We had a generous donor help revive an old standard in a new way at Iowa Mennonite School. Funds and a design idea were donated to highlight the community spirit our student section shows in cheering for our sports teams. Our gym, also known as Hillcrest Union, is highlighted on the shirt as it had been in the past. “Stand Together, The Union, Iowa Mennonite Student Section.” The students showed their appreciation in chapel as they received their shirts and then again at Tuesday night’s volleyball game as they cheered with extra team spirit for our volleyball team in a close five game match. Coach Miller even called the student section the “seventh player” on the team. Thanks to our friends of IMS for the shirts and the vision. It is truly appreciated.
The IMS volleyball team lost an intense match to Winfield-Mt. Union (W-MU) in their first home competition of the season. Set scores were: 25-14, 21-25, 25-23, 12-25, 10-15.
In the first set, W-MU had the “visitor jitters” as well as adjusting to the lower ceiling in Hillcrest Union. That combined with three of McKayla Brush’s five aces for the evening sealed the first set for IMS. In the second set, W-MU came back with strong serving and despite fighting back, IMS loses the set. In the third set, IMS staged a comeback and was able to overcome the Wolves. IMS held strong with strong hitting including four kills from Jess Bender and nine digs from Alijah Beatty.
“This is the best and most mentally-tough the team has played this season. The players off the bench also performed the roles as designed which gave the team an extra boost”, said Coach Shannon Miller. In the fourth set, IMS experienced what Coach Miller termed the “emotional let-down” that teams are susceptible to after winning a grueling set. The coin flip for the fifth set put IMS on the side with their fans, whom coach Miller deemed the “seventh player” and the team took an early lead. However, W-MU fought back. Behind some timely W-MU kills and IMS passing and serving mistakes, W-MU won the deciding set 10-15.
“I am very proud of the team tonight. They played the best and most together they have all season. They were able to take what we work on in practice and incorporate it into their game,”stated Coach Miller.
Statistical leaders for the night were: McKayla Brush with five aces, Jess Bender with eleven kills, Hannah Miller with 31 assists and Alijah Beatty with 17 digs. Today the team will have a mental and physical “reset” day as they prepare for their Thursday home match against the Panthers of Pekin.
Tuesday was a beautiful evening for the twenty-eighth running of the English Valleys cross country invitational. The meet has grown over the years and now includes runners from eighteen schools. The Iowa Mennonite men placed ninth out of the twelve schools fielding full teams. Kirby Shetler was again the team’s lead runner placing eighth in 18:03 on the hilly 5k course. His dive at the line put him in front of the runner from Louisa-Muscatine. Levi Geyer passed eleven runners in the final mile of the race to finish twenty-third in 19:13. Noah Bruns and Kobi Russom both took two and a half minutes off their times on this course last year to finish in 20:26 and 21:52 respectively. Jim Wang had a rough race yet took a minute and a half off his time here last year. Roman Slabach was right behind Wang finishing in 25:31 for eighty-fifth place. Eric Lenz of Tipton convincingly took the lead at the beginning of the race going through the mile in 4:50 only to drop out later due to a knee injury. Evan Mahler of Highland was the individual titlist finishing in 17:03.
Kirby Shetler 8th 18:03
Levi Geyer 23rd 19:13
Noah Bruns 45th 20:26
Kobi Russom 67th 21:52
Jim Wang 84th 25:15
Roman Slabach 85th 25:31
Clear Creek-Amana 75
Iowa Mennonite 227
Riley Schmieder 3rd 17:16
Renee Buckwalter 4th 17:21
Liza Zanozina 75th 25:31
Clear Creek-Amana 177
North Mahaska 225
Seniors Riley Schmieder and Renee Buckwalter both had great races in the girls race placing third and fourth respectively. The teammates helped push each other against their competition moving up through the field as the race progressed. Schmieder lost a close battle for second place at the line with Abby Tornow of Mid-Prairie. Riley’s time of 17:16 was over two minutes faster than her time on the course two years ago. Renee’s time of 17:21 was a minute faster than her last years time on the course and also two minutes faster than two years ago when the pair finished the race together. Anna Hostetler of Mid-Prairie won the race in 16:44. Liza Zanozina ran a good race representing Iowa Mennonite finishing in seventy-fifth place with a time of 27:10.
The cross country team competes next at the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk Invitational at the golf course in Wellman September 23.
It was a beautiful morning for 12 of our FFA members to attend a field trip to Syngenta. Allen Brush of Syngenta led a tour of the Washington facilities for our FFA during a two hour late start on Tuesday. After a brief presentation about the company we were able to see the steps of production from bagging to combining.
Breana Stout said, “Learning about the test plots and how they are harvested was something new to me!” Michael Hershberger commented, “I appreciate that I was able to go on the trip. Yes, I do mean get up early and go on a field trip. It was really worth it!”
Overall we were able to see that the agricultural careers within this one company were diversified. Some had a Bachelor’s degree in soil science while others had degrees in plant breeding. Iowa State was represented along with several other agricultural colleges from our neighboring states.
We thank the people of Syngenta who allowed us to see into a day at their job. We really learned a lot and loved seeing the opportunities in the ag career field.