2009 Sports Year in Review
1. DOUBLE GOLD
Tressa Borchardt finished her high school discus career in perfect fashion with her second all-class gold medal at the state track meet in Omaha in May. The 2009 graduate also earned the top spot in the state as a sophomore. She now throws for the Iowa State Cyclones.
2. NATIONAL CHAMPION
Twelve-year-old Tiani Reeves continues to dominate her age group in track and field events. Reeves earned gold medals in the 200- and 400-meter dashes at the State Games of America in Colorado in July. She also tied for first place in the long jump but brought home the silver medal on a tie breaker. Reeves also earned two gold medals at the Region 8 USA Track and Field Championships.
3. PERFECT SCORE
Jamie Steuben has been bowling since he was a little kid. In October, the Gothenburg native bowled his third 300 game during a Thursday night league at the Lakeside Fun Center. Steuben, who bowled at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, retired his ball after rolling the perfect game.
Gothenburg swimmer and swim team coach Ryan O’Hare set new meet records in four events at the tSunami Swim League Championship in July. He owns the top spot in the 30-and-older men’s 100 long freestyle, the 25 breaststroke, the 25 short freestyle and the 100 individual medley.
5. 100 WINS
Swede wrestlers T.J. Allard (left) and Aaron Demoret reached the difficult benchmark of 100 career wins during the Gothenburg Invite in January 2009. Both seniors were state qualifiers. Allard finished the season with a 39-9 record while Demoret went 34-7.
6. FIT TO KILL
Swede volleyball standout Emily Max led the team in many categories throughout her high school career and now she tops the school’s all-time statistics in four areas. She has the school record in serving aces in a season with 52, hit attempts in a season at 844, good hits in a season with 713 and kills in a season at 377. Max also put down 67 stuff blocks, picked up 317 digs and had 266 serve attempts.
7. NEED FOR SPEED
Although Gothenburg businessman Ed Schmeeckle raced for the National Hot Rod Association top alcohol title in 2008, he didn’t officially receive the national recognition until 2009. Schmeeckle’s drag racer accelerates from zero to 250 miles per hour in just over five seconds, thanks in part to the racing crew chief James Stevens. Schmeeckle’s car is owned by LSS Racing, a cooperation of Ken Luebbe, Schmeeckle and Stevens. According to the National Hot Rod Association, Schmeeckle was bumped from his top spot last season.
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