The 2018/19 athletic season wraps up with the release of the year’s all-area team.
The all-area team recognizes the top 20 athletes, 10 girls and 10 boys, looking back at the entire school year.
It was a year that started out with some great teams.
Shenandoah girls cross country advanced to the state meet for the fourth consecutive season.
The class of the Corner Conference in volleyball and football also went deep into the postseason. Sidney volleyball advanced to its fourth straight state tournament, this one in Class 2A, and won a game before falling in the semifinals.
Fremont-Mills football also made it to the state semifinals, losing an overtime heartbreaker in the UNI-Dome.
All three of those state teams have some key pieces returning that should make for a fun fall.
The fall season also saw Shenandoah senior Jack Campbell, Sidney senior Adam Thompson and Sidney junior Noah Jorgenson all qualify for the state cross country meet.
Shenandoah volleyball was also outstanding, winning 21 matches.
The winter sports season was headlined by Shenandoah girls basketball nearly making a run to the state tournament. The Fillies avenged a pair of regular season losses to beat Red Oak in a thrilling regional semifinal, and then fell just three points short against Des Moines Christian in a regional final.
Sidney girls basketball won 20 games and had a strong regional victory over AHSTW before falling to eventual state champion Treynor in a regional semifinal.
Both Shenandoah bowling teams were strong again with Alyssa Dukes qualifying for the state meet.
The area boys basketball and wrestling teams weren’t able to achieve this kind of postseason success, but all had their highlights.
The spring season saw Shenandoah girls tennis perform very well all season with a pair of third place state finishes to show for it.
Each area team was represented at the state track and field meet and the area ended up with 10 state medals.
The rest of the spring sports as well as the summer teams also saw their share of highlights.
The all-area team was difficult to put together. There were several easy selections to the team, but how do you compare some of those tremendous individual seasons and then add on the second, third and even fourth best sports of some of the area’s outstanding individuals. The last few spots were even more challenging to consider and there were a few athletes that likely deserved a spot here, but there was only room for 20.
The team is made up almost entirely of seniors and juniors. There are 11 seniors, five on the first team. The other five first team members are juniors with eight total. There is one sophomore on the second team.
Sidney athletes dominate the team with nine playing for the Cowboys or Cowgirls, six on the first team. There are five from Shenandoah, two on the first team. Fremont-Mills has four athletes recognized, one on the first team. Essex ended with two athletes, one on each team.
The 10-member first team is first with a few words about each athlete, followed by the second team. Each team is listed alphabetically.
Valley News 2018/19 All-Area First Team
Maddy Duncan, junior, Sidney
Duncan scored 430 points on the basketball court and added about 100 assists and steals as well in leading a 20-win team. She earned three state meet medals in track and field, taking fourth in the long jump, fifth in the 400 meter dash and eighth in the 800 medley relay. She also won four individual events at the Corner Conference meet. She was a first team selection in the winter and spring. She was also in the volleyball rotation, finishing with 133 kills and 237 digs. Duncan was a first team all-area selection last year.
Nichole Gilbert, junior, Shenandoah
Gilbert had another outstanding season as one of the best tennis players in the state. She finished third at the Class 1A state doubles tournament with sister Natalie and led the Fillies to a third place team finish. She had a strong season on the softball diamond, finishing with 44 hits and 23 runs scored hitting near the top of the lineup. She was also the number two pitcher and ended with a 3.52 ERA. She set up Shenandoah’s dynamic offense on the volleyball court, finishing with nearly 750 assists and more than 250 digs. She was a first team selection in the spring and summer and second team pick in the fall. She was also a starter on the basketball team. Gilbert was a second team all-area selection last year.
Logan Hughes, senior, Shenandoah
Hughes’ fantastic career ended with another spectacular four seasons and she leaves Shenandoah with several individual school records. She scored nearly 600 points in basketball and also pulled down double digit rebounds per game in leading the Fillies to a regional final. In track and field Hughes was a Drake Relays and state meet medalist in the shot put and also qualified for both in the discus. She led the softball team to more than 20 wins, finishing with 48 hits and 35 RBIs. She also had nearly 300 kills as a strong all-around player on the volleyball court. She was a first team selection in the winter, spring and summer and second team in the fall, the only athlete to be honored all four seasons. Hughes was also a first team all-area selection last year.
