Mystery of the Missing Quarterback
Semifinals November 2057
If you are just joining us this is Chuck Fields announcing for KSOM and we are in the final seconds of this exciting semifinals game in the Iowa High School football playoffs between Atlantic and LeMars. Atlantic has the ball and they have just taken a time out, there are three seconds left and the score is 14 to 21; LeMars is on top. Atlantic is on LeMars’ 43 yard line and a field goal or a run play will not cut it, they will have to pass the ball witch shouldn’t be that hard for LeMars’ secondary. Atlantic lines up with an empty backfield. Jimmy Hartwig is in the gun. The ball is snapped and Jimmy is looking for a receiver, but no one is open. But wait! Rcee Hoegh, the 6’5” receiver is open in the end zone! Jimmy launches the ball and YES, it’s complete in the end zone. Touchdown Atlantic! Now the decision is whether to go for the extra point or for two. They line up. They look like they are going for two. They snap the ball and run up the gut. Ricky Nichols carries the ball in for two!!!! Atlantic wins! But wait, there’s a flag. Jimmy’s down. Looks like a late hit on LeMars. Jimmy is holding his knee and looks like he may have torn his ACL.
Mystery at Alco
By Mitchell and Mariah
Jackie, Isabel and Henry raced across the dark parking lot to McDonald’s.
Their soccer team just won their game and they had been celebrating at Pizza
Ranch. The three friends were racing to get McFlurries when Isabel stumbled
over her shoelace. As she lay on the cement she noticed a glare in the window
of a red pick up truck.
“Look over there,” she yelled to her friends.
“Are you ok?” Jackie asked.
“I’m fine, but look at that,” she said. “There is something in the window over at Alco. I saw a glare in the truck, but I think it’s a reflection off of Alco. Is there somebody in there?”
Jackie helped Isabel up and Henry said, “Let’s go check it out.”
They walked across the parking lot and saw the shadow of a person carrying a bag creeping through the dark store.
“What’s that?” said Jackie.
“I don’t know,” Isabel said. “It may be a robber or a crook of some kind.”
Henry said, “Let’s go take a closer look.”
As they walked slowly toward Alco, they were startled by a loud crash. It sounded like it came from the store. At the same time, a bat swooped by Henry’s head. He screamed like a girl.
“Let’s get out of here. I think we’re gonna die!”
Jackie said, “Don’t be a baby.”
The girls started flapping their arms squawking like a chicken. “Bawk, bawk, bawk!”
“Ok, fine. We’ll stay here and check it out,” said Henry
They walked a bit closer. Henry and Jackie were in front. Isabel followed behind. “I’m coming, my leg hurts,” she said.
After a few moments, Isabel jumped on Henry and yelled, ”BOO!”
He started screaming like a girl again.
“Gotcha!” she said as she and Jackie laughed.
“Let’s go back behind Alco,” said Jackie. “Maybe we’ll find an explanation for this back there.”
Behind the store it was very dark and creepy. There were shadows everywhere and the kids noticed a hat on the ground. It was near a large opening.
“Check this out,” said Henry, “it looks like the badger hole by my house, but it’s a lot bigger.”
“Guys, we need to get home,” Isabel said. “We have tests at school tomorrow. Let’s come back tomorrow evening and bring a flashlight so we can see down the hole.”
“Good idea,” said Jackie. “Plus tomorrow is Friday and we can stay up later.”
The next day, at recess they planned out what to do. “I’ll get a notebook and pen so we can take notes about what happened yesterday,” Henry said.
Jackie added, “I’ll bring a flashlight.”
“Let’s meet at HyVee to get donuts at 8:00,” said Isabel. They all laughed. “What’s so funny, we need energy to be good detectives.” They all laughed harder.
That evening, they snuck out of HyVee with a bag of chocolate sprinkle donuts. They snuck behind the old Godfather’s Pizza, tiptoed behind Alco and were finally standing near the hole. Jackie and Isabel stuffed their mouths with donuts as Henry wrote down notes about their observations.
