Itching to hit the court or sprint the track? We have what you’re looking for! With 12 varsity sports under our own roof and a sharing program with local schools for sports we don’t yet offer, there’s no lack of activity around here. We’ve done quite well in the past, with 32 state appearances including 5 championships, 8 runner-ups, and 3 third-place finishes. Our emphasis on positive sportsmanship has been noticed, seen by the 6 trophies we’ve earned in that category.
What We Offer
Athletic Department Philosophy
At IMS we’re concerned with the development of the whole person: emotional, social, spiritual and physical, with emphasis on helping develop God-given physical talents to their greatest potential. Participants face authentic lifetime situations and experiences such as accepting victory and defeat, learning self-discipline and becoming more aware through interpersonal relationships of the needs of other persons performing in similar stressful situations. All of this development occurs under the guidance of professionally prepared Christian adults with the knowledge that we are all the children of God. It is our desire that we perform in such a way as to represent Christ and advance God’s kingdom.
Iowa Mennonite School is a member in good standing with the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU). We are also are a member of the Southeast Iowa Super Conference (SEISC).
Winter Sports Preview
The winter sports season has kicked off at IMS. It is nice to attend these activities inside when the weather is cold and gloomy outside. We have student-athletes competing in our shared swimming program and girls and boys basketball. The fun, positive atmosphere at these events shines through our student section, pep band, community supporters and teams.
Our swimming program is shared with Iowa City West High School. Noah Bruns, a senior at IMS, has competed on the West swimming team for four years while attending IMS. Noah made it to state last season in the 200 yard medley relay. He also had strong district meet performance by placing 3rd in the 50 yard freestyle and 4th in the 100 yard freestyle. We look forward to following his meets and cheering him on this season.
Our girls basketball program is small but mighty. Coach Kari Heusinkveld and assistant coach Liz Miller lead the seven member varsity team. The coaches have done a great job bringing the team together in practices and team bonding activities. Coach Heusinkveld sums up the season so far, “We’ve continued to improve through the first semester and I really feel like we’re headed in the right direction. This is a very hard working, positive minded group. We’re looking forward to having a bit more time over break to focus on skills and continue to get comfortable with the ball. I think in the second half of the season we will start to see our hard work and dedication pay off.”
The boys basketball teams are a hard-working, dedicated group of guys led by coach Dwight Gingerich and assistant coach/JV coach Aaron Gingerich. This is what coach Gingerich has to say about the team, “I’m excited about the growth of the guys on and off the floor. It is gratifying to see them encourage each other, develop a sense of responsibility and accountability for themselves on and off the court, and to grow in their skills individually and as a team as they play together. It is a joy to be a part of the process!”
Plan to see Noah at the pool or to catch a few games this season at Hillcrest Union. Check the schedules, articles and photos from our sports teams at www.iowamennonite/org/Athletics and select the sport.