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Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:14 p.m. CDT

Blazek resigns

ATLANTIC — Steve Blazek has resigned from his position as Atlantic boys basketball coach.

Blazek, a Creston native, coached the Trojans for 27 seasons, winning seven Hawkeye 10 Conference championships. Blazek’s career was highlighted by a third-place finish at 2002 Class 3A State Tournament.

Blazek’s Trojans were 22-2 during the 2012-13 season, won the Hawkeye 10 title, and were highly ranked all season, but they were upset by eventual state runner-up Harlan in a substate final.

In 37 years as a head coach, Blazek’s record was 541-271.

Wrestling ratings

The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships last week in Des Moines were the most-watched in nearly a decade and second most viewed on record (back to 1990) according to Nielsen.

ESPN’s coverage of the title bouts on Saturday averaged 860,000 viewers, ESPN’s most-viewed telecast of the event since garnering a record 878,000 viewers in 2004.

The three-hour telecast— showcasing a historic win by Cornell’s Kyle Dake at his fourth weight in four years— averaged 604,000 households, the most for the event on ESPN, based on a 0.6 rating.

Compared to 2012, the event marked a 55 percent increase in viewers (860,000 vs. 554,000), 47 percent in households (604,000 vs. 411,000) and a 50 percent ratings increase (0.6 vs.0.4).

Feller Award

Late Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller is being honored by Major League Baseball with an annual award named for him.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award will be given each year to a major leaguer and Hall of Famer who displays good character, assists those less fortunate, supports U.S. servicemen and women and conducts himself with dignity on and off the field. The U.S. Navy will give a companion award to one service member.

The native of Van Meter served in the Navy, interrupting his baseball career to enlist right after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.

A celebrated figure in Cleveland, Feller died in 2010.

Clarinda coach

CLARINDA — The Clarinda School Board officially approved Mark Schilb as the next football coach of the Cardinals during their regular meeting last week.

Schilb went to school, and played football for the Clarinda Cardinals.

Schilb takes over for Jim Lindsay, who coached Clarinda the past three seasons. The Cardinals were 10-18 during that time, including a playoff appearance in 2011.

After his time at Clarinda, Schilb played collegiately at Graceland University in Lamoni. After one season in Texas right after school, Schilb took his first head coaching job at South Harrison High School in Bethany, Mo., guiding the Bulldogs to two state semifinals appearances.

From there he spent four seasons at Perry where he took the Bluejays to their first playoff appearance in his second season. From Perry, Schilb went to Raytown, Mo., where he led them to a Suburban Small Six Conference Championship before moving to Sigourney-Keota for three seasons.

In his final year with the Cobras, they went 11-1 and advanced to the state quarterfinals. He spent the past two seasons at Oskaloosa guiding the Indians to a 10-10 record including a playoff appearance.

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