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Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Iowa high school athlete of the week for June 19-25
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Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Iowa high school athlete of the week for June 19-25. Read through the nominees and cast your vote. Voting will conclude Sunday at 11:59 p.m. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, email

Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes who receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. 

Madeline Barker, Davis County softball 

The senior hit two home runs and drove in five, while striking out 12 batters and picking up the pitching win in a 14-9 victory over Clarke. Barker will continue her softball career at Simpson College.

Mason Bechen, North Linn

The sophomore homered in both games of a doubleheader sweep over Maquoketa Valley and was the winning pitcher in the second game. Class 1A No. 5 North Linn won its third straight Tri-Rivers Conference West Division title.

Mariah Belzer, Ankeny Centennial softball 

The senior shortstop and Rogers State University recruit had two hits and drove in four runs for the Class 5A top-ranked Eagles in a 13-1 win over Class 3A No. 5 Estherville-Lincoln Central. Rogers State is an NCAA Division II school located in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Emily Boeckmann, Calamus-Wheatland softball 

The junior had six hits in seven at-bats, driving in four runs in a doubleheader sweep of Tipton. Boeckmann has driven in 47 runs this season.

Cain Brown, Mid-Prairie baseball 

The senior first baseman was 3-for-5 with a single, double, home run and four RBIs as the Class 2A second-ranked Golden Hawks pulled out a 12-11 win over Durant. Mid-Prairie (20-6) has won eight games in a row.

Drew Carlson, Iowa City High softball 

Carlson erupted for nine RBIs, going 4-for-4 with two singles and two home runs — a grand slam and a three-run shot. The nine RBIs is the best single-game performance in the state among all classes. He has 33 RBIs this season, batting .396 with 36 hits and three home runs.

Preston Crees, Estherville-Lincoln Central baseball l

The sophomore picked up his team-leading sixth pitching win, spacing six hits and striking out eight in a 2-0 shutout of a 17-win Humboldt squad.

Anna Glawe, Benton softball 

Glawe clubbed two more home runs in a doubleheader split, increasing her state-leading total to 15. 

Jake Goodman, Western Dubuque baseball 

Goodman, a junior second baseman, finished 5-for-7 with two singles, a double, triple, home run and four RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Iowa City West. The Class 3A top-ranked Bobcats are 26-6 with a five-game winning streak.

Addison Gookin, Mount Vernon softball 

The junior shortstop was 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and triple, driving in three runs in a 10-1 win over Mid-Prairie. Gookin leads the Mustangs with a .348 average with two homers and 18 RBIs.

Tate Jirovsky, Grundy Center baseball 

The junior picked up a pitching win in relief in the first game of a doubleheader with AGWSR. He then belted two homers and knocked in three in the nightcap.

Kiya Johnson, North Butler softball 

The senior collected seven hits in five games this week, raising her season average to a state-leading .679. Johnson has 38 hits in 56 at-bats with seven home runs, seven doubles, three triples and 21 RBIs.

Pearson Hall, West Liberty baseball. 

The sophomore hit her 12th home run of the season, leading the Comets past Hudson 7-1. Hall ranks fourth in the state in round-trippers.

Sam Hesselman, Johnston baseball 

The senior first baseman was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as the Class 4A third-ranked Dragons downed No. 5 West Des Moines Dowling 10-5.

Kylee Hill, Burlington softball 

Although she is just an eighth grader, Hill has hit 13 home runs this season. She had two and drove in four runs as the Greyhounds swept a doubleheader from Fort Madison.

Sam Holloway, ADM baseball 

The senior had three hits and drove in two runs in a 4-1 victory over Gilbert. Luke Greth struck out 10 in 6.2 innings of relief for the Class 3A seventh-ranked Tigers.

Emily Hughes, Martensdale-St. Marys softball 

The sophomore outfielder had a single and homer, knocking in four runs for the Class 1A top-ranked Blue Devils in a 12-0 win over East Union. Martensdale-St. Marys has outscored its last three foes 33-0, with Campbell German and Abigail Hughes pitching five-inning no-hitters in two of those games.

