Monday, August 5, 2019

A well deserved “tip of the hat” to Aurelia’s Becky Bloom and Cherokee’s Lyndsay Wolfswinkel for offering a “Beach Volleyball” recreational league for area girls in seventh and eighth grades this past month.

We witnessed some of the action recently and commend Bloom and Wolfswinkel for the format in which this program is designed. Parents have no involvement except to get the kids to the courts.

The girls are responsible for refereeing their own games…no parent or official adult involvement whatsoever.

According to Wolfswinkel, the games follow regular beach volleyball rules, two player teams, with some variations including no setting or tipping, and switching sides at multiples of 5-15 point sets, or 7-21 point sets.

The league lasted all of July with seventh grade girls playing at Spring Lake Park here, and the eighth graders playing at the Aurelia City Park.

What’s so cool about this is the girls themselves are running the whole show. They ref their own games, call out the scores each serve, determine their own lines in or out and their own time outs.

It’s like being back on the corner lot again.

And what’s even better, there’s no coaching in this beach volleyball format. Parents are requested to only engage in positive comments towards players with absolutely no coaching or instruction from the sidelines allowed.


How refreshing is that. Kids playing a game without parental involvement. Kids laughing, high fivin’ and clearly having a good time.

This sort of unsupervised competition used to happen everyday on vacant corner lots all across the country until, in my humble opinion, we over organized our youth.

So from this corner, it’s so refreshing to see kids doing their own thing and having a “beach volley ball” doing it!

Many thanks to Lyndsay and Becky for giving these young ladies such a summer fun opportunity.

“This ends up being a great experience in a very relaxed environment,” said Wolfswinkel. “We want to thank both Cherokee and Aurelia city staff for getting the courts ready to play.”

Another benefit cited by Wolfswinkel were all the families attending this event who were enjoying our local parks. A big win win for all!


What happened to June and July? Where does time go?

With the softball and baseball state tournaments concluding, it forces us to realize how quickly the Fall sports season rapidly approaches. Football, volleyball, cross country and golf practice officially starts on Monday, August 12.

So we are making a plea to our area coaches in all Fall sports to email us pre-season rosters and information on their teams to this sports desk at

We’ve already emailed our coaches about this and team picture opportunities, but a reminder never hurts. The sports desk here at the Chronicle Times focuses on six area coverage schools - Cherokee, Alta-Aurelia, South O’Brien, MMCRU, River Valley and Ridge View.

With the help of our coaches, we look forward to bringing our readership solid and consistent coverage our young athletes so deserve.


A quick glimpse at the Iowa Football Coaches Association 2019 Yearbook features some local highlights.

All time career bests in 11-player football shows Cherokee’s Tyler Jones still at the top in most yard passing with 9,146 from 2005-08. Jones also is at the top of the list on most pass completions in a career with 755 in the same time period.

We’ve been talking about former Cherokee resident T.J. Hockenson of late and his name pops up in most touchdowns receptions in a career with 49 for the Chariton Chargers from 2012-15. Hockensen is runner-up in most pass receptions in a career with 238, followed in third place by Cherokee’s Christopher Campbell with 225 from 2005-07.

And another Campbell, Christopher’s older brother Brock is ranked fifth for most yards receiving in a single season with 1,531 in just nine game in 2003. Those ahead of Brock played 11 games.

In 8-players stats, a season best fourth place ranking goes to MMC’s Dylan Spieler in 2012 with 11.


—“I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan.

—“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” - John Madden

—“Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.”—Cal Ripken, Jr.

—“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” —Mike Singletary

—“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.”—Satchel Paige

—“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.”—Phil Jackson

—“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”—Mary Lou Retton

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