Dwight Gingerich, IMS Basketball coach-was nominated for the Ed Thomas Coach of the Week

Coach Dwight Gingerich talks with his players.

Coach Dwight Gingerich talks with his players.

Boys basketball coach Dwight Gingerich was nominated for the Ed Thomas Coach of the Week award featured on the news. CBS 2 and FOX 28 in partnership with the Eastern Iowa Airport look for coaches who embody the spirit of Coach Thomas by having a srong impact on the community and on the sidelines. Dwight will be featured tonight (Thursday, December 18) at 9 pm (FOX) and 10 pm (CBS).

Congratulations, Dwight!

Coffeehouse “Final” during exam week

After an intense semester of writing, the 12 students in Advanced Writing and teacher Mary Forney enjoyed a coffeehouse reading of selected writings at the Kalona Coffeehouse Thursday morning. Students shared their favorite writings from their portfolios with each other. Final writing projects included two illustrated/photograph books for children, several bound poetry chapbooks, personal reflections on change, a poetry scrapbook, a collection of written (and performed!) songs, and flash fiction writings. 

Payton Miller reading

Payton Miller reading

 
Cassidy Bontrager, Stasia Majerick, Summer Schrock, Kaylin Brokaw

Cassidy Bontrager, Stasia Majerick, Summer Schrock, Kaylin Brokaw

Hannah Miller reading

Hannah Miller reading

Summer Schrock reading

Summer Schrock reading

Jacob Bruns reading

Jacob Bruns reading

 

Boys suffer first loss of season

Nick Yutzy (5)

Nick Yutzy (5)

 

Eli Gingerich (35)

Eli Gingerich (35)

 

Drake Brezina (43)

Drake Brezina (43)

 

Payton Miller (21)

Payton Miller (21)

IMS was back on the road Tuesday, this time to Letts, and it was Louisa-Muscatine that came away with the hard-fought victory by the score of 43-36. IMS jumped to an early 10-2 lead keyed by a pair of treys from Eli Gingerich and another three-ball by Nick Yutzy, prompting an L-M time-out. The Falcons climbed right back in and with the score tied at 10, another triple by Gingerich gave IMS the 13-10 lead after one period. Both teams struggled to score in the second quarter as foul trouble mounted for IMS, and the visitors hung onto the narrow lead at 17-16 going to the locker room.

IMS continued to struggle to score in the third quarter, netting only a trey from Yutzy, and trailed 25-20 going into the final quarter. After a Gingerich three-ball closed it to 27-24 with seven minutes remaining, L-M scored five straight to make it 32-24. IMS closed to 37-31 with 50 ticks left on a Drake Brezina steal and lay-up, but could get no closer, as the Falcons converted on free throws down the stretch.
Gingerich led IMS with 18 points and Yutzy had nine. Brezina finished with four points, Kirby Shetler scored three, and Kobi Russom chipped in with two points. Gingerich also had four rebounds , four assists and four steals, and Shetler had three steals and three assists. Payton Miller added two assists and two steals to go with three rebounds.

Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we struggled to play well consistently. We did not shoot the ball well overall, and at the defensive end we had break-downs that cost us. In a low possession game, those things combined with turnovers add up to make it tough.” 

 
IMS is now 4-1 on the season and next plays at Pekin Friday before hosting Winfield-Mt Union at Alumni Night Saturday evening in a 6:30 start.

Cassidy Bontrager signs with Hesston College

 

Back:  Coach Maya Kehr Yoder, Hesston Coach Bryan Kehr.  Front: Gary Bontrager, Cassidy Bontrager, Julie Bontrager

Back: Coach Maya Kehr Yoder, Hesston Coach Bryan Kehr. Front: Gary Bontrager, Cassidy Bontrager, Julie Bontrager

Hesston College (KS) women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr announces Cassidy Bontrager, a goalie/defender/forward from Iowa Mennonite School as the newest member of the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A four year varsity player in soccer and basketball, Bontrager scored one goal and saved 44 shots as a junior for IMS soccer. An academic all-conference selection in basketball as a junior, Bontrager will study youth ministry and early childhood education at Hesston.

“Cassidy has been a strong asset to our program for the last four years,” IMS coach Maya Kehr Yoder said. “Last year she was a valuable player at both forward and keeper. She overcame a tough injury mid-season, and continued to encourage her team mates. We look forward to her coming back full strength this season.” 

Bontrager is a member and youth group participant at Wellman Mennonite Church. She is the daughter of Gary and Julie Bontrager, Wellman.

“Cassidy is a hard working player who will communicate well with her team mates,” Kehr said. “She will be a great addition for the Hesston program.”

In soccer, Hesston College competes in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is the two-year liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA.

Girls lose on the road

Hannah Miller (25), Demi Brezina (11)

Hannah Miller (25), Demi Brezina (11)

IMS wasn’t able to maintain a hot start on the road, falling to Louisa Muscatine 28-37 on Tuesday night.  IMS jumped out to a 10-4 lead with a minute to play in the opening quarter before

Stasia Majerick (21)

Stasia Majerick (21)

Louisa Muscatine outscored IMS 20-6 through the second period to take a 24-16 half time lead.  Louisa Muscatine increased their lead to thirteen, 22-35 with three minutes to play in the third quarter, before both teams hit a scoreless stretch that lasted seven minutes.  Louisa Muscatine was able to hold on for a 37-28 win despite one basket over the final eleven minutes of play.  

IMS was led in scoring by Hannah Miller and Riley Schmieder who finished with eleven points each.  Demi Brezina scored four and Jess Bender had a field goal to round out the scoring.   
 
“I thought we did some good things defensively for stretches.  We put together a very good first quarter and have a chance to build on that,” commented coach Aaron Gingerich.
 
IMS is 0-6 and plays Friday at Pekin.
Cassidy Bontrager (45), Riley Schmieder (13), Rachel Miller (5)

Cassidy Bontrager (45), Riley Schmieder (13), Rachel Miller (5)

Jess Bender (15) goes up for the shot. Cassidy Bontrager (45) & Hannah Miller (25).

Jess Bender (15) goes up for the shot. Cassidy Bontrager (45) & Hannah Miller (25).

Boys go 4-0

Eli Gingerich

Eli Gingerich


Kobi Russom

Kobi Russom


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Jacob Schmieder

 

Nick Yutzy

Nick Yutzy

IMS hosted Columbus Friday night and controlled the game throughout on the way to a 59-27 victory over the Wildcats. IMS jumped out to a 22-5 lead after one period and led 45-15 at the half. IMS then outscored Columbus 11-3 to lead 56-18 late in the third period, as reserves played a majority of the second half.

The IMS balanced scoring attack was led by Payton Miller with 14 points and Eli Gingerich with 13. Drake Brezina was 4-5 from the floor for eight points and Kirby Shetler, Kobi Russom, and Nick Yutzy each scored six. Jacob Schmieder had four points and Danny Lam completed the scoring with two points. Miller, Gingerich and Brezina each pulled down six rebounds, and Gingerich and Lam added four and three assists, respectively. Shetler, Yutzy, and Russom each had two steals. 
 
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we got better at the defensive end with our on-ball defense and showed improvement on the boards, and as result we did not give up the easy shots to the degree we have been. Hopefully we can build on this effort.”
IMS goes to 4-0 on the season and Columbus drops to 0-4. IMS next plays Tuesday at Louisa-Muscatine.