Des Moines records Athletes of the Week for May 27-June 2

The Iowa girls and boys high school football tournaments recently wrapped up in Des Moines.

In the girls tournament, Nevada claimed its first state championship in Class 1A, Dallas Center-Grimes won its third in a row in 2A and Bettendorf captured its first title in 3A. Johnston repeated as the boys’ 4A champion, while Dallas Center-Grimes took first place in 3A, Bishop Heelan claimed its first title in 2A and North Fayette triumphed in the 1A championship.

The girls and boys tennis state team champions were also crowned last week.

In girls tennis, Dowling Catholic won the 2A title and Pella took first in 1A. The state champions in boys tennis were Waukee Northwest in 2A and Wahlert Catholic in 1A.

Last week there were again plenty of excellent baseball and softball performances.

Here are the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Ortho female and male Athlete of the Week candidates for the week of May 27 – June 2. Register readers vote to determine the winners, who will be announced at the end of the week.


Kylie Knief, Dallas Center-Grimes

Knief was named all-tournament captain of the 2A girls soccer team.

The DCG senior midfielder had one goal and one assist in the Mustangs’ 4-1 quarterfinal win over Xavier, and she scored twice in their 6-1 win over North Polk Saturday in the 2A championship game.

Carson Bohonek, Bettendorf

Bohonek was named all-tournament captain of the 3A girls soccer team.

The Bettendorf forward scored twice in the Bulldogs’ 7-1 quarterfinal win over Pleasant Valley, and she had one assist in a 2-1 semifinal victory over Ankeny. In the 3A championship game, Bohonek scored all three of Bettendorf’s goals in a 3-1 win over West Des Moines Valley.

Evelyn Anderson, Nevada

Anderson played brilliant defense and did a great job helping Nevada possess the ball in all three tournament games, leading the Cubs to their first state title in 15 trips to the girls state soccer tournament.

Anderson also scored a goal on a direct kick during Nevada’s 2–1 win over Hudson in the quarterfinals. Her defense was instrumental in the Cubs’ shutouts of Dike-New Hartford in the semifinals (1-0) and Denver in the 1A championship game (2-0), earning her 1A all-tournament captain honors.

Lauren Black, Norwalk

Black had a huge game for the 4A No. 1 Norwalk softball team, leading the Warriors to a 13-1 victory Friday, May 31, in Newton.

Black hit three home runs and drove in nine runs to help Norwalk earn the road win.

Saydee Plummer, Burlington

Plummer was nearly unhittable for the 4A No. 11 Burlington softball team during a 7-0 win over Keokuk on May 28.

Plummer posted a one-hit shutout and racked up 19 strikeouts in seven innings.


Isaiah LaMark, Johnston

LaMark came up big for the Johnston boys soccer team in its 3-0 victory over Dowling Catholic in the 4A state championship game on Saturday, June 1, at Mediacom Stadium in Des Moines.

LaMark set up a brilliant defensive effort from Johnston that kept the Maroons off the scoreboard. He also converted a header into a goal from a Carlos Martinez corner.

Ben Jackson, Dallas Center-Grimes

Jackson led DCG to its first boys soccer state championship. The Mustangs defeated Des Moines Hoover 3-2 in overtime in the 3A title game on Saturday, June 1 at Mediacom Stadium.

Jackson scored the Mustangs’ first two goals to help them beat the No. 1 Huskies. He also had one goal and two assists in a 4-0 semifinal win over Cedar Rapids Washington on Friday, May 31, and a three-goal hat trick in an 8-1 quarterfinal win over Storm Lake.

Sergio Mijangos, Bishop Heelan

Mijangos scored the winning goal for Bishop Heelan during the 3-2 victory over Davenport Assumption in the 2A boys soccer state championship game.

Mijangos made a cross and put the ball in the net to secure the win. Mijangos also scored Heelan’s first goal in a 3-1 semi-final win over defending champions Gilbert on Friday, May 31, and scored once in the Crusaders’ 5-1 quarter-final victory over Webster City.

Brody Schupbach, North Fayette

Schupbach scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime for North Fayette during its 3-2 double-overtime win over Iowa City Regina in the 1A boys soccer semifinals on Friday, May 31.

Schupbach scored the winning goal with just over four minutes left in the second overtime. The win propelled the Tigerhawks to Saturday’s championship game, where they earned a 2-0 victory over Van Meter.

Charlie Dvergsten, Storm Lake

Dvergsten pitched a masterful perfect game to lead the Storm Lake baseball team past Spencer 4-0 on May 29 in Storm Lake.

Dvergsten confused Spencer hitters throughout and racked up 18 strikeouts.

The Des Moines Register’s Athlete of the Week is supported by Iowa Ortho, which was not involved in the writing or editing of this story.

Joe Randleman covers high school sports for the Ames Tribune. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @JoeRandleman