Noah Jorgenson, junior, Sidney
Jorgenson won two medals at the state track and field meet, finishing fourth in the 800 and anchoring the fifth place 4x800 meter relay team. He was part of Sidney’s longer relays all season and won multiple conference championships. He medaled at the state cross country meet, finishing 11th in his second year competing at the state level. He was fourth at the state qualifying meet. He was Sidney’s best basketball player as well, scoring 346 points while shooting 45 percent the field. He also grabbed 106 rebounds in leading the Cowboys to 14 wins. He was a first team selection in the fall, winter and spring. Jorgenson was a second team all-area pick last year.
Olivia Larsen, junior, Sidney
Larsen set the table for the volleyball team that made the state semifinals, ending the year with an incredible 1,017 assists. She also had 243 digs and missed just three serves all year. She was one of the area’s best hitters on the softball diamond, ending with 31 hits and 28 runs scored from the top of the Cowgirl lineup. She ended the summer with 27 strikeouts and a 4.48 ERA. She was a first team selection in the fall and summer. In track and field, she was part of both state qualifying relays. She won a state medal in the 800 medley and nearly did in the 4x100. She was also a starter on the basketball team. Larsen was a first team pick to the all-area team last year.
Brady Lorimor, senior, Sidney
Lorimor was dominant inside on the basketball team where he scored 252 points and grabbed 270 rebounds in leading the Cowboys to 14 wins. He helped anchor the football offensive line that led the Cowboy rushing attack. He finished with 40 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss on defense. He was first team pick in the winter and made the second team in the fall. He also was a thrower on the track and field team.
Camryn McClintock, senior, Sidney
McClintock finished her career at Sidney with another strong performance throughout the year. She did her best work on the volleyball court with 373 kills and 298 digs in leading Sidney to the Class 2A state semifinals. She scored more than 200 points on the basketball floor and shot nearly 50 percent from the field. She also did about everything else with 121 rebounds, 80 assists, 70 steals and 20 blocks. In softball, she struck out 37 with a 3.82 ERA and was also a solid bat in the middle of the Cowgirl order as they shared the regular season Corner Conference title and won the conference tournament. She was a first team selection here in the fall and second team in the winter and summer. She also participated in track and field, cross country and golf. McClintock was first team selection last year to the all-area team.
Zayne Osborn, senior, Sidney
Osborn won a Class 1A sectional golf title and was four shots back of qualifying for the state meet. He won the Corner Conference golf tournament. Osborn had 18 hits on the baseball diamond, finishing with 17 runs scored, 10 RBIs and 15 strikeouts on the mound. He was a first team selection in the spring and a second team pick in the summer. He scored 174 points, grabbed 120 rebounds and dished out 69 assists as a starter on the basketball team. He also finished the football season with 44.5 tackles. He played about everywhere on offense, finishing with 452 total offensive yards and 11 touchdowns.
Colton Thornburg, junior, Essex
Thornburg’s speed showed off in all of his athletic events this year. He placed 11th in the long jump at the state track and field meet and was a medalist in multiple events at the Corner Conference meet. He rushed for 1,022 yards and passed for another 722 for the football team and engineered Essex’s new-look offense the last half of the season with 25 total touchdowns. Thornburg led the baseball team with 14 hits and 14 runs scored and was strong defensively in both the outfield and infield. He was a first team selection in the spring and took home second team honors in the fall and summer. Thornburg also led the basketball team with 191 points, 80 assists and 67 steals. Thornburg was a second team all-area selection last year.
Mason Vanatta, senior, Fremont-Mills
Vanatta led the football team to another state semifinal appearance. He rushed for 1,075 years and passed for 1,170 with 41 total touchdowns as the Knights won 10 games. He was the best player on Fremont-Mills’ basketball team, scoring 379 points and shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. He also grabbed 149 rebounds and ended with 76 assists and 57 steals. He was a first team selection in the fall and winter. He was also part of a strong sprint relay rotation for the track and field team and won four events at the Corner Conference meet. Vanatta was also a first team all-area selection last year.
Valley News 2018/19 All-Area Second Team
Lexi Burnison, senior, Essex
Burnison led the golf team to a fifth place finish in the regional final in the program’s first year. She was 10 shots away from qualifying for the state golf meet. She was a second team selection in the spring. Burnison was also the setter on the volleyball team. She missed just two serves all season and ended with 129 assists.
