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West Hancock still at the top in Class A; Clear Lake rises in XC rankings

State FBall West Hancock vs. Grundy Center 23


The weeks keep going by. The West Hancock football team is still No. 1.

The Eagles remained in the top spot in Class A in the latest version of the AP rankings released on Tuesday afternoon.

West Hancock is coming off a big District 2 win over St. Ansgar, in which the Eagles rushed for 273 yards, had two touchdown passes, and held the Saints scoreless in a 35-0 win.

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West Hancock's Mitchell Smith runs with the ball in Friday's 35-0 win over St. Ansgar.

The win is also the first victory over St. Ansgar in program history.

The Eagles will face potentially their tallest task of the season on Friday night in a ranked battle for the district title against No. 3 North Butler. The Bearcats are also undefeated in both district and non-district play.

"It's winner-take-all," West Hancock head coach Mark Sanger said.

The only other area team to receive votes was the Clear Lake football team in the Class 2A rankings. The Lions are 5-2 overall and are in the driver's seat to win their district at 4-0.

Cross country

The Newman Catholic boys cross country team is back ahead of Central Springs in the Class 1A rankings Iowa Association of Track Coaches (IATC) Week 7 rankings.

The Knights checked in at ninth, which is one spot ahead of where they were ranked last week. After jumping to ninth last week, the Panthers fell back to 15th this week.

On the girls side, Newman Catholic is now ranked 10th. West Fork is ranked at 20th.

Again, the Clear Lake boys team moved ahead in the Class 2A rankings. The Lions are eighth, which is up from 11th a week ago. On the girls side, the Lions remained at 13th for the second consecutive week.

Addison Doughan

Clear Lake freshman Addison Doughan approaches the mile mark at the Newman Catholic Invitational earlier this season.

Forest City dropped out of the boys rankings in Class 2A. The Charles City boys checked into the Class 3A rankings at 20th.

Gunnar Davis covers sports. Reach him via email at or by phone 641-421-0598.


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