- Waterloo West
Todd has quickly demonstrated he's a reliable target for West quarterback Devon Moore. The transfer from Waterloo East recorded touchdown receptions of 34 and 48 yards -- the latter a Hail Mary reception at the end of the first half -- as West improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2007 with a 38-14 win over Western Dubuque. "His overall athletic ability and playmaking skills have brought a lot to the table for us," West coach Lonnie Moore said. "He's helped us out tremendously on both sides of the ball. ... Some of the plays he's made for us have been tremendous, especially in crucial situations." Todd also competes in track and basketball.
- Cedar Falls
- Cross country
Christopher has been a valuable leader for Class 4A's No. 4-ranked Cedar Falls girls' cross country team. The Tiger senior placed second individually Thursday as Cedar Falls won a Marshalltown team title over a field that included then No. 4 Ankeny Centennial and No. 7 West Des Moines Dowling. Earlier this season, Christopher placed fourth to lead her team to a runner-up finish at Ames. "Cassidy has established herself as a frontrunner, setting the pace early, which helps the rest of the team stay in contact with her," Coach Don Williams noted. "As a senior, she has a calming influence on the younger runners." Christopher is a three-time All-Metro runner who posted the fastest time for Cedar Falls' 2015 state-qualifying team.
Thompson's powerful arm is back after earning a place on the all-tournament team during Janesville's 2015 state championship run. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter is averaging 4.16 kills per set at a .394 efficiency for 1A's top-ranked Wildcats. She recently posted 17 kills during a conference home opener against North Tama, added seven kills on eight attempts against Waterloo Christian and tallied 14 kills against Riceville. "Bree hits the ball hard and is one of our top go-to hitters on a very well-balanced team," Janesville coach Shelly Sorensen noted. "Bree has a true passion for the sport as she lives and breathes volleyball."
- Dike-New Hartford
Petersen has been a valuable, well-rounded contributor for Class 3A's top-ranked Dike-New Hartford. She was instrumental last week in helping her team improve to 19-0 with victories over Cedar Falls, Waverly-Shell Rock, Mason City, Decorah, Osage and Gilbert at the Osage tournament. The junior outside hitter has 147 kills at .349 efficiency with 3.77 kills per set, 20 ace serves, 2.87 digs per set and 0.46 blocks per set. "Baylee is a six-rotation player for us, primary passer, defender and attacker," D-NH coach Diane Harms noted. "She brings a lot of intangibles on the court with her instincts."
- Grundy Center
Over the past week, Willis helped lead Grundy Center to another North Iowa Cedar League West victory and a second-place finish in the Aplington-Parkersburg Tournament. The sophomore middle hitter led the Spartans throughout the week with 42 kills at .347 efficiency, 19 blocks and 40 digs. "Kylie is doing a good job maintaining a strong presence in the front row for the team," Grundy Center coach Lori Willis said. "She has worked very hard in the offseason and it is very exciting to see that work begin to pay off on the court." Willis also competes in basketball, track and softball and is active in Student Senate.
Bagby has top-ranked Don Bosco's offense running like a well-oiled machine during his second year as the Dons' varsity quarterback. Last week, Bagby rushed 10 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns and completed both of his passes for scores during a 66-28 win over Dunkerton. The senior has thrown for 303 yards and eight TDs with no interceptions through the Dons' first three wins, while rushing for 407 yards (7.7 per carry) and eight scores. "Brandon is a good mixture of run-pass," Don Bosco coach Colby Yoder said. "We've been pretty run-oriented over the past couple years, but he brings another element to our game with his throwing ability." Bagby also competes in baseball.
- Dike-New Hartford
- Cross country
Kollasch has quickly made herself a contender on the cross country racing circuit. The Dike-New Hartford senior has placed third at Iowa Falls, third at Oelwein, second at South Hardin and fourth against a field of runners from larger schools at Marshalltown. "In her second year being out for cross country, Alayna has really put her mind and actions into what she wants to accomplish," Coach Will Reingardt noted. "This summer you could tell she was going to dedicate herself to putting in the miles and getting in the weight room to make herself stronger." Kollasch also competes in track, basketball and softball.
Plunkett was a big part of Columbus' growth on the line this season. He has recorded 20 tackles, including 14 for loss, in three games from his defensive tackle position. Plunkett also started at right guard on offense last week as the Sailors opened district play with a 14-6 win over Oelwein. "He is a big reason why our defense has shown massive improvement," Columbus coach Brad Schmit noted. "Not only does he lead our charge on defense, he is the guy that makes our offense go, as well. At right guard, he has done everything we have asked of him this year. With Trey's size and athleticism, he will have the ability to play at the next level."