Neil Darrington was recognized at the November 11 school board meeting. Darrington has been a school board member for 22 years. Jim Kuehn was unable to attend the meeting and received a plaque for his four years on the school board earlier. Thanks, Neil and Jim, for your service to our school district!
The Underwood Eagles soared to a 3 set victory over AHSTW in Regional quarterfinal volleyball on Monday night. The Eagles followed up on their Western Iowa Conference championship with the 25-18, 25-19, 25-11 victory. Macy Vanfossan and Zoe Rus led the Eagles with 12 and 7 kills, respectively. Peyton Cook had 26 assists in the match.
Underwood will play ACGC Thursday night at 7:00 at home in the semifinal.
NOVEMBER 2019 DISTRICT DISPATCH With November here, we know that winter weather conditions are just around the corner. Please start to make plans now regarding late starts, early dismissals, or school cancellations due to hazardous winter weather conditions. Tune into radio or television stations KMA (960 AM), KFAB (1110 AM), KNOD (105.3 FM), KMTV (Channel 3), WOWT (Channel 6), or KETV (Channel 7) and make arrangements with your spouse, friends, relatives, and/or our latch-key program regarding where your child will go when the weather turns bad. In addition, our school district subscribes to the JMC Instant Parent Contact System. This automated telephone broadcast service enables school personnel to notify all households and parents by telephone within minutes of an emergency, an unplanned event, or a winter storm that causes a late start, early dismissal, or school cancellation. If you have not signed up for service and are interested in participating, please contact the principal’s office of the building where your child or children attend. Please note that there will not be breakfast on days that we have a two-hour late start, and all practices are cancelled whenever we have a two-hour early dismissal because of incoming bad weather. Make plans now to attend this year’s variety show under the direction of Evan Adamon and Katelyn Biggs at Underwood High School in the performing arts center at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019, or Saturday, November 9, 2019. The high school concert choir and the marching band will be showcased and will feature several soloists and ensembles. In addition, the Unlimited Show Choir and North Street Jazz Vocal Choir will be performing. We look forward to seeing you in the performing arts center for what is sure to be a fun-filled evening of entertainment! Looking ahead to December, the members of the Underwood Dollars for Scholars organization will be having their annual fundraiser dinner featuring a “Soft Shell Taco and Nacho Bar” in the high school commons from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019, during the home basketball game against AHSTW. You need not attend the game to enjoy the meal. In addition to soft shell tacos and nachos, the meal will include beans, rice, ice cream with candy toppings, and a drink for $7.00 per plate. All proceeds will help fund college scholarships for students graduating from Underwood High School. It is the goal of the Underwood Dollars for Scholars organization to help as many students as possible make their dreams of attending college a reality. November always brings with it thoughts of Thanksgiving at Underwood. November also brings with it thoughts of Grandparents’ Day! This annual event is always held the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving in our middle school gymnasium. Our elementary music teacher, Sonya Schiphoff, and our elementary students have been working very hard on their musical numbers for this extremely popular event. We are looking forward to another huge turnout. Don’t forget that we have a 1:30 p.m. dismissal that day. Best wishes to each of you for a great Thanksgiving holiday!
Jordyn Reimer placed 13th on Thursday night at the district meet, qualifying her to run at the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. She will run at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge. This meet will cap off a great Freshman season! There is information about the State Meet below. If you plan on going to watch, please pay attention to the parking directions and fees.
All state meet information will be online at both the IHSAA and IGHSAU websites: https://www.iahsaa.org/cross-
1) We will be shuttling spectators from four locations in and around Fort Dodge to Kennedy Park. Spectators will be charged admission prior to hopping aboard a shuttle bus. A map will be posted on both of our web sites in the coming days.
2) Participating teams will still be able to park inside Kennedy Park.
3) No early set up or tailgating allowed, unless an authorized IHSAA/IGHSAU parking pass is used. All team tailgating supplies, such as food or tents, must be transported by vehicle in possession of IHSAA/IGHSAU pass.
4) School administrators and media can also park inside Kennedy Park.
5) Handicap parking is available inside Kennedy Park.
Click this link for the 2019-20 First Quarter High School Honor Roll:
During the 2017-2018 school year, the discussion of creating an Underwood Activities Hall of Fame was started by the Underwood Student Activity Advisory Committee. Over the last 2 years the group has worked to develop the Underwood Activities Hall of Fame and on October 18th, 2019 their vision comes to light as we present the first inductees to the Underwood Activities Hall of Fame.
