Buckwalter, Schmieder, and Shetler qualify for the state cross country meet

Kirby Shetler moving up in the pack.

Kirby Shetler moving up in the pack.


Levi Geyer

Levi Geyer


Jim Wang

Jim Wang


Kobi Russom

Kobi Russom


Noah Bruns (center)

Noah Bruns (center)

Senior Kirby Shetler placed ninth at the state qualifier meet in Solon Thursday night qualifying for the state meet in Fort Dodge Saturday November 1.  The top ten individuals and top three teams qualify to move on to the state meet.  Iowa Mennonite placed eighth out of fifteen full teams.  There were twenty-six schools represented in the boy’s race.  Shetler completed the 5 kilometer course in 17:44.  Shetler also placed ninth at last year’s state qualifier meet.  He placed thirty-seventh at last year’s state meet.  Freshman Levi Geyer ran his best race of the season placing twenty-third in 18:28.  Senior Kobi Russom was the team’s third runner for the first time ever placing fifty-sixth in 20:01.  “Kobi has been a big part of the team for the past four years.  He has shown huge improvement during his time on the team.  The team will not be the same without him.”  Noah Bruns placed seventy-third in 20:32.  Jim Wang was ninety-fifth in 21:34.  “This group of five young men has worked hard during this season.  They had fun while doing it but they also worked hard when needed.  Iowa Mennonite was the highest placing team at this qualifier meet among the teams that only had five runners.”   Andrew Meyer of Bellevue won the race in 16:29.  Bellevue, Marquette Catholic and Central Community took the top three teams positions and advance to the state meet. 

Kirby Shetler is second from the right. Pictured with the other Class 1A Boys Cross Country State Qualifiers

Kirby Shetler is second from the right. Pictured with the other Class 1A Boys Cross Country State Qualifiers

Boys Individual Results       Team Scores    
Kirby Shetler 9th  17:44   Bellevue 45  
Levi Geyer 23rd 18:28   Marquette Catholic 110  
Kobi Russom 56th 20:01   Central Community 114  
Noah Bruns 73rd 20:32   Highland 129  
Jim Wang 95th 21:34   BGM 132  
        Edgewood-Colesburg 207  
        Wilton 213  
        IMS 217  
        Alburnette 228  
        Durant 234  
        North Linn 241  
        Calamus-Wheatland 282  
        Montezuma 286  
        Belle Plaine 341  
        Easton Valley 356  

 

Riley Schmieder (155)

Riley Schmieder (155)


Renee Buckwalter (153) in center.

Renee Buckwalter (153) in center.


Liza Zanozina

Liza Zanozina


Annika Daenzer

Annika Daenzer


State qualifying runners, Renee Buckwalter (left) and Riley Schmieder (right) with Coach Marty Gingerich (center).

State qualifying runners, Renee Buckwalter (left) and Riley Schmieder (right) with Coach Marty Gingerich (center).

Seniors Riley Schmieder and Renee Buckwalter placed sixth and eighth respectively at the state qualifier meet Thursday in Solon to qualify for the state meet in Fort Dodge Saturday November 1.  Both Schmieder and Buckwalter had their best races of the season to pull off the feat.  The only runners finishing ahead of the unranked pair are currently ranked in the top 30 in 1A.  “It had been a great season for both Riley and Renee.  They are both still improving.  It’s great to have another week to see what can happen.”  Liza Zanozina of Russia also represented IowaMennonite School at the meet placing one hundred tenth in 23:41.  Annika Daenzer hails from Germany and came in one hundred sixteenth in 25:52 in her final race of her first cross country season in the United States.  Jasmine Staebler of Clayton Ridge won the race in 15:35.  Central Community, North Linn and Durant were the top three teams and will represent the Solon Qualifier site at the state meet November 1.  

6th from the left is Riley Schmieder, 8th from the left is Renee Buckwalter. Class 1A Girls Cross Country State Qualifiers from the Solon meet.

6th from the left is Riley Schmieder, 8th from the left is Renee Buckwalter. Class 1A Girls Cross Country State Qualifiers from the Solon meet.

