City High

* Mickey Hansche: City High’s multi-sport athlete excelled in basketball and had an impact in volleyball and track while dabbling in golf and softball during her career. She was a four-year starter in basketball at guard, starting every varsity game since her freshman year. As a senior, she averaged 15 points per game and made 43.3 percent of her 3-point shots including a clutch shot late in the second game against West High. She was first team all-district, all-conference and was a second-team all-state pick. She holds the school record for the most career 3-point baskets with 203. She is one of four girls in City High history to score at least 1,000 points in a career and she was a 2013 McDonald’s All American Nominee. She was a defensive specialist on the volleyball team that finished state runner-up her junior and senior years. In track, she ran sprints and sprint relays for the Little Hawks, qualifying for the Drake Relays and state track meet all four years. The 2011 team won the state team championship. She also played on the golf team and competed in the coed state meet. She concludes her career with 13 varsity letters in five sports and has competed in three state championships in three different sports (basketball, volleyball and track). She will continue her basketball career at Coe in the fall.


* Megan Fackler: Fackler was a three-sport mainstay her senior year. In volleyball, she was a front row player who was second on the team in kills with 142 and in aces with 40. She was third in blocks and block assists. In basketball she started in the post for the state quarterfinalist Regals, averaging 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds. She took over as the full-time goalkeeper this year for the Regals, who made their second consecutive trip to the state tournament. She posted 42 saves and a 1.71 goals-against average.


* Lauren Benzing: An outstanding cross country and track athlete throughout her career, Benzing finished her runner career with a bang at the state track meet. She won her first track title by anchoring the Spartans’ distance medley relay to victory. She came back and won the open 800 as well. She was second in the 3,200 and 1,600. All this came after a career of almost-but-not-quite. She placed third as a junior (3,000, 1,500, 800, distance med) in those same events. As a sophomore, she was third in the 3,000, 800 and distance medley and fourth in the 1,500. As a freshman, she was third in the distance medley and fourth in the 4×800 and open 800. She seemingly came out of nowhere in cross country, having played volleyball her freshman year. As a sophomore, she went undefeated and won the state cross country title. She followed that up with a runner-up finish her next two seasons. Benzing also is a straight-A student and participates in the choir and band. She was an all-state trumpet player. She will continue her running career at Iowa State.

West Branch

* Heather Poula: Poula never had an off season at West Branch and contributed in every sport at the highest levels. A top student, she was the Iowa winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman competition for students who excel in athletics, academics and in serving their community. She was a second-team all-state selection for the first Bears volleyball team to reach the state tournament. She was listed as a middle blocker but was one of the best all-around players in the state. She was second on the team in assists and first in kills. She never left the floor. This summer she helped the Iowa Rockets U-18 team win a national volleyball title. She was a third-team all-state pick in basketball as the point guard for the Bears. Poula averaged 11.3 points and made 80 percent of her free throws and 39 percent of her 3-pointers. She led the team in assists (86), was second in steals (64) and had 13 blocks. Just as in volleyball she was a versatile player for the co-champions of the Cedar Valley conference who finished 17-6. Poula ran 800s in track and won the event at the CVC conference meet her first three seasons. She anchored the distance and sprint medleys and the 4×400 at the state meet. She didn’t go out for softball this summer for the first time, but she hit .357 with 31 RBIs as a junior and .374 with 32 RBIs as a sophomore. She also is a top student academically.

West Liberty

* Kristi Feldman: Like her sister before her, Feldman was an indispensable part of several teams at West Liberty. She was a two-year front-line starter for the school’s outstanding volleyball team. She was fourth on the state-tournament qualifying team in total kills and had a .224 kill efficiency. She was second on the team in blocks. She was all-conference and all-district in basketball and earned a spot on the IBCA all-star team. She averaged 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a senior. She scored more than 1,000 points in her career and owns the career rebound record at the school. In track, she placed fourth in the 2A discus at state after coming in seeded seventh. She won the conference title in the event and is the school record holder. She was 13th at Drake Relays. She was a four-year starter in softball after playing all five years. She was team captain as a senior and led the team in hitting (.391) while finishing second in RBIs and runs scored.


* Mallory McArtor: The Golden Hawks’ woman for all seasons is McArtor. For four years she doubled in the fall by running cross country and playing volleyball. She also started on the volleyball and softball teams and ran track. She earned 21 athletic letters, and her teams went to state 10 times in four sports. She placed third in last fall’s state-qualifying cross country meet to earn a trip to state. She was CVC runner-up and earned first-team all-conference honors for the fourth time. As a senior, she was first-team all-conference in basketball and played on the CVC all-star team. She helped Mid-Prairie reach the state tournament. In track, she was the conference champion in the 800 and qualified for state in that event plus the 4×800 and both medley relays. The team was sixth in the 4×800 and eighth in the distance medley. The softball team qualified for state for the fourth year in a row. She hit .293 with 18 stolen bases.

Clear Creek Amana

* Maliah Fligg: Fligg is known as a dominating softball player both as a pitcher and a hitter, but she also was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and basketball. She lost her senior softball season to knee surgery but already had been named a second-team all-stater two years in a row as a sophomore and junior. As a sophomore, she helped pitch Clear Creek Amana to the state title and was named to the all-tournament team. She was first-team all-conference (unanimous) and all-district both seasons. In basketball, she was a unanimous all-conference first-team pick, was all-district and made the INA all-state third team. She was the first CCA girl to be selected to play in the IBCA all-star game. A post, Fligg led the team in scoring with a 13.3 ppg and was second in rebounding with a 7.6 rpg. In volleyball, she was a unanimous first-team all-conference pick and led the team in kills, aces and blocks. As a junior and senior, she was academic all-conference in volleyball and basketball and earned the same honor as a junior in softball. She is a National Honor Society member and was on the honor roll all four years. She was nominated for the E.Wayne Cooley scholarship.


* Paige Wieland: Wieland is a profile in courage, having recovered from two ACL surgeries including one her senior year, yet she found the wherewithal to compete in four sports most of her career. She is off to Muscatine Community College to compete in softball after a stellar career. She was all-conference five years, all-district four years and all-state three years. She led off for the Huskies and jump started one of the most potent running offenses in the state. She earned first-team all-state honors this year in Class 2A from the IGCA after hitting .448 with a .504 on-base percentage and 16 RBIs. She was successful on 42 of 44 stolen base attempts. In volleyball, she was third in kills (73), first in service aces (61) and second in digs. Her basketball season was cut short by the knee injury but she played in 12 games as the point guard. She also was unable to run track this year but came back for softball.

Iowa Mennonite

* Laura Hochstetler: A two-sport participant, Hochstetler just concluded a fine softball season. She hit .310 and was the team’s workhorse pitcher, throwing 150 innings. She finished with a 12-10 record and a 2.24 ERA and about a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. She holds school records for season ERA and strikeouts and is among the top 10 in season batting average, hits, wins, innings pitched and complete games. Last fall, she was a first-team all-conference selection in volleyball. She was second on the team in kills and digs. She was an academic all-conference selection in both volleyball and softball the last two years. She finished her career at IMS with a 3.98 GPA and was class salutatorian.

Lone Tree

* Ella Feldman: Feldman was a four-year four-sport participant for the most part, missing only her senior season of softball. She qualified for four state cross country meets placing 27th as a junior and 49th as a senior. In track, she qualified for state three years in a row in the 1,500. She was first-team all-conference as a junior in basketball. As a senior, she averaged five points and three rebounds. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the school’s dance team.


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