“The hat is gone!” Henry said. “It was right here yesterday, but now it’s gone.”
Jackie said, “I’m glad I brought my magnifying glass.” She looked at the ground with her magnifying glass. She noticed some fresh footprints in the grass, some were leading out and some were leading into the hole.
“Henry, you go in first,” said Isabel.
“Why me?” Henry asked.
“Because you’re the boy,” Isabel said.
‘He’s the scaredy cat, chicken boy,” Jackie laughed while they started flapping their wings again.
“I’ll go first, chicken boy,” Jackie said.
The kids crept through the hole and entered an underground tunnel.
“This is creepy,” Henry said. “Let’s go back.”
The girls started flapping their arms again and Henry said, “Alright, we can keep going.”
At the end of the tunnel there was a circular door with hinges, but it looked like it was locked. “Oh, it’s locked, lets go back,” Henry said.
Isabel went over and pushed on the door and it opened. The children were surprised to see a large room with pillows and blankets in it. A little nightlight was plugged in near where a little girl was sleeping.
“ Where are we?” exclaimed Jackie.
“ I think we are in the basement of Alco,” said Isabel.
“ Let’s go take a closer look,” said Henry as he pretended to put on his brave cap. “Let’s go upstairs.”
As they crept upstairs, they saw a boy about their age. He was sitting at an old table that used to be for sale, eating cold soup out of a can. The boy saw the children and dropped his spoon on the floor. The children stared at each other, and Henry almost wet his pants.
“ How did you get here?” Jackie asked.
“ How did you get here?” he boy asked them.
“ We followed your trail and came in through the hole outside of Alco,” Isabel said.
“ You’ve got to promise you won’t tell anyone,” the boy said. “Our house burned down and there was nowhere else to go. Our parents died in the fire. We knew that Alco had closed, so we dug the tunnel and started living here.”
Suddenly they heard a ringing noise coming from the boy’s pocket. It was a cell phone. He answered it and started to cry.
“ What’s wrong,” Jackie asked as he hung up the phone.
“ I can’t believe it, our parents are still alive. That was my mom on the phone. She says to meet her at my Aunt Lucille’s house.”
“ Well,” said Henry. “I guess this mystery is over. Last one to McDonald’s is a rotten McFlurry.”
As the kids raced through the parking lot, Isabel tripped and fell. She noticed a glare in the window of a red pickup. It looked like something in the window of the old Godfather’s Pizza.
“ Look at that guys, let’s go check it out,” Isabel said.
“ Here we go again,” said Henry.
Mystery at Sunnyside Park
By Briley and Linda
CRUNCH! “Did you hear that?” Briley asked his brother Miles
as they went down the hill into the trails at Sunnyside Park.
Briley and Miles were enjoying playing at the park with their dog Rufus. They were playing hide and go seek with Rufus when the noise from the trails startled them.
The trails were behind the playground equipment at the park. There were lots of them and they went through the trees and bushes. Today the trails were slippery and muddy and it was hard to get up the hill.
“Let’s go see what the noise was,” said Miles. He left his hat at the bottom of the slide and ran towards the trails.
“Alright,” said Briley.
They went to the trail. Miles took three steps and slipped down the hill. Briley watched as Miles slid and a squirrel took off running up a tree.
“Miles, it was just a squirrel. Let’s go play some more,” said Briley.
They went up the hill. Miles went back to the slide to get his hat.
“Hey, Briley, my hat’s gone!” said Miles. “Why did you take my hat?”
“I didn’t take your hat,” Briley said. “Who could it be? No one else is here.”
“It’s the mystery of the stolen hat!” Miles said. “Let’s look for clues.”
Miles and Briley ran to the slide. They found some footprints. In the mud they saw a few outlines of a tennis shoe. “Let’s follow the trail of prints,” said Miles.
They followed the footprints. They led to the Indian trails and ended with a big muddy slide. “Hey Miles, isn’t that where you slid down?” Briley said excitedly. “We are following our own footprints!”
