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East's Thompson-Williams to play football, baseball

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Sioux City East senior Dom Thompson-Williams has decided to play football and baseball at Iowa Western Junior College.

Thompson-Williams led the state in receiving yards per game at 112.2 while hauling in 58 catches for 1,234 yards as a senior, 16th best in Iowa history.

The Class 4A first-team all-stater helped the Black Raiders to an 8-3 record, losing in the second round of the playoffs to eventual champion Ankeny.

He also led the state on the baseball diamond in hits last season with 86. He hit .544 at the plate with 30 RBI.

Iowa Western won the junior college national championship this past season racking up a 12-0 record and beating Butler Community College for the title 27-7.

Mustangs adding area talent

The national runner-up Morningside football team added several area football players to its team this week.

South Sioux City's Scott Manley passed for 2,256 yards and 28 touchdowns in helping lead the Cardinals to the playoffs, and will continue his career with the Mustangs.

Elk Point-Jefferson High School quarterback Brock Zeller threw for 3,817 yards in his career, had 260 completions and 39 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 421 yards and eight more touchdowns.

Akron-Westfield had a pair of players decide to continue their careers with the Mustangs. Taylor James ran for 1,849 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Westerners this past season. Chet Willer had 47 tackles and four fumble recoveries on the season.

George-Little Rock's Ben Starr and Luke Grooters plan to play for the Mustangs next season as well.

Starr is a defensive end who earned second-team Iowa Newspaper Association All-State defensive lineman honors. He had 68 tackles and four sacks this season.

Grooters is a linebacker who earned first-team all-district honors. He racked up 87 tackles and ran for 556 yards and seven touchdowns this past season.

Dakota Valley's Aaron Likness will also play in Sioux City after helping quarterback the Panthers to the Class 11A quarterfinals before falling to Spearfish. Spirit Lake's Andrew Ites will also be a Mustang after recording 20 catches for 314 yards as a senior.

Northwestern adding three Indians

Spirit Lake defensive back Nick Amundson, wide receiver Casey Spaeth and linebacker Rick Maris are all joining the Red Raiders. Amundson led the team with six interceptions, Maris had 56 tackles despite being injured and Casey Spaeth hauled in seven touchdowns.

Iowa Western adds Spirit Lake players

National champion Iowa Western will add Spirit Lake's Cody Poock, Cody Norton and Tyler Petersen to its roster next season.

Poock was a first-team all-state linebacker, Norton had three fumble recoveries and Petersen had 10 tackles for loss.

Cochran-Bray to Winona State

Spirit Lake kicker Brett Cochran-Bray will play football at Winona State in Minnesota after connection on 61 of 62 extra-point attempts.

Notes

East High School's Amy Grause has committed to play soccer at Morningside next season. ... The Black Raiders' De Felts will play soccer at Dordt College. ... Central Lyon's Tori Figge will run track at Morningside. She is a three-time state qualifer and part of two state championship relay teams. ... East's Trey Lapke will play baseball at South Dakota State. ... Blake Van Ginkel will play basketball for Coach Jim Sykes at Morningside. ... Sioux City North's Keisha Eickholt and Madison Lee and Sergeant Bluff-Luton's Ashtyn Schubert all committed to Morningside's softball team. They are joined by Brennan Ensz, Morgan Fogelman, Elin Landgren, Ashley Palandri, Shayla Simms, and Jennifer Wagner.

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