2013 Sports year in review
10. Tanner Miller helps lead Iowa to Outback Bowl
Former Mid-Prairie football player and current defensive back starter for Iowa, Tanner Miller, was a force on defense as Iowa reversed its 4-8 2012 season to finish 8-4.
The Hawkeyes will face LSU in the Outback Bowl, Wednesday, Jan. 1.
He had 25 solo tackles and 28 assisted efforts for a total of 53 tackles.
He had one tackle for a loss and forced a fumble. Miller picked off three passes this season.
The senior has now played in 45 Hawkeye games during his collegiate career.
9. Mid-Prairie boys advance to state meet
The Mid-Prairie boys’ cross-country team qualified for the state race, where they finished just two points out of second place and four spots ahead of their No. 11 Class 2A ranking.
The Golden Hawks were very balanced with three runners in the top 20 at the qualifying meet.
Junior Jared Draper helped Mid-Prairie qualify for state with a time of 18:02 in 13th place. He then had the highest scoring time from his team at the state meet in 32nd place in 17:25. Draper will look to lead his team to state in back-to-back seasons his senior year.
8. Mid-Prairie wins first-round game
The Mid-Prairie football team had a respectable season.
The Golden Hawks went 8-3 with all three losses coming to playoff teams, including Washington a Class 3A state runner-up.
The Golden Hawks just missed out on a district championship with a 12-10 loss to Mediapolis, Friday, Oct. 11.
With a No. 2 seed in the playoffs and the accompanying home game, they defeated Davis County of Bloomfield 36-8.
Senior Eesaa Baylor ran rampant with 154 yards on 26 carries for two scores.
The Hawks’ season ended in the second round with a 26-16 loss to Albia.
7. IMS advances to regional final
Most schools would have a rocky first year with a new coach in place. Not the Iowa Mennonite School, which was aided by the familiarity boss Dwight Gingerich had with IMS after coaching the team four years ago.
IMS had a solid season campaign. It won the Wilton tourney with a 5-0 mark Saturday, Sep. 14, and Washington tourney going 4-1, Saturday, Oct. 12.
The team also reached the quarterfinals of the Southeast Iowa Superconference.
In the playoffs the team was in cruise control, sweeping its first three opponents.
The run ended with a 3-0 defeat to Janesville in the regional final to finish 26-10.
6. Washington girls’ basketball wins back-to-back league titles
In 2013 the Washington girls’ basketball team proved that its league title in 2012 was no fluke.
The Demons went 6-2 in the league to take home the conference hardware.
The previous season Washington swept the conference with an 8-0 unblemished mark.
The Demons finished the season 14-8. Washington drew Xavier of Cedar Rapids in the second round and lost. Xavier would go on to win the state title.
5. Evan Mahler comes in third place at state
Highland’s cross-country runner Evan Mahler had a season to remember. The junior finished in first place at multiple races. He then qualified for state and left little doubt that he was among Iowa’s best.
In a field of 130 runners, he took third place. His 16:41 time was four seconds away from second place. His best time of the season was the qualifying race at 16:10.
Look for him to not only qualify for the state meet again in 2014, but compete for the top spot in the state field.
4. Fletcher Green wins state title
Fletcher Green showed his worth as an underclassman in 2012 qualifying for the state wrestling meet. In his second shot at the competition this year, he took home the first-place hardware.
His season record at the 120-pound weight class was 37-5.
He has a chance to make it back-to-back titles in 2014.
His coach said he expects him to have a leadership role in his final season.
3. Washington head coach Randy Schrader retires
Like the past two seasons, Schrader’s team had an improved record and went deeper into the playoffs. This year his team went as far as it could go as it advanced to the state title game.
Schrader made his first appearance in the title game after coaching for nearly 30 years.
Washington is his sixth coaching stop of his career, including a stint at Rockford College.
He finished 27-17 with the Demons in his four years at the helm.
He picked up career win No. 100 against Williamsburg, Friday, Oct. 4, before finishing with 107.
2. Washington girls’ baseball qualifies for state
The Washington softball team finished 30-13, which included a run to the state tournament.
The team finished in fourth place after winning two playoff games before a win at state against Solon 6-1, Tuesday, July 23.
The Demons went 13-5 in Southeast conference action.
Washington had the third-ranked batting average in Class 4A at .348. The Demons were sixth in the state in slugging average at a .473 clip.
They had the second most hits in Iowa with 425.
1. Washington football makes first-ever title game appearance
Washington experienced a record-breaking season for wins with 12 wins and played in the state championship game for the first time.
The Demons had their first playoff run to the state tournament since 1997.
Washington’s success was due in large part to a dominant running attack that was spread over several backs.
The team finished first in Class 3A with 4,078 yards and 58 rushing scores.
It was second in the state with 7.3 yards per carry.
The team’s 522 yards were second only to state champion Bishop Heelan.
The season included an 11-game winning streak from Week 2 to the championship game.
The defense was no slouch either. On top of shutting out Pella in the quarterfinals, it allowed just 11.7 points per game.