Here are the 21 top Ames-area high school sports performers for May 16-22
The Ames girls won a 4A state championship in the 4x200-meter relay and Corey Phillips set a school record and took second in the 4A boys discus for the Little Cyclones at the state co-ed track meet last weekend in Des Moines.
Ballard's Paityn Noe won both a gold and silver medal individually in 3A girls competition and Nevada's Caeden DaSilva picked up a silver on the boys' side in 3A at state. Roland-Story also won silver in the 2A 4x100 boys race, Adalyn Sporleder pulled off a shocking fourth-place finish in the 2A girls long jump and Collins-Maxwell's Alexis Houge capped a great track career with three medals in 1A girls competition.
The Gilbert boys and girls golf teams both qualified for state and Nevada's Olivia Axmear made it the girls meet in 3A. Ames is sending two freshman girls golfers to state in 4A and the Roland-Story girls are returning to state in 2A.
Ames also received a brilliant pitching performance from Ben Amador in the second game of a doubleheader with Southeast Polk to open the baseball season May 16.
Here are the top Ames Tribune-area individual performers for the week:
Lynch anchored the Ames girls 4x200 team to victory in the 4A finals Friday at the state co-ed track meet.
Lynch crossed the finish line just ahead of Waukee Northwest's Aunya Van Zetten to win the final heat of the 4A competition. Ames won in one minute, 43.13 seconds to beat the 1:43.26 run by Cedar Rapids Prairie in the second section and Northwest's time of 1:43.62.
Lynch also helped Ames finish fourth in both the 4x100 and 4x400 and sixth in the distance medley at state.
Moon was also part of Ames' gold medal-winning 4x200 girls team at state.
Moon also ran on the 4x100 and 4x400 teams for Ames. Ames ran a season-best time of 48.57 in the 4x100 prelims and a 48.93 in the finals and the Little Cyclones clocked in at 3:57.11 in the 4x400 finals.
Deardorff was another member of the winning 4x200 girls team for Ames at state track.
Deardorff was also part of the Ames girls distance medley team and she ran on the sprint medley team that came in 14th in 4A at 1:52.69.
Buss was another leg on the victorious 4x200 team for the Ames girls at state track.
Buss also ran on the 4x100 and sprint medley teams and she helped Ames place 16th in the 4A girls shuttle hurdle with a 1:10.67 showing.
Phillips set a new Ames school record and placed second in the 4A boys shot put at the state track meet last Thursday.
Phillips hit his record throw of 195 feet, 10 inches on the final attempt of his career. That placed second to the state-record throw of 204-9 by Indianola's Walker Whalen and it bested the previous state record of 192-6.
Frandsen had a superb state track meet for the Ames girls.
Frandsen placed third in the 4A girls 400 hurdles (1:05.39) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (15.39). She ran a PR of 14.92 in the 100 hurdle prelims.
Frandsen was also part of the fourth-place 4x100 and 4x400 girls relays for the Little Cyclones.
Sporleder pulled off a shocking fourth-place performance in the 2A girls long jump at state for Roland-Story.
Sporleder jumped 17 feet, 3.5 inches at state. That bested her previous PR by 9.5 inches.
The freshman also helped the Norse girls place fourth in the distance medley (4:17.31), fifth in the 4x100 (51.23) and eighth in the sprint medley (1:53.53).
Bunn placed fifth in the 2A boys long jump and also helped Roland-Story take second in the 2A boys 4x100 relay at the state track meet.
Bunn jumped a PR of 22-0.75 in the long jump. The Norse 4x100 team ran a 43.25.
Bunn also helped Roland-Story come in seventh in the 2A boys sprint medley with a 1:36.31 showing.
Turk helped Ames place second in the 4A girls 4x800 at state with a PR time of 9:29.10.
She also helped the Little Cyclones take sixth in the distance medley with a time of 4:11.52. Turk took 12th in the 4A girls 1,500 individually with a time of 4:46.58.
DaSilva placed second in the 3A boys 200 for Nevada at the state track meet.
DaSilva ran a 21.90 to fall just short of the winning 21.89 effort by Adel-Desoto-Minburn's Brevin Doll. DaSilva also helped Nevada take 14th in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:32.28 and he was 18th in the 100 prelims with an 11.52 showing.
Lande took fifth in the 2A boys open 400 at the state track meet for Roland-Story with a PR time of 50.37.
Lande also helped the Norsemen place fourth in the 2A boys 4x400 (3:27.03), seventh in the sprint medley (1:36.31) and ninth in the 4x800 (8:26.71).
Houge capped her outstanding track career for Collins-Maxwell by placing in three events at state in 1A.
Houge took sixth in the 1A girls open 400 with a time of 1:00.14. She also helped Collins-Maxwell place fourth in both the 1A sprint medley and 4x100 finals with respective times of 1:53.28 and 51.11.
The fourth-place finishes are the best in Spartan history.
Noe won the 3A girls 3,000 and took second in the 1,500 at the state track meet.
Noe's winning 3,000 time of 10:22.05 was over 32 seconds faster than the rest of the 3A field. She finished the 1,500 with a PR of 4:40.76 to trail only defending champion Ainsley Erzen of Carlisle, who set a state record in 4:36.96.
Noe also helped Ballard place sixth in the 3A girls 4x800 with a 9:55.87 showing and 14th in the distance medley with a time of 4:23.20.
Larson capped a surprising finish to her freshman year for Ballard by placing fourth behind Erzen, Noe and ADM's Geneva Timmerman in the 3A girls 1,500 for Ballard.
Larson ran a 4:51.18 in the 1,500. She also competed in the 4x800 for the Bombers.
Lohrbach won medalist honors at the 3A girls regional golf meet at the Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona May 18 to help the Gilbert girls golf team take first as a team and return to the state meet.
Lohrbach shot a 68 over 18 holes to win the meet by 2 strokes.
Carlson qualified for state individually and helped the Roland-Story girls return to state as a team after winning medalist at the 2A regional final meet in Treynor May 18.
Carlson shot an 83 over 18 holes to win medalist by three strokes. The Norse girls shot 382 as a team.
Axmear qualified for state individually in girls golf for Nevada.
Axmear took fourth individually at the 3A regional golf meet at the Terrace Hills Course. Axmear carded a 79 to trail only Lohrbach, Newton's Rylee Heryford and Gilbert's Macy Underwood in the individual standings.
Currans helped the defending 3A state champion Gilbert boys golf team return to state with a team victory at the 3A district meet Decorah May 16.
Currans shot a 69 over 18 holes to win medalist by 2 strokes over teammate Brock Snyder. The Tigers shot a 305 as a team to beat ADM by 14 strokes for the win.
Duncan qualified for state individually as freshman for the Ames girls golf team.
Duncan placed fourth at the 4A regional meet held at the Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames May 18. She turned in an 18-hole score of 90 to trail only Waukee Northwest's Hannah Pettitt (82), Ankeny Centennial's Payton Drefke (88) and Dallas Center-Grimes' Kaylin Petrak (89).
Motl also qualified for state in her freshman year for the Ames girls.
Motl came in right behind Duncan at the regional meet in Ames. She shot a 91 to place fifth.
Amador fired a no-hitter over 5 innings in a 10-0 victory by the Ames baseball team over Southeast Polk during the second game of a doubleheader to open the season May 16 at Ames.
Amador needed just 76 pitches in the shutout victory. He struck out 9 and walked 1 batter.