The 1950's Boys Cross Country Teams (1950-1959)
From 1950-1959 the Underwood boys cross country team was a dominant force in the state of Iowa. During this span, they won a total of four team state championships. They were Class “C” team champions in 1952, 1953, and 1954 and the Class “B” team Champions in 1959. The cross country team also finished with 6 individual champions and 2 runner-ups during the 1950s. They earned individual championships in 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, and 1959 and had individual runner-up finishes in 1953 and 1957.
1952 Class “C” Champions (Garold Ryan, George Lee, and Paul Ryan)
1953 Class “C” Champions (Paul Ryan, George Lee, and Ed Turk)
1954 Class “C” Champions (Paul Ryan, George Lee, and Bob Hough)
1959 Class “B” Champions (Ron Hough, Kenneth Cahrs, and Larry Barganquast)
1950-1952 Garold Ryan (3x Individual Champion)
1953 Paul Ryan
1955 Bob Hough
1959 Ron Hough
Individual Runner-up Finishes:
1953 George Lee
1957 Don Storjohann
Jamie Boyd- Athlete
2019 Underwood Activities Hall of Fame Inductee
Participated in Basketball, Volleyball, Golf, Track, and Softball.
Jamie is a 2004 graduate of Underwood High School. She is the recipient of the 2004 Miss Basketball award in Iowa, the highest individual award given in the state. She was a four-year starter who tallied 1,920 career points and 1,007 career rebounds. She was a three-time first-team all-state player and was named second-team all-state as a freshman. Jamie helped Underwood to a four-year 94-11 record and the Class 2A state championship titles in her junior and senior seasons. She was also named the captain of the 2A all-tournament team both of those seasons. As a senior, she averaged 17.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Jamie was a multi-sport athlete who earned a total of 14 varsity letters in five different sports including basketball, volleyball, softball, golf, and track including All-State honors in both basketball and volleyball. Following her high school career, she went on to play collegiate basketball at the University of Kansas. In 2018 Jamie was inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Joyce Tiarks- Coach
Softball, Volleyball, JH Basketball, High School Cheer Sponsor and Underwood CSD Activities Director.
Coach Joyce Tiarks was a staple of the Underwood activities department for 25 years. During her time as a coach from 1980-2004, she was the head coach of the high school softball team for 25 years and high school volleyball team for 5 years. She spent 15 years as an assistant volleyball coach, coached junior high basketball, was the high school cheerleading sponsor and was the school’s activities director from 1987-1993. As the softball coach, she retired with a career record of 578 wins and 295 losses for a career .662-win percentage. She guided her teams to 7 state tournaments (1989,1990,1995,1997,2002,2003,2004) placing as high as 3rd place in 2002. Her WIC softball teams won an impressive 11 regular-season titles, 9 WIC Tournament titles and had 3 WIC Tournament runner-up finishes. Coach Tiarks was named the District Softball Coach of the Year in 1990 and 2003. She was named the 2002 Omaha World-Herald Western Iowa Coach of the Year for all sports. In 2005 she was named a finalist for the National Softball Coach of the Year. Coach Tiarks is an inductee of the KMA Hall of Fame (2018-2019) and the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Softball Hall of Fame (2007).
KMA land has announced that the 1999 and 2000 Underwood State Champion wrestling teams will be inducted into the KMA Hall of Fame. Click on the link for the KMA article.
The Underwood baseball team qualified for the 2019 state baseball tournament for the second time in school history. The previous state trip was back in 2014. The Eagles qualified for the state going through a tough district and substate final. They started out their tournament run by beating Shenendoah at home. Underwood then beat Clarinda on the road in a #2 vs. #3 district match-up. With that win they faced, conference rival and the number 6 rated team in the state, Treynor at their place and fought out a great 9 inning win. This moved Underwood into the substate finals vs. the # 9 rated Hinton Blackhawks. Underwood played extremely well scoring 2 in the first and 2 in the fourth to get a 4-3 win and their second trip to the state tournament. Underwood's first-round game at the state tournament will be on Monday, July 29th at 7:00 vs. Van Meter. Games are played at Principal Park in Des Moines.
Underwood wrestling coach Joe Stephens will receive the Bob Siddens High School Excellence Award, which is presented to a current Iowa high school wrestling coach who exemplifies the high standards that Siddens set during his coaching career at Waterloo West. Siddens was inducted into the GBHOF in 2003 and was the inaugural recipient of the coaching award in 2012. Stephens was an assistant coach at the University of Northern Iowa from 1996 to 2000 before becoming an assistant coach at Underwood (Iowa) High School in 2005. He became the head coach in 2010 and has led his team to 8 Top-10 finishes and 5 Top-5 finishes while coaching 7 state champions and 5 state runner-ups. Stephens was a three-time state qualifier, finishing fourth and second, at Centerville (Iowa) High School. He was a 2X national qualifier for the University of Nebraska before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa, where he also qualified for nationals.