Girls Individual Results       Team Scores  
Riley Schmieder 6th 16:02   Central Community 50
Renee Buckwalter 8th 16:15   North Linn 72
Liza Zanozina 110th 23:41   Durant 119
Annika Daenzer 116th 25:52   Clayton Ridge 143
        Marquette Chatholic 146
        Edgewood-Colesburg 147
        Wilton 163
        Calamus-Wheatland 182
        Bellevue 198
        Easton Valley 240
        Maquoketa Valley 257
        Montezuma 281

Renee, Riley and Kirby will be competing at the state meet next Saturday November 1.  The meet will be held at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course north of Fort Dodge and begins at 11:00 am.  Renee and Riley will compete in the girls 1A race at 2:00 pm.  Kirby will compete in the boys 1A race at 2:30 pm.  These seniors have worked hard to get to this point and would appreciate your support.  Come next Saturday to cheer them on.     

 

 

 

 

 

“The Curious Savage” Drama November 8 & 9

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Standing: Kaylin Brokaw, Jacob Bruns, Timothy Bender, Kaycee Miller, Cole Yoder, Natalie Earnest, Isaac Miller, Emma Beachy. Front: Anne Buckwalter, Michaela Gingerich, Jory Conrad

Practices continue for the cast of The Curious Savage by John Patrick. Through this play, audience members will discover that neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty. THE STORY: Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These latter, knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a “sanatorium” hoping to “bring her to her senses.” But Mrs. Savage is determined to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. In the sanatorium she meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason for her to remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren try to browbeat their mother, but she holds the final card. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans. Cast members include: Isaac Miller, Emma Beachy, Cole Yoder, Jory Conrad, Timothy Bender, Natalie Earnest, Kaycee Miller, Kaylin Brokaw, Jacob Bruns, Anne Buckwalter, and Michaela Gingerich. Performances are on the Celebration Hall stage November 8 (7 PM) and November 9 (3 PM). Reserved tickets are on sale at the IMS office: $5 for students; $8 for adults. 

Two Hour Delay today (October 24) due to foggy conditions.

IMS wins in first round of regionals against English Valleys

volleyballrgbIn what could have been a five set match, IMS was able to settle down and defeat the English Valleys Bears in four sets: 25-23, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18. “English Valleys has a very good middle hitter in senior Rylee Voss who was able to effectively single block our hitters early on. However, after some discussion in time-outs, and a few line-up adjustments, our hitters were able to hit around her. That was a key to winning the match”, coach Shannon Miller noted. English Valleys’ other top hitter, senior Lauren Miller, initially caused some problems for IMS. However, IMS was able to adjust their block forcing her to hit around them and the defense was able to then dig her hits. Steady play by our seniors including some great run-downs of errant passes by setter Hannah Miller, and a key kill and blocks by McKayla Brush helped keep IMS’ spirits high and the momentum going. Demi Brezina’s serving run in the first set, helping the team overcome a 10-19 deficit was a cornerstone of the match win, proving to the team they could overcome adversity. “Tonight was really, truly a team victory. Everyone played for the team and understood that it took each and everyone, starters and non-starters alike to achieve this type of win”, coach Miller enthusiastically stated. Coach Miller praised the bench’s enthusiastic support and again appreciated the appearance of their seventh player, the student section. Statistical leaders for the night were Natalie Graber with 19 kills, Hannah Miller with 35 assists, Demi Brezina and Hannah Miller each with 14 digs and Riley Schmieder with three aces. IMS will meet the Lions of Lone Tree on their home turf in the second round of regionals next Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00pm. In regular season play at Hillcrest Union, IMS beat the Lions 3-0. 

Chapel Wrap-Up {October 13-16}

This week’s Chapel theme was “Got Expression?”

Monday: James Krabill, senior Executive of Global Ministries with Mennonite Mission Network spoke about different ways that God speaks to us–sometimes in dramatic ways and conversion experiences like Saul along the Damascus Road, and sometimes more like the Emmaus Story, realizing that God has walked with us in every situation we’re in, even if not seemingly dramatic experiences. James shared interesting stories from his life living in the Ivory Coast and challenged students to consider the ways Jesus is walking with them in every part of their lives.

Tuesday: Goshen College Parables, a traveling drama and music worship team shared parts of their “The Big Commandment: Loving God, Neighbor and Self” program.

