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4A UNDEFEATED TEAMS


We’re already midway through the regular season so it’s time to look at how Class 4A is stacking as they enter district play. There are only 2 remaining undefeated teams in Class 4A, West Des Moines Valley and Cedar Falls. Both of these teams were 5-0 last year so this isn’t new territory for either of them.

Valley is in the top 5 in top offenses in Class 4A with 401 total yards per game – 236 yards on the ground and 164 through the air. The offense has a strong line and creates big holes for Creighton Mitchell. The defense is allowing 169 yards on the ground and 134 yards through the air. This team is extremely hard to pass against.

Cedar Falls defense is only allowing 119 yards on the ground and 181 yards passing. Cedar Falls is led on the offense by Cael Loecher who has 878 yards passing and 177 yards passing.

It will be fun to see both of these teams play out their season and see where they land in the playoff landscape.

Class

Team

Current Record

Current offense

2019 defense

4A

WDM Valley

5-0

401 yards/game

303 yards/game

4A

Cedar Falls

5-0

331 yards/game

300 yards/game

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DM ROOSEVELT VS DM LINCOLN GAME PREVIEW


DM Roosevelt vs DM Lincoln Game Preview

DM Roosevelt comes into this game 1-0 after defeating a tough Hoover team 46-13. DM Lincoln showed it knows how to win with a victory over DM East, 20-18. Both teams have the ability to throw the ball as they average over 240 yards each. Roosevelt holds the edge in the run game averaging 326 yards with a 6.79 yards per carry stat line. DM Lincoln only averages 61 yards on the ground with a 2.1 yards per carry average. That could cause trouble making them a one dimensional offense that Roosevelt can plan for going into this game. However, history shows that teams improve the most between Week 1 and Week 2.

Jaden Koger in the primary running back for Roosevelt with a 181 yards a game average and 9.05 YPC average. He also has help from 3 other backs that are skilled in their own right. Garrett Hutchinson runs the offense for Roosevelt and is putting up some solid numbers. 21/27 for 258 yards.

Lincoln’s offense goes through Cayden Storm who averages 75 yards in the running game at 3.41 YPC and is 18/25 for 244 in the passing game. Cayden’s dual threat capability could be a key component in Lincoln’s offense.

Roosevelts’ defense held Hoover to only 310 yards, 301 of those through the air. DM Lincoln held East to 344 yards last week with 228 yards on the ground and the 116 through the air.

Based on DM Roosevelt’s strong running game and Lincoln’s one dimensional offense we think the matchup favors DM Roosevelt.

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AUDUBON VS REMSEN ST MARY’S GAME PREVIEW


Audubon vs Remsen St Mary’s Game Preview

Audubon comes into this game with a slight advantage because they have 1 game under their belt and typically, the most improvement of a team happens between Week 1 and Week 2. When comparing these two teams we need to make sure we’re comparing apples to apples so we’ll go off last year’s numbers to tell the story

Audobon

St Mary’s

Returning Players

67%

70%

Returning Pass and Rush

449

2,766

Returning Rush

187

1,600

Returning Pass

262

1,116

Total Loss of Yards Due to Graduation

2,762

320

Returning Tackles %

24%

53%

Based on the above, it seems that St Mary’s has the clear advantage in this game. St Mary’s returns Blaine Harpenau who ran for 800 yards and passed for an additional 1,166 yards. Jeremy Koenck is also returning and he accounted for 481 yards on the ground. They also return some defense mainstays in Jeremy Koenck(60 tackles) and Xavier Gales(53 games).

Audubon will be relying on Gavin Smith to make some strides this year at the QB position. He passed for 262 yards last year. Audubon will also need someone or a group of men to step up to fill the running back position. It appears that Braden Wessell will fill that role from the get go. The defense will be led by Klocke brothers who had 64 tackles last year.

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WAUKEE VS DOWLING GAME PREVIEW


Waukee vs Dowling Game Preview

This game features preseason top ranked Dowling vs #3 Waukee. Both teams lost players due to graduation but are more than capable of reloading and develop a strong offense and stingy defense.

Waukee

Dowling

Returning Players

15%

15%

Returning Pass and Rush

815

90

Returning Rush

815

90

Returning Pass

0

0

Total Loss of Yards Due to Graduation

4,186

4,943

Returning Tackles %

33%

2%

Waukee returns one of the best quarterbacks in the state with Mitch Randall and returning running back Alex Lindquist who ran for 788 yards last year. Dowling could potentially have a dual threat in the running back department, but that will depend on how well Gavin Williams has recovered from an injury early in fall camp. If he’s not 100%, the team will rely on Jack Meyer or Gaven Campbell to get most of the carries.

We think the game will ultimately come down to defense and Waukee has the edge with 33% of the defense back from last year which will be led by Joe Morrison and Arron Smith. We are confident that Dowling’s defense will be a strong defense, but they may have some growing pains in the initial game of the season.

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ADM, ADEL VS BONDURANT-FARRAR GAME PREVIEW


ADM, Adel vs Bondurant-Farrar Game Preview

Both of these teams come into their first game of the season ranked in the RosterMonster’s preseason poll. ADM comes in ranked #6 and Bondurant #9. ADM potentially has the advantage with the amount of production they have coming back this year.

ADM

Bondurant

Returning Players

38%

32%

Returning Pass and Rush

2,595

97

Returning Rush

1,067

34

Returning Pass

1,528

63

Total Loss of Yards Due to Graduation

654

2,830

Returning Tackles %

13%

22%

Based on the returning players alone, ADM has the clear advantage, particularly in the returning passing and rushing yards with over 2,595 compared to Bondurant’s 97. There is not much experience coming back for Bondurant, which means Cade Eichneyer(QB), Alex Hall, and Ryan Snider will play a much bigger role than last year and will be looked at to lead this team’s offense. Tate Stine-Smith returns for ADM. He rushed for 678 yards and passed for 1,528 yards. Helping the running game will also be Justice Paulsen who racked up 379 last season.

Bondurant brings back a little more defense than ADM and will be led by Braden Miller who had 66 tackles last year, including 11 for loss. ADM’s defense will be led by Nathan Pfiffner and Cole Williamson.

We think ADM will come out the winner on this one. They have an experienced and dominant offense that will be hard to stop.

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EARLHAM VS VAN METER GAME PREVIEW


Earlham vs Van Meter Game Preview

Earlham, Class A, and Van Meter, Class 1A, face off on this rivalry game on Friday night. Both teams lost quite a bit of offense due to graduation. We’re confident this will be a battle in the trenches and a ground and pound type of game.

Earlham

Van Meter

Returning Players

63%

60%

Returning Pass and Rush

104

131

Returning Rush

104

131

Returning Pass

0

0

Total Loss of Yards Due to Graduation

3,050

4,973

Returning Tackles %

23%

7%

Van Meter has over 4,973 yards to replace from last year and they’ll have to start a new QB and utilize Allen Van Pelt, Kobe Richards, and Calvin Sick to get the ground game going. Earlham is in the same boat as Van Meter as far as replacing offensive production. They’ll need to replace their QB and make up 3,050 yards. That will start will Trey Bond getting a bulk of the carries for this team.

Earlham does have the advantage of some experience coming back on defense. Chris Hipsley, Jackson Vandever, and Trey Bond will need to be the leaders on this defense. Van Meter has a lot of rebuilding to do on defense, but will have some help from Calvin Sieck and Max Gilliland.

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ATLANTIC VS SAYDEL GAME PREVIEW


Atlantic vs Saydel Game Preview

Both Atlantic and Saydel are pretty well matched as far as returning offensive production and returning defense so this will be a great game to catch on Friday night.

Atlantic

Saydel

Returning Players

60%

60%

Returning Pass and Rush

186

197

Returning Rush

138

63

Returning Pass

48

134

Total Loss of Yards Due to Graduation

2,805

1,830

Returning Tackles %

32%

26%

Atlantic returning QB Collin Mullenix this season. He should be expected to make some strides this season from his experience last year. The running game is starting fresh as well with Bodie Johnson and Corey Parrott leading the ground game. Saydel returns Will Brown at the QB position and has Chris Malone to help the running ground..

Atlantic returns 3 strong defensive players in Bodie Johnson, Joe Weaver,and Collin Mullenix. Saydel has some experience coming back with Jake Vanhouton and Dylan Walker leading the way.

We think this will be a close game but the edge goes to Atlantic with a little more returning on defense and the running game.

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MADRID VS WOODWARD GRANGER GAME PREVIEW


Madrid vs Woodward Granger Game Preview

Woodward-Granger comes into this game with a preaseason rank of 6 and Madrid is currently unranked.

Madrid

Woodward-Granger

Returning Players

60%

32%

Returning Pass and Rush

714

97

Returning Rush

714

34

Returning Pass

0

63

Total Loss of Yards Due to Graduation

1,640

2,830

Returning Tackles %

13%

22%

Madrid will have a new QB this year but their running game will be strong with Conner Williams and Carson Havlik returning this year. They combined for over 700 yards last year. They will both have to carry the offensive load this year for Madrid. Woodward-Granger doesn’t return much from an offense production standpoint, but we do expect some big gains from the Cade Polich and Dylan Bird in the running game.

Madrid returns Noah Brown, Carson Havlik, Mason Lobek, and Conner Williams on the defensive side of the ball. They’ll need to improve as individuals and get some help from others. Woodward-Granger will need some help on defense to be successful this year Cade Polich will lead the defensive side of the ball as well as offense.

Madrid has a lot of players back and may be too much for Woodward-Granger to handle with their retooled defense.

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2019 PRESSEASON 2A VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS


With the Fall 2019 season upon us, let’s take a look at Volleyball. We’ll break down each category for each class and then based on the results come up with our preseason rankings for each class using number of returning players, last years record, and their standings in kills, aces, digs, successful serves, and blocks. We also included a ‘Return Score’ which is the addition of the winning percentage plus the return percentage, the higher the number, the higher winning percentage and returning players. The higher the number, the better likelihood of a successful 2019 season.

Class 2A Preseason Rankings

Preseason Rankings

Team

Returning

Breakdown

1

Van Buren, Keosaqua

Kills – 933
Aces – 237
Digs – 1,528
Succ Serves –1,709
Blocks – 24
Return Score – 1.68

Van Buren, Keosaqua is in a great spot this year. They return 80% of their team and a solid 2018 campaign of 30-4. They return most of their productivity from 2018 and know the winning formula

2

Hudson

Kills – 870
Aces –175
Digs –1,160
Succ Serves –1,823
Blocks – 177
Return Score – 1.68

Hudson is on track to have another great season with 87% of their team returning from 2018. There is a minimal drop off productivity due to graduation.

