* Brook Price: Price had outstanding seasons in cross country and track. He was first-team all-MVC for the fourth time in cross country, and won a district championship even after losing a shoe mid-race. He qualified for state four times, finishing fourth as a senior in a school-record time of 15 minutes, 2 seconds. His previous finishes at state were 17th (freshman), ninth (sophomore) and fifth (junior). He was part of the Iowa Elite All-State team as a senior and junior. Price capped his senior year with a great state track meet. He anchored the winning 4×800-meter relay in a school-record time and one of the top times in Iowa history. He anchored the second-place medley relay and was third in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600 in a personal-best 4:19.06. He qualified for the Drake Relays three different years and for state all four of his years. Known for his gutsy ability to finish races, Price will continue his running career at the University of Iowa.
* Daniel Gaffey: Gaffey was a ferocious two-way lineman for the state championship Regals and then won a state championship in wrestling last winter. Gaffey was a first-team all-state and all-district selection for the Regals. He paved the way for the Regals’ running game, while playing havoc with opposing offenses that were unable to block him despite routinely double-teaming the active Gaffey. He recorded 86 tackles, third-best on the team despite being a down lineman. He also played in the Shrine Bowl. Gaffey won the state wrestling title at 220 pounds, completing a 43-0 season. He pinned three of his opponents at the state meet. He was the first Regal to win a state title since 1984. Gaffey will play football at Iowa this fall.
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* Jared Ganschow: Ganschow completed an outstanding track career by winning the 200- and 400-meter titles at the state meet and being named to the elite all-state team by the IATC. He was part of the seventh-place 4×200 relay and the state-qualifying 4×100. As a sophomore, he anchored the Clippers’ state-title winning 4×400 relay in a scintillating come-from-behind dash. He also placed second in the 200 and 400 and was fourth in the 100. As a freshman, he was eighth in the 400 and part of the third-place 4×400 relay. He missed most of his junior season with a hamstring injury. He was a three-year letterman in football and was named to the Shrine Bowl squad. He was twice an all-district all-academic pick and all-district honorable mention. An outstanding student, he was a four-year honor roll member and finished with a 4.0 GPA. He will continue his track career at Iowa.
* Cade Jones: Jones was a two-sport standout for the Bears. He was a two-time first-team all-state running back. As a junior, he rushed for 1,769 yards and 27 touchdowns with 8.2 yards per carry. As a senior, he ran for 1,867 yards (169.7 per game, 9.3 per carry). Jones was a physical, punishing runner who enjoyed contact but had the quickness to pull away once he was in the open. He also played a big role on defense for West Branch. Jones won two state wrestling championships at 195 pounds. He is the first Bear to win two championships and only the second to win a title at all. He was 43-6 as a junior. Jones will continue his football career at Grand View College.
* Austin Holub: Holub was a three-sport standout at Solon in football, soccer and baseball. He also lettered in track for two seasons before switching to soccer. He lettered in football two years and earned first-team all-district honors both seasons. He lettered two seasons in soccer. In baseball, where he lettered four years, he was an all-conference pick his final two seasons. Holub was a Dollars for Scholars recipient and won a Christina Hixson scholarship for incoming Iowa State students. Holub plans to pursue a degree in engineering at ISU.
* Tyler Newsom: A terrific all-around athlete who competed in every season for the Comets. Newsom was tough, athletic and versatile. He was a first-team all-district player for a playoff qualifier. As quarterback, he completed 91-of-175 passes (.520) for 1,565 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for 394 yards and four TDs and led the team in tackles with 121, including 11 solo tackles for loss. He was the conference champion in the shot put and discus, and was fifth in the discus at state and seventh in the shot. His throw in the shot at state was a foot and a half farther than his previous best. He also competed in golf during the spring as a senior. He was first-team all-conference in basketball and led the team in scoring with a 15 ppg average. He made a school-record 51 3-pointers as a senior. He also led the team in rebounding, averaging 6.9 per game. Newsom earned second-team all-conference honors in baseball where he led the team in hitting with a .436 average and a lusty .723 slugging percent. He led the team in RBIs (28) and homers (6). He also pitched and was 6-6 with a 2.91 ERA.
* Bryan Forbes: A four-sport star, Forbes is best known for his success in football and basketball. He earned all-state honors as a junior and senior as a defensive back. He tied for the third-most interceptions (6) among all Class A players as a senior. He was second in Class A as a junior with eight. He was an all-district selection three years. As a junior receiver, he caught 17 passes for 237 yards. As a senior, he caught 33 for 544 yards and seven TDs. In basketball, he was a high-scoring, versatile player who could bring the ball up court, shoot 3s or drive inside. He was an all-state selection both his junior and senior years, earning first-team honors as a senior after leading the Lions to the state tournament. He was a four-time all-district selection. He holds school records for career points scored (1,807) and points in a season (646). The Lions were 45-6 his final two seasons. He averaged 23.9 points per game as a senior. In track, Forbes qualified for the state meet in the high jump and placed eighth. In baseball, he hit .295 with 16 RBIs.
* Ryan Hoffman: Besides his versatility as an athlete, what strikes you most about Hoffman’s resume is his obvious leadership. He was a captain on the football, basketball and track teams and was named Mr. Golden Hawk in track. He won the Addison Powell award for best student-athlete during football. The holder of the school record in the 100, Hoffman was fourth at state as a senior where fewer than .20 seconds separated the top five finishers. He also was fourth in the 400, fifth in the 200 and ran on the state-qualifying medley relay. As a junior and sophomore he was part of the sixth-place 4×200 relay at state. His sophomore, season he also was a member of the third-place 4×100 relay and the fourth-place 4×800. As a freshman, he ran on the fourth-place 4×400 team at state. In football, he was a second-team all-district pick as a defensive back and was the MVP kick returner in the district. In basketball, he was named Mr. Hustle as a junior and most outstanding defender as a junior and senior. He was all-district or all-conference academic selection in every sport and won the United States Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award.
* Cameron Gingerich: An outstanding basketball and baseball player for IMS. Gingerich was named to the first team all-conference and in basketball as a senior and was selected to the all-substate team after averaging 16.3 ppg. He was a three-year starter on teams that compiled a 68-10 record and earned two trips to the state tournament. His .664 field-goal percentage is seventh-best in IMS’s illustrious history. He was academic all-district as a senior with a 3.92 grade-point average. He was academic all-conference in both basketball and baseball. He was a two-time first-team all-conference selection in baseball and earned all-district recognition both years, including first-team honors as a senior. He led the team in hitting as a senior with a .435 average. He also led the team in innings pitched (61.2) and compiled a 2.16 ERA with a 4-5 record. Opponents hit only .213 against him. He was among the top 10 in six statistical categories at IMS through his junior season (RBI, runs, triples, innings pitched, wins, strikeouts) and just moved up those lists this summer.
* Talon McFarland: A four-sport athlete for Highland, McFarland was busy year-round with football, basketball, track and baseball. In football, he led the Huskies with 25 receptions for 462 yards and seven touchdowns. He played four years of football rotating between wide reciever, defensive back and punt returner. He played four years of basketball, alternating between a small forward and power forward and averaged 15.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a senior. He hit .326 in baseball with 12 stolen bases his senior year. McFarland went out for track his freshman year and did not like it but decided to come back as a senior. He competed in the high jump, 200, x200, and 4×400 and qualified for state in the high jump, 200 and the 4×200. McFarland will attend Kirkwood Community College in the fall to play baseball and hopes to move on and play for a four-year school after that.