Wednesday: Anya Slabaugh, a recent IMS graduate, shared about her summer experience with MMN’s Youth Venture program in Columbia. Anya challenged students to remember that even though you may have more resources than people in other parts of the world, you can still learn many things from others and building relationships with people from a different background is a life changing experience.

Thursday: Clergy Appreciation Day, where we welcomed area clergy and expressed our gratitude to them for their work in our community and area churches. We began chapel with the verse Philippians 4:8 and a song, then watched a video of students and faculty sharing what they appreciate about their pastors. Timothy Bender also shared a devotion based on Philippians 4:8. Timothy expressed his gratitude to the pastors  by explaining that the greatest sermon each of them has given has been their lives and their example and thanked them for showing students how to live out their faith and walk with them in their daily activities. He challenged students to think about their faith and to remember that a faith without an expression of it is useless and that we have to put our faith into practice for it to mean something.

Friday: No school, Student Work Day

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Goshen College Parables worship team.

 

Anya Slabaugh

Anya Slabaugh

 

Cassidy Bontrager, Breana Stout, Stasia Majerick, Anne Buckwalter, Renee Buckwalter

Cassidy Bontrager, Breana Stout, Stasia Majerick, Anne Buckwalter, Renee Buckwalter

 

Timothy Bender

Timothy Bender

 

Students greeting pastors

Students greeting pastors

 

Students greeting pastors

Students greeting pastors

Cross Country Runs at Waterworks Park

The Iowa Mennonite boys cross country team placed second as a team at the Waterworks Classic cross country meet hosted by Pekin in Fairfield Thursday night.  This is the first time Iowa Mennonite has beaten Winfield-Mt. Union in four attempts this year.  “This was our best performance as a team yet this year and our best placing as a team in four years.”  Three Mennonite men placed in the top ten.  Kirby Shetler was fourth in 16:29.  Levi Geyer was eighth in 17:50.  Noah Bruns has a great race placing ninth in 18:02.  Kobi Russom also ran extremely well placing thirteenth in 18:22.  Jim Wang was the team’s fifth runner placing twenty-fourth in 20:25.  Ryan Millikin of Pekin won the meet over his teammate Austin Farris in 16:02. 

 

BOYS    
  Individual Results  
4th Kirby Shetler 16:29
8th Levi Geyer 17:50
9th Noah Bruns 18:02
24th Jim Wang 20:25
     
  Team Scores  
1 Pekin 31
2 IMS 58
3 Winfield-Mt. Union 64
4 Van Buren 102

The Iowa Mennonite girls cross country team also had a very good night at the Waterworks Classic.  All three competitors had season best times on a full length course.  Seniors Riley Schmieder and Renee Buckwalter were both top five placing fourth and fifth in 16:07 and 16:18 respectively.  Buckwalter took over thirty seconds off her previous best time.  Liza Zanozina also ran her best race of her career to date.  She placed thirtieth in 22:57.  “It was great to see nearly everyone perform at their best tonight and to see their joy in their accomplishments.”   Gwynne Wright of Pekin won the race in 15:09 while her team took team honors with a stingy 19 points over Van Buren.  Iowa Mennonite was one of four schools not fielding a full girls team.     

GIRLS    
  Individual Results  
4th Riley Schmieder 16:07
5th Renee Buckwalter 16:18
30th Liza Zanozina 22:57
     
  Team Scores  
1 Pekin 19
2 Van Buren 88 

The Iowa Mennonite girls and boys cross country teams will compete in the 1A state qualifier meet hosted by Solon at Solon Nature and Recreation Area Thursday October 23.   The top three teams and ten individuals in each race qualify to advance to the state meet held in Fort Dodge November 1.  Come to Solon to show your support for your favorite runners. The girls race starts at 3:30 pm and the boys race at 4:00 pm.

Jim Wang, Kirby Shetler, Kobi Russom, Noah Bruns, Levi Geyer, Roman Slabach

Jim Wang, Kirby Shetler, Kobi Russom, Noah Bruns, Levi Geyer, Roman Slabach


Riley Schmieder & Renee Buckwalter

Riley Schmieder & Renee Buckwalter


Liza Zanozina finishing strong.

Liza Zanozina finishing strong.