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JeffYoder, Sports Editor Thursday, March 24, 2016 SecfionB Eli Gingerich named to All, State second team Senior Guard Eli Gingerich capped off his basketball ca- reer with several more post- season honors. Gingerich was named to the Iowa Newspaper Association Class 1A All-State Second Team for the second year in a row. Gingerich was the first guard named to the second team this time around after being honored as a util- ity player a year ago. Several days prior to the release of the INA teams, Gingerich topped the AU-Substate team, which includes players from teams that made up Substate 4 in the postseason. Gingerich has also been se- lected to participate in two se- nior All-Star games. The first is the Elite Sports, USA East- ern Iowa All-Star Game on Wednesday, March 23 at Kirk- wood Community College, and tips off at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on KCRG TV 9.2. Gingerich will also partic- ipate in the three-point shoot- ing contest. Gingerich has also been se- lected to play in the statewide Iowa Basketball Coaches As- sociation All-Star Games on Saturday, March 26 at Dallas Center Grimes High School in Grimes, a Des Moines sub- urb. Gingerich will lace 'era up with the Southeast squad, which features players from all classes, as do all four teams. The Southeast team will play Southwest at 11:45 a.m. and then play in either the conso- lation (4:00 p.m.) or champion- ship (7:00 p.m.) Coach Dwight Gingerich said "these are really nice honors for Eli, and the all-star games are tremendous oppor- tunities to play with outstand- ing players from all classes. Eli has had a chance to play with or against a number of these guys in camps and AAU com- petition, so it should be a lot of ftm for him." Kalona Y Schedule The Mid-Prairie girls track team is looking to build off of an im- pressive 2015 State Track & Field Meet performance, with a solid core of returning runners. Sophomore Anna Hostetler fin- ished eighth in the 1500m run at state, with a personal record of 4:56.02 and finished ninth in the 3000m with a time of 11:01.74. Ear- lier in the season, Hostetler set a new Mid-Prairie record with a time of 10:41.72 on May 14 at Tip- ton. The Golden Hawks return all four members of the 4x800m relay, which placed nineteenth at the state meet with a season best 10:20.87. Mid-Prairie welcomes back three of four members from the 4xl00m, 4x200m, and Distance Medley Relays. Lexi Duwa will be running at Mount Mercy this year, but Emily Cayton, Ali Butters and Alex Rath return for sprint relays, which finished fifth and thirteenth last season. Rath also competed with the Distance Medley squad Mid-Prairie basketball coach Chris Kern announced his re- tirement from basketball at the team's banquet on Monday. Kern has spent the last four seasons as head coach after spending many years as assis- tant to Don Showalter. "The main reason (for retire- ment), is the time that I've put in," explained Kern, "you put your heart and soul into some- thing... It's a lot of hours in the summer, we do the summer league, we do workouts in the summer, it's a lot of time away from my family." As an assistant coach, Kern was involved with five state tournament teams, and coached two teams that included his sons. Kern coached with Don Showal- ter in a McDonald's All Ameri- can game, and the Capitol Clas- sic in Washington, D.C Kern Anna Hostetler featuring Greta Schmidt and Abby Tornow. Tornow also finished twenty-second in the 800m run. In all, 14 of the 20 members of the 2015 Mid-Prairie track team earned a trip to state as runners and alternates. The Mid-Prairie girls distance runners hope to build off of an eighth place finish in the state cross country meet in the fall. was a finalist for National As- sistant Coach of the Year in 2012. "I've had lot of highlights in my career at Mid-Prairie," said Kern. "The administration while I've been here has been abso- lutely great to deal with, parents through the years have been re- ally good." Basketball became more of a time commitment for Kern over the last 15 years as Showalter began to spend summers in- volved with USA basketball and other commitments. "For 30 years, I've been giving pretty much everything for Mid- Prairie basketball," said Kern. "It's going to be a change of life for me without basketball, I've never been at Mid-Prairie where I haven't been involved in basket- ball." Kern is planning to spend more time with his wife and fam- The Mid-Prairie boys return thrower Levi Duwa