf meet held Friday, May 14th at Silver Springs Golf and Country Club near Ossian. The weather was partly cloudy with a strong southerly wind of 20-25 mph and temps of 65 degrees. Only 32 strokes separated the top six teams. Starmont placed first with a 358 and Ed-Co was second with 363 to qualify for district play. Turkey Valley fashioned a 390 total on the day. Medalist was Carson Wenthold (43-39) with an 82, and Garrett Waterhouse of Starmont was runner-up (44 -42) with an 86. Trojan junior Garrett Kurtenbach (46 - 44 ; 90) finished 8th overall, just two strokes away from earning an individual district qualifying berth. A score of 88 was needed to advance. Sophomore Calvin Bodensteiner fired identical rounds (47 -47; 94), while junior Jackson Vsetecka (49 -50; 99), and Caleb Kurtenbach (52 - 55; 107) also counted for the Trojans. Senior dual sport star Kalvin Langreck tallied a 55-52; 107, while junior Brody Hackman went 60 -51; 111 to round out the Trojan scorecard. Garrett was obviously disappointed with his score. A pair of troublesome triple bogeys, one on the front nine and one on the back nine, cost him the chance to advance to district play. His iron play wasn't quite "dialed in" like it usually is, but he battled his way around the course and gave himself a shot. No less than four players tied for fourth place with 88's. Garrett placed eighth. He had a solid year, and has been our leader all season long. Despite the year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, Garrett lowered his 9-hole average by eight strokes from two seasons ago. I look for big things from him next season. We only lose two seniors in Kalvin Langreck and Cael Wickham. Kalvin was a little tired Friday and for good reason as he just helped qualify three Trojan track relay teams for the state track meet the night before. Newcomer Cael helped us with our depth as we alway seemed to have lots of kids pulled in many different directions. I just wish he would have started three years earlier. Calvin Bodensteiner gave us a big boost late in the year, and Jackson and Brody are also back. Caleb K and the rest of the newcomers will only get better provided they use the off-season to get out and just play some golf. Just like any sport, it is what you do in the off season that pays the biggest dividends. With the bulk of our roster slated to return and COVID hopefully behind us, next year promises to be another good year for Turkey Valley golf. #TVPride *John Reicks, Head Golf Coach @ Turkey Valley CSD
PRESS RELEASE: DISTRICT TRACK, MAY 13th, EDGEWOOD, IOWA ~ Right off the bat with the first race of the night the Turkey Valley Girls Sprint Med flew down the track! Kara Reicks, Clare Courtney, Olivia Snyder and Jalyssa Blazek absolutely smoked the competition and rewrote the TV record books hitting 1:51.62. The record holding team prior to last night consisted of Kim Kruse, Lisa Croatt, Jolene Lensing and Rose Speltz who set the record back in 1984 with a previous time of 1:53.39. Next up was the girls 4x800 meter relay; Josie Weber, Jaycie Byrne, Cambree Kruse, and Jalyssa Blazek. This had been a solid event for us all year, sitting top 5 in class 1A majority of the season. The girls went out and did their thing, hitting a new personal best with a 10:13.57 and coming in 10.5 seconds faster than the next best in the district. Look for this team to potentially rewrite the record book next week in Des Moines! Goals have been set high here and the girls are determined! Olivia Snyder has been a pleasant surprise to say the least this year. She took second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.16 dropping another 2 tenths off her best. She made it down to the blue oval tied for 8th best 100 time in class 1A. This girl has been making noise on the track all year and needless to say is one of our difference makers as she has qualified in all 4 of her events as a Sophomore! The girls Distance Medley has been our race since I started here 2 years ago and tonight was one for the ages! Kara Reicks, Josie Weber, Jaycie Byrne and Jalyssa Blazek made their mark in the record books for the second time Thursday night. The group hit 4:19.17 taking down a long-standing record held by Lisa Donn, Kathy Schmitt, Marie Kuennen, and Carolyn Blong set in 1972. Shortly after the Dmed, TV witnessed one of our biggest surprises of the night knocking off Central Elkader in the 4x200. Central was the favorite going into the night by 2 seconds but the TV girls decided that they were going to drop 2 seconds and take 1st place at the meet heading down to state as the 17th time in 1A. This group consisted of Clare Courtney, Josie Weber, Olivia Snyder, and Jaycie Byrne. Jalyssa Blazek has been going off this season. I can't say enough good things about this kid. She has heart and passion that you can't coach or teach. She helped break 2 school records earlier in the night and was less than a second away from breaking Turkey Valley's 800 record. She is number one in class 1A in the 800 sitting at a 2:22.23. Keep an eye out for this kid down at the state meet. She is a competitor and is going to do whatever it takes to win. The last event that qualified Thursday was the 4x100 meter relay. Kara Reicks, Olivia Snyder, Clare Courtney and Kylie Wurzer have worked their tails off all year to get to this point. We snuck in at the 22nd spot but these girls have proven that they can do anything they set their mind to. This was one of those teams during the year that kept emerging, placing 2nd and 3rd here and there. They got to the conference meet and crushed it snagging first and dropped a full second. After they realized what they could do they went out and did it one more time to get to state. I am so proud of this group and getting it done on the day they had too! Been one heck of a year so far. TV isn't done yet, watch out class 1A. TV has firing power and we will be coming out hot on the Blue Oval. **NOTES from Dalton Hackman: The girls Distance Medley has been our race since I started here 2 years ago and tonight was one for the ages! Kara Reicks, Josie Weber, Jaycie Byrne and Jalyssa Blazek made their mark in the record books for the second time Thursday night. The group hit 4:19.17 taking down a long-standing record held by Lisa Donn, Kathy Schmitt, Marie Kuennen, and Carolyn Blong set in 1972. This 49 year old record was a great one with a time of 4:20.00. The goal was to hit this down at the state meet next week but the girls got a little ancy I guess. The D-Med sits number one in class 1A leading the state by 3 full seconds going into the state meet. Absolutely remarkable time set by these girls but we plan on rewriting the record books one more time this season, we aren't satisfied just yet.