“We better go look for some more clues,” said Miles.
They walked back to the slide and looked around again. “Hey Briley, look,” said Miles, “it’s paw prints from a dog.”
“Let’s go look for a dog,” said Briley.
“Maybe it could be a pit bull. I saw one when we first got to the park,” said Miles.
The boys ran all over the park looking for the dog that took Miles’ hat. They looked under the merry-go-round. They looked near the slides. They looked behind trees. They looked in the picnic shelters. They didn’t see any dogs.
They started to go home when, “Ruff, ruff, ruff!”
“That sounds like Rufus!” both boys yelled at the same time.
They turned their heads towards the sound, and up the grassy hill came Rufus. “Hey, look. Rufus has my hat!” said Miles.
“We found the thief, it’s our own dog!” said Briley. “Rufus, bad dog.”
Miles said, “Let’s go home. All this detective work made me hungry!”
Mystery at the Skatepark
By Chase and Cory
Chase’s heart beat fast in his chest as he dropped
in. His skateboard raced down the half pipe full speed ahead as his hair
blew back and sweat rolled down his face.
“Wow, that was fun,” Chase said, “are you thirsty yet?”
“Yeah, let’s walk over to the pool and get a snow cone,” said Cory. “Mom gave you the money, so you have to buy one for me too.”
“Ok, Cory, let’s put our skateboards by the half pipe while we go get a snow cone,” Chase said.
The boys walked through the grass and jumped over the creek that ran through the park. They could hear the laughter and splashing of people playing in the pool. Then they arrived at the concession stand.
“Two snow cones, please. One read and one blue,” Chase said to the boy working at the stand.
“Fifty cents please,” the boy said to Chase.
“Thanks,” the boys said.
As they walked back, Cory got a brain freeze, so they decided to take a break by the creek. A frog hopped into Chase’s snow cone. He dropped it into the creek.
“Woa! That frog’s eatin’ your snow cone!” Cory said. “Let’s go back to the skate park.”
As the boys raced back to the skate park, it started to rain. As soon as they got there they noticed that their skateboards were gone.
“ Oh crap, where did it go?” Cory said.
“We set them right here,” said Chase. “You check over here and I’ll check over there.”
As the boys searched, they noticed a loose board on the half pipe. It was down near the bottom corner and muddy footprints were leading behind the half pipe.
“Whoever these footprints belong to may have taken it,” Cory said. “Let’s follow them.”
The footprints led them behind the half pipe. They noticed a loose sticker where the footprints ended. Chase tore it off the wood. Behind the sticker there was a nut that went to a bolt.
“ Hey, look at this. This looks just like a bolt that fits the tool you have for fixing your skateboard,” Cory said.
“ Alright,” Chase said, “let’s try it.”
As they loosened the nut, it fell to the ground and a hidden door sprang open and popped Cory in the head. Chase started laughing his head off.
Cory said, “Ow! That’s not funny.”
“ You’re alright,” Chase said as he grabbed Cory by the hair and drug him toward the door.
“ Ow, ouch, ow! Let go, I’m coming!” Cory said.
As the boys stepped under the half pipe, Chase slipped on an acorn and started to fall. He grabbed Cory’s shirt and they both fell down a flight of stairs.
“ Are you okay?” Chase said as he picked himself up.
“ I’m fine,” Cory said. “That drop off came out of nowhere. What is this place? Are you sure you’re seeing what I’m seeing. My head’s a little woozy.”
When they came to their senses, Chase fell back down in astonishment. Before him was a skatetopia! It was a large room filled with skateboard ramps, rails and mini half pipes. There were about twenty kids skating and a few observing from a black couch. Over in the corner to their left, was a pile of skateboards and a kid they recognized.
“ Hey isn’t that Bert Ernie?” Cory said.
“ From Sesame Street?” Chase asked.
“ No, you idiot,” Cory said, “from the YMCA.”
“Hey, I think he’s got our skateboards,” Chase said.
