Stensland’s composure and decisions on the field helped guide Waverly-Shell Rock to a 28-14 win over No. 9 West Delaware Friday during the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. The senior quarterback passed for 176 yards and two touchdowns and rushed six times for 70 yards and a score. Stensland has passed for 1,178 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. “John has just done a great job managing our offense and making some great decisions within the offense,” Waverly-Shell Rock coach Mark Hubbard said. “He’s provided exceptional leadership from day one.” Stensland also competes in basketball and baseball.
Mapel is a wide receiver, defensive back and an impact player on special teams for a Dike-New Hartford team that reached the state quarterfinals, 55-29, over Southeast Valley. The senior has returned 16 punts for an average of 21 yards with two punt return touchdowns that lead Class 2A. Mapel is the Wolverines’ leading receiver with 23 catches for an average of 13.2 yards and four touchdowns and has two interceptions on defense. “Clayton is an exciting player who has been able to give us a spark with his playmaking ability,” D-NH coach Don Betts noted. Maple is a football senior leader who also competes in wrestling and baseball.
Mathews ran the attack for a Grundy Center volleyball team that posted a sweep over Ogden and a five-set victory against Class 2A’s No. 9 Woodward-Granger to reach the regional finals for a seventh consecutive year. The second-year setter tallied 79 assists during those two postseason victories and leads Class 2A with an average of 8.95 assists on the season. She also leads the Spartans in service aces. “Sydney is extremely competitive which helps her make great setting choices,” Coach Lori Willis noted. “Her competitiveness makes for fun and high energy practices.” Mathews also participates in chorus, student senate, basketball, soccer and softball.
Anderson has quickly shaken off the rust after a high ankle injury sidelined him earlier this season. The Denver senior linebacker and running back carried the ball 28 times for 161 yards and five touchdowns during Friday’s 50-6 playoff win over Clayton Ridge. “Now he’s coming back and hitting his peak right when we need it,” Denver coach Rhett Barrett said. “Friday night he really stepped up, took the ball and got the yards. He’s a captain on the team. He just has a good attitude, wants to do well, is focused — one of those kids everybody wants to be around.” Anderson is also a state track qualifier.