Trenten Kingery, Knoxville baseball 

The senior was 5-for-7 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored as the Class 3A third-ranked Panthers swept a doubleheader with Centerville. Kingery is batting .449 with 31 RBIs. Kingery has excelled on the field after returning from a serious injury during his freshman season that nearly cost him his life.

Kaiden Knaack, Don Bosco baseball 

The junior drove in five runs for the Class 1A No. 7 Dons in an 18-7 victory over top-ranked Mason City Newman. Knaack had a single and double, while Ty Purdy added four hits and was the winning pitcher, striking out eight in 5.2 innings.

Audrie Kohl, Missouri Valley softball 

The sophomore chalked up her state-leading 21st pitching win in style with a five-inning no-hitter (nine strikeouts) against Tri-Center. Kohl is 21-3 with a 1.62 ERA and a state-high 238 strikeouts.

Jake Krebsbach, Osage baseball 

Krebsbach hit a grand slam home run, helping the Green Devils to a 7-1 win over North Butler. The blast was part of a six-run frame that lifted Osage.

Sami Kruckenberg, Mason City Newman softbal l

The freshman struck out 12 Rockford batters in a 6-0 complete-game shutout. Kruckenberg gave up two hits and ranks first in the Top of Iowa Conference in WHIP (.72), ERA (.94) and runs allowed (9) through her 44 2/3 innings pitched.

Dani Laughlin, Iowa City Regina softball 

In three games against West Branch this week, Laughlin was a perfect 5-for-5 with eight RBIs and seven runs scored. The senior is hitting .642 on the season.

Ysabel Lerma, Muscatine softball 

The junior third baseman drove in four of the Class 5A No. 4 Muskies’ runs in a 5-0 win over Class 4A No. 4 Dallas Center-Grimes. Lerma was 3-for-3 with two singles and a home run.

Garrett Lueth, Underwood baseball 

The freshman pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out 10, and helped his own cause with two hits and four RBIs in a 9-0 win over Treynor.

Leah Maro, Davenport Assumption softball 

The senior shut out Burlington 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader, allowing five hits while striking out 11. Maro (15-2) pitched the final inning of a 9-7 Assumption win in the second game.

Conner Maston, Lynnville-Sully baseball 

The senior pitched a no-hitter, striking out 14, in a 9-0 win over North Mahaska. Maston threw 107 pitches and walked three, improving his record to 6-0. The No. 4 Hawks are 21-1 with four regular season games remaining.

Kennedi McGarvey, Don Bosco softball 

The sophomore catcher was 4-for-4 with a double, home run and five RBIs in a 9-2 win over Hudson in the Don Bosco tournament. McGarvey is tied for second in the state with 47 RBIs.

Addi Murray, Sumner-Fredericksburg softball 

The freshman sensation picked up her 20th pitching win of the season, allowing two hits and striking out seven in an 11-0, five-inning victory over South Winneshiek. Murray is 20-6 with a 1.38 ERA and 98 strikeouts.

Jackson Nissen, Kingsley-Pierson baseball 

Kingsley-Pierson topped Woodbury Central 8-4 in the Western Valley Conference tournament championship. Nissen had two hits and drove in two runs and was the winning pitcher with four innings of relief. The 1A second-ranked Panthers are 21-1 heading into their final four regular season games.

Breanna Nolte, Southeast Warren softball 

In five games this week, the senior second baseman batted an even .500 (9 for 18) with nine RBIs and six runs scored, including a five RBI game against Moravia . For the season, Nolte is hitting .465 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 25 RBIs.

Kaitlyn Olson, Osage softball 

The sophomore drove in two runs in the Green Devils’ sixth straight win, 9-1 over North Butler. Olson has nine RBIs in her last nine starts and a batting average of .538.

Cael Ortman, Remsen St. Mary’s baseball 

The third-rated Hawks – last year’s state runners-up, have won 17 straight to improve to 23-2 on the season. Ortman had three hits and drove in two runs and held Orange City Unity Christian to three hits while striking out 12 in an 8-1 victory.

