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Letter from the IABC President
I’m excited to open this newsletter with a review of 2017– an amazing year! Your membership has helped us support great projects that benefit the student-athletes in Indianola!
First and foremost, I want to extend a personal thank you to all of YOU. This year we surpassed 600 members and, in 2018, we are aiming even higher. We also added a business sponsorship program and, in our first year, signed up 30 companies. This new source of funds has allowed us to achieve some of our goals on an accelerated schedule.
Here are some highlights of the year’s accomplishments:
Last spring, IABC provided $300 awards towards college book money to 13 deserving seniors. IABC is proud to continue to support our well-rounded young people as they venture off to college!
Based on feedback from school teams, our annual Chris Street Memorial Basketball Tournament was modified from a two-day to a one-day tourney. The change has been well-received, and we were able to add an additional date, increasing funds raised from this great event. The next Chris Street Tourney is January 13th. It takes a small village to pull off a great event like this, so please let us know if you’d like to help out. Shifts are not labor-intensive and you get to watch some great basketball!
Our annual Membership Appreciation dinner was held at one of the early home football games and continues to be a fun and successful way for us to give back to members for supporting the Booster Club’s mission. Make sure you visit our website and renew your membership so you can enjoy a meal with us at the Membership Appreciation dinner in the fall!
Newly installed video menu boards at our concession locations provide flexibility in pricing, increased awareness of specials, and have opened up a new revenue source ripe with advertising possibilities for our business sponsors.
IABC donated the very nice video board in the North Gym of the high school. Besides bringing excitement to our events, like the menu boards, this technology opened up new advertising revenue sources to support the many projects we have in the works.
This one is very exciting… IABC was approached by a group of motivated IHS Class of 2017 seniors who wanted to do something special before graduating–to erect a massive flag over the Stadium. IABC helped coordinate the effort and ensured a successful project. It’s a really awesome flag and a perfect final touch on an amazing facility. It’s great to see this kind of energy from our student body, and IABC is proud to support our kids in great ideas like this!
Last but certainly not least, IABC completely reinvented our member communication process. Our goal is to make IABC a collaborative community of people sharing a common interest, and we realized we needed better, more modern tools to do that. From indianolaathletics.com you can manage your membership, buy spirit gear, interact with the board and other members, sign up to help at events, and much more. We are working closely with the Athletic Office to make this site a destination for all things Indianola athletics. Please check it out when you’re renewing your membership for this year.
The Indianola Athletic Booster Club is stronger than ever.
Our board is amazing and continues to get better.
If you’d like to be more involved, reach out, we’re always looking for great people. It’s truly a pleasure to serve this amazing organization, and I can’t thank you enough for your support of the student-athletes of Indianola.
Each of you should take great pride in the progress your membership is enabling. It’s a GREAT time to be part of Indianola Athletics.
Mike Vesey, President
We are 628 members strong! Thank you for your support, Indianola Community!
More exciting news…the Business Sponsor program has been very well-received! For the 1st year, our goal was to have 20 total businesses. We are proud to announce we are up to 30. Thank you to our sponsors:
Purple Sponsors ($500):
Berg Audio & Video, Caseys, DDVI, DHl Graphix, Herberger Construction, Miller Electric, Optometric Associates, Sports Page and TruBank.
Gold Sponsors ($250):
A&W, Back Porch Investments, Better Homes & Gardens Innovations, Countryview Land and Home Care, Edward Jones-Andy Leech, Edward Jones-Grant McGraw, Edward Jones-Kerri Blake, Edward Jones-Kim Guilford, Edward Jones-Todd Lappe, Elcock Law Firm, Gary Coleman-CPA, Hizer ProFlooring, Hy-Vee, Indianola Country Club, Indianola Physical Therapy, Karey Bishop-Iowa Realty, Lula Belle, Moffitt Trenching, Nancy Laxton-Iowa Realty, The Wash Barn, and Vanderpool Construction.
Thank YOU for showing your support with your IABC membership. You are making a difference for our athletes, coaches and programs!
