Saturday, February 28, 2015

Courier News

Courtesy of the 2-25-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

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Wilcke claims second state wrestling championship
O-A/BC-IG senior Cash Wilcke (pictured center in above photo) claimed his second consecutive state wrestling championship Saturday when he placed first at 195 pounds in the class 1A state tournament.  Wilcke won at 182 pounds in the class 2A state wrestling tournament last season. This year’s championship capped a 43-0 season for the grappler who will join the University of Iowa wrestling team next season.  Wilcke concludes his high school career with 170 victories and 16 defeats. In addition to the two state titles, Wilcke placed fourth at 170 in 2A as both a freshman and a sophomore.

Last year Wilcke became the first wrestler from O-A/BC-IG to win a state championship. He is the second wrestler from BC-IG, Ida Grove or Odebolt-Arthur to win two titles. Odebolt-Arthur’s Kris Thayer won back-to-back class 1A championships in 2000 and 2001. Thayer won the 119-pound championship in 2000 and the 125-pound title in 2001.

O-A/BC-IG’s other entries in this year’s state tournament, were junior Jake Wulf and freshman Kurtis Krager, neither of whom placed at the state meet.  Wulf went 1-2 at 126 to finish the season with a 39-8 record. Wulf finished the regular season ranked ifth in the state in class 1A at 126.  Krager lost both of his first round matches at 106. He finished the season with a 28-17 record.

Statequalifiers: The O-A/BC-IG varsity boys’bowling team qualified for the class 1A state tournament by winning the state qualifying meet in Sergeant Bluff Feb. 17. The boys placed seventh at the state meet Monday. The state qualifiers are, front from left, Corbyn Luke and Cole Rhea. Back from left, Derrick Wessel, Nolan Warnke, Tyler Andrews, Jacob Henderson, Blake Netherton and coach Kurt Hofmeister. (Courier photo by Mike Thornhill)

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O-A tapped for EPA bus rebate
Odebolt-Arthur is one of seven rural Iowa school districts that will be able to upgrade their bus fleets to new, cleaner buses with a total of $185,000 in rebates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The school districts will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding to replace existing diesel school buses. Odebolt-Arthur will receive $20,000 for one bus.

“Americans put their children on school buses for a safe ride to school. They shouldn't have to worry about harmful pollutants emitted from these buses,” said Janet McCabe, assistant administrator for EPA’s Of ice of Air and Radiation. “This funding will help keep our children safe and improve the health of those in communities across the country.”

The new buses are more than 90 percent cleaner, reducing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that are linked to health problems, including asthma and lung damage. The districts must use matching funds from other sources to purchase new buses.

Selectees must maintain ownership of replacement buses for three years from the date of purchase and the buses must be used for the purpose of transporting 10 or more preprimary, primary or secondary students to schools or homes during that three-year period.

Applicants were randomly selected and placed in order on a list until a total of $3 million was allocated. This was EPA’s second round of the rebate program aimed at replacing older diesel school buses.

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