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Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:46 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013 7:11 a.m. CST

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Hole in one

Joe Calvin hit a hole in one on the 100-yard par 3 fifth hole at Pine Valley in the Thursday Men’s League on July 11.

Shrine Bowl

DES MOINES — One of Iowa’s most prestigious high school football games will be televised by Mediacom to provide viewers with a front-row view of the 41st Annual Shrine Bowl. The game takes place on Saturday, July 27 and will receive tape-delay broadcasts on the Mediacom Channel, MC22, that same day beginning at 10:00 pm and again on Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 pm.

The Shrine Bowl is presented by the four Shrine Centers in Iowa and for the first time in 12 years, the game will be played at its new home in Cedar Falls at the University of Northern Iowa Unidome. The all-star football roster will include 92 top pre-college football players and 60 cheerleaders selected through a series of coach nominations, ballot voting from sports media professionals, and a final invitation from the Iowa Shrine Bowl.

In addition to the great game action throughout the years, the Shrine Bowl has been an effective fund-raising tool for the Shriners Hospital for Children. Through ticket sales, program advertisements, merchandise sales, contributions, and sponsorships, more than $2.2 million has been raised over the past 40 years.

Iowans can tune in to watch the Shrine Bowl on MC22 Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 pm and on Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 pm. MC22 is a basic cable channel available to all Mediacom customers in Iowa and surrounding states. The program also is available to watch anytime in OnDemand on channel 1.

Dome renewed

CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa High School Athletic Association have agreed to a five-year extension of the contract for the state football playoff semifinals and finals in the UNI-Dome. The new agreement runs through the 2017 season.

“The University of Northern Iowa is proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the IHSAA and its member Iowa high schools,” UNI President Bill Ruud said. “The UNI-Dome is the ultimate destination for thousands of high school football players, their coaches, families and friends. We are pleased to host the playoffs at a venue that provides a positive athletic experience. While high school students and families are on campus this fall for the playoffs, we invite them to our Open Houses, which will provide an opportunity to tour campus, meet faculty and visit the Cedar Valley community.”

IHSAA Executive Director Rick Wulkow and UNI Director of Athletics Troy Dannen agreed to the extension which ensures the semifinal and championship rounds of the grid playoffs to remain in the UNI-Dome. The Dome has hosted the championship games since the inception of the building in 1976 and the semifinal rounds since 1998.

“Each year the UNI-Dome staff and UNI Athletics look forward to putting our best foot forward and providing a venue that exceeds championship standards,” Dannen said. “We look forward to continuing the partnership between the Iowa High School Athletic Association and UNI Athletics.”

“For the past 37 years our high schools, their players, coaches and fans have come to equate the UNI-Dome as the destination for the season,” stated Wulkow. “The facilities are excellent and UNI’s administration and the UNI-Dome staff have been great hosts and partners in accommodating our teams, players and fans while removing weather as a game factor.”

Dates for this year’s semifinals are Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14, 15 and 16 with the title games on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22.

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