3

Western Christian

Kills – 1069
Aces – 122
Digs – 1,066
Succ. Serves-1,109
Blocks – 367
Return Score – 1.67

Western Christian returns 78% of their team and were 42-5 last year. The lost a lot of their production due to graduation last year and will rely on new players to fill the gaps.

4

Sidney

Kills – 838
Aces – 175
Digs – 915
Succ Serves –1,482
Blocks – 145
Return Score – 1.63

Sidney is coming off a 39-3 2018 campaign and returns 71% of their team from last year. They will have some work to do as far as production goes to reach their goals this year.

5

Central Lyon, Rock Springs

Kills – 556
Aces – 159
Digs – 937
Succ Serves – 1388
Blocks – 128
Return Score – 1.5

Central Lyon, Rock Springs is coming off a 23-9 record and returns 79% of their team. They will have some work to do as far as production goes, but they are in pretty good shape after losing 21% to graduation.

6

Cherokee, Washington

Kills – 531
Aces – 101
Digs – 649
Succ Serves – 538
Blocks – 107
Return Score – 1.5

This team was 29-7 last year and returns 69% of their team from 2018. Cherokee, Washington will have some work to do to get back to their production numbers back up. They lost a lot due to graduation.

7

West Monona

Kills – 559
Aces – 93
Digs –496
Succ Serves – 917
Blocks – 181
Return Score – 1.41

West Monona coming off a 22-11 season and returns 76% of their team from last year. They lost a significant portion of their production due to graduation and will have their work cut out for them in 2019.

8

East Sac County

Kills – 518
Aces –119
Digs – 801
Succ Serves – 1238
Blocks – 157
Return Score – 1.45

East Sac County was 22-13 in 2018 and returns 82% of their team from last year. They will have some work to do to get back their production due to graduation.

9

South Central Calhoun

Kills – 508
Aces- 201
Digs – 870
Succ Serves –1250
Blocks – 119
Return Score – 1.21

South Central Calhoun returns 50% of their team from 2018. They’ll have to rely on players to rise to the occasion to get back their production lost due to graduation.

10

Woodward-Granger

Kills – 511
Aces – 150
Digs – 589
Succ Serves – 109
Blocks – 78
Return Score – 1.18

Woodward-Granger were 23-11 last year and return only 50% of their team from last year so they’ll have some rebuilding to do this year to get back their production.

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2019 PRESEASON 3A VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS


With the Fall 2019 season upon us, let’s take a look at Volleyball. We’ll break down each category for each class and then based on the results come up with our preseason rankings for each class using number of returning players, last years record, and their standings in kills, aces, digs, successful serves, and blocks. We also included a ‘Return Score’ which is the addition of the winning percentage plus the return percentage, the higher the number, the higher winning percentage and returning players. The higher the number, the better likelihood of a successful 2019 season.

Class 3A Preseason Rankings

Preseason Rankings

Team

Returning

Breakdown

1

Spirit Lake

Kills – 872
Aces – 179
Digs – 530
Succ. Serves-953
Blocks – 225
Return Score – 1.51

Spirit Lake is coming off a 33-8 record and returns 71% of their team from 2018. There is a drop off from their numbers due to graduation, particularly in kills, aces, digs, and successful serves

2

OA-BCIG

Kills – 773
Aces – 236
Digs – 1,417
Succ Serves – 1618
Blocks – 198
Return Score – 1.5

OA-BCIG is coming back with 69% of their team from last year and boasting a 26-6 record for 2018. OA-BCIG returns all its production from 2018 so they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2019

3

Humboldt

Kills – 652
Aces – 82
Digs – 835
Succ Serves – 948
Blocks – 157
Return Score – 1.56

Humboldt had an incredible 30-5 record last year and they do return 71% of their team from last year. The challenge they will have is they lost almost ½ of their production to graduation last year.

4

MOC-Floyd Valley

Kills – 604
Aces – 81
Digs – 624
Succ Serves – 809
Blocks – 122
Return Score – 1.54

MOC-Floyd Valley returns 76% of their team from last year and had a 28-8 record last year. They have their work cut out for them after losing a lot of production to graduation.

5

Red Oak

Kills – 1051
Aces – 106
Digs – 1,188
Succ Serves – 1671
Blocks – 109
Return Score – 1.28

Red Oak returns 63% of their team from last year and went 25-13 last year. Red Oak is sitting good with returning a majority of their numbers from last year. They will have to find some production from newcomers to improve.

6

Albia

Kills – 738
Aces – 271
Digs – 1,111
Succ Serves – 1457
Blocks – 59
Return Score – 1.37

Despite having a losing record last year, Albia returns 88% of their team and also returns a majority of their production from 2018

7

Central Lee, Donnellson

Kills – 654
Aces – 160
Digs –1,100
Succ Serves – 1399
Blocks – 146
Return Score – 1.39

This team went 23-10 last year and returns 69% of their team from last year. They need some help to get their production numbers up, but overall, look pretty good!

8

Mount Vernon

Kills – 521
Aces –178
Digs – 1,427
Succ Serves –1,420
Blocks – 105
Return Score – 1.38

Mount Vernon finished 2018 with a 29-16 record and returns 73% of its team for 2019. From a production standpoint, they will have some work to do to get their numbers up, but overall, look to be in a good position.

9

Kuemper Catholic

Kills – 613
Aces- 85
Digs – 954
Succ Serves –881
Blocks – 115
Return Score – 1.44

Kuemper Catholic had an incredible year last year finishing 45-1. This year they only return 47% of their team and their production is depleted from last year. It will be a great opportunity to get back on track with new players this year.

10

New Hampton

Kills – 647
Aces – 151
Digs – 717
Succ Serves – 1113
Blocks – 26
Return Score – 1.41

New Hampton had a solid year in 2018 with a 36-6 record. This year they have 55% of their team returning. They need some help from the upcoming class to help in all facets of their game.

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2019 PRESEASON 4A VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS


With the Fall 2019 season upon us, let’s take a look at Volleyball. We’ll break down each category for each class and then based on the results come up with our preseason rankings for each class using number of returning players, last years record, and their standings in kills, aces, digs, successful serves, and blocks. We also included a ‘Return Score’ which is the addition of the winning percentage plus the return percentage, the higher the number, the higher winning percentage and returning players. The higher the number, the better likelihood of a successful 2019 season.

Class 4A Preseason Rankings

Preseason Rankings

Team

Returning

Breakdown

1

Lewis Central

Kills – 1,027
Aces – 175
Digs – 1,240
Succ. Serves-1,793
Blocks – 307
Return Score – 1.53

Lewis Central returns 93% of its team from last year after finishing 22-15 from last year. There is very little drop-off from graduating seniors from 2018.

2

North Scott, Eldridge

Kills – 826
Aces – 102
Digs – 738
Succ Serves – 1083
Blocks – 168
Return Score – 1.46

North Scott was 22-12 last year and returning 81% of its team from last year. They lost some numbers due to graduation, specifically digs and successful serves that they will need to account for this year.

3

Gilbert

Kills – 1.054
Aces – 118
Digs – 1,642
Succ Serves– 1,570
Blocks – 271
Return Score – 1.29

Gilbert is returning 86% of its players from last year. Despite having a losing record last year, there is very little drop off from their numbers from last year. The only significant drop is in successful serves which is around 500 difference due to graduation.

4

Xaiver, Cedar Rapids

Kills – 631
Aces – 108
Digs – 604
Succ Serves – 797
Blocks – 96
Return Score – 1.54

Xavier is coming off a 29-9 campaign from 2018 and returns 77% of its players. Unfortunately, they lost about ½ of all numbers from 2018.

5

West Delaware

Kills – 617
Aces – 129
Digs – 897
Succ Serves – 1071
Blocks – 136
Return Score – 1.31

West Delaware is coming off a 33-11 season from 2018 and returns 56% of their team from 2018. With graduation, West Delaware lost a lot of its numbers, however, it’s certainly a great opportunity for this team to overcome.

6

Knoxville

Kills – 698
Aces – 152
Digs – 1,243
Succ Serves– 1,271
Blocks – 88
Return Score – 1.25

Knoxville returns from 2018 with a winning record and 71% of its team back. This team doesn’t lose much from graduation so its in a good spot for a run in 2019

7

Clear Creek Amana

Kills – 624
Aces – 167
Digs –910
Succ Serves– 1,461
Blocks – 131
Return Score – 1.3

Clear Creek Amana comes off 2018 with a winning record and returns 69% of its team from 2018. They do lose some numbers from graduation, most specifically about 700 digs, but are overall in a good spot.

8

Sergeant-Bluff-Luton

Kills – 884
Aces – 97
Digs – 692
Succ Serves – 833
Blocks – 178
Return Score – 1.3

This team returns off a 35-7 season in 2018 and returns 47% of its team. Due to graduation, they have a lot to make up as far as numbers go.

9

Norwalk

Kills – 816
Aces-188
Digs – 1,401
Succ Serves –1,544
Blocks – 214
Return Score – 1.24

Norwalk returns 75% of its players from last year and, overall, there is not a large drop off of number due to graduation which puts this team in a good spot moving forward

10

Dallas Center-Grimes

Kills – 499
Aces – 106
Digs – 740
Succ Serves– 1,055
Blocks – 135
Return Score – 1.52

Dallas Center-Grimes returns just 64% of its team from a year ago but also boasted a 36-5 record in 2018. Graduation hurt their numbers, particularly digs, kills, and successful serves.


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2019 PRESEASON 5A VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS


With the Fall 2019 season upon us, let’s take a look at Volleyball. We’ll break down each category for each class and then based on the results come up with our preseason rankings for each class using number of returning players, last years record, and their standings in kills, aces, digs, successful serves, and blocks. We also included a ‘Return Score’ which is the addition of the winning percentage plus the return percentage, the higher the number, the higher winning percentage and returning players. The higher the number, the better likelihood of a successful 2019 season.

Class 5A Preseason Rankings

Preseason Rankings

Team

Returning

Breakdown

1

Council Bluff, Abraham Lincoln

Kills – 1328
Aces – 166

Digs – 2,303

Succ. Serves-1.998
Blocks – 420
Return Score – 1.62

Council Bluff, AB is ranked #1 in the preseason for a reason. Last year they were 31-10 and return 87% of their team. From a returning team standpoint, they are ranked first in kills, digs, successful servers and blocks and 7 th in Aces. This team also has the highest return score in Class 5A.

