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Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 12:14 p.m. CDT

Purple-Out

The Creston High School Student Government and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) are organizing a benefit for the March of Dimes at the Jan. 21 wrestling meet between the Panthers, Shenandoah and Red Oak.

They will be doing a “Purple Out” and selling T-shirts. The shirts will be $10 and all profits will go the March of Dimes.

The deadline to order is Jan 13. Students should be bringing home order forms in their Friday folders and if I remember I will bring some tonight as well. The shirts will say “Battling for Babies” Lets help support the March of Dimes and our Panthers.

Conference win

PELLA — Central College men knocked off defending Iowa Conference co-champion Luther College Wednesday night, 84-82.

Colby Taylor, freshman from Creston, had six points, six rebounds, seven assists and a block for the Dutch, now 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the conference. Center Spencer Bakerink of Creston finished with seven points and three rebounds. Freshman Sam Markham of Atlantic also played for the Dutch.

Central scored 51 points in the second half after trailing 38-33 at the intermission. Guard Kevin Kaewer, senior from El Paso, Texas, scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the second half and made three free throws in the final 22 seconds.

The Dutch return to Kuyper Gym Saturday against Dubuque (11-0 overall).

Coaching class

DES MOINES — The Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union, in partnership with the Iowa Farm Bureau and Heartland Area Education Agency, will offer the 10th annual coaching authorization/endorsement clinic June 23-26 at Drake University.

The clinic provides the opportunity for 80 individuals to earn their coaching authorization or endorsement. A $30 fee will be charged to each participant to cover administrative fees. The cost of the course, books, lunch and dinner will be covered by the IGHSAU. Housing will be available in the Drake University dorms for $30 per night.  Rooms are single occupancy. Additional housing information will be provided online when registering for the coaching clinic.

After successful completion of this course, participants may apply for a coaching authorization by submitting all the required forms (application for coaching authorization, course transcript, waiver form and fingerprint card) and the required fees to the Board of Educational Examiners. A background check is required.

The application and background check forms will be provided during the clinic and are the financial responsibility of the participant. The application fee is $85 and the background check fee is $52 if fingerprints are done electronically at the Board of Educational Examiners’ office in Des Moines. Otherwise, the background check fee is $65 if fingerprinting is done at a local police department.

The coaching authorization expires five years after the date of issuance. It may be renewed upon application and verification of successful completion of five planned renewal activities related to athletic coaching (i.e. rules meetings, coaching clinics, coaching workshops). The renewal fee is currently $85.

Those interested in registering for the clinic can do so starting Feb. 3 at 8 a.m. at IGHSAU.org. to be certified, 100 percent attendance is required for all sessions.

An online portion of the clinic is required to be completed prior to the start of the four-day clinic. The clinic will be in session from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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