As time passes, memories of many great feats and accomplishments tend to fade with the years. However, one of the most remarkable athletic achievements in IHS history is still very vivid ten years later. In March, 2001, the Indianola boys’ basketball team became a team of destiny and took the whole community on an extraordinary ride. After losing twice during the regular season to conference rival Urbandale, the Indians met the Jayhawks a third time in the championship game of the state tournament. With great focus and determination, the Indians won the third meeting and claimed the school’s first state title.
Just as a great football team needs an outstanding quarterback, the Indians were in great hands during the 2000-2001 season due to the play of their talented sophomore point guard, Josh Baker. As a four year starter for Coach Bert Hanson, Josh set school records for assists in a game (15), season (176) and career (527). Other accolades earned by Josh were being recognized as an all-conference player four straight years, team captain both his junior and senior seasons, and team MVP his senior year. In addition to his outstanding basketball career, Josh also was a 2 time all-conference performer on the baseball diamond.
Josh thanks former coaches Bert Hanson, Ken Beane, Jim Blythe and Wes Creason for their guidance during his years at IHS. Josh is especially thankful for the influence of his father, who coached him throughout his life and all his teammates during his four years as an Indian. Josh’s parents are Dan and Betsey Baker. He is a 2007 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Biology. He currently lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is employed as a construction company sales representative.