2

Dowling

Kills – 829

Aces – 210

Digs – 1,167

Succ Serves – 1,718

Blocks – 178

Return Score – 1.5

Dowling returns 81% of their players and are coming off a 29-13 record from 2018. Dowling has the 4th best kills, first in Aces, 4th in digs, 2 nd in successful serves. Overall, this team doesn’t lose a lot of production from 2018.

3

Pleasant Valley

Kills – 878

Aces – 175

Digs – 1,004

Succ Serves – 1,533

Blocks – 229

Return Score – 1.58

Pleasant Valley returns 81% of their players and are coming off a 26-8 2018 campaign. With a score of return score of 1.58, they are bound to make waves in 2019. They are a Top 5 in all categories and number two in kills in Class 5A

4

Indianola

Kills – 483

Aces – 136

Digs – 456

Succ Serves – 817

Blocks – 71

Return Score – 1.39

Indianola is coming off an 29-15 record and returns 73% of their players from 2018. While their numbers are glaring, they are a consistent team with a good returning record and a lot of returning players.

5

WDM Valley

Kills – 547

Aces – 124

Digs –747

Succ Serves – 1,096

Blocks – 129

Return Score – 1.37

Valley only returns 46% of their players. They did have the best record in Class 5A last year at 41-4. They aren’t ranked in the top 5 in any of the criteria, but Valley is known to be able to reload each year.

6

Ankeny

Kills – 877

Aces – 168

Digs – 1344

Succ Serves – 1,457

Blocks – 223

Return Score – 1.3

Ankeny returns 60% of their team from last yeat that were 31-13. They will lose quite a bit of production compared to last year’s team but it’s not overwhelming. The biggest lost was digs (603) and successful serves(543)

7

Waukee

Kills – 447

Aces-153

Digs – 468

Succ Serves – 845

Blocks – 136

Return Score – 1.16

Waukee returns 50% of their team from last year that was 29-15 last year. With the loss of 50% of their team from last year they will need to find a way to double their production in Aces, Successful Serves and blocks and find a way to get back to their 1,386 digs from last year.

8

Roosevelt

Kills – 793

Aces – 188

Digs – 1,388

Succ Serves – 1,706

Blocks – 119

Return Score – 1.36

Roosevelt returns 86% of their team from last year after finishing the season at .500. They great news for this team is they lose virtually no production from last year.

9

Ottumwa

Kills – 642

Aces – 88

Digs – 632

Succ Serves – 1,158

Blocks – 286

Return Score – 1.26

Ottumwa returns 73% of their players from 2018 and is coming off a winning record from 2018. Overall, they are not losing a lot of production from last year. They won’t lose anything in kills and blocks. There biggest loss with be successful serves which is around 500.

10

Sioux City East

Kills – 603

Aces – 182

Digs – 915

Succ Serves – 1,478

Blocks – 88

Return Score – 1.27

Sioux City East returns 78% of its team from last year. They do lose quite a bit of production from last year. The biggest gaps due to graduation are kills and blocks.

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TOP 10 1A VOLLEYBALL TEAMS IN KILLS


With the Fall 2019 season upon us, let’s take a look at Volleyball. We’ll break down each category for each class and then based on the results come up with our preseason rankings for each class using number of returning players, last years record, and their standings in kills, successful serves, and blocks

Class 1A Kills

Team

Returning Kills

Breakdown

Tripoli

985

Tripoli returns 67% of their team from last year after finishing with a 24-16 record in 2018. They lost 182 kills due to graduation. Tripoli returns one of the top players, Zoe Semelroth who had 448 kills last year. She has great support around her with 3 players with over 100 kills

East Mills

724

East Mills finished with a 28-6 record last year and returns 73% of their team. They will need to find a way to replace 182 kills from last year. Alex Knopp, Rachel Drake, and Dezirae will need big years to get back on track.

Siouxland Christian

680

Siouxland returns 86% of their team and only has to replace 7 kills from last year. This team returns 5 players with experience led by Riley Doenhoefer.

North Tama

640

Coming off a 26-8 record from last year, North Tama returns 88% of its players from last year but will have to replace 180 kills from 2018. North Tama will need a big year from Katie Kopriva and the experienced team around her this year.

Bishop Garrigan, Algona

749

This team comes out of last season with a .500 record and returns all of their players from last year. Bishop Garrigan, Algona has 3 players with over 130 kills last year – Kaylan Meyers, Emma Fogarty, and Katie Noonan.

Winfield-Mt Union

558

After a 15-15 record in 2018 this team returns 82% of their team and needs to replace 96 kills from last year. This team will be led by Jenna Buffington and she is surrounded by experienced players.

Newell-Fonda

544

Newell-Fonda returns 44% of its team from last year and must find a way to replace 342 kills due to graduation. Newell-Fonda will need solid play by Megan Morenz, Ella Larsen, and Macy Sievers this year to make up for losing 342.

New London

540

New London returns 62% of their team from last year but must find a way to replicate 426 kills from 2018 if they want to get back to winning record. Addie Pry is going to need help from the team to make up for the 426 kills lost due to graduation

West Central, Maynard

539

This team returns 80% of its players from 2018 and has to replace 17 kills from 2018. West Central-Maynard has a good, experienced team coming back including Bryleigh Rouse.

North Butler

538

North Butler gets 79% of its players back but will need to find a way to replace 244 kills due to graduation. Big steps will need to be taken by Sydney Eikenbord, Madison Clipperton, and Cassidy Staud to make up for the lost 244 kills.

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TOP 10 2A VOLLEYBALL TEAMS IN KILLS


With the Fall 2019 season upon us, let’s take a look at Volleyball. We’ll break down each category for each class and then based on the results come up with our preseason rankings for each class using number of returning players, last years record, and their standings in kills, successful serves, and blocks

Class 2A Kills

Team

Returning Kills

Breakdown

Western Christian

1,069

Western Christian returns 78% of their team from last year and a 42-5 record from last year. They will lose 312 kills from last year. Look for Macay Van’Hull, Ally Postm, and Tori Wynja to have a great year.

Van Buren-Keosaqua

933

Coming off a 30-4 season from 2018 they return 80% of their team and only lose 2 kills from last year. Van Buren. This team has 4 experienced players returning and led by Selena Sayre.

Hudson

870

Hudson was 31-7 last year and return 87% of their team from last year. They’ll have to replace 87 kills from last year. Look for awesome seasons from Ashlynn Kuhn and Kylee Sallee.

Sidney

838

Sidney had a 39-3 season last year and returns 71% of their team. They have their work cut out for them as they need to make up for 391 due to graduation. Sidney returns 4 players with over 100 kills including Kelsey Hobbie, Makenna Jarosz, Maddy Duncan, and Presley Brumbaugh.

Emmetsburg

749

Emmetsburg returns 88% of their players and returns all their kills from last year. Returning this year includes Molly Schany who had 383 kills last year.

Mediapolis

736

Mediapolis returns 88% of their team from last year. They will need to find a way to make up for the 236 kills they lost due to graduation. This team returns 3 players would had over 140 kills, including Helaina Hillyard, Ruthie Jahn and Ellie Gerber.

St Albert

700

St Albert returns 64% of its team from last year and will have to find a way to replace 249 kills from last year. This team has 4 players coming back with experience led by Allie Petry.

Underwood

699

Underwood returns 73% of their team from last year and will need to replace 115 kills from last year. Coming back this year includes 2 players will over 240 kills each, Macy Vanfossan and Zoe Rus.

Lawton-Bronson

685

Lawton-Bronson returns 94% of their team from last year and will need to replace 76 kills from last year. This team brings back a ton of experience, including 4 players with over 100 kills – Rylee Wagner, Haley Williams, Kaitlyn Hennnigs, and Maggie Oehlerking.

Alta/Aurelia

650

This team returns 81% of their team and will need to replace 154 kills from last year. Alta/Aurelia returns two players with over 260 kills each – Sydney Stanton and Shea Lockin

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TOP 10 3A VOLLEYBALL TEAMS IN KILLS


With the Fall 2019 season upon us, let’s take a look at Volleyball. We’ll break down each category for each class and then based on the results come up with our preseason rankings for each class using number of returning players, last years record, and their standings in kills, successful serves, and blocks

Class 3A Kills

Team

Returning Kills

Breakdown

Red Oak

1,051

Red Oak is returning 63% of their team but only losing less than 200 of their kills from last year. With a 23-15 record last year, this team could be much improved. Red Oak returns Sophie Walker who had 378 kills last year as well as Chloe Johnson, Lexi Johnson, and Allie West who each had over 100 kills last year.

Spirit Lake

872

Spirit Lake returns 71% of their squad from last year and loses 351 kills due to graduation. With a 33-8 record last year I don’t anticipate this team will miss a beat. Look for Emma Loveall and Jordyn Hamm to have another strong year. Emma had over 400 kills and Jordyn had over 300.

Union, LaPorte City

860

This team returns only 53% of their team and lose over 400 kills from last year. Union has 3 very good players in Belle Weber, Jasmyn Bush and Lexie Nolan.

OA-BCIG

773

OA-BCIG returns 69% of their team from last year and will only lose 2 kills from last year. With a 26-6 record last year expect this team to make some waves. OA-BCIG returns the leading player in kills in Liz Zobel and 5 other players with good experience.

Osage

766

Osage was 30-7 last year and returns 53% of their team from last year. However, they lose 368 kills due to graduation. Osage is in good hands with Danielle Johnson, Paige Kisley, Kaebre Sullivan, and Meredith Street.

Algona

751

Algona returns 53% of its team and loses over 200 kills from last year. One of the best players in Kills in 3A is Abbey Holmes who had 436 last year. She’ll need some help from Molly McCauley and Aliyah Buscher as well as other this year.

Columbus Catholic, Waterloo

741

Columbus Catholic is coming off of an 23-17 record and returns 50% of its roster from last year. They will lose 327 kills from 2018. This team will be led by Avery Kroll who had 383 kills last year. She has a lot of experience on her side from her teammates as well.

Albia

738

Albia returns 88% of their team from and only loses 13 kills due to graduation. Expect this team to improve. Look for another big year for Abbey Griffin and Ellie Spurgin this year.

