Ramon Gonzalez, a noteworthy player for the Cowboy football and baseball squads, has a definite appreciation for what the Sidney Cowgirls have been able to achieve in multiple sports this season.
“'Nothing short of domination,” Gonzalez said. “Those girls are good at everything they do. It's really cool to see Sidney's name in the record books like that.”
What kind of record books are we talking about?
The conference record books. And it’s by way of multiple conference championships in the same season.
After winning it second straight league title in volleyball, the Cowgirls won the basketball title and then backed that up with a third straight conference meet win in track and field. The Cowgirls were part of a golf championship as well.
On June 22, the Sidney softball team took the Corner Conference Championship. And that was the final piece of the puzzle for the Cowgirls' big picture with their names all over Corner Conference trophies.
Such domination is rare in a league history that stretches back to the 1950s.
Eight schools make up the current Corner Conference of Iowa High School Athletics The roster of teams is as follows: Clarinda Academy, East Mills, Essex, Fremont -Mills, Heartland Christian, Sidney, South Page, Stanton and Villisca.
There were six original teams that formed the Corner Conference for the 1953-'54 school year with those schools being Sidney, Essex, Malvern, Tabor, Farragut, and Hamburg.
Through the history of the Corner Conference, the Sidney teams have enjoyed a great deal of success . Prior to joining the Corner Conference, Sidney called the Little Ten and Tri-State Conferences home.
Today, along with Essex, the Cowboys and Cowgirls are amongst the longest tenured teams in the Corner Conference. Having outlasted teams and schools that have consolidated closed.
Sidney has lived through many other changes in their corner of Iowa. Some may recall the brief era of the Southwest Raiders, a combined team of kids from Hamburg and Sidney.