who finished ninth in the discus at state with a throw of 152'6" and tenth in the shot put witha toss of 51' 8.5." Du- wa's best throw of the season was 53' 5." State qualifiers Colin Weber and Jared Draper have graduated, and Isaiahn Powell has transferred after a ninth place finish in the long jump. "Levi Duwa is our only return. ing athlete with state track ex- perience, but seniors like Ryan Errthum and Luke Sigler have state cross country experience and we're getting great leader- ship from them," said Mid-Prairie Co-head track coach Aaron Flem- ing, "and we do have a good junior class as well." "Levi Duwa is a phenomenal athlete. Andrew Schwartz and Brent Foster are also two veteran mid-distance runners. Brent is a very vocal leader, and cracks the whip during practice and gets the guys going on their drills. That's ily, which includes parents, a son in Des Moines, a son coaching in Louisana and a grandson. "Its just some more time that I have do things that I haven't done," said Kern. "I've had a lot of success as an assistant coach, in my first two years (as head coach) we improved, the last two years haven't been what we wanted, but that certainly isn't why I retired." Also stepping down on Mon- day were assistant coaches Kelby Bender and Bud Bender, junior varsity coach Eric Grunder, and freshman coach Kaleb Duwa. "The thing I'm going to miss most is the relationship with the kids," said Kern. "I never want the kids to think I'm quitting on them." "I've had so many relation- ships through the years with alumni that come back, and something Brent has stepped up to as an upperclassman and that's re- ally good to see." "Newcomers to the track team include senior Luke Sigler, who has one cross country season under his belt. Floyd Evans in a sophomore who has run AAU track in the past, but is joining the high school team for the first time. "He'll make a big impact." Quinn Schmidt is freshman who is very talented and versatile. He could fit in anywhere from the 4x100 to the 4x800. He brings a lot of options. The Mid-Prairie boys' cross country team finished fourth at the state cross country meet in the fall, led by sophomore Peyton Miller and Stgler who finished twenty-second and twenty-third in Fort Dodge. "I'm very happy with the size of the group we have out," said Flem- ing, "t's the largest I've ever seen it, we're up around 35 guys, so its exciting to see that much energy in the program." "We have a lot more upperclass. Mid-Prairie head bas- ketball coach Chris Kern congratulates Golden Hawk senior Ben Stone in the fourth quarter of a game earlier in the season. Kern stepped down on Monday after a 30 year coaching career at Mid- Prairie. Ben Stone earned the Best Team Player award at Monday's banquet. it goes deeper than basketball with the kids. Its about mak- ing them successful people and having them come back and see the success that these kids have had in other things besides bas- ketball. You would like to think that you're teaching them about life as well as being a basketball player." Senior Nolan Faselt was named team MVP at the banquet and won awards for most as- sists and charges taken as well. Caleb Statler and Derek Rich shared the most improved player award and Statler also took best rebounder and the academic award. Ryan Cortum took best defensive player and the hustle award. Ben Stone earned best team player and Noah Alten- hofen took super sub. Practice player awards went to Nathan Reed and Carter Reinier. I, vi Duwa men than we have had before and a strong sophomore class as well, so we will definitely be more expe- rienced than we have been the last couple years. I think we're pretty deep talent-wise from sprints all the way up to the two-mile." Marshal Teets returns in the High Jump, where he finished sev- enth at the district meet last sea- son with a jump of 5'6." "We have some younger guys in- terested in the long jump as well," said Fleming. "I think it will be as deep a team as Mid-Prairie has had in a long time and that will have a positive impact on our team scores and momentum." Golden Hawk boys run at ISU Seven Golden Hawk athletes made the trip to Iowa State on Tuesday to take part in the Iowa State University High School In- door Classic in Ames. Competing for the first time of the season against some of the top track & field schools from all over the state, the Mid-Prairie athletes had a nice day. Levi Duwa placed sixth out of 105 throwers in the shot put with a distance of 49'2." Marshal Teets competed in the high jump and placed 22 out