Nevada

709

Nevada returns 71% of their team from last year but will lose over 200 kills from last year. This team is in good hands with Kacie Rewerts, Sydney Mosinski, Morgan Tupper, and Hannah Thomsen.

Central Lee, Donnellson

654

Central Lee, Donnellson returns 69% of their team from their 23-10 team last year. However, they lose 281 kills due to graduation. This team has a ton of depth with 6 players that have at least 50 kills from last year. Mya Merschman had 212 last year.

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TOP 10 4A VOLLEYBALL TEAMS IN KILLS


With the Fall 2019 season upon us, let’s take a look at Volleyball. We’ll break down each category for each class and then based on the results come up with our preseason rankings for each class using number of returning players, last years record, and their standings in kills, successful serves, and blocks

Class 4A Kills

Team

Returning Kills

Breakdown

Gilbert

1,054

Gilbert returns 86% of their team from 2018 and had a 21-28 record. The great news for Gilbert is they only lose 3 kills due to graduation. Gilbert returns Thea Rotto-361 kills and Haleigh Hadley – 267 kills as well as 6 other very capable players.

Lewis Central

1,027

A 22-15 team last year that returns 93% of its squad and doesn’t lose any kills from last year. Expect Megan Witte, 487 kills, Delaney Esterling, 219 kills, and Madisyn Havermann, 151, to do big things this year.

Sergeant Bluff

844

Sergeant Bluff only returns 47% of their team from last year and has to replace over 400 kills due to graduation. They did finish last year with a 35-7 record. With losing so many players, this team will need more from Kenzie Foley and Elle Sneller and team to have another great year.

North Scott

826

North Scott was 22-12 last year and is returning 81% of their team. They will need to find a way to find more kills this year as their losing a little less than 200 from last year. Emma Powell, Kendal McNaul, Grace Boeff.

Norwalk

816

Norwalk is coming off a 20-21 record and it returns 75% of their team. They will need to replace 106 kills from last year. Norwalk will depend on Camryn Gilchrist, Sam Hoover, Abby Allmon, Hanna Reeg, and Jayln Simon to have solid years this year.

LeMars

789

LeMars returns 85% of their team from last year and only has to find 10 kill due to graduation. LeMars has a lot of experience coming back this year, including Jecenta Sargisson and Pypr Stoeffer.

Knoxville

698

Knoxville returns 71% of their players and were 17-15 last year. However, they will need to replace 96 kills due to graduation. This team will be led by Katie Keitges and she has got a great team around her to see this team be successful.

Carlisle

676

Carlisle only returns 65% of their players from last year, but will only have to replace18 kills from last year. Carlisle has 2 players that had a fantastic year last year and will be called upon to do it again this year – Meredith Hoffman and Molly Hoekstra

Xaiver-Cedar Rapids

631

Xavier returns 77% of their team and are coming off a 29-9 season. The issue could be recovering from losing half of their kill production due to graduation. This team is going to rely heavily on Eve Magill and Katy Garrison to have stellar years and growth from others around them.

Clear Creek-Amana

624

Clear Creek-Amana has 69% of their team returning and are coming off a 25-16 season. They will have to replace 340 kills due to graduation. This team can have a good year with the help and growth of Calia Chubb and Hailey Pollock.

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TOP 10 5A VOLLEYBALL TEAMS IN KILLS


With the Fall 2019 season upon us, let’s take a look at Volleyball. We’ll break down each category for each class and then based on the results come up with our preseason rankings for each class using number of returning players, last years record, and their standings in kills, successful serves, and blocks

Class 5A Kills

Team

Returning Kills

Breakdown

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln

1,328

This team returns 87% of their team this year and returns 1,328 of the 1,332 kills from last year. They were 31-10 last year. Council Bluffs Abraham returns 5players that had over 100 kills lead by Elaina Bohert, Julia Wagner and Julia Shanks

Pleasant Valley

878

Pleasant Valley returns 81% of their team from last year that boasted a 26-8 record. They return 878 kills from the 1,042 they had last year. Erica Brohm is the top returner in kills for this team with 320 last year. Emily Wood and Kaitlyn Morgan are also very capable.

Ankeny

877

Ankeny was 31-13 last year and has 60% of their team coming back this year. They will need some help making up the 427 lost kills from last year. Look for Isabelle Vacek to have a solid year and improve from her 348 kills from last year. Malea Daughtery, and Phyona Schrader will help lead this team in kills.

Dowling Catholic

829

Dowling returns 81% of their team and has 829 of the 1,113 kills they had from last year. Dowling returns 5 players with over 100 kills starting with Anna Godfredsen.

Dubuque, Hempstead

820

Despite their 15-17 record they have 81% of their team coming back this year and lost none of their 820 kills from last year. Look for a big year from Jada Willis and Corinne Meier who had 446 and 289 kills, respectively, last year.

Des Moines Roosevelt

793

Roosevelt returns 86% of their team from last year and only loses 8 of the 801 total kills due to graduation. Roosevelt returns 3 players with over 100 kills – Precious Daley, Tabby Keith, and Rachel Galluzzo.

Southeast Polk

764

SE Polk returns 71% of the team from last year with a 2018 record of 16-18. They will need to get back 165 kills lost due to graduation. This team returns 4 players with over 100 kills from last year – Maya Shipley, Jaclyn Foster, and Riley Atzen.

Marshalltown

714

Marshalltown returns 71% of their team and needs help to improve on their kills from last season of 786. Look for a big year from Erica Johnson who had 239 kills last year and Autumn Finch who had 175.

Ottumwa

642

Ottumwa had a winning record of 19-17 last year and returns 73% of their starters. They only lose 3 of their kills from last year. They return 2 players with over 100 kills last year, Anne Guest and Grace Bookin-Nosbisch.

Sioux City East

603

Sioux City, East returns 78% of their team from last year but takes a big hit on losing 404 hits due to graduation. Sioux City East will return Lineya Wells, 281 kills, and Riley Donahue, 161, next year.

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TOP CLASS 4A RECEIVING TEAMS FOR 2019


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season top receiving teams for the upcoming season. We based our yards on returning receiving and the percent of receiving yards returners accounted for from last year.

Team

2019 Returning Receiving Yards

Comments

Fort Dodge

2,708

Fort Dodge is a very pass heavy team and it returns 89% of the receiving corp from last year. Fort Dodge has a ton of talent as far as receivers. Leading the way is Tysen Kershaw, Russell Potraz, and Brycen Bell.

Ames

1,498

Ames returns 77% of its receiving from last year which accounts for 1,498 total yards. Ames has 5-6 receivers returning from last year. Look for Gabe Ante to lead this group.

Linn-Mar Marion

1,213

This team returns 73% of its air attack with 1,213 yards. The return of 5 receivers with over 100 yards receiving will help Linn-Mar Marion

Muscatine

1.133

Muscatine will return 79% of its receiving yards from 2018 and only lose 302 yards to graduation. This team will rely on Eli Gaye to have another big year at receiver.

Ankeny

1,085

Ankeny returns 81% of its receiving yards from last year with 1,085 and only needs to replace 253 yards. Expect to see big things this year from Brody Brecht.

Valley WDM

1.077

Valley will return 63% of its receiving yards but will need to find a QB to deliver those passes with the graduation of Lombardi. Valley lost a lot due to graduation so expect Ryan Neu, Nate Willcockston, Jack Johnson, and Creighton Mitchell to step up in a big way.

Waukee

968

Waukee loses 52% of its receiving yards to graduation and will need to find a way to make up for the 1.064 yards lost. Waukee has 1 proven receiver coming back in Sam O’Dell. He’ll need some help to have a strong passing game.

Davenport, North

913

This team returns 90% of receiving yards and only loses 96 yards. Priest Sheedy will need to lead this group of receivers. He had 664 receiving yards last year.

Sioux City, East

879

Sioux City East returns 88% of its receiving yards from last year. This team will rely on Kaige Kellen and Kaden Jones to lead the way.

Davenport, Central

718

Central returns 68% of its receiving yards from 2018 and wil need to find a way to make up 342 yarsds.

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TOP CLASS 3A RECEIVING TEAMS FOR 2019


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season top receiving teams for the upcoming season. We based our yards on returning receiving and the percent of receiving yards returners accounted for from last year.

Team

2019 Returning Receiving Yards

Comments

Pella

1,490

Pella returns 89% of their receiving yards from 2018 and will only lose 185 yards due to graduation. Pella will have continued help from Aaron Downs and Logan Shetterly who had big years last year.

Waterloo, East

1,350

Waterloo, East will return 70% of their receiving yards from last year and only lose 580 yards. Waterloo should be in good hands with the return of Tyrell Newman, Ahkil Muhammad and Aiden Ernst.

Maquoketa

1,290

This team will look to improve on last year’s record and only losing 89% of their receiving yards should help. Expect improvement from Lian Aunan and Ryne Gruenwald.

LeMars

1,285

LeMars wil get 73% of their receiving yards back from 2018 and will need to find a way to replace the 467 yards lost due to graduation. The receiving is in good hands with Aisea Toki and Anthony Lamoureux.

Oskaloosa

1,282

Oskaloosa loses 43% of their receiving yards from 2018 and will need to find a way to replace 953 yards if they want to improve on their 8-2 record. Oskaloosa returns Tyler Miller and Isaac Schultz this year.

Grinnell

1,227

Grinnell returns 70% of its receiving yards from 2018 and will need to replace 517 yards from 2018. Grinnell has between 5-6 receivers as go-to receivers this year.

Solon

1,169

Solon returns 67% of their receiving from 2018 but will lose 584 receiving yards from last season. AJ Coons is going to need to have a big year to replace the lost yardage.

Harlan

1.035

Harlan only returns 38% of its receiving from last year and will lose over 1,678 yards due to graduation. Harlan is counting on a big year from Jonathan Monson and Alex Schechinger.

Epworth, West Dubuque

982

This team is going to take a hit in receiving losing 1,536 yards to graduation. West Dubuque will need a lot of help from Jake Hosch and Ben Bryant as well as new, emerging receivers.

ADM, Adel

858

ADM, Adel will return a little over half their receiving yards from last year. Luckily, they aren’t a huge passing team so they’ll only lose 686 yards. The receiver group will be spearheaded by Nathan Conrad.

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TOP CLASS 2A RECEIVING TEAMS FOR 2019


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season top receiving teams for the upcoming season. We based our yards on returning receiving and the percent of receiving yards returners accounted for from last year.

