Longtime West Branch teacher and coach Butch Pedersen was recently diagnosed with blood cancer myelodysplastic syndrome. The West Branch Lions Club is conducting a bone marrow donor drive December 7 at the high school in the hopes of finding a match for Pedersen and others as part of their treatment.
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West Branch’s football team won its first 11 games this season, qualifying for the Class 1A state playoff semifinals despite having their head coach Butch Pedersen be mostly away from the team down the stretch while undergoing treatment for cancer. The Bears dropped a 48-17 decision Friday morning to top-ranked Van Meter.
Butch Pedersen has led his West Branch football team to a 9-0 record and Class 1A’s playoff Round of 16. Lance Pedersen has led Mount Vernon to a 9-0 record and Class 3A’s playoff Round of 16. It’s the first time father and son finished the regular season unbeaten in their established head coaching careers. But the unprecedented success has come as Butch battles cancer.