Karey Bishop – Membership Chair
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Wrestling – Clint Manny
We were very pleased with the growth that our young wrestlers showed. Although we still struggled to find wins at some weights, there were a lot of kids who gained valuable experience at the varsity level. This will hopefully transfer to future successes for these individuals, as well as our team. We spent a lot of time on basic fundamentals and performing simple techniques the right way every time. We finished the season 3rd in the LHC and had three individual champions; Josh Barretta, Reece Bowlin, and Logan Edwards.
We were very fortunate to have a senior wrestler, Reece Bowlin, perform very well at the state tournament. He finished his senior season with a 40-6 record and compiled 23 points all by himself at the state tournament as our lone qualifier. Reece finished all four years as an Ironman as he did not miss a single practice in four years. This is definitely a testament to his commitment and dedication, and it was rewarding as a coach to see his hard work pay off as he earned runner-up at the state meet.
Boys Basketball – Brett Watson
The Indianola boys basketball team finished the 2017-18 season with an overall record of 15-8. Atop an impressive 3rd place finish in the Little Hawkeye Conference (8-6 record), this is the first time in over 10 years the team has finished a season with over a .500 record. Also noteworthy, we finished 11-3 in games decided by single digits; we posted a 4-1 regular season record against CIML opponents; and we currently hold a 9-game winning streak at home. Two of our most significant wins were against Norwalk and Oskaloosa, state qualifying teams.
For the first time in over a decade, we placed a player on either the 1st or 2nd All Conference team. Evan Gauger was voted 1st team All-Conference (unanimous), and Quinn Vesey received 2nd team All-Conference honors while Jack Orwig and Brady Held were Honorable Mention All-Conference. We also had nine named to the LHC Academic All-Conference team with three earning LHC Senior Scholars awards.
Girls Basketball – Bert Hanson
The 2017-18 Indians had a very successful season, finishing 21-4 overall and claiming the Little Hawkeye Conference title for the second consecutive year with a 14-0 record. The Indians were led by four First Team All-Stater, Grace Berg. Berg finished her outstanding career as the Indians all-time leading scorer (1784 pts.), four time unanimous All-Conference performer, two straight years on the All-State Tournament team, two years as an All-Iowa Elite player, and was chosen by the Des Moines Register as one of the Top 50 Players of All-Time in Iowa Girls High School basketball. As a junior, Berg set the single game scoring record in the girl’s state tournament with 36 points. She led her team to a record of 86-12 over her four years, including 52-0 in conference play. The Indians qualified for the state tournament all four years, finishing in the final four the past two years. She helped her team to an undefeated regular season her junior year.
The Indians were also led by junior Maggie McGraw. McGraw was a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection for the third straight year and a three-time All-State performer. She averaged over 18 points per game and passed the 1,000-career point total during the season. Maggie has been selected as an Elite Iowa player the past two seasons by the Des Moines Register. She was very instrumental in establishing the impressive team totals already mentioned. McGraw was outstanding in both the regional final game and the first round of the state tournament.
Maddie Sorensen led her team in assists this past season and also passed the 1,000-point mark in her high school career. She was chosen first team All-Conference by the Little Hawkeye Conference coaches.
Carrington Kuehl finished her career as a four-year starter and letter-winner. Her forte was defense and she was a valuable asset to achieving the team records of the past four years as was Liza Lathrum, a first-year starter and second year letter-winner. Both Carrington and Lathrum were Honorable Mention All-Conference performers.
This group of Indians provided their fans with many exciting moments this season. Injuries marred the start of the season, but once they hit their stride they never looked back, winning their last 13 games before losing in the state semi-finals. Highlights included beating Grinnell (runner-up in Class 4A) twice for the conference title, avenging an earlier loss to Southeast Polk on their floor in the regional final, and upsetting #2 ranked Cedar Falls in the state quarterfinals. It was a fine season with an outstanding group of young women!
Coach: Jeremy Reinert
Since joining the team in November, I have been nothing but impressed with the commitment I have seen from the Indianola soccer community. We have a talented group that is hungry and determined to attack our goals this season.