Team

2019 Returning Receiving Yards

Comments

OA-BCIG

1,942

They are returning 64% of their receiving yards but still lose 1,085 from last year. OA-BCIG has to outstanding receivers in Jake Nieman and Cooper Dejean.

Waukon

1.698

Waukon is returning 62% of its receiving from last year and are still losing 1,055 yards from the 2018 season. Walton will rely heavily on Dawson Baures to have a monster year. There are also 4 other receivers that were 100+ in receiving last year.

West Liberty

1,307

West Liberty appears to be in good shape as they are returning 77% of their receiving from last year. They’ll only lose 389 yards from last year. West Liberty has a trio of receives to help in Will Esmoil, Talen Dengler, and Lake Newton.

Greene County

1,220

Greene County is going to take a hit on receiving as they lose 46% from last year which is 1,046 total receiving yards. Carter Morton and Will Hansen will need to pick up the slack this year.

Monticello

1,168

Monticello is returning 57% of their receiving yards, but will lose 937 yards due to graduation. Expect Tyler Luensman, Justin Recker, and Devin Kraus to be a big impact for Monticello.

Algona

1.003

Algona only returns 48% of their receiving yards which equates to losing 1,088 yards from 2018. Wyatt Wegener will need to increase his production from last year and get some help from others.

Clear Lake

947

Clear Lake returns 52% of the receiving yards from last year, but will lose 889 from last year’s team. The majority of the receiving yards should come from Nick Danielson and Kody Kearns

Williamsburg

915

Williamsburg will take a big hit losing 56% of their receiving yards due to graduation. Kaden Wetjen will need to increase his production from last year and get help from others to match last year’s production.

Columbus Catholic, Waterloo

858

Columbus Catholic is returning 63% of their receiving from last year and losing 501 yards from last year. Receiving will be done by committee this year with Cannon Butler, Ben Sinnott, Ray Seidel, and Kobe Nobis.

Des Moines Christian

804

Des Moines Christian will take a hit from losing 60% of its receiving yards. That loss accounts for 1,213 yards. Cade Thiner and Seth Juhl should see their numbers increase and get some help from others.

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TOP CLASS 1A RECEIVING TEAMS FOR 2019


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season top receiving teams for the upcoming season. We based our yards on returning receiving and the percent of receiving yards returners accounted for from last year.

Team

2019 Returning Receiving Yards

Comments

Osage

2,125

Osage return 71% of their returners in receiving yards. The top two receivers returning are Gage Belz with 991 yards and Thor Maakestad with 863 yards.

Cherokee, Washington

1,963

This team returns 96% of its receiving yards from 2018 on losing 79 yards for the season. Cherokee, Washington has 5 receivers coming back that is led by Kobe Grell who had 674 yards last season.

West Sioux

1,631

West Sioux is only returning 44% of their yards compared to the 3,699 they had last season. Kade Lynott will lead the receiving corp this year. He had 1,567 yards last season.

West Branch

1,285

West Branch has 60% of its receiving yards coming back from last year and loses 869 due to graduation. West Branch returns Tanner Lukasky, Wyatt Goodale, and Trey Eagle.

Underwood

1,168

Underwood is returning 53% of its receiving from 2018 while losing 1,025 yards from 2018. Underwood brings back 3 players that had at least 100 yards receiving last year led by Blake Hall.

Colfax-Mingo

952

Colfax-Mingo is returning 50% of its receiving yards from 2018. Colfax-Mingo will rely on Trinity Schroeder and Trystin Ross for the majority of their receiving yards.

Treynor

868

Treynor is basically receiving all of its receiving yards from last year. They’ll only be losing 12 yards from last year. Treynor was able to distribute passing yards between 5-6 receivers last year – mostly to Will Halverson.

West Lyon, Inwood

865

West Lyon receives all of its receiving yards from 2018. Expect to see Logan Meyer, Gavin Lorenzen, and Kaleb Huyser get the majority of the yards.

Jesup

821

Jesup is returning 58% of its receiving yards from 2018, but loses 600 yards over the course of the season. Despite long yards to the graduating class, Jesup has 3 capable receivers led by Cooper Fuelling.

Mount Ayr

819

Mount Ayr returns 100% of its receiving from 2018. Mount Ayr returns Dawson Frost, Kolben Klommhaus, and Isaac Grose.

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TOP PLAYER-8 RECEIVING TEAMS FOR 2019


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season top receiving teams for the upcoming season. We based our yards on returning receiving and the percent of receiving yards returners accounted for from last year.

Team

2018 Receiving Yards

Comments

Easton Valley

1,915

Easton Valley returns 72% of their receiving yards from last year. Or, 1,915 out of 2,677. They are losing 762 yards to graduation. Cade Jargo, Easton Valley’s leading receiver, returns this year. He had 1,106 yards receiving last year. He’ll also have help from Braydin Farrell, Logan House.

Woodbine

1,530

Woodbine returns 79% of their receiving yards from 2018 and only loses 403 yards due to graduation. Layne Prior and Brock Leaders will carry the receiving load for the Woodbine, combing for 1,341 yards.

Southeast Warren

1,471

Southeast Warren returns 56% of its receiving yards and will lose 1,173 yards. Returners Bryce Hall and Cade Nelson will look to continue to build on their combined 1200+ yards from last year

Glidden-Ralston

1,390

Glidden-Ralston return 90% of their receiving from last year and only loses 143 yards due to graduation. Brigham Danial and Nathan Brant are two returners who combined for over 1000 yards

Montezuma

1327

Montezuma returns 73% of its receiving yards from last year and will only lose 480 yards to graduation. This team has 3 returning receivers that should see some solid production. Leading the way is Eddie Burgess who had 511 yards last year. He’ll also have Brayden Arendt and Cole Watts to share the yards

Harris-Lake

1290

Harris-Lake return 100% of their receiving yards from last year! There are 4 receivers that had significant receiving yards last year. Leading the way was Isaac Ihnen.

Collins-Maxwell

1,282

Collins-Maxwell returns 90% of its receiving yards from last year and only loses 150 to graduation seniors. Brett Livesay should lead the receiving corps of Collins-Maxwell. He had 843 yards last year.

St. Mary’s, Remsen

1,225

St. Mary’s returns 100% of their receiving yards from last year. Look for Skylar Waldschmitt and Damen Brownmiller to get most of the yards next year. However, there are 3 other players that can help as well.

Midland-Wyoming

1,223

Midland-Wyoming returns 74% of their receiving yards and will lose 437 yards to graduation. This team has 3 returners in Jensen Dodge, Alex Smith, and Wilson Buckwalter that will share duties next year.

East Mills

1,060

East Mills will take a hit by losing 49% of their yards to graduation which equates to 1,091. Two prominent receivers that will need some help are Nic Duysen and Jacken Wray.

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PRE-SEASON CLASS 4A PREDICTIONS


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season rankings for the upcoming season. We based our rankings off of returning offense production, how many seniors graduated, and the previous season team record. As always, pre-season predictions are, at best, an estimate based on historic data. What really matters is what went on in the off-season to get to the start of the football season.

Class 4A Pre-Season Rankings

Ranking

Team

2018 Record

Comments

1

Dowling Catholic

11-2

Dowling is picked #1 because they are state champs for the 6th time in a row. However, they’ll have a tough hill to climb. They return 54% of their team but their offensive production could plummet from 5,038 to 1019 due to graduation. They lost 98% of passing, and 61% of their rushing game. There is a caveat though – SE Polk Gavin Williams will play for Dowling his senior year which could boast those rushing numbers in a big way along side Teagan Johnson, and Chace Hauschilt

2

Cedar Falls

12-1

Cedar Falls returns 55% of its team from last year. However, they do lose 71% of their rushing due to graduation. That number goes down from 2,384 to 677. Cedar Falls does have a healthy passing game though. Cael Loecher is back this year to lead the passing game and Bo Grosse will look to bolster the running game.

3

Waukee

8-3

Waukee may be the most legitimate team to win a state championship this year. They don’t lose any of their passing numbers, but will lose 32% of their rushing yards. Essentially, a drop from 4,925 to 3998 yards for the season. Mitch Randall will lead the passing game and the running game for Waukee. They’ll going to need to supplement their running game.

4

Ankeny Centennial

9-1

Ankeny Centennial returns about ½ of its roster from last year. They lose virtually all their passing yards and 50% of their running game due to graduation which takes their yards from 3,860 down to 1,602. There’s going to need to be some backfill and part of that will fall on Avery Gates and Keaton Gray in the running game. There is currently not an experienced QB on the team.

5

Iowa City, West

9-2

IC West only returns 33% of their players from last year and it loses 27% of its passing game and 69% of its running game which equates to 44% less yards due to graduation. However, Marcus Morgan should help pick up some of the slack with his arm and legs. He passed for 1,875 yards last year and ran for 376 yards.

6

CR, Kennedy

6-4

CR Kennedy is coming back this season loaded. They lose about ½ of their passing game, but since they are primarily a running team, the effect should be minimal. They will only lose about 511 total yards of offense due to graduation. They’ve got two solid running backs in Cairron Hendred and Max White.

7

Urbandale

6-4

Urbandale is one of those teams that are ready for a break out year with not much attrition due to graduation. They only lose 9% of their passing offense and 24% of their rushing offense from last year which equates to a 17% loss. They do have their top signal caller, Ty Langenberg, back and running back, Harrison Waylee to help propel this team forward.

8

Valley

10-1

Valley remains in the Top 10 because of their reputation and ability to reload every year. They lost 98% of their passing game and 61% of their running game which equates to 3,106 yards of offense for the season. They have a few backs to share the workload in Creighton Mitchell and Dante Manuel but will have to replace their QB since Lombardi has graduated.

9

Johnston

8-3

Johnston is another one of those teams that has the ability to reload consistently every year. They lose 88% of their passing game and 62% of their running game to graduation which equates to a loss of 2,555 yards. They have little experience at QB with Noah Storts and experienced running back in Jordan Rusch who ran for 702 yards last year.

10

Ankeny

5-5

Ankeny would probably be higher on this list if it wasn’t for their record last year. New year and new opportunity with very little attrition of offensive playmakers due to graduation. Only 9% of offense will be lost which equates to 298 yards. They also return 66% of their players. This team will be led by QB Jase Bauer would tallied up 1,702 yards last year and Cael Boyd who ran for 979 yards.

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PRE-SEASON CLASS 3A PREDICTIONS


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season rankings for the upcoming season. We based our rankings off of returning offense production, how many seniors graduated, and the previous season team record. As always, pre-season predictions are, at best, an estimate based on historic data. What really matters is what went on in the off-season to get to the start of the football season.