Claire Campbell, senior, Shenandoah
Campbell led the cross country team to a fourth straight appearance at the state meet, and did that after missing her junior year due to injury. Campbell was a second team selection in the fall. Campbell was also a strong mid-distance and distance runner on the track and field team, highlighted by a sixth place finish in the 3000 at the Hawkeye 10 meet. Campbell was also a strong contributor to the basketball team that made the regional final, scoring 148 points for the season.
Kyle Cerven, junior, Shenandoah
Cerven was a great playmaker for the basketball team, finishing the season with 309 points and making 40 percent of his field goal attempts. He also pulled down 136 rebounds. He was a first team selection in the winter. He threw for 790 yards for the football team while rushing for another 263. He also started on defense with 51 tackles. He was part of the track and field team’s sprint relays, which won multiple medals at nearly every meet, including two at the Hawkeye 10 Conference meet. He also played baseball, finishing with 17 hits, 15 runs scored and seven RBIs. He also struck out 10 and had a 2.93 ERA in limited innings on the mound.
Jaden Daffer, senior, Sidney
Daffer was one of the best liberos in the state in leading Sidney volleyball to the state semifinals. She ended the year with 362 digs. She was a first team selection in the fall. She was also a big part of Sidney’s track and field team, as a part of both of Sidney’s state qualifying relays. She took home a state medal in the 800 medley and nearly did in the 4x100. She also scored 18 points in the two individual hurdle events at the Corner Conference meet.
Roxy Denton, junior, Shenandoah
Denton won a state medal in the 100 meter hurdles and also led the Fillies’ shuttle hurdle team to the state meet. She was second in the 100 hurdles at the Hawkeye 10 Conference meet. She was a strong performer on the Fillies basketball team, ending the year with 283 points and 151 rebounds. She was a first team selection in the winter and spring. She was also part of the volleyball rotation, ending the year with 63 kills and 38 blocks.
Seth Malcom, sophomore, Fremont-Mills
Malcom has already secured football offers from Iowa State and Nebraska with two years of high school left. He’s getting those looks because of his dominance in leading the Knights back to the UNI-Dome. He finished 101 tackles, 18.5 for loss. He also had nearly 1,500 yards rushing and receiving with 30 touchdowns and more than 12 yards per touch. He was a first team selection in the fall. He was part of the track and field shuttle hurdle relay team that qualified for the finals at the state meet and was part of sprint and hurdle relay rotation. Malcom also struck out 14 batters on the mound for the baseball team with a 4.55 ERA. He had 12 hits and 15 runs scored on offense. He scored 34 points and pulled down 64 rebounds for the basketball team.
Sophie Phillips, senior, Fremont-Mills
Phillips won a state track and field medal in the discus, finishing fourth. She was runner-up in the same event at the conference meet and was also consistently near the top in each meet in the shot put. Phillips was the top hitter on the volleyball team, finishing with 218 kills. She missed just 15 serves with 36 aces in leading the Knights to 22 match wins. She was a second team selection in the fall and spring.
Jaeger Powers, senior, Fremont-Mills
Powers was one of many weapons on the football team that made the state semifinals. He finished with nearly 1,000 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns. He also finished with 69 tackles, 11 for loss and was a very good punt returner for the Knights. He qualified for the state track and field meet in the long jump and was part of the team’s strong sprint relay rotation. He was a second team selection in the fall and spring. He was also a starter on the basketball team with 85 points, 50 rebounds and 48 assists.
Adam Thompson, senior, Sidney
Thompson qualified for the state cross country meet again this season and nearly medaled, placing 26th in the 1A field. He also qualified for state in the 3200 meter run in track and field, finishing in the middle of the pack. He won two conference track and field titles. He was a first team selection in the fall and a second team pick in the spring. He also played on the basketball team and scored 22 points. Thompson was a first team all-area pick last year.
Thomas Wilson, junior, Sidney
Wilson anchored Sidney’s offensive and defensive lines on the football field, finishing with 14.5 tackles for loss on defense. He also handled kickoff duties for the Cowboys. He was a state-ranked 285 pounder in wrestling, but missed the last few weeks due to injury. He ended the season 26-4. He was a first team selection in the fall and a second team pick in the winter. Wilson also competed in the throws on the track and field team.