By: Michaela Lendt
“More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill none have wrestled without pride,” Dan Gable. The Boone High School wrestling team is rearing up for another season out on the mats. With a strong record, and a long history Boone has another year to prove it. “We’re a really young team this year, we’ve got some really promising stars through the midst as well,” added Coach Riddle. The Varsity team has two returning seniors: Ryan Dighton and Dillon Calkins. “I’d keep your eye on those two boys they really put their heart into the sport." The wrestling season will kick off with a double dual in Carlisle against the Carlisle Tigers and the Bondurant Bluejays on Thursday, December 4th.
By: Justin Elsner
The 2014 Football season has came to an end. This season isn't what the team wished for but even though the scores didn't go in their favor, didn't mean they didn't make memories.
Boone ended the season with an unacspected 1-8 record.
The Toreadors did have some successful players out on the gridiron. Jaymen Tedrow, Ashton Clemons, Ryan Dighton, and Dillon Calkins’ on field performances stood out from the rest of the team and was worthy of 1st team All District selections. John Devries, Danny Anderson, and Tanner Schminke also were recognized by receiving Honorable Mention All District.
The Toreador defense was did have some high points on the year. Ryan Dighton, one of the 1st Team All District members lead the Toreadors in tackles with 103. Clemons was right behind him with 99. Clemons had three interceptions on the year leading the team and district, he also averaged 9.3 yards after the interception. He also picked up four fumbles on the year which was second in the state.
Even though the scores didn't go in Boone’s favor, they did still have some highpoints in the rushing and passing game. Tanner Schminke came close this season to hitting 2000 total yards but was just 3 yards short. Jaymen Tedrow another 1st Team All District member rushed for 809 yards on the season, while averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Daniel Anderson was one of the Dors’ most underrated receivers. He ran for a total of 539 yards after the catch and averaged 14.2 yards. Anderson Also ran in for six touchdowns.
Some players also had some success in the classrooms. Eight seniors, four juniors, and three sophomores were worthy of Academic All District.
The Boone Girls Swimming team defeated Algona and Perry in Tuesday’s dual meet with an overall team score of 78. Algona finished in second with a score of 25 and Perry followed in third with a score of 18. Boone got off to a quick start, winning the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 2:00.78. Sophomores Anne Marie DeVries, Erin Kokemiller, Madelynn Santi, and Senior Kate Kokemiller made up the relay team. This gave the ‘Dors an early lead which they never gave up for the rest of the evening.
In the diving portion of the meet, Junior Kennedey Bass notched a first place finish with a score of 249.65. Senior Haiden Jennings also performed well earning a score of 240.75. “I had a good night, but there’s always room for improvement.” Said Bass on her performance. One of her individual goals for this season is to qualify for state and place in the top ten.
Boone swimming coach Chris Mann anticipated the weakness of both the Algona and Perry squads, so he placed the girls in events that would take them out of their comfort zone and really challenge them. Erin Kokemiller earned a first place finish in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:14.46, edging out the second place swimmer by five seconds. In the 50 yard freestyle, her sister Kate Kokemiller managed to get first place with a time of 27.30. To cap off the night, Kokemiller also won the 100 yard breaststroke at 1:20.99. Madelynn Santi finished in third place with a time of 1:21.91.
When asked what some of her individual goals were for the season, Santi replied, “I would really love to break all three relay records that we set last year again.” DeVries answered the question with, “I would like to be on a state qualifying relay team this year.” Both are realistic goals with how much time these girls have put in.
The Toreadors next meet is an invitational on Saturday, September 20th, at Des Moines Lincoln high school.
By: Lane Losh
By: Lane Losh
Toreador diving is once again making an appearance at the State Diving Meet this year. Senior Haiden Jennings and Junior Kennedey Bass both had state-worthy performances last week at the Regional meet, taking champion and runner-up spots.
For Jennings, this isn’t her first rodeo. She’s appeared at State multiple times before, and had lots of success, but something’s missing. She’s never taken home a title. When asked how she’s preparing for the meet, she said, “Going to practice every day, doing pike ups at home, and keeping my mind confident.” Jennings also noted that success is earned, not given. She’s been at this since a young age, and credits a majority of her success to her father, Barry. “My dad has been the one to push me where I am. Telling me everyday to act like it’s your last practice, and last meet. And now this State meet is my last.”
Junior Kennedey Bass also has experience at the State level. She’s had an outstanding 2014 campaign and hopes that she can perform at that level again this weekend. “I will be practicing all of my dives over and over again to prepare for State on Friday,” said Bass.
We’ve seen both of these talented divers trade victories and go back and forth all season. It’s hard to tell who is going to come out on top this time, but they will definitely be representing Boone High in a positive way.
The State meet will be held at the Marshalltown YMCA this Friday, November 7th.
By: Laura Anderson
Boone Toreador volleyball team falls to the Charles City Comets, Tuesday night, November 4th. The comets swept over the Toreadors in three sets, qualifying them for state.
The Toreador’s first set started off a little shaky. The comets gained a few points over Boone early on. Boone showed some fight tieing the comets later on. Charles City and Boone fought back and forth between each point. Charles City then pulled ahead in the final points and won 25-21. The second match of the night continued much like the first. The Comets pulled ahead earlier in the match. Boone have trouble stringing together a few points and lost to the Comets 25-18.
The Toreadors came out strong in the third match of the night. Boone gained an early lead of a few points again the Comets. The Comets fought back tying the Toreadors later on. Charles City then gained a slight lead over Boone later on. Boone continued to fight with the Comets, minimizing their lead to the Comets, 25-23, ending the 2014 volleyball season.
Boone may not have ended the way they hoped, but they had a tremendous year. The final record was 33-7. As four of their losses were against teams ranked in the top 15 in the state of Iowa. Senior Carrie Overland says, “It’s really hard to know that I’ll never play again as a Toreador but I wouldn’t have wanted to end my season any other way.”
The Toreador volleyball team has officially come to close. Now preparing for next year!
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