Letter from the president:

Hello Indian fans –

The baseball and softball programs had a great summer and our Fall sports teams are already off to a fast start! The Indianola Athletic Booster Club (IABC) is also off to a fast start toward our goal of reaching 700 members and 40 business sponsors. Our annual IABC Golf Outing in August set a new record for money raised and our Membership Appreciation dinner was a huge success, despite some challenges from Mother Nature. Our first of three Chris Street Memorial Basketball tournaments is right around the corner. None of this could happen without the time and effort put in by all of you who support our athletes. Thank you!!

The IABC is the primary funding source for our athletes and our programs. If you are not yet a member of the IABC, I would like you to consider joining our team. You can become a member right on this website – Indianolaathletics.com.

Thank you again for all of your support and GO INDIANS!!

Andy Leech
IABC President


Greetings, IABC members!

I am proud to be serving as the new membership chair for the IABC! My husband Will and I, along with our three children Cooper, Maggie, and Wesley, love this community and all that it has to offer. Both Will and I are teachers in the disctrict and enjoy being involved in various activities and organizations around town. Interacting with community members on a weekly basis through the membership chair role is a great joy and honor for me!
Thanks to all of you who made the decision to be IABC members this year. We are already close to meeting our 2018-19 membership goal! We are aiming for 700 members this year. Currently we stand just shy of 600 members, but it is only September—think of how far we can go this school year! It is also our mission to reach every parent of every athlete. We want each and every one of them to be members of the IABC. Our sports representatives will be attending parent meetings throughout the year to encourage non-members to sign up.

We are in year two of our business sponsorship program and feel so grateful for the supportive businesses around town. Our goal for this year is to secure 40 business sponsors; we currently stand at 24. Do you know of a business owner who might be interested in being an IABC sponsor? We’d love to hear from you! Finally, we hope you will pay close attention to the video board at the next home event. We were proud to debut our new IABC promo video at last week’s home game and membership appreciation night. Great things are happening for our athletes and programs thanks to all of you! Your commitment to the IABC is greatly appreciated.

As always, Go Indians!


Kati Nailor, Membership Chair

Mark your calendars
November 17, December 8, and
January 12

Upcoming Chris Street tourney dates

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Summer Sports Recap

Baseball – Casey Aldridge
The boys of summer finished their season with over 30 wins for the second year in a row. The 13 seniors finished their careers by accumulating a combined two-year record of 65-13, and a four-year record of 102-54. The 2018 squad’s 34-4 record is three wins better than last season, making it the best record for the program in over 20 years. Only two years into the Little Hawkeye Conference, the team boasted back to back conference championships with a 19-2 record. The season ended in thrilling style with a #1 seed in substate play and an appearance in the substate final game, a feat not accomplished since 2010. While the Indians ended their season with a loss, denying them a run at the state championship, they claimed the best overall record in class 4A and were ranked in the top ten all season. We want to thank the 13 seniors (Brady Held, Brendan Sher, Duncan Davitt, Teyt Johnson, Ben Krapfl, Tyler Moran, Cody Buckner, Breaden Graham, Chayton Reif, Logan Edwards, Joe Jensen, Carter Berkey, and Chris Anderson) who played their last summer as Indians for their dedication and hard work to this program, school, and community.

End of season recognition:
All Conference Academic Honors (3.50 GPA or higher):

  • Joe Jensen
  • Dallas Jackson
  • Teyt Johnson
  • Ben Krapfl
  • Tyler Moran
  • Carter Berkey

All Conference Senior Scholar Awards (3.75 GPA or higher):

  • Joe Jensen
  • Ben Krapfl
  • Tyler Moran

All Conference – Honorable Mention

  • Joe Jensen
  • Tyler Moran

All Conference- 2nd team

  • Infield – Ben Krapfl
  • Catcher – Chayton Reif

All Conference- 1st team

  • Outfield – Brady Held
  • Infield – Teyt Johnson
  • Infield – Brendan Sher
  • Pitcher – Duncan Davitt