Mack Ortner, Don Bosco baseball 

Ortner doubled twice and drove in four runs as the Dons won their 20th game of the season, 16-0 over BCLUW.

Abby Pate, Central Springs softball 

The sophomore launched her sixth home run of the season in a 5-3 victory over West Fork, giving the Panthers their 12th Top of Iowa Conference win. Pate’s two-run shot gave her 20 RBIs on the season.

Gage Petersen, Mason City Newman baseball 

The Knights bounced back from their one-sided loss to Don Bosco, rolling past Northwood-Kensett 19-1 a night later. Petersen was 3-for-3 with four RBIs and was one of seven Newman players with at least two RBIs.

Drew Powers, Saint Ansgar baseball 

The junior drove in two runs and stole five bases as the Saints rolled to a 19-0 win over Belmond-Klemme. Powers’performance against the Broncos brought him to 32 stolen bases on the year, which is the most in the Top of Iowa Conference and sixth most in the state.

Easton Pratt, Ankeny Centennial baseball 

The senior pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking one, in a 3-0 win over West Des Moines Valley. Pratt is 6-0 with a 0.21 ERA for the top-ranked team in Class 4A.

Nevaeh Randall, Creston softball 

The senior shortstop clubbed her 16th homer of the season in an 8-2 win over Shenandoah. Randall is now tied for the state lead with Ana Glawe of Solon.

Jase Reinke, Cascade baseball 

The senior pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win for Class 2A No. 7 Cascade in a 7-2 win over Alburnett. In seven appearances and four starts, Reinke paces Cascade with 35 1/3 innings pitched and a 1.39 earned-run average. He is also tied for a team-best in starts and has three wins and one save.

Elle Ridgeway, Williamsburg softball 

Ridgeway hit a pair of home runs, helping the Class 3A No. 1-ranked Raiders to a doubleheader sweep of Marion. The homers were Ridgeway’s sixth and seventh of the season.

Reagan Roling, Carlisle softball 

The senior shortstop had two hits and scored twice as the Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, beat Williamsburg, ranked No. 1 in 3A, 4-2 in the Clear Creek-Amana Summer Classic. Roling is batting .440 and has stolen 29 bases in as many attempts this season.

Hailey Rosonke, South Hardin softball 

Rosonke allowed just five hits while walking none and striking out three in a shutout performance. Rosonke also homered driving in all three runs for the Tigers.

Abby Rusher, Ankeny softball 

The junior collected two hits and knocked in three runs and was the winning pitcher for the Class 5A No. 3 Hawks in a 7-0 victory over Class 3A No. 5 Estherville-Lincoln Central. Rusher gave up one hit and struck out nine in four innings before being relieved by Kendra Winfrey, who also allowed just one hit.

Luke Schietz, Dyersville Beckman baseball 

The senior was a combined 5-for-8 with a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Anamosa. Beckman, No. 4 in Class 2A, is 18-8 and atop the River Valley Conference North Division standings.

Ayden Schrunk, Sioux City North baseball 

The junior struck out 12 and allowed just three hits in six innings of relief as the Stars downed MRAC rival Bishop Heelan 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. North won the second game 4-3, tying Heelan for the conference lead.

Jayce Schwiesow, Saint Ansgar baseball 

Schwiesow combined with Tate Meyer to strike out 15 and throw a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over Nashua-Plainfield. Schwiesow started the game and struck out eight in four innings. He walked two batters. Meyer came on and struck out seven of the nine batters that he faced.

Ava Smith, Waukee Northwest softball 

The senior outfielder and Indian Hills Community College signee homered and drove in three runs for the second-ranked and defending 5A state champions in a 5-3 triumph over Ames. Smith is hitting .382 with six homers and 38 RBIs.

Kye Smith, North Scott baseball 

Smith went 5-for-5 at the plate with five RBIs to lead the Lancers past Bettendorf, 16-7, in the first game of a doubleheader. Smith had two more hits and drove in two in the second game, but Bettendorf won, 8-7.

Cal Sullivan, Cedar Rapids Prairie baseball 

The senior catcher was a combined 4-for-8 with a double and four RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Bettendorf. The Hawks are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.