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FIGHT CONTINUES: Wrestlers Dream Big

Young athletes at the Kid’s AAU State Wrestling Tournament had medals and trophies to compete for.

Even with plenty on their minds, it was virtually impossible to block out thoughts about the future of the sport.

“When I grow up, I want to be an Olympic champion,” said Ayden Kingery, a 10 year old competitor.

“I’d like to wrestle for America,” said Anthony Zach from Waukee.

While wrestling greats like Dan Gable and Kevin Jackson state their cases to the IOC, those coaching the sport’s future stars have the task of keep their kid’s eyes on the prize.

Lessons in focus have become just as important as teaching a proper pin or take-down.

“I just tell them to worry about today. Work about this practice, worry about this tournament,” said Ty Knowler, a Southeast Polk wrestling coach.

HY-VEE ASSAULT: Shopper Arrested

A Des Moines woman is in custody accused of trashing a Hy-Vee grocery store.

Police arrested 35-year old Elizabeth Grubb shortly after midnight at the Hy-Vee on Fleur Drive Saturday morning..

She’s accused of knocking merchandise off store shelves and then spitting in the face of an employee who tried to stop her.

Grubb is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Later in the day, Dahl’s was subject to a robbery.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Hoover Vs Indianola

7th ranked Hoover took on Indianola.

Huskies run away with it 60-34.  They’ll play Urbandale for the Substate title.

MISSING GIRL: May Have Run Off With Boyfriend

Des Moines Police are looking for a missing 12-year-old girl who may have run off with her 18-year-old boyfriend.

Police say 12-year old Karina Rodriquez-Resendiz was last seen on February 8th, when her mother dropped her off at Meredith Middle School.  Detectives believe she may be with her boyfriend, 18-year old Sergio Lopez.  “The mother believes they’re together.  We have no reason to not believe that…to think they’re separate.” says Sergeant Jason Halifax,   However we’re not sure where they are headed.  (We) don’t know their location or destination. Right now most of our leads seem to have dried up.”

PARKING TICKETS: First Storm For New Ordinance

Thursday’s storm was the first time Des Moines police were handing out tickets for violators of the city’s new snow ordinance.

Des Moines police say more than 400 tickets were written Thursday.

The rules require all cars to be off city streets, except in five neighborhoods where cars must be parked on the odd or even side of the street correlating with the day of the month. Those neighborhoods include Sherman Hill, Carpenter, Drake, Drake Park, and River Bend.

Des Moines police say they also impounded 30 cars during clean-up overnight.

SEARCH NARROWS: DMPS To Interview Superintendents

The Des Moines School Board is narrowing the search for a new superintendent.

Board members met with the consulting firm assisting in the search Thursday night. They say of the 49 people who applied for the position, only 6 made the cut.

They will each be interviewed privately next week.

Then the finalists selected from that group will be interviewed the week of March 4th. Those interviews will be televised in the multipurpose room on Central Campus.

SPORTS AWARD: Winners Announced

SPORTS AWARD: Winners Announced

The 2012 Central Iowa Sports Award winner have been announced by the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines.

The following winners will receive their prizes independently in their own community or schools.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Male Athlete of the Year – Austin Halls, Murray High School

Female Athlete of the Year – Maddie Manning, Ankeny Basketball

Team of the Year – Des Moines Oak Leafs

Game of the Year – Johnston vs. Urbandale, 1st Round Football Playoffs

 

COLLEGE

Male Athlete of the Year – Jake Knott, Iowa State Football

Female Athlete of the Year – Katie Flood, University of Washington (Dowling Alumni)

Team of the Year – Iowa State Men’s Basketball

Game of the Year – Big Four Classic

 

PROFESSIONAL/MOTORSPORTS/OTHER

Athlete of the Year – Gabrielle Douglas, Olympic Gymnast