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Yutzy receives honors

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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.

Boys season ends

Reggie Hostetler with the shot. Dallas Nye & Zach Hill move in to cover the rebound.

Reggie Hostetler with the shot. Dallas Nye & Zach Hill move in to cover the rebound.

IMS was bumped from the post-season Tuesday as Lone Tree took control of a 35-30 game with four minutes to play for the 50-35 win in Fairfield.  Conference Player of the Year Trenton Gosnell drained nine free throws down the stretch and scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth period to key the Lions’ victory.

The game was tied at 15 after one quarter, and deadlocked at 21 at half-time.  IMS took a 28-27 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the third period before the Lions scored to re-take the lead.  It was 31-28 Lone Tree after three quarters of play.
 
The defensive battle continued into the fourth period as both teams struggled to score. It was 33-30 with five minutes to play before the Lions scored again to lead by five. IMS came up empty on the next possession and the Lions went into ball control mode forcing IMS to foul. 
 
Reggie Hostetler was the lone IMS player in double figures with 15 points.  Dallas Nye scored seven points, Kirby Shetler had five and Tanner Leyden added four.  Eli Gingerich and Zach Hill each had two points to complete the scoring.  Nye, Hostetler and Leyden each had four rebounds, and Nye and Gingerich had three assists apiece.  Shetler had two assists and Hostetler had three steals.
 
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “the desire was there, but in the end we gave up too many offensive rebounds, too many and-ones, and committed too many turnovers. Lone Tree played well and made just enough big plays at opportune times.  It’s always hard to see the season end abruptly and I know our guys wish we could have it back, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.  I am really proud of the season the boys had and how hard they worked to make it happen.” 
 
IMS ends the season at 18-5 and says good-bye to four seniors, including Hill, Hostetler, Leyden and Nye.
Team huddle in the second half.

Team huddle in the second half.


Tanner Leyden sets up the play.

Tanner Leyden sets up the play.


Zach Hill (42) passes to Eli Gingerich (34)

Zach Hill (42) passes to Eli Gingerich (34)

Boys advance in tournament play

Dallas Nye at the free throw line.

Dallas Nye at the free throw line.


Eli Gingerich moves the ball at New London.

Eli Gingerich moves the ball at New London.


Reggie Hostetler drives to the basket.

Reggie Hostetler drives to the basket.


Tanner Leyden gets the bucket.

Tanner Leyden gets the bucket.


Zach Hill shoots over the defenders.

Zach Hill shoots over the defenders.

IMS advances in postseason tournament play with a 61-43 district quarterfinal win over New London Thursday at New London.  New London was very patient early looking for a breakdown in the IMS defense and led 4-3 after three minutes.  IMS turned up the pressure defensively and outscored the Tigers 13-6 over the next five minutes to lead 16-10 after one quarter.

IMS scored the first seven points of the second period to lead 23-10 and the lead grew to 29-12 three minutes into the quarter before New London scored five straight.  After leading 34-21 at the half, IMS scored first in the second half and led 46-28 with one minute left in the third quarter. The Tigers then scored five straight, including a half-court buzzer-beater to pull within 46-33. A New London trey to start the fourth period made it 46-36 before IMS settled in and pulled away with a 6-0 run, and then hit free throws down the stretch to keep the separation for the win.
 
IMS’ balanced attack had four players score in double figures.  Dallas Nye registered 15 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks.  Reggie Hostleter scored 15 points and had three assists.  Zach Hill tallied 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Eli Gingerich recorded 10 points including a pair of treys, five assists and two steals. Tanner Leyden had four points and Kirby Shetler and Nick Yutzy each added a triple to complete the scoring.
 
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “it’s always good to get the first one under your belt at tournament time and New London is dangerous in that they are athletic and skilled. We settled in and played well in key stretches and will need to build on that as things will get much tougher very quickly.”
 
IMS goes to 18-4 on the season and will play next against Lone Tree Tuesday in Fairfield.  Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Girls regional semi-final ends in defeat

IMS scrapped and clawed to the finish but didn’t have enough scoring to overcome an early deficit, falling to Winfield Mt. Union 48-35 Friday night in the regional semi-final.  IMS trailed 12-5 after a quarter and 27-19 at the half.  Winfield led 31-25 with five minutes to play in the third before scoring the next eight to lead 39-25 with  seven minutes to play in the game.  IMS scored six straight to trim the lead to 39-31 with four minutes to play but was not able to get any closer the rest of the way. 