of 60 jumpers with a jump of 5'8." The Golden Hawks took two relays, both running well for this early in the season. The first relay on the track was the 4x800m with Floyd Evans, Luke Sigler, Ryan Errthum, and Pey- ton Miller. This relay finish thir- teenth overall out of 61 teams competing with a time of 8:46.47. The final relay of the meet for the Golden Hawks was the 4x400m medley. The relay featured Jack- son Young, Marshal Teets, Quinn Schmidt, and Peyton Miller and finished tenth out of 61 teams with a time of 3:54.61. Competing in individual run- ning events were Jackson Young and Quinn Schmidt. Jackson ran the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.02 placing him 121 out of 141 com- petitors. Quinn ran the 400 meter dash with a time of 55.72, placing him 54th out of 134 competitors. "This was a good meet to at- tend to get a check on our early season progress, where we are at in our training and what needs to be addressed to continue making progress towards mid season and end of season goals," said Co-head coach Stevel Hollan. Monday 4:30am Power Yoga w/Kim Tew (:60) 5:00am Quick Spin w/Andrea Duwa 10am Senior Fitness w/Marcus Hall 5:30pro Quick Spin w/Craig Tuesday 4:30am Kick Boxing w/Kim Tew 5:00am TBC w/Kelly Grout 5:30pm Butts'N Guts w/Lynn Rios 6:00pro Quick Spin w/Lynn Rios Wednesday 4:30am Power Yoga w/Kim Tew 5:00am Quick Spin w/Andrea Duwa 9:00am Quick Spin w/Craig 6:00pro Yoga w/Jenny Allen SPeas Friday 4:30am Power Yoga w/Kim Tew Signup for Y members is the week of March 21st/nonmembers signup is the week of March 28th!!! Contact the Y in Kalona at 656-2400 to sign up today! Iowa Mennonite School took four athletes to the Central Col- lege high school indoor track meet March 18. Sophomore Levi Geyer led the team with an eighth place finish in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:39 in his first high school track competition. Drake Brezina, who qualified for the state meet with a jump of 19'11" last year, placed in the top one third of the long jump. Brezina finished seventeenth with a jump of 17 feet 10.5 inches. Jim Wang and Jacob Boller both competed in the 60 and 200 meter dashes. The team will have it's first outdoor competition March 31 in Danville. Boys Results 3200m run: Levi Geyer 11:39.09 (8th) 6Om dash: Jim Wang 8.32 (122nd), Jacob Boller 6.77 (167th) 200m dash: Jim Wang 27.58 (122nd), Jacob Boller 29.74 (165th) Long Jump: Drake Brezina 17'10.5" (17th) The girls' track and field team made their presence known the following day in Pella. Ten ath- letes competed in a wide variety of events. Some highlights in- clude a twelfth place finish and personal best 1:08.68 in the 400 meter dash by Calli Shaw. Suzan- na Yoder placed thirty-eighth in the 60 meter dash out of 214 com- petitors. Rubye Ney placed nine- teenth in the 60 meter hurdles. Rachel Miller was two tenths of a second behind Ney in the 60 meter hurdles for twenty-seventh place. Miller also placed in the top third of the long jump with a best jump of 13 feet 9.5 inches. Emma Beachy threw a personal best in the shot put of 22 feet 10 inches. Miller, Taylor Guyer, Mackenzie Gutierrez and Yoder ran the 4 x 200 meter relay in 2:05.16 plac- ing twenty-ninth out of fifty-five teams. Shaw, Ney, Gonzales and Yoder teamed up in the 4 x 400 meter relay finishing 4:49.55 good for nineteenth place out of thirty- six teams. Avery Blauvelt compet- ed in the 1500 and 3000 meter runs while Jenna Boller sprinted the 60 and 200 meter dashes. "It was really good to get the season started after a full month of practice," said Coach Marty Gingerich. "It could be an excit- ing season for the girl's team this year." Girls Results 3000m: Avery Blauvelt 15:16.60 (15th) 60m dash: Snzanna Yoder 8.78 (38th), Mack- enzie Gutierrez 9.34 (110th), Jenna Boller 10.36 (190th) 400m dash: CaUi Shaw 1:08.68 (12th) 4x200m relay: Rachel Miller, Taylor Guyer, Mackenzie Gutierrez, Suzanna Yoder 2:05.16 (29th) 60m hurdles: Rubye Ney 10.68 (19th), Rachel Miller 10.68 (27th), Taylor Guyer 12.87 (92th) 2O0m dash: Mackenzie Gutierrez 32.00 (101st), Taylor Guyer 33.49 (141st), Jenna Boller 37.34 (186th) 1500m run: Alyssa Gonzales 6:17.66 (31st), Avery Blauvelt 6:52.57 (48th) 4x4O0m relay: Calli Shaw, Rubye Ney,, Alyssa Gonzeles, Suzanna Yoder 4:49.55 (19th) Long Jump: Rachel Miller 13'9.5" (24th) Su- zanna Yoder 13'0.5" (36th) High Jump: Rubye Ney 4'4" (22nd) Shot Put: Emma Beachy 22'10" (64th) Drake Brezina prepares for a jump at the 2015 State Meet. Brezina finished 17th in the long jump at Central on Friday.