Class 3A Pre-Season Rankings

Ranking

Team

2018 Record

Comments

1

Epworth, Western Dubuque

10-3

This team is returning just 56% of the team from last year, but the offense with still dominate Class 3A in total yards with 4606 from non-seniors last year. They are only losing 7% of the offensive weapons. Calvin Harris will lead the passing game with 2,280 yards last season and he has 2 capable RB to help in Jake Hosch and Ben Bryant.

2

Spencer

8-3

Spencer is not losing any of its offensive power from last year and has a the strongest running game in Class 3A with 2,564 yards. The running game is spearheaded by Isiah Spencer who had 1,533 yards last year.

3

Independence

6-3

Independence is a very balanced team as far as rushing and passing with the non-seniors accounting for 1,101 yards on the ground and 1,425 in the air. They are only returning 62% of the team from last year and lose 35% of the rushing offense from last year. Logan Smith should have another great campaign following his 2,316 yards – 1,414 passing and 502 on the ground.

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Denison-Schleswig

5-4

Despite going 5-4 last year, this team is returning almost all of its offensive weapons and 81% of the team is back from last year. This team has 3 very capable running backs and it starts with Terrance Weah. Charlie Wiebers should lead the passing game with this 1,048 yards from last year.

5

Sergeant-Bluff

10-2

Sergeant-Bluff will not lose any of their passing talent due to graduation – in fact, non-seniors for this team led Class 3A in passing yards. Unfortunately, the team did take a huge hit by losing 76% of their run game which equates to 1,741 for the season. Daniel Wright will lead the passing game to follow up his 2,423 yards from last year. This team will need to find some semblance of a run game to compete.

6

ADM, Adel

5-4

ADM, Adel will return 73% of their team from last year. The team won’t lose any of its passing numbers due to graduation, but it will lose a substantial amount of rushing yards – from 1,705 to 1,095. The team will rely on Tae Stine-Smith’s arm and legs to lead this team. He had 1,528 yards passing and 678 yards rushing last year.

7

Solon

9-1

Solon only returns 53% of their players from last year and while they didn’t lose anyone to graduation in the passing game, their rushing took a 77% loss, which goes from 1,753 to 385 yards. Solon does have a decent passing game with 1,753 yards for the season. Cam Miller will lead the passing game this year and Solon needs to find some ground game to compete.

8

Washington

6-3

Washington will return 67% of the team from last year and only loses 22% of offensive production from last year which equates to about 600 yards. Most of the production will need to come from Luke Turner. Last year he racked up about 2000 yards between passing and running. He’ll certainly need some help to improve on it’s 6-3 season.

9

Bondurant-Farrar

6-3

Bondurant-Farrar returns 60% of the team from last year and won’t lose much of their passing game, but will take a hit at the running game with a 45% loss. Nyanti Gehrke will handle the passing and running for this team and he racked up 1,618 yards last season doing just that. Kaeden Lozano will need to step up to help this team continue to improve.

10

Center Point-Urbana

5-4

This team will not lose any of its passing game yards, but will lose about 500 yards on the season in rushing yards due to graduation. This team will be led by Alex Wade in rushing and Kole Tupa in the passing game.

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PRE-SEASON CLASS 2A PREDICTIONS


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season rankings for the upcoming season. We based our rankings off of returning offense production, how many seniors graduated, and the previous season team record. As always, pre-season predictions are, at best, an estimate based on historic data. What really matters is what went on in the off-season to get to the start of the football season.

Class 2A Pre-Season Rankings

Ranking

Team

2018 Record

Comments

1

Waukon

10-2

This team is going to be good. They racked up 5,012 yards last year and aren’t losing anyone from an offensive production standpoint. They are also very balanced with 2,259 yards rushing and 2,753 yards passing. Expect Creed Welch to QB and match or exceed is 2,457 yards passing from last year and Dawson Baures and Ethan O’Neill to continue to pound the rock.

2

Clear Lake

7-2

Clear Lake is only losing 8% of its passing and rushing offense from a year. They accumulated 3,525 with non-seniors last year and return 74% of their team. Expect Jaylan DeVries to continue his dominance at QB as he surpassed the 2000 yard mark last year in passing and rushing. He’ll have some help from Jaden Green as well at the RB spot.

3

DM Christian

6-3

DM Christian is returning 99% of their offensive production from last year. They have a balanced attack with 1,978 passing yards and 1986 rushing yards from last year from non-seniors. Jackson Waring with lead the offense and he accumulated 2,940 yards last year – 978 rushing and 1962 passing. He’ll also have a strong running back in Cade Thiner who rushing for 692 yards last year.

4

Greene County

8-2

Greene County is bringing back only 63% of their team this year an loses 21% of their offense. However, they do bring back a solid QB in Brent Riley who passed for 2,242 yards last year and running Colby Kafer who rushed for 776 yards

5

Chariton

8-2

Chariton is returning 73% of their team and only loses 9% of their offensive production. Most of the yards for this offense should come from RB Dylan Cain as he racked up 1,371 yards last year. Graden Arnold will handle the QB duty as he passed for 722 yards last year.

6

Crestwood

10-1

South Central Calhoun will return 82% of its team from last year, but loses 18% of total offense production from last year, particularly rushing at 27%. Luckily they return 2 running backs that combined for over 1000 yards and 2 QBs that accumulated close to 1300 yards passing.

7

Tipton

6-3

Tipton returns 76% of its team from last year, however it loses 39% of its offensive production from last year which is over 1,182 total yards. The rushing game will be done by committee by 4 backs and the passing game with be handled by Conner Hermisten.

8

Benton

9-2

Benton is only returning 46% of their team from last year and are losing 46% of their passing and rushing offense from last year going from 4,077 to 2,188 yards. This team will rely heavily on QB Clay Krousie to be successful in 2019

9

Albia

4-5

Although Albia had a losing record last year, they have 80% of the team coming back from last year and this team relies heavily on the pass game and they don’t lose any passing playmakers to graduation. Albia will rely heavily on Blake Chance to make an strong impact. This team will also need some running support to be successful.

10

Kuemper Catholic

5-5

Kuemper Catholic returns 69% of the team from last year and loses 32% of its offensive production due to graduation. They will depend on Cole Collison to have another solid year throwing the ball and develop a running game to climb the rankings.

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CLASS 1A PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season rankings for the upcoming season. We based our rankings off of returning offense production, how many seniors graduated, and the previous season team record. As always, pre-season predictions are, at best, an estimate based on historic data. What really matters is what went on in the off-season to get to the start of the football season.

Class 1A Pre-Season Rankings

Ranking

Team

2018 Record

Comments

1

West Sioux

12-1

West Sioux is only losing 7% of their offensive production that will total 5,563 yards vs last year’s 5,984 yards. They are also returning 73% of their team. Hunter Dekkers will led the team last year with 3,641 yards passing and ran for 574 yards. He has some help from Kade Lynott who ran for 994 yards last year.

2

Van Meter

11-1

This team will return 75% of last year’s team and will only lose 5% of the offensive production which is equates to 234 yards over the course of the season. Andy Potthoff and Ian Abrahamson will lead the offensive charge for this team. Anthony ran/passed for 2,431 yards and Ian ran for 2005 yards last year.

3

Dike-New Hartford

12-1

Dike-New Hartford returns 79% of their team from last year and has a very balanced passing/running game that racked up 4,847 yards. This year’s team should see a slight dip in total yards by about 500 yards due to losing 11% of their offensive playmakers. They do return Cade Bennett who ran for 1,928 yards and Drew Sonneberg who passed for 1,922 yards last year.

4

West Lyon

7-3

West Lyon only loses 1% of their offensive production and returns 81% of their team from last season. They are only losing 42 of offense from last year. Jalyn Gramstad returns as QB. He passed for 660 yards and ran for 347. He’ll get some help from returning RB Logan Meyer who ran for 987 yards.

5

South Central Calhoun

10-1

South Central Calhoun will return 82% of its team from last year, but loses 18% of total offense production from last year, particularly rushing at 27%. Luckily they return 2 running backs that combined for over 1000 yards and 2 QBs that accumulated close to 1300 yards passing.

6

Woodward Granger

8-2

Woodward Granger enters the year with 81% of their offensive playmakers from last year and 83% of their team from last year. Tate Lettow ran for 1,069 yards last season and Keith Braunschweig had over 1000 yards both passing and rushing.

7

Mount Ayr

7-3

The team returns a balanced passing and rushing team and only loses about 12% production across the board. However, they only return 67% of their team from last year. Mount Ayr does return Payton Weehler who accumulated 1,739 yards of total offense last year and a few up and coming running backs in Keelan Klommhaus and Reas Knapp

8

Underwood

5-4

Underwood returns 71% of the team from last year, but graduated 61% of their rushing from last year. They do return Nick Ravlin who threw for 2,193 yards and ran for 370 yards. Underwood is going to need to find a ground attack to be competitive.

9

Pella Christian

5-4

Pella Christian return74% of its team from last year. They’ll get a lot of help from Dan Jungling who threw for 1598 yards and ran form 358 yards. Pella Christian will also have help from Jase Amelse who racked up 401 yards last year.

10

Treynor

8-2

Treynor return 84% of their team from last year but is losing 31% of its offensive production from last year which is around 1,100 yards for the season. Jake Fisher is back this year after a solid campaign last year that included 776 rushing yards and 880 passing yards. Hopefully he can get some help from the 3 other backs that combined for over 600 yards last year.

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CLASS A PRE-SEASON RANKINGS


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season rankings for the upcoming season. We based our rankings off of returning offense production, how many seniors graduated, and the previous season team record. As always, pre-season predictions are, at best, an estimate based on historic data. What really matters is what went on in the off-season to get to the start of the football season.

Class A Pre-Season Rankings

Ranking

Team

2018 Record

Comments

1

West Hancock

9-3

West Hancock has 81% of their team returning, including 79% of their offensive players that racked up 3,720 yards last year. The top running backs, Tate Hagen and Josef Smith return. Each had over 1,000 yards on the ground.

2

Wapsie Valley

7-3

The team has only lost 1% of their offensive weapons and returns 71% of the team from last year that racked up 3126 of the team’s yards last year. Kobe Risse returns this year to improve on his 1,558 yards passing and has help from Trevor Sauerbrei (986 yards) and Brock Beesecher(397 yards)

3

Alta-Aurelia

7-3

Alta-Aurelia has 91% of its offense back from last year and 74% of its team back. This group of players put up 2,340 yards of the 2,581 last year. This team has 3 solid rushers with Anthony Krier, Logan McCoy, and Michal Ryherd.