All District- 2nd team

  • Catcher – Chayton Reif
  • 2nd base – Teyt Johnson

All District- 1st team

  • Pitcher – Duncan Davitt
  • SS – Brendan Sher
  • Utility – Brady Held

All State- Super Team

  • Brendan Sher
  • Duncan Davitt

2018 All Iowa Player of the Year

  • Brendan Sher


Softball – Stacy Evans

Following the 2017 summer season, the girls began “Fall Ball” play and traveled to multiple tournaments over the next few months. In early December we progressed into winter workouts and pitching and catching routines, followed by “Spring Season” and finally the intense run to the summer state tournament. The 36-member team had several highlights with wins against metro schools and a first-place finish in the Little Hawkeye conference. The Varsity boasted an undefeated 19-0 conference record and a regular season record of 36-4. The JV (12-0-1 in conference and 18-1-1 overall) and Freshman teams (19-2 in conference) also turned in very successful seasons. We faced some of the best teams in the state (including four eventual state-qualifiers) to prepare us for a great post-season run.

We received a first-round bye in district play, then outscored Ankeny Centennial in game two to get to the district final game in which we played an outstanding Ottumwa team. That high-stakes game ended with a walk-off homerun, sending us back to Ft. Dodge. Our post season run continued by outscoring Dubuque Hempstead (first-round) and Cedar Rapids Jefferson (second-round).  Senior pitcher Sydney Sickels struck out 17 batters in the second-round game, setting a new state softball record. Brooke Tucker (junior), Kate Kralik (freshman), and Destiny Lewis (freshman) rounded out the pitching staff for the Indians. Our final contest for the season was the broadcast for the state title. Unfortunately, the Indians fell short to a great team, Pleasant Valley, and were awarded state runner-up status.

The girls were remarkable! It was another captivating season that showcased exceptional talent and grit! Their competitive spirit overcame any doubt that they would accomplish great things. While the Indians had reached as high as third in regular season rankings, they bested the predictions and brought home the runner-up title. We had a strong group of seven seniors leading this group. They will be missed. It will be exciting to watch the remaining girls grow as players and teammates as they continue their athletic careers and contribute to the success of the program. The 2018 season was yet another great run for the girls, staff and the community. The Indianola fans turned out in droves to support the girls….One tribe Y’all!!!!

The project to resurface the field will start this fall as well as work to improve the bullpen area and the batting cages, making them more useful and safer. We will continue to compete in the fall and spring with two traveling teams. Winter hitting will take place in conjunction with speed, agility, and strength training and our pitchers and catchers will start their workouts again in mid-January. We look forward to continuing our support of the Indianola Girls Fastpitch Association which gives Indianola youth the chance to play competitively and work on skills and fundamentals to build the next successful Indianola High School softball team. Coaches and athletes will host pitching and hitting clinics to foster the growth of future INDIANS and coaches (Head Coach Stacy Evans and Assistant Coaches Melisse Jacobson, Emily Sones, Jordan Huff) will continue to attend coaching clinics to improve and stay current with the game.

End of season recognition:

All Conference- 1st team

  • Sydney Sickels
  • Destiny Lewis
  • Parker Mathews
  • Emma Yenger

All Conference- 2nd team

  • Sammie Becker
  • Morgan Bolten

All Conference- Honorable Mention

  • Payton Andersen
  • Brooke Tucker

All District- 1st team

  • Sydney Sickels
  • Destiny Lewis

All State- 1st team

  • Sydney Sickels
  • Destiny Lewis

All State- 2nd team

  • Parker Mathews

Elite All State

  • Destiny Lewis

Elite All State- Honorable Mention

  • Sydney Sickels

Team Awards

  • Big Stick- Destiny Lewis
  • Golden Glove- Sammie Becker
  • Defensive play-maker- Parker Mathews
  • The Indian /Coaches- Sydney Sickels
  • Do It To- Payton Andersen
  • Homerun Club- Parker Mathews, Payton Andersen, Sammie Becker, Destiny Lewis, Emily Chaplin, Taylor Bowlin, Emma Yenger, and Brooke Tucker



Boys Golf
Coach: Gene Capps

The very successful 2017 squad placed third at the state golf meet and graduated five senior starters, including 2 medalist runner-ups. The fall 2018 season will launch a rebuilding year; however, we are excited to have the two returning players with Varsity experience, Grady Haynes and Tom Krapfl, leading this young team. The program’s numbers remain high and we are optimistic we can be competitive. Go Indians!


