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January 4, 2018 A look back at 2017: state titles, achievements and more
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The year 2017 was filled with state titles, All-State selections and more for athletes around the area. We’ll take a look back at some of the biggest achievements our headlines featured this past year.

Iowa runner of the year

Anna Hostetler was named the Gatorade Runner of the Year in February. The award capped off a year that included a Class 2A individual cross country title and allowed her to choose where to donate a $1,000 grant.

Madison Forbes hits 1k

Madison Forbes scored her 1,000th point during a victory against Wapello in late January.

Levi Duwa to Iowa

Levi Duwa signed to the University of Iowa to play defensive end in February. Duwa was a first team All-State selection during his senior season. He redshirted his freshman year.

Highland boys win SEISC

Highland engineered a late comeback against Wapello and defeated Mediapolis to win the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North division outright in 2017.

State wrestling

Wrestlers from Mid-Prairie and Highland descended on Des Moines for a chance at individual state titles this last year.

Mid-Prairie’s Visouth Peterschmidt placed fourth at the state tournament and Cory Stewart from Highland went 0-2 at the tournament.

All-State basketball

Highland’s Kelsey Hora and Lone Tree’s Madison Forbes were named to the Iowa Newspaper Association All-State basketball teams. Niko Gosnell and Jovante Squiers were named to All-State teams as well.

Hora averaged 18.2 points per game, shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point range. She also grabbed 5.5 rebounds per game and had 3.8 assists per game.

Forbes averaged 17.6 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting. She also grabbed 4.6 rebounds per game and had 2.9 steals per game.

Gosnell averaged 17.8 points per game on 63 percent shooting, grabbing 9.5 rebounds along the way and blocking 2.8 shots per game.

Squiers dished 7.6 assists per game for the Lions and averaged 12.4 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting.

March Madness

Lone Tree native Steve Forbes took East Tennessee State University to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Southern Conference basketball tournament.

ETSU lost in the first round 80-65 to a Florida team that would make their way to the elite eight.

Drake Relays

Anna Hostetler captured the 3,000-meter title with a time of 9:51.08, a 14-second personal best. Marie Hostetler finished second in the race, just five second behind.

Levi Duwa finished seventh in the shot put with a 57 foot 9.5 inch throw.

Lone Tree’s Niko Gosnell finished sixth in the high jump and the Mid-Prairie 4x800 meter relay finished 12th.

State track

Lone Tree’s Jovonte Squiers captured his second long jump title with a 21-foot jump. Niko Gosnell came up just short in the high jump, finishing in second place. The Lone Tree 4x200 meter relay squad of Squiers, Gosnell, Avery Knock and Drake Hotz finished in 22nd place. The same relay team finished 12th overall in the 4x100 meter relay. Holley Johnson, Zoie Simonsen, Marisa Swails and Emily Feldman finished 23rd overall in the 4x100 meter shuttle hurdle with a time of 1:15.68. Feldman also ran in the 100-meter hurdles and did long jump, finishing 22nd place in both.

Highland’s Kelsey Hora finished 14th overall in the 400-meter race with a 1:02.23. Hora, Sarah Schneider, Kristy Thomann and Aly Stokes finished 22nd in the 4x100 meter relay with a 52.53. Emily Yahnke finished in 11th place in the long jump with a jump of 16 foot 0.25 inches.

Mid-Prairie’s 4x800 meter relay team of Andrew Schwartz, Marshal Teets, Cary Schaefer and Peyton Miller finished third with a time of 8:07.97. Miller finished in fifth place in the 400-meter hurdle. Levi Duwa finished fifth in the shot put and eighth in discuss.

Iowa Mennonite School’s Suzanna Yoder ran the 400-meter dash and finished 13th with a time of 1:02.55.

All-State soccer

Mid-Prairie’s Ryan Harapat was named to the Class 2A second team All-State team by the Iowa Soccer Coaches Association.

Lone Tree to playoffs

Lone Tree was the lone playoff qualifier for the area in football. The placed second in their 8-player district and lost to HLV in the first round of the playoffs.

Marie Hostetler wins individual title

Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler set a 5k race record for the state meet with a time of 17:51.2. Her victory helped Mid-Prairie also capture the team title.

M-P girls win title

The Mid-Prairie girls cross country team won the Class 2A team title with Marie Hostetler (1), Anna Hostetler (2), Ana Fleming (9), Moriah Brase (26), and Kate Cavanagh (27) scoring for the Golden Hawks. Abbagail Evans finished 32nd and Kessa Jones finished 40th for the Golden Hawks.

It was the first girls cross country championship in school history.

M-P boys finish second

The Mid-Prairie boys followed up their championship season with a runner-up finish at the state meet in 2017.

Peyton Miller (7), Floyd Evans (8), Zach Pettit (14), Quinn Schmidt (29) and Marshal Teets (35) scored for the Golden Hawks. Miles Burrows finished 50th and Cary Schaefer 73rd for the Golden Hawks.

Anna Hostetler to Iowa

Anna Hostetler committed to run cross country and track at the University of Iowa. Her decision came down to Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Missouri. Hostetler cited staying close to home as important to her decision.

Brock Smith All-State

Brock Smith was selected as a first team All-State selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association for 8-player. Smith had 86.5 tackles and 10.5 sacks, both of which led Lone Tree. He was in the top 10 for sacks in the state.

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