IMS was led by Olivia Yutzy’s 19 points and nine rebounds, on 7-7 shooting from the line.  Kristin Davis finished with seven points to go with four assists.  Riley Schmieder scored six points and Hannah Miller had a trey to complete the scoring. 
 
“Winfield played a great game.  They seemed to beat us to every loose ball.  Their size gave us all kinds of trouble and it really showed up in the rebounding numbers.  We came a long way throughout the season in that area, but tonight we really struggled.” 
 
IMS says good bye to four seniors from a team that finished 14-10; the fourth highest win total in IMS school history.  
Hannah Miller, Kristin Davis, Cassidy Bontrager and Olivia Yutzy playing defense.

Hannah Miller, Kristin Davis, Cassidy Bontrager and Olivia Yutzy playing defense.


Hannah Miller and Riley Schmieder put pressure on a WMU player.

Hannah Miller and Riley Schmieder put pressure on a WMU player.


Olivia Yutzy goes up for the shot.

Olivia Yutzy goes up for the shot.


Demi Brezina takes the shot.

Demi Brezina takes the shot.


Kristin Davis calls out the play.

Kristin Davis calls out the play.

Girls win in triple overtime!

Cassidy Bontrager at the post, Kristin Davis passing the ball and Hannah Miller on the wing.

Cassidy Bontrager at the post, Kristin Davis passing the ball and Hannah Miller on the wing.


Demi Brezina & Cassidy Bontrager at the post. Riley Schmieder with the ball.

Demi Brezina & Cassidy Bontrager at the post. Riley Schmieder with the ball.


Cassidy Bontrager, Hannah Miller & Demi Brezina on the defensive end.

Cassidy Bontrager, Hannah Miller & Demi Brezina on the defensive end.

It took three overtimes but IMS was able to advance to the regional semifinal by outlasting a scrappy Prince of Peace team, 45-36 Tuesday night in Hillcrest Union. Prince of Peace led 7-5 after a quarter but IMS gained the lead in the second and took a 14-12 lead into halftime.  IMS got off to a good start in the third period and led 21-16 with three minutes to play.  Prince of Peace regained momentum by going on a 12-2 run which extended three minutes into the fourth period.  Down by five IMS regrouped with a Riley Schmieder freethrow followed by an Olivia Yutzy basket off an inbounds play cutting the lead to two, 28-26 with two minutes to play.  After a big stop,  IMS tied the game on a Kristin Davis jumper in the lane with just over a minute to play.  Prince of Peace held for one shot but turned the ball over with seven seconds to play.  A final IMS desperation heave was off, ending regulation in a 28-28 tie.  Over the first two overtimes both teams managed to score just five points.  Each team took turns getting the first basket in the extra period before the other found a way to tie it up.  In the third overtime, Yutzy got IMS going early with a drive to the lane and a finish giving IMS the two point advantage.  A minute later Cassidy Bontrager was fouled.  Bontrager made one of two at the line giving IMS a 36-33 lead.  On the ensuing possession the Irish put up a runner in the lane that was off and IMS secured the rebound.  Prince of Peace was forced to foul and IMS stepped to the line and knocked down nine out of ten in the final minute and a half to secure the victory.

IMS was led by Schmieder’s 14 points on 6-7 from the line.  Yutzy scored 13 to go with 12 boards.  Davis finished with nine points and six assists. Hannah Miller had a pair of threes. Demi Brezina had a basket and Bontrager completed the scoring with a point and seven rebounds.  
Riley Schmieder hits a free throw attempt. Kristin Davis & Hannah Miller in position.

Riley Schmieder hits a free throw attempt. Kristin Davis & Hannah Miller in position.


Olivia Yutzy gets a free throw. Cassidy Bontrager & Riley Schmieder are in position.

Olivia Yutzy gets a free throw. Cassidy Bontrager & Riley Schmieder are in position.

 
Coach Aaron Gingerich commented,  ”Our girls played with so much heart and courage and were able to dig down deep a number of different times and found a way to get a stop or get a basket when we had to have one.  Prince of Peace made everything very hard but I thought we handled their pressure well for the most part as we committed just 11 turnovers in a long game.  We are happy to advance and look forward to another big game on Friday.”
 
IMS is 14-9 on the year and advances to face Winfield Mt. Union at 7:00 pm on Friday at Winfield.  The winner will move to the regional final which will be played the following Monday.