McAninch Student Athlete of the Week – Maddie Trow, Urbandale

As the spring sports season winds to a close, players from across the state are working to make the 2016 state tournament. One of those players is our McAninch Student Athlete of the Week, Maddie Trow of Urbandale.

Maddie, the daughter of Jennifer and Kirk Trow will earn her 4th varsity letter in tennis this season. She is the #2 singles player on the Urbandale tennis squad and the #1 Doubles player. She is part of a team that has won 51 consecutive regular season matches.

Off the court, Maddie is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes School Leader for the past two years and has been involved in the organization for the past four year. She also volunteers for Read to Lead, which is a nonprofit organization that helps students in urban area. She also works at Wakonda Country Club as a tennis instructor to youth.

With graduation right around the corner, Maddie is getting ready to attend Grand View University this fall where she will play tennis and plays to study either health promotion or multimedia communication.

Congratulations to Maddie Trow, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of a student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email


McAninch Student Athlete of the Week – Ryan Schweizer, Dowling Catholic

Ryan Schweizer of Dowling Catholic has made quite the name for himself  for the Maroons over the past few seasons as a runner with the track and cross country teams along with his accomplishments in the pool with the swimming team. At the Drake Relays Schweizer added to his resume as he was awarded the Robert Kramme Award, which is given to the top boys high school competitor. There he took home the title in the 1600 and 800 for the 2nd consecutive year, becoming the first high school athlete to complete that accomplishment and finished his career at the Drake Relays with 5 titles.



Adding to his work on the track at Drake, Schweizer won the 4A individual title in cross country along with helping Dowling Catholic to the team championship. Schweizer won the 4A title with a time of 15:45.3, winning the race by over 16 seconds. With the Maroon swim team, he was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that qualified for the state tournament and finished 10th.

As great as Ryan Schweizer accomplishments are as an athlete, his work as a student and volunteer are stunning. Ryan will graduate this spring with an academic excellence award which is honored by having a GPA of 3.66 or higher for four years.

He will receive a service cord for doing over 200 volunteer hours over the last 4 years in high school. Ryan also worked this past semester to qualify for the DCHS Christian Service Cord.  This honor, to be recognized at graduation, requires that students offer and record almost 3 times the minimum number of Christian Service hours that each Dowling Catholic student must complete for graduation.  Ryan recorded just under 100 hours in this spring semester to almost double his overall total.  In the midst of swim season and track season and retreat preparations he dedicated himself to serving the vulnerable for almost 100 hours.  Schweizer volunteers with various organizations including the Catholic Youth Camp where he is a camp counselor along with volunteering with the Courage League assisting youth and adults with special needs in recreational activities. This spring he helped lead, with five other seniors, a Kairos group on a weekend retreat.

Schweizer was selected to help lead a weekend spiritual retreat for the underclassmen at Dowling Catholic High School.  He was one of only 42 seniors given this opportunity and he was selected because of his visible leadership and his willingness to share his faith in Jesus.  During the retreat he offered his friendship, his convictions about his faith and his willingness to sacrifice for the sake of something bigger than himself.  His openness about his faith story and his attempts to train himself in holiness like he trains himself in athletics had a discernible impact on the students on the retreat.

With all of this, Schweizer also has time to work as a life guard and teaching swim lessons.  This fall he will attend the University of Notre Dame and will continue to run cross country and track for the Irish.

Congratulations to Ryan Schweizer, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of a student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email

McAninch Student Athlete of the Week – Mary Kate Gray, Waukee

Mary Kate Gray of Waukee is this week’s McAninch Student Athlete of the Week. Mary Kate excels in a number of sports for the Warriors and last week at the Drake Relays she placed in 3 events.

Mary Kate was the center fielder on the 2015 state championship softball team. She hit .350 with 2 home runs, 16 RBI and 24 stolen bases. She was also member of the state championship team for Waukee in basketball in 2015 as a sophomore reserve.

Outside of sports, Gary is an outstanding student and is in the National Honor Society. She has been voted for Student Council, the Student Activities Council
and is a Church Student Leader. Mary Kate also volunteers her time in the  Silver Cord program at Waukee.
Congratulations to Mary Kate Gray, this week’s McAninch Student Athlete of the Week. If you know of a student athlete deserving of a nomination, email

McAninch Student Athlete – Jessica McKee, Johnston

The Drake relays get started today and one of the top athletes competing will be Jessica McKee, a sophomore from Johnston High School. McKee will compete in the 3000, 1500 and the 4 x 800 Relay.

On the track, McKee has posted the 14th fastest time in the 1500, clocking in with a best this season of 4:51.02. She has the 13th best time in the state this year in the 3000 with a best of 10:30.25. And in the 4 x 800 relay, McKee along with Sara Ness, Anna Toot and Josie Hovey have posted the 15th best time in the state of Iowa.

Jessica also competes with the Johnston cross country team, helping the squad to a state championship in 2014 and was named to the all state team. On the state championship season of 2014, McKee finished in 7th place individually. She finished 10th this past season in Class 4A in the state cross country meet.

When McKee isn’t running, she has been an outstanding student in the classroom. McKee has posted a 4.0 grade point average while being named to the Academic All-Conference team and the Academic J team. Jessica enjoys playing soccer and team building activites with the track and cross country teams.

Congratulations to Jessica McKee, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of the student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email


McAninch Student Athlete – Ryan Johnston, Valley

This week’s McAninch Student Athlete of the Week is Ryan Johnston of West Des Moines Valley. Johnston excels on the soccer pitch and on the track for the Tigers this spring and is playing both sports at a high level.

