The Batesville Middle School 7th grade boys lost a close game at Greendale on Thursday night. The Bulldogs were defeated by the Bengals by a final score of 41-34.After trailing by 10 at the end of the 3rd quarter and getting down as much as 13 in the 4th quarter, Batesville was able to cut Greendale’s lead to just five points with about 2 minutes to go. However, in the end, the Bulldogs were never able to go in front and suffered a 7 point defeat.Batesville was led by RJ Powell with 10 points, Calvin Sherwood with 9, Ethan Brewer with 6, Bristol Davies and Pros Moorman with 3 each, Austin Cornn with 2 and Mason Barker with 1.The 7th grade’s record now falls to 3 wins and 4 losses on the year. Batesville will be back in action on Monday night when they take on the rival St. Louis Cardinals.Score By Quarter:Batesville- 1st-8, 2nd-7, 3rd-3, 4th-16, Total-34Greendale- 1st-6, 2nd-5, 3rd-17, 4th-13, Total-41Individual Shooting:Mason Barker- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 2, Total Points-1; Calvin Sherwood- 2FG-4, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 1, Total Points-9; RJ Powell- 2FG-5, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-10; Bristol Davies- 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 4, Total Points-3; Ethan Brewer- 2FG-3, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-6; Damon Grieshop- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Pros Moorman- 2FG-0, 3FG-1, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0;Trey Peters- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Matthew Meyer- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Jaden Peetz- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Nathan Villani- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Alex Siefert- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; and Austin Cornn- 2FG-1. 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Luke Williams.Greendale wins the 8th Grade battle 57-36.Score by Quarters. 1st: Bville 14 Lburg 8; 2nd: Bville 20 Lburg 21; 3rd: Bville 34 Lburg 41; Final Bville 36 Lburg 57.Batesville is now 4-3.Individual Stats: Seth Gausman 12 pts; Colt Meyer 17 pts; Brayden linkel 2 pts; Bill Lynam 2 pts; Cory Ralston 1 pt; and Dempsy Bohman 2 pts.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Bradford.
DES MOINES — Overall unemployment claims were down last week despite an increase in first-time claims. The first time claims were up after dropping by nearly 50 percent the previous week. Iowa Workforce Development deputy director Ryan West isn’t sure why there was such a swing. “It”s hard telling. I think as we start to decline out of this — you are going to have a little bit of fluctuation up and down like that,” West says. “And then ultimately you’ll start to continue on a downward slope ideally, and those numbers will lessen each week.” He says they need some more weeks of data to nail down a trend. The loosening of COVID-19 restrictions has let more business open back up and West says that’s reflected in the drop in ongoing unemployment claims. “I think so, and that’s a good sign. As the weather gets warmer it’s continued to be warm…and there’s more stuff that’ll be lifted. It’s a great time that people can start to be getting back into those jobs…We really need to get through June and July in my personal opinion to see where we are with things,” West says. West says one thing is certain — there are plenty of jobs for those who want to get back to work. “We have jobs everywhere, employment available and I really think we’ll see that people are going to find opportunities that they may not have looked for in the past,” West says. West says you can go to IowaWorkforce.gov to find out more about available jobs.