The Journal Star is pleased to recognize the best of the best from another exciting year in sports. Here are the winners in each category.
Sioux City North Cross Country Coach Abdier Marrero turned in his resignation last week, The Journal learned Monday. No reason was given why he resigned, as the Sioux City Community School district does not comment on personnel matters.
The South Sioux Cardinals junior was just the second in school history to win a state championship.
"It is certainly a community-driven sport, and being able to be a leader all the way since I was a freshman. It’s fitting to end it here at state," Downs said.
FORT DODGE, Iowa — There haven’t been many people who have challenged Mid-Prairie High School sophomore Danielle Hostetler.
FORT DODGE, Iowa -- Deep down, MOC-Floyd Valley High School senior Emily Haverdink wanted to get into the Top 5 Friday at the Class 3A state meet in Fort Dodge.
The Stars won several meets throughout the season, including 3 times against the Maroons this season but the Maroons came out on top this time.
BRUNSVILLE, Iowa — Monte Larsen couldn’t put his finger on how Hayden Gamble pushed through to clinch a spot for the state meet last week.
SIOUX CITY — There’s not really much else Abdier Marrero can say at this point.
SIOUX CITY — With her most recent accomplishment, East High School senior Kaia Downs turns her focus to the biggest — and final — race of her cross country career.
SIOUX FALLS — Vermillion High School sophomore Taeli Barta finished off her solid cross country season with a big finish at the South Dakota Class A state meet, as she wound up placing 11th overall, with a time of 19:22.
Mesuidi Ejerso’s name was written into the history books on Friday.
High Schools compete in the girls Class 2A state cross country qualifying meet.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Western Christian High School senior Tage Hulstein hopes that the fourth time is the charm.
BRUNSVILLE, Iowa – Sam May and Emily Haverdink both had similar races on Wednesday.
“I’ve been in that situation before and it really does suck,” Brandon Schutt said of his decision to help a fellow runner to the finish line.
MOVILLE, Iowa-- The Lawton-Bronson girls cross country team came out on top at the Western Valley Conference Cross Country meet on Saturday, with the Eagles claiming first place with 43 team points, and a first-place individual finish from junior Jolee Mesz.
BRUNSVILLE, Iowa — The nationally-ranked North High School cross country team crossed off the first goal on its checklist on Thursday: Win the conference championship.
Every Class A cross country team in the state was at Pioneers Park for district competition Thursday. Journal Star photos by Justin Wan
ELKHORN, NE-- South Sioux junior Mesuidi Ejerso captured the Class B, District 2 title on Thursday at the Mount Michael Benedictine district meet, as Ejerso won the boys race with a time of 16:06.30, 32 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — The MOC-Floyd Valley High School boys cross country team claimed the 2021 Siouxland Conference title on Tuesday, scoring 29 points.
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. — Dakota Valley High School senior Blake Schmiedt was the fourth-place finisher Thursday at the Dakota XII Conference in Dell Rapids.
MINNEAPOLIS — Perhaps that national ranking did mean something to the North High School boys cross country team.
SIOUX CITY — North High School cross country coach Abdier Marrero knows how much growth the boys program has made over the last seven years.
BRUNSVILLE, Iowa — MOC-Floyd Valley High School senior Emily Haverdink doesn’t want to run alone next month at the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge.
SIOUX CITY — Will Lohr’s journey began three years ago with a PowerPoint presentation.
MOVILLE, Iowa — Sergeant Bluff-Luton senior Carlos Rodriguez won the race at Moville’s Meadows Golf Course with a time of 18 minutes, 28 seconds on Tuesday.
BRUNSVILLE, Iowa — Will Lohr and the rest of the North High School cross country team aren’t necessarily seeking a perfect meet, but the opportunity once again presented itself on Tuesday.