4

Tri-Center

6-3

With 98% of the offensive scorers coming back and 77% of the team coming. This group had 3,106 yards last year and is led by Bryson Freeberg who passed for 1,812 yards last year. Trevor Carlson also rushed for 772 yards.

5

BGM-Brooklyn

8-2

This group lost 45% of its offense, but still put up 1,896 yards with the juniors and below. BGM also has 69% of its team coming back. BGM is primarily a ground and pound type of team and they have 2 runners in Noah Beck(1,202 yards) and Dawson Owens(436 yards).

6

Westwood

8-2

Westwood is returning 49% of their offensive weapons and returns 68% of the team. This group cranked out 1,525 yards last season and most of those yards came from Braulio Munoz. He’ll be back this year for this team that is primarily focused on running the ball.

7

Wayne

5-4

Don’t be fooled by last year’s record for Wayne. They return 96% of their offensive playmakers and 71% of the team. This year’s group accounted for 2,755 of the 2,881 yards accumulated last year. Most of those yards were from Chase Keifer, who had 2,191 total yards.

8

Alburnett

5-4

Alburnett returns 88% of their offensive scorers that racked up 2,598 yards out of the team total of 2,965. This team also returns 63% of the entire team from last year. Alburnett will be led by Hunter Caves who rushed for 742 yards and passed for 744 total yards.

9

St. Albert

5-4

St Albert may be a force to be reckoned with this year as they return 100% of their playmakers and 82% of the team is back this year. This team will have a number of playmakers, but it all starts with Lance Wright who, last year, rushing for 348 yards and passed for 694 yards.

10

Central Decatur

4-5

Despite the losing record from last year, this might be a turnaround year for Central Decatur with 77% of the team coming back and 63% of their offense returning. The success will be largely dependent on the play of Cole Pederson who put up 1007 passing yards and ran for 925 yards last year.

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2019 8-PLAYER PRE-SEASON RANKING


The 2019 football season is upon us! The Roster Monster is excited to bring you our 2019 Pre-Season rankings for the upcoming season. We based our rankings off of returning offense production, how many seniors graduated, and the previous season team record. As always, pre-season predictions are, at best, an estimate based on historic data. What really matters is what went on in the off-season to get to the start of the football season.

8-Player Pre-Season Rankings

Ranking

Team

2018 Record

Comments

1

Don Bosco

9-2

Don Bosco only graduated 3% of their team last year and return a majority of their offensive production which comes out to 4,450 yards a season. They also return their quarterback and running back, Cael Frost passed for 1,667 yards and ran for 556 yards while Even Thomas ran for 1,500 yards

2

Midland, Wyoming

9-2

Britan Martins is returning this year after a stellar season last year with 1,208 rushing yards and 1,292 passing yards. While they did graduate 18% of their team, 26% from rushing they’ll still be a strong offense with 4,758 yards from last year.

3

Turkey Valley

8-2

Turkey Valley didn’t graduate any of its QBs or running backs from last year which accounts for 3,751 total yards of offense. Their QB, Ethan Leibold, accounted for 1,380 passing yards and 506 rushing yards while the rushing was done by committee that included Dylan Elsbernd, Eli Reicks, Seth Huinker, and Marcus Herold

4

Newell-Fonda

8-2

Newell-Fonda is only losing 4% of their offensive production from last year that accumulated 3,404 total yards and return 79% of the team from last year. Bryce Coppock is the leading returner in both rushing, 1605 yards, and passing with 1,004 yards.

5

Iowa Valley, Marengo

10-1

Iowa Valley loses 35% of their offensive production from last year and has 67% of their team returning from last year. However, their offensive production will be led by Ben Smith who ran for 1,163 yards last year and passed for 1,061 yards.

6

East Mills

7-2

East Mills is returning 79% of their team from last year and only loses 7% of their total offensive production from last year that racked up 2,961 total yards. Michael Schafer will lead the offense at QB this year to follow up his 2018 campaign that included 2,003 yards passing and 102 yards rushing. Jackson Wray will lead the running game.

7

Audubon

6-3

Audubon doesn’t lose any of its offensive production that finished the year with 3,211 total yards and returns 89% of the team. Skyler Schultes will lead the offense. Last year he passed for 954 yards and ran for 1,136. Kalden Smith returns at the primary running back.

8

Remsen St Mary’s

6-3

St Mary’s, Remsen returns 95% of its team from last year that included 3,086 yards of production and doesn’t lose anyone to graduation from a rushing or passing perspective. Blaine Harpenau hopes to follow up from last year’s production of 800 yards rushing and 1,166 yards passing. He’ll have some help with 3 running backs as well.

9

Stanton

7-3

Stanton returns 71% of its team from last year but loses 70% of its rushing production due to graduation. However, their QB from last year, Keygan Day is back and looking to improve on this 300 yards rushing and 1,327 yards passing. The offense will need to find a rushing attack to improve on their 2018 season.

10

Glidden-Ralston

6-3

81% of the team is back this year and only a 3% drop in offensive production that put up 3,152 yards last year. Grant Borkowski is returning this year to follow up last year’s numbers with 1,516 passing yards and 825 rushing yards.

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GAME PREVIEW


Number one seed Johnston takes on four-seed Dowling Catholic tonight at Principal park in the semi-final round of the baseball state tournament.  These teams met four times this season and Johnston was the victor each time – click the score for each game’s box score 4-1, 6-3, 6-1, 3-2

Johnston leads 4A with 35 HRs, 420 hits, and 358 RBIs, second in 4A with a 1.99 ERA and 9th in 4A with 99 steals.

Dowling is the 4A second-best hitting team with 377 behind only Johnston, third in 4A in RPIs at 257, third in steals with 137 and third best ERA at 2.22.

Both teams have impressive wins and consistency throughout the season.  Johnston is on a 12-game win streak with their last loss almost a month ago to Ankeny 8-7.  Dowling is on a 7-game win streak with their last loss to Valley 3-2.

 

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SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS IMPACT ON TEAMS


The biggest controversy for the upcoming season has been the issue, does socio-economic status play a part in the outcome of games or events? The subject has been brought to light specifically for Des Moines Public Schools vs suburban schools, specifically in football. To get a better understanding we had to look at ALL schools in Iowa, regardless of class to get a better view. At a high level, it appears that socio-economic status may play a part. However, looking at the big picture, it may not be as apparent as it seems. We’ll put this together for you in 2 parts. One from the specific data and the other from an alternative way to handle the losing streak.

We addressed the issue using 2 variables, free lunches and winning percentage. We are aware that there are certainly more circumstances, but this is a good starting point. This first graph shows all schools in football and may be a little daunting at first glance. Hang with me as we walk through it. The top left quadrant shows winning season and less than 50% of students receive free lunches, the top right quadrant shows teams with a winning season and more than 50% receive free lunches. As you can see from the graph, there are many more, 129 teams to be exact, in the top left and only 20 in the right hand top quadrant. This starts to show how socio-economic status can be a factor in winning. However, as we look at the bottom left corner, which shows a losing season and less than 50% receive free lunches(108), compared to a losing season and 50% more students receive free lunches(28) in the bottom right corner. This shows us that winning or losing may not be correlated to socio-economic status. Check out the page below and use filters to sort by:

https://www.therostermonster.com/WinningVsEconomics.aspx

-Class
-Season
- Winning %
-Sport (more coming soon)

The second graph, is the same as above, but in a table format and show the exact numbers of #teams, free lunch count, total enrolled students, and percent of those that receive free lunches.

https://www.therostermonster.com/WinningVsEconomics.aspx

The 3rd graph gives us an easy-to-understand bar graph view of all the classes side by side. If we look at 8-Player, Class A, 1A, and 2A winning teams and losing teams with low free lunches are about even. As you get into Class 3A and 4A, those numbers start to trend in opposite directions.

https://www.therostermonster.com/WinningVsEconomics.aspx

Based off the data, there is no clear cut conclusion of what the right decision is regarding de-classifying teams based on socio-economic status. Look toward our next article on what we think should be done.

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NEW WAUKEE SCHOOL EQUATES TO MORE OPPORTUNITIES


Waukee is the fastest growing school district in Iowa with an additional 2,311 students between 2013 and fall 2018.  With the new growth, Waukee is opening a new high school, Waukee Northwest in the fall of 2021.  To get an insight on the impact of the new high school would have on athletics I talked with Jim Duea, Athletic Director for Waukee.  "Obviously, the opportunities for athletic and fine arts participation will essentially double for our students."

When asked about the potential loss of competitiveness due to essentially spreading the most talented athletes across two schools Duea responded, "I think one of the reasons for our success in recent years has been a result of high participation numbers.  Cutting those numbers in half will have an affect on us from a competitive standpoint, but I think we will still have the ability to be successful in many sports.  The success of both of our middle schools would indicate that we will be able to be competitive in both high schools."

In the past decade there has been a trend of kids attending a smaller district for the opportunity for more playing time.  Between 1990 and early 2000s, kids attending WDM Valley would attend Waukee for the opportunity for more playing time.  Since then, athletes have migrated from Waukee school district to a smaller setting for the chance of more playing time.  With the new school, hopefully this will end the trend and athletes will have the opportunity they seek.

There are many opportunities to expanding to 2 schools, one of the biggest is meaningful participation.   "I think we have tried hard and done a pretty good job of offering participation opportunities for all of our athletes, but often times that was in a JV or JV2 setting.  Now many of those JV athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the varsity level" said Duea.  

Often with adding an additional school, challenges will appear and hurdles to appear.  When I addressed the question to Duea, he responded, "In some cases, handling adversity and less success will be difficult.  We have been fortunate in recent years to have a tremendous amount of success at the conference and state level.  That will not come as easy with two athletic programs. A challenge for the new high school will be establishing its own identity and culture."

With the new high school, opportunities for greater participation and successfully handling growth will be exciting for athletes and will be a positive for the continued growth of Waukee.  