On the soccer field, Ryan scored 4 goals and had an assist in the Valley Soccer Tournament this past weekend, where the Tigers went 4-0.  On the season he has 11 goals and 8 assists in 9-0 start for the top ranked Tigers.

In track this past week, Ryan and his 4 x 200 team qualified for the Drake Relays at the Ames Invitational recording a top 15 time in the state.  Along with the 4 x 200, he hopes to run the 4 x 400 down the road.
Ryan is heavily involved with Silvercord and with that has had an opportunity to work with the following groups: Gigi’s Playhouse, VHS Booster Club, WDM Human Services, Valley Archery Club, YMCA Girls on the Run and Mini Kickers.
He has also in the running for Boys Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year.
Congratulations to Ryan Johnston, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of the student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email

McAninch Student Athlete – Drew Hicks

This week’s McAninch Student athlete of the Week is Drew Hicks of Dallas Center Grimes. Drew bowls for the Johnston bowling team and finished as the State Runner up for Individuals in the Class 3A State Tournament.  He shot a 485 for 2 games. His team qualified for the State Bowling Tournament that finished in 6th Place. He is a 4 time State Qualifier for the State Bowling Tournament. Finished the season averaging 199 and had a High Series of 509 for 2 games at Mason City back in December. His team placed 1st at this years CIC Invitational and Drew placed 6th in the Individual Scoring, shooting a 461 for 2 games. He was picked 1st Team Class 3A Boys District: West and Class 3A 2nd Team All State. Drew has qualified for The Junior Gold Championships, for the top male and female youth bowlers in the United States. The event will be held in Indianapolis in July this year.

Drew also attends Journey Church in Johnston. He worked part-time at a day care and has helped the Athletic Director at Dallas Center Grimes with Track meets, Baseball games and Softball games. Hicks also volunteers at Plaza Lanes teaching the younger kids to improve their bowling game and is a member of the golf team at Dallas Center Grimes.

Drew has accepted an Athletic Scholarship to Hastings College in Hastings,NE to Bowl starting in the Fall of 2016.
Congratulations to Drew Hicks, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of the student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email

McAninch Student Athlete – Max Evans, Carlisle

On Monday night, Carlisle saw their season come to a close with a tight loss to Bondurant-Farrar in the Class 3A District Semifinals 75-71. Junior Max Evans will be part of the Wildcats team that looks to build for next season that will return 6 of their top 7 scorers.

Evans averaged 17 points per game this season on 44.4% shooting and hit 16 3 pointers. He also lead Carlisle in rebounds with 168 and assists with 75. He also plays his AAU basketball with the All Iowa Attack AAU program.

Off the court, Evans is heavily involved in the Carlisle community. He attends the Lighthouse Church along with volunteering at the school in helping the athletic director office in setting up and taking down sports equipment.  Max also works a part-time job and enjoys hunting and fishing as hobbies and is also a member of the Carlisle golf team. In the classroom he carries a 3.75 grade point average.

Congratulations to Max Evans, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of the student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email

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McAninch Student Athlete of the Week – Shea Fuller, Valley

A season ago the West Des Moines Valley girls basketball team made a run to the 5A State Championship game, where they fell in a hard fought game to Waukee. Many people were wondering how the Tigers would offset the back court losses of Grace Vander Weide & Whitney Fuller. But a freshman has stepped into the point guard role in Shea Fuller. Fuller took over the point guard position from her sister Whitney and has done a proficient job. Fuller is averaging 8.3 points per game and has 41 assists on the season.

Valley Head Coach Joe Sigrist says, “She is mature beyond her age, on the basketball floor.  She might not garner the attention of some others on the team but we are much better because of her consistent play, especially lately.”

Off the basketball floor, Fuller is very involved in the community. She is a volunteer at LCOH Bible School, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Silver Cord program. She also plays volleyball with the Westside Strikers.

Congratulations to Shea Fuller, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of the student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email


McAninch Student Athlete – Jal Bijiek, Des Moines North

Des Moines North has continued a resurgence under Head Coach Chad Ryan. Many were wondering how the program would respond after the losses of Terrance Bush, Teyontae Jenkins, Neico Greene & Wilson Worge over the past 2 seasons. Jal Bijiek has stepped up his game for the Polar Bears, helping Des Moines North get off to a 8-3 start.

Bijiek, a 6’7 junior has put up 14.9 points per game for North along with 9.8 rebounds per game and has 48 blocked shots. He is putting up those outstanding numbers along with playing at an efficient clip, hitting 51% of his shots from the field and is 9 of 19 from 3 point range.

Off the floor, Bijiek enjoys helping children on the basketball floor with the Kingdom Hoops basketball program. He also volunteers with the Kingdom Cares program. In the classroom, Bijiek carries a very good grade point average as well.

Congratulations to Jal Bijiek, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of the student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email


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McAninch Student Athlete – Conor Riordan, Ankeny

Conor Riordan has been playing basketball for as long as he can remember. During his first two seasons with the Ankeny Hawks program he led the team in scoring putting up 11.1 points per game as a sophomore and 13.5 during his junior campaign. This season he is putting up 8.1 points per game along with an incredible 26-3 assist to turnover ratio for the undefeated Hawks.

Off the court, Riordan carries an excellent grade point average. In his spare time away from the basketball court, Riordan volunteers at his church along with participating in the “Silver Cord” program at Ankeny High School. The Silver Cord Award is a distinguished volunteer service award available to high school students who earn a minimum of 120 hours of community service/volunteering starting with the beginning of their sophomore year and continuing through their junior and senior years of school. Conor also likes to play golf in his spare time.

Congratulations to Conor Riordan, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of the student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email