Several IMS soccer players collected post-season honors after an 18-2 season and the team’s first trip to the Spring State Tournament.
Midfielder Isaiah Swantz was nominated for and selected to participate in the annual Iowa High School Coaches Association East-West All Star Cup. The match was held June 16 in Des Moines prior to a Des Moines Menace match. Isaiah played with the East team.
Midfielder Cole Ours was selected to the Des Moines Register All Iowa Soccer team for 1A schools. This award included an invitation to Registers All-Iowa Sports Awards where team members were recognized and were able to hear from Venus Williams.
Cole, along with Reggie Borntrager, were named to the IAHSCCA All-State Soccer team in class 1A. Cole led IMS in total scoring with 15 goals and 11 assists. Cole’s ability to beat defenders to the touch line proved to be frustrating for many teams. With deceptive speed and a cool demeanor, Cole might have slipped a bit under teams’ radars, but his ability to create and finish offensive chances made him a joy to watch.
Reggie Borntrager was a central defender all season. Borntrager’s play improved as the season progressed and as he gained confidence in his ability and that of his teammates. Borntrager was a key part of a defense which limited the goals against average to one per game.
The IAHSCCA named three IMS players to their Academic All-State teams. Cole Ours and Blake Bontrager were named to the 2nd team in 1A while Jacob Boller was Honorable Mention. This award is based on the players’ contributions to their team, but the primary factor is their cumulative grade point average. All three guys were important to the success of the IMS team this year and also excelled in the classroom.
Bontrager started in goal, recording 77 saves and a goals against average of .899. Bontragers steady presence in the goal allowed his teammates to play with confidence as they knew they could trust Blake to make key saves. Boller had 11 goals and 11 assists for the season helping to propel the offense and the team to its successful year.
Congratulations to all of our soccer student-athletes and the success they had this year!