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HEAT TRAINING


As summer training for the off-season ramps up and training camps for fall sports start in the upcoming weeks, it's important to conscientiousness of the importance of hydration and taking care of yourself during the peak heat season.  A lot of athletes try to 'tough' it out and fight through it.  Doing this will leave you feeling like garbage and hurt your performance.  As an endurance athlete,  I've under hydrated and get turned sideways and struggle to get back on track or endure an unneeded sufferfest.   Essentially, not getting enough water causes your blood to thicken which causes your heart to work harder and beat faster.  If your training dehydrated, your performance will suffer.

So, let's go over the signs of dehydration,:

- headaches
- nausea
- muscle cramping
- elevated heart rate
- dizziness
- fatigue
- stomach issues(feeling terrible)

So, how can you prevent dehydration:

- train in the morning or evening
- consistent water breaks - waiting til your thirsty is too late
- When you're not training, drink often.  
- A good way to tell if you're hydrated is looking at your urine, the clearer the better
-  Pre-workout and post workout include a drink with electrolytes like Gatorade or Powerade.  I prefer Nuun.  Lots of flavors and it doesn't bog you down like the other sports drink might.
- Listen to your body.

A good test to see if you're drinking enough during training is to weigh yourself with minimal clothes on before your workout.  After your workout, weigh yourself again the same way you did pre-workout.  You should be 1-2 lbs within your initial weight.  Here is an example:

Pre-workout weight: 175 lbs

Post workout weight: 172 lbs
During workout: drank 32 ounces of water = 2 lbs

Final workout weight = 174

If you're under 2 lbs, you're not hydrating enough.

Good luck training and have a great 2019-2020 season.


 

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JOHNSTON BASEBALL AIMING FOR ANOTHER STATE TITLE


Johnston's baseball team is one the best in the state with a #1 ranking in Class 4A with a 19-3 record and playing in one of the toughest conferences in the state, the CIML.  After missing the repeat of the 2017 championship team, they're focusing on getting back to the top this season.  They attribute their success this season to the work they put in the offseason and the daily decisions they make as a team to improve.  

As far as conference play goes, Johnston knows that every game is a battle and  every team has 1 or 2 players that can dominate the mound in any given game.  The focus is is not taking the day off on any given game and to keep focused on the end goal.

This team doesn't need any extra motivation according to Johnston's coach, Michael Barta.  "They have a clear goal and understand what it takes to get it done".  

 Johnston currently ranks 2nd in the state in home runs with 22, 6th with 230 hits and 4 in RBIs with 206.  The strength of this team is veteran leadership - particularly Peyton Williams and Andrew Nord.  Both of these guys have experience at the highest level with 3 state tourney appearances and 1 state championship.  Another competitive advantage Johnston possesses is a strong competitive mindset and desire to compete on a daily basis.

Coach Barta sets the mindset for the team to "outwork everyone on our schedule, bring energy to the ballpark, and represent our school and town in a way previous players would be proud of".

 Be sure to check out Johnston's team page to learn more - Johnston Baseball Team Page

 

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WAUKEE SOFTBALL - ONE TEAM, ONE MISSION


Waukee softball is having an incredible 2019 season with a 23-1 overall record, 16-1 in conference play and ranked #1 in Class 5A.  They are also ranked 2nd in the state in hits with 311 hits and 4th in RBIs with 204.   Coach Eby's team focuses on a team centric culture. "We attribute our success this year to the team's ability to focus on the team instead of individual success.  We talk about the progression and journey to get were we want to be.".  

The CIML is one of the toughest conferences in the state and each team comes in ready to win every night.  Waukee's focus is the be consistently mentally and physically ready for every game.  They also attribute their success to not overlooking anyone.

Waukee's strength is their infectious energy in the dugout and the field.  All the players are on the same page with their goals and the road map of how to achieve those goals.  

With a mission of 'One Team, One Mission, 84.7, they are destined to do great things in the road to a state championship.  The 84.7 is the distance between Waukee and Fort Dodge.

Check out Waukee's Team Page

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THE SUCCESS OF NORTH LINN BASEBALL


The 2019 North Linn Baseball team is currently 25-1 with their lone loss to Beckman, Dysrville.  North Linn has multi-sports athletes that understand what it takes to compete at a high-level consistently day in and day out.  The team is so successful because of the big game experience of the current roster and excellent team leadership which is spearheaded by Jake Hilmer, arguably the best player in the state.  When you look at the team, they are leading in almost all categories including hits(288), RBIs(217), and 3rd in stolen bases with 150.  

On the individual level, 4 players from North LInn lead the state in hits. Jake Hilmer(51), David Seber(43), Austin Hilmer(42) and Travor Boge(41).  Jake also leads the state in stolen bases with 42.  These players also often show up on our 'Top Performers of the Week'.

The strength of the team is pitching.  "We have a lot of kids coming back this year with experience.  We can go deeper than most small schools can with our pitching staff and we have the luxury of having 4 or 5 kids we can throw out there in any game and know they will compete and give us a chance to win on any given night." says Coach Griff, North Linn's head coach.  

The team is currently heading into Tri-Rivers conference play with a lot of challenges ahead of them with formidable opponents such as Calamus Wheatland, Alburnett, and Midland.  The Tri-Rivers is a strong conference and it would be a huge accomplishment to come out on top.

Check out their Team Page for more information, including schedules, rosters, box scores, game previews, and more.

Thanks for reading

 

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ASHYLN KEENEY'S BATTLE WITH CELIAC DISEASE


Freshman Ashlyn Keeney is a phenomenal track star for Iowa City, Liberty.  Ashlyn ranks 1st in the 1500 and 3000 with times of 4:32:.98 and 9:39:64 respectively.  She also ranks 2nd in the 800 with a time of 2:09.99.  She has been running with Iowa Speed for the past 8 years.

In 2016 Ashlyn was diagnosed with Celiac disease.  Celiac disease is the inability to absorb  nutrients in foods with gluten and can lead to malnourishment and loss of bone density.  The challenges it arises for Asylyn is she needs to be sure to finds gluten free foods while travelling with the team.  If she accidentally has food with gluten it would slow her down and maybe not allow her to run at all.

Luckily, if Ashlyn stays gluten-free her training and racing is not effected at all.  She has incredible support from her family, friends and coaches.  Her friends always remind her, "Wait! is that gluten free" and her coaches and family help her to find gluten free snacks and places to eat.

Ashlyln is so positive and considers it more on an inconvenience than an adversity. "I try and stay positive, push through, and learn from the experience". Be sure to check out Ashlyn's profile here

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WAUKEE CLINCHES 3A TITLE


For the 2nd consecutive season, Waukee has won the 3A State Boys Soccer tournament and caps off a perfect 23-0 win.  CJ Coppola, Edi Cokovic, and Justin Crawmer all had 1 goal a piece to seal the 3-1 victory.  '

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DRAKE RELAYS - GIRLS


The Drake Relays is a annual meet that brings the top talent in the state of Iowa and across the globe for great races. The Blue Oval has been a staple for the Des Moines area for many years.  On a picture perfect day on Friday and less than ideal day on Saturday with high winds and rain, the athletes came to compete.  Let's take a look at the winners for girls

 

100 Meter Hurdles - Darby Thomas - 14:30
100 Meter Dash - Kerris Roberts - 11:82
800 Meter - Mackenzie Michael - 2:09:88  
400 Meter Hurdles = Janette Schraft - 1:03:21
1500 Meter Run - Marie Hostetler - 4:38:14

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CIML 3RD ROUND PLAYOFF PREVIEW


Ankeny Centennial vs Dowling Catholic

 Round 2 of Ankeny Centennial vs Dowling at the UNI-Dome is going to be one for the ages.   Centennial gave Dowling it’s only loss this year back on 10/13 with a score of 22-19.  Since that game, both teams have gone on to be undefeated and dominating teams on their way.  Dowling’s offense is outputting 575 of total offense and relies heavily on Blake Clark who is averaging almost 6 yards a carry and Teagan Johnson who averages 8.71 yards a carry to get their usual 306 yards on the ground.  Dowling also has a reputable passing game averaging 170 yards a game. Blake Clark is playing ‘lights out’ at QB with a 250 QB rating.

 Centennial comes into the game averaging 430 yard a game with a majority of their yards, 275, on the ground.  I would expect Gabe Goodwin, who averages 6 yards a carry, and Jensen Gates, who averages 11 yards carry, to grind out the yards on the ground. Chance Gibbons will lead the passing game. He’s averaging 71 yards a game with a QB rating of 120.

 

Both defenses are absolutely suffocating offenses.  Centennial’s defense only gives us 308 yards a game while Dowling is only allowing 288 yards a game.

 This is going to a ground and pound game with defenses holding their ground.  If Centennial can contain Blake Clark this is going to be anyone’s game.

 

Ankeny Centennial vs Dowling Catholic Game Preview by the Numbers

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CIML 2ND ROUND PLAYOFF PREVIEWS


Johnston vs Dowling Catholic

Dowling, 9-1, is coming into this matchup as first in the CIML in offense averaging 595 yards and defense, only allowing 288 yards.  Johnston, also 7-1, is averaging 396 yards on offense and allowing 362 yards on defense.  Both teams rely heavily on the run game.  Dowling’s ground and pound game is averaging 321 yards a game behind Jayson Murray (8.71 YPC avg) and Blake Clark (7 YPC avg).  Blake Clark is also averaging 162 passing yards a game with a QB rating of 253.  Johnston’s averages about 250 yards on the ground.  Johnston’s offense will rely heavily on Andrew Nord (6.88 YPC avg) and Nuutele Davis (5.25 YPC avg) to carry the workload.  Andrew Nord is a is also passing for close to 100 yards a game and has a QB rating of 135.  This is going to be a great, grind-it-out type of game between two teams with a solid rushing attack and defenses that can hold their own.

 Johnston vs Dowling Game Preview By the Numbers

 
Lewis Central vs Ankeny Centennial

 Lewis Central is coming into this game at 9-1 and Centennial is sitting at 8-2.  Centennial is averaging 420 yards a game on offense and holding opposing defenses to 308 yards a game.  Centennial’s game plan  will be a run by committee ground attack.  The 4 primary backs are Jensen Gates, Chance Gibbons, Gabe Godwin and Zach Mills.  Lewis Central is averaging 406 yards a game on offense and only giving up 292 yards on defense. Lewis’ Central’s ground game is based on the ability of dual QB Max Duggan who is averaging 6.18 yard a carry. He will get some help from DeAnthony Bridgeford who is averaging 6.2 yards a carry.  On paper, these teams match up pretty evenly and will be based on who can stop the run most effectively. 

 Lewis Central vs Ankeny Centennial Game Preview By the Numbers

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