“ Let’s get him,” Cory said.
Chase threw an acorn at him to get his attention. “Those are our skateboards, Bert!” Chase said.
“ I didn’t take them. It’s the weirdest thing. Every time I come down here, there are more skateboards over here. I don’t know where they are coming from,” Bert said.
“ Well, our skateboards were just up near the half pipe and now they are here, so someone had to take them,” Cory said.
As they argued, they were suddenly showered with acorns and a new skateboard fell from above. It hit Chase in the head.
“ Ow, ouch, ow!” Chase yelled as Cory laughed hysterically. “That’s not funny!” Chase said.
Chase got up off the ground and lifted Cory up on his shoulders to see if they could figure out what was going on. As he was trying to see where the skateboard came from, Cory saw a loose board. He pushed it to the side and there stood a squirrel. Next to the squirrel was another skateboard loaded with acorns. Before Cory could move, the squirrel pushed the skateboard through the opening and it hit him in the face. Chase was pelted with acorns again and they both fell down.
This time, Bert Ernie was laughing hysterically. “I think we found the thief,” he said.
The boys picked the board up and said, “I think we’ve had enough excitement for one day. Let’s go home.”
The Mystery at the Library
Chapter 1 the Mystery
One warm breezy summer morning Alice Apples walked to the library, and unlocked the door. She went to her desk and put her purse by her chair and hung her hat on her hook. It was about 7:30. When she finished opening the windows downstairs she headed upstairs to open the windows. But when she got upstairs she was surprised to see that they where all open. She knew that she had closed them last night. When she got downstairs she saw a book on a chair. She was positive it hadn’t been there a second ago. As she looked at it she saw it was the Hardy Boys The Case of the Missing Chums book. She checked to see if it was checked out, it was not checked out. So she returned it to its shelf.
At 8:00a.m. John Deere came in. He was the newer janitor. He was about 18yrs. old, tall and very quit.
“Hi how are you this morning?” he asked.
“Fine and you?”
“Okay. I’ll be upstairs if you need me.”
At about 8:30a.m. Grace Gardens and Bill Dollar arrived as usual. Grace was wearing a blue poodle skirt and pink shirt. Bill was wearing blue jeans and a green tee. His glasses, as usual where sliding down his nose.
“Hello.” They said to Alice. They were good friends. Just then John walked around the corner.
“Hi, I want you to meet John,” said Alice.
Grace and Bill looked at John, and Grace said, “Hi, nice to meet you. I’m Grace and this is Bill.”
“Hi,” said John nervously. Then he ran off toward the front door.
“He doesn’t like talking to people very much, I think he get nervous easily,” said Alice.
“Yeah, we noticed,” said Bill.
“Anything interesting going on besides John running away from people?” said Grace. “I’m bored.”
“Well, this morning when I got here, all the upstairs windows were open, but I know I closed them last night. And when I got downstairs, one of the Hardy Boys books was on that chair,” said Alice, “but it wasn’t checked out.”
“I think we have a mystery on our hands!” said Bill and Grace.
“We haven’t had a mystery in three weeks,” said Grace. “I’m excited. We need a list of everyone who has a key to the library, and who could have been at the library.”
“Hey you guys,” yelled a boy about seventeen. “What’s going on?”
“Joe!” yelled Grace, Bill and Alice.
“When did you get back, old pal?” said Bill.
“Two hours ago. Mother wouldn’t let me leave any sooner,” answered Joe.
“How is your grandma doing?” asked Alice.
“We’re about to start another mystery,” said Grace.
They quickly filled him in on everything.
“Wow, it’s great to be back home and with friends again,” said Joe. “I can’t wait to start another mystery and solve it.”
“John, come here,” said Alice. “Joe, this is John. John, this is Joe.”
“Hey,” said Joe. “How are you? Nice to meet you.”
“Hi,” answered John. “I’m fine, how are you?” Nice to meet you too.”
“Fine,” replied Joe.
“Joe’s been in New York visiting his grandma,” said Bill.
