Dylan Ellis

Aplington-Parkersburg

Junior

Golf

Ellis has played some of his best golf during the biggest meets. He recently managed windy weather and shot 2-over-par to win the nine-team North Iowa Cedar League meet. Ellis also shot 71 and captured medalist honors at his eight-team sectional last Friday. The A-P junior earned medalist honors at a nine team invitational earlier this season. “He loves golf,” A-P coach Gary Flanigan said. “He’s kind of got that golf fever. I think the difference between him this year and last year is he’s kind of maturing as a golfer. ... He’s understanding there are different shots that require different approaches.” Ellis also competes in basketball and football.

Holden Gillespie

Dunkerton

Sophomore

Track and field

Gillespie has been a versatile competitor and reliable finisher for Dunkerton’s track team. The Raiders’ sophomore placed first in the 200, 400, sprint medley and also qualified for state with a second place time as part of the school’s distance medley at last weekend’s district meet. While Gillespie has competed from 100 to 800 meters, he excels in the 400. “Holden is a gamer,” Coach Jonathan Steffen noted. “If someone is out in front he is going to give it his all to run them down. This was evident in the sprint medley when he received the baton in fifth place. ... One by one, Holden picked competitors off, finally getting the lead about 30 meters from the finish.” Gillespie also competes in football and baseball and is an honor student.

Seb Gearhart

Cedar Falls

Senior

Track and field

Gearhart continued his impressive senior season last week with championships in the 800, 4x400 and 4x800 against a strong field at the Dubuque Class 4A district meet. Gearhart ranks among the state’s top five in the 800 in addition to playing a role on three top five relays. He was part of a 4x800 team that finished ninth last summer in a junior national meet. “He’s stepped up into a role that was led by a couple seniors last year that did really well at the state meet for us,” Cedar Falls coach Dirk Homewood said. “He’s really taken his game to the next level and it shows with his times in the 800.” Gearhart also competes in football and has received multiple Division I offers for track.

Carlton Todd

Waterloo West

Senior

Track and field

A talented multi-sport athlete, Todd has battled through injuries and put together a strong performance at last week’s district meet. The Wahawk senior’s leap of 22-feet, 6-1/4 inches won the long jump and ranks fourth in Class 4A. He also qualified for state in the open 200 and ran on state qualifying 4x100 and 4x200 relays. “He’s been really confident with his steps and his markings,” West coach Matt Mostek said. “Having him jump 22-6 at the district meet was really big for him to get some momentum going into state. He’s really helped our depth tremendously. He’s been great this year.” Todd also competes in football and basketball.

Sydney Schultz

Waterloo Columbus

Sophomore

Soccer

Schultz has kept Class 1A’s No. 4 Columbus in a lot of big games with timely saves. The second-year starter has become vocal and aggressive as she’s settled into the goalkeeper position. Last week, Schultz recorded her sixth shutout of the season during a win over Hudson. “Sydney is truly a key player for our starting lineup,” Columbus coach Julie Girsch noted. “She is in her second season as goalkeeper and is showing more confidence in practice and games. Sydney is determined to get stronger and improve on the soccer field. She is a stellar athlete with her work ethic, strength and calm demeanor.” Schultz also competes in volleyball, basketball and softball.

Kaitlyn Wilder

Dunkerton

Sophomore

Track and field

Wilder put together a memorable district meet as she broke school a school record that had stood since 2006 with her mark of 37-feet, 7 3/4 inches in the shot put. Wilder also broke a school record that dates back to 1991 in the discus with her mark of 117-feet, 2-inches. The sophomore is believed to be the school’s first girl to qualify for state in both events. “Kaitlyn’s attitude and work ethic have been second to none this season,” Dunkerton coach Ross Steinbronn noted. “She has been spending six-to-seven days a week at the school trying to improve in both the shot put and discus.” Wilder is also an National Honor Society member and 4.0 student active in basketball.

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