Jalyssa Blazek

Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek puts in a layup on a fast break during the Trojans’ 54-13 win over South Winn.
With postseason play beginning this week, the Turkey Valley girls basketball team wanted to end the regular season strong last week before heading into regional play. And while there was some good, there was also some bad for the Trojans in the three Upper Iowa Conference affairs they competed in....
Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek nears the finish line to clinch her berth to state cross country at the Class 1A state qualifying meet held in Cedar Falls.
Although she is only a sophomore, Jalyssa Blazek is well on her way to putting together one heck of a cross country career at Turkey Valley. After a placing sixth at the Class 1A state meet located in Fort Dodge as a freshman in 2018, she improved to finish third this past year and dropped her time...
Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek gets ready to pass Denver’s Grace Beck during the state cross country meet.
Although it was a frigid and windy day at the state cross country meet on Saturday in Fort Dodge, it didn’t seem to affect Jalyssa Blazek and Jaycie Byrne, as they both ran their best times of the year for Turkey Valley. And for Blazek, it was a personal record. She broke it by a whopping 36...
Turkey Valley’s dynamic duo — Jalyssa Blazek (left) and Jaycie Bryne (right) — show off their “tickets” they earned to return to the state cross country meet.
Heading into the district meet on Thursday, the Turkey Valley cross country team had high hopes for Jalyssa Blazek’s chance to qualify for the state competition. However, when it came to her teammate Jaycie Byrne, there was uncertainty about whether she would be able to be able to join Blazek in...
Turkey Valley’s Nelson Reicks clocked in at 27:53 for 22nd place in the JV race at the Upper Iowa Conference meet.
The goal for Turkey Valley cross country coach Sarah Bakula since the start of the season has been to peak for the conference and district meets. The Trojans completed the first part of this objective last Thursday, as they ran some of their best times of the year at the Upper Iowa Conference meet...
Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek runs to a sub-20 minute time at the South Winneshiek Invite.
It’s a scenario that’s all too familiar. Fall is here, and so are the rains. But before the New Hampton Invitational was cancelled — again — both the Chickasaws and Turkey Valley had a nice evening competing at the South Winn meet Tuesday. “That was a wonderful, lovely night, you couldn’t ask for a...
Turkey Valley’s Cambree Kruse placed 59th of the 159 girls who competed at the Waukon Invitational last Tuesday.
Going into the meet last Tuesday at Waukon, Turkey Valley cross country coach Sarah Bakula tasked each individual on her team with doing one simple thing - to set a goal. “Big or small, I just wanted everyone to shoot for something,” she said. “I thought this helped going into the meet.” And while...
Turkey Valley’s Lucas Scheidel ran a season-best time at the All-American Invitational Saturday held at Luther College.
The Turkey Valley cross country team faced plenty of competition at the All-American Invitiational on Saturday, as nearly 30 schools of all different sizes across three different states (Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin) competed at Luther College. The Trojans did not have enough individuals...
Turkey Valley’s Hailey Elsbernd competes for the Trojans at the Trent Smith Invitational in Charles City.
After setting a personal record by over a minute in her first meet of the 2019 campaign last week, Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek continued her hot start to the season at the Trent Smith Invitational in Charles City on Thursday. She was the champion in the 9-10 girls’ division of the 62 runners who...
Jalyssa Blazek runs at last year’s state qualifying meet, where she set her current personal record.
It usually takes cross country runners quite a few meets to get times back to where they were at the end of the previous season. But Jalyssa Blazek’s time at the Edgewood-Colesburg season opener Tuesday was less than a minute over her personal record, set at the state qualifying meet last year. And...

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