Just then Kate walked around the corner.
“Hey, somebody made a huge mess in the hallway,” said Kate, giving John a really mean look.
Kate is the daughter of the richest family in town, and not very nice to people.
“Okay,” said John. “See you later Joe, nice to meet you.”
“Let’s get started on that mystery,” said Joe.
“Okay, I’ll be right there,” said Alice, as she headed toward the check out desk to check out books for the line of children. When it was Kate’s turn, Grace noticed that she was checking out a Hardy Boys book.
“Hey Bill and Joe,” whispered Grace, “Kate’s getting a Hardy Boys book.”
“I know,” whispered Bill, “do you think?”
“Maybe,” said Grace, “but we need more clues.”
When Alice finished checking out books she came over and said, “Kate checked out the same Hardy Boys, The Case of the Missing Chumsbook. I also finished that list for you two, and her father is on the list. He has a key to every company in town since he’s the mayor.”
“You’re right. I’ll be back. I’m going to ask her a few questions,” said Grace.
“Me too,” said Bill and Joe.
” Kate, can we ask you a few questions please?” asked Grace and Bill.
“ Sure, but be quick. I want to read this book,” she said.
“What were you doing this morning between 7:00 and 8:00?” asked Grace.
“I was home. I didn’t leave till about 8:15. Why?” she answered.
“Because someone was in here at 7:00 and the book you checked out was laying on a chair,” answered Bill.
“And you think I did something. You are so rude. For your information I was hanging out with my brother and dad so they aren’t guilty ether. Good-bye,” Kate yelled as she stormed out the doors.
“Okay, we need to recheck that list,” said Joe. “She may be rude and mean but she doesn’t lie.”
“Okay, there are only three people on this list; John Deere, Bob Scott, (Kate’s dad) and Alice Apples. We know Bob Scott was at home, and Alice didn’t do it. That leaves John Deere.”
When Grace turned around, John was right there. He turned and ran upstairs. Bill, Joe, Alice and Grace were startled, but came to their senses quickly. As they raced to the top of the stairs, Bill saw a piece of paper on the stairs. When he went to grab it, he noticed it was a booklist. On the top of the book list was The Hardy Boys. Then he raced up the stairs just in time to see Grace disappear behind a bookshelf.
“He’s gone,” Alice said. “He disappeared after he went behind this bookshelf.”
“Hey look!” said Bill. “There’s another piece of paper in front of the wall.”
“Wait, what do you mean, another?” asked Grace, Joe and Alice.
“Hey you guys, what’s going on here? Why were you running up the stairs like that?” asked Mary, a girl from school.
They told her about the mystery. “Well, we thought we would ask John about the windows and book. But he heard and bolted up the stairs. So we ran after him, but he disappeared right here,” said Joe.
“But we found this piece of paper in front of this wall,” said Grace.
“I found another on the stairs when we were chasing him,” said Bill. “It’s a booklist.”
“Oh, well goodbye,” said Mary.
“Let me see them,” said Alice. “There are a lot of good books on this list. And this is a diary page. Look, he said there was a secret passage that leads outside.”
“Let’s go,” said Grace.
When they got downstairs they were surprised to see John.
John was at the desk. “Hi,” he said. “I guess I’d better explain. I got the job as a janitor so I could bye a house. But, since I didn’t have anywhere to stay, I decided to stay at the library. I found a secret passageway in the bushes outside. It leads upstairs. I noticed that every day you went upstairs to open the windows so I opened them for you because then you would want to help and everyone would treat me different. I forgot the book on the chair when I heard you coming downstairs. I didn’t want you to know I was staying at the library. I am sorry if I broke some rules. I didn’t mean to.”
“Why did you run away?” asked Alice.
“I was afraid I did something wrong.”
“You didn’t, well except living at the library. I think that’s against the rules,” said Joe.
“Why don’t you check out the books?” asked Bill.
“I didn’t have a library card and I couldn’t get one because I didn’t have a home address,” said John. “But I love to read.”
