Apr 212010

Joe Daniel

Although some might say this past winter was meant for “hunkering down,” Assumption fans had too much to watch to stay at home.

The Knights wrestling team went 21-2 on the season and took second place in the MAC Conference. The grapplers eventually became sectional/district champs and took second place at state team duals.  Eight wrestlers qualified for individual state: freshmen Grant Rosenboom, Tony Parks, and Nick Georgian (fourth), jniors Brody Grothus (third) and Tyler Swope (third), and seniors Bradley McDermott (fourth), Landon Williams (first) and Sam Gervase (third). Head coach Pete Bush was named MAC Wrestling Coach of the Year.

The girls’ basketball team earned its seventh consecutive MAC championship with a 15-1 conference record. The girls won three tournament qualifiers before heading to state, only to suffer a heartbreaking first-round loss. Alyson Spinas Valainis was named MAC Player of the Year.

The boys’ basketball team placed second in the conference, before winning three tournament games and heading to Des Moines. Under the leadership of first year head coach Joe Barrer ‘99, the Knights won their game against Dallas Center-Grimes, but fell by one point (45-46) to Bishop Heelan in second round play. Joe Daniel was named MAC Player of the Year.

AHS dance and cheer squads continued their long tradition of success. The Knight Kompany Dancers won state championships in jazz, pom and hip hop, and the Competition Cheer Squad became stunt group champs as well as overall state champs. 

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