Trojans at Lewis Central

COUNCIL BLUFFS – Bryan York had a hand in four of the Atlantic boys’ swimming team’s first-place finishes, two solo and two as part of relays, in a dual meet Monday against Council Bluffs Lewis Central.

York won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:17.94, then led two relays teams to wins: the 200-yard freestyle, in 1:44.95. and the 400-yard freestyle, with a time of 3:51.63. Both times, Brayden Atkinson, Alex Sampson and Cole Sampson were on the team.

The Trojan sophomore was also victorious in the 200-yard freestyle, winning in 1:58.46.

It wasn’t enough as the Trojans fell 105-58 to the Titans on the road.

Drew Engler was the Trojans’ other victor, with a winning time of 1:09.35 in the 100-yard breaststroke, to go along with a second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:026.38).

Alex Samspon took a pair of seconds, in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. Atkinson had a third in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles, while Cole Sampson was third in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Trojans are back in action Thursday against Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA.

Larsen takes College Bowl

edition of Beat the Pros

There’s been a bit of a delay, but the News-Telegraph has finally determined the winner of the year’s final Beat the Pros contest.

Randy Larsen of Atlantic rose above all other entrants in the 12-game Bowl Game Challenge to beat the panel and net $50 for the year.

Larsen was 9-3, missing just the Clemson vs. Ohio State, Oregon vs. Wisconsin and Texas vs. Utah games. As he matched the Pros’ panel, he nets the final $50 prize of the year.

It took until the last contest, but sports editor Brian Rathjen finally showed his worth by tying for top honors for the week, at 9-3. Jeff Bullock and Cynthia Smith also went 9-3. Rathjen was one of just two Pros panelists who picked Clemson to win the Fiesta Bowl, while he also was among rare company in picking Outback Bowl winner Minnesota.

On the other hip, Mike Ruddy was the lone panelist to pick Texas as the Alamo Bowl winner over Utah.

It was four games – Clemson over Ohio State, Texas over Utah, Oregon over Wisconsin and Minnesota over Auburn – that gave the final participants the most problems, much like the NT panel.

For those who have been following along, News-Telegraph publisher Jeff Lundquist was the master panelist, going 140-52. Coming in second was Austin Heinen, Advocate Journal sports writer, with a 138-54 record. Third place was staff writer Jenn Nichols with a 134-58 record. Then on order, it was advertising director Mike Ruddy and circulation clerk Cynthia Smith, production manager Jeff Bullock, financial manager Katie Holaday and circulation manager Deb Baker, and sports editor Brian Rathjen.

Thanks everyone for playing this year. See you again next fall for Beat the Pros.