“Well, my parents run a boarding house,” said Grace, “and I think we have an empty room. I’m sure they would let you stay there if you want. It’s cheap with breakfast, lunch and dinner and a room.”
“I would like that,” said John. “Thank you.”
“Will you show us the passage?” they all asked.
It was behind all the bushes and pretty well blended in. It was a brick door and the only thing different about it was that the mortar was missing.
“Let’s go in,” said Alice.
“No, it’s too dark,” said Bill.
“It’s not too dark,” said John, “it’s okay if you have a flashlight.”
“Still, I’m not going in there. I will go to the check out desk and cover for Alice,” said Bill as he walked back inside.
“Oh no, here comes Bob Scott. If he sees Bill covering for me I’m fired,” said Alice as she headed off.
“Let’s go,” said Grace. “How did you find this place anyway?”
“I was weeding the bushes,” replied John. “I have a flashlight and I know the way, so I’ll go first.”
“Okay, I’ll go last because I have a flashlight too,” said Joe.
“Wow, it’s pretty cool in here,” said Grade and Joe.
When they got out, it was 5:00, so they closed the library. John wanted to see the boarding house, so they headed across to show John the boarding house.
Grace’s parents agreed to let John stay and he moved in that night. And they all were happy. The end.
Goosey Goosey TV 10:00 News
By Rebekah and Joanna
Announcer: Goosey Goosey TV brings you the 10:00 news from Mother Goose Studio. Here is your anchorman, Jack.
Jack: We have a breaking news story. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Did he pick them or did he steal them? We have a live interview of this story, but first the weather. Mary?
Mary: It was partly sunny today with a high in the 70s. Tomorrow will bring highs in the 80s and a low of 63, a perfect day to take a lamb to school. We’re taking a commercial break now. When we come back, Jack will interview Peter.
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Jack: Peter, people say you pick a peck of pickled peppers. Where did you pick them?
PP: I didn’t pick them, I found them on the road. I saw a squished one somebody ran over. I can show you where it is.
Jack: Where are they now? People say you stole them.
PP: For the second time, I found them. They were along the side of the road, so I took them.
Jack: I thought you said they were IN the road.
PP: Well, they were by somebody’s garden.
Jack: Whose garden were they by?
PP: My neighbor’s of course.
Jack: So where are they now?
PP: I put them back in the garden.
Jack: Your neighbor says you ate them.
PP: He doesn’t know if I ate them or not.
Jack: So why are your eyes watering and why is there steam coming out of your ears?
PP: I’m crying because my pet spider died and the steam’s coming out of my ears because somebody ran over him!
Jack: It looks like you ate them. Next up after a commercial break. Does Peter really have a pet spider?
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Jack: Peter, did you steal the spider or is it yours. Are you lying?
PP: I’m not lying. It was mine. He was cute. I think it was my neighbor who ran over him with that little red car that had a bumper sticker that says, “I HATE SPIDERS!”
Jack: How can you prove that you had a spider?
PP: He’s squished on the road.
Jack: Why didn’t you bury him?
PP: I did bury him.
Jack: I thought you said he was on the road? We have a special guest who had been missing a spider for 3 days. Little Miss Muffet is our guest.
MM: My spider has been missing for 3 days and I can’t find him. I live by Peter Piper. I think he stole it and ran over it himself to cover up his pickled pepper crime!
Jack: We have the case closed. Peter Piper stole the peppers and ate them. Peter Piper ran over Little Miss Muffet’s spider to cover his crime. Time for another commercial break.
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Announcer: That’s all for the news. One last weather report with Wee Willie Winkie.
WWW: Here is the three day forecast. Monday; 70% chance of rain. Cloudy and overcast. High in the 60s. Tuesday; 80% chance of rain. Thunderstorms and a tornado watch. Winds gusting up to 40 mph. Temperature in the high 50s. Wednesday; partly sunny with winds gusting to 20 mph from the N NE. High temperature in the 70s and low in the 60s.
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