Vote for Des Moines Register Athletes of the Week September 3-9


The third week of high school sports action for Iowa’s 2022-2023 school year is over.

Several talented athletes produced outstanding individual performances during the third week.

On the boys side, there were several phenomenal performances in Week 3 of football and we had quality golf scores. The girls saw great performances in volleyball and swimming.

Both the boys and the girls had great times in cross country.

Here are the top five nominees on the registry for Athlete of the Week for boys and girls. Readers will be able to choose their pick for the winners, which will be revealed at the end of next week.

Ames' Reese Winer swims 100m breaststroke in doubles meet against Mason City


Reese Winer, Ames

Winer automatically qualified for the Ames Women’s Swimming and Diving Meet in the first-ever meet at the new Dan Flannery Pool in Ames on Sept. 6.

Winer qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke after swimming the state’s fastest time to date in 1 minute 7.34 seconds.

Makala Hajek, West Iowa City

Hajek had a big encounter for the Iowa City West women’s swimming and diving team in a 146-40 victory over Waterloo West on Sept. 6.

Hajek won the 100 freestyle in 55.36 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.04. She also finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:05.18.

Adrienne Buettner-Cable, Des Moines Roosevelt

Buettner-Cable gave the Des Moines Roosevelt women’s cross country team an individual runner-up at the 49th Bobcat Invitational held at Marshalltown Community College on Sept. 8.

Buettner-Cable ran a 5-kilometre time of 18 minutes, 00.10 seconds to beat teammate Abi Hahn, the No. 12 Class 4A runner, by 13.3 seconds for second place behind the state champion Highest ranked 4A and titleholder Addison Dorenkamp of West Des Moines Valley.

Gabby Deery, Burlington-Notre-Dame

Deery was explosive at the net for the No. 4 (1A) Burlington-Notre Dame volleyball team in wins over New London and Holy Trinity Catholic last week.

Deery had 23 kills with a 36.4% efficiency in four sets against Holy Trinity Catholic on September 6. She also had eight digs, three blocks and two aces.

In a four-set win over New London on September 8, Deery finished with 28 kills at 33.8 percent efficiency. Deery added 14 digs and a block against the Tigers.

Monica Morales, West Liberty

Morales is currently leading the state in digs for a third-ranked West Liberty volleyball team in 3A.

She recorded 38 digs at 9.5 per set in a four-set victory over Mid-Prairie on September 8. Morales was also 18 of 19 on serve and she dished out eight assists in the victory.

Dowling Catholic senior Jackson Heidesch crosses the finish line in the 2021 State Finals


Ty Cozad, muscatin

Cozad had a phenomenal night leading the football for Muscatine in a 37-34 win over Bettendorf on Friday night.

Cozad had an incredible 391 rushing yards and four touchdowns for the Muskies. Cozad’s rushing yardage is the best single-game mark in school history.

Cole Ritchie, East Sioux City

Ritchie threw for 445 yards and two touchdowns for Sioux City East, ranked eighth in Class 5A football on Friday against LeMars.

Ritchie completed 35 of 48 passes in leading the Black Raiders to a 52-17 victory.

Jackson Heidesch, Catholic from Dowling

The reigning 4A Men’s Cross Country State Champion rode an incredible race to win the Bobcat Invitational in Marshalltown on Sept. 8.

Heidesch managed to break 15 minutes to dominate the field at Marshalltown Community College. His time of 14:57.1 was 37 seconds faster than Southeast Polk’s fifth-ranked Carson Owens.

Chase Lauman, Pella

Lauman batted 16 minutes for the Pella boys’ cross country team at the Grinnell Invitational on Sept. 6.

Lauman, ranked fourth individually in 3A, completed the 5k course in 15:58.5 to win the race by nearly 13 seconds over eighth-ranked Tommy Tyynismaa of Sout Tama County.

Iowa City High quarterback Drew Larson rushes during a Class 5A high school football game against Ames, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Frank Bates Field in Iowa City, Iowa.

Drew Larson, Iowa City

Larson had a breakthrough game at quarterback for Iowa City in the Little Cy-Hawk game with Ames on Friday in Iowa City.

Larson completed 16 of 19 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Little Hawkeyes to a convincing 55-9 victory over the No. 9 Class 5A team.


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