We will be driven by ten seniors that have bought in to establishing the framework for continued success. This is a special group that have played together for several years. Leadership skills were obvious early on, but what I am most impressed with is their individuality to achieve their goals after graduation. Our underclassmen are incredibly fortunate to learn what it is to be successful from this group of seniors.
Our sophomore and juniors are also motivated to continue to develop as soccer players and as a team. Some return this season with varsity experience while others have clearly been working hard to earn a more prominent role in our program. This group is full of what I call soccer “junkies.” They are often the first ones to practices and the last ones to leave. People familiar with any sport know that grinders are essential for any program to experience success. This bodes exceptionally well for the direction we are headed!
Finally, our freshmen class rounds out our program. There are currently sixteen 9th-graders out for soccer, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that number continues to rise. This group is talented, hungry, and balanced, positionally. If they put in the work and learn from the groups ahead of them, I believe they will change the landscape of Indianola soccer at the regional and state level!
Thank you all for your support of the Indianola Girls’ Soccer Program. I am elated to be back in the Indianola community and can’t wait to get to work!
Coach: Rita Bunting
The girls golf team returns four letter-winners from last year, including seniors Maddy Wedmore and Abby Sheffer, and sophomores Anna Marvelli and Maddie Hayes. As a team, we placed 3rd at the conference tournament last year and Wedmore and Marvelli earned All-Conference honors. We look forward to opening up our season at Beaver Creek against DCG on April 10th!
Coach: Kevin Huss
We have a quality group of girls, including seven varsity letter-winners, coming back to open the 2018 Girls Tennis Season. The leadership demonstrated by these returners will allow our team to build on the success from last year as we seek to improve on our 4-2 conference record.
The Indians will be hosting the Little Hawkeye Conference Tournament on May 7 at 10:00 a.m. We encourage our fans to come out and cheer on the Indians as will be a great opportunity to take in some outstanding girls tennis on our amazing new courts.
Coach: Jamie Busby
The Indianola Boys Tennis team is excited for the spring sports season to roll around as we are returning eight of our top ten players from last season. Last year in our inaugural season in the LHC, we finished with a 5-5 dual meet record. Two of the defeats came in barn-burner fashion with the Indians losing the meets, 5-6. In addition to a solid dual meet record in 2017, we advanced to the preliminary sub-state meet for the first time since 2013, losing a close one to Ottumwa in the match. We plan to use the late success from last year to kick off the 2018 season.
Big things are expected from senior Jack Langenwalter, our returning #1 singles player who finished last season with a competitive 7-3 singles record. In singles play Langenwalter will be accompanied by junior returners Colton Miller and Jax Mahlstadt and returning sophomore Christian Jauron. We are expecting the doubles guys from last year to step up and fill the two spots in our singles roster. Senior Casey Coghlan and juniors Brayden Upchurch, Matthew Beals, and Joe Westlake all had great success in doubles play last year and are ready to compete.
The goal for this season is to be contenders for the Little Hawkeye Conference Tournament Championship and improve upon our 4th place finish in the highly contested 2017 tournament. The boys tennis team has been fortunate to be on the receiving end of several very generous contributions from the Indianola Athletic Booster Club over the last few years. We hope to have fans fill the stands of our beautiful state-of-the-art tennis complex. Thank you to the IABC board and members – GO INDIANS!
Girls Track & Field
Coach: Kim Arndt
The Indianola girls track and field team is excited to begin the 2018 season. We lost a solid State Meet scorer in Anna Hoyman, but coach Curtis assures that there is some great young talent on the rise! Returning are several State Meet qualifiers from last season: seniors Grace Berg, Hannah Burrows, and Celia Askelsen, juniors Leah Blake and Jadyn Forbes and sophomores Kassie Baker, Bailey Blake, and Lexi Pollock. These ladies have all improved, and it appears we will get some solid help from our freshmen! We are all very excited to be hosting the Little Hawkeye Conference meet this year on May 1st.