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Alta- Aurelia Spring Sports Preview

Monday, April 23, 2012

Members of the 2012 Alta-Aurelia boys track and field team include, front row, left to right, Kaleb Howey, Sean Berg, Jared Schmitz, Nathan Flaherty, Trenton Delp, Zach Lukkes, Connor Napierala, Jordan Schmitz, Jesse Boehmer, Alex Larson. Middle, Tyler Larson, AJ Lange, Shawn Rowell, Kyle Freese, Austin Delp, Jalen Henningsen, Dylan Harms, Mitchell Fritz, Joe Napierala, Garrett VanHouten. Back, Michael Swanson, Jayson VanHaaften, Joshua Baxter, Jacob Berg, Titus Letzring, Ben Wetherell, Neil Marshall, Matthew Swanson, Evan Laursen. Absent, Tristan Bainum, Ross Friedrich, Jeremiah Ruby, Jason Flaherty.
Boys Track

Nine returning lettermen will lead the Alta-Aurelia boys track and field team this season, the Warriors finishing second in the conference last year.

Among those retuning letttermen are A.J. Lange, Jalen Henningsen, Jared Schmitz, Jordan Schmitz, Neil Marshall, Jayson Van Haaften, Nathan Flaherty, Shawn Rowell, and Tyler Larson.

In addition to the lettermen, seniors who will impact the squad inclide Austin Delp, Dylan Harms, Evan Laursen, and Kaleb Howey. Juniors Garrett Van Houten, Joe Napierala, and Titus Letzring also will contribute.

Sophomores Josh Baxter and Ben Wetherell, and a host of promising freshmen will also be counted on for the Warriors this year. Among those promising newcomers, according to coach Wedell Larson, are freshmen Mitchell Fritz, Connor Napierala, Jake Berg, and Ross Friedrich.

Coach Larson lists team depth and middle distance runners as among his team strengths, and low numbers in the throws as a team shortcoming.

Larson will be assisted by Mike Fry.

Girls Track

Members of the Alta-Aurelia girls track and field team include, ffront row, left to right, Kennadee Fellows, Tami Bertrand, Jayna Brechwald, Rachel Husman. Middle, Ali Turnquist, Mikayla Tuttle, Rachael Arnts. Back, Brianna Gaes, Erica Lockin, Brielle Kolpin, Andrea Heschke, Vanessa Tuggle. Absent, Paige Sivinski.
Just two returning letter winners and low numbers will hamper the Alta-Aurelia girls track and field team's point totals this season.

Those two returning letter winners are Rachel Husman in middle distance events, and Tami Bertrand in the hurdle events.

Bertand was a Northwest Conference champion in the 400 hurdles last season, and teammate Mikayla Tuttle ran on the Warriors' NWC champion shuttle hurdle relay unit.

Coach Tim Galvin lists hurdles, middle distance events, and senior leadership qualities as major team strengths, while he and assistant coach Jen Keitges will be working hard to develop long distance runners among the youthful Warrior squad.

Last season, A-A was second in the NWC Meet and qualified three events to the Iowa State Track & Field Championships.

Boys Golf

Members of the 2012 Alta-Aurelia boys golf team include, front row, left to right, Trevor Cuthbertson, Spencer Bezoni, Ross Parcel, Kale Nelson, Nick Radke. Back, Alex Stephan, Jeremiah Ruby, Marcus Hinkeldey, Jaden Holton, Colton Ballantyne, Brett Stange. Absent, Gabe McCormick.
Four lettermen are back to lead the Alta-Aurelia boys golf team this season, including Jaden Holton, Colton Ballantyne, Ross Parcel, and Spencer Bezoni.

Among promising newcomers listed by coach Randy Bissen are Nick Radkem Brett Stange, Kale Nelson, and Jeremiah Ruby.

Holton was a first team all-conference selection and a second team all-stater last year, and Ballantyne was a first team all-conference player. They combined to help lead the Warriors to the Northwest Conference title, with Holton also qualifying individually for Districts.

"We have some underclassmen who are willing to work hard and put in the extra time to become good golfers," noted Bissen as one of his team's strengths. He also lauded the proven abilities and leadership of Holton and Ballantye.

Jeanne Strock serves as an assistant coach for the A-A boys.

Members of the Alta-Aurelia 2012 girls golf team include, front, tow, left to right, Kaity Brake, Jenna Snyder, Meri Kestel, Erica Lockin, Kelsi Snyder, Aspen Wiederholt. Back, Lindsay Hall, Madison Meier, Jennifer Jensen, April Goslinga. Valarie Hernandez, Steph Stange.
Girls Golf

Two first team All-Northwest Conference players are among four returning letter winners to lead the Alta-Aurelia girls golf team to possible great heights this season.

Those two first teamers are Kelsi Snyder and April Goslinga, and the talented returning four letter winners also include NWC second team pick Maddie Meier, and Jennifer Jensen, all returning from the Warriors' 2011 State team.

Amoing promising newcomers for coach LeAnn Patton's squad are freshmen Erica Lockin and Jenna Snyder, sophomore Meri Kestel, and juniors Aspen Wiederholt and Val Hernandez.

Coach Pattom lists her major team strengths as experience and incoming freshmen Lockin and Snyder with solid golf experience.

AMong her team's shortcomings are filling in the depth, and replacing two graduated seniors off that 2011 State Tournament team.

The Warriors also won the NWC last season. Patton will be assisted by Jeanne Strock.


Alta-Aurelia is in it's first-year planning stages to establish boys and girls soccer teams and is seeking to play a JV schedule if possible this year. Team members recently signing on include, front row, left to right, Maria Candelario, Kate Carlson, Junior Molina, Taylor Stevicks, Josh Fitchett, Manuel Murillo, Ali Held. Back, Brandon Glienke, Cory Ballantyne, Neal Felten, Caleb Hogge, David Schmidt, Kellan Bell, Ben Stange. Absent, Nate Titus, Jon Michael Henry, Kevin Hernandez, Luic Placido, Jacob Baxter, Cecelia Lopez, Jacey Solko, Christian Witzel.
Alta-Aurelia has responded to student requests and is in the process of putting together a soccer program for boys and girls teams.

Will Dible is the coach of the first soccer team at Alta-Aurelia High School, and there was quite a turnout of prospective players.

Iowa high school schedules are set as much as two years in advance, though, and all current soccer teams have a full schedule, according to Alta-Aurelia Athletic Director Teri Zimmerman, so Alta-Aurelia has no schedule at this time.

If they do find some games this year, they will be considered to be Junior Varsity games, as the school is not competing in State-run tournaments this year. When they do play, it will be co-ed at this time.

"If things stay as they are," said Zimmerman. "We will try and compete next year."

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