Shenandoah vs Clarinda

The beginning of a boys basketball game between Clarinda and Shenandoah, Dec. 7, 2018.

Iowa and Iowa State play for a trophy. Shenandoah and Clarinda will also have a trophy to play for starting this school year.

The Pride of Page County Trophy is now on the line with each specific team playing to score points for their school. The school with the most points over the course of the school year will be awarded the trophy.

Shenandoah Activities Director Aaron Burdorf and Clarinda Activities Director Josh Porter have discussed the idea for about a year.

“It gives all the students a chance to compete,” said Burdorf.

The idea and the point system are based on the Cy-Hawk Series which the Iowa State University and University of Iowa sports teams battle for each year.

“Everybody looks at a rivalry as bad blood,” said Porter, “but that’s not necessarily true with Clarinda and Shenandoah. The kids and coaches are excited.”

The winning team of each regular season meeting will earn two points for their school, with the exception of football, which will be worth three points, just like the Cy-Hawk Series.

The points will be awarded during the regular season head-to-head or dual matchups in football, volleyball, wrestling, boys and girls bowling, boys and girls tennis and boys and girls golf. Points will be up for grabs during both regular season meetings in boys and girls basketball, softball and baseball. In boys and girls cross country and track and field, the team that places better in the Clarinda and Shenandoah meets will score points for their school.

“It gives the kids another competition,” said Burdorf. “It’s a fun way to look at the games and adds another level of excitement. It’s another award to work for and accomplish as a unit.”

Burdorf and Porter plan to update the standings after each season.

Postseason tournament meetings will not be used in the scoring process. The football teams will still play for the Page County Super Bowl Trophy.

While this is an all-sports trophy between the two schools, both Burdorf and Porter felt it was important to include an academic component.

Every sports team in the state can earn an Excellence in Academic Achievement Award or a Distinguished Academic Achievement Award each season. These are given out by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union based on team grade point average. If a specific team earns the Excellence award they will earn an additional point for their school. If a team earns the Distinguished award they will earn two additional points for their school.

“We want to push academics first,” said Porter. “A lot of kids we have are getting those honors every year. Maybe that will push some of the other kids too.”

Porter hopes this is the beginning of something that can outlast many of the people involved this year.

“We want to create something really good,” said Porter. “Hopefully it can become a special tradition that will take on a life of its own.”

The school that scores the most points over the course of the school year will earn the Pride of Page County Trophy at the end of the summer season. The trophy will stay at the winning school for the year.

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