Track and field
Evans is a three-year letterwinner who put together the most complete performance of his career at last weekend’s Marshalltown Bobcat Relays. The East sprinter won the 100-meter dash and was a part of relays that took first in the sprint medley, 4x100 and 4x200. “He was chosen as a captain by his coaches and peers for his hard work ethic, integrity, motivation and drive,” East coach Tim Moses noted. “Jordan is one of the harder workers on our team this season. He is a good example to our underclassmen as a student-athlete, and he has been a pleasure to coach.” Evans is a former Drake Relays and state qualifier.
Staebell appeared fully recovered from an injury that sidelined him for two weeks, using his agility to lift Hudson to a championship Saturday in its own tournament. The sophomore striker tallied two goals and two assists during wins over Ankeny Christian, West Delaware and Solon. “Alec is quick both on and off the ball,” Hudson coach Sue Rink noted. “He can cut around players in tight spaces and find the place to put the ball. As a striker, he is a target player. He creates many runs to receive the ball. Alec not only has the agility and speed, he also has exceptional field vision.” Staebell finished with nine goals on last year’s Hudson team that reached the 2A state semifinals.
Track and field
Phillips is a four-year contributor recently voted by her peers as a team captain after demonstrating many leadership qualities throughout her track and field career. The Wahawk sprinter opened the season with a 60-second anchor split to give West a sprint medley title in Waverly. Phillips ran on the Wahawks’ first-place 4x200 relay at last week’s Cedar Rapids Washington Invite. “She is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever had the privilege of coaching,” West coach Joe Malsam said. “When the race is tight, we can always count on Tae’Anna. She has been a Drake Relays qualifier, state placewinner, school record-holder and a true team player.” Phillips plans to continue her basketball career at Iowa Central.
Fain has helped give Columbus’ offense an identity following the graduation of two productive seniors. The junior midfielder has taken just three games to accumulate 11 goals with two assists, including two goals during Monday’s 8-0 win over Class 1A’s No. 2 Iowa City Regina. “Olivia is the type of player every coach wants on their team,” Columbus coach Julie Girsch noted. “She creates offensive opportunities, gives all her energy and continues to grow. ... She is calm on the ball, focused and has great vision for the field.” Fain is also a returning singles and team state champion in tennis. The 4.0 student is active in spring musical, volleyball and basketball.
Competing at full strength, Rizvic has been a difference-maker for West’s soccer team early this season. The sophomore midfielder scored the go-ahead goal during Thursday’s 2-1 win over metro rival Cedar Falls. Rizvic leads the 3-2 Wahawks with two goals and two assists through five games. “He has really come on for us this year after playing last year through an injury,” West coach Mike Penning noted. “Edvin has been a catalyst for our attack, works real hard, and has a knack of putting himself in the right position at the right time.” Rizvic plays club soccer for the highly competitive Cedar River Soccer Association in Cedar Rapids.
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Schillinger has picked up from where he left off a year ago. The Cedar Falls senior set a meet record Saturday with his 3,200-meter time of 9:18.11 at Iowa City’s Hollingsworth Relays. In addition to that event, Schillinger owns the state’s top 2017 time in the 1,600 and ran on a 4x800 relay that is currently this season’s state leader. The Arkansas track and cross country recruit has finished third in the 3,200 at state twice and second in the Drake 3,200. He ran on the 4x8 team that placed ninth at New Balance nationals. “He’s truly stepped up as a senior and he’s led by every means of the word,” Cedar Falls coach Dirk Homewood said. “He’s influenced our younger runners. He’s worked hard in practice, led by example.”