Waukee Dance team has taken 1st place at the State Dance Competition for the seventh consecutive year. Senior Keely Smith has been a part of the last four sharing two with her younger sister Haley Smith. Congratulations and we will see if they can win their 3rd straight state championship in track!
This year marks the 100th year that the Des Moines Register has released an Elite All-State Football Team. In light of this anniversary the Des Moines Register put out an All-Century team. Anyone who has been named to the Elite All-State team qualified to be a member. Members of this team include Robert Gallery, Tim Dwight, Nile Kinnick, Kurt Warner, James Morris, and Tyler Sash to name a few. One Acceleration Iowa athlete was also on the list, Allen Lazard. Allen has been a 3 time Elite All-State pick and is arguably the nations top wide out prospect for 2014. Allen was actually the 3rd highest vote getter for Ends. All of the athletes that accompany Allen on this list went on to have illustrious collegiate careers and some amazing careers in the NFL. We hope this is a sign to come for what is ahead for Allen. This is by far the absolute top honor a high school football player in the state of Iowa can receive. We are extremely proud that Acceleration Iowa could have one athlete on that list! Congratulations Allen!
For the full All-Century roster check out the link bellow.
Ankeny Centennial senior Keaton McKinney was rated the 50th best prospect in the 2014 MLB draft by mlb.com. Earlier this year, the Arkansas commit was one of the top run producers on the U.S national team that took the gold medal at the 18U World Cup. Congrats on yet another fantastic accomplishment Keaton!
After an up and down year, the Cyclones season ended on a high note Saturday night in Morgantown with a 52-44 triple overtime win over West Virginia. Senior Jeff Woody ended his career with 822 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground while also receiving 2 touchdowns. Jeff has been a fan favorite over the past few years and will always be remembered for finishing off #2 Oklahoma State in 2011.
Senior punter Kirby Van Der Kamp ends his career with a 42.5 yard average over 285 punts. Late in the game Saturday night Kirby converted a 4th and 19 on a fake punt when he ran for 21 yards. Van der Kamp has made some big plays over the last few years and ended his career 7 for 7 converting fake punts!
Congratulations to both young men on excellent collegiate careers. It has been exciting to work with both of you and watch all your hard work pay off on the field!
Hoover graduate Kourtlin Jackson is now on the Iowa State men’s basketball team roster. Jackson, a sophomore transfer from John Wood Community College worked out at our Ankeny location while attending high school. We look forward to watching him be a part of the Hilton Magic!!
Ankeny native and UNO freshman Madi Robson has been on a tear during the Mavericks 3 game winning streak. Since becoming a starter on November 14th, Madi has dished out 24 assists and only committed 2 turnovers. She currently leads the Summit league in assists per game (5.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (5.6). Great job Madi and good luck the rest of the season!!
Awesome work from all the guys that maxed out on the super treadmill. Nick Jeffries, Tyler Donels, and Drew Capesius each made it into the super cheetah club running 22.0 mph, while Nathan Carlin and Jacob Klemme are now in the cheetah club after running 20.0 mph. Great work guys!!