Jayden Stafford was born with Spina Bifida, but that doesn’t stop him from playing the game he loves. Jayden. a freshman at Mid-Prairie, spends a lot of time in the Wellman middle school gym perfecting his shot.
Center Point-Urbana senior Eli Larson pounds the pavement mile after mile so he can be the best runner he can be. It’s paid off... seven times. Eli broke seven meet records this year and capped it off with a second place finish at the state meet.
Williamsburg senior receiver Jake Weber is putting video game numbers in his Senior season. Jake has a 1271 all purpose yards and a whopping 15 touchdown catches to go along with 5 picks on defense. When Jake scores one of those touchdowns he points to the sky to his old buddy Tate Schaeffer. Tater-tough passed away at age 13 last March after a two year battle with DIPG.
Union’s Elle Rathe didn’t even start her running until her sophomore year of high school. Two years later she is the leader of the pack. Elle cruised to a win at the 2A qualifying meet Thursday at Anamosa, punching her ticket to the state championships.
Linn-Mar Senior Cam Guenther is a real ironman. He does it all for the Lions, with five touchdown catches, punt return touchdowns, a 5A leading six interceptions and two pick-sixes. His Lions are 6-1 with a shot at hosting a state playoff game,
Kennedy Senior diver Audrey Leno is a 2 time state qualifier. She is ranked in the top 7 in the state again this year after perfecting some big dives, including a 49.5 on an inward half tuck dive. Every day she sets new personal records.
West Liberty Senior Macy Daufeldt is an amazing athlete. She won a state long jump title as a freshman, and she’s now a killing machine on the volleyball court. Daufeldt has a school record 1400 kills her career for the undefeated Comets.
Solon Junior Quarterback Blake Timmons can beat you with his legs or his arm. In just 2 games Blake has 297 yards passing and 4 touchdowns, and 227 on the ground for 3 more scores for the 2-0 Spartans.
Tipton Senior Cody Koch is just happy to back in a football uniform after that day in July of 2020, when he dove in head first in his parents pond. Cody spent 6 days at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital. When he looked down at Kinnick Stadium, he said he knew he’d play again.
We battled through the Pandemic and the Derecho and still managed to have another great year for the Athlete of the Week program, sponsored Cedar Rapids Toyota. Here is a look back at our 37 winners this season.
Wash senior Grayson Zylstra is ending his high school career with a bang. Zylstra switched to singles play this year and is 18-1 playing in the number one spot for the Warriors. Zylstra, who will play at DePauw University next year, has worked really hard his game to be one of the top players in the state.
After winning a state doubles title two years ago and leading her team to a team championship, Xavier Senior Miyako Coffey switched to singles play this season and has been just as dominating, looking to add more hardware to her collection at the state championships.