Coach: Eric Kluver

The 2018 Indianola Indian football team is off to a 3-0 start with wins over Hoover and Warren County rival, Norwalk, and Fort Dodge. The Indians will finish up the non-district portion of their schedule as they travel to Des Moines Lincoln. After that, district play will run to the end of the regular season as they travel to Ottumwa, host Mason City for homecoming on September 28, travel to Johnston, host Waukee and travel to Des Moines East.


Coach: Kent Halstead

The 2018 Varsity volleyball team is looking to compete at a high level during the week at our conference matches and to win some Saturday tournaments. We play in the very competitive Little Hawkeye conference which means we need to improve every day to win matches. Pella, Dallas Center Grimes, and Indianola are the teams to beat in the conference this season, and we are proud to announce that we took out Pella on September 4th in three games. At Indianola, we never take getting to play or coach school volleyball for granted. We will use our love of the game to motivate us to do the work it takes to win a conference title and keep improving all the way to a win in the regional final match to send us to the 5A State Volleyball tournament in Cedar Rapids!


Boys Cross Country
Coach: Kevin Barnes

In his 19th year at the helm, Head Coach Kevin Barnes leads four talented returning letter winners as well as a large group of new prospects through the roads and trails of Indianola in search of a Little Hawkeye conference title and a return trip to the 4A State Meet.

Senior Team Captain Eric Baldus (2017 All-Conference), Senior Team Captain Brock Elbert, Junior Team Captain Jeb Borgmeyer, and Sophomore Joseph DeWall look to reclaim their Varsity spots while Sophomore Wyatt Woodruff, Freshmen Curtis Johnson and Logan Hoger, and a host of other young men will pound the pavement in the hunt for wins against the tough Dallas Center Grimes, Grinnell, and Pella teams.


Girls Cross Country
Coach: Kim Arndt

The 2018 Girls Cross Country team will definitely miss Grace Berg, however, I believe we can make an honest run at a conference championship! We have some talented freshmen along with many experienced returners, so there should be a lot of competition for our varsity spots! Our returners are led by seniors Jadyn Forbes and Allison Coffey and juniors Bailey Blake and Ashley Rockhold. We are fortunate to host the regional meet at Pickard Park on Thursday, October 25th!


Girls Swimming
Coach: Tiffany Scovel

Last season the Indianola Girls Swimming team boasted a 7-3 season record, placed second in the conference, and broke four school records. Several more records are within our reach this season, including: the medley relay, 200 free relay, 50 free, 100 back, 100 breast and 100 fly. We plan on returning at least three individual events and two relays to the State Meet.

We are led by four Seniors: Taelor Derrickson, Kirsten Edwards, Kallista Peterson (Captain), and Hannah Riggs (Captain). Junior swimmers include: Sophie Bell, Madeline Green, Brooklyn Pottebaum, and Brittany Scovel. Sophomores, Kinsli Cram, Annalies Green, Hannah McFarland, Ava Jane Moorlach, and Emily Thompson, and Freshman: Ali Borgmeyer, Jorja Culver, Karlyn Parkins, Mara Bishop, Natalie Parkins, Shelby Wiese round out the roster.


Impulse Dance Team
Coach: Lindsay Taylor

It has been a busy season already for the Impulse Dance Team. We started practices the first week in June and practiced all throughout the summer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. These practices consisted of conditioning, technique work, and learning new choreography. We also attended UDA Camp at Iowa State University in early July. At camp the girls spent four days learning multiple routines and skills, worked on their technique, and participated in a number of team bonding activities.

Along with practice and camp, we did a few fundraisers throughout the summer, including selling cookie dough, hosting two car washes, and volunteering at the Warren County Fair in the Cattleman’s Stand.

This fall, we will be performing at each home Football game as well as at various school events such as school assemblies. We also will be doing a lot of fundraising to help secure funds for costumes, uniforms, competition fees, and more. Our main focus for the fall season, however, is preparing for the ISDTA State Dance Team Championships, one of the largest State competitions in the country. Impulse will bring three styles of routines – pom, jazz and lyrical – to Wells Fargo Arena in late November and will compete against schools from all over Iowa.