DES MOINES – Tanner Schark was faced with the prospect of leading the Ottumwa football team from two scores behind before he even took his first snap from center on Friday.

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OTTUMWA – Two weeks earlier, a 56-0 loss on the road might have been viewed as one more disheartening loss during yet another potentially winless season for the Ottumwa High School football team.

CEDAR FALLS – Trailing by a single shot with three holes left in the Class 4A boys state golf tournament, Cale Leonard approached his ball after teeing off on the par-5 seventh hole at Beaver Hills Country Club.

DES MOINES – Less than two weeks before running in the Class 4A state qualifying meet, Ottumwa hopefuls secured top-five finishes at Ewing Park during the 66th East Augustine Invitational on Thursday.

BURLINGTON – In previous years, something like an errant opening tee shot might have set the tone for a disappointing day on the course for Ottumwa senior Cale Leonard.

Ottumwa senior Cale Leonard qualified for the Class 4A boys state golf tournament on Tuesday, winning the individual district title with round of 69 at the Burlington Golf Club.

OTTUMWA — Officially, the number that will reside next to Abaya Selema's name will be 380 yards.

BURLINGTON – Cale Leonard claimed medalist honors for the seventh time this season, posting an impressive four-under par round of 68 on Thursday as the Ottumwa High School boys golf team wrapped up the regular season on the same course they will be opening postseason play on next week.

OTTUMWA – There was no warming up in the bullpen for Ashlynn Sheets.

MOUNT PLEASANT – Gavin Van Veen and Brady McWhirter each placed in the top 10 for the Fairfield boys while Kelsey Pacha and Carley Seeley paced the Fairfield girls to a third-place finish among the large schools running at the Mount Pleasant Invitational on Tuesday.

BURLINGTON – Less than two weeks ago, Nate Speer and Cale Leonard battled it out for 18 holes with the final putts on the final green ultimately determining who came out on top.

PELLA – Some of the top cross country runners in the state and bordering states made their way to the Central College cross country course on Saturday for Pella’s 16th Annual Heartland Classic. Over 1,000 athletes from 43 different schools showed up for the event including Pella.

BURLINGTON – It took one play for Bryant Williams to set the tone for another tough night on the gridiron for the Ottumwa High School football team.

BURLINGTON – In previous seasons, this has been the game that has provided the Ottumwa High School football team with most of the program's brightest moments.

OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa football team's best offense occurred on their opening drive as they hosted eighth-ranked Des Moines Roosevelt (3-0) at Schaffer Stadium on Friday night.

DES MONIES – Cale Leonard's even-par nine-hole round of 34 at Grand View Golf Club led the Ottumwa High School boys golf team to a win in the first CIML Metro conference competition of the season.

OTTUMWA – Trailing by one standing in the fairway on the 18th hole, Nate Spear knew he needed to a quality approach shot in order to have a chance at tying or winning birdie.

FAIRFIELD – Nate Weaton hopes this season, and next season, will not be only two times Ottumwa and Fairfield get back together on the gridiron.

OTTUMWA – It's hard to imagine a rougher start to a football season than what the Ottumwa Bulldogs experienced on Friday night.

JOHNSTON – In almost three full decades of coaching cross-country, Jeff Smith has never been part of a night like....

OTTUMWA – It may have just been the preseason, but it might have given Ottumwa football fans a glimpse into a hopeful future for the Bulldogs.

OTTUMWA – Mike McWilliams wasn't one to sugarcoat anything.

OTTUMWA — Mike McWilliams, the head coach of the Ottumwa High School swimming program for 42 years, passed on Thursday morning at the age of 80.

MUSCATINE – Even the best golfers in the world can make a mistake during a round.

OTTUMWA – Before they were finishing their high school careers representing Ottumwa for the first time since 2006 in the Class 4A state baseball tournament, many Bulldog senior standouts were getting their first taste of playing on a big stage right in their own hometown.

OTTUMWA – At times over the past three years, Cale Leonard has proven he can play with some of the best golfers in the state.