Barron is in the midst of an outstanding senior season. The Don Bosco standout has earned medalist honors six times and finished runner-up once. He recently led the Dons to an Iowa Star Conference championship with a first place score of 79. Barron also carded a 73 during an individual and team sectional championship. “Sloan has improved in all aspects of his game,” Don Bosco coach Steve Ferguson said of his team’s leader, who maintains a nine-hole average of 39. “He puts in a lot of time practicing and loves the game of golf.” Barron plans to enter the Marines after graduation.
Track and field
Once an avid soccer player, Kelly has transformed himself into one of Class 1A’s top middle distance runners. The Hudson senior has qualified for state in four events, and looks to improve upon his four top five finishes from a year ago. Competing in track for three years after playing soccer his freshman season, Kelly holds school records in the 800, 1,600 and is part of a record 4x800. “Wyatt has been such a joy to have on the track team,” Hudson coach Blaire Puls noted. “His dedication, eagerness to learn and work ethic is second to none. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to win.” Kelly plans to attend Loras College to run cross country and track, while also pursuing a degree in Business/Finance.
A four-year letterwinner, Buchanan has been a valuable leader at the top of a singles and doubles lineup for a West team that tripled its win total from a season ago. Buchanan entered the week 7-7 in singles and 4-5 in doubles alongside Meredith Eighmey, battling the top players every team has to offer. “Yassie’s high level of play gives the team confidence during meets and the others rally around her,” West coach Brenton Kuchera noted. “She has become a lot smarter as a player as she has begun to add different dimensions to her game. She has always had a lot of power behind her strokes, but has begun to mix up her serves.” Buchanan is also active in West’s IB program and plays violin in the string ensemble.
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Ellis has put together another strong season on the course after placing second last year in his state debut. He has earned six medalist honors, including recently defending titles at the conference and sectional meet. “He’s got a very good swing that is consistent,” A-P coach Gary Flanigan noted. “He has great length, so sometimes playing kids of the same ability when he’s out-driving them and not making many mistakes, I think that eventually wears on the kids he’s playing with. Mentally he’s just at as a spot right now where he’s focused, takes a businessman approach to things.” Ellis also competed on A-P’s state basketball team and has been active in baseball, cross country and football.
Lindsay has been a valuable newcomer for Class 1A’s No. 6 Columbus, starting every game at center-back, in addition to converting a pair of penalty kicks during shootouts. Her defense helped the Sailors hold opposition to one goal over four games last weekend with Columbus capturing a tournament championship in Waverly. “Reagan has been a wonderful addition to our soccer program,” Columbus coach Julie Girsch noted. “She is full of energy, eager to learn and has the drive to succeed. She has the innate ability to step to the ball at just the last moment on an attacker to steal the ball away and clear to our offense. She is very calm with the ball in our defensive third.”
Track and field
Shavers is a second-year captain who has played a major role in West’s growth this season as a mentor for younger teammates and a consistent top three finisher in the shot put. Last week, the Wahawk senior booked a trip to state with a district championship mark of 36-3. “Mari has worked very hard in the last two years to improve as an overall athlete,” West coach Joe Malsam noted. “We are excited to have Mari compete at the state meet. To have that experience as she ends her high school career is a well-deserved opportunity.”