16 seniors to continue athletics at division I schools
16 seniors will advance to play Division I athletics in college after successful high school careers. They shared with us their favorite memory from their high school athletic career.
South Dakota State University Volleyball “I think it was this year in the regional final. [The game] was really close; it was within a set and then Bettendorf hit it out and we all got so excited. We were worried we were going to lose because we were all so close, so that was really fun winning that game.”
North Dakota State University Volleyball “Probably beating Bettendorf this last year to go to state. It was our third chance at revenge, it took five sets, and went into overtime. I can’t remember, I just know we beat them by two. It was the best feeling because we were going to state and we beat our rivals to get there, so that was my favorite memory.” OR “Winning the Live Like Line a...
Drake University Volleyball “Probably just staying in the hotels at tournaments and just hanging out with the team and messing around.”
Western Illinois University Volleyball “My most favorite game was when we played Bettendorf this year to go to state. Because we were ahead two sets ... They came back the next two sets to tie it 2-2, so it went into the fifth. I remember it was super duper intense, and it was 14-14 and I came in and was super nervous. But then it was 15-14, and then we won 16-14 after a girl hit it out. I just...
University of South Dakota Track and field “Regionals my freshman year when it was announced that we had gotten second to City High. Then they went through and retallied the team scores and we ended up winning by a point and it was just so much fun, and everyone was just so happy.”
University of Colorado Track and field “Drake last year for shuttle [hurdle relay], Waukee fell, and it was pretty exciting, and it was super rainy. We ran a PR and got second place.”
University of Northern Iowa Cross country, track and field “When I was a sophomore year during track at the state qualifying meet I ran the 3000.I didn’t know if I would qualify for state or anything because you have to be in the top two to automatically qualify. But, for the whole race I was sitting in about third or fourth place. With a lap to go, Stephanie Jenks took off, so it became a ...
University of South Dakota Cross country, track and field “When our team went to Coach Parker's house for the camp we do every year. I remember the workout around his house in the makeshift course he had was extremely hard and one of my least favorite ever. But afterwards, Tia [Saunders] and I asked coach if we could jump in his parent’s pond for a cool down. He laughed and said yes, but I ...
University of Iowa Basketball, baseball “Winning state. My senior year [was my favorite] because it was the best way to go out. And I got MVP of the game, and then of the tournament. And then celebrating with my teammates in the locker room after the game was really fun.”
University of South Dakota Swimming “I transferred schools midway through high school, but sophomore year [when I was going to Pleasant Valley High School] I went into the 500 [at the state meet] ranked kind of low, but I did decent for what I wanted.”
University of Northern Iowa Softball “Winning conference two years ago because we just worked really hard for it, and it wasn’t really expected; like that season we were just focusing on having fun. So I guess winning conference was just a shock, and we played a 15 inning game to win.”
Northwestern University Soccer “Sophomore year we were playing Waukee to go into semis and it was double overtime and I scored the game winning goal, so that was cool.”
University of Michigan Soccer “My favorite memory was when I scored the winning goal in our state championship our sophomore year.”
Drake University Soccer “Playing against City and winning [on April 21] because it was my first win against City. That game is always fun, but to have an assist in it was really special.”
Iowa State University Football “In the dome against Washington, being the underdog and just going in there and just basically destroying them the entire game, and going on to the state championship game.”
University of Michigan Football "The moment when the West football team recovered a fumble to seal the win in our playoff game against Bettendorf this year. And the moment after I won the 50 freestyle at the state swimming meet and my longtime goal was fulfilled.”