How to Celebrate Wins, When One Kid Isn’t Winning

A young athlete’s teammates, siblings, coaches and teachers can leave a lasting impression, but parents have the greatest impact on how a child feels about his or her performance in sport, says Joel Fish, PhD, sports psychologist and author of101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent. When you have two or more children in [Read More]

Women’s Wrestling Joins List of William Penn University Sports

Oskaloosa–William Penn Athletics Director Nik Rule is excited to announce the addition of women’s wrestling to the list of intercollegiate sports the University offers. The sport will begin competition in the 2020-2021 school year.  It is the sixth sport to be added recently, joining men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s shotgun [Read More]

Iowa State Wrestling Schedule

AMES, Iowa – The 2019-20 Iowa State wrestling schedule is here. The ’19-20 slate will feature seven home contests and includes matchups with eight Big 12 schools. The season kicks off on Nov. 10 with the annual Harold Nichols Cyclone Open, followed by a dual with Bucknell on Nov. 17. The Cyclones then welcome in-state [Read More]

Interview and Pig Show with Blake Thomsen of Underwood

Here is a look at Blake Thomsen of Underwood as he shows his York pig at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.  He Finished 4th in his class, stating it was a very competitive class.  At the end of the show video the judge talks about his pig entry. In the interview with Blake, [Read More]

Kids aren’t playing enough sports. The culprit? Cost

If you want to define a “super kid,” look no further than Marcy Barnett’s 7-year-old son, Malachi. During the summer in Washington, D.C., he participates in just about every recreational sport: basketball, soccer, flag football, sailing, tennis, swimming and golf. He also has tried ice hockey, pingpong and pole vaulting. Anyone else tired after just [Read More]

IHSSN and IHSAA Announce New Statewide Network

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), in conjunction with the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), is pleased to announce a new distribution plan that will allow boys state events to be viewed by a much larger statewide audience. The new network will be an over-the-air broadcast on six [Read More]

Can you imagine your way to success?

“I always try to imagine myself as a winner,” said the champion, as he also stressed the importance of mental and emotional strength. Of course, the mind can only get you so far – otherwise more of us would be winning the lottery or playing sell-out concerts at Wembley. But sports psychologists say research shows [Read More]

Why Good Coaches Matter

There’s a boy I coached a couple seasons ago in U-9 rec soccer. He’s a good kid at heart who shows such beautiful joy in sports. He’s also prone to distraction and occasional disruption because of ADHD. Early in our soccer season, he looked like a defeated kid. He was so used to getting disciplined [Read More]