Girls soccer defeats the Monticello Panthers


Renee Buckwalter

Renee Buckwalter

The heavy rain couldn’t keep the Hawks from enjoying another opportunity to play tonight. The Mid-Prairie girls soccer team defeated the Monticello Panthers 3-0. IMS junior Renee Buckwalter marked one goal, MP junior Ashley Miller and MP senior Ballie Harris each had a goal and MP junior Bree Reed contributed an assist. The Hawks dominated possession and played as a strong unit throughout. This is the Hawks’ third win in a row, a result of the great strides the team is making this year.

Coach Maya Kehr Yoder said, “This was our strongest game of the season yet. Our defense stayed solid to give us the shut out. Our midfield and forwards worked well together, creating some incredible passing combinations together. I’m proud of the hard work and unity we showed tonight. I’m excited to see what more we can do this year as we continue to improve!”

The Hawks are back in action a week from today at Regina. The game will take place Monday, April 28 @ 4:30.

In JV action . . .  

A JV game of only two 10-minute halves was played. But, in that time, Jenna Boller was able to assist Kaycee Miller in her first-ever goal! Congratulations Kaycee!



Yutzy receives honors

Olivia senior020


Senior Olivia Yutzy was recently named to the All-State Basketball Third Team by the Iowa Girl’s Coaches Association and the Des Moines Register.  Yutzy finished her outstanding career with 1,086 points, 201 steals, 553 rebounds, and 67 blocks.  She was a unanimous First Team All-Conference and All-Region selection.  

Coach Aaron Gingerich said, “Olivia worked very hard to get to where she is at and has been a great leader for our team over the past four seasons.  Olivia had a unique ability to impact the game on both ends of the court and is very deserving of this honor.”

Olivia is the daughter of John and Linda Yutzy of Iowa City.

Nye receives honors

Dallas Nye

Dallas Nye

Senior  Dallas Nye was recently named to the All-State Basketball Third Team by the Iowa Newspaper Association.  A 6’2 forward, Nye closed his career on the hardwood with an outstanding senior campaign, already garnering unanimous First Team All-Conference and All-Substate honors.  A four-year varsity player,  Nye finished a stellar career at IMS with 808 points, 485 rebounds, 254 assists and a school record 120 blocks.

Coach Dwight Gingerich said “Dallas has been the consummate team player with a natural feel for the game and was a tremendous leader for our team in his role as captain. He is a high character person who has worked hard to develop into a terrific talent. It is nice to see him rewarded with this honor.”  

Dallas is the son of Tom and Shari Nye of rural Wellman.

The Steel Wheels perform here on April 29

The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels are returning for another performance in the auditorium on April 29th at 7 pm. Tickets are going fast so call now! The tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. You may stop by or call the office (656.2073 or 683.2586) for reservations. Brian Dickel (’94 alum) is one of the performers.

The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada.  These include Merlefest, Grey Fox, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others.

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Girls soccer shuts out Columbus

soccer ballThis evening the Mid-Prairie Hawks defeated the Columbus Junction Wildcats 3-0. Mid-Prairie controlled the game from start to finish by maintaining possession and passing the ball well. Junior Ashley Miller led the scoring with 2 goals and an assist and junior Cassidy Bontrager rounded out the scoring with her first-ever varsity goal. Junior Renee Buckwalter also contributed an assist.
Coach Maya Kehr Yoder said, “Our team played solidly at every position tonight. That’s what makes this win so great–everyone contributed to achieve this success. Sophomore Ciana Carr continually broke up the offensive attacks and had an excellent game. Junior Anne Buckwalter has been anchoring our midfield and creating a lot of positive opportunities for us. Ashley Miller, Ballie Harris and Cassidy Bontrager’s hard work and persistence is really paying off for us in the final third–they’re finishing well. Honestly, I could name every single player on our team tonight–they all played an outstanding game. Our team is starting to find our groove and we’ll continue to improve.”

IMS Students Recognized in Letters about Literature Contest

Nick Yutzy, Alijah Beatty, Leslie Rios

Noah Bruns, Alijah Beatty, Leslie Rios

Iowa Mennonite freshmen Alijah Beatty, Noah Bruns, and Leslee Rios impressed Iowa judges with their letters about literature.

Last December the students submitted letters to the national Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest as part of a class project. After reading The Hobbit, all the freshmen wrote letters to J.R.R. Tolkien about how his epic novel changed their view of the world or themselves.

One hundred thirty-nine Iowa students in grades 9-12 submitted letters to the contest this year.

Bruns was among twenty-nine Iowa finalists, earning a certificate and feedback from the judges. Beatty and Rios were among four semi-finalists in Iowa and also received certificates recognizing their achievement.

Their hard work paid off. “I didn’t believe it at first,” said Bruns after receiving the certificate.

“I was surprised,” said Rios, “I didn’t think I would be one of four semi-finalists.”

“I’m very competitive, so it was exciting,” said Beatty.

This is the fourth year IMS students have participated in the contest.

For more information on the contest, visit the Library of Congress website, or the Iowa Center for the Book,